UK Digital Marketing company to create 125 jobs in Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal

The Manchester based digital marketing company, SLM Connect, today (18 April) announced that it is to expand its operations and establish a new base on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, in Na Doirí Beaga, Co. Donegal. The expansion plan is supported by Údarás na Gaeltachta and will lead to the creation of 125 jobs.

The new company, SLM Éire Teo, will offer contact centre and Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) solutions to its clients from its new facility. SLM Éire Teo will focus on offering both Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Customer (B2C) service solutions via multichannel marketing activities from Gaoth Dobhair.

Established in 2008, SLM Connect currently employs 130 people at its contact centre facility in Manchester. The company delivers customer contact solutions for a number of blue chip mobile operators within the BPO sector.

SLM Connect founder and CEO, Abdul Salam, said that “SLM Connect has grown its business substantially in recent times. The increase in the level of new business contracts presented us with a challenge as the business outgrew its current contact centre facility in Manchester.  The company requires extra capacity in order to grow and expand.  We looked at a number of possible options and after careful consideration we felt that Gaoth Dobhair would be a great location for the next stage of our development. SLM Éire will help us to expand our operations further afield, grow our business and provide us with new opportunities. “

Welcoming the announcement, Joe Mc Hugh TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said, “I am delighted at this announcement by SLM Connect and Údarás na Gaeltachta. This is most significant in terms of the number of jobs it will create in North West Donegal, it’s great news for Gaoth Dobhair and the surrounding locality and will give a much needed economic boost to the area.”

SLM Éire Teo will be managed by local Donegal man, James Moran, who is moving home from the UK to manage the business. “SLM Éire will provide digital marketing services and create sales and marketing campaigns for our clients. A significant trend in this industry is the growing number of clients who wish to outsource direct marketing functions instead of developing such infrastructure in-house. This creates an excellent opportunity for SLM Éire to service these needs and provide a ‘plug and play’ option to its clients.”, he said.

“The facility provided by Údarás na Gaeltachta in Gaoth Dobhair is practically ready to walk into.  We can put all our requirements in place and start up operating pretty quickly. I’m looking forward to growing our Irish operations.”,  he said.

The Chairperson of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Anna Ní Ghallachair said “We are delighted to be a position to support SLM Connect in its expansion plans. Údarás looks forward to working closely with the company in the coming months to help it accelerate its business plan and establish its operations in Gaoth Dobhair.”

Last year, Údarás na Gaeltachta announced that it was to fund a three year enterprise development action plan to support employment creation on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park.

Anna Ní Ghallachair said, “This announcement today illustrates that the provision of an adequately resourced enterprise plan can deliver benefits for all. We have made significant progress in terms of the objectives set out in our enterprise development action plan for the area, we are beginning to see the fruits of our labour, and we look forward to continuing our work and achieving the jobs creation targets we set down.”

SLM Éire Teo plans to begin operating from its new base this summer and will soon begin recruiting. The company plans to employ 25 people initially and hopes to increase its employment numbers substantially in the following months.

James Moran, Manager, said “We will begin our recruitment campaign over the coming weeks.  We will be advertising for customer service and call centre agents, and positions that include operations, quality control, human resources and training, in addition to managerial and supervisory roles.  We hope to recruit people who have skills or experience in customer care and contact services, however, we will provide our own bespoke training programme in-house and all new employees will receive training specific to the business requirements.”

Anant Parekh, Operations Director, said “SLM Éire will provide us with an excellent opportunity for further business growth and will create opportunities for both the business and the local community. It was the culture and community, which was one of the deciding factors of why we are establishing an Ireland based footprint. Since making initial enquiries the support in which we have been provided throughout the whole process only goes to prove that we have made the right decision.”

CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Steve Ó Cúláin said, “Today’s announcement is the result of Údarás’ enterprise strategy for this vibrant Gaeltacht region. I wish the promoters of SLM Éire every success and wish to thank the Údarás employees whose dedication is helping to make this jobs announcement become a reality.”

For further information, please contact:

Údarás na Gaeltachta   -Siubhán Nic Grianna, Communications and Marketing Manager,; 087 2217757; 091 503219

SLM Connect  – James Moran, , ; 00 44 7421646174



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Medtronic to create 100 new jobs at Galway facility

Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, today announced a new manufacturing facility in Galway, Ireland that will manufacture the market-leading IN.PACT® Admiral® drug-coated balloon (DCB) for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is a build-up of plaque in arteries throughout the body leading to reduced blood flow to the limbs, organs, and the brain. Patients with PAD are at higher risk for stroke and heart attack.

