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Lisburn school uniform firm Reach EPS expands following £250,000 investment

Chris Leitch of Reach EPS with Pamela Gaston of Ulster Bank

A LISBURN clothing services firm said it anticipates 20 per cent growth in sales and staff this year following a major investment.

Reach EPS provides screen-printing and embroidery and has an e-commerce school uniform operation.

It is investing more than £250,000 with the support of Ulster Bank to expand its operations.

The company, which currently employs 24 people, is opening a new 4,500sq ft retail outlet in the centre of Lisburn. It has also expanded its purpose-built factory at Lissue Industrial Estate by more than 3,000 sq ft.

Reach EPS director Chris Leitch said he expects the payroll to increase to more than 30 by the end of the year.

“Our traditional business is screen-printing and embroidery for a wide range of businesses, but we have also invested considerably, with the support of Ulster Bank, to develop a new school uniform operation which now has over 100 local schools signed up," he said.

“Last year we also expanded our operation in the Republic of Ireland and are now seeing strong growth in that area. Another exciting development is our new online order system for trade customers."

Ulster Bank's commercial banking director Girvan Gault added: “Reach EPS is a highly innovative company that has continually invested to meet changing customer needs and to develop new sources of revenue. Ulster Bank has been very pleased to support the company with a series of investments over the years, and help enable this latest investment which will position the company strongly for future growth.”

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