Building Your Business

The participant companies in the Mid-Ulster District are working through a customised management development programme over a number of months, meeting on a monthly basis. These companies include:-


Company Overview





Participant: John McGurk


AJEA is one of Cookstown’s newest High Potential Start-ups (HPSUs) it founder John McGurk having a design background has focused on unique innovations on guarding premises against flooding.



Box-it Ireland




Participant: Colin Thom

Box-it are a leading document management company assisting businesses of all sizes become more efficient with their document storage, scanning, document outsourcing, and shredding demands. With a wealth of experience and a reputation for excellent customer service, Box-it offer a fully integrated end-to-end solution for both digital and paper based documents – making document management a more simplified and cost effective process. From highly secure document storage and award winning scanning facilities, to digital document retrieval, data capture and confidential destruction of your records, Box-it offer a solution for every single organisation. In operation for over 10years, Colin Thom founded the company which is headquartered in Magherafelt. Box-it has a range of customers, including government agencies, blue-chip enterprises and a number of small to large businesses based across the UK and Ireland.With 16 sites located nationwide, customers choose Box-it because Box-it reduce their costs, improve business efficiency and provide excellent customer service at all times. Alongside a wealth of experience, Box-it also deliver award winning innovation in document storage, business processing, scanning, document lifecycle management and many other areas. As an ISO accredited company, work has also been acknowledged at the highest level through achieving a number of industry recognised awards – document manager and storage awards.




C3 Computers


Participant: Patrick Cassidy


C3 Computers is reaching its tenth year and is headed up by MD, Patrick Cassidy and is located in Magherafelt. C3 offers managed IT support services throughout Northern Ireland providing clients with unlimited support. C3 Computers work in partnership with some of the largest and most innovative computing and communication companies in the world to help bring world class technology to client companies. One of C3 Computers key strengths is its capacity to offer a Network Health Check, completely free of charge and without obligation. Regardless of whether you have a full or partial agreement with your IT provider it’s always worth getting a second opinion.C3 Computers offers organisations a free health check for both network infrastructure and the IT provision. Unlike some of its competitors C3 can provide clients with a report that provides a true and accurate picture of current provision.





 Concrete Installation Services Ltd


Participant: Niall O’Hanlon


CIS is an abbreviation for Concrete Installation Services Ltd. Niall is director of the 6 year old company based in Coalisand. CIS Ltd utilise over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry to create a service which offers our clients a traditional work ethic combined with the most up to date on site processes allowing us to tailor cost-effective site-specific packages to suit their requirements across our range of concrete cutting, core drilling, passive fall protection airbags and precast installation. CIS have completed and are currently operational on projects throughout the UK and ROI ranging in size from self-builds to 1,200-bed student accommodation projects all carried out to successful client orientated quality policy as evidenced by the volume of repeat business received from clients including one of the UK’s largest hotel builder.






Door Gallery



Dorothy Bradley & Amanda McCloskey

Door Gallery is a long-standing family enterprise in the heart of industrial Magherafelt. With over 30 years’ experience of specialising in manufacturing bespoke timber doors & windows, door Gallery also stock internal doors suitable for domestic and commercial purposes along with architectural ironmongery. The Door Gallery also manufacture solid timber skirting and architraves, sliding sash windows for the Heritage market & bifold doors being stockists with key leading industry specialists such as Farrow & Ball and Osmo.


Eco-nomic Innovations Ltd.


Participant: Jonathan Eves

Eco-nomic Innovations Ltd. works with leading Universities & Technical Colleges globally to commercialise inventions that are good for the environment. The company has a number of Patent applications in Europe, US, Japan and South Korea in diverse industrial areas – domestic boilers and mining/recycling processes. These inventions are to be licensed to leading companies. The company is based in M:Tek 1 in Monaghan and is headed up by Jonathan Eves who has twelve years’ experience in commercial research laboratories complemented by six years practical production experience. During his career in multi-nationals, Jonathan was the R & D Programme Manager for the first of De Beers’ new generation digital diamond sorting machines during their successful commissioning.  He successfully introduced a mineral recovery innovation to the Anglo American Corporation called column flotation.  Jonathan also developed a commercial flowsheet for a process utilising neutron radiography.




