Belfast Telegraph

IT firm Version 1 to create 60 jobs with Belfast expansion

By Jonathan Bell

An Irish IT firm is doubling its Northern Ireland workforce with the creation of 60 new jobs.

Version 1 has announced it is expanding operations at its Belfast base. It will double the size of its Cromac Place office and bring its workforce to 120 by the end of 2017.

The company, which provides online customer service technology,  said it was able to expand after winning "substantial" new business for in the energy, utilities and the public services sectors.

Lorna McAdoo, head of operations at Version 1 NI, said: "This comes after a lot of very hard work in Belfast. We have become more competitive in Northern Ireland and this, combined with hard work and commitment from our team, has led to several large contracts being awarded to us.’’

"Over the next six months, we will be doubling our office space at Cromac Place and also doubling our workforce to 120 over the next two years. We have very exciting times ahead.’’

Version 1 was established in Dublin in 1996 and opened its first office in Belfast in 2012 with four staff. It grew rapidly and moved to Cromac Place two years later and now employs 60.

The company has over 900 staff across its Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Manchester, Edinburgh, Kent and Birmingham and is predicting a new £100m turnover for 2017.

In April, Version 1 announced the creation of 365 jobs over the next three years. This has been funded by a 90m euro investment by London-based investment firm Volpi Capital.

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