The founder of a new aerospace software firm said that he decided to set up shop in Northern Ireland because of the area's reputation as a centre of excellence in the industry.
Maghera-based NC UK Services was recently formed by Kevin Quigley, an experienced consultant in aerospace software.
Originally from England, Mr Quigley has been operating as a programming and consultancy business to major manufacturers in Britain and Germany for more than seven years. He has over 20 years' experience in the aerospace manufacturing industry.
The firm is now investing almost £35,000 to develop its business with key suppliers to the aircraft industries in Great Britain and Germany.
"I was attracted to Northern Ireland by the region's reputation as a centre of aerospace excellence based on the position of Bombardier Aerospace and a cluster of engineering suppliers including Moyola Precision in Castledawson, Maydown Precision in Derry and JHE in Greyabbey," he said.
Invest NI has offered the start-up business assistance worth £13,920 towards the cost of expanding the company's expertise developing sophisticated software for computer controlled cutting machinery.
Mr Quigley said: "I believe there are huge opportunities for my company and other businesses in the sector in Northern Ireland across a very broad range of technologies and engineering activities.
"I am keen to work further with Invest NI and also with the Aerospace Defence and Security Northern Ireland group and Queen's University in developing my business and contributing to the further development of what is a very strategically important industry both here and in Europe.
"I am sure that my knowledge, experience and contacts will bring tangible benefits to the industry here."
The amount of start-up assistance Invest NI has offered the company