Edgewater Announces 11 New Jobs in £1million Investment

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has announced Edgewater in Toomebridge is investing £1million to refit its manufacturing facility, rebrand and create 11 new jobs.

The County Antrim Company currently employs 45 staff and more than 100 subcontractors providing interior fitout, refurbishment and specialist joinery services to the hotel, commercial and residential sectors.

Commenting on the investment, Jonathan Bell said: “Edgewater has ambitious plans to grow its export sales to over £40 million in the next 18 months. This major investment in its premises and staff will give it the infrastructure it needs to achieve that.

“The 11 new high value jobs, which will have salaries well above the Northern Ireland private sector median, will contribute over £430,000 to the economy annually and are excellent news for the local manufacturing sector. The company is being supported by Invest Northern Ireland, which has offered it over £96,000 to support the job creation.

“Edgewater is a small export-focused company that has established a reputation for quality service. This has helped it secure a number of prestigious contracts in the past few years including, most recently, an £18 million fit out contract with award-winning property developers Redrow London on their current development of Blake Tower in the Barbican London.”

Seamus Murray of Edgewater said: “We have worked hard over the last three years to raise the company’s profile and have established links with a number of well-known hotel brands including Hilton, Jurys, Maldron, Clayton and we have recently completed the refurbishment of the 5 star Aghadoe Heights Hotel Killarney.

“We now want to build on this success by strengthening our management team and current manufacturing facilities. This will enable us to continue to offer a complete service to our clients from the initial design to project completion.

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£3.2m Investment and 50 New Jobs Announced at Leckey

First Minister, Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness today announced Lisburn based company Leckey is creating 50 new jobs as part of a £3.2million investment to expand its product offering and boost its export sales.

Leckey is market leader and a global player in the manufacture and supply of supportive equipment for children with special needs and successfully exports its positioning equipment worldwide.

First Minister, Arlene Foster said: “This £3.2million investment is a significant commitment by Leckey which makes a valuable contribution to Northern Ireland’s vibrant Life Sciences sector.

“This export focused development will help the company respond to the demands of its customers as well as help shape the future technology available within the mobility market.

“Invest NI has been working closely with this specialist business to support its product development, skills growth and marketing activities over the last three years. These 50 new jobs being created at Leckey’s is positive news for the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council area and is another welcome boost for Northern Ireland’s manufacturing industry.”

Recruitment of the 50 new jobs has already started and 18 of the roles are already in place.

The deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, said: “This £3.2million investment by Leckey is another important day for a local company who are a global leader in the development of rehabilitation equipment.

“This investment, resulting in 50 new jobs, will generate over £1million annually in additional salaries and offer valuable employment opportunities. Support for this expansion demonstrates the Executive’s commitment to help indigenous manufacturers strengthen their competitive position in export markets.

“Leckey products are life enhancing and improving and will assist many people and families to live their daily lives in a way which prior to having access to Leckey products simply wouldn’t have been possible.”

CEO James Leckey, added: “This investment is an exciting milestone in the strategic growth of our business which will focus on building our core sales and introducing a new range of products.

“Innovation has been central to our success to date and working with Invest NI we are positioning ourselves to move with key trends and developments driving growth in our target markets.”

Credit: Invest Northern Ireland