A Bangor telesales company is creating more than 50 jobs.
Mango Direct Marketing Limited provides direct telemarketing and customer services to a range of clients based locally, nationally and internationally and currently works with many high-profile companies in the UK, US, Australia, Ireland and Israel.
Announcing the 55 new jobs during a visit to the company, Arlene Foster said that Invest NI has offered Mango Direct Marketing £165,000 of support through the Jobs Fund to assist with its expansion.
By 2014 Invest NI aims to have supported the creation of 4,000 jobs through this measure, part of its Boosting Business initiative.
Mango has achieved year-on-year growth since its establishment in 2008 and the continued customer demand for its services, among several large home shopping and charity organisations, has prompted the company to expand its workforce.
Stuart Lally, managing director of Mango Direct Marketing, said that the support from Invest NI through the Jobs Fund will enable the firm to put in place the staff needed to take advantage of new business opportunities in the corporate sector and cement a competitive position in key markets.
"Our strategy for growth includes investing in our current staff training programs and company structures whilst also increasing our share of the niche markets in which we currently work," he said.
Mrs Foster added: "Mango is a successful business that has achieved a steady increase in sales over the past five years"
"This expansion is an important progression in the next stage of Mango's development and signals the company's ongoing commitment to the local area.
"The jobs are being supported by Invest NI Jobs Fund and will enable Mango to take on major new contracts in its key target markets.
"The business services sector is an important driver for the economy and it is encouraging to see companies investing in growth even in these difficult times."