Larne bathroom business steams ahead with growth plans

Nov 16, 2012

Picture by Michael Cooper

Pictured (L-R) are Jim and Tracy McKnight with Gren Armstrong, Invest NI.

Larne-based company JT Spas Ltd is aiming to boost its sales in Great Britain with support from Invest Northern Ireland.

Established in 2007 by Jim and Tracy McKnight, JT Spas supplies a range of shower enclosures and baths through its e-commerce website.

JT Spas has experienced steady growth over the past five years and to help the company achieve its full potential it has recently employed a new online marketing executive with support from Invest NI’s Job Fund.

During a visit to the company Gren Armstrong, Invest NI’s North Eastern Regional Manager, commended Tracy McKnight on winning the Young Business Person of the Year award at the recent Larne Business Awards.

He says: “This energetic and ambitious firm is already selling 95 per cent of its products to customers outside Northern Ireland. Appointing an online marketing executive will give JT Spas the capabilities it needs to elevate its sales strategy to another level. As a result, Jim and Tracy will have more time to devote to growing their business.”

Tracy McKnight says: “We have worked hard to raise the profile of the business in recent years and support from Invest NI has enabled us to put a dedicated marketing resource in place to build on this position.

“Having our new online marketing executive on board will alleviate the pressures of managing certain day-to-day duties so that we can concentrate on developing new services, including tailoring the products we offer to individual customer requirements.”

The Jobs Fund is part of Invest NI’s Boosting Business initiative, a direct response to the economic downturn, which is helping businesses through a range of support measures. 

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