Belfast perfect for centre of excellence and new jobs

Pictured at the jobs announcement at Parliament Buildings with Mr Hamilton are TerraQuest chief financial officer Simon White, left,, and Geoff Evans operations manager
Pictured at the jobs announcement at Parliament Buildings with Mr Hamilton are TerraQuest chief financial officer Simon White, left,, and Geoff Evans operations manager

More than 20 jobs are to be created in Belfast with the arrival of Birmingham based company TerraQuest Solutions in the city.

The firm, the UK’s largest specialist provider of land referencing services, which deal with the research of ownership, occupation and rights over land subject to development, is creating 22 new posts as part of its expansion announced by Economy Minister Simon Hamilton.

The firm already has experience of working in the province, providing contract services to Land Registry Northern Ireland.

“TerraQuest considered a number of locations across the UK and Ireland for their Centre of Excellence,” saidMr Hamilton.

“The decision to locate in Belfast was greatly influenced by their very positive experience of operating, here in Northern Ireland, as well as the availability of high quality geography and planning graduates.

“The 22 new jobs will offer opportunities to both graduates and experienced professionals and will be recruited over the next three years.

“Positions will range from project managers to land technicians and will generate annual salaries of over £560,000 for the local economy.

“I am pleased Invest Northern Ireland helped to secure this investment and is supporting the creation of these jobs with an £88,000 employment grant.”

Commenting on setting up the centre of excellence, Geoff Keal, TerraQuest’s managing director, said: “We foresee many opportunities over the next few years for our land referencing services as major transport infrastructure projects get underway across the UK.

“To be ready to take advantage of these opportunities, we need to invest in new staff resources.

“We have chosen to create a centre of excellence in Belfast because we know from experience that we can recruit high quality staff there who will ensure excellent service delivery.

“Belfast is also a cost-effective business environment and this will help us achieve our profitability targets.”