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Minister Breen announces over 100 new Local Enterprise Office-backed jobs for Mid-West

9 small businesses to create 106 jobs in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary, supported by their Local Enterprise Office.

The Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D. has today (September 24th) announced the creation of 106 new jobs in the Mid-West region, spread across nine small businesses supported by Local Enterprise Offices in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.

Of these, 42 full-time and part-time jobs are being created by three companies in Tipperary (Mack Engineering, Horizon Offsite Ltd and Phil Purcell Engineering Ltd); 38 full-time jobs are being created by three Limerick-based companies (Black Bear Software, Celignis Ltd and ABS Engineering Control) and 26 full-time and part-time new jobs are being created by three Clare companies (AiP Thermoform Packaging Ltd, Core Optimisation and Vanderlust Campervans).

Minister Breen is meeting staff from all nine companies today on a visit to Clare, Limerick and Tipperary, along with the Heads of Enterprise from the three Local Enterprise Offices, representatives from local authorities, Enterprise Ireland and the local business community.

Making the announcement in Clare, Minister Breen said: “I warmly welcome these 106 Local Enterprise Office supported jobs. In a challenging business environment, LEO clients have contributed substantially to economic development throughout the country and I want to pay tribute to the company owners and their teams on their performance to date. I would also like commend the Local Enterprise Offices on the tremendous work they do and the supports they provide to nurture these businesses. The Government, through the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, is investing heavily in regional development and I am delighted to see that this investment is helping small businesses and start-ups to grow, create more jobs and enter new markets.”

Recruitment for the new jobs began over the summer and all roles are due to come on stream by December 2020 across engineering, digital marketing, software and packaging industries.

Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Limerick and speaking on behalf of the Local Enterprise Offices in the Mid-West, said: “Helping small businesses start and grow is at the very heart of what Local Enterprise Offices do and this jobs announcement is very positive for the region. Nine locally-based small businesses are bringing over 100 valuable jobs to communities across the Mid-West and the Local Enterprise Offices want to acknowledge their hard-earned success and congratulate them on their job creation achievements. Through financial assistance, mentoring and training supports, Local Enterprise Offices help hundreds of start-ups and small companies every year to grow their businesses throughout the region. Last year in the Mid-West alone, over 3,000 people were trained around starting and growing a business, 530 mentoring assignments were organised and 4,800 people were employed in 820 LEO-backed companies.”

Congratulating the companies on their performance, Mark Christal, Manager of Enterprise Ireland’s Regions and Entrepreneurship Division, said: “Achieving strong regional growth is a key focus for Enterprise Ireland under the Regional Action Plans for Jobs and these 106 Local Enterprise Office-supported jobs demonstrate the benefits of this approach. The supports that are in place to boost job creation, including these new jobs being announced today, underpin the successful collaboration between the Local Enterprise Offices, Local Authorities and Enterprise Ireland that help more Irish companies realise their global ambition.”

Anna Marie Delaney, Chairperson of the County and City Management Association EECC Committee, welcomed today’s announcement, saying: “These new jobs are a fantastic boost for the mid-west area, and a great example of how small and developing businesses are contributing to regional jobs growth and balanced economic recovery. Today’s announcement is an opportunity to recognise and highlight the variety of industries and job opportunities that exist around the country. A key focus for local authorities is on making great places to live and work and creating attractive environments for businesses to establish and flourish.”

The 31 Local Enterprise Offices are located in each county and provide a ‘first stop shop’ of supports and expert advice for entrepreneurs, start-ups, micro enterprises and small businesses providing training, mentoring and financial supports. Funding for the Local Enterprise Offices working in partnership with the local authorities and Enterprise Ireland is provided by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.


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Declan Lee / Local Enterprise Office Communications at Enterprise Ireland
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Sarah Bohan/ Local Enterprise Office Communications at Enterprise Ireland
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Patrick Jones/ Fuzion Communications
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Photography & Footage Note for Jobs Announcements
Cathal Noonan has been commissioned by the Local Enterprise Offices to syndicate reproduction-free imagery from this jobs announcement. Footage from the three announcements will be available from Pioneer Video Productions.

