A major investment in Belfast is set to bring 50 jobs as the city continues towards renewed growth.
Calling on the Executive to continue to work together strategically for long term success, Jeremy Harbinson, founding partner of accountancy practice Harbinson Mulholland, said a new spirit of optimism and innovation among local SMEs was helping to drive economic recovery.
“In the last 12-18 months, after years of credit crunch and recession, people are more positive about taking a risk and trying something different,” he said at the jobs announcement attended by Finance Minister Simon Hamilton.
“There is no doubt we’ve turned a corner, but there’s still a lot of pain around and more needs to be done to speed growth,” he added.
“Owner Managed Businesses, the backbone of our economy, must have the confidence to seek readily available funding to help them lift their game beyond these shores, while lower corporation tax must be introduced at the earliest opportunity to stimulate inward investment.”
Mr Hamilton officially opened the firm’s new offices at the Centrepoint building, Dublin Road which will accommodate the anticpated doubling of the current staff numbers to 100.
“This significant investment is evidence of a commitment to growth and continuous improvement by Harbinson Mulholland,” he said.
“I am hugely encouraged by the firm’s aspiration of doubling their workforce over the next few years.
“The Executive’s number one priority remains growing a sustainable economy.
“I am particularly impressed by the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated by the practice that has led them to this important milestone.”
Harbinson Mulholland, which also announced their patronage of the SME Centre for Business Development at the Ulster University represents more than 2,000 individual, SME and third sector clients across Northern Ireland.