Posted on Friday 25 April 2014 by Ulster Business
Pictured during a visit to the company's office is Tom McCusker, MD of C&C Group Ireland and Tennent's Northern Ireland and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster. Picture by Brian Morrison.
Belfast beat off stiff competition from other UK and Ireland locations as the site of a major expansion by drinks company C&C.
It has announced plans to create 25 jobs at its Boucher Road site over the next two years as part of a £1.2m investment, one which will see it establish a Commercial Business Support Centre.
Tom McCusker, Managing Director of C&C Group Ireland and Tennent's NI said the city offered a number of advantages.
"Belfast emerged as the most suitable and best cost location because of the availability of skilled people here, a record of low staff turnover rates, a robust infrastructure particularly in terms of telecommunications, and the support package from Invest NI especially for employee training, the latter being an important focus for the group," he said.
Enterprise minister Arlene Foster said the move is an endorsement for Belfast and for Northern Ireland.
Announcing the investment during a visit to the group's offices, Arlene Foster said: "The C&C Group must be applauded for creating much needed jobs and for expanding their Belfast operation. It is testament to the company, which has been present in Belfast for over 100 years that it continues to develop and grow.
The new jobs will generate around £1.3m in salaries over the next two years, a total which works out at an average salary of £26,000 a year.
Mrs Foster also said the new centre will provide employment opportunities in an economically disadvantaged area and across a broad range of professional support services.
Invest NI has offered the company almost £250,000 towards its investment including training support, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.