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Jobs in pipeline as Belfast data company snapped up

By John Mulgrew

A Belfast data company has been bought over by a major Irish data science firm that counts some of the world’s biggest brands among its clients.

Sophia has been taken on by Boxfish, a company that specialises in discovering and targeting audiences on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and more for large media companies.

Sophia is a content and data analytics company that is based at Catalyst, formerly the Northern Ireland Science Park.

It is likely that the takeover will mean additional new jobs for the business, which has said it plans on making its Belfast base a “centre of engineering” for the company.

Its chief executive, David Patterson explained: “We couldn’t be more delighted to see all the work that we’ve put into Sophia pay off.

“We have been tremendously impressed with what Boxfish has achieved using our technology, and we are thrilled to be part of the exciting opportunities our combined company will create going forward.”

Boxfish boss Eoin Dowling added: “Having worked with the Sophia team for the past two years, we already had developed a tight synergy between our two companies.”

Meanwhile, Larne company Eco Blast, which produces equipment used to clear and clean surfaces in industry, has landed £100,000 in fresh funding from the Halo Angel Plus Network, and is additionally set to create 10 new jobs.

The business was founded last year by Jason McKenna, a mechanical design engineer with experience in industrial engineering design.

The firm has also just secured its first major dealer, which will export and sell its products within the UK and also throughout Europe.

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