Do you need to renew your passport?

As we approach the busy holiday times of Easter and summer, it is important to make sure your passport is in date if you plan to travel abroad. Please check your passport, and the passports of anyone that may be travelling with you, especially children.

At this time of year there is always a seasonal increase in the demand for passports. Added to that, we have a significant increase in applications for Irish passports from the UK, with Brexit on the horizon. Extra staff have been recruited by the Passport Office but delays remain likely.

As of today, the turnaround times from Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for applications from Ireland are:

Passport Card: 5 working days

Passport Express: 16 working days

FIRST/Lost/Stolen/Damaged passport: 23 working days

It is important to note that applications for a first passport take significantly longer than renewals due to additional security measures.

The turnaround times are changing on a regular basis so the DFA advises allowing at least six weeks for your passport application. Delays are often encountered when forms are incorrectly completed and the six week recommendation allows time for any issues to be resolved.

For genuine emergencies there is a Rapid Renewal Service. Certain specific documentation is required for this and candidates need to make an appointment with the Passport Office on Lower Mount Street. There are limitations to this service, so it’s best to check your passport sooner rather than later and get your application in on time.

The Department of Foreign Affairs offer a reminder service whereby you can register the date of your passport expiry and an email address and they will send you an email when your passport is due for renewal. This is a very useful tool and can be found on www.eforms.gov.ie/en/reminder/passport

Almost 3,700 new jobs created in businesses supported by the Local Enterprise Offices in 2016

A net total of 3,679 new full and part-time jobs were delivered in 2016 by the 6,846 small businesses from across the country that have been supported by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), according to the results of the latest LEO annual jobs survey published today by Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D.

The results, compiled by Enterprise Ireland, show that overall in 2016 a total of 7,883 new full and part time jobs were created in gross terms amongst LEO supported companies. A total of 40 LEO client companies became eligible for transfer to the Enterprise Ireland portfolio during 2016, representing a further positive outcome of LEO investment and support. The total number of people employed in LEO supported small businesses stood at 34,634 at the end of 2016 according to the survey.

The 31 LEOs nationwide, who are run in partnership by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities, provide a ‘first stop shop’ for enterprise supports and sign-posting to start-ups, micro enterprises and small businesses locally in one easily accessible place.

Commenting on the 2016 LEO results, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said “I very much welcome the creation of 3,679 net new jobs in LEO supported companies during 2016. The LEOs have established themselves as a strong force in job creation in the regions with 10 new jobs created every day on average over the past three years in LEO client companies. That is a remarkable performance and is a clear indication of the strong job creation potential that exists in new start-ups and smaller companies right around the country. It also demonstrates that the supports structure for enterprise development at local level delivered through the LEOs is making a real difference. I want to pay tribute in particular to the people working in the 31 LEOs for their hard work in supporting their clients.”

The Minister added, “The LEOs are a key element of the Government focus on driving economic development in the regions. As the first-stop-shop for enterprise development in each Local Authority area, the LEOs are ideally placed to support entrepreneurship and job creation in every county. All micro and small businesses are operating in a challenging environment so I would urge them, and any budding entrepreneurs, to make contact with their LEO to explore the full range of supports on offer.”

Pat Breen, T.D., Minister for Employment and Small Business also welcomed the results and said. “The strong jobs performance by LEO clients last year is extremely welcome and testament to the can-do attitude in entrepreneurs up and down the country. In a challenging external environment at the present time we cannot afford to stand still and we must continue to support our start-ups and micro companies in becoming more competitive and agile. Under the Action Plan for Jobs this year the LEOs will roll out a Lean for Micro programme and new supports aimed at helping micro enterprises respond to emerging pressures such as the challenges posed by Brexit.”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, commented “Enterprise Ireland’s ambition is to help all regions to grow to the maximum potential based on their strengths and capabilities and the Local Enterprise Offices are vital in delivering on this ambition. In the 3 years since the LEOs were established, more than 10,500 net new jobs have been created by LEO client companies. I am also delighted to see that during 2016, 40 companies progressed from the LEOs into the Enterprise Ireland portfolio, demonstrating their ambition and potential to ‘Build Scale, Expand Reach’ into global markets, the key strategic priority for Enterprise Ireland.”

