The U.S. Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, Declan Kelly, welcomed today’s announcement by First Derivatives’ U.S. based subsidiary Market Research Partners (MRP) that it will create 100 new jobs by establishing a new European Center in Northern Ireland.  MRP is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Once again, we see a company with U.S. operations looking to Northern Ireland as a strategic location for global expansion because of all the advantages the region offers including location, low operating costs and access to a high quality workforce,” stated Envoy Kelly.

He added: “MRP is an integral part of the First Derivatives business headquartered in Newry and today's announcement is a perfect example of the ongoing growth in trade and investment between Northern Ireland and the United States.”

"This is one of a number of job announcements we have seen in the last month involving companies with operations in the U.S. including The Dow Chemical Company, Terex Corp., ATG Inc., Mercer and BroadSoft. In total these companies have created over 250 new jobs in the last month alone.”

“Last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted the U.S. – NI Economic Conference in Washington D.C. which was attended by major corporations from across the United States, and I am confident that the discussions that took place at the conference will help contribute to further positive outcomes for Northern Ireland in the coming months", he concluded.