Saturday 22 November 2014

Telecoms firm expands to Scotland

Published 04/12/2012 | 00:14

Rainbow Communications' Tom McDonald and Stuart Carson stand with Northern Ireland international and Hibs player Ryan McGivern

A Northern Ireland telecoms company is creating 20 jobs by crossing the Irish Sea to set up business in Scotland.

Rainbow Communications' expansion will bring 14 jobs to its new Glasgow office, with six further posts created at its Belfast base.

The company already provides services - including phone lines, broadband and mobiles - to more than 5,500 public and private sector clients.

To mark its arrival into the Scottish market, the company has signed a sponsorship deal with Hibernian Football Club in Edinburgh. This will see the south stand at the club's Easter Road ground renamed, with other signage around the venue.

Eric Carson, director of Rainbow Communications, said: "Our expansion into Scotland follows significant research and we firmly believe that the Scottish market will drive significant growth for our group in the next few years."

The company's sales and marketing director, Stuart Carson, said the Hibs deal would help to raise Rainbow's profile in Scotland.

"We are delighted to be sponsoring Hibernian Football Club in a deal which aims to broaden our profile in Scotland while showcasing the service and range of products that have made us Northern Ireland's leading independent," he said.

"The Hibs sponsorship is a welcome addition to our sports portfolio which includes Armagh County GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) and Down Royal racecourse."

The expansion takes the company's workforce to 80. The jobs created in Belfast were supported by the Government business support body, Invest Northern Ireland.

Oonagh Hinds, Invest NI's eastern regional manager, said: "This is a significant new venture for Rainbow Communications as it seeks to expand its services outside Northern Ireland for the first time. Invest NI's support towards the company's marketing strategy and expansion of its Belfast workforce will play an important role in ensuring Rainbow Communications achieves its growth potential."

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