Belfast Telegraph

Vintage car restorer invests over £200,000 to drive up exports

By Heather McGarrigle

A restoration firm in Co Antrim has invested over £200,000 to target a lucrative export market.

James Black Restorations in Lisburn is aiming to drum up £470,000 worth of new export sales over the next three years.

The Lisburn firm specialises in the refurbishment and maintenance of vintage Rolls Royce and Bentley cars and has experienced steady growth in recent months with orders from the UK, Europe and Asia.

The company is focusing on breaking into the US and Australian markets.

Invest NI offered James Black Restorations over £33,000 towards the project, which has seen the company recruit a new sales and marketing manager as part of its investment into its marketing campaign. As well as expanding its premises and investing in new machinery, the firm plans to appoint a master engineer.

James Black, owner of James Black Restorations, said: “This investment is an integral part of our strategy.

“We will be able to tap into the significant commercial opportunities outside Northern Ireland and progress a greater number of orders than we could previously accommodate.

“We will continue to drive our marketing activity over the coming months in a bid to achieve our target export sales.”

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