HP Invests in Innovation in Northern Ireland

HP today announced an investment in new office premises in Belfast city centre, which it says will strengthen its business in Northern Ireland and facilitate the completion of its job creation project here. The move to the new premises will see HP consolidate its offices at Lanyon Place, Arthur Street and Newtownabbey into one large office space, with staff moving to new facility between now and November this year.

HP’s Global Centre of Software Engineering Excellence, which currently employs 50 engineers in Belfast, will now be based in Forsythe House, Cromac Square where enhanced capacity will enable the completion of an existing Invest NI-supported job creation programme, with recruitment already underway for a range of engineering positions.

The new office was officially opened by  Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment Arlene Foster, who welcomed HP’s commitment to Northern Ireland, saying : “HP is a prestigious global brand which has made an important and valuable commitment to Northern Ireland. Despite the downturn, HP is locating key innovation and R&D capability in the region, which will expand and grow over the next 18 months.

“High tech companies like HP are very important to developing the Northern Ireland economy. Later this month I will travel to San Francisco on a trade development visit and hope that more  international companies will be encouraged to look closely at Northern Ireland as an investment location.” 

Delegates at the official opening ceremony were addressed by Martin Murphy, Managing Director of HP Ireland, who said: “Northern Ireland is a competitive place to do business and, having been here for over 30 years already, we see exciting opportunities ahead for further growth in the future.”

Also speaking at the event was HP’s Vice-President Peter Slocum, who travelled to Belfast from Fremont, California. He commented: “With such highly-skilled teams of engineers and consultants under one roof, HP will quickly become a hub for innovation and high-level R&D in Belfast – both of which underpin HP’s business model and will be key drivers for sustainable economic growth in Northern Ireland.  The Belfast-based research and development teams are currently developing groundbreaking cloud-based software for HP’s industry leading HP 3PAR storage array that is experiencing 100% growth year over year worldwide.”

“Enhanced capacity at our new office facility, coupled with ever-growing demand for HP’s services in Northern Ireland, will also enable us to support further job creation.” 

HP is currently seeking development and test engineers from entry to senior levels with relevant experience in systems development and testing, preferably on storage systems but R&D experience in mission critical systems is equally applicable.
Today’s news follows a number of other recent announcements by HP, including a 1.7million euro investment in a high-performance IT network infrastructure at Belfast Met, and the launch of the HP Institute – an academic partnership programme that will provide students with business-ready IT skills that are deficit within the NI economy.

Mr Murphy concluded: “As a leading global company, HP is committed to contributing to economic growth in Northern Ireland by continuing to invest not only in innovation and R&D but, importantly, addressing the widening IT skills gap here.

“To that end, we are proactively engaging with the universities and colleges here to determine how we can support them in producing highly-skilled IT and engineering graduates. By equipping them with the industry-relevant knowledge and expertise that will enable them to fulfill exciting career opportunities with HP, we can build upon Belfast’s position as a global hub for R&D and innovation excellence.”

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