Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Emirates trade mission brings 26 new jobs

Dubai at night
Dubai at night

The Enterprise Minister has kicked off a three-day trade mission of the United Arab Emirates with news of 26 jobs for a Belfast company.

BI Electrical Services said they're taking on the new posts at its Mallusk plant to help expand into markets in Asia Pacific and the Arabian Gulf.

It plans to establish a partnership network with companies in the regions which will operate under the BI Electrical Services brand and also said it will create a three-year apprenticeship scheme to attract new talent into the company.

"This year has been a remarkable period of growth for BI Electrical Services allowing us to strengthen our local operations and to explore opportunities in the global markets," said Ian Humphreys who founded BI Electrical Services in 1989.

"As part of the expansion we have strengthened our leadership team through the appointment of Jim Speirs who is known across the world as an advocate for high-quality standards across the industry.

"This allows us to enter export markets with enhanced creditability and awareness for the high quality and standard of services that BI Electrical Services delivers." Invest NI has offered BI Electrical Services over £49,000 of marketing assistance to help the business secure new customers in its target regions.

The news comes as Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster heads to Dubai to try and drum up inward investment and to explore export opportunities for Northern Ireland companies in the region.

The minister's trip comes hot on the heels of export missions by the First and Deputy First Minister to the US and for Prime Minister David Cameron to India last week.

The latter was said to be the biggest trade mission undertaken by any UK prime minister while the Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness said they would be doing their best to persuade US companies to invest in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Ms Foster said she was looking forward to returning to the United Arab Emirates. "It is important that we continue to build strong economic relationships with trading partners in international markets," she said. "I welcome the opportunity to return to the United Arab Emirates to further develop these links and promote Northern Ireland's tourism offering.

"Export-led economic growth is critical to our future prosperity and I would encourage our businesses to explore the possibilities which new and emerging markets present."