Disinfectant firm Crebisol invests in growth to drive exports

DISINFECTANT specialist Crebisol in Co Down is creating 10 jobs and moving to ensure its name and logo are trademarked as the business thrives in the face of the coronavirus outbreak and looks to expanding to new international markets.

Based in Newcastle, it is investing £560,000 (a portion of it paid for by Invest NI) to meet soaring demand for its cleaning, sanitising and disinfection product.

The biocidal cleaning solutions company has achieved various independent certifications for its product - which kills 99.999999 per cent of harmful bacteria and other pathogens - to be used in various settings including healthcare, law enforcement and travel and transport.

Crebisol owner Sean Kelly said: “We've been experiencing a surge in demand for our all-in-one disinfectant and cleaning solution, which is certified to prevent coronavirus, MRSA, norovirus and other infectious diseases, and with Invest NI's support, we now have a strategic business plan to build on this.

“By growing our team, we will be able to secure and deliver on new orders with frontline industries across Britain and Ireland and develop distribution channels in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.”

As well as offering strategic business advice, Invest NI has helped Crebisol to trademark its name and logo, helping to bring the brand to market, and it offering £72,000 towards the creation of the 10 jobs.

It will also support a range of market development activities, including packaging design, and website and social media development.

The agency's chief executive Kevin Holland said: “Despite the economic challenges brought by the pandemic, it has also brought new opportunities for innovative SMEs, which we are eager to support.

“These new jobs are a great boost for the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area, and we look forward to supporting Crebisol to grow its exports and achieve its ambitious global growth strategy.”

Recruitment is currently under way, with roles in the company’s Newcastle headquarters and Downpatrick bottling factory.

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