Wednesday 24 May 2017

NI firm wins €1m Defence Forces uniform deal

Soldiers in Irish Army uniforms
Soldiers in Irish Army uniforms

Simon Rowe

A Tyrone clothing manufacturer has been awarded contracts worth more than €1m to supply uniforms to the Irish Defence Forces.

Tailored Image, a family owned corporate clothing specialist based in Dungannon, has won 12 design and manufacture contracts worth €851,790 to supply dress uniforms to thousands of personnel in the Army, Air Corps, and the Naval Service.

When VAT at 23pc is added to the bill, the final figure amounts to just over €1m.

Tailored Image has an impressive track record in providing corporate uniforms to the public and private sector both north and south of the border.

Its roster of clients includes Irish Rail, Bus Eireann, Guinness Storehouse, and the Titanic Centre in Belfast. The company has also recently secured a lucrative contract to provide uniforms to 4,500 AIB staff.

The firm has another State contract providing uniforms for 7,000 An Post staff.

The deal, worth about €1m, is to design and supply workwear for counter, delivery and sorting office staff.

Tailored Image was founded 18 years ago by the Birt family.

It is managed by brothers Bernard and Brendan, who employ 60 people at their factory.

As well as operating a micro-manufacturing unit, the firm works with partner factories in eastern Europe and Asia, where it sources materials and fabrics.

Accounts filed in February show the firm's directors are sitting on a cash pile of €652,556.

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