A Portlaoise company determined to create local jobs has ended the IDA’s record of no Laois jobs in recent years, but encountered ‘a lot of red tape’.
The 20 jobs in customer support are with Internal Results Ireland Limited, to be filled over three years.
Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said last Tuesday July 22, that they were “a welcome announcement for the town and its workforce”.
The company whose business is generating sales leads for international technology firms, is also the first tenant to move into the IDA’s technology office on the Mountrath road, built a decade ago.
Internal Results is led by two Portlaoise men, Noel Hooban and Seamus Delaney, who is “massively proud” of creating “sustainable” jobs in his home town.
“Almost all of our staff are from Portlaoise. That’s thirty people not sitting in a car up to Dublin every day,” he said.
Qualifying for the IDA grant was time comsuming.
“We get an employment grant which is a small sum for each employee. There was a lot of red tape to jump through, but we found the IDA very helpful,” he said.
He hopes businesses will follow them into the 15,000 sqmetre IDA office, of which Internal Results occupy a quarter. Just one other company is in the business park.
“I hope it opens the floodgates. This building was sitting idle for ten years. We would always push for Portlaoise because we are from here, but in fairness to the IDA, I can see how a company might wonder why no-one else was here, and decide to play it safe and go elsewhere,” he said.
The company is going “from strength to strength”.
“It can be tough work, but our staff are well looked after. In our game if staff aren’t happy we see our numbers go down,” he said.
Five of the new positions have already been filled
The company also received a grant from Laois Enterprise Board in 2012.
Breda O’Toole, head of IDA Ireland’s Regional Business Development says there are “further business projects in the pipeline in which Laois will contribute hugely”.
“IDA is very pleased with its performance in the Midlands,” she said, adding that Internal Results is a “fantastic story of two local men helping to bring business back to their own region,” she said.