Jobs as North West healthcare manufacturer aims for export growth

Seating Matters director Martin Tierney, left, with Des Gartland, executive director of regional business, Invest NI
Seating Matters director Martin Tierney, left, with Des Gartland, executive director of regional business, Invest NI

North West based healthcare manufacturer Seating Matters is to create eight new jobs as part of a wide ranging investment aimed at growing export sales of its chairs across European and US markets.

The family business works with leading healthcare organisations around the world and hopes to build on its recent supplier listing within the network of Veterans Hospitals in the USA.

The new jobs will be recruited as part of thegrowth strategy as the firm aims to increase sales to more than £6 million by 2020.

The business is also investing heavily in marketing and product development, all with support from Invest Northern Ireland.

“Seating Matters operates at the forefront of seating research and innovation,” said Invest NI’s executive director of regional business Des Gartland during a visit to the firms Limavady premises.

“The company’s plans to expand its workforce is good news for the Causeway Coast and Glens region and reflects the growing demand from its customers across varied export markets.

“We are pleased to be helping Seating Matters implement a growth strategy that will enable the business to achieve its full potential.

“In particular, the benefits Seating Matters has gained from applying exemplar lean manufacturing practices across the plant are commendable and I hope will aid the continued increase in global sales.”

Invest has offered the company support with its recruitment, marketing and product development activities as well as technical advice with securing product patents and implementing lean practices.

“We have dedicated a lot of time and effort to both streamline our production methods and augment our chair design so that it can be fully adapted to the needs of users,” said Martin Tierney, Director of Seating Matters.

“Invest NI’s support is enabling us to enhance our product range, grow our workforce and increase international sales.

“Our mission is to change the world of healthcare seating and we aim to continue to share our knowledge with the world to ensure no person has to face unnecessary discomfort or mortality.”

The firm supplies specialist seating to healthcare providers, including National Health Services, nursing homes and hospitals. The product range caters to the holistic needs of patients, providing comfort, postural support and pressure management and is currently distributed across the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Malta, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Australia, Canada and USA.