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Birmingham tech firm TerraQuest to create 22 new Belfast jobs

By John Mulgrew

Two technology firms are creating 32 new jobs for Belfast.Birmingham firm TerraQuest Solutions Ltd is creating 22 new jobs for the city. TerraQuest is the UK's largest specialist provider of land referencing services, which deal with the research of ownership, occupation and rights over land subject to development.

The company has experience of working in Northern Ireland, providing contract services to Land Registry Northern Ireland.

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton said the company "considered a number of locations across the UK and Ireland for their centre of excellence".

"The decision to locate in Belfast was greatly influenced by their very positive experience of operating, here in Northern Ireland, as well as the availability of high quality geography and planning graduates."

The new jobs will pay an average salary of £25,000.

"The 22 new jobs will offer opportunities to both graduates and experienced professionals and will be recruited over the next three years. Positions will range from project managers to land technicians and will generate annual salaries of over £560,000 for the local economy," Mr Hamilton said.

"I am pleased Invest NI helped to secure this investment and is supporting the creation of these jobs with an £88,000 employment grant."

Geoff Keal, TerraQuest's managing director, said: "We foresee many opportunities over the next few years for our land referencing services as major transport infrastructure projects get under way across the UK.

"We have chosen to create a centre of excellence in Belfast because we know from experience that we can recruit high quality staff there who will ensure excellent service delivery. Belfast is also a cost-effective business environment and this will help us achieve our profitability targets."

Meanwhile, a Northern Ireland start-up business is creating 10 new jobs after securing a fresh £200,000 cash injection.

CADshare, which is based at the Ulster Bank-powered Entrepreneurial Spark Hatchery in Belfast, has raised over £200,000, including investment from techstart NI, private investors based in Northern Ireland and the US, and support from Invest NI.

It was founded by mechanical engineer Chris Acheson, and is a platform that allows manufacturers of heavy machinery to bring their after-market customer service online.

"I am delighted to secure the new investment, which will really help bring the vision for the business to reality," Mr Acheson said.

"I am also very grateful to Entrepreneurial Spark for the mentoring and support, which has been invaluable in terms of really focusing our technology on its best application.

"We plan to begin recruiting for some jobs immediately, and plan to recruit 10 over the next couple of years."

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