Northern Ireland

American firm creates 70 new technology jobs in Belfast

An American company is creating 70 new jobs in Northern Ireland.

Merchant Warehouse is setting up a technology development centre in Belfast.

Economy Minister Arlene Foster said they were high-quality, knowledge-based jobs won in the face of competition from other countries.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered £840,000 of assistance towards the job creation.

The Boston-based company provides payment technologies and services to around 80,000 customers.

Having experienced significant growth in recent years, the Belfast operation will support further growth by adding in-house engineering and development resources.

Mrs Foster said: "Invest NI has worked hard to secure this investment for Northern Ireland.

"In this it was aided by very positive reports from other US investors who have set up here, who promoted the availability of highly-qualified staff, and the strong support from local universities and government agencies, as well as cultural and logistical alignment.

"These new jobs will contribute some £2.7m a year in salaries to the economy."

Henry Helgeson, Merchant Warehouse's chief executive officer, said: "Invest NI's offer of support was crucial to our decision to locate the new technology division in Northern Ireland.

"We are confident that the new Belfast centre, which will support our accelerated product evolution and enhance our overall customer support, will help us to maintain our competitive edge."