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MIVAN WINS MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

Mivan, the luxury fit out and marine outfitting experts, have been awarded the Manufacturer of the Year (Over £25m) Award at the Made in Northern Ireland Awards 2024. This accolade celebrates Mivan’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and outstanding contribution to the manufacturing industry.,The Made in NI Awards, organised by Insider Media, recognise, and reward the most dynamic and innovative manufacturers in the region. Winning the Manufacturer of the Year category underscores Mivan’s exceptional performance, growth, and dedication to quality craftsmanship. Also, the win automatically achieves a place at the Made in UK Awards 2024 due to take place later this year in Liverpool.,John Cunningham, CEO of Mivan, expressed his delight at receiving the award: “This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and innovation of our entire team. We are immensely proud of our achievements and the significant impact we have made in the industry. This award not only highlights our commitment to manufacturing excellence but also reinforces our position as a leader in the luxury fit out sector.”,Mivan has consistently demonstrated its prowess in delivering high-quality joinery and fit-out projects across a diverse range of sectors, including luxury residential, prime hospitality, and marine. The company’s success is built on its investment in cutting-edge technology, a skilled workforce, and a relentless focus on customer satisfaction.,In the past year, Mivan has achieved several significant milestones, including developing its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Antrim, adopting innovative 3D design to manufacture processes, and securing high-profile contracts across the globe. These accomplishments have not only driven substantial growth but have also solidified Mivan’s reputation as a trusted partner.,As Mivan celebrates this prestigious award, the company remains committed to pushing the boundaries of excellence and innovation. Looking ahead, Mivan plans to continue its investment in sustainable practices, technological advancements, and workforce development to further enhance its capabilities and deliver unparalleled value to its clients.,For more information about Mivan and its award-winning solutions, click here., 

EIGHT MIVAN APPRENTICES TO COMPETE AT NI REGIONAL QUALIFIER

For the first time ever, Mivan, the luxury fit out and bespoke joinery specialists, will have eight competitors at the NI Regional Qualifier for SkillBuild, seven in Bench Joinery and one in Site Joinery.,The NI Regional Qualifier will take place on Tuesday 21st May 2024 at South West College, Enniskillen, with all the apprentices competing for a place at the UK final. These one-day events across the UK bring together apprentices and trainees, with the overall eight highest-scoring competitors in each specialist skill going through to the next round – the SkillBuild National Final. Last year Jamie Matthews, 2nd Year Apprentice achieved a place at the UK Final.,SkillBuild, delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), is the largest multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices. As the biggest and longest running construction skills competition, they are looking for skill and talent that is built to last.,Mivan Apprentices finished first in three out of the five local college areas in Northern Ireland to win a place at the NI Regional Qualifier. Ethan McKenna placed 1st in the Southern Regional College competition, Charlie Fleck finished 1st in the Northern Regional College contest and Tom Gallagher achieved 1st in the Belfast Met competition. Andrew Mackenzie, Jamie Matthews, Abbie Foster, and Matthew Conly also qualified for the NI Qualifier through the NRC competition. Paul Finnegan, also from NRC, achieved a place in the Site Joinery category.,John Cunningham, CEO, Mivan, said, “Last year we had a record four apprentices competing in the Bench Joinery category but to achieve eight this year, across two categories, is just fantastic. I am very proud of the apprentices and extremely pleased to say Mivan has more than half the best apprentice bench joiners in Northern Ireland. Good luck to all the apprentices taking part and I am confident the Mivan team will do very well.”,Mivan has nearly 50 years’ experience creating luxury interior experiences for clients. Working collaboratively with architects, designers, contractors, and suppliers to deliver excellence. The company successfully operates in a broad range of sectors including luxury hotels, prime residential, museums, stadiums, arenas, commercial offices, modular solutions and marine. 

