Causeway Coast Stables Invest In Export Growth

Mar 14, 2006

Causeway Coast Stables (CCS) at Macosquin, Coleraine is investing £297,000 with support from Invest Northern Ireland to increase sales of its innovative timber-framed stables, American style barns and other handmade wooden products to markets outside Northern Ireland.

The company’s expansion plan, which includes the construction of a new factory at Wattstown Business Park in Coleraine, was announced today by Billy Nicholl, CCS Managing Director, and Kevin Helferty, Manager of Invest NI’s North West Local Office (NWLO) in Londonderry. NWLO has a satellite office in Coleraine which assists companies in the area.

CCS designs, manufactures and erects its timber-framed products to the specifications of customers. The expansion will create five new jobs over the next two years.

Mr Nicholl, who formed the business in 1998 with wife Sharon, said: “We have identified significant export opportunities in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain for our products, especially in the equestrian industry for our timber-framed stables. Although the Republic already accounts for 70 per cent of our business, we see scope for further growth there, now that we have a solid base in the market.

“Feedback from trade shows that we’ve attended recently, including a major exhibition for our sector in Birmingham, has been very positive and we would anticipate business being placed by new customers in Great Britain in the near future. It’s also our intention to explore opportunities in Europe.

“Our modular stables are attracting attention because they combine quality with benefits that include low installation and maintenance costs. They can also be erected faster than conventional block-built structures.

“As a result of increasing demand for our products, we are currently working at full capacity. The new factory will enable us to increase production and to expand our stock levels which will enable us to maintain our reputation for a quick response to the requirements of customers. Invest NI has been very supportive and is working closely with us in the development of the business,” he added.

Mr Helferty, commenting on the CCS investment, said: “Our support has been geared to help the company increase its capability in export markets by developing marketing skills and by strengthening its production through the construction of a purpose-built factory.

“The company has recognised that it must focus on exports to achieve growth and that there are substantial opportunities in the Republic and Great Britain from the increasing interest in equestrian pursuits. This strategic move into the Republic, therefore, represents a significant way forward for the company at an opportune time in market conditions.  

“Invest NI’s support for the investment reflects our strategic objective of  assisting locally-owned companies to achieve higher levels of growth by focusing on markets outside Northern Ireland,” added Mr Helferty.

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