Belfast Telegraph

Masonry firm lays a solid foundation for the future

A Masonary company in Co Down is building on its joie de vivre with new business including a contract worth over £50,000 in France.

Trademark Masons in Ballyward started trading two years ago and specialises in highly skilled stonework masonry including restoration, repair, cladding and pointing.

It also generates a significant amount of its turnover from the market in the Republic, where projects have included extensive repair of the medieval walls around Drogheda, Co Meath. Next it will work on a restoration project in France.

Mark Bleakney, Invest NI’s southern regional office manager, said the company had cornered a niche market. “The business has built a strong reputation as a result of its dedication to quality as well as the skill and commitment of its stonemasons,” he said.

“Capitalising on the recent competitiveness of the euro against sterling, the business has demonstrated how a new company can penetrate export markets and use this as a platform for success.”

Trevor McKibbin, managing director of Trademark Masons, said he had identified a commercial opportunity for bespoke masonry work, which other companies did not offer because of its labour intensive nature.

“After carrying out test marketing exercises with the help of Invest NI, I had the confidence to forge ahead – fully establishing the business, marketing our services across the whole island and recruiting staff to meet the demand that arose.” Invest NI offered Trademark Masons £80,000 towards a total investment of £750,000 in marketing and business development.

Belfast Telegraph