Belfast Telegraph

New contracts deliver jobs boost at Mivan

Fit-out firm took on 40 more staff in past year

By Margaret Canning

Fit-out specialist Mivan in Co Antrim has said it's taken on 40 new staff over the course of 2018 after securing new contracts in Great Britain.

Mivan, which is owned by Newry-based MJM Group, said an increase in business and "several major new contracts" had led to the recruitment drive.

The business already has more than 100 staff, and operates in interior re-fits, the specialist joinery sector, and the marine/cruise ship market.

It was bought out of administration by entrepreneur Brian McConville - the chairman of MJM Group - in 2014.

A spokeswoman for the company said the new work included projects in London, which are still being kept under wraps, as well as shipping projects in locations around the world.

And it has also secured a major deal in hospitality. "We are working on a major project in the hospitality sector which is ramping up temporarily as it comes towards completion and we'll be able to talk more about it in the months ahead," she said.

Mivan said it had also reinforced its management team, appointing John Cunningham as managing director and Liam Murphy as commercial director.

Mr Cunningham said: "Mivan is an iconic brand in the Northern Ireland construction sector.

"We are delighted to have been constantly recruiting over the last number of months, which will mean that by the end of this year we will have increased our workforce to more than 160 people.

"This is an exciting period of growth for Mivan, which brings with it a wealth of opportunities for our long-established team as well as new recruits." He added: "We are working on some major new contracts and have a healthy order book for 2019."

The company said that it is currently looking for project managers, site managers, site supervisors, joiners and a quantity surveyor.

MJM Group also acquired Toomebridge-based Topglass in May.

Last month, the group company reported a 20% fall in turnover to £49.5m for 2017.

But pre-tax profits at the company, which is owned by Mr McConville and his family, were up by around 5% to £7.8m.

The business said the year's performance had shown strong growth and "firm focus on driving profitability". It added: "The company spent considerable time in 2017 on strategic planning, developing new markets and building on capability.

"Driving lean principles and efficiencies is reflected in increased profitability."

MJM Group recently completed fit-out work on luxury cruise ship the Azamara Pursuit in Belfast, the first major cruise ship refit to take place in dry docks in the UK.

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