25 new posts to be created in C&C Group's £1.2m expansion
A £1.2m expansion at the drinks company behind Tennent's Lager and Magners Cider will bring 25 new jobs to an "economically disadvantaged" area of Belfast, it's been claimed.
The financial and marketing posts at C&C Group will be created over the next two years in a new commercial business support centre in Boucher Road.
Invest NI, which has part-funded the expansion, said it would generate wages and salaries of £1.3m over the next two years – suggesting average salaries of around £52,000.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the new centre marked a "substantial endorsement in Northern Ireland" and will provide much-needed employment opportunities in an "economically disadvantaged" area.
C&C's jobs were unveiled as nine new positions were announced at a construction technology specialist in Warrenpoint, Co Down.
Invest NI has offered C&C Group £249,340 for its Belfast expansion at Wildflower Way, where it currently employs 50 people.
The firm, which was formed in 1935 and headquartered in Dublin, became Tennents NI following restructuring in 2010 and also has a number of premises in Great Britain, other parts of Europe and the US.
Tom McCusker, managing director of C&C Group Ireland and Tennent's NI, said the group had been considering locations in Britain and the Republic for its new business support centre.
"Belfast emerged as the most suitable and best cost location because of the availability of skilled people here, a record of low staff turnover rates, a robust infrastructure, particularly in terms of telecommunications, and the support package from Invest NI, especially for employee training, the latter being an important focus for the group."
During a visit to the group's offices yesterday, Mrs Foster said: "The C&C Group must be applauded for creating much-needed jobs and for expanding their Belfast operation.
"It is testament to the company, which has been present in Belfast for over 100 years that it continues to develop and grow."
Meanwhile, Co Down construction firm CTS Projects has created nine new jobs. It said funding from Danske Bank led it to expand its premises and diversify into growing willow.
The firm, in Warrenpoint, focuses on providing heating systems and energy efficiency solutions for the residential, new build and retrofit markets.
The firm recently purchased a 70-acre site in Rostrevor for growing willow.
It employs over 50 people and sells products to social housing schemes in the UK and Ireland, including Clanmil Housing in Northern Ireland.
Founder Connaire McGreevy said even throughout the recession, the firm reported steady growth "driven largely by our ability to be flexible and adapt to change".
He praised Danske Bank for its financial support.