Disappointment at demise of world-renowned company Mivan

Mivan in Antrim town
Mivan in Antrim town

Business leaders and politicians have expressed their disappointment that Mivan has gone into administration.

Ann McGregor, chief executive of NI Chamber of Commerce, said it was particularly disappointing that the news came as the Chamber’s latest economic survey revealed a “sense of optimism” among its members.

Speaking yesterday, she said: “Today’s news obviously shows that there are still many challenges facing businesses today.

“As the firm continues to trade whilst all options are assessed, we hope that there is a way of saving the 289 jobs or a way of supporting those affected to find new employment.”

Construction Employers Federation managing director John Armstrong said it was a sad day for the industry.

“First and foremost our thoughts are with the 300 workers whose jobs are now in peril. It is a distressing position that all too many local construction workers have faced over the last few years. Today’s announcement is a particularly cruel blow in light of the recent stabilisation witnessed in the industry.”

Dr William McCrea of the DUP met with Mivan chief executive Ivan McCabrey yesterday and expressed his concern for the workforce,

“As we enter into a new year this is not the type of news that one would wish to hear for the Antrim area and I welcome the efforts that continue to be made by the company on behalf of their employees,” said the South Antrim MP.

He told the BBC: “It’s absolutely devastating, because some of them have given their life-blood – they have given themselves wholly to this, building it up into the stature of the company it is worldwide.”

Mr McCrea added: “However, as you know, many companies have faced this situation and many companies have faced tough trading and financial pressures in the past and this company is not immune to that.”

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kinahan said his primary concern was for the 300-strong workforce and the many sub-contractors who are creditors of the struggling company.

“I shall be contacting the enterprise minister to ensure that her department is doing everything possible to assist the administrators and to protect as many jobs as possible in order to mitigate what is potentially a devastating blow to the local economy,” he said.