MIVAN HIGHLY COMMENDED AT BELFAST TELEGRAPH BUSINESS AWARDS 2024

Mivan, the luxury fit out and bespoke joinery specialists, was pleased to be Highly Commended in the Excellence in Manufacturing Award at the prestigious Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2024.,Winners were announced across 19 categories at the glittering awards ceremony on the 2nd May at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast. It was attended by 500 professionals, including Economy Minister Conor Murphy. The Minister said the optimism of the ceremony reflected the general mood of the business community here. "I congratulate all the winners, nominees and all businesses in attendance who are at the forefront of writing a new, more prosperous chapter for our economy,” he added.,The high calibre of talent in the room was notable, and the evening was a great showcase for the very best of Northern Ireland business.,Mark Crimmins, head of Northern Ireland for title sponsor Ulster Bank, said: “This year’s Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank were a fantastic showcase for the local business community and it was fantastic to see so many industries and business leaders represented on stage. Congratulations to all the winners, who exemplify the talent and innovation companies here are so renowned for and rightly deserve to be celebrated for all they have achieved.”,John Cunningham, CEO Mivan, added, “What a great night, congratulations to all the winners and I am pleased to be recognised with a Highly Commended accolade. Last year was a great year for Mivan and I anticipate 2024 being even better. The talent in the room demonstrated the business community is in good health and continues to outperform the competitors across the water.”

MIVAN RELAY TEAMS SHINE AT BELFAST MARATHON 2024, SUPPORTING THE GAITWAY ORGANISATION

The Belfast Marathon 2024 witnessed an incredible display of teamwork, athleticism, and community spirit as four Mivan relay teams took to the streets, all in support of The Gaitway Organisation. ,With each step, these teams not only raced towards the finish line but also towards their goal of raising funds for this worthy cause. All four Mivan relay teams had a common goal beyond the finish line - supporting Gaitway. This organisation works tirelessly to provide therapies and resources to young people with mobility challenges, primarily arising from neurological conditions like Cerebral Palsy.,As the teams made their way through the marathon course, they were met with cheers and encouragement from spectators and fellow runners alike. From the starting line at Stormont to the iconic sights of Belfast, each leg of the relay was a testament to the dedication and perseverance of the Mivan teams.,With the finish line in sight, each Mivan relay team pushed themselves to new heights, fuelled by the support of their teammates and the knowledge that their efforts would benefit greatly. As they crossed the finish line, there were smiles, high-fives, and a sense of accomplishment that went beyond personal achievement.,Supporting Gaitway:,Through our participation in the Belfast Marathon 2024, the Mivan relay teams raised significant funds but if you would like to add a donation please visit - https://www.justgiving.com/page/mivancharity2024, 

WORLD EARTH DAY – PLANET VS PLASTICS

We are at a pivotal moment in time in our battle against climate change. As both a company, and individuals, we have a responsibility to take the much need steps to cutting our emissions, reducing our waste generation, and leaving a lasting, positive impact on our environment.,The planet is not invincible, our wider environment and natural resources are precious, and must be preserved for future generations to use and enjoy. ,The theme of World Earth Day this year is the ongoing battle of ‘Planet vs Plastics’. Plastics are a conflicting material, their introduction provided many immediate benefits, however, the over-production, their over-reliance, and improper disposal, have seen detrimental effects on the living environment. Both land and marine based eco-systems have experienced the worst of these harmful effects, with animal habitats being destroyed due to the build-up of waste plastics in our oceans, and countryside. Plastic pollution is a dangerous issue, as it chokes marine wildlife, damages soil and poisons groundwater, and can cause serious negative impacts to both human, animal and plant health.,Plastic production is an extremely energy-intensive process, using high volumes of fossil fuels to create. The need for businesses to opt for reusable products and navigate away from the use of single-use plastics has never been greater. Reducing plastic usage in business can reduce a company’s waste generation, improve their diversion from landfill rates, and benefit their upstream & downstream supply chain emissions.,Mivan recognises our role in tackling the climate crisis and are making moves to address our plastic usage. Per our sustainability strategy, we are committed to a reduction of single use plastics in our operations as far as reasonably practicable by 2025. Our reusable water bottles have been issued to staff last year, with other departments reviewing how they can filter out the need for plastic products. We also understand the need to train staff on the issues faced by climate change, with 12 staff currently Carbon Literacy Certified, with another 12 scheduled for next month.,As an individual, there are steps that you can take to do your part in the ‘Planet vs Plastics’ struggle. You can show your commitment by signing the Global Plastics Treaty petition issued by World Earth Day – calling for the United Nations and Governmental Organisations to commit to a formal review of their approach to plastic pollution. You can find out more information about the petition, and sign it, here: https://action.earthday.org/global-plastics-treaty,“Plastic pollution is a global problem demanding a global solution. It is an issue transcending national borders, affecting every nation and citizen on Earth.” – World Earth Day, 2024.