Belfast Telegraph

Todds activity centre takes a Leap into jobs market

By Clare Weir

A Co Tyrone activity centre is taking on 10 staff to meet growing demand from the Republic.

Todds Leap in Ballygawley operates one of the largest outdoor activity centres in Ireland, as well as a pallet racking and shelving manufacture business and a vehicle modification business.

The activity centre features 100 acres of purpose-built outdoor tracks, activities and team-building courses used for corporate entertainment, training days, extreme driver training and youth activity events.

The three businesses, owned by Benedict O Hanlon, employ 34 full time and 26 part time staff and the new staff are needed to meet growing demand for their services. Invest NI has offered support of £49,500.

Mr O'Hanlon said that the company has worked hard to raise the profile of the businesses.

"The support from the Jobs Fund will help us to put into place the staff needed to service the activity centre and support the pallet racking and vehicle modification businesses," he said.

Ian Murphy, director of Invest NI's growth division, added: "Over the last few years, Todds Leap has grown its turnover and increased its profitability and reputation across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

"As a result, Benedict needs to expand his workforce across the three businesses. With support from our Jobs Fund he will be able to recruit the staff quickly."

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