Galway City

Phenix Jewellery to establish an International Operations Centre creating 30 jobs in Galway

Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan TD announced that Phenix Jewellery, an insurance claims validation and fulfilment provider, has chosen Galway as a base for the company’s European HQ.

Phenix is an Australian company that principally operates in the insurance industry providing,  claims validation services, and replacement jewellery, timepieces and gemstones.  Phenix is the only Tier 1 specialist Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Company in Australia, specifically established to service the needs of the insurance industry and their claimants.

“Our International Strategy has been 4 years in the making.  We considered a number of countries, Canada being one, to base our International HQ from. Ireland, not only presented itself with a depth of workforce talent, gateway access to Europe, but importantly has an extremely high standard of jewellery being hallmarked & produced local,” said Leanne Kemp, Director of International and Strategy of Phenix.

“The Insurance Industry is undergoing a metamorphosis, with the scale of innovation taking place simply breathtaking. We actively sought about finding a country that had a thriving fintech scene. Ireland is experiencing an entrepreneurial renaissance in Insurance and we are poised to take advantage of all that the country and the timing of the market has to offer. The decision to locate in Galway was influenced principally by the availability of skilled labour, including multilingual skills, in the area as well as the quality graduate output from the local Universities and Institutes of Technology.”

Phenix will carry out its international validation and claims fulfilment operations where it will also provide other supply chain activities and other back office functions such as finance and admin. The Irish operation will serve as the company’s European HQ and the international growth will be driven from here.

The decision to locate in Galway was influenced principally by the availability of skilled labour, including multilingual skills, in the area as well as the quality graduate output from the local Universities and Institutes of Technology.” said Leanne Kemp, Director of International and Strategy of Phenix

Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said: “Galway has been a hub for IDA businesses for years with a succession of companies choosing the city as their preferred destination to locate their international operations. Being a University City, Galway can provide a pool of highly-skilled talent from which Phenix can attract their staff. The quality of the lifestyle in Galway is another advantage that comes up regularly when we talk to IDA clients locating in the region.”

PFH Galway Jobs

PFH to create 25 jobs in Galway

PFH, an Irish ICT services company with offices in Dublin, Cork and Galway, is to create 25 new jobs within the organisation in Galway.

The new positions were announced at the official opening of the company’s new offices in Galway, attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny earlier this week.

The new jobs will include sales and marketing, cloud services, and technical and consultancy roles.

“The 25 new jobs at PFH further strengthen the company’s operations in Galway and is a demonstration of its commitment to the west (of Ireland). The jobs are another example of our vibrant tech sector and it’s a great boost for the region,” said Paul Hourican, CEO, PFH Technology Group.

“In addition to expanding its workforce, PFH has also extended its office space, with new facilities in Merlin Park. This expansion further strengthens the operations in Galway and our commitment to the west will help generate more major contracts in the region.”

Through its current 200 employees, PFH provides services both home and abroad. Among its clients are seven Government departments, as well as the HSE and State security services.

“This year PFH has won major contracts in the Government and private sectors. These contracts include the provision of private secure cloud infrastructure to two major Government departments – and we have also won the largest migration to Windows 7 from XP in the State, with the upgrading or replacement of over 26,000 machines,” said Hourican.

“PFH recruits professional, qualified staff and continually trains young school leavers and graduates to fill demanding ICT roles within its organisation. The scale of services, from infrastructure to cloud, means it’s the ideal place for young and qualified professionals to gain access to leading companies and technologies in this State.”

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Avaya Galway

Avaya: Investment leads to 75 new Galway Jobs

More good news on the Galway jobs scene.

Avaya, a global leader in business communications and engagement technologies announced the creation of 75 new highly skilled roles at Avaya’s Customer Engagement Centre in Galway.

Avaya will expand its R&D facility in Galway, one of its global innovation centres. The expanded team will focus on developing business critical customer and team engagement technologies and next generation networking products.

Avaya is recruiting staff in a multitude of positions, including research and development, engineering, finance, IT, and administrative support. Details on these new roles can be found on

Avaya currently employs over 400 people in Galway of which 245 are engaged in R&D activities.

Avaya is one of the world’s most innovative technology companies holding 5,934 patents and patent applications worldwide. It has been named one of the World’s Top 100 Most Innovative Organizations by Thomson Reuters three out of the last four year.

Speaking at today’s announcement, Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said, “I’m delighted that Avaya is expanding its 400-strong workforce with the addition of 75 new jobs, which is great news for Galway. The Government’s ambition is to secure the growing economic recovery and get our people back to work. Supporting sectors where highly skilled jobs can be created is one of our priorities and Avaya’s expansion of its R&D facility is very welcome in that regard.”

