The Dunmurry based specialist glass company, Glassmarque Design Ltd, has announced expansion plans including five new jobs, supported by Invest Northern Ireland.
Glassmarque Design is the only company in Ireland to offer a combination of commercial glass and stained glass services in-house, which allows the business to take on projects where both sets of skills are necessary. The new jobs will consist of five skilled craftsmen which will improve the capability of the business to service an increased demand from customers in export markets, specifically Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
Invest NI is providing £39,880 of support through its Jobs Fund and marketing assistance to develop a new website, helping the company to boost sales in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
Director, Susan Calderwood said: “We are delighted to announce the creation of five new jobs. Invest NI’s Jobs Fund support will ensure we are able to recruit the new roles quickly and therefore capitalise on new opportunities immediately. This increase in capacity will help our business grow as we will be able to service new customers in overseas markets.
“Our strategic focus is to develop the heritage sector and to significantly grow sales outside Northern Ireland. With Invest NI’s help we are developing a new website so we can market ourselves to potential customers outside of Northern Ireland.”
Glassmarque Design is currently restoring and replacing stained glass in St Nicholas' Church, Dundalk, and through its work on prestigious and high profile heritage buildings, the business is building its credibility in a very specialist market.
Moira Loughran, Invest NI’s Eastern Regional Manager said “Glassmarque Design is finding new and innovative ways to develop its business by identifying new markets and opportunities for growth. The company operates in a very niche sector and this investment will allow it to increase its profile and exploit a growing export market.
“Over the last couple of years the company has experienced increasing demand for its specialist heritage services and very recently won orders in Great Britain. Our support is vital to its ongoing success and will help to sustain its business into the future.”