Posted on Wednesday 25 February 2015 by Ulster Business

London firm creates 50 highly paid jobs

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster and  Alastair Hamilton, Chief Executive, Invest NI pictured with David Webber (centre), Managing Director, Intelligent Environments Europe

Northern Ireland’s reputation as a hub for financial services firms has helped persuade a London company to set up a Belfast base and create 50 highly-paid jobs.

Intelligent Environments Europe has announced it is in the process of setting up a software engineering operation in the city and will be paying an average of £42,000-a-year for the posts.

The company said Belfast was chosen ahead of potential sites in the rest of the UK, in the Republic, India and Europe as “the best location for our new product development centre”.

David Webber, Intelligent Environments’ Managing Director, said Invest NI’s London team first alerted the firm to the potential of Belfast and expected the new office to play a key role in its plans for the future.

“Digital access is a necessity for financial services organisations and we believe we have the opportunity over the next few years to significantly grow our business globally,” he said. “To do this we need additional software research and development resources, as continuous product development is crucial for the future of the company.”

Intelligent Environments provides mobile and online software to providers of financial services, such as retail banks, card providers and car finance companies. The key role of the new Belfast operation will be product development to deliver new software features for its product Interact.

It provides a ‘front end’ to information systems enabling financial institutions to engage with their customers via any digital device such as PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

Invest NI has offered the company a £500,000 employment grant as well as training support of over £76,000 through its Skills Growth Programme.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the talent in Northern Ireland was a big draw for the company.

“Once again Northern Ireland has been chosen as the optimum location by an internationally successful IT company looking to expand. This is due to our cost-competitive, business-friendly environment, our pool of skilled IT graduates and professionals, and the support offered by Invest Northern Ireland.”

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