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Fermanagh man brings US venture - and jobs - to Belfast

Envorso is setting up a professional services centre in Belfast
Gary McDonald Business Editor

A TECHNOLOGY consulting firm founded in Seattle in 2016 by a former Co Fermanagh man is creating 19 jobs at a new professional services centre in Belfast, which will be fully functional by late 2021.

Envorso is the brainchild of Adrian Balfour, who received his early education at Portora Royal and then Ulster University before going on to set up his own businesses in Europe and the US.

His latest venture, which has a staff of around 50 in the US, helps companies like the Ford, Rivian and Microsoft to implement new business capabilities, reduce cost, improve compliance, and drive new revenues via disruptive technologies and improved ways of working.

A local leadership team is already forming, led by Brian Taylor, a partner in Envorso, and his senior UK advisory team.

Invest NI has offered £95,000 of support towards the investment, and the new roles will attract average salaries of around £40,000.

Adrian Balfour said: “We've seen rapid growth in the US, with expansion in the automotive and financial services sectors, and are keen to expand into the UK, Ireland and Europe, so this new operation in Belfast will help us realise this ambition and service these new clients.

“I know what this country has to offer and have been really impressed by the quality of talent here, and the engagement between business, government and academia.

“I'm confident locating this new hub in Northern Ireland will provide the best platform for us to expand into Europe.”

Invest NI chief executive Kevin Holland added: “Adrian has a strong pedigree as an entrepreneur and successful businessman. It's wonderful to see him choose his native Northern Ireland to grow his new business and bring back some of this knowledge, connections and expertise to benefit our local economy.”

Adrian is co-founder and board member of Major League Rugby (MLR), the professional rugby union for the United States and Canada, and also founder and owner of two-time champions Seattle Seawolves.

He also owns and operates two organic sheep farms - one in Ireland and the second at Crystal Lake in Pennsylvania.

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