A Co Antrim clothing printing firm says it will grow its sales and workforce by around 20% this year, as part of a new £250,000 investment.
Lisburn-based Reach EPS currently employs 24 people, but is set to expand its business further.
The firm specialises in screen-printing and embroidery and is growing with help from Ulster Bank.
Reach EPS director Chris Leitch now says he will add at least six new staff to the business, and increase turnover by a fifth this year.
“Our traditional business is screen-printing and embroidery for a wide range of businesses, but we have also invested considerably, with the support of Ulster Bank, to develop a new school uniform operation which now has over 100 local schools signed up,” he said.
“It is e-commerce-centred, allowing parents to order their child’s uniform from a bespoke online shop, with the school getting a percentage of the sale price.
“As part of the development of the school uniform business, we have decided to open a retail outlet in Lisburn to enable parents to see the uniforms, and children to try them on. The new unit will also support the further expansion of our other services, including enabling us to be the first stockists of Italian sportswear brand Legea in the UK.
“Last year we also expanded our operation in the Republic of Ireland and are now seeing strong growth in that area.”
Pamela Gaston, business manager at Ulster Bank, said: “We’re open to good applications for finance in order to help local businesses take the next steps and provide meaningful help for what matters to them.”