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The new owner of bus manufacturer Wrightbus has said recruitment will start in the coming weeks.

Bamford Bus Company, owned by English industrialist Jo Bamford, has now formally acquired the Ballymena firm after the sales process completed.

The business was placed into administration and put up for sale last month, with about 1,200 losing their jobs.

The 60 staff retained by administrators Deloitte have transferred to Bamford.

Bamford said Wrightbus’ new management team would focus on stabilising and rebuilding the business.

Deloitte said Bamford was currently determining the size and composition of the workforce required.

“Wrightbus is a proud family business which is part of the fabric of NI life and business,” Mr Bamford said.

Earlier this month, Mr Bamford said agreement

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