A Good News Story for Kells - from IDA Ireland:
MDS Global Technologies and SWG Inc. have this week officially opened their international headquarters in Kells, Meath, creating a total of 50 jobs. The announcement was made as part of Meath Enterprise Week 2014.
The companies were introduced to Ireland through the combined efforts of Connect Ireland - the company responsible for delivering the Government’s Succeed in Ireland initiative, in association with IDA Ireland, and SmartInvest, a transatlantic accelerator fund for high potential technology companies. Both companies will begin recruitment immediately for their operations at Kells Enterprise Technology Centre and hope to fill the 50 positions over the coming three years.
Speaking at the opening of both offices in Kells on Wednesday, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English, T.D. said “The establishment of these two companies in Kells builds on the investment announced by Mafic last year, another Connect Ireland project that is being supported by IDA Ireland. This is a great example of how Government initiatives, private investors and local communities can all work together to win valuable new jobs for Ireland and, critically, for towns like Kells. In particular, this reinforces the great enterprise relationship between Ireland and the US. The inclusion of Kells in the new national Regional Aid Map will further enhance the prospects of attracting new investment and the expansion of existing enterprises both foreign and indigenous”.
MDS is a US-based technology company that manufactures equipment to enable IP traffic over existing coaxial cable to the MDU and hospitality space. Formed in 2013, MDS is expanding in the North American and European markets. The Kells operation will manufacture IP equipment, as well as heading up the global sales, technical support, administrative and financial divisions of the company. The company has already attracted significant interest in their product and hope to fill 15 of their 25 positions in the first 12 months. They are now looking for experienced professionals to fill engineering, logistical, sales and general office positions.
Jim Luciano, MD of MDS, said: “Key for me in choosing a location was that when we were looking, Ireland had the most interest in what we were trying to do. Secondly, resources. Ireland has really good resources and also to me, it’s been pretty easy. People have been really receptive to what we’ve planned and what our vision is. Everyone has embraced what we’re trying to do.”
“We do a lot of business in Europe and Asia and an operation out of Ireland made sense. Meath seemed like a good landing spot for the business. With our product, there is really nice potential to grow and Kells will be able to accommodate that growth,” added Jim.
SWG Inc. buys, sells and repairs wireless and network equipment and will locate its first operation outside of the U.S. at Kells Enterprise Centre. The Meath location will house an extensive R&D team as well as repurposing equipment, and the company are currently looking to recruit for a number of technical roles, growing to a total of 25 employees over three years.
Greg Kopa, Co-Founder of SWG Inc. said: “We know we can build a business in Ireland and know we can grow from a solid base and branch out. The location is very easily accessible. The Kells Enterprise Centre is outside of Dublin, already set up for high tech companies with fibre optics, and it’s a nice area. The people have all been very positive.”
“The other thing about Ireland is that there is a very strong technical base. There is a good labour pool to draw from - Ireland has a good technical background,” added Greg.
Michael McLoughlin CEO of ConnectIreland commented: “ConnectIreland is delighted to have worked with SWG and MDS in order to help them expand their operations overseas. It is a great credit to the people of Meath that yet more international companies have chosen to locate in the region. Through the power of one local connector 50 jobs will be created in Kells. A simple conversation is all it takes to make a difference and we hope to have more great news for Meath in the coming months.”
Gerry Moan Founder and CEO of SmartInvest commented: “We have worked closely with both MDS and SWG in facilitating their location and set-up here in Ireland, and specifically Kells. As an all-island accelerator programme we believe that the island of Ireland as a whole offers unique opportunities to high potential technology companies looking for a European landing pad.“
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland said: “Ireland is now the fastest growing economy in Europe and US corporations are picking Ireland as the location of choice for their global operations. In fact, nine of the top ten US technology companies are already located in Ireland, so both SWG and MDS will have excellent company here. Ireland is a strong exporting nation, with particularly robust performances in sectors like ICT, med tech and pharma. IDA has worked closely with Connect Ireland in winning this type of investment and will continue to do so.”
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We in Kells need to dig deep and raise the necessary funds for festive lights this Christmas to ensure that we keep the positive image that has been created in the town over the last number of years.
In keeping with previous years, we hope that we will be able to invite Santa to town to switch on the lights on Sunday December 7th.
Last year, the cost of erecting, taking down, storing and electrical usage for the lights was €8,500.