Hurl Construction/Swiss Facades


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Participant: Anne Hurl


Based in Magherafelt, Swiss Facades has over 6 years expertise of the cladding Industry which has been gained through working directly with architects and contractors to understand their needs and expectations. Equipped with a deep understanding of their requirements, Swiss are able to assist clients to achieve efficient and effective solutions in particular to identify ways to minimise the environmental impact on site by reducing waste through its cutting services, material ion, and installation process. At Swiss Facades, all projects are embedded with the need to know how cladding products are made, delivered and installed. Swiss involvement is from the early stages, with the architects specification, right through to the installation on site. It is on this basis Swiss aim to continue to have a collaborative approach to understand their clients’ mission, vision and needs, to transform and deliver their ideas into reality.




Insight Solutions

 Insight Solutions



Participant: Fergal O’Donnell



Dungannon-based firm Insight Solutions has been trading for just over 2 years and is headed up by Fergal and Aodhan O’Donnell with a total of 28 years’ experience in the field between them. Insight’s approach is grounded in reality having a deep understanding of knowing what it is like to run organisations, develop policy, undertake research and deliver successful public affairs campaigns and provide evidence to the scrutiny of committees in order to lobby and push for change. Insight have expertise in building a common focus, inter-agency working and developing partnerships at all levels from a local community level right through to European level. Only with a full insight’ can sustainable and effective solutions be identified and implemented. Insight’s approach with clients is focused on developing a full understanding of the context and issues faced, identifying a clear evidence base, recognising stakeholders needs and any constraints or risks. Clients are typically public, private and NGO sector in all industry sectors.






Participant: Malcolm Donnelly


LLEW is the brainchild of Malcolm Donnelly, founded 2 years ago but based on over 30 years’ experience in the financial world. LLEW is headquartered in Dromore, co. Down but works in partnership with offices in Mid-Ulster and is practised in financial law both sides of the Border with a recent focus on the financial implications of Brexit of clients. Malcolm joins PLATO to network with like-minded individuals and develop the business of LLEW.


Website: Under Construction


LoughShore Veg

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Participant: Ursula Cushnahan


LoughShore Veg is a long-standing family business in Dungannon and Coalisland in County Tyrone. Having over 20 years’ experience in packing the freshest vegetables for B2B customers primarily retail and catering and hospitality. Employing almost 25 staff, the company has gone from strength in the last 10 years and seeks to use its experience on the PLATO Programme to further develop market sectors, enhance branding and learn from how others are growing their business.



Northern Counties Co-operative Enterprises Limited


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Participant: Paul Coyle

Paul Coyle is the General Manager of Northern Counties Co-operative Enterprises Limited, NCCE and is based in Swatragh, County Derry. As with most co-ops, NCCE has a long history and is now in its 55th year, employing 14 full-time and 20 part-time. The Society was founded in 1963 and on a ten acre site; the business  now consists of a Farm ware Supplies Store, a Livestock Market, an Indoor Auction Centre and a Pottery Supplies business (Ulster Ceramics) all trading in their respective markets. The Vision of the business is to be the leading Farm services provider in the Mid-Ulster Region, consistently adding value for its stakeholders and being recognised by its members, non-members and suppliers as best in the field. The Company is entering an exciting phase of development as NCCE continues to develop both its existing businesses and look to new commercial opportunities.



Sign Reload


Participant: Darren Mallaghan


Sign Reload offers the complete sign and design service from first initial ideas and consultation through manufacture and installation, local or nationwide. Whatever the client’s signage requirements from small stickers to complete corporate branding, Sign Reload aims to provide a professional and personal service, with quality and affordability. Sign Reload specialises in manufacturing and installing all types of signs and printed stickers from shop signs, school signs, or banners, vehicle graphics, window lettering or safety signs. Sign Reload works closely with clients from project concept through to completion, having major clients such Aer Lingus, Donnelly Group, Burger King, major food retailers and so on.



Swisher Hygiene


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Participant: Seamus Grimes


Dungannon-based franchise of Swisher Hygiene was bought in 1998 by Seamus Daley and now employs 6 staff. The Swisher concept is simplicity itself "We sanitise rest-rooms better and more cost effectively than has been done before". Many businesses in the leisure industry are now realising to their cost that many customers form an unshakable opinion on the quality the restaurant or leisure business from the cleanliness of the toilets. If people walk into a rest room and it smells and is dirty they automatically assume the kitchen is the same. Swisher offer a specialist service that is aimed at improving not only the cleanliness of the toilet but the overall image of the business. In addition Swisher offer a range of specialist consumables that together enables them to offer a hospital grade hygiene system. The "Sanitised by Swisher" sticker enables a business to relax and assures its customers that they care about their health and wellbeing. Internationally Swisher has built up an impressive client list including McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut as well as thousands of smaller chains of restaurants and companies.

Website: Under construction



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