Belfast Telegraph

Sysco inks export deal worth £500k

A Belfast-based IT company has tied up half a million pounds worth of export business to the Republic.

Sysco Software Solutions has sold its Hosted Service Management Application (HSMA) across the border which is designed to allow employees to remain in full contact with the office while out in the field with customers.

The service is a product of the company's investment in research, development and marketing which was aided by a £114,000 investment by Invest NI and the European Regional Development Fund.

"With Invest NI's support, we have developed our own products and enhanced our management capabilities in order to compete effectively for new business outside Northern Ireland," Paul Bingham, Sysco's MD, said.

"Our HSMA product has significant growth potential and we are delighted with the response to date from customers. Over the coming months, we aim to heighten awareness of our brand and secure further export sales."

Separately, an Antrim-based software company has sealed an export deal to Brazil after taking part in an Invest NI export mission.

It has signed a contract with an educational publisher in Sao Paulo to supply its 'Read&Write' and 'Fluency Tutor' software being used to teach English in a network of schools throughout the country.

"Our in-market research, aided by Invest NI's adviser in Brazil, has enabled us to pinpoint a substantial business opportunity for our Read&Write and Fluency Tutor software products from a fast- developing demand among Brazil's huge middle class for English tuition. Our software enables students to learn English at their own pace and when they have time," said Martin McKay, Texthelp's chief technical officer.

Texthelp Systems employs 106 people, including 66 at Antrim.