 “The Enterprise Ireland Centre of Excellence will continue to work closely with the LEOs and our Local Authority partners to ensure a continuation of this strong performance. Local enterprise development is an important activity to cultivate and nurture the next wave of successful indigenous Irish companies. It is important that all local and regional development partners including the LEOs, the enterprise agencies, the Local Authorities, education and training providers, Local Action Groups, Community Enterprise Centres etc. work ever more closely together to ensure that the local potential for entrepreneurship and job creation is realised,” she added.

Speaking on behalf of the LEOs, Mr Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise, LEO Carlow and Chairperson of the LEO Network said “The strong results across the range of LEO performance metrics is a clear indication that the LEOs are very much open for business and delivering a high-quality service for their clients. The results demonstrate that the LEO supports are making a significant impact in maximising the potential of fledgling or developing micro and small businesses. So, whether you need access to finance, core business training or advice and guidance on overcoming the challenges that all businesses face, drop into the Local Enterprise Office for your area where you can access the support you need”.

Speaking on behalf of Local Authorities, Anna-Marie Delaney, Offaly Local Authority Chief Executive and Chair of the CCMA Committee on Economic Development & Enterprise said “The LEOs are playing a central role in local job creation nationwide as these results for 2016 clearly demonstrate. The suite of enterprise supports available to small and microenterprises and start-ups in every county provided through the LEOs complements the broader local economic development remit of the Local Authorities. I believe that with the LEOs in place, the Local Authorities are now better placed to encourage and support enterprise development.”

The LEO annual jobs survey monitors employment performance amongst micro enterprises employing 10 people or less that have received direct financial assistance through the LEOs. In 2016, 1,040 business projects around the country were directly supported by the LEOs to the value of €11.4 million.

A total of 40 LEO client companies transferred to the Enterprise Ireland portfolio during 2016, of which 32 were HPSU clients, representing a further positive outcome of LEO investment and support.

Alongside direct grant support, LEOs also supported hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses with training, mentoring and referral during 2016, aimed at developing business ideas and building company capacity. More than 27,600 people availed of training programmes facilitated by the LEOs nationwide, while almost 7,500 people benefited from one-to-one business mentoring.

During 2016, the LEOs were again to the forefront in supporting youth entrepreneurship, access to finance initiatives and getting more microenterprises doing business online. A record number of 1,842 young entrepreneurs participated in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) investment programme in 2016; the LEOs guided 208 of their clients nationally in securing successful loan applications from Micro Finance Ireland (MFI); while a total of 1,161 micro businesses availed of the Trading Online Voucher Scheme through the LEOs last year.

Details on all the supports available for small businesses and microenterprises through the 31 LEOs are available at www.localenterprise.ie.

Minister for Jobs concludes trip to the American Mid-West as part of St. Patrick’s Day engagements

 

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (16th March 2017) concluded her trip to the American Mid-West as part of the Government’s St. Patrick’s Day schedule.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor visited St. Louis and Chicago as part of an extensive enterprise, political, press and community and cultural engagements itinerary. The Minister’s planned trip to New York was not possible due to prevailing poor weather conditions.

As part of the visit the Minister met with IDA and Enterprise Ireland clients and with firms that the IDA and EI are in exploratory talks with regarding establishing in Ireland.

In St. Louis the Minister addressed a roundtable meeting with St. Louis firms, met with Honorary Consul Joe McGlynn and attended a reception in honour of former US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, hosted by the Mayor of St. Louis, Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive, Steve Stenger.

In Chicago the Minister met with community and business leaders and attended and made an address at the Chicago Irish Fellowship Dinner, the largest annual social and networking event of the Irish community in Chicago. She met Senator George Mitchell, Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel and Senator Billy Lawless among a large number of other politicians and key dignitaries at a number of events during her trip. The Minister also met with key people involved in immigration issues. She visited the offices of the Consulate General to hear of the work being done there.

Speaking from Chicago at the end of her trip, Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful and unique opportunity for a small country like Ireland to market our great nation abroad. I’m delighted with how successful this trip has been. I met with many companies interested in setting up businesses in Ireland. My message to them was clear; ‘Ireland is open for business and our value proposition is stronger than ever. We are a committed member of the EU with all of the benefits that brings.’ I pointed out the benefits and made a strong case for companies to establish in regional locations in Ireland. I also met with a number of Irish companies interested in doing business with American companies. I am confident that we will see future jobs in Ireland as a result of this engagement.”

