Posted on Wednesday 24 September 2014 by Ulster Business


Nbc takeover helps belfast golf company add 28 new hires

Pictured are (L-R) Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is Mike McCarley President of the Golf Channel, and brothers Rory and Dr Brian Smith, Directors and Founders of BRS Golf.

A Belfast company which allows golfers to book tee times online has created 28 new jobs after being taken over by a subsidiary of US media giant NBC.

The expansion by BRS Golf, started by brothers Rory and Dr Brian Smith twelve years ago, follows the company’s purchase by GolfNow, part of the Florida-based Golf Channel which is owned by NBCUniversal.

Mike McCarley, president of the Golf Channel, said its new Belfast arm will be used as the company’s European base.

“NBCUniversal is a global business, and in addition to Golf Channel/GolfNow’s headquarters in Orlando, Florida, Belfast will provide BRS Golf with a great opportunity to continue to grow and further develop our best-in-class technology for golf clubs around the world due to the region’s cost-competitive infrastructure and pro-business environment.”

Dr Brian Smith said it was a big day for the company.

“It feels brilliant to get to this point,” he told Ulster Business. “It’s been 12 years of hard work starting with two guys building a business out of our garage but it’s been worth it.

He said part of the businesses success can be put down to the speed with which they broke into the market.

“We got in at the very start before online booking had really taken off,” he said. “We capitalised on that and by the time our rivals started to emerge we already had 500 golf clubs signed up.”

Invest NI has offered BRS Golf £154,000 towards the creation of the jobs.

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster welcomed the news.

“BRS Golf’s decision to expand its workforce and invest in new premises here in Belfast is testament to Northern Ireland’s standing as an excellent location in which to do business.”

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