Belfast Telegraph

Apprentice winner Mark Wright setting his sights on Belfast opportunities

By Margaret Canning

TV and business star Mark Wright - winner of BBC TV show The Apprentice - has said he may open an office for his digital marketing agency in Belfast.

He spoke to the Belfast Telegraph ahead of top tech event Digital DNA, which is taking place at St George's Market. In total, today's event will feature over 65 speakers from firms including Intel, Uber, Google and PayPal, as well as over 50 exhibitors and 18 workshops.

Aussie-born businessman Mr Wright set up digital marketing agency Climb Online with Lord Sugar after winning investment from the straight-talking tycoon in 2014. And Mr Wright said he was awake to potential opportunities in the province:.

"I think I've been slow to grasp how beneficial Northern Ireland can be to technology. We could even look at opening an office here in Belfast because costs are so much lower than London," he said. "We've talked to Ulster University graduates and can employ people here on a much lower salary. Overall, the talent is as good in Belfast as it is in London."

The eagerly-anticipated tech showcase began last night with a reception and dinner at Belfast City Hall.

And Mr Wright said he was looking forward to learning more about the tech sector in Northern Ireland during Digital DNA.

"Holding events like this is really good for Northern Ireland.

"It really opens the doors to employers and big companies."

His agency Climb Online now employs around 30 people in Shoreditch in north London.

And he said it had received plaudits from Google and had signed up the most new businesses of any digital marketing agency over the first quarter. The agency uses optimisation tools and data-tracking platforms to help firms with their online marketing.

Digital DNA takes place at St George's Market today. For more information, visit the website

Belfast Telegraph