Posted on Wednesday 25 April 2012 by Ulster Business

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Arlene Foster with Stuart Dickson, Managing Director of Decora

Lisburn company Decora Blind Systems has announced it is creating 79 new jobs with support from Invest NI’s Jobs Fund.

The company, which produces window blinds, started as a small family-owned business in 1979 and has grown into a sizable player that now employs 377 people.

Decora is investing over £2m in additional salaries over the next two years and has been offered £237,000 of support from Invest NI.

Stuart Dickson, Managing Director of Decora, said: “Our goal is to strengthen the manufacturing capabilities of the business including the high end home automation market while delivering further progress to our wholesale customers through new bespoke systems to support the 2012 Fabric Box Collection.

“Over the years we have received a range of support from Invest NI, which has helped us with technical issues, product development and marketing. This latest support ensures we can move quickly to put jobs in place and continue to build on the company’s market share.”

Invest NI’s Jobs Fund has a budget of £19m to support the creation of 4,000 jobs by March 2014. It is part of the Boosting Business initiative.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster commented: “Decora’s success has been characterised by continuous innovation that has led to it becoming a successful and established brand in the UK.

“The development of new product lines and increased levels of marketing will support the company’s aims of further growth.

“Invest Northern Ireland’s Jobs Fund has helped many companies like Decora Blind Systems to quickly access support for job creation, which is so important to revitalising our economy.”

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