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HighWire move a boost to software development reputation, says Arlene Foster

By Staff Reporter

First Minister Arlene Foster has said a decision by a US digital publisher to set up in Northern Ireland is a boost to the province's reputation for software development.

The First Minister visited the premises of HighWire Press, a spin-off of Stanford University in California.

The company announced in March that it was investing £6m in a centre in Northern Ireland, creating 75 new jobs. Its technology is sold to publishers of academic research.

The First Minister said: "HighWire's decision to locate in Northern Ireland further boosts Belfast's reputation as the number one location in Europe for new software development projects.

"I have no doubt that HighWire's expansion here will encourage other global and innovative organisations to recognise Northern Ireland is a great place to invest, live and do business."

The company's new offices are in Andras House in Great Victoria Street, Belfast.

Chief executive Dan Filby said the firm's arrival had been met with "excitement and collaboration by the Northern Ireland business community".

HighWire is one of 33 inward investments projects secured in Northern Ireland in 2015/2016.

The figure of 33 projects emerged from Department for International Trade figures this week.

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