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Jobs boost as cooking oil firm Frylite opens new Lisburn depot in £2m investment


Eamon McCay, managing director at Frylite

Eamon McCay, managing director at Frylite

Eamon McCay, managing director at Frylite

Food oil business Frylite is creating 25 jobs as it opens a new depot in Lisburn in a £2m investment. 

It is the Co Tyrone-based firm’s sixth depot, along with others in Coleraine, Cork, Dublin, Galway and its Strabane headquarters. 

The business has 230 staff across its existing five sites. 

It supplies cooking oil to businesses such as restaurants, bakeries, fast-food outlets and hotels, and also collects used cooking oil. 

Operations director, Martin Gormley, said the new depot would cut down on its carbon emissions as up until now, customers around Belfast have been served by the Strabane depot. 

He said: “We are delighted to be able to make our mark on yet another part of the province in terms of growing our business but also contributing to the local economy through the creation of new roles. 

“For decades, we have grown our client portfolio in and around the Belfast and Lisburn areas and those customers were serviced by our Strabane-based team. So, as our base grew, it made sense to open a new depot in that area.” 

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He said the move meant “an efficient business model that offers more competitive pricing for our customers”. 

The company said it is also planning to use its oil products to produce fuel through anaerobic digestion to power its vehicles. 

Managing director, Eamon McCay, said: “Initial plans for staffing at the depot involve the recruitment of 25 staff but there is capacity for up to 60 team members at the base with roles in delivery, warehousing, sales and more available. 

“We also anticipate that the growth of our food waste collection business and our oil and waste oils business will drive the need for a total of 60 new staff members who will work solely from the new base."  

The Lisburn facility was designed by Manor Architects and built by Woodvale Construction.  

It has offices, a canteen, a split warehouse for new oil storage and the repurposing of oil. 

The company is currently seeking new HGV drivers. 

Frylite recently published company results for the year ending April 4, 2021.

As the coronavirus pandemic took its toll on the economy, the business suffered a fall in pre-tax profits from £1.5m to £361,288. 

Revenue also fell over the year from £39.9m to £33.8m. 

In a strategic report filed with the accounts, the company said: “There has been a lot of disruption to trade throughout the year as a result of the pandemic. 

“The group has continued to adapt to the ever-changing environment.”