10 New jobs as Linen Hill opens new outlet

17th November, 2015

Linen Hill has received a £15,000 loan from the Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund (the Fund) which has enabled it to open a second outlet in Newcastle, Co Down and create 10 new jobs.

Head Chef Shaun Hanna and owners John and Fiona Robinson of Linen Hill Kitchen with UCI Chief Executive, Harry McDai
Head Chef Shaun Hanna and owners John and Fiona Robinson of Linen Hill Kitchen with UCI Chief Executive, Harry McDaid

The Fund is managed by Ulster Community Investment plc (UCI) on behalf of Invest Northern Ireland. UCI is a subsidiary of social finance organisation Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT).

John and Fiona Robinson along with award winning chef & business partner Shaun Hanna, opened Linen Hill Kitchen and Deli at The Outlet Village in Banbridge in 2013.  The restaurants currently employ 30 people

John Robinson, general manager said: “The restaurant has been open at The Outlet for two years now and we have experienced tremendous success.  We have a passion for local produce and source many of our ingredients locally, some ingredients such as herbs and salads we grow ourselves.  Each morning Fiona bakes all our breads and scones in store so our customers get the freshest produce possible.

“We also have a street food van which we operate at various events such as rugby matches at the Kingspan Stadium, the Dalriada Festival and the Balmoral Show.  We will also be at the Tall Ships event next month and the Linen Fields festival in August.”

He added: “The loan has helped us to open a second premises in Newcastle which will bring 10 new jobs to the area.  The restaurant is situated on Main Street which has a high footfall and is a perfect location for our business.  Looking ahead we will judge the success of the new restaurant and there may be potential to roll out similar models across Northern Ireland.”

Speaking of the support received from the Fund, Mr Robinson said: “The work and support delivered by the Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund is fantastic for SMEs.  They have provided financial assistance for many companies when other lenders have not been willing and we are proud to be able to say we are of these companies.”

Chief Executive of UCI, Harry McDaid, said: “Linen Hill was a perfect candidate for Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund support. An experienced management team, passionate about their product, a clearly differentiated business model and price points offering excellent value for money. We wish them every success in this new location and look forward to supporting them further in the future.”

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