MORE than 250 people turned out at a recruitment fair in Alnwick last Thursday as 40 manufacturing jobs were created in the town.
LYNX, a fishing tackle research and development firm, hosted the fair at the Northumberland Hall.
As revealed by the Gazette, the expansion comes on the back of the development of Precision Compression Technology, which it is claimed will revolutionise the industry.
Now the company will begin the second round of the process and invite successful candidates back for interviews at their new offices on Willowburn Industrial Estate.
LYNX CEO Andy Petherick said: “LYNX would like to thank all applicants for the interest shown in the company and also for their patience shown at what was a very busy event.
“The response to our initial jobs fair was overwhelming, both in the numbers of people who attended and the quality of the applicants.
“I am extremely positive about the future and what it holds for LYNX.
“I am confident that it will be the first of many fairs as we execute our global business plan and grow the business accordingly.
“I would especially like to thank our investors (North East Technology Fund, Big Investors Group and local private investors), Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Estates for the help and support that they have given us, both in the early days and in regard to their ongoing commitment.
“I would also like to thank the LYNX team for all their hard work in making the business a reality.
“Ultimately the whole community will benefit as LYNX grows and prospers. We are here, in Alnwick, to stay, grow and develop.”
Town and county councillor Gordon Castle said: “Alnwick is very fortunate that this firm has chosen to locate here, a real vote of confidence in the town and its people.
“It has real prospects for success and expansion and the enormous turnout of jobseekers exceeded all expectations, a salutary reminder to people like me of how much we need more employment opportunities.
“It has brought a ray of sunshine to the economic gloom and I am pleased that the council has been able to provide substantial and much appreciated assistance.
“I think this is the beginning of a major enterprise likely to do well in a huge global market and I am very hopeful that even more badly needed jobs will follow on quite soon.”
Coun Roger Styring, the county council’s deputy leader, said: “The council has been pleased to provide support and advice to LYNX as it has developed its plans to establish its business at Alnwick.
“The company has prepared extensively for its launch and we are excited by the potential of the business to grow in global markets from a Northumberland base.
“We hope this initial recruitment will be the forerunner to many more jobs being created locally.”