US firm creates 94 jobs in Belfast

Published Monday, 18 August 2014
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Almost 100 new jobs are being created in Belfast as part of a £6m investment by a US-based data protection company.

Proofpoint, which currently employs 18 people at its Northern Ireland office at Weaver's Court, said it expects to take on 94 members of staff by the end of 2016.

The announcement follows the firm's acquisition of local company Mail Distiller Limited last year, and has been welcomed by Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

"I had the pleasure of meeting with Proofpoint's CEO Gary Steele during my visit to the US last month and took the opportunity to highlight the strength of our growing IT sector and our track-record of partnership working between our ICT and academic sectors," she said.

"I am delighted to be able to make this announcement so soon after that meeting."

Proofpoint, which has its headquarters in California, is a leading security-as-a-service vendor which delivers data protection solutions.

The company said its Belfast operation will become the research and development and operations centre for Proofpoint Essentials and will work with clients in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Gary Steele of Proofpoint said: "In Belfast our strategic objective is to broaden the distribution and support networks for our current suite of products. The acquisition of Mail Distiller provided us with a platform to grow the small and medium sized businesses segment of our business.

"We have been very impressed with the technology ecosystem in NI, which shares many of the characteristics of Silicon Valley, including access to world-class cyber-security research at QUB."

Invest NI has offered support of £611,000 towards Proofpoint's total investment of £6,388,780.

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Let down again North Coast in Coleraine wrote (161 days ago):
Belfast, Belfast, Belfast centre of the universe apparently. great to hear that there is more employent for NI but how about spreading it around after all us in the North Coast work as hard if not harder than the city folk, why? Simple work doesn't fall in our laps we got to go hunting for it !!!
J in Northern Ireland wrote (161 days ago):
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Well done Arlene you absolute champion! You truly are the best Minister this county has by a country mile! I know people will go on about how the Govt have paid money etc etc but the reality is, if the Govt didn't invest money people would be complaining that there is no investment for jobs! I find it is usually the Anti-Unionist/DUP camp that come on to complain when they see Our Arlene winning jobs. it's simply because they can't see past their bigotry to actually say Well done. Instead they look for any reason to discredit the good work being done by Arlene and her dept. Arlene for First Minister!
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