Commercial estate agents secure Belfast base for US software firm
A US tech firm with headquarters in Texas has opened new offices in Belfast city centre.
Bazaarvoice, which provides customer feedback software to retailers, has taken up 10,000 sq ft of Grade A office space at McAuley House in Fountain Street.
Commercial property agency CBRE acted on behalf of the firm to acquire the space and monitor its fit-out. The project took place during a challenging period in the area, where restrictions were put in place due to the fire at Bank Buildings in August last year.
David Wright, office agency director at CBRE, said: "Bazaarvoice wanted to acquire space that supported how the company operates globally by maximising the connectivity between its people.
"This meant providing high-end, flexible office accommodation that incorporates many different breakout zones, as well as areas for both formal and spontaneous meetings.
"Innovative companies, like Bazaarvoice, demand more efficient and collaborative working spaces to attract and retain stellar talent, which is exactly what this property offers."
Stephen Donnelly, senior software development manager at Bazaarvoice, said: "When we sought to grow the Bazaarvoice footprint, opening operations in Belfast was a natural choice. The city offers an extremely attractive investment proposition for FDI for many reasons, but none more so than the talent pool.
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"There is a huge wealth of burgeoning talent and a thriving tech scene here and we are delighted with the quality of the indigenous workforce we have assembled."
Fiona Martyn, associate director at CBRE, said: "We were within weeks of completion when the historic Bank Buildings fire occurred, leaving significant programme challenges as the building was left as part of the restricted-access zone in the vicinity.
"We worked closely with Bazaarvoice, the landlord and the design team to split the office move into two phases until we regained full access to the office suite."