US software firm opens Belfast tech hub with promise of 50 jobs
A US software company has opened a new technology hub in Belfast employing 50 highly-paid staff.
New York-based HHAeXchange provides software to help streamline healthcare and homecare services in America.
It moved into the Scottish Provident Building next to Belfast City Hall last week, representing its first investment in Northern Ireland. Five jobs are already in place with another 45 to follows over the next three years.
Invest NI will fund the company to the tune of £400,000. It said the combined wage total of all 50 jobs will eventually contribute £2m to the economy.
HHAeXchange has pointed to the level of software knowledge and skills in Northern Ireland as the key factors for bringing it across the Atlantic.
The company's CEO Greg Strobel also cited the "ease of travel from New York City".
He said the new Belfast hub will work to develop "cutting-edge technology solutions" for its expanding customer base.
An increasingly ageing population in the United States, coupled with recent changes in legislation, has led to an upsurge in demand for HHAeXchange's web-based platform, which provides a real-time connection between homecare providers and payers.
"We have won many new contracts recently, which means we need to scale our business quickly to support this growth," said Mr Strobel. "Our new tech hub in Belfast will focus on developing cutting-edge technology solutions to meet the needs of our expanding customer base."
"Our software serves as the single source of truth for payers and providers, improving transparency and communication for better homecare environments.
"The Belfast team will focus on new enterprise technology developments that are central to our business' growth.
Gary Hanley, who heads Invest NI's American operations, said the economic development agency has continued to highlight Northern Ireland as a location for US software developers.
"In this case, HHAeXchange was told about the access to great talent by another US company investing here. You can't get a better testimonial than that," he added.