Invest Northern Ireland Helps Local Firm to Raise the Roof

Invest Northern Ireland has offered local firm Unitek Ltd based in Newtownabbey selective financial assistance of £69,980, for a development project of £553,000 that will potentially lead to 10 new jobs for the company - boosting its current employment levels to 35.

A manufacturer of structural timber frame systems for the construction and house building industries, the company has managed to increase its exporting capability by an impressive 50% over the last three years.

The development project will allow Unitek Ltd to increase their current marketing programme, employ new staff with specialist skills and has been instrumental in the company achieving the ISO9001:2000 certification.

Commenting on the companies plans to further develop their capabilities John Lyttle,managing director with Unitek Ltd said:

“By re-investing in our company we hope to further expand upon our exporting abilities and increase sales in the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the UK. The quality management accreditations will also help us to enhance our current reputation for quality with both existing and potential clients.”

The company will also be using the investment, co-funded by the EU Building Sustainable Prosperity fund, to help fund the development of one of their latest products, the ‘Uniweb’ steel and wood joist system - an innovative construction tool which will appeal to a broad base of the company’s clients.

Kevin McCann, managing director of Transport, Construction and Tourism at Invest NI commented:

“We are pleased to be able to help Unitek Ltd as it goes through this period of change which will lead to increased success for the company and help it compete more effectively in some highly competitive export markets. By investing in innovative new products the company will also be able to enhance its reputationas a leading supplier for the house building industry.”