£700,000 investment by furniture components company

Supported by Invest Northern Ireland, Lisburn-based furniture components company Camco Group is investing £700,000 in a project to increase its exports and treble its turnover to £3 million by the end of next year.

Camco, soon to become Uniwood Ltd, supplies woodworking machinery and furniture components such as PVC banding for home and office furnishings.

The investment is enhancing the company’s sales ability by upgrading its IT systems, introducing new machinery, recruiting additional staff, implementing staff training initiatives and executing a specifically targeted export marketing campaign.

David Philips, Managing Director of Camco, said: “By investing in key operations across the business, we are improving our processes and turnaround times, and significantly increasing our sales outside Northern Ireland.

“We recognised the potential to ultimately increase our turnover by upgrading the accounting, invoicing, customer database and stock management elements of our IT systems. New document management software is also helping us to streamline operations and improve our bottom line.

“Our customer relationship management has become even better with the help of new software, helping us to retain and build business with our existing customers whilst focusing on the development of new opportunities.

“Newly recruited management, sales and production staff are also making strong contributions to the growth of the company, helping us to meet the increasing demand for our products.”

Graham Davis, Invest NI’s Director of Regional Economic Development, said: “This investment demonstrates that Camco is committed to increasing its exports by developing its capability and improving its competitiveness. Camco has recognised that increasing the skills levels of its staff is a key factor for adding customer value, increasing sales, achieving sustainable growth and fully realising its potential.”