Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster presents Andrew Martin with the keys of his new mobility vehicle from Taxi and Bus Conversions. Also pictured is David Donnell, Managing Director of Taxi and Bus Conversions.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster today opened Taxi & Bus Conversions Limited’s new purpose-built factory in Dungannon.
The expansion forms part of a £2.5million investment by the company, aimed at growing sales to Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
Arlene Foster said: “This state-of-the-art production facility marks an important milestone for Taxi & Bus Conversions Limited and signals its commitment to long-term growth.
“From humble beginnings eight years ago, this specialist business has steadily grown its sales to Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, building up valuable relationships with leading vehicle manufacturers.”
Invest Northern Ireland has offered the Co. Tyrone firm over £170,000 towards its expansion plans, which includes creating 19 new high quality jobs over the next two years.
The Minister continued: “Invest NI’s continued support has played a significant role in the company’s growth to date and enabled the business to increase employment and invest in marketing, R&D and skills development.
“The impressive new production facility will underpin the company’s ambitious growth plans, while the 19 new jobs will make a valuable contribution to the local community and wider economy.”
Taxi & Bus Conversions Limited was established in 2006, and specialises in the adaption and conversion of mobility vehicles, taxis and minibuses and specialist vehicles throughout GB and ROI. It was the first conversion company in the UK to gain Full European Type Approval for its wheelchair accessible Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life and is accredited by the new N1 Enhancement scheme.
David Donnell, MD of Taxi & Bus Conversions, said: “It has always been our priority to ensure that all our conversion work for both cars and minibuses, meets with industry standards and have invested time and energy to align the business with all new and existing legislation.
“This level of rigorous testing has helped us secure vehicle specific accreditations and build an alliance with VW and Motability, amongst others.
“We are a customer focused business and this has helped us consolidate our position and given us a strong platform for growth.
“Moreover, the support we received from Invest NI over many years has accelerated that business growth and helped us establish a solid reputation among our customer base. Our success to date combined with our growth programme demonstrates our passion for building a company to be proud of. Our new premises will help elevate the business to another level and enable us to generate increased sales to our target markets.”