Cloud services firm Novosco has unveiled plans to create almost 150 new jobs as part of a £20m expansion project.

The new roles will include IT infrastructure engineers, service delivery roles, project managers, cloud experts and cyber security specialists.

Invest Northern Ireland is offering more than £1.2m towards creating 114 new jobs at Novosco's headquarters in Belfast.

Danske Bank is providing finance for the capital investment required to support the company’s expansion and continued growth.

The ambitious growth plans come hot on the heels of Novosco winning a contract to manage IT infrastructure and support services for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH). The agreement is worth £107 million over seven years.

"Our latest contract with CUH will propel our growth in the English market and require us to significantly expand our Belfast headquarters," said managing director Patrick McAliskey.

"Expanding our workforce will be critical to driving the next phase of our business strategy and Invest NI support will assist us to secure the right skills to ensure our continued growth."

Novosco provides IT infrastructure and cloud-based products and services and counts major housing associations and universities, two premier league football teams, and some of the island of Ireland’s best-known businesses as customers.

The company currently employs around 180 people, the majority of whom are based at the Belfast headquarters.

As part of this expansion, the business is also planning to recruit 32 new employees to be located in England, where Novosco has an office in Daresbury, near Manchester, as well as onsite presence with major customers.