Ulster Carpets is right at the heart of the local community and, over the last 80 years, a wide range of worthwhile projects have been supported, including charitable causes, business enterprises and music initiatives.
When George Walter Wilson established Ulster Carpets in 1938, one of the main reasons behind his decision was to create employment for local people. The company remains one of the area’s largest employers and the civic duty instilled by the company founder continues to this day.
John Wilson Memorial Trust
The John Wilson Memorial Trust was set up in memory of the late John Wilson, son of Ulster Carpets founder, George Walter Wilson, following his passing in 2009.
John Wilson always had an enduring passion for business, particularly the long held establishment of significant employment in Portadown in keeping with Ulster Carpets’ place in the community. The trust is run by nominated Trustees involved in Ulster Carpets including two of John’s sons.
The trust actively seeks opportunities to support local business. From 2016-2019 the trust has mentored and supported 16 local businesses. The scheme involved a variety of local start up companies including food producers, film production, health and fitness centre and a social enterprise company supporting children in care to name but a few.
The trust also supports organisations and charities which aid other elements of the community. They have been involved in mental health programmes, research for Queens University and lately some projects involving counselling services within the community and schools.
For more information on the John Wilson Memorial Trust please see the website www.johnwilsontrust.comFind out more
Ulster Carpets recently became a Founding Member of the Ulster Orchestra’s new corporate membership scheme. Launched at the Ulster Hall, the Orchestra welcomed Ulster Carpets along with PwC, JTI, Willis Towers Watson, and Cunningham Coates as Founding Members of this important new initiative. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of refreshments, live music from Ulster Orchestra musicians and local singer/ songwriter Davy Watson, followed by the Orchestra’s JTI Lunchtime concert.
This new scheme is designed to engage with Northern Ireland’s business community and to shape and support the core activities of the Orchestra. These core activities include outreach programmes which engage with people across all age ranges, giving them the magical experience of live orchestral music.
Nick Coburn, Group Managing Director & Deputy Chairman of Ulster Carpets says; “We are extremely proud to connect our brand with the Ulster Orchestra, an organisation which embodies a number of similar values to ourselves. This membership reflects Ulster Carpet’s well-established tradition of striving to help the local community.”
Becoming a Founder Member sees the continuation of a partnership between Ulster Carpets & Ulster Orchestra having previously worked together on The Music Room, a community engagement project, in Ceara School, Lurgan. The Ulster Orchestra delivers amazing work with schools and communities across the wider society and the corporate membership scheme will help deliver more of this work.
Ulster Youth Rugby
Youth rugby is played throughout the Province in three age groups; U14, U16 and U18.
The teams participate in league campaigns throughout the season, with an Ulster Carpets Cup Finals Day taking place at Kingspan Stadium each May.
Ulster Rugby operates a ranking system across the three age groups within youth rugby.
Ulster Carpets is the proud sponsor of ‘Club of the Month’ youth rugby in Ulster. This is played across the three main age groups and in the High Schools’ competitions.
Nick Coburn, Ulster Carpets Managing Director, commented, “We are extremely proud to connect our brand with Ulster Rugby, an organisation which embodies a number of similar values to ourselves. Both organisations aspire to be increasingly progressive in everything they undertake and are making significant strides in the progression and development of their respective fields.
“This partnership reflects Ulster Carpets’ well established tradition of striving to help the local community and this agreement will encourage more young people to participate in active sport.”Find out more
Other Community Partnerships
- Druim An Deur – Ulster Carpets are proud to support the local ‘Druim An Deur’ Golf competition at Portadown Golf Club. This year’s winner was Philip Maxwell who was presented with the Open Cup by Captain Geoff Allister. The tournament took place on Saturday 1st June and was very well supported.
- RDA-Riding for the Disabled – Ulster Carpets are proud to support Riding for the Disabled NI by sponsoring their bi-annual regional magazine. If you would like to get involved with RDA Northern Ireland, please visit www.ridingforthedisabledni.org.uk
- Armagh Robinson Library – Ulster Carpets presented the Armagh Robinson Library with a significant donation to preserve the oldest publicly accessible library in Northern Ireland for future generations.Armagh Robinson Library was established in 1771 by Archbishop Richard Robinson along with Trinity College and Marsh’s Library in Dublin, it is viewed as one of the three most heritage libraries in Ireland.Nick Coburn, Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of Ulster Carpets, said: ‘We recognise that Armagh Robinson Library is an extremely valuable and attractive local facility that benefits the whole community and we are delighted to be able to offer our support.’Speaking on behalf of the Library’s Trustees, Dean Gregory Dunstan said “the donation will help to expand the Library’s work in the community and to preserve the Library’s collection.”
- Colour Dash – The ‘Heart and Sole Colour Dash 2019’ was a huge success! Ulster Carpets were proud to support this event which took part in May 2019 at Lurgan Park. All proceeds from the event went to the British Heart Foundation NI. A fantastic family fun event bringing all ages of the community together.