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CEO of SouthWestern Jim Costello; team member Victoria Burgess and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. pictured at a previous announcement that Cork company, SouthWestern, was to create 150 new jobs.

CEO of SouthWestern Jim Costello; team member Victoria Burgess and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. pictured at a previous announcement that Cork company, SouthWestern, was to create 150 new jobs.

CEO of SouthWestern Jim Costello; team member Victoria Burgess and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. pictured at a previous announcement that Cork company, SouthWestern, was to create 150 new jobs.

ONE of the country's leading outsourcing companies, SouthWestern, has announced major expansion plans for its UK operations as well as the creation of 40 jobs in Cork and 200 jobs in the UK over three years.

Cork-based SouthWestern has confirmed that it will create 200 new jobs at its Milton Keynes base near London.

The Ion Equity-owned company, which provides outsourced business process services to the media, banking and telecommunication sectors, opened a London office in 2012.

Last year, SouthWestern won a five-year contract to deliver a new livestock database for the UK's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The contract is for an electronic movement reporting system and accompanying database for sheep, goats, and deer in England.

UK Trade and Investment said that with exciting early contract wins already under its belt and building upon its market successes to date, SouthWestern would employ up to 200 people within the next three years at its new operations centre.

SouthWestern CEO Jim Costello said he was delighted to announce the company's further expansion in the UK.

"Our goal is to pursue the opportunities that come with trading with the UK and accelerate our company's growth both in Ireland and in Milton Keynes."

The UK expansion will lead to the creation of a further 40 jobs here in Cork so it's a win-win situation. There are huge opportunities in the UK for Irish firms like SouthWestern and we are looking forward to winning more of that business," he said.

South Western provides front and back office services to leading public and private sector clients in Ireland, the UK and across Europe.

The company employs 650 people at its headquarters in Clonakilty and at Lodz in Poland. It manages over five million customer calls per year and throughputs over €6bn per year in transactions for its clients. It processes 111,000 pay slips and over 100,000 claims on an annualised basis.

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