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Accountancy firm hoping to employ up to 50 extra staff

By John Mulgrew

Belfast accountancy firm Harbinson Mulholland has said it hopes to double its workforce, as it unveils its latest office expansion.

And its co-founder Jeremy Harbinson has said a reduced rate of corporation tax "must be introduced at the earliest opportunity" in order to "stimulate inward investment".

Harbinson Mulholland's new offices at the Centrepoint building in the city centre are being officially unveiled by Finance Minister Simon Hamilton this afternoon.

Mr Hamilton said the "significant investment is evidence of a commitment to growth and continuous improvement". He added: "Harbinson Mulholland is not only a thriving practice in its own right, it is dedicated to helping SMEs grow their businesses and reach their full potential, providing a boost to our local economy."

The firm plans to add up to 50 new staff over "the next few years".

Mr Harbinson said businesses had now "turned a corner" after the economic downturn in 2008.

"In the last 12-to-18 months, after years of credit crunch and recession, people are more positive about taking a risk and trying something different," he said. "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.

"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."

The new offices are part of a £300,000 investment by the firm, which has been operating since 1998.

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