Taoiseach, Ministers Flanagan, Mitchell O’Connor, and Ross launch new trade strategy, Ireland Connected: Trading and Investing in a Dynamic World

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD; Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD; and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, today [Wednesday] launched Ireland Connected: Trading and Investing in a Dynamic World, a cohesive, whole-of-government strategy that builds on existing successes and sets ambitious targets for Ireland’s exports, foreign direct investment, tourism and international education. Ireland Connected is the successor to the previous Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy, which ran from 2010 to 2015 and saw extraordinary success despite low growth in the global economy during that period.

The new strategy will deepen Ireland’s economic resilience and responsiveness in the face of highly changeable global conditions by intensifying our business development activity in existing markets and diversifying into new regions. The aim is to reinforce Team Ireland’s agility and capacity to respond to the dynamic global environment. Ireland Connected sets out a vision of Ireland as an outward-facing, globally connected hub for business, research, innovation, investment and tourism, sustaining prosperity at home for all our citizens.

Critical to our success is harnessing the valuable and distinctive skills and capabilities of our offices overseas, through:
•Consistent communications
•Developing Ireland’s profile
•Working with our diaspora
•Building relationships at all levels
•Harnessing and disseminating market intelligence
•Trade and investment missions and events

Ireland Connected: Trading and Investing in a Dynamic World will be monitored by the Government Cabinet Committee on Economy, Trade and Jobs, with a particular focus on these areas. The key targets include,
•Increase our indigenous exports, including food, to reach €26 billion by 2020 – up by 26% from 2015
•Generate 30,000 more jobs in tourism by 2020 and €5 billion in overseas tourism revenues by 2025
•Secure 900 new foreign direct investments in the period 2015-2019
•Increase our international student numbers by 27% to reach 176,500 by the academic year 2019/2020
•Intensify and diversify 80% of indigenous export growth to 2020 to be outside of the UK market and maintain exports of at least €7.5 billion to the UK
•Deepen resilience Increase investment in developing innovative products, services and solutions by 50% in Irish owned enterprises to reach annual RD&I spend of €1.25 billion
•Increase the number of our Irish owned companies of scale by 30% seeing a greater number exceed turnover thresholds of €3 million, €20 million and €100 million
•Increase value to the economy with an uplift of 25% spend in the economy from Enterprise Ireland supported companies, and a 20% uplift from IDA Ireland supported entities.

Launching the strategy, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, said:

“Ireland is one of the world’s most open, export-based economies and our new trade strategy “Ireland Connected” sets out our strategic plan for the years ahead. While we are determined to preserve the gains that we have made so painstakingly over recent years, Brexit has the potential to reshape Ireland’s enterprise and export strategy for decades to come. Ireland’s immediate priority will be to further diversify and intensify our engagement with non-UK markets, with a particular emphasis on the Eurozone. By working together we are confident that with the right policies and cross-Government commitment we will continue to attract FDI, overseas visitors and international students, and to help Irish businesses reach into new markets.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD added:

Our new strategy, ‘Ireland Connected’ sets ambitious targets – to succeed in international markets, to export more, to attract more investment, more visitors and more international students. Yes, we face challenging times, but Ireland brings considerable strengths to bear that will allow us to navigate these challenges. We have a remarkable track record of responding to changing circumstances. The evidence is clear – exports are at a record high, we have two million people at work, unemployment is down to 6.6%. Our agencies are focused and committed to working in partnership with business to deliver results. Team Ireland will ensure that we are globally connected through people, business and research and that Ireland is internationally recognised as a location for investment, tourism entrepreneurship and talent.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan TD, said:

“We have to ramp up our efforts to deepen our presence in traditional markets and diversify our market reach. The need to do this has been underscored by the UK decision to leave the EU and wider uncertainties about other aspects of international trade. As we search for market intensification and diversification, it is all the more critical that we do so in a cohesive and coherent way across government. ‘Ireland Connected’ not only provides a clear strategy for us to achieve these goals, but a statement of purpose reaffirming that we are an outward-looking country, strongly committed to international trade and the highest regulatory standards. Team Ireland at home and abroad will continue to work to encourage record-breaking numbers of tourists, to attract students from across the world to our higher education institutions, to expand Ireland’s export trade, and to stimulate FDI. Guided by this strategy’s agile framework and ambitious targets, working together, we will deliver success for our businesses, for our country and for our people.”

