‘We refuse to engage in the race to the bottom’
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‘We refuse to engage in the race to the bottom’

Mac-Group founder Paul McKenna: “An idea is not a business.” In the space of 17 years, Paul McKenna has built his company from having just one employee to becoming the ninth-largest main contractor in Ireland , with 202 employees and more than €200 million in turnover. The company, which has grown from a niche interior fit-out contractor to a multinational construction partner, now has offices spread across Britain and Ireland. For McKenna, the motivation to get into business came from the experience in construction that led him to believe he could do it better. It would appear that others agree. Mac-Group is currently active on more than €225 million of projects including a €30 million office block in Dublin 8, a £30 million repurposing of the former Liverpool Echo building into a four-star hotel, fitting out a €25 million Government agency office in the Dublin docklands and a £15 million refurbishment in Belfast . At its helm from the start was McKenna, who has led the business through a deep recession, cut margins and travelled to locations where his existing clients had projects to pick work to keep the company ticking over. Since establishing Mac-Group, McKenna has built the […]

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