Building Your Business
Irish Times features PLATO EBR Parent Company MJM

18 March 2015

Plato EBR parent Company got impressive and well deserved converage in an recent article in the Business Section of The Irish Times. The following is taken from the article.

MJM Ltd has been a major exhibitor at the Cruise Shipping Conference taking place in Miami last week, which has attracted thousands of key industry players from across the globe. Brian McConville started this world renowned company 32 years ago, which prides itself on its craftsmanship. He began his working life as a joiner. But even in his early days always wanted to have his own business rather than work for someone else because he wanted to “have a nice wife, nice house, nice family and nice car”. McConville’s habit of “working day and night” helped him achieve this ambition pretty quickly so he decided he was “fit for more” and the result today is that MJM is a global business with a turnover last year of £55 million and potentially £70 million this year.

Over the last three decades, it has developed a global reputation as an expert fit-out and refurbishment specialist for cruise liners, ferries and super yachts to luxury hotel groups such as the K Club.

McConville’s motto while building his company into a multimillion-pound concern which has facilities in London, France and Poland was always to “stay low, fly low, don’t blow”.

“I come from a small humble farm in Rathfriland, it isn’t in our nature to blow. What I wanted to do was build a strong business and a strong brand in MJM,” McConville says.

His approach could not have been more different from one of his major competitors on the island – Mivan, a firm which liked to get its name out and tell everybody what it was doing.

But when Mivan collapsed last January with the loss of 250 jobs and owing millions of pounds to creditors, McConville quietly acquired Mivan’s assets from the administrator.

He has spent the last year rebuilding the company by focusing on its core business – specialist joinery – and creating new opportunities for the Antrim-based organisation.

McConville did not mothball the Mivan brand, despite its recent sorry history. Instead, he chose to give it a new lease of life and, in the process, has rehired more than 100 of its former employees.

“Mivan built a global brand and we can use that. We are rebuilding Mivan and I am very confident about its outlook – I expect we will continue to create more jobs.”


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