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Ballynure ventilation firm RGM Vent completes £1m job at new Co Longford Center Parcs resort

RGM Vent managing director Raymond Murphy with Danske Bank business manager Julie Skelly
RGM Vent managing director Raymond Murphy with Danske Bank business manager Julie Skelly
An artist’s impression of the new indoor water park at Center Parcs Longford Forest
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Ballynure company RGM Vent has completed £1m of work at the new Center Parcs venture in the Republic.

The €230m (£203m) resort in Longford is one of the biggest tourism projects ever undertaken in the country.

All 466 lodges and 30 apartments on the 400-acre forest site were completed earlier this month.

Due to open on August 16, the Longford Forest resort will be capable of catering for 2,500 holidaymakers.

RGM Vent, which is part of RGM Holdings, has been one of a number of local businesses to benefit from the construction of the resort.

Set up in 2004, RGM provides custom ventilation solutions for the construction industry.

The firm currently employs 79 staff and utilises a network of sub-contractors across the UK, Ireland and more recently mainland Europe.

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Managing director Raymond Murphy said the Center Parcs project initially started out as a small €40,000 (£35,000) contract.

However, the quality of the work produced by the Co Antrim firm prompted the client to contract RGM to complete the full ventilation installation for the entire resort.

"It has taken nine months from start to finish and is a project that we are extremely proud to have been involved with," Mr Murphy said.

"Due to the professionalism of our staff on and off site we have been able to deliver on time and ahead of the official opening of the resort at the end of this month.

"I started the business in 2004 as a sole trader and today we have staff strategically placed across the UK and Ireland.

"In 2012 we adapted the business model to become a supply and fit contractor. I brought Maurice Grant onboard as my business partner and we have traded strongly and grown rapidly ever since."

The company has since added three other divisions to RGM Holding.

One of the divisions recently secured a 10-year Government-backed maintenance and installation contract.

"That is going to be an important platform for the group over the next number of years," said Mr Murphy.

"Danske Bank have been very supportive of RGM Vent and that has enabled us to invest in our facility and secure large-scale contracts which we would have struggled to do without their continued support.

"We're an ambitious company and are currently on target to achieve our largest turnover to date at the end of this financial year.

"We have recently procured our premises and carried out a full renovation to future proof our business growth and offer our clients the most professional services available in our sector," he added.

Danske Bank business manager Julie Skelly described the growth of RGM Vent as "a great success story".

"Raymond and his team have established a very successful company that continues to go from strength to strength," she said.

"We've provided the support RGM Vent need to tender to larger contracts, safe in the knowledge there is working capital available as needed.

"The business has committed to investing in its staff and the firm's purchase of new premises last year is a vote of confidence in the local area. 

"Working across Great Britain and Ireland has helped the company expand at an accelerated pace and we look forward to contributing to their future successes."

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