Bathroom pods player Connex to create 50 new jobs in Newry

Newry-based Connex Offsite Limited has secured multi-million-pound contracts in the Republic of Ireland and UK markets.

Newry based modular bathroom pods manufacturer Connex Offsite Limited is creating 50 jobs in Newry in a £4.6m investment to help it grow its business in international markets.

Established in 2017, Connex Offsite specialises in the design, offsite fabrication and supply of steel framed bathroom pods for the UK and Republic of Ireland construction markets.

“Covid-19 has forced restrictions on the level of labour on a construction site, which has been a catalyst for a shift to modular construction”

The new jobs will see the company grow its team from just three employees in 2017 to 53 employees by the end of 2022.

The modular future

“We have an ambitious five-year growth strategy which will position Connex as the premier UK supplier of bathroom pods,” said Connex managing director Brendan Doherty.

“We have seen huge growth in recent months; Covid-19 has forced restrictions on the level of labour on a construction site, which has been a catalyst for a shift to modular construction.

“Our pods are completely finished in a controlled environment at our site in Newry, shrink wrapped on the factory floor and are shipped to construction sites, which helps reduce the numbers of trades required on site.

“Last year, we finished a major refurbishment of our Newry factory and we have just finalised the purchase of an additional 45,000 sq ft facility opposite our current building, which will enable our production capacity to significantly increase per annum to meet projected demand,” said Doherty.

Exploring new markets

Invest NI has offered the company £355,000 of support towards the 50 jobs and a marketing development grant to help it explore new markets and develop its brand. 28 of the jobs are in place with skilled trades, admin and designer roles still to be recruited.

“For an early stage SME, Connex has achieved remarkable success over the last three years securing multi-million pound contracts in the Republic of Ireland and UK markets,” said Kevin Holland, CEO of Invest Northern Ireland.

“This is driven by the ambition and entrepreneurial flair of Connex’s managing director Brendan Doherty.

“We have been working with the company since 2019 when our Southern Regional team offered it business advice and guidance on how to grow its business, support to successfully rebrand and gave it access to the right industry expertise to undertake research into its first pod prototype. Since then, its success is driving the company to increase its workforce in Newry with the creation of 50 highly skilled jobs. Once in place, the jobs will provide a welcome boost to the Newry, Mourne & Down District Council area and contribute over £1.3m in additional annual salaries to the Northern Ireland economy.”

Main image at top: Kevin Holland, CEO of Invest Northern Ireland, with Brendan Doherty, managing director of Connex Offsite 

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 23 June 2021

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