Jobs boost at golf software company
A Florida-based golf software company is creating 28 new jobs in Northern Ireland, it has been announced.
BRS Golf, whose online booking systems are used by clubs world wide, said it was expanding its operation in Belfast.
Six of the posts, which will have an average salary of £28,000, are already in place, while the rest of the positions will be filled over the next three years.
Invest Northern Ireland (NI) has provided a grant of £154,000 towards the new jobs.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the investment which has been over a year in the making.
She said: "BRS Golf's decision to expand its workforce and invest in new premises here in Belfast is testament to Northern Ireland's standing as an excellent location in which to do business.
"Invest NI has worked with GolfNow and its US parent NBCUniversal for more than a year to encourage BRS Golf to locate its expansion here.
"This investment will help the company to expand its international footprint through its commitment to aiding golf clubs around the world, to operate their businesses more effectively."
BRS Golf was recently acquired by GolfNow, an affiliate of the Florida-based entertainment giant Golf Channel, which is owned by NBCUniversal.
It currently employs 30 staff in Northern Ireland, the Republic, Scotland and England. The bulk of the workforce (23) operate out of Belfast where a new office has been opened at the Centrepoint building on Ormeau Avenue.
The new jobs will include opportunities in IT, customer support, sales, training and finance.
Mike McCarley, president of Golf Channel, said the company had been attracted by Northern Ireland's "cost-competitive infrastructure and business environment".
He said: "Invest NI's support has played a valuable role in the growth of BRS Golf and GolfNow to date.
"This expansion, backed by the full support of our NBCUniversal resources will not only enable us to continue to provide industry-leading support to golf club operators, it also will make it easier for more golfers to go play."