Ministers officially open Parity Group’s new Talent Management and TechLab premises

Jul 04, 2012

First Minister Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP MLA today officially opened Parity Solutions Limited’s new state-of-the-art premises in Titanic Quarter.

Ministers said the company, which provides IT solutions and training, was playing an important part in helping government deliver on its commitment to economic regeneration.

Addressing Parity Group’s full board and invited guests, the First Minister said: “Today’s event is an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution Parity has made to the IT industry over its 35 year history in Northern Ireland and to commend the company’s continued commitment to developing our student and graduate skills base.”

“As we work to strengthen the local economy it is vital, during what remains a challenging time for many businesses, that we support and encourage existing companies, such as Parity, as they train and supply highly skilled work-ready graduates,” he added.

The deputy First Minister added: “The First Minister and I congratulate Parity Solutions on its relocation to this new high tech facility in the Concourse building and wish to thank the Senior Management team for their commitment to the Belfast operation.”

“I believe today’s official opening can act as a clear demonstration to other investors that the north has much to offer in terms of talent, knowledge and infrastructure,” said Mr McGuinness.

Parity delivers a range of IT solutions, including graduate recruitment and training programmes to public and private sector customers across the UK.

It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Parity Group plc headquartered in London and delivers a range of IT solutions, graduate recruitment and development, and a portfolio of learning programmes, to both public and private sector customers across the UK.

All 35 members of staff have relocated from Parity’s Dargan Road site to the new premises situated in the Concourse building at Titanic Quarter.

Over the past number of years, Invest NI has continued to develop and maintain a positive working relationship with both Parity Group’s local Belfast operation and the Senior Management Team based in Wimbledon. Invest NI has recently supported the company to carry out research and development projects relating to emerging technology, aimed at creating a centre of advanced technology in Northern Ireland. Invest NI’s support was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The company’s INTRO programme, sponsored by the Department for Employment and Learning, is a flagship graduate development programme which focuses on developing leadership and management skills.

Recently Parity Group announced the acquisition of Inition Limited, a leading 3D systems company based in Shoreditch, London who are already in conversation with the Group’s NI TechLab on exciting R&D opportunities.

Paul Davies, Parity CEO said: “Parity is confident in our ability to support the NI Government’s drive to help strengthen our economy through the development and supply of high calibre work-ready graduates for the Northern Ireland business community. This relocation is an exciting and strategic decision for the company as we look to capitalise on our Northern Ireland office’s potential as the HQ of our Talent Management business and a hub for the emerging technology sector.”

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