Belfast Telegraph

New York stock exchange firm to create 400 jobs in Belfast

The organisation which runs the New York Stock Exchange has opened new offices in Belfast.

NYSE Euronext's 'centre of excellence' at Adelaide Exchange will create up to 400 technology, operational and corporate jobs in the next four years.

The company, formed from a merger of the NYSE and European company Euronext, specialises in software development for the global trading markets.

Opening duties were carried out by First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

The First Minister said the expansion was "an example of the mutual benefit to be gained from ongoing engagement between those of us involved in economic development and key investors".

The opening took place ahead of next month's investment conference in Washington, when chief executives of American companies already in the province are set to 'sell' its strong points to potential new investors.

Arlene Foster said the province's reputation as an investment location was growing. "I am confident...we will be able to capitalise on that reputation and maintain this region's position as a premier location for further investment."

Invest NI is providing around £9.6m in support of the move into Adelaide Exchange, which was announced in October.

The Deputy First Minister said the opening sent "a strong message to other potential investors".