West Belfast start-ups invest £800k to grow exports

Expansion by two start-ups at the Innovation Factory will generate 10 new jobs.

Two west Belfast start-ups Kitchen Design House and Necto Search & Selection are investing £800,00 collectively to grow their exports in the Republic of Ireland.

Backed by support from Invest Northern Ireland the two companies – based at the Innovation Factory at Forthriver Business Park – will create 10 new jobs in the endeavour.

“We’ve quickly built a strong customer base in Northern Ireland and we’re now in a position to extend our reach into the Republic of Ireland”

These new jobs will contribute over £290,000 in additional annual salaries to the local economy.

Eyes on the future

Kitchen Design House specialises in kitchen design, manufacture, and installation. Speaking about its investment,

Owner Karen Connolly, said: “We’ve quickly built a strong customer base in Northern Ireland and we’re now in a position to extend our reach into the Republic of Ireland, particularly in the housing development and home improvement markets. Alongside investing in new machinery to streamline efficiencies, Invest NI is helping us build our brand in new markets and create seven designer, fitter and factory roles. All of this will give us the confidence to make the most of the opportunities right now in RoI and look towards more opportunities further afield.”

Necto Search & Selection is growing its recruitment consultancy in new markets, starting with RoI. Paddy McDade,

Founder and Director, said: “We’ve experienced an increase in demand in the RoI market for our professional recruitment services across the building, civil engineering and internal fit-out sectors. To help us focus on this demand, Invest NI is supporting us to create three recruitment consultant roles and has offered marketing support to boost our brand visibility in RoI, and help us realise our future plans to explore GB and European markets.”

Welcoming the investments, Susan O’Kane, Invest NI’s Eastern regional Manager, said: “It was a pleasure to meet with Kitchen Design House and Necto Search & Selection today to hear about how their investments combined with our support are enabling them to expand their businesses.

“These export driven start-ups were both established in 2020 and our Eastern regional team has been working closely with each business ever since. We’ve provided tailored advice and financial support towards marketing activities and job creation to help them increase capacity and grow exports.”

Invest NI has offered £71,800 of support towards the jobs and marketing activities.

“Investments from local businesses are key to our economic growth, and are a clear focal point of The Department for the Economy’s 10X Economic Vision. I look forward to seeing how these businesses flourish.”

Main image at top: Karen Connolly, Owner, Kitchen Design House; Paddy McDade, Founder and Director, Necto Search & Selection; and Susan O’Kane, Invest NI’s Eastern Regional Manager

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.

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