Northern Ireland

ShopKeep POS: New York firm creates 35 Belfast jobs

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Image caption ShopKeep POS allows iPads to be used as cash registers

A New York-based software firm that allows iPads to be used as cash registers is to create 35 new jobs in Belfast.

ShopKeep POS is based in the United States. Its product is used by 10,000 small businesses, both in the US and Canada.

The firm's iPad app allows retailers to process sales, take credit cards and print receipts.

It also has an element that allows retailers to store and analyse data.

The firm was founded by former retailers Jason Richelson and Amy Bennett who say their product allows small companies to cut costs.

ShopKeep will be based on Ormeau Avenue in Belfast.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered £245,000 of support for the investment and 10 of the 35 positions are now in place.

'Aggressive growth targets'

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Media captionThe firms founder, Jason Richelson, praised Belfast and its people, calling it a "great cosy little town".

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "The decision by ShopKeep to establish its European office in Belfast is another endorsement of our business-friendly, cost-competitive environment that has attracted so many ICT investors over the years.

"ShopKeep is creating 35 high-value jobs that will contribute almost £1.3m annually to the economy.

"I understand that the company has aggressive growth targets for the next three years and I'm confident that the new Northern Ireland location will play an important role in supporting that growth."

ShopKeep founder Jason Richelson said the Belfast office would serve as the company's launch pad to expand into Europe.

"We considered a number of locations for our European site, but after visiting Northern Ireland I was extremely excited and fell in love with Belfast," he said.

"We are already building a team of highly skilled developers and graduates and are looking forward to bringing more team members on board."