Belfast Telegraph

Pitch designer's delight after scoring Scots sporting contract

By Clare Weir

A family-run engineering company in Ballymena has secured more than £800,000 worth of new business in Scotland.

Crawford Contracts Group's success follows an £87,000 investment to boost sales in Great Britain and the Republic.

The company specialises in the design, construction and installation of synthetic sports surfaces and children's play areas. The contract will see the firm build a new athletics track and grass sports pitch at an Edinburgh leisure centre.

As part of its overall investment, the business is implementing an extensive marketing campaign to attract new customers and is planning to employ a new contracts manager based in the Republic to capitalise on emerging opportunities.

The firm also recently underwent a rebranding process following the recent acquisition of a Wexford firm.

The company opened an office in Wexford in 2009, extending its reach across the island of Ireland.

Invest NI offered Crawford Contracts £35,000 towards the project, which Ed Crawford of the firm said was "essential" in helping to formulate a growth strategy and to identify new market opportunities.

"We are delighted with our recent success and hope it will help us to secure further business," he said.

"We remain focused on achieving our growth objectives and will continue to implement our export development plan over the coming months."

Gren Armstrong, manager of Invest NI's north eastern regional office, added: "Crawford Contracts Group is an established family business with a strong growth ambition.

"Securing this valuable contract in Scotland as a result of its investment is positive news for the company."