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US software firm to create 89 jobs

A US software company is to create almost 90 jobs in Belfast.

California-based Revel Systems is developing a European sales and support centre in the city.

The San Francisco company's investment has been supported by almost £700,000 of Stormont funds.

Business promotion agency Invest Northern Ireland has offered £445,000 while the Department for Employment and Learning has provided £245,000 of training support through its Assured Skills programme.

Chris Ciabarra, co-founder of Revel Systems, said: "Our system empowers merchants, helping them to thrive and grow, and we are excited about the market opportunity in Europe. This new centre will facilitate our entry into the UK and European markets, which is part of our growth strategy.

"Revel's mission is to support entrepreneurs and give businesses the tools they need to succeed. We are excited to help European merchants take their businesses to the next level.

"We are looking for dynamic employees with real entrepreneurial spirit that can continually look for new creative solutions to meet customer needs. I'm confident that we'll find them in Northern Ireland."

Investment Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the 89 new jobs.

"I am delighted that Revel Systems have decided to open their European headquarters here in Belfast," she said.

"Their decision to establish this centre in Northern Ireland is based on the many advantages that this region has to offer international companies. High speed, cost-effective connectivity, easy access to the Great Britain and European markets, a committed and skilled workforce and the comprehensive support offered by government have attracted a succession of global firms to these shores in the past year, creating thousands of jobs."

The minister said the jobs would come with an above the private sector median salary.

Employment and Learning minister Stephen Farry added: "I am pleased that the support my Department offers, through the Assured Skills programme, has contributed to this substantial new investment in Northern Ireland by Revel Systems.

"It is encouraging that the skills levels in Northern Ireland are such that we are attracting innovative and rapidly expanding companies, such as Revel Systems.

"A highly skilled labour force is essential to support business growth and expansion, and the funding will ensure that Revel Systems has the support necessary for training initiatives to develop the skills required for these new roles."

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