Minister for Transport, Tourism and sport, Shane Ross TD said:

“Tourism is one of our largest indigenous industries supporting over 220,000 valuable jobs right around the country. We have exceeded the targets for tourism set in the previous Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy. Indeed 2016 was a record breaking year with 9.58m overseas visitors representing our sixth consecutive year of growth. This new strategy “Ireland Connected” includes targets consistent with our Tourism Policy Statement “People Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025.” Specifically we will increase investment in tourism marketing to grow overseas tourism annual revenues to €5 billion (excluding carrier receipts) and to have an additional 50,000 tourism related jobs by 2025 (equating to circa 30,000 by 2020). We will also support the tourism sector to reduce dependence on the Great Britain market as a source of overseas visitors while increasing marketing focus on North America, Mainland Europe and new and developing markets. In line with the National Aviation Policy, we will work to enhance air connectivity for Ireland to international markets to support tourism. In 2017 trade missions will provide opportunities for the tourism industry to secure new business in North America, China, India and the Middle East.”

300 New jobs at Adare Manor

Adare Manor is pleased to announce 300 new direct jobs at the resort, bringing the number of personnel employed to over 350 people. The resort will be seeking to recruit personnel for these positions over the next couple of months.

The announcement was made at a special reception attended by Ms. Mary Mitchell-O’Connor T.D., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Patrick O’Donovan T.D., Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, local representatives and friends of Adare Manor.

Adare Manor has been undergoing major refurbishment and construction works for the past 12 months to enhance all areas of the resort and is on schedule to open in Q4 2017. Currently, there are 670 construction employees working daily on this restoration, refurbishment, expansion and golf course re-design project.

Speaking today, Colm Hannon, Chief Executive Officer, Adare Manor, said:

“We have had an overwhelming interest from all over the world in the major renovation and construction works taking place at Adare Manor over the past 12 months. During the construction stage over 670 persons have been employed on site with several others employed indirectly in the project. The major refurbishment plans are on schedule and we plan to open in Q4 2017.

 “Adare Manor is ideally situated in the heart of Adare Village, one of the most picturesque places to visit in all of Ireland, and just 25 minutes from Shannon International Airport. We expect the newly refurbished property, which will employ in excess of 350 personnel directly will attract c. 60,000 visitors annually. The property will continue to play a key role in generating revenue directly and indirectly for the local and national economy.

 A considerable amount of Irish people working overseas wishing to return to Ireland have expressed interest in positions at the resort. We are delighted to be able to confirm today that we are ready to take applications from suitably qualified personnel to fill these all of these 300 new positions, and would encourage individuals to submit their applications”

 Welcoming the 300 new jobs, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell-O’Connor said:

“I am delighted to be here in Adare today for this great news story. The creation of 300 new jobs, following on from the over 600 construction jobs during the refurbishment works, is a huge boost for Co. Limerick and the wider Mid West region. It’s also great to see the Adare Manor Resort being redeveloped, given the importance and benefit of tourism to the region. Heartiest congratulations to all concerned.”

It is estimated that the resort will contribute in excess of €15 million to the local economy annually.

The restoration of Adare Manor, needs an energetic team to compliment the renowned Castle and Golf Resort.  All parties are invited to register their expression of interest in their relevant departments by linking into https://adareamanor.talentplushire.com/jobs/ and completing the on-line application and assessment process.

Delighted to meet Adare Manor Owner JP McManus and CEO Colm Hannon at this morning’s announcement.

 

Brexit meeting, next Monday, 6th March – hope to see you there!

On Monday next, March 6th, I will host a public meeting on Brexit in the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney at 8pm.

The evening will feature a panel of guest speakers. Joining me on the night will be Mary Buckley, Executive Director with Enterprise Ireland, Kevin Sherry Executive Director with IDA Ireland, Nicola Byrne, Incoming President of the Irish Exporters Association and Lorraine Higgins, Head of Public Affairs with Retail Excellence Ireland.

I would be delighted to see you on the night, please join us for what promises to be an informative discussion.

 

Live Register continues to fall – Mary Mitchell O’Connor

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (Thursday) welcomed the publication of the latest Live Register figures, showing a continuing fall in the numbers of people signing on. The seasonally adjusted figures show a decline of 2,800 compared to the January figures and a decline of 44,356 compared to the February 2016 figures.

At the end of February, there were 117,048 long term Live Register claimants, over 40% fewer than the peak crisis number of 201,513 in August 2012.

The number of persons on the Live Register in February 2017 is the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since November 2008.

Earlier this week, CSO figures showed that the unemployment rate fell to 6.6% down from 6.7 % in January and from 8.4% in February 2016.

