BELFAST-based software company Etain is to create 34 new high quality jobs as part of a £2.3 million investment it was confirmed yesterday.
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.
The expansion is being carried out with the backing of Invest Northern Ireland which has offered Etain more than £324,000 of support towards the creation of the new high quality jobs and an associated skills development programme.
The business 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.
“Etain delivers software and solutions that make IT systems smarter and that deliver greater value for our customers,” said managing director Peter Shields.
“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.”
Welcoming the announcement just days ahead of the Investment Conference, Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton said Etain was a home grown success story, winning business from markets outside Northern Ireland with a range of advanced products and services.
“This small but innovative IT firm has grown steadily in recent years. 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 absolutely no doubt that this expansion will further reinforce its growing presence outside Northern Ireland,” he added.