First Minister praises Christies Direct

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North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey has welcomed the First Minister Arlene Foster MLA to local Ballymoney company Christies Direct.

Christies Direct was established in 1992 and have become one of the leading Dog Grooming Suppliers in the world.

Commenting after todays visit, Mervyn Storey said: “I was pleased to welcome the First Minister to Christies Direct, so that she could see at first hand the success of this local family own business. The company can rightly claim to be one of the leading dog grooming companies in the world.

“In 2011 they were winners of Best Growth Business in the North Antrim Business Awards. This award was made to the company who exhibited the best growth in sales both at home and in export markets. In 2014 they were voted Best Grooming Supplier of the Year and Best Grooming Event of the Year at Master Groom, as voted for by professional groomers.

“In 2016 the team behind the Christies Direct website were named as the DNA Digital Team of the Year, sponsored by Deloitte Digital! The Christies Direct website is the second most visited pet grooming website in the world. All very impressive from a local Ballymoney bases company.”

Speaking after a visit to Christies Direct in Ballymoney, First Minister Arlene Foster said: “I was delighted to hear that Christies Direct are Europe’s number one supplier of Pet Grooming products, exporting to over 30 countries worldwide.

“This is an excellent example, set here in Ballymoney by Christies Direct, of one of a growing number of Northern Ireland’s indigenous companies who are reaching out to new markets, developing their product lines and in doing so growing their company.

“I would encourage our business sector to look at such examples as to what can be achieved. I wish every future success to the team at Christies Direct as they continue to maximise their customer base worldwide.”