65 new jobs for Co Down

65 new jobs for Co Down

A premium pork specialist is creating 65 jobs in Downpatrick.

Finnebrogue, who supply artisan pork products to major retailers such as Marks and Spencer and Asda, is investing heavily in new facilities and marketing activities.The Co Down firm hopes to almost double sales outside Northern Ireland this year.Finnebrogue currently employs 115 people and the investment will see that number rise to 190.The new positions, created with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland's Jobs Fund, are part of a £3million expansion.Recruitment for the new posts, which include several at managerial level, is already underway and is scheduled for completion by the end of March.Denis Lynn, Finnebrogue's Managing Director, said: "We are making what is an important strategic investment for the business in response to demand from our existing and potential customers in Britain. Over the last number of years we have seen significant increases in demand for our premium pork products."He continued: "Our success is based on the strength of relationships which we have with retailers in a fast growing industry. Our business is growing strongly because of this commitment to anticipate and respond quickly to market trends and opportunities."Over the past three years, we've achieved annual growth of around 30 per cent."The expansion will provide the additional capacity we need to build upon our success in terms of new product development and sales outside Northern Ireland. While our main focus remains on Great Britain, we have pinpointed significant opportunities in other markets and are keen to exploit these in order to achieve even faster growth."Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster added: "Finnebrogue is an entrepreneurial business with a very impressive track record in their field."The new jobs will mean an additional £1million a year for the local economy and provide opportunities for local people."

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