Soft­ware firm cre­ates 75 jobs

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY EMMA DEIGHAN

Boston com­pany bam­boo Rose looks to belfast tech tal­ent pool as it sets up­new­ba­seincity

A BOSTON-BASED re­tail soft­ware firm will cre­ate 75 new jobs here as it sets up a base in Belfast.

Bam­boo Rose, which ben­e­fited from a £525,000 In­vest NI grant to make the move to North­ern Ire­land, con­nects re­tail­ers through its soft­ware plat­form.

It counts high street giants Deben­hams, Boots, Dunelm Ltd and Gap among its clients.

Bam­boo Rose chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue Welch said ac­cess­ing North­ern Ire­land’s tech tal­ent pool would al­low it to cater to its grow­ing num­ber of cus­tomers in Asia and Europe, as well as a de­vel­op­ing base in Africa and the Mid­dle East.

“As we ex­pand our global pres­ence, the Belfast cen­tre will sup­port our cus­tomers across Europe and drive in­no­va­tion across the com­pany,” she said.

“The bulk of the roles in Belfast will fo­cus on soft­ware de­vel­op­ment and engi­neer­ing.

“By tap­ping in to the vast tal­ent pool here, we will be able to test and de­velop new prod­ucts and en­hance­ments to our ex­ist­ing plat­form.

“This will help us drive for­ward our growth plans and cre­ate bet­ter soft­ware to con­nect the in­ter­na­tional re­tail com­mu­nity.”

Gary Han­ley, se­nior VP North Amer­i­cas at In­vest NI, said: “Bam­boo Rose has some of the biggest re­tail brands as its cus­tomers. It pro­vides a dig­i­tal B2B plat­form that helps re­tail­ers de­velop and de­liver new prod­ucts, with fea­tures such as a vir­tual show­room, or­der man­age­ment and global sourc­ing tools.

“The de­vel­op­ment cen­tre in Belfast will in­clude roles in soft­ware de­vel­op­ment and pro­fes­sional ser­vices sup­port. With above av­er­age salaries this in­vest­ment by Bam­boo Rose will de­liver nearly £3m an­nu­ally in wages to the North­ern Ire­land econ­omy.”

The av­er­age salary for the new roles is £38,253.

Bam­boo Rose is the sec­ond soft­ware firm from out­side North­ern Ire­land to cre­ate a base here in re­cent weeks.

Ir­ish soft­ware com­pany Team­work.com is cre­at­ing 85 new jobs in Belfast to en­sure UK mar­ket ac­cess post-brexit. The Cork-based firm — which has Dis­ney, Net­flix and Spo­tify as clients — is hir­ing 55 de­vel­op­ers and 30 tech­ni­cal sup­port staff for a de­vel­op­ment and sup­port hub, with av­er­age salaries of £37,000.

Ac­cord­ing to In­vest NI, North­ern Ire­land has around 1,200 IT firms here in what is a rapidly grow­ing mar­ket.

Among the at­trac­tions to in­vest in a tech base in the prov­ince are skilled staff and prop­erty costs which, ac­cord­ing to the Fi­nan­cial Times fdi Bench­mark for 2017, were 36% less than in Dublin for a 200-strong team.

The same re­search also stated that Belfast is now the num­ber one in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ment lo­ca­tion for US cy­ber security de­vel­op­ment projects.

Other out­side firms in­vest­ing in the prov­ince in­clude cloud and au­to­ma­tion ser­vice provider Am­meon. It is cre­at­ing a 60-per­son de­liv­ery cen­tre in Belfast.

Mean­while, Chicago-based Ap­plied Sys­tems Inc is ex­pand­ing into the city with plans to re­cruit 50 staff by 2021. Its boss cited “tal­ent of young engi­neers”.

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