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Sunday 24 March 2019

Bright future ahead in educational publishing

Prim-Ed Publishing MD Seamus McGuinness and staff outside the company’s impressive new headquarters at Marshmeadows, New Ross.
Prim-Ed Publishing MD Seamus McGuinness and staff outside the company’s impressive new headquarters at Marshmeadows, New Ross.

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A County Wexford children's educational publishing company plans to expand in 2014 and to create more jobs both here and abroad in the process.

A County Wexford children's educational publishing company plans to expand in 2014 and to create more jobs both here and abroad in the process.

It was a case of back to school for former teacher, Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin, as he attended the launch of Prim-Ed Publishing at its new premises at Marshmeadows in New Ross.

The school book and resource company, which stared out from the sitting room of its owner's home, is now eyeing growing UK, European and developing markets in Zimbabwe and South Africa and extending its reach into second level schools nationwide.

The educational publishing and teacher resource company is future-proofing its business by moving to a more streamlined, purpose-designed premises. It has already added to its workforce there and says it plans to create even more jobs locally, nationally and in the UK throughout 2014.

The new, architect-designed premises at Marshmeadows houses 24 of the company's staff and has a further 18 reps stationed all over Ireland and the UK.

At the launch Minister Howlin commended Prim-Ed Publishing and its MD, Seamus McGuinness, for the investment and determination the family-run company has shown as it edges towards 20 years in business in January 2014.

Minister Howlin said: 'Companies such as Prim-Ed Publishing are a shining example of entrepreneurship at its very best in Ireland and firms who provide invaluable local employment and investment.'

He praised the company's tailored and focused resources across subjects such as Maths, English, Irish, Science, SPHE and more and said he has been particularly impressed by their work in areas such as cyber bullying, literacy and numeracy, as well as its digital products which are gaining significant market as the technological infrastructure in our schools gathers pace."

The business publishes over 1,000 books which are currently in use in most primary schools across the country. Its sales into the UK have doubled in recent months.

MD, Seamus McGuinness, says that while it's been a very challenging few years, the move future-proofs the company, which has played a key role in Irish primary school education for almost 20 years.

'Our success is driven by research and development and our latest product, The Literacy Box is proving very popular in all of our markets. We also have a number of new products in development for the next school year which we believe will really support teachers work with the new curriculum developments,' Mr McGuinness concluded.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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