Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

Tesco and First Source provide double jobs boost to Waterside

Bright future- an artists impression of the £40m refurbishment of the Lisnagelvin shopping centre

Londonderry is revelling in a double jobs boost following announcements that should see 400 new jobs created in the city.

The Waterside area of the city is set to benefit from expansion plans from First Source and Tesco.

Tesco will carry out a £40m refurbishment of the Lisnagelvin Shopping Centre, subject to planning permission, that will create 250 jobs following completion.

The new 80,000sq ft store will be joined by 13 other retail units. Meanwhile call centre company First Source has signed a new contract which calls for 150 additional staff to service it.

As the company has filled all its operating space at its Springtown Business Park site, where it employs 700 staff, it is opening a new one on Spencer Road that was formerly used by Stream.

First Source's general manager Sean Harnett said: "We have secured a new contract and we are now looking to put in 150 new jobs."

The recruitment drive starts today at the Tower Hotel from 1pm to 8pm. Another one will be held on Friday on Spencer Road at the former Stream site between 12pm and 6pm.

First Source is initially looking to hire 50 people to begin training from November 23. Mr Harnett added: "We will still be recruiting up to Christmas and will be looking to employ a 100 more people after Christmas. We are looking at employing people from junior to senior positions." Tesco's Colin Hampsey said: "We are looking to expand and refurbish a 35-year-old supermarket which has been trading since the 70s.

"This project development will create 250 jobs at the site, a mixture of full and part-time jobs.

"We look for a mix of 60% part-time and 40% full-time, the rational being that the site is a 24-hour operation with a number of different shift patterns. This allows us flexible working arrangements."

Waterside Councillor Lynn Fleming said: "I welcome this huge £40million investment by Tesco at its Lisnagelvin site. The building of this new shopping complex will also give a much needed boost to the local construction industry."

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