The anchor tenant for the new North West Regional Science Park is to be Londonderry-based software phenomenon, 8over8.
The company, which now has offices all over the world, will take almost a third of the new state of the art £12m Regional Science Park facility when it opens this summer, creating 10 jobs.
The EU-funded NW Science Park is celebrating its ‘topping out’ today and giving interested stakeholders and potential tenants a first look at the rapidly-progressing construction, which is due to be completed and open for business within the next three to four months.
The NW Regional Science Park will have flexible office facilities to suit operations from a single-person start-up, to large companies looking for an inspiring new space to share with like-minded businesses. In addition it will roll out the successful programmes being run in the Science Park in Belfast, providing entrepreneurial mentoring and business training for small start-ups, pitch training for bigger companies seeking investment and access to high quality angel investor networks, and will also bring the benefits of NISP’s tight networks with universities, R&D institutions across the world and particularly in Silicon Valley.
The next phase of development will see investment at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) which will broaden these links even further into the cross-border region.
Welcoming the announcement SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has welcomed the news that 8over8 are to be the anchor tenants at the new North West Regional Science Park at Fort George in Derry and that the software company will be increasing their workforce by 10 people in the process.
Mr Durkan, who is currently visiting the new Science Park for the celebratory Open Morning, said: “I am delighted that 8over8 are to be the anchor tenants at the new North West Regional Science Park, and very much welcome the expansion of employment which will see the creation of 10 new jobs.
“I am also very impressed by the scale of this exciting new project and the opportunities that will become available when the Science Park opens in the summer. 8over8 is a very successful indigenous firm whose knowledge-driven export model is one which should be encouraged and emulated,” he said.
“The company proves that they are well placed from Derry to serve the world’s major oil and gas companies with their well planned business model. By growing skills and growing sales they have grown success even in difficult economic times.
“8over8 are succeeding because of the aptitude and attitude of its workforce as well as the quality of its management. Their success is evidence that Derry is a good place for business and that it can be a great base for growing in the global market.”