Northern Ireland Wins New Investor and New Jobs

Apr 27, 2017
Pictured (L - R) are Neil Skehel, Awards International, and Steve Harper, Invest NI.

Awards International Ltd, an international company headquartered in Great Britain, is creating a customer service and sales team in Northern Ireland which will create nine jobs.

The company runs a suite of successful awards programmes, predominantly in the financial and business services sectors, and currently has 35 staff located in Serbia, the United Arab Emirates and Great Britain.

Its new team will be based in East Belfast and the investment is being supported by Invest Northern Ireland, which has offered £45,000 of support.

"Northern Ireland offers a cost-effective business environment and access to a talented pool of workers"

- Steve Harper, Invest NI

Welcoming the company’s decision to set up in Northern Ireland, Steve Harper, Invest NI’s Executive Director of International Business, said: “We’re delighted that Awards International has chosen to establish a base in Northern Ireland. The company was referred to us through our Dubai office and its management was invited to come to Northern Ireland to see what we had to offer. They were able to see that Northern Ireland offers a cost-effective business environment and access to a talented pool of workers.”

“Invest NI’s support was also a key factor in Awards International’s decision to locate its new team here. The company joins the growing cluster of business services companies that have found Northern Ireland to be an excellent operational base.”

The nine jobs will pay an average salary of £20,000.

Neil Skehel, Managing Director of Awards International, commented: “Awards International is the only independent awards company in the UK and in the Middle East. Our awards programmes are fully transparent with competitors able to view one another’s presentations and we believe that this has revolutionised the awards industry. Since setting up in 2008 the company has experienced significant growth and we are now planning to quadruple our size in the next five years.

"We are looking forward to working here and benefitting from all that Northern Ireland has to offer"

- Neil Skehel, Awards International

“The new customer service and sales team in Northern Ireland will help us to expand our customer base and generate new leads across a number of industries. We are looking forward to working here and benefitting from all that Northern Ireland has to offer.”

Awards International manages a number of different awards programmes including the UK Financial Services Experience Awards, UK Business Awards and the International Business Excellence Awards.

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