Jason Flynn, Country Manager, Ireland, Avaya “The expansion of our Galway Customer Experience Centre will ensure that world class innovation continues to thrive at Avaya and in Ireland.  Avaya is uniquely positioned in the marketplace.  An impressive heritage in telecommunications innovation coupled with our ongoing investment in R&D will ensure we continue to deliver world class engagement solutions and genuine business advantage to our customers.”

“The expansion of our Galway Customer Experience Centre will ensure that world class innovation continues to thrive at Avaya and in Ireland.  Avaya is uniquely positioned in the marketplace.  An impressive heritage in telecommunications innovation coupled with our ongoing investment in R&D will ensure we continue to deliver world class engagement solutions and genuine business advantage to our customers.”Jason Flynn, Country Manager, Ireland, Avaya

About Avaya:

Avaya is a leading provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices for better customer experience, increased productivity and enhanced financial performance. Its world-class contact centre and unified communications technologies and services are available in a wide variety of flexible on-premise and cloud deployment options that seamlessly integrate with non-Avaya applications. The Avaya Engagement Development Platform enables third parties to create and customize business applications for competitive advantage.  Avaya’s fabric-based networking solutions help simplify and accelerate the deployment of business critical applications and services. For more information please visit

Valeo Galway

Valeo Vision Systems intends to add up to 140 permanent jobs in Galway

Valeo Vision Systems, part of one of the world’s leading  automotive  suppliers announced that it intends to continue its  expansion in Tuam, Co. Galway with the creation of up to 140 permanent jobs  in  R&D  and  Operations across 2014 and 2015. The investment is well underway  and  is  supported  by  the  Department  of  Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Today’s  announcement by Valeo Vision Systems would bring  the total employed at the facility to almost 750 permanent jobs. This growth is to meet continued automotive  customer  demand  and to further develop next generation vision systems  for Valeo’s global market. Valeo plays a leading research role in vision systems with 350 people employed in its dedicated R&D centre.

Minister  for  Jobs,  Enterprise  and  Innovation,  Richard  Bruton TD said “Manufacturing  is  a  key  sector  we have targeted in our Action Plan for Jobs. Over the past decade some people wrongly assumed that Ireland did not have  a future in manufacturing and the sector suffered from some neglect – but  in  recent years we have provided new supports for the sector and have seen the  benefits.  Today’s  great  announcement by Valeo is a great example of what  can  be  achieved  in  this  sector. Here is a world-leading company, carrying  out  R&D  in a regional town, developing cutting edge new systems and processes, and creating large numbers of high-end manufacturing jobs as a  result.  I congratulate Valeo on this major jobs boost, and look forward to working with them in the future”.

Commenting on the VVS expansion, Fergus Moyles Director, Valeo Vision  Systems said: “This investment is a result of the market response to our  innovative  products  and reflects the continued and growing demand in Driving Assistance vision systems”.

About Valeo

Valeo  is  an  independent  industrial  Group  fully focused on the design, production  and  sale of components, integrated systems and modules for the automotive  industry,  mainly  for  CO2  emissions  reduction and intuitive driving.  Valeo ranks among the world’s top automotive suppliers. The Group has  123  plants,  20  Research  centres,  35  Development  centres  and 12 distribution   platforms,   and  employs  75,300  people  in  29  countries worldwide.  In  2012, Valeo generated revenue of €11.8 billion and invested €1 billion in research and development.

For more information about the Valeo Group and its businesses, please visit

Galway Jobs

Perseus Telecom Creates 25 jobs in Galway

Perseus Telecom, the leading provider of high-speed global connectivity, announced today the formation of a proprietary Network Operations Centre (NOC) in Galway, Ireland, with the support from IDA Ireland. The opening of the Galway NOC will create 25 jobs and recruitment is already underway for a number of roles including Level 1, 2, and 3 network engineers, software developers, and projects managers. Perseus now offers global network management and customer support from Galway, in addition to its facilities in New York and Sao Paulo.

Perseus selected Galway for its NOC because of the central role it is playing in Ireland’s burgeoning technology industry. The NOC offers top-of-the-line facilities, expert engineering talent, 24 x 7 x 365 operations, multi-lingual and accredited best-in-class global customer support for the company’s rapidly growing global managed services business. The NOC will support customers that include banks, market makers, and exchanges, as well as e-commerce, telecommunications, multi-media and technology (TMT) firms. As part of the new Galway NOC, Perseus built a network linking Dublin, Blanchardstown, Galway and Cork, all interconnecting to the award-winning Perseus global managed network.

“We are extremely thankful to the Irish government for its support in this initiative, and the role that IDA Ireland has played in making this a trouble-free experience. We hope that this venture will encourage other businesses to take advantage of the pro-business culture in Ireland and also provide welcome employment to the local economy,” said Dr Jock Percy, CEO of Perseus.

