Thursday 30 June 2016

Gov't €250m South East jobs strategy plans to create 25,000 positions

Published 07/09/2015 | 07:27

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton

The Government has launched its €250m regional jobs strategy for the South East in a bid to create 25,000 jobs.

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The plan covers the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford is the third of eight regional jobs plans for the regions.

The largest project announced today is the creation of 200 new jobs over the next six months in Clonmel by Eishtec with the opening of a new call centre in Clonmel.

The customer services firm, which was set up in 2011, now employs 1,300 people at sites in Waterford, Wexford and Craigavon.

Atlanta-based Bluefin Payment Systems, which provide a secure payment platform for merchants and financial institutions is to establish a technology and operations centre in Waterford city is creating 40 new jobs over the next three to five years. 

CipherTechs, the privately held information security services provider headquartered in New York is to establish its EMEA headquarters in Kilkenny creating 36 new jobs over five years at its security operations centre.

The latter two developments are supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland.

Jobs Minister Richard  Bruton said: “This is a massive testament to the ingenuity of people and businesses in the region, who have delivered this result in the face of massive historical jobs challenges.”

 Among the 194 actions in the plan to be delivered over the period 2015-2017 include:

- Start-ups/SMEs – a 30% increase in the number of new businesses, delivered by a range of actions to provide better mentoring and incubation spaces for startups, and extra supports through the Local Enterprise Offices

- Multinational investment – a 30-40% increase in investments by overseas companies in the region by 2019, meaning at least 44 investments in the region over the coming years. Delivered through measures including three new advance facilities, improvements in marketing including a South East Enterprise Conference, a campaign to encourage Dublin-based MNCs to establish satellite offices in the South East, and a ‘quality of life’ campaign marketing the South East as a good place to live and work  

- A 20% increase in jobs in exporting companies, in particular in manufacturing, agrifood, businesses services and biopharma/medtech:

- Manufacturing – a focus on this traditional strength of the region, develop a cluster of advanced manufacturing and 3D printing companies in the South East, and an industry-led forum in precision engineering

- Agrifood – achieve an 85% increase in exports over the next 10 years through a range of measures including a new Food Tech summit, an artisan food hub, and developing structures like an ICT in Agriculture centre of excellence, a National Precision Dairy research and innovation centre, and agricultural manufacturing cluster and a dedicated agri research centre

- Business Services – building on the success of companies like Eishtec, an industry-led forum for the business services/financial services sector in the region, developing a financial service hub, as well as a joint IDA/Enterprise Ireland strategy for Business Process Outsourcing

- Biopharma/medtech – an industry-led forum for this sector, a centre of excellence in the fields of IT and engineering support for the medical devices sector, proposals for a Pharmaceutical research and Incubation Centre for the region

- Tourism – measures to deliver 300,000 extra tourists and 5,000 associated jobs including developing Ireland’s Ancient East and focusing on cross-county initiatives

- Retail – a plan for each of the key town centres in the region, including proposals to enhance the consumer experience; support retailers in expanding into e-commerce by doubling the take-up of online vouchers in the region

- Drive for Talent – a Regional Skills Forum to promote closer cooperation between employers and training/education bodies, continue to progress the development of a Technological University for the South East, boost apprenticeships in the region

- Implementation – a comprehensive implementation structure is being established to ensure delivery of the plan

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