Company expansion to create 26 jobs
Twenty-six jobs are to be created at a Belfast electrical engineering company.
BI Electrical Services in Mallusk is expanding to serve the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East.
Ian Humphreys, who founded the company in 1989, said the industry faced significant challenges but opportunities existed locally and globally.
"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," he said.
"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."
BI Electrical specialises in commercial and industrial electrical installation.
Its expansion into the new regions will be led by newly appointed non-executive director Mr Speirs, who is known globally within the electrical engineering sector having served in high profile roles including as chairman of the Ascertiva Group, the industry body which oversees certification, training and safety for the industry.
BI Electrical, an Invest Northern Ireland client, said its plans included the establishment of a partnership network in the regions which will operate under the company's brand name. It also plans a three-year apprenticeship scheme to attract new talent.
Invest NI has offered BI Electrical over £49,000 of marketing assistance to help attract new customers in its target markets.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the business joined an increasing number of local companies who recognise the importance of looking beyond local markets to take advantage of the opportunities that exist across the globe.