Jobs Announcement for the Mid-West (Monday, September 24th, 2018)

Supported by Local Enterprise Office Clare (26 Jobs)
AiP Thermoform Packaging, Ennis, Clare – announcing 6 jobs (see profile below)
Vanderlust Campervans, Ennistymon, Clare – announcing 6 jobs (see profile below)
Core Optimisation, Shannon, Clare – announcing 14 jobs (see profile below)
(Minister Breen’s announcement for LEO Clare is taking place at AiP Thermoform, Drumgranagh, Ennis, Co Clare at 10am on 24.09.18)

Supported by Local Enterprise Office Limerick (38 Jobs)
Celignis Limited, Limerick City – announcing 9 jobs (see profile below)
Black Bear Software, Annacotty, Limerick – announcing 17 jobs (see profile below)
ABS Engineering Control Systems, Rathkeale, Limerick – announcing 12 jobs (see profile below)
(Minister Breen’s announcement for LEO Limerick is taking place at City Hall in Limerick City at 12 noon on 24.09.18)

Supported by Local Enterprise Office Tipperary (42 Jobs)
Mack Engineering, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary – announcing 21 jobs (see profile below)
Horizon Offsite, Cahir, Co. Tipperary – announcing 15 jobs (see profile below)
Phil Purcell Engineering Ltd, Thurles, Co. Tipperary – announcing 6 jobs (see profile below)
(Minister Breen’s announcement taking place for LEO Tipperary at Mack Engineering in Nenagh at 2.30pm on 24.09.18)

Company Profiles:

Backed by Local Enterprise Office Clare (26 Jobs)

AiP Thermoform Packaging (announcing 6 jobs)
Address: Ballymaley Business Park, Barefield, Ennis, Co Clare
Company Profile: Established in 1998 (originally in Galway), AiP Thermoform Packaging in County Clare specialises in the design and manufacture of technical packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, electronic and retail sectors. These include transport trays for electronic components, clamshells and blisters for retail point of sale and decorative presentation trays. The company’s Managing Director is John Mulleady and he took over the company in 2002 under a Management Buy-Out agreement. The company received Business Expansion Grants through Local Enterprise Office Clare and is announcing 6 jobs.
Company Contact: John Mulleady, Managing Director

Vanderlust Campervans (announcing 6 jobs)
Address: Deerpark Industrial Estate, Deerpark Road, Ardnacullia North, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
Company Profile: Founded in 2007, Vanderlust is Ireland’s largest campervan conversion and rental company, operating from a 6,500 sq ft workshop in Ennistymon. The company also sells campervan parts and accessories on-line to customers around the world and has a rental base in Ireland and a second base in Bournemouth in the UK. Future plans include a Vanderlust-branded range of custom campervans and a DIY conversion kit. The company has received a Business Expansion Grant through Local Enterprise Office Clare and is announcing 6 jobs.
Company Contact: David Hanley, Founder

Core Optimisation (announcing 14 jobs)
Address: Beechpark Business Centre, Smithstown, Shannon, Co. Clare
Company Profile:
Core Optimisation, founded in 2015, is a performance Digital Marketing Agency, specialising in hospitality and retail sectors. The company help clients to secure higher revenues from websites through innovative digital marketing techniques. Its portfolio of clients across Ireland and the UK include Shannon Heritage, the Cliffs of Moher, the K Club, Laura Ashley Hotel and The Arch London. Currently, 40% of its business is from the UK market and the company is actively exploring new opportunities in the US.
Supported by Local Enterprise Office Clare with Business Priming and Expansion Grants, Core Optimisation is announcing 14 jobs by the end of 2020.
Company Contact: Caroline Dunlea, Co-Founder

Backed by Local Enterprise Office Limerick (38 Jobs)

Celignis Limited (announcing 9 jobs)

