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Norbev increases turnover by over 50% following £300,000 investment in skills development

Pictured (L-R) are Niall Casey, Director of Skills and Competitiveness at Invest Northern Ireland; Shona Blythe, Managing Director of Norbev and Des Gartland, Invest NI’s North Eastern Regional Manager.

Pictured (L-R) are Niall Casey, Director of Skills and Competitiveness at Invest Northern Ireland; Shona Blythe, Managing Director of Norbev and Des Gartland, Invest NI’s North Eastern Regional Manager.


Ballymena based soft drinks manufacturer, Norbev has increased its turnover by over 50 per cent following an investment of almost £300,000 in the upskilling of its staff. 


Founded in 1919, Norbev manufacturers beverages and soft drinks for customers including Aldi, Suntory (Lucozade), Talking Rain and Capri Sun, and sells 98 per cent of its products to markets outside of Northern Ireland, including Great Britain and Europe.



Shona Blythe, Managing Director of Norbev said:


“In response to a business transformation, we identified the need to significantly invest in the development of our staff to increase our competitive edge. Invest NI’s support has been fundamental in enabling us to meet this need and become an employer with an encouraging employee culture. 


“Invest NI also offered us one-to-one supply chain coaching which gave us a fresh perspective on our current supply chain and helped us to identify areas where we could improve efficiency, reduce costs and drive our productivity.”



During a visit to Norbev, Niall Casey, Director of Skills and Competitiveness at Invest NI said:


“We’ve worked with Norbev for over 17 years to support its continued growth and development. Our most recent support has enabled the company to improve efficiencies and increase productivity through creating a more highly skilled workforce. 


“Norbev is a great example of how an investment in skills makes a business more likely to succeed, with it already seeing a significant increase in turnover, as well as an improvement in company morale.”



Congratulating the company, Des Gartland, Invest NI’s North Eastern Regional Manager said:


“It’s great to visit Norbev’s facility in Ballymena today, and see first-hand how this investment has positively impacted the company’s performance.


“The results from this investment are not only great for the local economy, but also position the company as a valuable employer in the Mid and East Antrim area.”

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