Foster Announces Investment by New York Software Company, ShopKeep POS

Feb 20, 2014

Photography by Parkway Photography.

Pictured with Enterprise Minister Arlene  Foster during a visit to the new office of Shopkeep POS are Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest NI, and Jason Richelson, Founder and CEO of Shopkeep POS.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster announced today that US company ShopKeep POS is to set up an office in Belfast that will create 35 high quality jobs.

The company is a New York based software provider which has developed an iPad point of sale system for retail shops and restaurants. Invest Northern Ireland has offered £245,000 of support for the investment and 10 of the 35 positions are now in place.

Announcing the investment 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 £1.3million 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.

“This is an excellent example of a small business idea that has grown into a highly competitive company. ShopKeep has tripled the business every year for the last three years and the product is now used by more than 10,000 small businesses in the US and Canada.”

ShopKeep was founded in 2008 and it is now looking to expand both in the US and internationally. The company is recruiting additional mobile software developers to service its current products and accelerate the expansion of its product range.

Jason Richelson, Founder and CEO said: “We are thrilled to open our first overseas office in Northern Ireland, which will serve as a launch pad to expand our operations 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.

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

ShopKeep will be based on Ormeau Avenue in Belfast.

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