Posted on Thursday 20 February 2014 by Ulster Business

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New York software company ShopKeep POS has announced it is setting up an office in Belfast that will bring 35 high quality jobs to the city.

ShopKeep was founded in 2008 and it is now looking to expand both in the US and internationally.The company is a software provider which has developed an iPad point of sale system for retail shops and restaurants. 

The company said it is recruiting additional mobile software developers to service its current products and accelerate the expansion of its product range. Its Belfast office will be based on the Ormeau Road.

Jason Richelson, Founder and CEO (pictured above) said: "We are thrilled to open our first overseas office in Northern Ireland, which will serve as a launch pad to expand our operations into Europe. We considered a number of locations for our European site, but after visiting Northern Ireland I was extremely excited and fell in love with Belfast.

"We are already building a team of highly skilled developers and graduates and are looking forward to bringing more team members on board."

Invest Northern Ireland has offered £245,000 of support for the investment and it said that 10 of the 35 positions are already in place.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the decision by ShopKeep to open its first European office in Belfast was an endorsement of Northern Ireland's competitive business environment.

"ShopKeep is creating 35 high value jobs that will contribute almost £1.3m annually to the economy. I understand that the company has aggressive growth targets for the next three years and I'm confident that the new Northern Ireland location will play an important role in supporting that growth," she said.

"This is an excellent example of a small business idea that has grown into a highly competitive company. ShopKeep has tripled the business every year for the last three years and the product is now used by more than 10,000 small businesses in the US and Canada."

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