Dublin ISO certification player raises €400,000 in funding

20 Nov 2014

Kevin Healy, manager, corporate banking Ireland, Bank of Ireland; Dawn Walsh, Kernel Capital; Giles O'Neill, head of education, business and consumer services, Enterprise Ireland; and Michael Brophy, CEO, Certification Europe

Certification Europe, which provides ISO management system certification to more than 1,000 organisations worldwide, has just raised more than €400,000 in investment.

The Dublin company, which also has offices in the UK, Italy, Turkey and Japan, performs more than 8,000 assessments annually for organisations that include BT, Diageo, KMPG, An Post and Microsoft.

The investment, led by the Kernel Capital Bank of Ireland Seed Fund, will enable the company to further capitalise on this traction in key markets and will serve as a springboard to the next levels of growth, sales and employment.

Certification Europe, which is supported by Enterprise Ireland, employs more than 50 people and expects to create an additional 15 jobs in 2015.

“The investment from Kernel Capital’s Bank of Ireland fund is not only an endorsement of the growth and success the company has experienced over the last number of years, but is testimony to the huge opportunities Certification Europe is poised to exploit in the future,” said Michael Brophy, CEO, Certification Europe Limited.

“We have some of the biggest companies in the world as our clients, and perform over 8,000 assessments or inspections annually across the globe. Kernel’s investment means that we not only have the means of growing our existing service offering, but can now expand our services into additional countries beyond the 16 in which we currently operate.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years