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Lislea steel firm lands £800k export deal

South Armagh based steel fabrication company, BM Steel, has secured a deal with a Dutch telecoms firm that is expected to be worth almost £800,000 in the first year. 

The contract for the Lislea firm is a joint venture with Tewkesbury-based JB Towers, to supply steel products to DAEL Telecomm to service the Dutch and UK’s telecom markets. 

Speaking about the major deal, BM Steel director Mike Mathers said: “We have doubled our workforce in the last six months and almost trebled our turnover. 

“This is due to our ambitious growth strategy and our focus on exporting to help our business grow. We are very keen to expand further into the UK’s and European markets and grow our customer base globally.

“Exporting is literally transforming our business and we are very keen to expand further into the GB and Europe markets and grow our customer base globally,” added the company director.

BM Steel was established 14 years ago and has grown to become a leading provider of component parts and bespoke structures. 

The lucrative DAEL contract was secured with the assistance of Invest NI, whose director of trade, Alison Gowdy, said, 

“Securing this major contract with one of Holland’s biggest players in the telecommunications industry is not only a great result but will also open up more opportunities for the company.

“This experience has helped it develop the skills and confidence to make professional sales presentations and win new business. 

“Helping ambitious Northern Ireland businesses like BM Steel to identify new export markets — and then grow in those markets — is the main aim of the support that we offer.”