Coleraine husband and wife team Billy and Sharon Nicholl are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the formation of their company, Causeway Coast Stables (CCS), with employees.
Invest Northern Ireland Director of Local Economic Development, Graham Davis, joined the CSS team for the celebrations last week at the company’s modern manufacturing plant at Wattstown Business Park.
The anniversary celebrations follow the company’s most recent success in winning a substantial contract in the Republic of Ireland for its unique American style barns which are targeted at the developing equestrian industry there.
The company, which moved to Wattstown from premises at Macosquin two years ago, also specialises in the design and manufacture of a range of handmade wooden and timber-framed products including sheds.
It is currently implementing an Invest NI-backed drive to expand sales of its products to markets outside Northern Ireland, as well as developing business opportunities here.
Congratulating the company on its achievements over the past decade, Mr Davis, said: “This is an entrepreneurial business which has set itself apart in the market as a designer and manufacturer of a broad range of products which consistently combine high quality with innovation.
“The sharp focus which it has developed on opportunities outside Northern Ireland, particularly in the Republic of Ireland, is now paying dividends in terms of contracts placed and a high level of inquiries for its American style barns.
“We continue to offer this ambitious and progressive business practical support for its export marketing and new product development. The impressive manufacturing facilities it now has in Coleraine are enabling it to add value to its products and enhance its cost competitiveness through continuously improving efficiency,” he added.
“Mr Nicholl, who formed the business in 1998 with Sharon, said: “We have created a highly skilled and motivated team here at Coleraine over the past decade. We’ve faced and surmounted many business challenges and continued to invest in our facilities, people, products and services to customers.
“Our success is built on these strong foundations – superb quality products, the capability and willingness to adapt products to the needs of customers and in attention to detail. Our commitment is to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of customers. It’s an ethos which runs throughout the company and helps to ensure our continuing competitiveness at home and outside Northern Ireland,” he added.
As well as the Republic of Ireland, the company is seeking to build its business in Great Britain and other parts of Europe. It employs 10 people in Coleraine.