This year, all monies must be raised prior to putting up the lights. The deadline for the collection of donations will be November 21st so that we will have time to see how much money we receive and ‘cut our cloth’ accordingly.
A member of staff will be visiting businesses on a weekly basis to collect contributions as we feel that this will alleviate pressure on businesses to call to the Chamber during office hours. We are seeking a contribution of €50 per week over three weeks. To fully fund the lights, we will need 60 contributors.
This year, we are also writing to all the voluntary organisations and sports clubs to ask for a contribution to support the businesses - who in turn show their support through sponsorship and spot prizes etc.
The Christmas Lights Church Gate Collection will take place on Saturday Novemer 15th and Sunday November 16th and a show of support from the traders would greatly enhance the collection. Local people have always shown their support by contributing €1,000 through this collection.
To show our support to the traders in town, Kells Chamber is delighted to announce that we will be rolling out our Keep it Kells campaign – even bigger and better this year.
This year, along with our Facebook campaign, we will be organising a Free Draw to encourage people to shop in Kells this Christmas (see other blog post).
Working together, we can ensure Kells is a great town to live work and shop in. Please show your support for Kells this Christmas, and help us to make sure that this year we send out a strong message - Kells is open for business.
Kells Chamber President.
(Christmas Lights Photograph is courtesy of Léon Murphy)
Kells & District Chamber is delighted to announce the launch of the Keep it Kells Christmas Bonanza Draw, which is open to all businesses in the town – both Chamber members and non-members!
The promotion will feature on the Keep it Kells Facebook page here - where we encourage people to shop in Kells, helping our economy and supporting local jobs.
The Keep it Kells promotion was formally launched at the Chamber AGM, and will work as follows:
- All participating retailers will receive tickets for the draw and a poster for their window
- Each time a customer makes a purchase they can enter the draw
- Retailers will hold a draw in their own premises on Tuesday December 9th, selecting one winner who will go forward to an overall draw and we’d encourage you to create a ‘bit of festive a buzz’ on the day of your draw, for e.g. providing mince pies, music etc.
- The overall draw will take place in Kells Chamber office on Thursday 11th December
- It is the responsibility of each trader to ensure that their instore winner’s name is given to the Chamber office by 3pm on Wednesday December 10th
- The overall winner will receive €100 in Kells Gift Vouchers, and there will be a 2nd prize of €50 and a 3rd prize of €50.
Since the scheme’s launch in 2008, Kells Chamber have sold almost €250,000 in Kells Gift Vouchers. This year, as a way to bringing all businesses in the town together - both Chamber members and non-members can accept the Kells Gift Vouchers. Kells Chamber does not benefit financially from the voucher scheme and the cost of running the voucher scheme is covered by the Chamber.
The cost of the Keep it Kells promotion (printing, road signs, prize money, etc.) will be covered by Kells Chamber.
We all know that times are tough, but we are confident that the Keep it Kells campaign will present a positive face of a town coming together to support each other and let people know that we are open for business!
President of Kells & District Chamber
The heritage town of Kells is a wonderful place to work, live or visit. Its rich Monastic legacy makes it quite unique and it is part of the 'Boyne Valley Region' - one of the Top 10 Destinations in Ireland, as marketed by Fáilte Ireland abroad. It boasts two world-class golf courses in Headfort Golf Club, alongside the imposing Headfort House and the Blackwater River. We are an outstanding location for business and we have a state of the art Business Park with broadband and Bord Gais pipeline. Kells is an excellent location for tourists: we are only 45 minutes from Dublin and offer a great central base for touring County Meath. Need more convincing? Here are some more good reasons to choose Kells as a place to live, work or visit.
The Kells & District Tourism Forum can help you plan an itinerary for your group, small or large. The group has a huge amount of experience in this area and will make sure to listen to your requirements and provide you with a plan that will enable you to get the best out of your experience in Kells.
From conferencing facilities to half-day to full-day heritage itineraries, Kells is the ideal place to locate yourself - and is a mere 45 minutes drive from Dublin/Dublin Airport and easily accessible from the rest of the country.
Put yourself in their capable hands to see the rich heritage of Kells. The Tourism Forum can help you with your transport arrangements if necessary, and organise suitable accommodation, restaurants and refreshments when you arrive in Kells.
Contact Kells Tourism Forum now to see what they can organise for you.