Carella hir­ing 12 new staff to land deals in Uk and ire­land

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Public Sector Jobs - BY MARK ED­WARDS

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

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