Building Your Business
Newry, Mourne and Down District Cluster

The participant companies in the Newry, Mourne and Down District are working through a customised management development programme over a number of months, meeting on a monthly basis.

The participant SMEs include the following:-


Company Overview

First Stop Solutions



Jason Ruddy


First Stop Solution NI Limited is a financial services business, based in Portadown. Founded By Jason 7 and half years ago employing 7 full-time employees the business through his involvement in PLATO previously, Jason exploring growing the business laterally and partly-sold the business to concentrate on specific customer niches working with larger clients to provide financial solutions directly.

First Stop Solutions strive to offer clients a comprehensive solution to their protection needs, both now and in the future. First Stop Solution NI Limited is an appointed representative of Intrinsic Mortgage Planning Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.




Food Safe System

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Neil Bradley

Neil Bradley is the founder of Food Safe System, a digital record keeping system designed for the food service and production industries – 2 years in the making! The business is concerned with the set-up and design of software systems for the hospitality sector. IoT a Key Ingredient for Food Safety. Food Safe System replaces your current Food Safety compliance paperwork with a quicker, easier & more efficient process using smartphone technology, wireless sensors and cloud computing. Neil is a winner of the Entrepreneurial Spark Award and shortlisted for Invent 2017.




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Martin McEvoy

Gabriel Mc Evoy (Martin’s Father) started in business in 1954.He then moved into retail and had a small grocery shop on Monaghan Street  close to where Mc Parland’s hardware is now. From there he moved up to just below Snaubs and started selling men’s clothing. In 1969 he progressed further and purchased  larger premises. With the help of his wife, Rita he started to sell ladies, children’s and school wear. Over the next few years he purchased the two adjoining properties which takes us to where we are now. We extended into home wares, haberdashery and work wear. Martin started a clothing alterations service 2 years ago which has taken off. Me Evoys employs 14 staff in total and is open 7 days a week. Being independent retailer has its challenges and the need to sell online is growing. This business has been built on strong family values combined with good customer service, quality and value.



Mobile VMS Limited

 Mobile VMS Ltd. 

Michelle Curran

Mobile VMS offer a range of Mobile Variable Message Signs, mobile CCTV, mobile sensor trailers and JamLogicTM traffic management software. These products form part of our bespoke temporary ITS (Intelligent Transport System) solution. MVMS range of products are suitable for all roads or events, where the provision of travel time/ incident information is key to effectively utilising the increasingly busy road network. With bases in Ireland and England, Mobile VMS can service the UK, Ireland and Europeans markets with ease. Mobile Variable Message Signs Ltd. has endeavoured to provide high quality products with the latest technology innovations and unrivalled aftercare. Utilising our product range and extensive expertise, Mobile VMS strive to create the safest and most efficient road works environment possible.

Michelle is the Commercial Manager.



Mourne Timber Solutions


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Seamus Sands

Mourne Timber Solutions is the brainwave of Seamus Sands, Managing Director and his UK Business Partner Nigel Thompson, Sales Director. Est. August 2011 to sell specialised, dedicated timber products to the UK and Irish wood industry as commission agents and brokers. MTS has considerable experience managing the supply of joinery materials to manufacturers, the provision of technology training and the development of new products. We are continuing to perform similar tasks on behalf of reliable and trusted producers of dedicated timber products. Currently, they are able to supply oak, glued panels, hardwood lam, firewood, softwood and hardwood mouldings, redwood and whitewood and many more. MTS is continually seeking to bring further bespoke timber products to the market working in close partnership with customers to find the right solutions.




Need of Meats


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Adele Curran









Newry City Physio Centre


  Geraldine McKnight




Need of Meats is B-2-B supplier of meat produce within the hospitality sector. A second generation family business, based in WIN business park spanning two units, the company specialises in working with local suppliers for new product development of adding value to local traditional meats. All products are made in its EU approved manufacturing facility based in Newry. Need of meats range of products includes all the most popular cooked cuts of beef, chicken and pork, pulled pork, ham beef and pepperoni. We can slice/dice products to make suitable for sandwich fillings, salad ingredients, or, combined to make dippers or toppings.

Adele Curran is sales manager.








Situated on the Dublin Road in Newry, Newry City Physio Centre offers qualified and members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy practitioners with many years of clinical experience and expertise in their field enabling them to treat a wide variety of clinical conditions. The practice maintains close links with and has referrals from local GP’s, Consultants and other health professionals in the area. Treatments available for musculoskeletal conditions such as Back and neck Pain, Joint and Muscular Problems, Sports Injuries, Orthopaedics and  Work Related Injuries include Joint and Spinal Manipulation and  Mobilisation, Massage, Post-Operative Rehabilitation and Personal Exercise Programs. Geraldine McKnight is director of the Practice.






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Michael Lynch


Based in Warrenpoint, County Down, Michael has grown the business organically producing chemical free products to treat skin conditions. Orlden Herbal Products has been trading for circa 6 years now and focusses on supplying the beauty industry in the main product categories of dry skin, creams for children, facial products including aftershaves and interestingly ointments for livestock.  There are no parabens, lauryl sulphates,, amines, mineral oils, lanolin, artificial fragrances or other harmful chemicals in Orlden products. None of Orlden’s products are tested on animals nor do they contain any animal by-products. Michael is currently seeking to grow the livestock product range.


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Platinum Recruitment

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Deirdre Sharvin

PLATINUM Recruitment is a boutique recruitment agency established in 2006 based in Downpatrick and a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). Its team of highly experienced and qualified recruitment professionals excel in supplying temporary and permanent staff to businesses and organisations across NI offering a complete recruitment solution. PLATINUM can help ease the workload with maximum flexibility and a multi-layered low cost end to end process. Job seekers are also helped to find their ideal roles with a personally tailored service.

PLATINUM specialises in recruitment for various services including Finance, Administrators, Professional Management Services, Industrial and Catering, Education, Sales, Marketing, Information Technology, Engineering and Driving roles. Most recently PLATINUM has been engaged for exciting projects such as medical recruitment for NZ market and agency staff for PGA European tour 2017.

Deirdre is Director of the company.





Quantum Outsource


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Domingos Ferreira



QS provides software solutions, training and support to assist companies improve stock control and manage their warehousing and fulfilment operations. QS also help companies integrate their online selling channels through the use of leading technologies through e-commerce websites, integration with multiple shopping channels like Magento, shopify, Amazon, eBay and managing and controlling your stock with our leading Warehouse and Fullfillment management systems. Quantum Outsource assists companies in improving you efficiency.

Domingos, originally from South Africa is owner of the company which was established approx.. 7 years ago and is based in Ballynahinch and has circa 5 full-time employees.  




The Marquee Company

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Emma McKernan


The Marquee Company is an established, family business which specialises in providing a friendly, personal and efficient service to our clients. At, the Marquee Company, we understand that each event is unique and important so we work closely with clients in planning their event and making it special. The Marquee Company’s project management team takes care of the practicalities from site inspection to collection. Every detail relating to your marquee is supervised to make sure that everything goes smoothly. It is this attention to detail which brings customers back to us time and time again.

Based in Newry, co. Down, Emma is Sales Directo





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