Commenting on today’s figures Minister Mitchell O’Connor said “I’m pleased to note that the Live Register figures for February show a further decline in the number of people signing on. 2,800 less people on the Register compared to January shows continued progress in transitioning people into employment. It is especially welcome when the figures are compared to February 2016 – 44,356 less people on the Register now.”

“I’m also pleased to see the regional breakdown for this latest Live Register shows a reduction of at least 10% in all counties. We’ve seen the largest declines to date this year in Border, Midlands and South East counties which is very good news. Cumulatively, that’s evidence of real and substantial progress. It shows the Government and my Department’s focus and efforts on job creation, particularly in regions, is paying off. That said, there is no room for complacency. ”

“There is more work to be done to spread the benefit wider regionally and I am committed, with my Department and Government, to create the best possible environment to sustain and grow jobs across Ireland. I will also continue to liaise and work closely with Minister Varadkar and his Department. These numbers represent change for the better for 2,800 people in the last month, and for 44,356 in the last year. That is, and will continue to be, my focus.”

Mobile Technologies Inc. (MTI) announces plans to establish its MTI Global Services (MTIGS) European Headquarters in Drogheda and create 150 jobs

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced that Mobile Technologies Inc. (MTI) is to hire 150 people in its newly established European Contact Centre Headquarters in Drogheda over the course of the next three years. Recruitment is already under way for a variety of technology based roles. The company is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The company which specialises in mobile device display technologies was founded in 1977 and is currently headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon USA, operating in over 90 countries worldwide.

The announcement and official opening ceremony was officiated by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD with President and CEO of Mobile Technologies Inc, Chris Remy and was attended by CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan, the Mayor of Drogheda, Oliver Tully and local dignitaries.

Speaking at the announcement Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “This is a great announcement by Mobile Technologies Inc., bringing 150 high skilled jobs to Drogheda. Driving investment into Regional locations is a key focus for me. This investment will be of considerable benefit to Drogheda and the Border Region, providing a significant boost to employment and benefitting the economy of the town and region.”

President and CEO of Mobile Technologies Inc., Chris Remy commented: “We chose Ireland due to its talented technology savvy workforce, attractive business environment, and its membership in the European Union. The IDA was extremely helpful in assisting MTI with this decision. Whether helping MTI navigate local business requirements, selecting the town of Drogheda for our office location, or introducing us to their trusted partners and vendors – the IDA has been an incredible resource.”

Welcoming the announcement, CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan commented: “The investment by Mobile Technologies Inc. is fantastic news for the local economy of the North East region. These high quality jobs will have a positive knock on effect on the wider region and promote Drogheda as an ideal location for conducting international business. There is an excellent talent pool of skilled workers in the region and I have no doubt the company will thrive in its new headquarters. IDA Ireland continues to be committed to securing high quality FDI for regional locations across the country.”

Dawn Farms investment in Innovation to create 150 jobs

 

Dawn Farms, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of cooked and fermented meat ingredients to international foodservice chains and food manufacturers has announced plans to create 150 new jobs over the next five years. The investment by Dawn Farms which will amount to over €25m over the period is focussed on enhancing the company’s R&D capabilities at its Meat Science & Innovation Centre in Naas and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

Larry Murrin, CEO of Dawn Farms said: “Developing new products to meet changing consumer tastes has been at the heart of the growth of this firm for over 30 years. Our Meat Science & Innovation Centre at our Naas headquarters is the innovation hub where we support our customers in over 40 markets worldwide.”

“Great ingredients make great food and great ingredients come from outstanding food innovation. Consumers’ tastes are constantly evolving. We are passionate students of the marketplace and closely monitor consumer trends. We are seeing more demand for home-style authentic meats, new flavours and new snacking options as well as on-going interest in health and wellness across the range of meats that we cook.

“Today’s announcement is major vote of confidence in our people, our innovation process and our customers who are involved at every stage. This investment will enhance our capacity to research trends, to develop new products and exciting new production technologies while ensuring that the highest standards of food safety and security are upheld. Typically the new roles will be at least graduate level, with opportunities for more highly qualified food scientists, meat technologists and those with culinary expertise to join the company.”

The Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said that the Dawn Farms story is a great example for the Irish agri-sector. “Dawn Farms’ success is based on its strong roots in Ireland, using our brightest and best food scientists to innovate new products and developing long term relationships with major international customers. In the 2017 Action Plan for Jobs, which we launched recently, we committed to supporting firms to diversify their trading footprint, enter new markets and grow international sales. The Government, through Enterprise Ireland, have been a consistent partner and supporter of Dawn Farms and today marks the latest step in that relationship.”

Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive of Enterprise Ireland, said: “Enterprise Ireland’s strategy is to support Irish companies to build scale and to expand their reach into international markets and we are delighted to support Dawn Farms as they enter into this new phase of growth and expansion. Enterprise Ireland has been working with Dawn Farms since its establishment and we’ve witnessed first-hand the company’s growth and evolution, deepening their presence in the UK as well as diversifying into new markets in the Eurozone region. Dawn Farms is an inspiring example of a company that demonstrates global ambition when it comes to its market export potential and is sending a very positive message to every Irish agri-food business, that it is possible to build an innovative and scalable company that can compete at the highest levels internationally.”

Ricoh announces 110 jobs and €6.5M investment in new Irish HQ

Ricoh Ireland today announces the opening of its new Irish headquarters on the back of a €6.5million investment. The HQ will welcome an additional 110 team members over the next three years as Ricoh looks to grow its Irish business to 190 people by the end of 2019. The jobs and investment were announced at the official opening of the new Irish base in Airside Business Park, Swords, Co. Dublin, in the presence of Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation.

The new HQ, combined with the investment and jobs, demonstrates Ricoh’s ongoing commitment to the Irish market and will help Ricoh Ireland to almost double its revenues from last year’s €16.4 million to €32 million in the next three years. Ricoh Ireland’s retained earnings and growing revenue stream will fund the investment.

Contributing significantly to the increased revenues and expansion are Ricoh Ireland’s business process services – which enables streamlined document workflow – and production print offerings, both of which have been major areas of growth recently. In the last 18 months alone, the company created 30 jobs – separate to the 110 new jobs announced today. Over the next three years, Ricoh Ireland will look to fill roles in the areas of technical engineering, software solutions, business development and operations management.

In order to attract and retain existing talent, the 4,200ft2 facility was designed with the purpose of being a quality work environment. Ricoh Ireland employees were engaged in the design and planning of the new HQ, which was built to centre on the Four Cs – collaboration, contemplation, communication and concentration – with designated areas and tools to encourage each element.

Showcasing the best in technology, the new HQ provides an opportunity for customers to see a live working environment of the future. With features including interactive whiteboards, unified communications and the best in document workflow, the Irish hub embraces flexible, mobile working and allows business customers to see how digital technologies can transform their workplace.

The new HQ will continue to focus on Ricoh Ireland’s core areas of business: managed document services, communications services, production print, business process services, software solutions and professional services.

Speaking about the announcement, Gary Hopwood, general manager, Ricoh Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement underlines Ricoh Ireland’s success in embracing digital transformation and helping our customers to do the same. The new HQ truly is the feather in our cap, showcasing how we have used technology to pioneer the workforce of the future.

“Our revenue stream in Ricoh Ireland continues to grow and we want to continue driving that forward. To achieve that, we needed a new office space that could facilitate a much larger workforce that will be instrumental in Ricoh Ireland’s future success. We expect to see significant returns on this investment for many years to come.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, said: “The workforce is rapidly changing and Irish businesses must ensure they cater for the younger generations that are currently scaling up the career ladder. Ricoh Ireland’s new headquarters is an excellent example of how businesses in Ireland can innovate to transform the workplace, attract and maintain talent and maximise employee productivity and engagement.

“This jobs announcement showcases Ireland’s attractiveness to global organisations as a business hub. We have an extremely talented, multinational workforce and Ricoh is demonstrating its faith and confidence in our people with this announcement today.”

Phil Keoghan, CEO, Ricoh UK & Ireland, said: “Ireland is viewed as a key area of growth for Ricoh and we will continue to make significant investments in the company’s continued success here. Its strong portfolio of indigenous and global accounts is testament to the outstanding performance of the Irish operation.

“Ireland has the skilled workforce and international relationships that make it a very attractive location for any organisation with a global presence. This announcement demonstrates Ricoh’s consistent confidence in – and commitment to – the Irish market.”

Ricoh is a global technology company, headquartered in Japan, which specialises in print, document management and visual communications solutions. It has global revenues of more than €18 billion. Ricoh has been operational in Ireland since 1980. It also has a document production centre in Glasnevin, which saw a separate €250K investment in 2016.