£3.2m investment brings 50 new jobs at child care specialists

First and Deputy First  Ministers Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness pictured with James Leckey and staff
First and Deputy First Ministers Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness pictured with James Leckey and staff

A Lisburn firm with a global reputation for its innovative equipment for children with special needs is to create 50 jobs as part of a £3.2 million investment plan.

Leckey is already market leader and a global player in the manufacture and supply of supportive equipment and successfully exports worldwide.

The firm now aims to increase its product offering and further boost its export sales as a result.

The announcement came during a visit by First and Deputy First Minister Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness who met staff and were shown around by founding CEO James Leckey.

Describing the Invest NI backed expansion as “an exciting milestone in the strategic growth of the business, he said constant development was key to success.

“Innovation has been central to our success to date and working with Invest NI we are positioning ourselves to move with key trends and developments driving growth in our target markets.”

“Growing our workforce will ensure we have the resources that we need to strengthen our brand and continue to deliver excellent customer service by working collaboratively with parents and therapists.”

Praising the commitment of the firm Mrs Foster said it

made a valuable contribution to Northern Ireland’s vibrant Life Sciences sector.

“This export focused development will help the company respond to the demands of its customers as well as help shape the future technology available within the mobility market,” she said.

“Invest NI has been working closely with this specialist business to support its product development, skills growth and marketing activities over the last three years. These 50 new jobs being created at Leckey’s is positive news for the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council area and is another welcome boost for Northern Ireland’s manufacturing industry.”

Recruitment of the 50 new jobs has already started and 18 of the roles are already in place.

Mr McGuinness, said the announcement marked an important day for a local company with a global span.

“This investment will generate over £1 million annually in additional salaries and offer valuable employment opportunities.

“Support for this expansion demonstrates the Executive’s commitment to help indigenous manufacturers strengthen their competitive position in export markets.

“Leckey products are life enhancing and improving and will assist many people and families to live their daily lives in a way which prior to having access to Leckey products simply wouldn’t have been possible.”

Invest NIhas offered the company £715,366 towards its growth plans which involves R&D to design and prototype new products and grow its customer base outside Northern Ireland.

The jobs will be across a range of roles including manufacturing, sales, design, engineering and marketing.