The introduction of Revel Systems to Belfast, along with Payescape’s expansion in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, has brought some 100 jobs to Northern Ireland.
Revel, a San Francisco, California-based software company, is setting up a European sales and support centre in Belfast, employing 89 people.
Having developed a point-of-sale solution for hospitality and retail establishments, Revel is looking for people to fill positions in sales, logistics, and technical support.
Invest NI has granted stg£445,000 of support for the jobs, with the Department for Employment and Learning offering a further stg£245,000.
Commenting on the decision to locate in Belfast, Chris Ciabarra, co-founder and CTO of Revel Systems, said, “Our system empowers merchants, helping them to thrive and grow, and we are excited about the market opportunity in Europe. This new centre will facilitate our entry into the UK and European markets, which is part of our growth strategy.
“We are looking for dynamic employees with real entrepreneurial spirit that can continually look for new creative solutions to meet customer needs. I’m confident that we’ll find them in Northern Ireland.”
Meanwhile, Payescape is more than doubling its workforce up to a total of 13. The business, set up in 2006 by managing director John Borland, provides online outsourced payroll services to small and medium-sized enterprises.
The expansion comes following investment by entrepreneur Steve Sarowitz, founder of Paylocity, a successful US payroll company. Building on Payescape’s existing client bank, Sarowitz plans to replicate the success of Paylocity by improving Payescape’s technology and adding a sales and marketing team.
Payescape’s new service will target SMEs, offering a comprehensive data repository and corresponding reporting capabilities, as well as employee self-service modules.
“Steve Sarowitz is a successful global entrepreneur who has extensive knowledge of the international payroll service market,” Borland said. “This investment is a game changer for the business and we are excited about the potential for Payescape Ltd in the UK market.
“The new staff will enable us to undertake an aggressive sales and marketing campaign, which we anticipate will drive a significant increase in turnover over the next few years.”