Invest NI helps Lurgan label company to make their mark

Picture by Parkway Photography

Pictured (L – R) are Ian Murphy, Invest NI, with Keith Hamilton, JH Label Solutions.

Lurgan based JH Label Solutions has exceeded all its sales and export targets, securing over £5 million in sales in just four years with the support of Invest Northern Ireland.

The company produces printed self-adhesive and pressure sensitive labels for both small and large local businesses, as well as many major blue chip end users outside Northern Ireland. It sells into several sectors including food, beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, engineering and chemical.

Owned by brothers Keith and Alan Hamilton, JH Label Solutions has been very successful in securing export business with around 50 per cent of the company’s sales going to end users outside Northern Ireland, including Great Britain, Republic of Ireland, Dubai, mainland Europe, Canada and the USA.

Ian Murphy, Invest NI’s Director of Growth and Scaling, said: “JH Label Solutions has demonstrated great energy and focus and has shown that, with the right strategy and people, it is possible to create sustainable sales, controlled growth and high quality employment.

“Invest NI’s support has helped this young company to quickly establish a strong position in the marketplace and in particular to secure some big name clients in export markets. We are continuing to work with JH Label Solutions to help them take their business to the next level.”

JH label Solutions holds ISO 9001:2008 and BRC/IOP (British Retail Consortium) accreditations and more recently won Irish Flexographic Label Printer of Year for 2012-13.

Keith McCarter, Sales & Marketing Manager commented “Invest NI’s support since we set up has been invaluable. The financial and advisory assistance helped us to quickly put our team in place and implement a marketing plan that has paid dividends. We’ve also had guidance on recruitment, and support to upgrade our management information systems, which has helped improve productivity.

“We have shown that by investing in research & development, machinery and people, we can provide a product and a service which outstrips our competitors and offers customers a comprehensive labelling system which will give their products maximum shelf impact, high ‘grab factor’, and speedy turnarounds, but still at cost effective prices.

“JH Label Solutions has invested in innovation and was the first company in Ireland to use plate and print technology to produce high definition label photographs. We also offer online live label artwork amendments, laser die cutting and 3D label and packaging concepts.”