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Lisburn blinds firm's growth puts competition in shade

By Margaret Canning

A blinds company in Lisburn today announces 80 new jobs in the next two years as it continues to grow at home and overseas.

Family-run Decora Blind Systems has been in business manufacturing its own products for 35 years.

Now it has received an employment grant of £240,000 from Invest NI's Jobs Fund - and has already filled 43 of the 80 new posts, which pay an average of £17,500 per year. The new jobs will contribute around £1.4m a year in total salaries.

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell praised the company, which already employs around 400, for its success. It is one of the biggest blinds producers in the UK.

"The company has focused on manufacturing and wholesaling speciality products, introducing contemporary ranges with high value design," he said.

Brands include Santa Fe Shutters and Sunwood Blinds.

Managing director Stuart Dickson - whose parents founded the company - said it had enjoyed consistent growth in the past five years.

The company received a Jobs Fund grant of £237,000 in 2012 towards 79 new jobs, all of which all are now in place.

The Jobs Fund was set up in response to the global downturn to give grants to enable firms to create lower-paid jobs more quickly.

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