A Derry-based elections software company, Modern Democracy, is to create eight new jobs that will generate £300,000 for the local economy in annual salaries.
The company aims to transform the democratic process starting with Modern Polling, its cloud-based software product.
It has received £158,000 of support from InvestNI for Research and Development (R&D) towards the creation of the eight new jobs, skills development, design and consultancy.
Carmel Quigg, Account Director at Modern Democracy, said: “Our main ambition is to become the market leader in polling day digital solutions across GB.
"There is a strong demand to update traditional voting and polling methods and to connect with younger generations to encourage them to vote and participate in the democratic process. Using agile delivery techniques and centric design processes we have created a secure, transparent system to digitally transform traditional voting methods.
“We recognise the value of Invest NI’s assistance, particularly its R&D support, which has helped us develop a product which we are now selling in external markets. Through the innovation of Modern Polling, we are able to expand our workforce, which will in turn enable us to achieve further success.”
Modern Polling was successfully deployed in the 2019 Council Elections at Sheffield City Council, Watford Borough Council, and at Mid-Sussex District Council.
Des Gartland, Invest NI’s North West Regional Manager, said: “Modern Democracy is a great example of a company that recognises the value of investing in innovation and R&D. It has used our support to develop a platform which is digitally transforming the users’ voting experience, helping it to expand into new markets and create eight jobs in the North West region.
"The new roles will generate over £300,000 in additional annual salaries which is great news for the Derry City & Strabane District Council area and will enable the company to meet the growing demand for its products.”
The new jobs boast average salaries of over £37,000 and include management, sales, marketing and project management roles.