Invest NI supports Blue Zinc growth

Belfast software company Blue Zinc IT Ltd is investing over £675,000 to expand its operation with support from Invest Northern Ireland.

The company, which currently employs 21, specialises in practice management software for private medical clinics, hospitals and businesses. Invest NI has offered £97,500 to support the creation of 13 new jobs over the next three years in sales, software development and support. This will help Blue Zinc IT to accelerate growth in export markets, particularly in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Australia, and to capitalise on opportunities identified in a recent strategic planning exercise.

Stephen Wightman, Invest NI’s Acting Director of Life Sciences and Creative Industries, says: “Blue Zinc is an innovative and ambitious company that has identified a niche market within the software sector. Its core products have global potential and with our support the company is now expanding its workforce to exploit the new opportunities identified though market research.”

Blue Zinc IT’s clients currently include some 790 clinical practices and 2,000 users worldwide. It plans to double sales over the next three years and is actively targeting new markets outside its core physiotherapy market.

Kyle Lunn, Blue Zinc’s Commercial Director, says: “Invest NI’s support has been crucial to helping us position Blue Zinc for further growth. We are confident that the opportunities we have identified will yield substantial sales, and the recruitment of 13 new staff will strengthen our team and allow us to build our profile both within Northern Ireland and in key markets around the world.”