Wilmslow-based Citation, one of the UK’s leading HR, employment law, health and safety and ISO service providers, is to launch in Northern Ireland.

The award-winning company is expanding across the Irish Sea to establish itself in Northern Ireland, and has already recruited a team of four initially.

Looking to increase its turnover in 2016, Citation will capitalise on Northern Ireland’s buoyant market, offering its innovative professional services to SMEs across the region.

There are approximately 118,000 SMEs in Northern Ireland, with these small to medium sized businesses providing 75% of employment and 75% of turnover in the private sector, and contributing 81% GVA (gross value added) towards the economy, the move should significantly enhance Citation’s expansion plans this year and beyond.

Furthermore, 80% of Northern Ireland’s SMEs have ambitious plans for growth, opening up plenty of opportunities for Citation and its professional services, which help businesses with their human resources requirements, health and safety needs and necessary ISO accreditations.

Citation currently employs 384 people, having quadrupled in size in the last three years, with the company expecting on-going growth in the coming years, of which the market in Northern Ireland will play a large part.

Commenting on Citation’s expansion into Northern Ireland, Citation’s CEO, Chris Morris, says: “It is an incredibly exciting time for Citation as the company launches in Belfast and the wider Northern Ireland region.  The marketplace is strong and with SMEs making a significant contribution, our expertise and high calibre team will only help to further shape and develop these businesses.”