Irish tyre supplier creates 20 new jobs

One of Northern Ireland’s leading suppliers of tyres and auto services is to create 20 new jobs as part of a £2.5 million investment.

With support from Ulster Bank, county Antrim-based Kerr’s Tyres & Auto is investing in the development of new company headquarters which will feature a distribution and retail centres.

The expansion will bring the total number of employees in the company to over 100 once the roles have been fulfilled.

Expected to complete in August this year, the new facility will span 36,000 sq. ft., more than three-times the size of the company’s current headquarters.

It will feature a purpose-built training facility to tackle growing skills shortages within the automotive industry, with emphasis on tyre fitting and light mechanical work.

Pictured are Norman Kerr, Managing Director at Kerr’s Tyres & Auto, and Ryan Mawhinney, Senior Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking NI at Ulster Bank

Owned and managed by Managing Director Norman Kerr, the family-run business, which was established in 2002, operates nine tyre and auto services centres throughout Ireland. These include four in the Republic of Ireland following the acquisition of the Dublin-based Auto Tyre Services – previously owned by the Maher family – earlier this year and the opening of two additional centres in Donabate and Ballymount.

In late 2018, the firm acquired M&S Tyres in Enniskillen to increase its coverage in the west of the province.

“Our recent acquisitions and continued reinvestment in the company is part of an on-going growth strategy to operate from 20 sites throughout the UK and Ireland by 2022,” explained Managing Director Norman Kerr.

“The development of our new headquarters will provide us with a suitable base from which we can continue to work towards these ambitious growth plans. As we continue to grow, so too does our need for suitably qualified and skilled staff. A major part of this investment is creating a site where we can recruit and train staff with the skills required to address the needs of our rapidly expanding business.”