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Kilkeel company sees rise in Republic sales

Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Co Down manufacturer Bedwin Soft Furnishings has reported growth in its cross-border activities on the back of the euro exchange rate.

The family-owned Kilkeel company said its sales in the Republic have passed £130,000 in the last 12 months, with a number of major contracts under its belt. Deals include the manufacture and installation of industrial rails and curtains for 85 apartments in Ballsbridge.

Last week the firm added an office fit-out contract in Croydon, London, to its projects. It follows a £250,000 investment in a new factory at its Harbour Road site in Kilkeel last year.

Company director Erica Maxwell said: "The last 12 months have been very successful for the business.

"It really feels like we are making our mark across the island of Ireland and across the water in the UK also.

"It has been great to see the commercial and industrial side of our business grow substantially. However, it's worth noting that domestic work still accounts for around 70% of our overall business model.

"With the way the economy has been moving and the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit, I think we have been well-placed to provide value along with high quality manufacturing and installations to customers across the border."

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