East Belfast boosted by new centres bringing 100 jobs
The east Belfast economy has received a welcome boost with the opening of two new business centres, bringing more than 100 jobs to the city.
Announcements from two firms this week — L&T Infotech and Barclay Communications — have been welcomed by the local community.
Indian company L&T Infotech is establishing a European software development and maintenance centre at the Northern Ireland Science Park.
And business communications specialists Barclay Communications has just opened a new 36 seat call centre and is currently recruiting new staff in almost all areas of their business.
Speaking after the announcement by L&T infotech, East Belfast DUP MLA Lord Browne said: “I am delighted that yet another major international company has seen the benefit of locating to Northern Ireland, and more particularly, east Belfast.
“Once established, this centre will generate annual salaries of £2.9 million for people right here in east Belfast, a truly fantastic outcome especially in this harsh economic climate.”
DUP councillor David Rodway, who is a member of the Belfast Metropolitan College board, said: “L&T Infotech have made it clear that they want to work with the extraordinary young talent that Northern Ireland possesses, to train them, and give them real experience of working in the industry.
“This is an opportunity which will not only allow us to improve the prospects of current students and graduates, but which will also allow us to invest for the future.”
Barclay Communications’ continued growth within the UK business mobile phone market has also enabled them to expand their e-business, landline, broadband, IT and TomTom WORK sectors.
Their new 36 seat call centre will be focusing on the communication needs of O2 SME customers and all of Northern Ireland’s SME businesses.
Britt Megahey, managing director of Barclay Communications, said: “We have always expanded the company by focusing on the customer, their needs and what would genuinely add value to their business. This new call centre will enable us to continue this strategy and provide our clients with a new, complete and high quality service that includes great new benefits, which are only available from us.”
Seán Neeson, Alliance MLA said: “This is great news for Northern Ireland. We have a very strong skill base in IT and the creation of these posts demonstrates this.
“To create so many jobs of this nature at a time as difficult as this shows the potential our economy and workforce has.”