Belfast Telegraph

Web firm has designs on £400k growth plan

By Margaret Canning

A Co Down web design company has invested nearly £400,000 to create 14 new jobs.

Omnisoft Services is spending £392,900 to expand its web design services and develop a new product for schools.

It hopes to increase sales to over £3m per year, including over £1m in export sales.

Invest NI has offered £44,000 of support for 11 of the jobs through its Jobs Fund scheme, which was set up to help companies speed up plans to create jobs paying below the average Northern Ireland rate.

Omnisoft, based in Balloo Court in Bangor and already employing 60 people, has branched out into web-based games for children from providing web design services.

And under its Socially Driven brand it is also helping small to medium-sized companies with social media.

Its latest education product is Game to Learn, targeted at seven-to-11 year-olds in primary schools.

Founder and chief executive Andrew Cuthbert said: "We are very excited about the potential of both Socially Driven and Game to Learn, social media has hugely impacted on the way that businesses communicate with their customers but there are many small businesses that do not have the knowledge or resources to really take advantage of what it offers. That's where Socially Driven comes in.

"Game to Learn has been well received and we are already considering how to develop it to cover other age groups.

"The support we received from Invest NI's Jobs Fund really made a difference in allowing us to quickly put the jobs in place that we need to progress these projects."

Oonagh Hinds, manager of Invest NI's eastern regional office, said: "Omnisoft Services is a forward thinking company that has identified opportunities to develop its products and services.

"With Invest NI's support it has been able to put in place the staff needed to progress its innovative Socially Driven and Game to Learn products."