Jobs boost for Limavady firm

Ryan Tierney  with Martina Tierney of Seating Matters. .
Ryan Tierney with Martina Tierney of Seating Matters. .

A Limavady company has revealed its plans to expand its workforce by creating 10 jobs immediately.

‘Seating Matters,’ based near Ballykelly, manufactures chairs which adjust to take the weight off pressure sores which are being used in hospitals and care facilities around the world.

Managing director Martin Tierney told the ‘Journal’ business is going so well they need to hire 10 people immediately to fill marketing and telemarketing roles.

Mr Tierney said expansion plans include creating further jobs over the next 18 months in similar positions.

Mr Tierney said “powerful” clinical research conducted by the University of Ulster supports their claims about the capability of the chairs, which he said are being sold to facilities in UK and Ireland, Europe, America and Australia.

“We’re not surprised by the demand for the chairs. The people of Ballykelly have the same conditions as the people of Boston and our mother Martina is an occupational therapist and has been working with patients for years and years so, we’re not surprised by the demand. We’re just pleased to be able to meet the demand and help so many people,” added Mr Tierney, claiming that the cost of the chairs is a fraction of what it costs hospitals and nursing homes to treat bed sores.

“They cost three to five per cent of what it costs to treat a pressure sore because they save an enormous amount of pain and suffering,” said Mr Tierney.