Belfast Telegraph

Innovative Barrett Group backs Belfast Telegraph property awards gala

By Stephanie Bell

In an ever-changing marketplace, Belfast-based Barrett Group is one local business which is always a step ahead when it comes to meeting the needs of estate agents.

Set up in 1989 by Brian Barrett, there is a team of 25 employees dealing with over 180 estate agents in Northern Ireland.

Its cutting-edge and all-encompassing provision includes everything from an easy-to-use online service to order residential or commercial 'for sale' or 'to let' advertising boards, to providing the latest LED shop window displays, vehicle branding or entire shop fit outs.

Barrett Group is delighted this year to sponsor the Best Property Marketing of the Year category in the 2018 Belfast Telegraph Property Awards.

Brian Barrett has recently embarked on a huge investment of £100,000 in a new 2,000 sq ft showroom at the firm's Crumlin Road premises, intended to showcase the quality and breadth of work undertaken by the group in a way not seen before.

He said: "Starting from a shell, we can design and deliver the finished product. This includes everything from plumbing or electrics to IT, LEDs, signage, shop front and glass displays. We do it all.

"With our new showroom we are trying to create a new innovative customer experience, like a walk through brochure.

"We operate from a listed building and when the showroom is completed, customers will be able to enter on the ground floor via listed doors and find what looks like a typical street on the first floor, having climbed the listed staircase.

"The floor will look like cobbles and we will have several different types of shop fronts including Victorian and modern designs.

"We will have pods set out as different types of retail units, designed and manufactured by our in-house team.

"Inside the units we will be using specialist graphics on wallpaper to create different looks and each pod will showcase what we can do, all designed and manufactured by Barrett Group."

In the past year, Barrett Group has fitted out new retail units for leading agents such as Simon Brien Residential in Newtownards, McClearys on Belfast's Cregagh Road, Philip Tweedie & Co and Armstrong Gordon, both based in Portstewart.

Mr Barrett added: "We are constantly looking at new technology and ways to improve our offerings to keep on top of the game. Now that the industry is growing we are delighted to support the Belfast Telegraph Property Awards and let people know more about what Barrett Group can do."

You can find out more of what this business has to offer on its website www.wearebarrett.com. Entries for the awards close at noon next Wednesday (October 10). Full details on categories and how to enter can be found at www.belfast telegraph.co.uk/property awards