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Expansion shows company's not sitting on laurels

By John Mulgrew

A Co Londonderry family business which makes specialist healthcare seating is creating more than 60 jobs. Limavady-based company Seating Matters plans to boost employment with 64 jobs in the next year.

It makes therapeutic chairs to help people with comfort, provide postural support and reduce of bed sores. The chairs are sold throughout the world.

The company was set up in 2006 by the Tierney family and over the past nine years it has seen increased demand and headcount.

It currently employs 125 people at its Limavady base, but is set to grow considerably in 2016.

Managing director Martin Tierney said he was "not surprised by the demand" for the chairs, which are sold as far afield as Australia and the US.

"The people of Belfast have the same conditions as the people of Boston or Brisbane," he added.

"The extensive clinical research that we have conducted with Ulster University clearly demonstrates how we can help these patients. We are so pleased to be able to meet the demand and help so many people across the world.

"I'm delighted to reveal that we will be expanding our workforce even further than we have in the past couple of weeks and we will be recruiting people for various roles in the New Year."

The family business exports across the globe, with distribution in the US, Canada, Australia, France, Denmark, Sweden and Netherlands.

The dozens of new jobs will cover a range of areas at the seating company, including telemarketing, research and development, customer care, assembly and upholstery.

The firm has also been working alongside Ulster University to carry out research into how seating can reduce the risk of pressure ulcers, discomfort and pain and improve blood oxygen levels.

The research project was led by the company's clinical director, Martina Tierney, who has practised as an occupational therapist for more than 30 years.

According to the company's joint research, their chairs lead to an 88% reduction in pressure ulcers. Seating Matters said the findings "are having a significant impact on patient care across the world".

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