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Innovation key to success for Omagh company

Barry McManus, managing director of EQE, with business consultant, Rita McCaughey of NORIBIC, the managing agent of the Innovation Agents Network
Barry McManus, managing director of EQE, with business consultant, Rita McCaughey of NORIBIC, the managing agent of the Innovation Agents Network

By Graham Bardgett

An innovation agency is opening cross-border doors for an Omagh-based software company which announced today it is aiming to expand its operations across all of the UK and Europe.





EQE — Empowerment Quality Engineering — is an advanced software, quality assurance and test services company which intends achieving high levels of growth this year due to involvement with the Innovation Agents Network.

The Innovation Agents Network is delivered by NORIBIC and WESTBIC in conjunction with the Republic’s South West College and IT Sligo which provide expertise and knowledge to assist business innovation and development of new innovative ideas.

Part-financed by the EU’s Interreg IIIA Programme and managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the ICBAN Partnership, EQE has already extended its services to financial, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries. It has worked with a range of leading companies including ABN Amro, Orange and RBS managing and testing blue chip software projects.

EQE works with companies that suffer from a variety of issues such as poor quality software, late delivery, cost overruns, low morale/high staff turnover, poor credibility and other issues associated with high defect rates prior to delivery.

The Innovation Agents Network put EQE in contact with CORKBIC, based in the National Software Centre (NSC) in Cork, part of the EurOffice Network.

EQE was granted full use of an office with internet connectivity, printer access and conference room access in the NSC during a recent two-day sales visit to Cork.

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CORKBIC identified and arranged introductory meetings with a senior representative in target businesses in the region for EQE.

Barry McManus, director of EQE, said: "From pointing us in the right direction, to building up our contacts, the Innovation Agents Network has helped us immensely. After putting us in contact with CORKBIC, our opportunities have broadened and this opportunity has really opened the market for us. We couldn't have done it without them."

Business consultant Rita McCaughey, of NORIBIC, said: "Through the facilitation of cross-border links we empower businesses such as EQE to access help from partner organisations such as CORKBIC and their extensive network of local contacts.

“While this is just one way the network encourages innovation-based growth, we also place a wide range of resources at the fingertips of SMEs across Northern Ireland."

For more information on EQE call 078 7981 6363, visit www.empowermentqe.com or email bmcmanus@empowermentqe.com.

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