Devon distribution firm Gregory has created 27 jobs at its Cullompton depot after winning new business from British Ceramic Tile.
The jobs, which include team leaders, warehouse staff and administrative roles, attracted around 150 applicants when they were advertised.
It follows North Tawton-based Gregory winning a storage and picking contract from BCT following an upturn in manufacturing output at its Heathfield base.
This comes after BCT's acquisition last year of Ceramic Prints, which the firm said would create a more competitive, enlarged business that would draw on the strengths of BCT's manufacturing operations and CP's sourcing, supply chain and design skills.
Gregory has also taken on two new business administration apprentices based at Cullompton – 21 year-old April Littlejohn and 18 year-old Natalie Peek, with four new apprenticeships likely to be created in the near future.
Gregory's business unit director Darren Beaven said: "The new BCT contract is excellent news for Gregory. It has not only created 27 new jobs but requires considerable new investment at Cullompton depot in terms of new racking, new mobile handling equipment and an extension to one of the exiting buildings. We were quite overwhelmed to have received almost 150 applications for the jobs available. We are particularly delighted to welcome April and Natalie. Apprentices represent a key investment for us which help to lay the foundations for the business' future growth.
"The BCT contract is also likely to create four additional apprenticeships going forward and these will help ensure we have a home-grown skill resource to manage the challenges and opportunities of the future."