The decision to locate the new manufacturing facility in Galway is based on the existing high-tech capability and expertise at the site in drug-device combination products for Medtronic’s coronary business.  Highly skilled professionals from other parts of the Medtronic organization, approximately 100, who specialize in the areas of quality and manufacturing engineering, supply chain and production management, will be stationed in the new facility.

“Since launching the IN.PACT Admiral DCB in the U.S. market, it has quickly become the fastest adopted DCB technology. In fact, our global market leadership in DCB is driving the need to open the new facility here in Galway to provide more patients access to this highly efficacious and safe treatment option for peripheral arterial disease.  Our Galway operations and staff have very specific expertise in this area, which is the platform for this announcement.  Once fully operational, this facility will be the only DCB manufacturing area of its kind in Medtronic worldwide.  Our organization is on an expansionary path, with a notable amount of this growth to be fuelled by products coming out of Ireland.”

Medtronic continues to see additional synergies since the acquisition of Covidien. With the IN.PACT Admiral DCB U.S. launch the week following the acquisition, Medtronic was able to leverage the combined sales force to get this product to market faster.

The facility will have 20,000 square feet of space with 8,000 square feet dedicated to manufacturing and will cost approximately €13 million. It has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the manufacturing process associated with the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon (DCB), which is used for the interventional treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the upper leg.  This is a serious and common cardiovascular condition that affects more than 202 million people worldwide.

Medtronic employs over 3,000 people in Galway, broken across its Parkmore Business Park West and Mervue facilities. The company has more than 4,000 employees overall in Ireland.



Top Business Leaders Guide Ireland’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs




About The Exchange

The Exchange aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and learning between small and medium-sized enterprises and Ireland most experienced Entrepreneurs. 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. Meet The Entrepreneurs 

The programme provides entrepreneurs like you the opportunity to have formal one-to-one sessions with these successful business leaders as well as numerous informal networking opportunities.

Are you: an established business that is seeking to scale?

Join us on November 26th and 27th to become part of The Exchange. Apply Now

This full day experience includes one to one mentoring, group breakout sessions, leadership advice, and networking opportunities.

If you are facing challenges in growing your business, don’t miss this unique opportunity to benefit from the insights and experiences of successful entrepreneurs in an inspirational, high energy and supportive environment. Fergal Broder CEO, LotusWorks

Get focused on growing your business; its events like these that will give emerging entrepreneurs the competitive edge. There has never been a greater need for the Entrepreneur in Ireland. George Mullan CEO, SIS Group

Venue: The Radisson Hotel, Ballincar, Rosses Point, Sligo
Date: 26-27 November 2015


Mike Krenn, President of the San Diego Venture Group, to give keynote speech at Venture West

The organisers of Venture West are delighted to welcome Mike Krenn, President of the San Diego Venture Group, who will give the keynote speech at Venture West.

Mike is in the midst of a mission to help grow the emerging growth tech community in San Diego.   Helping companies get their first round of funding, and helping existing companies to grow.  Connecting companies both with capital and customers.  Mike is a leader in furthering the San Diego brand in Silicon Valley – influencing VCs there to proactively seek out Southern California companies for investment.

Mike was a founder of both the Tech Coast Angels and CommNexus.  While at DLA Piper (the world’s largest law firm), he founded the Venture Pipeline group – a free service that matches entrepreneurs with capital sources nationally.  He has served on boards for Connect, The MIT Forum, the San Diego Software Council, and numerous other organizations.

During his career, Mike has been fortunate to work with hundreds of companies and entrepreneurs, helping more than 50 companies raise start-up capital, in excess of $100M.  He also has experience (and empathy) with start-ups, having worked as a COO and VP at a privately-funded technology start-up.

Galway Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA) and main sponsor AIB will host the Venture West conference on 18th September at NUI Galway.

The aim of the conference is to bring together companies in the West of Ireland with capital providers.  In addition to venture capital firms, representatives from Enterprise Ireland, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, Udarás and the Irish Stock Exchange will be speaking at the event.

Details on


Galway 2020

Galway 2020: Play Your Part in Galway’s bid to become the European Capital of Culture

Galway is bidding to become the European Capital of Culture in 2020. The bid represents an opportunity for us to come together as a community, to reflect on the uniqueness of our Galway culture and the richness, vitality and diversity of our shared European culture. More excitingly, this bid represents an opportunity to collectively re-imagine and work together to create a better, more vibrant and creative Galway of the future.

It’s a competitive process so the team is asking everyone to get behind their bid with a Campaign Brand Pack available on their site.

And over the next few weeks Galway’s culture will really be on show with the 27th Galway Film Fleadh running 7-12 July immediately followed by the Galway International Arts Festival13-26 July.

