Belfast Telegraph

Mobile kitchen manufacturer aims to cook up £300,000 worth of sales

By Heather McGarrigle

A Co. Down manufacturer is hoping its mobile kitchen unit will help cook up sales of nearly £300,000 in the Republic and Great Britain.

Butler Manufacturing Systems (BMS) in Randalstown designs, manufactures and maintains exhibition, catering and refrigeration trailers as well as operating a hire service for trailers and marquees.

Invest NI offered over £16,000, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), towards a research and development investment which has helped secure over £50,000 in sales to date.

The project, to develop a modular kitchen facility with portable units, is targeted at hire firms in the Republic and Great Britain. The lay-out of the catering unit can be adapted for specific events.

The unit can be fitted with the required number of ovens, refrigerators and serving space to accommodate the needs of customers, ranging from outdoor catering firms, film companies and marquee companies, to hotels, local councils and trade fairs.

Patrick Butler, owner of BMS, said: "In order to increase sales outside Northern Ireland, I responded to a direct customer demand within the catering sector and with the support of Invest NI successfully developed a suitable product.

"I am delighted with the response to date, particularly in the Republic of Ireland and will continue to focus on product development and innovation as the path to achieving sustainable growth."

Carol Keery, Invest NI's director of innovation, research and technology, said: "With notable export sales gained from this project to date, combined with a continued commitment towards driving the business forward, BMS is progressing well towards its £296,000 sales target."