SouthWestern invests in R&D, creating 150 jobs

9 Jun 2011

Cork-based business process outsourcing company SouthWestern is creating 150 jobs over the next three years, boosting its current workforce of 450 people in Ireland and 150 internationally.

It is also making a €3.5m investment in research and development (R&D) with support from Enterprise Ireland, concentrating on software development.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, made the announcement when visiting the firm’s headquarters in Clonakilty, Co Cork.

SouthWestern has public and private-sector clients in the Irish, UK and European markets and has clients across a range of sectors, including agriculture and food, energy, media, insurance and telecoms.

“We see great potential for growth in the public services, utilities, local government and financial services sectors here in Ireland and in the UK, as well as in central Europe. The R&D programme on which the company is about to embark will concentrate on software development solutions for those four areas,” said CEO of SouthWestern Jim Costello.

“We want to work closely with government agencies to help develop the most effective and cost-efficient public services available. We see today as a launching pad for our future expansion and the expansion of the sector as a whole.”  

Photo: Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, and Alice Mc Sweeney, relationship manager at SouthWestern

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