Fast-growing UK tech company Chelsea Apps Factory has announced plans to open a development centre in Northern Ireland, creating 33 new jobs in the process.

The mobile services company, which counts KPMG, Waitrose and Ladbrokes as customers, already employs 70 people across its offices in London and Edinburgh. 

But the firm, which helps help businesses mobilise their workforce through technology, hopes that the new development centre in Central Belfast, known as “Tech Hub”, will enable it to double in size over the next 18 months.

Tech Hub is scheduled to open in early 2015. However, Chelsea Apps Factory revealed that it is already on the hunt for mobile software developers that can work in the new facility.

The company has received £264,000 from an organisation called Invest NI, which works with individuals, companies and organisations in manufacturing and tradable services that show the ambition and commitment to grow by being more innovative, more entrepreneurial and more internationally focused.

Mike Anderson, CEO and founder of Chelsea Apps Factory, said: “We passionately believe that the UK has some of the world’s finest technology talent, with the skills and capabilities required to serve British businesses.

“As an expanding business, we want to invest in communities that will help us deliver real quality to our customers. The availability of some of the UK’s finest IT graduates, along with the support from Invest Northern Ireland, made Belfast the primary choice for our new base.”

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