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Minister announces £1m investment by Priory Press Packaging

From left, Diane Dodds, Ernest McConville, chairman, and Mark McConville, managing director, Priory Press Packaging.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced packaging manufacturer Priory Press Packaging is investing over £1m in new machinery as part of plans to grow the business into new markets.

The Minister visited Priory Press Packaging and other companies in the Ards and North Down area to hear feedback on how businesses are coping with the challenges associated with Covid-19.

The Co Down SME currently supplies printed carton packaging for manufacturers across a range of sectors including food and beauty.

“The new machinery will allow the company to increase export opportunities and the overall productivity of its business,” said Dodds. “It comes after the company spotted a niche gap in the market and will allow it to diversify to supply products for the pharmaceutical market.”

Invest NI has been working with Priory Press since 2011 and has offered a range of support including trade market visits, job creation, skills development of staff and technical product assistance. This latest offer of £91,800 will support the company to invest in new machinery and create two new jobs.

Mark McConville, managing director of Priory Press Packaging, said: “Invest NI’s long term support has been invaluable and has been key in bringing our business to the level it is today. It is also helping us secure our ISO accreditation for the Pharmaceutical Packaging Standard, which is important for us to be credible within the sector and will open doors with potential clients.”

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