Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Green energy shift creates 20 jobs at electrical firm GR White & Son

Arlene Foster said that GR White was an example of a successful family business
Arlene Foster said that GR White was an example of a successful family business

Twenty jobs have been created at an electrical company in County Fermanagh as it pursues new opportunities within the renewable energy sector.

The new positions at GR White & Son, in Tempo, which already employs 35 people, will include apprentice and qualified electricians, quantity surveyors and project planners.

Invest NI has offered £42,000 of support for six of the 20 new positions.

Rodney White, operations director of the company, said that it aimed to significantly grow turnover over the next two years and increase its market share in Ireland and the UK.

"The company has an extremely strong portfolio of completed projects in education, health, utility and public sector markets," Mr White added.

"With our expansion now under way, we plan to grow this further by adding a more diverse range of services within the company. By doing so, we are sure that we can secure more market share.

"We are very grateful for the support we have received from Invest NI and could not have embarked on expansion within the business over such a short period without its assistance."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the new jobs were a direct result of a decision by the company to focus on new opportunities within the renewable energy sector.

"The expansion of GR White & Son will help create sustainable employment within the local Fermanagh area, as the new roles are for both apprenticeships and qualified employees," she added.

"These jobs will suit people just starting out in their chosen careers as well as those looking to develop their current professional skills.

"GR White & Son is an example of the resilience, innovation and hard work which is characteristic of so many successful Northern Ireland family-run businesses.

"George and Rodney White have seen growth in the company over the last 40 years by continually targeting new opportunities.

"For Northern Ireland to prosper, we must ensure that businesses are supported, new markets are explored and that companies are encouraged to compete by growing exports."

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