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Northern Ireland firms in list of top exporters

CDE Global: Brendan McGurgan
CDE Global: Brendan McGurgan

By Staff Reporter

Three Northern Ireland companies have been lauded for their high levels of international sales.

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Lisburn blinds company Decora joins Co Tyrone industrial machinery business CDE Global and Newry-based construction firm mac-group in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.

The table ranks the UK’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

The three local operations, which employ 970 people between them, have grown their international sales by an average of 45% a year over the last two years to a total of £147m.

Decora is a new entrant to the list. CDE Global and mac-group both featured last year.

Decora was set up in 1979 to sell awnings to trade customers, and now makes 30,000 wholesale and bespoke blinds a week, with exports rising to £5m in 2016.

CDE Global, led by Brendan McGurgan, sells to 70 countries, and hit exports of £47.4m in 2017.

 Mac-group saw demand from overseas clients such as Oracle and IBM boost international sales to £94.7m last year. The accolade for mac-group comes as it unveils its work on Castleforge Partners’ newly-revamped office building River House on Belfast’s High Street.

The local trio appear with businesses from across Britain, including sports car maker Aston Martin, fashion retailer White Stuff and coffee house chain Caffè Nero. International sales from all the firms featured grew by an average of 62% a year over the last two years to a total of £10.1bn.

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