More firms urged to come to Derry

More companies have been encouraged to tap into Derry’s highly skilled workforce after three firms this week announced plans to create more than 40 jobs in the city.

Sinn Fein councillor Maeve McLaughlin welcomed this week’s job boost that will see marketing firm One Stop Data create 24 posts, Axa Insurance recruit 13 new employees and local business Fresh Food Kitchen employ an extra five staff. She says those companies commitment to Derry should be replicated by other businesses.

“Derry has a highly motivated and skilled pool of people willing to engage in meaningful employment and I hope these announcements will encourage other companies to set up in the North West region,” she says.

It is understood One Stop Data will set up at the Skeoge Business Park while Axa’s recruitment drive will bring the number of staff at their base on Northland Road to 163. Local firm Fresh Food Kitchen plans to employ the additional five people to work on the development of a new range of fresh soups.

All three companies have been supported by InvestNI’s Jobs Fund, set up earlier this year to stimulate job creation in response to the challenges of the global economic downturn. Invest NI Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton says many firms are still coming to terms with difficult trading conditions.

“However, as One Stop Data, Axa Insurance and Fresh Food Kitchen show, there are still opportunities out there for businesses prepared to diversify and target new markets,” he says.