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Antrim software firm Texthelp creates 25 jobs to aid overseas expansion

Enterprise minister Jonathan Bell with Texthelp CEO Mark McCusker during a tour of the firm's headquarters

ANTRIM based software firm Texthelp has created 25 new jobs as it expands it product range.

The company provides literacy and language learning software solutions to the education and corporate market sectors.

The products aim to help support people who have difficulty reading and writing or those for whom English is not their first language.

Texthelp is experiencing major growth overseas, particularly in North America and the Asia Pacific region.

It also sells into Europe, South America and South Africa and recently set up a new office in Australia.

The firm has been offered £245,000 by Invest Northern Ireland.

Texthelp CEO Mark McCusker, CEO of Texthelp, said: “This investment is helping to drive substantial growth in the business and help us win new customers and increase sales. Invest NI's support over many years has been immensely important, helping us to grow and, in particular, to achieve export success around the world.”

The company's product portfolio includes its ‘Read&Write' software which is seeing exponential growth, strengthened by its easy-to-use Google Chrome extension which alone has surpassed four million users in less than two years of being on the market.

Other products include the reading software application Fluency Tutor; Browsealoud, a digital engagement and inclusion toolbar for websites, as well as Speechstream, a product sold to international publishers and content providers.

Enterprise minister Jonathan Bell described Texthelp as "a highly innovative technology company that has built its success on investment in research and development and a strong export focus".

"This year it marks its 20th anniversary and the business is pushing forward to achieve more sales in more markets with more products," he said.

“The company is expanding its portfolio of products to enable it to target the rapidly growing English Language Learning market and therefore requires additional staff with new skillsets. Invest Northern Ireland has offered the company £245,000 of support to help boost its workforce as well as a research and development grant of over £62,000 towards product innovation. The new jobs will carry salaries that are well above the Northern Ireland private sector median and will potentially contribute £1million annually to the economy.”

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