Carella hiring 12 new staff to land deals in Uk and ireland
A LONDONDERRY manufacturer is expanding its workforce in order to secure new business in the interior fit-out markets across the UK and Ireland.
Carella Laminate Systems is recruiting 12 additional staff by 2019.
It says it is investing in all areas of the business, including sales, production, management and service.
The company has also expanded its facilities, recently developing bespoke premises at Campsie Industrial Estate in Eglinton.
Managing director Seamus Heron said: “We have seen a recent uplift in projects secured across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland and want to continue to grow our market share, driving sales of our worktops and contract interior fit-out solutions.
“The bespoke site we developed at Campsie and our new machinery have enhanced our production capacity and improved the efficiency of our operations.
“The 12 additional staff we are recruiting with help from Invest NI will support the anticipated growth in workload.
“It will also give us the necessary capability within the team to tender for new, higher value projects in our target markets.”
Carella Laminate Systems provides interior fit-out solutions for customers in the health, education and leisure sectors and also manufactures and supplies worktops and bonded boards for the kitchen and bedroom market.
Bill Montgomery, Invest NI director of advanced manufacturing and engineering, said: “Carella has an ambitious strategy to grow sales in Great Britain by 70% over the next three years and is focused on positioning itself to achieve this objective.
“Invest NI’S support has already enabled the company to undertake research visits in its target markets, in a bid to establish new customer relationships.
“The £90,000 offered towards the 12 new jobs will ensure Carella has the resources it needs to avail of its identified business opportunities.
“The new roles will be recruited over the next two years and once in place will contribute £407,000 in additional salaries to the local economy.”
Meanwhile, recruitment firm Hays says the number of jobs in the public sector in Northern Ireland have fallen by 15% in the last year, due to cuts and the lack of an Executive at Stormont, meaning that departmental budgets cannot be nailed down.
However Hays, a global firm with operations in Northern Ire- land, said it had grown for the seventh year in a row.
Its latest results shows job registration levels are up across construction, engineering, technology and finance.
It now employs 68 staff, but managing director John Moore said the company is adding 10 new staff across the three offices.
Hays has operations in Belfast, Londonderry and Portadown.
Invest NI’S north west regional manager Des Gartland (left) with Seamus Heron, of Carella Laminate Systems