Address: Mill Court, upper William Street, Limerick City
Company Profile: Celignis, founded in 2013, is a dedicated analysis laboratory for the ‘bioeconomy’, including bioenergy and biofuels industries. It provides national and international clients with precise data allowing them to efficiently use their biomass feedstocks and optimise their conversion processes. The company is a spin-out from state-of-the-art research at University of Limerick by founder, Dr. Daniel Hayes and over 70% of revenue is generated from overseas customers with samples coming from countries such as the USA, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia. The company has major expansion plans and is announcing 9 jobs. Local Enterprise Office Limerick has supported Celignis Limited with a Business Expansion Grant.
Company Contact: Dr. Daniel Hayes, Owner

Black Bear Software (announcing 17 jobs)

Address: Newtown, Annacotty, Co. Limerick
Company Profile: Black Bear Software, founded in 2017, is a software development company which has developed a cloud platform for capturing and analysing sensor data for the aviation and logistics’ sectors. Tailored for supply chain and asset management systems, Black Bear provides insight and transparency for on-the-ground operational processes. Their software solutions, which include real-time location and conditional monitoring, helps companies to utilise critical operational assets such as tools, parts and equipment, more efficiently. The company has plans for rapid expansion by announcing 17 jobs. The company received a Business Expansion Grant from Local Enterprise Office Limerick and has now transferred to Enterprise Ireland.
Company Contact: Alan Dormer, Director

ABS Engineering Control Systems (announcing 12 jobs)

Address: Rathkeale Industrial Estate, Co Limerick
Company Profile: ABS Engineering Control Systems Ltd, established in 2017, provides and installs state-of-the-art Building Energy Management Systems (BMS) in commercial, industrial and pharmaceutical sites. Their control solutions mange functions such as heating, cooling, energy usage and monitoring from one centralized location. The company is currently developing a ‘Smart Building’ project for the Indian market and its client base includes Clayton Hotels, Dromoland Castle, Glenstal Abbey and Design Pro. Supported by Local Enterprise Office Limerick with a Business Priming Grant, the company is announcing 12 jobs.
Company Contact: Colm Cussen, Managing Director

Backed by Local Enterprise Office Tipperary (42 Jobs)

Mack Engineering - Jadeloft Ltd, Trading As Mack Engineering (announcing 21 jobs)

Address: Well Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Company Profile: Launched in 2018, Mack Engineering (Jadeloft Ltd) operates from a 30,000sq ft unit at the former site of Abbey Machinery in Nenagh town. Its primary focus is architectural metalwork, pedestrian bridges and overhead steel gantries for the construction industry, which is a niche market requiring specialist equipment and a highly skilled workforce. The company recently achieved ‘Class IV Certification’ which enables them to tender for highly specialized work in this area, such as long span bridges. The company received a Business Priming Grant from Local Enterprise Office Tipperary and has plans to create 21 jobs (recruitment already underway).
Company Contact: Karl Mackey and Hilda Mackey, Directors

Horizon Offsite (announcing 15 jobs)

Address: Cahir Business Park, Cahir, Co. Tipperary
Company Profile: Horizon Offsite Ltd, established in 2017, designs and manufactures offsite light gauge steel building system structures, such as fully structural internal panels and floors. The company exports 95% of its production to the UK for group housing and apartment projects and recently completed a light steel data storage centre in Malta. Through continuous investment in research and development, the company plans to enter new markets in Europe and the Far East, by 2020. In May 2018, the company won a Regional Award at the annual National Enterprise Awards and has received a Business Expansion Grant through Local Enterprise Office Tipperary and the company is announcing 15 jobs (recruitment already underway).
Company Contact: Ger Fahey, Managing Director

Phil Purcell Engineering Ltd (announcing 6 jobs)

Address: Upperchurch Village, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Company Profile: Phil Purcell Engineering Limited was established in rural Tipperary in 2015 to provide a complete metal fabrication service, from conception to completion. Thanks to its CE Mark accreditation, the company provides stainless steel solutions for domestic, commercial and industrial clients. Its product range includes railings, feature staircases, gates, portal frame buildings, balconies and mild steel frames and recent projects have been carried out for Lidl, BAM Construction and SISK. The company, which received Business Priming and Expansion Grants from Local Enterprise Office Tipperary, is announcing 6 jobs (recruitment already underway).
Company Contact: Phil Purcell, Director