Bell Announces £1.5million Deal for Mackle Petfoods

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell today announced Dungannon based Mackle Petfoods, has signed a deal to supply its Naturo petfood product to Dutch supermarket giant Albert Heijn.

Welcoming the deal, estimated to be worth £1.5million over the next two years, Jonathan Bell said: “Mackle Petfoods Naturo range was launched in the UK and Ireland in 2013 and the deal being announced here will now see the product on the shelves of 200 Albert Heijn stores in the Netherlands.

“One of my core priorities is to help local businesses grow and develop through export success and innovation. Local companies are continuing to broaden their horizons and explore new horizons. Mackle Petfoods is an excellent example of a home grown family business which takes export as seriously as its domestic business, and is building on its success to date by exploring and grasping the opportunities out there to develop its business abroad.

He continued by saying “I am pleased Invest NI’s Trade Advisory Service were able to support the company enabling them to carry out essential market research and identify and set up meetings with key buyers in the Netherlands.

“This company’s success is a good example for other Northern Ireland businesses considering exporting as it highlights the significant opportunities in overseas markets with the right determination and ambition.”

Managing Director John Mackle also said “We quickly realised through intensive market research, storechecks and market visits that there was nothing quite like Naturo on the Dutch supermarket shelves. In a pet loving country like the Netherlands, with 4.5 million cats and dogs, we saw an opportunity for Naturo, especially as the Dutch prefer quality natural products

80 New Jobs Announced By Hutchinson Group In £4million Investment

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell has announced Hutchinson Group’s plans to create 80 new jobs at its Kilrea and Antrim sites as part of a £4.1million investment.

The plans, which are supported by Invest Northern Ireland, include recruiting additional skilled staff and purchasing new state of the art technology to allow Hutchinson to target new high value business in the automotive, aerospace and materials handling sectors.

Earlier this year, Hutchinson publicised its £3.2million investment in two new lasers and its new 60,000 sq ft, manufacturing site in Kilrea, signalling its confidence and commitment to growth.

Announcing the new jobs, Jonathan Bell said “Hutchinson is an ambitious and long established family business which has experienced steady growth in recent years. This latest investment in leading edge technology will significantly enhance the firm’s engineering capabilities and enable it to secure new business in its target markets.

He continued saying “The engineering sector accounts for a large proportion of manufactured exports from Northern Ireland. Hutchinson’s investment sends a clear signal to the advanced engineering sector across Great Britain and internationally that Northern Ireland has the skills and expertise to be a market leader.

Bell concluded by saying “The 80 new jobs, to be recruited over the next three years, will generate £1.85million annually in additional salaries and create valuable manufacturing employment opportunities in the Causeway Coast and Glens and surrounding council areas.

Jobs Expo Belfast

Jobs Expo Belfast to return to Stormont Hotel on 20th February

Jobs Expo Belfast, Northern Ireland’s leading jobs, employment and recruitment fair, is to return to the Stormont Hotel on Saturday 20th February, 2016. The event will show case jobs and opportunities to people with companies from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland further afield.

The event is run by Careers Unlimited, an events and careers company. Jobs Expo also runs twice-yearly in Dublin and Cork, attracting tens of thousands of job-seekers each year.

Those seeking to attend the Expo can register for FREE admission by clicking here.

If you’re an employer and wish to exhibit at Jobs Expo Belfast, please contact Careers Unlimited at the details below.

Careers Unlimited
T: 048 9099 8604
E: info@jobsexpo.co.uk