Fibre Optic Cable Connecting New York and Mayo To Be Constructed This Summer

America Europe Connect Fibre Optic Cable Confirmed

Mayo County Council today warmly welcomed the announcement confirming that the America Europe Connect Fibre Optic cable is to be constructed between Shirley, New York and Killala, County Mayo with work commencing immediately.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, in whose constituency the cable will make landfall said ….”This is the first new transatlantic cable from the United States to Europe to be laid in over a decade and the first fibre to ever make direct landfall on the west coast of Ireland. It is a massive vote of confidence in the Irish economy and offers enormous opportunities for the West and for the Island as a whole”.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Councillor Damien Ryan welcomed the announcement saying that it would significantly increase the attractiveness of Mayo as a place in which to live, work and invest.

Mayo Chief Executive Peter Hynes said ….. “This project is the culmination of four years of intense effort by Mayo County Council, Government Departments and other Agencies. It is testament to the priority which the Council has accorded to enterprise and investment.”

Joanne Grehan, Head of the Council’s Enterprise and Investment Unit said …..”This new connection puts Mayo in a very strategic position as the landfall location of this global asset. The Enterprise and Investment Unit looks forward to working with the State’s agencies to capitalise on this opportunity and to drive the areas close to the cable’s landfall as a centre for the data processing, data storage and related industries. Cloud computing and other Internet related industries are amongst the fastest growing in the world but require high powered, reliable global connectivity at a point usually close to the source.”

The project will commence construction this summer and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. It will significantly increase capacity on the Atlantic and overnight it will treble the direct connectivity between Ireland and the United States.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny also promised the full co-operation of all Government and State Agencies in ensuring that this key project which is of national strategic importance is completed on time and on schedule saying …..“It is an important step in making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business.”

Media enquiries to:

Joanne Grehan, Head – Enterprise & Investment Unit, Mayo County Council
094 90 47555 / 086 856 5802 /


Galway’s AEROGEN announced as Exporter of the Year 2014

Aerogen, the medical device and drug delivery company, was named Exporter of the Year at the annual Export Industry Awards last night.

The Co Galway-based company specialises in the design, manufacture and marketing of aerosol drug delivery systems aimed at the critical care respiratory market.

The Awards recognise the remarkable achievements of companies working in the export industry. 11 companies won individual category Awards across a range of sectors including Aerogen who took home the Life Sciences Exporter of the Year Award and overall trophy as the Exporter of the Year 2014.

Aerogen is an innovative medical device and drug delivery company specialising in the design, manufacture and marketing of aerosol drug delivery systems, aimed at the critical care respiratory market. Aerogen’s patented OnQ™ aerosol technology is an integral part of its drug delivery systems, the technology allows drugs to be nebulized into a fine particle mist that can be absorbed through the lungs while maintaining drug integrity.


JenaValve initiates heart valve manufacturing capabilities in Sligo

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD welcomed the announcement that medical device manufacturer JenaValve Technology Inc. has begun establishing manufacturing capabilities in Sligo to create its next generation heart valves. JenaValve will be the first company to produce structural heart valves in Ireland.

This development is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

It is a significant addition to the Life Sciences sector in the North West and Ireland’s Medical Technologies cluster generally. The news is a significant boost for employment in Sligo and the regional economy.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Richard Bruton said: “This announcement is a great boost for Sligo and the North West. Manufacturing is a sector which we have specifically targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs – this is an area which has been neglected in recent decades, but which offers huge potential for employment particularly in regional locations. Today’s announcement that JenaValve, a highly innovative company in this area, is establishing a facility in Sligo is a great example of what is possible in this area.”

John Migliazza, Chief Operations Officer, JenaValve commented: “We are very excited to initiate heart valve manufacturing capabilities in Sligo, Ireland. We are impressed with the support and enthusiasm that we have seen across the Irish system and look forward to being a part of the well-established medical device industry in Ireland.”

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “IDA Ireland has partnered with JenaValve and our partners in education and Department of Social Welfare to bring this project to fruition. Medical device manufacturing is a key component of the Irish economy – and Ireland provides leading global companies with a terrific offering based around talent and track record in the sector. The cardiovascular segment has delivered tremendous sustainable employment across Ireland over many years – the addition of aortic valve or structural heart manufacture demonstrates Ireland’s ability to understand sectors and clients and to deliver on their needs. The innovative nature of the company is complemented by the innovative approach taken by IDA Ireland and our stakeholder partners to enable this investment.”

