Moira-based Beaufort Interiors is expanding its workforce as it wins new business with large commercial contracts and gains a greater profile among London design houses.
Invest Northern Ireland has offered the family-owned interior design and home furnishings business support to recruit eight new roles in production, accounts, operations and sales positions.
Commenting on the investment, Managing Director Ruth Wilson, explains: “We are getting impressive traction in London, working with high end designers on manufacturing of soft furnishings and I’m excited about the growth opportunities for Beaufort Designs in the UK furnishings market.
“Invest NI’s ongoing support is helping us capitalize on the opportunities we have identified and also build the resources needed to fulfil the growth in orders.
“Securing display space at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre in March was a major coup for us. As the only curtain manufacturer within the Design Centre amongst 120 high end designer fabric brands, this is an unrivalled platform for us to showcase our range of luxury, bespoke products.”
Invest NI has offered £48,000 to support the recruitment of eight new staff and Beaufort Interiors’ market development activities.
Grainne McVeigh, Invest NI Director Consumer Products, said: “Beaufort is a niche manufacturing business which has had to react quickly in order to respond to opportunities brought about by substantial growth in the soft designer furnishings market in the UK.
“Investing in new staff and focused marketing will enable the company to meet its customer’s demands and take this family firm to next level. The jobs being recruited at the business will generate £193,000 annually in additional salaries, which is good news for Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council area.”
Chelsea Harbour Design Centre is the world’s premier destination for design excellence. Home to 120 showrooms and over 600 of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands, it offers a thriving platform, both creatively and commercially, for an exceptionally dynamic industry. Some of the luxury brands include Mulberry Home, Turnell & Gigon, Armani, Colefax & Fowler, Harlequin, Zimmer and Rohde.