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Northern Ireland firm adding 25 jobs as it joins stock exchange scheme

By Rachel Martin

Belfast tech firm Beezer said it would create 25 jobs as it was named among 17 of the newest companies to join a London Stock Exchange (LSE) programme for innovative small and medium-sized businesses.

The firm - which was founded a year ago - provides software for events organisers and brands so that bodies which host events can create apps to engage attendees, and build a relationship based around their experience at events.

The firm already employs 15 people and was selected for LSE's ELITE programme because of its potential to scale up.

Founder, Armagh man Ronan Corr, said he hoped to take on up to 25 extra staff over the next 18 months.

Mr Corr also helped found Servasport, a tech firm responsible for managing the records of 1.5 million sports club members.

Its software has been used in more than 40 countries so far.

"Beezer is all about the 'be there' experience. We want to engage attendees and allow sports organisers and brands to build a community," he said.

"We're really excited about the programme. At the moment we're looking for skilled software engineers, but we hope to be able to take on more staff as Beezer grows."

LSE's ELITE is a support and capital-raising programme made up from more than 750 international companies, advisers and investors.

Beezer's involvement also brings the number of Northern Ireland companies listed on the London Stock Exchange ELITE programme to five.

The others from the region are information management software firm Automated Intelligence; discount firm TreatTicket Ltd; digital solutions firm SLA Mobile, and b-Secur, a digital security firm that uses biometrics, such as an individual's heart pattern, to quickly and securely verify an app user's identity.

The 17 new firms added yesterday include the UK's largest network for parents, Mumsnet; online investment management service provider Nutmeg, and British manufacturer of hybrid airships Hybrid Air Vehicles.

Umerah Akram, head of ELITE UK, said: "These companies drive innovation and employment and create opportunities for us all.

"ELITE is committed to giving the British business stars of the future the very best chance to succeed, providing them with access to appropriate expertise and capital. It is a unique, strong community of the best and most dynamic entrepreneurs, advisers, investors and business school academics from around the world."

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