PLANS to create an IT development centre in Belfast will bring 33 new jobs to the city it was announced yesterday.
The investment by the US-based company Oxford Consulting Group (OCG) is the firms’s first ever investment outside the USA and is being supported to the tune of £333,000 by Invest Northern Ireland.
Based in Westerville, Ohio, OCG is a leading information technology consulting firm specialising in services and solutions for supply chain management, business to business integration, and IT staffing.
At a time when the increase in unrest in the city is raising concern within the business community, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the latest arrival of a international business was welcome news.
“This investment has been won for Northern Ireland by a combination of factors, not least of which is the availability of talented IT staff,” she said.
“Invest NI worked hard to ensure that OCG was aware of all the benefits of setting up in Northern Ireland including our cost competitive environment, technically advanced infrastructure and the support on offer.
“These new high quality jobs will pay salaries more than double the private sector average and will contribute around £1.4 million a year to the economy. Investments like this demonstrate that despite the challenging global economic climate, businesses that can offer high quality services focused on customer needs will continue to grow.”
OCG’s founder and current joint chairman and president, Michelle Kerr, said the decision to chose Belfast had been influenced by the skills and the enthusiasm shown by the Invest NI team.
“We were very impressed with the quality of Northern Ireland’s offering and with the support made available to us by Invest NI,” she said.
“The Belfast operation will play a key role in supporting our projected growth, which will see us double revenue by 2015.”
OCG was established in Ohio in 1998 and employs around 200 people.