Drinks company C&C is to create 25 new jobs in Belfast with a £1.2 million investment.
The posts will be filled over the next two years as the Irish producer expands its operations north of the border with the opening of a commercial business support centre.
The centre will be based in the C&C Group’s existing offices in the Boucher area of south Belfast, where the company already employs a workforce of 50.
Stormont’s business support agency Invest NI has contributed almost £250,000 - some of it drawn down from the European Regional Development Fund - to the total investment announced today.
Tom McCusker, managing director of C&C Group Ireland and Tennent’s NI, said: “We are delighted that this important strategic investment is being made in Northern Ireland. Belfast was among a number of potential locations in Britain and the Republic of Ireland that were evaluated by the group.
“Belfast emerged as the most suitable and best cost location because of the availability of skilled people here, a record of low staff turnover rates, a robust infrastructure particularly in terms of telecommunications, and the support package from Invest NI especially for employee training, the latter being an important focus for the group.”
Stormont Economy minister Arlene Foster welcomed the jobs boost.
“The C&C Group must be applauded for creating much needed jobs and for expanding their Belfast operation,” she said.
“It is testament to the company, which has been present in Belfast for over 100 years that it continues to develop and grow.
“Today’s announcement is a substantial endorsement of Northern Ireland as a location for expert services and it will generate around £1.3 million in salaries and wages over the next two years. The new centre will provide employment opportunities in an economically disadvantaged area and across a broad range of professional support services.”