Belfast Telegraph

Refurbishment firm is prospering with £29m of new deals

By John Mulgrew

A Newry interior fit-out firm is adding 10 new jobs to its workforce after landing £29m worth of deals this year.

And Mac Interiors has also completed its first major deal of the year in Belfast, fitting out the new offices of drinks giant Diageo on Wellington Place, following a move from Boucher Road.

The firm's boss, Paul McKenna, has also said a reduced corporation tax rate would help bring more investment into Northern Ireland.

The company, which was set up in 2002, now has offices in Newry, Dublin, London and Hamburg - employing 53 staff.

The latest run of new deals will now see the firm expand its workforce, with 10 new staff over the next few months.

Among its big-name jobs in Northern Ireland, Mac Interiors was responsible for the fit-out of Citi's headquarters in Titanic Quarter.

It has also worked with BT and Grant Thornton.

Managing director Mr McKenna said the company's "steady growth over the past few years is reward for our considerable investment".

"Over the past year it has become clear that the commercial property market in Dublin has started to pick up again and we have been able to secure some high-value contracts in that market," he said.

"But it is particularly pleasing that we're starting to see some substantial contracts now taking place in Belfast, as companies choose to refurbish existing offices and fit out new space.

"It is encouraging to see the development of City Quays at Belfast Harbour and hopefully a stronger economy and the possibility of lower corporation tax will attract more external investors to the market and more new-build activity."

Following the 2008 recession, the company moved into export markets - opening up offices in London and Hamburg in Germany.

As a result it secured contracts, including the fit-out of Intel's headquarters in Munich in 2011.

Mr McKenna said the firm's "strategic approach has enabled us to grow steadily and to double our turnover in the past three years".

"With a strong senior management team in place, we are in an excellent position to continue to grow as our partners regear their businesses to take advantage of increased global activities," he added

"We are really pleased to be working in Belfast again and expect more activity throughout 2015."

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