50 New Jobs for Kells

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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Posted on Thursday, 20 November 2014  |  Posted in Category(ies):  Chamber News  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

Meath Enterprise Week November 17th to 20th

Kells Chamber is delighted to support Meath Enterprise Week from November 17th to 20th 2014. 

The objective of this inaugural event is to showcase Meath to the world and it will feature both a Business Conference and a Business Exhibition.

Focusing on three distinct themes of Digital, Food and Women in Business, the week-long programme includes enterprise events, seminars, workshops and schools programmes taking place all across County Meath. Here are details of some local events.


Hogans Farm, Cortown, Kells – Tuesday November 18th at 11:30 am. This is an opportunity to see the workings of a highly successful food business. Places are limited. Book yours on 046 924 0055 or contact Kells Chamber.


AIB Kells are hosting a morning of demonstrations and presentations on digital innovations and efficiency banking  for SMEs (particularly Retailers). Presenters  will be from AIB Merchant Services and AIB SME Automation team – Wednesday November 19th from 10.00am-12.00pm.


You are invited to the launch of the Regional Aid Package for North Meath by Minister Damien English TD in the Kells Enterprise & Technology Centre, Business Park, Cavan Rd., Kells on Wednesday November 19th at 4:30 pm.

Also in attendance will be: Oliver Mangan Chief Economist AIB, Gerry Moan of SmartInvest and a representative from Connect Ireland. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Kells Chamber of Commerce on 046 924 0055.



The Kells Enterprise and Technology Centre is delighted to host a welcome function for two US companies who are locating in the centre. The function will be attended by Mike Hoprich - Vice President of SWG Inc, Jim Luciano of MDS Inc and Gerry Moan of SmartInvest who facilitated the projects. The function will follow on from the Regional Aid Launch and  will commence at 5.30 pm. Both companies are based in Pennsylvania and have chosen Kells as a base to expand their operations in to the European market. We invite all local businesses to attend to welcome these two new ventures to Kells. 


Meath County Libraries with the Local Enterprise Office present “Digital Marketing For Your Business” presentation by Linda Higgins, Social Media Marketer. Kells Library Wednesday November 19th at 1pm.  Booking necessary on 046 924 1592.

Meath Enterprise Week culminates in a Meath Business Showcase and Conference in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim on Thursday November 20th from 12.30pm. 

Starting with an EXPO, the conference will commence at 2.30pm and will be chaired by Meath based media personality and business woman, Orlaith Carmody. A panel of high profile business people will participate in a number of panel discussions during the afternoon and there will be video links and Skype Feeds from business people inputting to the conference from all over the world. 

The second element of the conference will start at 5pm. Chaired by Kevin Stewart, Director of Services at Meath County Council, the speakers will include Tara McCarthy, Director of Food & Beverage in Bord Bia; Ken Burke, Head of Business Banking at AIB and Orlaith Carmody, Managing Director of Mediatraining.ie, a consultancy specialising in communications training and leadership development.

A steering committee of business people with specific expertise in the three theme areas was formed by Gary O’Meara, Manager, Meath Enterprise (Navan & Kells Enterprise Centres) some months ago to develop the week long programme of events.

Some 30 Events and Seminars will also take place across Meath over the three days. For more information or details of how to get involved, please visit www.meathenterprisecentre.com 

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Posted on Tuesday, 11 November 2014  |  Posted in Category(ies):  Chamber Events  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

Christmas Lights Fundraising Campaign

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.

Kind regards,

Bill Sweeney

Kells Chamber President.

(Christmas Lights Photograph is courtesy of Léon Murphy)

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Posted on Thursday, 30 October 2014  |  Posted in Category(ies):  Chamber News  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

Keep it Kells Christmas Bonanza Draw

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!

Kind Regards,

Bill Sweeney

President of Kells & District Chamber

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Posted on Thursday, 30 October 2014  |  Posted in Category(ies):  Chamber News  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

Kells - A Great Place To Work, Live or Visit!

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. 

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Posted on Wednesday, 8 January 2014  |  Posted in Category(ies):  Chamber News  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

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