To upgrade equipment in order to allow an existing rural-based business to expand.
Catriona Thompson has been running Express NI since 2001, providing promotional products – uniforms, t-shirts, ceramics, golf balls, etc – to hotels, societies, the National Trust and other independent companies. In order to expand the company, Catriona established that she needed to upgrade the one-head embroidery machine she used to a four-head embroidery machine that would enable her to produce items much more quickly and increase turnover.
Funding from DRAP enabled the applicant to purchase a 4 head embroidery machine, increase turnover and employ an extra member of staff.
The purchase of equipment and appropriate training to assist in the development of Express NI.
Express NI has been in operation since 2001. Express NI has two distinct yet interlinked strands to the business which are focused on hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, nursing homes (private), sheltered housing groups, hospitals, schools, clubs & societies and charities. They provide promotional products to include uniforms, garments, aprons, t-shirts etc with embroidered logos/crests/text, stationery, electrical products, ceramics, diaries/calendars, umbrellas and golf balls. The other side to the business is supply of catering equipment and utensils.
Purchase, delivery, installation and training for 4-head embrodiery machine with dedicated controlling computer and embrodiery software to include garment and cap frames.
To expand and sustain an existing rural-based business. To create one full time employment opportunity.