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Mivan announce 100 jobs on the back of ‘strongest ever' order pipeline

Mivan's recent work portfolio includes One Hyde Park, London, a collection of luxury homes in Knightsbridge.

ANTRIM fit-out specialist Mivan has announced the creation of 100 jobs on the back of an influx of new orders.

The company, which is continuing to recover from the impact of Covid-19 on its business, said around half the roles were filled in the second half of 2022, with recruitment underway for another 50.

The bespoke joinery manufacturer had employed around 250 people when it collapsed in 2014.

The business, which was bought out of administration by Brian McConville’s MJM Group, had been recovering well before the pandemic, reaching 200 people and sales of £37 million in 2019.

It operates across various sectors, including marine, specialist joinery, luxury residences, offices, hotels, themed and leisure interiors.

After a challenging 2020 and 2021, when its headcount fell below 150, Mivan’s chief executive John Cunningham said the fit-out company has its strongest ever order pipeline in place for 2023, prompting a fresh recruitment drive.

In an effort to fill its new vacancies, Mivan has opted to open its Antrim factory to potential applicants for a recruitment open day on Saturday January 28 (10am to 3pm).

“The first phase of our recruitment process was completed towards the end of last year and we are now recruiting for a further 50 new positions,” said Mr Cunningham.

“We have our strongest ever order pipeline in place for this year and into 2024 following an increase in demand for our high specification joinery and fi-tout services, particularly in the luxury hotel and high-end residential sectors.

“It will give people the chance to find out about us, the fantastic work we do in Antrim, and to see if working at Mivan is something they would like to pursue.”

Mivan hope to recruit 50 people in early 2023 to meet the demand from new orders.

Mivan said it wants to expand its production team with joiners, wood machining CNC operators, workshop and despatch operatives, and spray-painters. There are also new positions for a forklift driver and quality manager.

Factory manager Stephen Field said: “We are passionate about building a diverse and inclusive workforce and are seeking people of all ages, backgrounds, and from all areas of the community.

“We will be providing long-term career opportunities for local people who share our commitment to quality and excellence and who are keen to learn, develop and contribute to some really incredible, world-class construction and marine projects.”

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