Lisburn Textile Company Designs Route to Export Success

Jun 29, 2011

Reach EPS has announced a £620,000 expansion project with support from Invest Northern Ireland which aims to increase sales in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

The Lisburn-based print and embroidery company supplies branded garments and promotional gifts to the corporate and leisure markets.  Reach EPS recently launched its e-commerce platform which operates customised web-shops for schools and clubs wishing to sell their uniforms online.

Invest NI has offered Reach EPS £40,000 which will help the company to implement a new customer relationship management programme, as well as a new sales and marketing strategy to build its customer base in target markets. In addition, Reach EPS will upgrade its website and introduce a series of lean processes into its operations to maximise efficiencies.

The company also plans to recruit eight new staff members over the next three years and these new positions will include management, sales, marketing, production and dispatch roles.

Ian Murphy, Invest NI’s Managing Director of Clients and Entrepreneurship, said: “Reach EPS is an ambitious company committed to growing its business outside Northern Ireland. Not only will this important investment help to increase export sales, it will help boost performance across all areas of the business and create employment opportunities.”

Reach EPS’s web-shops are a cost effective means of selling the company’s products into wider markets and are set up in conjunction with individual customer organisations. Reach EPS handles all the administration and donates a percentage of the profits back to the organisation.

Chris Leitch, Managing Director of Reach EPS, said: “We recognise that our e-commerce platform is an area with significant potential and that Invest NI’s support across key operational areas will help us to secure new business. Our dedicated sales resource in the Republic of Ireland will be a vital asset as we seek to raise our business profile and gain access to a wider customer base including schools, clubs, societies and charities.”

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