Belfast Telegraph

£6m science park development set to create 500 new jobs

By Margaret Canning

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has visited the site of a £6m development at the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP).

Final preparations are being made to Concourse II, a facility which is set to create 500 new jobs when it opens in August.

Concourse II is already fully let and will be home to Northern Ireland start-ups and international firms such as Kana Software, Export Technologies, Fidessa and Parity. The Belfast Harbour-funded development will eventually consist of three 'concourse' buildings in an investment of more than £20m.

Science Park chairman Frank Hewitt said: "Given the challenging economic climate, we are delighted that the Northern Ireland Science Park is continuing to grow."

The minister said: "NISP provides flexible workspace for emerging local, as well as international and innovation-based businesses.

The minister added: "It is extremely encouraging that Concourse II is full to capacity and the need for additional space clearly shows that despite a difficult economic climate, businesses associated with NISP have been flourishing,"