“Galway represents a centre for innovation in Ireland and an important gateway for Europe,” says Chris Beddall, Perseus Ireland Country Manager. “The region has tremendous local engineering talent and multi-lingual resources, enabling us to offer NOC as a Service. This product can reduce operating expenses on average by 25% for our clients, allowing them to focus on growing their business whilst Perseus manages their networks.”

The NOC as a Service (NaaS) offered by Perseus provides customers with 24 x 7 x 365 network surveillance, performance monitoring, trouble ticket management, event management, vendor/SLA Management and guaranteed service levels (service assurance).

Galway City

Galway for European Youth Capital 2017

Galway city has reached the final of the competition to become European Youth Capital (EYC) 2017.  This prestigious title, currently held by Cluj Napoca in Romania, affords the winner an opportunity to showcase its youth related cultural, social, political and economic life and development. Galway has progressed to the final round and will now battle it out against Cascais (Portugal), Perugia (Italy) and Varna (Bulgaria) to win the title.

Galway for EYC 2017

Galway city is an ancient, Gaelic port situated on the west coast of Ireland.  A thriving tourist and commercial centre for the west of the Ireland, it is also a very young city, with 58% of its population aged under 35 years.  It is also the most culturally diverse city in Ireland and has over 24,000 students attending its third level education colleges.  As a result it is a young, dynamic, bohemian city with a thriving arts, culture and sporting scene, ideally suited to hosting the EYC 2017 calendar of events.

Ireland is currently experiencing great change and flux owing to our recession and economic recovery conditions. On a national, local and individual level we are re-prioritising our goals. Part of our motivation for applying for the EYC 2017 is to allow young people access to the tools to build their own futures and drive national policy to meet challenges and priorities from their perspective.

The programme of EYC Galway will be led by young people, developed in accordance with their recognised needs and will be informed by current local, national, EU and international youth policies.

The winning city will be announced in November 2014 during an awarding ceremony in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

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The Entrepreneur Exchange

24 Top Business Leaders to Mentor 24 Ambitious Companies

THE ENTREPRENEUR EXCHANGE: The Radisson Hotel, Sligo – November 27th & 28th 2014.

Are you an entrepreneur with an investor-ready business? Is your business at the stage where you are ready to scale? Do you want advice from, and valuable face-to-face time with, some of the country’s most successful business leaders?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, then The Entrepreneur Exchange – an exciting, fast-moving mentoring and networking opportunity –  is for you. This pioneering national initiative gives new entrepreneurs the invaluable experience of real exposure to trailblazers in their field. It features 24 of the top business leaders in the country participating in tailored one-to-one mentoring sessions with 24 companies during an intense 24-hour period.

The event is an opportunity for businesses ready to take the next step to gain invaluable advice from some of the biggest names in business who will share their knowledge and experience of developing a business on a global stage. Some of the entrepreneurs participating include George Mullan, owner SIS Group, Liam Griffin, Managing Director of the Griffin Hotel Group, David Walsh, Group CEO and co-founder Netwatch, Michael Dawson, Founder & CEO of The Gift Voucher Shop, Tommy Higgins, founder of Ticketmaster Ireland, Gerard Barry, Founder of Fintrax Group Holdings Ltd., Tommy Griffith, founder of PEL Waste Reduction Equipment. Gary Kennedy, Chairman of Greencore.

Fergal Broder, CEO LotusWorks said: “The Entrepreneur Exchange is a great opportunity to meet with new successful businesses and lend our help and support where needed. I’m happy to share my experiences especially if it can inform others and help them improve and grow.”

Gillian Buckley, Investment Manager with the Western Development Commission, said “the Entrepreneur Exchange Programme is a great opportunity for ambitious entrepreneurs to access some of the best business minds in the country. A number of our Portfolio Companies participated in last year’s event and found it to be of tremendous benefit to their business and to themselves personally, as being an entrepreneur can be a lonely occupation,” said Buckley.

The Entrepreneur Exchange is being run by Sligo Chamber, The Western Development Commission (WDC) and The Enterprise Europe Network to stimulate entrepreneurship and business.

“We are particularly grateful to all of our leading entrepreneurs who are giving of their time and expertise voluntarily in order to support the next generation of business leaders,” said CEO of Sligo Chamber, Paul Keyes.

The Entrepreneur Exchange takes place at the Radisson Hotel, Sligo on November 27th and 28th, 2014.

For companies wishing to apply to participate in the programme full details are available at . Applications close on November 10th, 2014.

For more information contact Gillian Buckley, Western Development Commission at 087 2236982 email: or Paul Keyes at

MeetWest 2014

Registration now open for MeetWest 2014 in Galway

Registration is now open the largest business networking event in the West of Ireland this year, MeetWest.

Hosted by Galway City Council, MeetWest 2014 is a two-day business networking forum taking place at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway on 20 and 21 November.

