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Northern Ireland engineering firm secures grant for future growth

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L-R: Ronan Callan, general manager of Exact Group, finance minister, Conor Murphy, Mary Meehan, deputy CEO of Manufacturing NI, Stephen Cromie, owner and founder of Exact Group

Specialist precision engineering and composite finishing company, The Exact Group, is one of 550 large businesses to receive the £50,000 COVID-19 grant in Northern Ireland.

The company, which has over the last 10 years operated predominantly in the aerospace sector, has retained quality staff as well as diversifying into other sectors including pharma, medical and agriculture.

The company holds SC21 Silver, a widely recognised standard for supply chain improvement, which highlights its commitment to excellence, dedication to best practice and high-quality manufacturing.

More recently, the company successfully passed an audit of its ISO 13485 Medical Device Compliance accreditation, which allows work with companies in the pharma and medical sectors around the world.

The Exact Group has also welcomed the member of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland and finance minister at Stormont, Conor Murphy to the Exact Group in Newry.

General manager Ronan Callan commented: “This support grant along with the rates holiday has been really beneficial in helping us manage our overheads and retain key staff to help us build for the future. This has included looking at other sectors and we are currently making some inroads into the medical and pharma sectors.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the finance minister for his time visiting the company. He was very interested in the various aspects of the business and recognised the myriad of issues while working in the aircraft interiors sector. He was delighted to see that the business will be able to put the Covid-19 grant to good use and ensure that this business will remain resilient and robust, and be better prepared for future growth across many sectors.”

Mr Murphy said: “It’s great to have the opportunity to visit businesses which have received the £50,000 grant and to hear the positive difference this funding will make. These larger businesses are a vital part of our economy, employing many people locally.

“I was determined to ensure financial assistance was provided to these businesses which have been unable to access support up until now.”

The Exact Group

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Leonard Howard
After finishing his MBA from a top-ranked university Leonard joined OTC to pursue his passion which is writing. He is currently covering the industrial sector.

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