About JenaValve

JenaValve Technology Inc., based in Irvine, California and Munich, Germany develops, manufactures and markets transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) systems to treat patients suffering from aortic valve disease. The Company’s transapical TAVI system is CE marked and currently marketed in Europe and other markets worldwide. JenaValve has a pipeline of novel Transapical (TA) and Transfemoral (TF) products which are designed to treat both Aortic Insufficiency and Aortic Stenosis. JenaValve is partnering with the FDA on a Fast Track designation. The FDA reserves the Fast Track designation for innovative technologies which meet unmet clinical needs. Additionally, JenaValve plans to commercialize it new TA and TF products in Europe during 2016.

Galway Airport site ‘an ideal IT hub’

Galway Airport site ‘an ideal IT hub’

Galway Airport site ‘an ideal IT hub’

Galway’s two local authorities are to employ consultants to carry out a feasibility study on the 115-acre site that contains Galway Airport.

Last November, Galway city and county councils purchased the site for €1.1m in a bid to ensure that the economic potential of the large strategic tract of land was realised.

The move followed the State ending subsidies for the airport in 2011, which led to a gradual withdrawal of commercial air services from the facility.

The most recent accounts for the firm that operated the airport — Corrib Airport Ltd — show that it had accumulated losses totalling €5.6m at the end of December 2012.

In the tender documentation, the local authorities state that a host of uses can be considered for the future of the land — including manufacturing; R&D; aviation activity renewable energy activity; food production; logistics and providing a site for the film industry.

According to the councils: “the scoping study should also examine the short, medium and long-term potential of the site in recognition of the current capital investment limitations within the Irish economy”.

The site contains the airport terminal building, two adjoining hangar units and three car parks.

The councils have also asked the successful tender to provide a rationale for the selection of proposals for the site and the financial implications of the various options.

The consultants are to also examine the possibility of a public-private partnership for the site, and bodies to be consulted during the study phase include third-level institutions in the region; private sector business and agencies including the IDA, Teagasc, Enterprise Ireland and Údaras na Gaeltachta.

Former Galway city mayor, Cllr Pádraig Conneely (FG) said yesterday that the site “is ideally placed for an industrial IT hub”.

“It is very accessible, as it is very close to the Dublin motorway, and is on the right side of Galway in terms of traffic.”

Consultants tendering for the work have until September 11 to lodge their tenders.

Original Article via The Irish Examiner here

Game Golf device tracks how US president plays and lets him share data with others

Game Golf device tracks how US president plays and lets him share data with others

Game Golf device tracks how US president plays and lets him share data with others

US president Barack Obama has started to improve his golf game using a wearable device created by an Irish tech start-up.

Mr Obama, who is on holiday in Martha’s Vineyard, was photographed last Saturday using Game Golf, a wearable device developed by Galway- and San Francisco-based Active Mind Technology.
The company, founded by Galway-born John McGuire, has raised $15 million (€11.2 million) since 2010 from an array of Silicon Valley and golf heavy-hitters.
Backers include golfers Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood, as well as technology investors Venture51; AME Cloud Ventures, an early-stage fund set up by Yahoo founder Jerry Yang; and Seagate Technology.
Game Golf has partnered with the PGA of America and the Golf Channel to roll out its device, which was designed by Yves Béhar, the Swiss chief creative officer of fitness wearable technology company Jawbone.

Monitoring Obama’s game

Mr McGuire told The Irish Times from California yesterday that his product would allow Mr Obama to monitor exactly how he played his golf and to share the data with others too if he wanted.
“Wearable [technology] is huge right now,” Mr McGuire said. “We’ve seen everything spike since President Obama was seen wearing our device.”
Mr McGuire said Game Golf was only launched 170 days ago but already its users had uploaded 80,000 rounds of golf and six million individual golf shots.
“It’s been used in 55 countries around the world,” he said, adding: “Both the PGA of America and the Golf Channel are investors in the company. They are interested in how to grow the game of golf and how you create something for the 21st century. We are helping them do that.”
Mr McGuire said Game Golf was pitched at both avid and aspiring golfers and it not only tracked how well individuals were playing but also allowed them to compare their play with friends or professional golfers on individual holes.
He said Active Mind Technology planned to create wearables for “multiple sports” but it was growing so fast that golf was its primary focus at the moment. “There is just no time right now,” he said.

Distribution deal

“We’ve just signed a distribution deal in the UK and that will bring Game Golf to shops in Ireland too by Christmas,” he said.
“At the moment you can only buy us online in Ireland.”
Mr McGuire moved to San Francisco in 2010. “We are based between Galway and San Francisco,” he said.
“We are hiring at the moment in Galway, where about one-third of our staff is based, with the remainder out here.”
Mr McGuire said Active Mind Technology employed 32 people in total. He said it was a private company so he could not disclose revenue or sales figures.


Original Article via The Irish Times here