Posted on Wednesday 9 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast-based software company Etain is creating 34 new jobs as part of a £2.3m investment designed to boost its sales in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

Established in 1999, Etain is a locally owned business that develops software and consultancy solutions to improve business processes and operations for customers based primarily in the UK and Ireland.

Invest NI has offered Etain over £324,000 of support towards the creation of the 34 new high quality jobs and an associated skills development programme. Etain is investing in training and marketing as part of its business development plans in a bid to further boost sales growth in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.

Peter Shields, Managing Director of Etain said: "Etain delivers software and solutions that make IT systems smarter and that deliver greater value for our customers. Our success is due primarily to our talented and innovative people.

"In just over two years we will employ 70 people across a range of highly specialised software engineering and development roles. Invest NI's support over the years has also been very important, and it is a key reason why we have the confidence to undertake such an important investment at this time."

Alastair Hamilton, Chief Executive of Invest NI added: "Etain is a home grown success story, winning business from markets outside Northern Ireland with its advanced products and services.

"This small but innovative IT firm has grown steadily in recent years and will employ 70 people when recruitment for this latest investment project completes. Etain is almost doubling its workforce to meet the needs of key customers. Delivering additional salaries of over £1.1 million annually, this expansion is evidence of how local firms are competing strongly in external markets.

"Etain's focus on R&D and skills development has provided a strong base from which to grow and I have no doubt that this expansion will further reinforce its growing presence outside Northern Ireland."

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