Organised in partnership with the local authorities, local enterprise offices and state development agencies in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, MeetWest brings together a wide range of companies from the West of Ireland and further afield to network and do business. Now in its fourth year, organisers have tailored this year’s programme to maximise new and innovative networking opportunities for attendees in a variety of formats.

It is anticipated that up to 300 delegates will participate during the event, making it an essential addition to every business diary.

Registration for the event is now open on

Partners organising MeetWest 2014 are Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Mayo County Council, Roscommon County Council, the Western Development Commission, Galway Local Enterprise Office, Roscommon Local Enterprise Office, Mayo Local Enterprise Office, Údarás na Gaeltachta, and SCCUL Enterprises. It is supported by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA.


Galway med tech firm ArraVasc wins multi-million euro contract in China

Med tech firm ArraVasc Ltd., based in Galway, has signed a new contract with a leading medical device distributor Shanghai Micro Medical, based in Shanghai, China. The announcement was made during the Enterprise Ireland Trade and Investment Mission to China led by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD.

ArraVasc CEO Jonathan Akehurst commented: “We are delighted to be working with our distribution partners here in Shanghai – this contract is worth at least $3.5m of business for new peripheral vascular products and is an important part of our global expansion which is planned to create at least 20 new jobs over the next 2-3 years”.

Speaking from Shanghai, Minister Bruton said: “At the heart of our Action Plan for Jobs is the development of a powerful engine of Irish enterprise alongside the strong base of multinational companies we have in Ireland. ArraVasc is a great example of what we are aiming to support – here is an Irish company, operating in a sector of traditional strength for Ireland, manufacturing products to the highest international standards, winning new contracts in fast-growing foreign markets, and creating jobs in Ireland. Today’s announcement of a multi-million euro deal with Shanghai Micro Medical, which will result in the creation of 20 new jobs, is very welcome and represents a great achievement for ArraVasc. I wish them every success on this project”.

ArraVasc is the new name for Cappella Medical Devices Ltd, which has been based in Galway, Ireland since 2007.

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Image Caption: Jonathan Akehurst, CEO ArraVasc with Tony Liu, President Shanghai Micro Medical Devices Co. Ltd., and Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the Distribution Contract signing between the two companies which took place during the Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Shanghai in June 2014.

Yeats 2015

Yeats 2015 Regional Programme Awards – Call for Expressions of Interest

Yeats 2015The Western Development Commission on behalf of the Steering Group for Yeats 2015 invites applications from interested parties in the arts, cultural, heritage, tourism sectors to apply for funding to develop new innovative programme elements which will form part of the national celebration of W.B. Yeats in 2015.


The WDC acting on behalf of the Yeats 2015 Steering Group presents this call for expressions of interest from those working across the arts, cultural, heritage and tourism sectors to express their interest in applying for funding to develop programme elements which will make up part of the national celebration of W.B. Yeats in 2015 on behalf of the State.

This call is a competitive process with a limited project fund. Project proposers should note the following:

  1. Projects should be match-funded to a level of 25% of the total project cost (inclusive of vat).
  2. Projects should range from €2,000 to a maximum of €25,000 (to include the matched-funding element and inclusive of vat).
  3. Projects will be required specifically to respond to the creation of a sense of place for Sligo, Dublin, Galway and London.
  4. Where possible, projects should reflect multiple arts forms, collaborative practice and/or innovative design and delivery.
  5. De Minimis State Aid – Yeats 2015 is funded via the Department of Arts and as such grants awarded are classed as de minimus state aid. Grantees under this programme must comply with all conditions in relation to de Minimis State aid.

Download the Yeats 2015 Regional Programme Awards application form.

Closing date for completed applications is: Monday 29th September 2014 at 12 noon.

About Yeats 2015

W.B. Yeats is a poet and writer of world renown. His Nobel Prize, won in 1923, was awarded for his “always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” Although he was born in the 19th century, Yeats’ works continue to speak to a modern audience and his influence on the literary world continues to be significant.

Yeats 2015 is intended to be a year-long national and international celebration of the life and works of the Nobel Prize winning poet William Butler Yeats, run in 2015. It will mark 150 years since his birth on June 13th 1865. Institutions and organisations from around Ireland and the world are intended to partner with Yeats 2015 to celebrate this important event. Initial discussions with key stakeholders have yielded a strong level of support. Yeats 2015 will offer a diverse and rewarding series of events to acknowledge and celebrate the range and depth of his work.

In November 2013 the Government under the auspices of the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht set up a Yeats 2015 Steering Group chaired by Senator Susan O’Keeffe, in order to prepare a plan and implement the Yeats 2015 programme.

In May 2014 the Government formally announced that Yeats 2015 formed part of the national decade of commemoration initiative and as such would be the chosen emphasis for 2015 and had an allocated budget of € 500,000. Subsequently on Yeats’ Day June 13th – Jimmy Deenihan TD, former Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, formally launched the Yeats 2015 initiative.

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