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19/02/2021

Texthelp continues to put Antrim on the world stage

Mayor pays a visit to Texthelp following recent investment announcement. 

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery paid a visit to local company, Texthelp, to learn more about their business following their recent announcement that they had secured financial backing from Five Arrows Principal Investments. This announcement follows previous investment in May 2019 from LDC, a private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.
 
Texthelp, a global leader in the development of literacy and accessibility software, has its headquarters in Antrim and operates across the UK, USA and Australia. Founded in 1996, the company employs 120 people at its Antrim base with a further 60 employed across the Boston and Brisbane offices.
 
As well as partnering with some of the world’s leading technology brands such as Google, Microsoft and Apple, Texthelp is working in partnership with the Education Authority to provide every school in Northern Ireland access to their literacy support software. As a result of COVID-19 and the closure of schools, tens of thousands of students are already accessing this learning support from home.
 
Martin McKay, CEO and founder of Texthelp says;

“We have been operating in Antrim for twenty five years now, creating simple software tools to help people of all abilities realise their potential in schools and in the workplace.   We are incredibly proud of our local workforce who have helped us build a world class enterprise supporting millions of people around the world. At Texthelp I am particularly pleased with how the team adapted this past year to continue to provide software to help overcome some of the challenges we faced due to the pandemic. We are always searching for new local talent to continue our growth journey into 2021.”

 
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery added;

“We are delighted to have a global market leader within our Borough and it was a privilege to visit their office and hear more about the growth of their remote learning and remote working tools and products. As a Council, we are committed to supporting the needs of local businesses and congratulate Texthelp on securing these investments which provide a welcome boost to our local economy.”

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