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Investment fund backing creates over 40 new jobs in Derry

By Donna Deeney

More than 40 new jobs will be created by three companies as part of Invest Northern Ireland’s Jobs Fund.

The announcement was made by Invest NI Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton during visits to Axa Insurance, Fresh Food Kitchen and One Stop Data, all based in Londonderry.

Of the three investments, one is a new inward investment project by One Stop Data.

The company specialises in providing postal, telephone and email marketing lists to help businesses in accurately targeting its direct marketing,

It is setting up a contact centre in the city, creating 24 new jobs.

Axa Insurance will take on 13 additional staff which will bring total employment at the Northland Road operation to 163.

Locally owned company Fresh Food Kitchen, which produces a range of fresh food products such as salads, sandwich fillers, desserts and mayonnaise, also plans to employ an additional five people to work on the development of a new range of fresh soups

Speaking during his visit to the area, Mr Hamilton said: “The north-west, like the rest of Northern Ireland, is still facing the challenges of the economic slowdown.

“However, as One Stop Data, Axa Insurance and Fresh Food Kitchen show, there are still opportunities out there for businesses prepared to diversify and target new markets.

“The Jobs Fund is helping these companies, and many others across Northern Ireland, to put staff in place to help them play out new strategies to protect their viability and help them grow.

“I am committed to ensuring that Invest NI does all it can to help companies to succeed, particularly during these difficult economic times.”

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