Carrickfergus family-owned firm confident of employment increase

A Carrickfergus bespoke furniture company has been named the Federation of Small Business (FSB) Northern Ireland Family Business of the Year 2020.

Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 6:39 pm

Abbey Upholsterers, which is family owned, has been providing high quality furniture, specialist joinery and fit out solutions for over 90 years with its project list ranging from some of the world’s leading 5-star hotel properties to spectacular private residences and even football stadia.

Like many companies, Abbey Upholsterers has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic with many of their 2020 orders being postponed or paused. It has been resilient and after the period of obligatory furlough has returned all staff to the factory and is working again against a solid order book for 2021.

Paul Devlin, managing director, said: “Following a difficult year for all businesses we were delighted to be recognised by the FSB and are looking forward to the UK finals later in the year. We are confident that in 2021 business will prosper with increased employment and productivity.”

Abbey Upholsterers.

Graham Whitehurst, chair of the Mid & East Antrim Manufacturing Task Force said: “Abbey Upholsterers are one of the key employers in the borough and I am delighted that they have been recognised by FSB NI with this award. Congratulations to all the team.”

The business, which employs over 100 people, now enters the UK finals of the FSB Awards.

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