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US software firm's city investment will create over 50 jobs

Another US software company has chosen to set up shop in Belfast with the creation of over 50 jobs.

Quantus is a rapidly growing provider of services for the casino gaming, hospitality and entertainment sectors.

The announcement was made by Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster during a trip to San Francisco where she and Invest Northern Ireland chief executive Alastair Hamilton are meeting with existing and potential investors and building trade links.

With a £412,500 offer of support from Invest NI, the company will establish a support, operations and software development centre - from which it will service existing markets in the US and new European markets - and create 55 jobs.

James Romeo, from Quantus, said that Belfast was the clear winner as a location for the office, in terms of skills, accessibility to target markets and connectivity.

"We could however, have found these factors at other global sites so it was really the offer of support from Invest NI that helped us to make the final decision," Mr Romeo said.

Matt Bieber, also from Quantus, added: "It is an honour to work with Invest Northern Ireland and this investment in Belfast supports our overall growth strategy, which together with our new sales office in Los Angeles, strengthens our US customer engagements, particularly in Las Vegas and San Francisco."

Ms Foster said that the decision by Quantus to locate the project in Northern Ireland demonstrates once again that this region is a global location of choice.

"In discussing business plans with the company, I was greatly impressed with how rapidly this young, dynamic firm has grown since it was established in late 2011 and with its proposed plans for future growth.

"Generating over £1.75m annually in salaries, the jobs being promoted will pay well above the NI private sector median, in line with Programme for Government objectives.

"The decision by Quantus to locate this project in Northern Ireland demonstrates once again that this region is a global location of choice."

An increasing number of IT and software firms have chosen to set up in Belfast.

Last week it emerged that over 30 jobs are being created by the London Stock Exchange-listed WANdisco, in a move that will mean more than £1m to the local economy.