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€10million in contracts and 26 jobs in Ireland for Irish companies among initial, immediate results of Australia mission – Minister Bruton

Joint Enterprise Ireland/IDA Ireland mission a big success with great

potential for the future

Conclusion of Minister Bruton’s 22nd trade mission in 41 months in office

6th September 2014

26 jobs in Ireland and contracts worth almost €10million for Irish

companies were among the initial, immediate results of the trade and

investment mission to Australia, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and

Innovation Richard Bruton TD announced at the conclusion of the mission

this weekend.

In addition, three Irish companies announced new office openings – two in

Sydney and one in Auckland, New Zealand, helping to create and sustain jobs

in Ireland.

Furthermore, dozens of leads for potential multinational investments in

Ireland, and for potential sales for Irish exporting companies, have been

created during the 5-day 3-city mission, which will be followed up in the

coming weeks and months.

The trade and investment mission to Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra was

jointly organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

32 Irish companies travelled on the mission and participated in over 160

one-to-one meetings with Australian companies targeting export and

investment opportunities across the financial services, travel,

telecommunications and IT for Healthcare sectors. While in Sydney the

opportunity was taken to bring in a number of key buyers from New Zealand

to meet with Irish companies participating on the mission.

Minister Bruton participated in over 40 high-level meetings and events


· 7 one-on-one meetings with senior executives of Australian companies

considering making investments in Ireland or expanding operations

already here, arranged by IDA Ireland

· 6 one-on-one interviews with major Australian media outlets –

broadcast and print – as part of the Government’s campaign to

communicate the story of Ireland’s economic recovery abroad to help

facilitate increased investment here and raise awareness of Ireland

as a source of world-class, innovative products and services

· 6 political meetings and events, including one-on-one meetings with

the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for

Communications, the Assistant Minister for Employment and the Leader

of the Opposition

The 26 jobs will be created in two Australian companies in Ireland, in

investments supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

through IDA Ireland:

· iM3, the Australian owned Veterinary Dental Company is to create 20

jobs at its newly established European HQ in Stamullen, Co Meath

· ACS Consolidated Group Ltd, an aviation compliance specialist, is to

establish its European operations centre in Dublin, with the creation

of six jobs

Among the deals announced by Irish companies during the mission were:

· Kildare-based HealthComms announced a new expanded contract in

association with leading Melbourne care provider “Catholic Homes” for

its “MyHomeReach” technology which focuses on supporting independent

living, promotes social inclusion and enables the ongoing monitoring

of wellness while increasing service quality to its users.

· Slainte Healthcare announced that it is working with Calvary Health

Care Hospital Group to create a paperless hospital environment by

replacing paper patient charts with electronic software.

· Leading Edge Group, Cork, announced the signing of a major Lean

initiative with The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. The contract

will involve the delivery of a full suite of Lean training programs

to a cross-section of the Melbourne hospital staff in association

with the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA).

· Lincor Solutions formally signed an exclusive agreement with

Australia’s leading provider of interactive patient care for the

hospital and aged care sectors – Hills Health Solutions

· Idiro, a leading provider of advanced data analytics based in Dublin,

announced a deal with 2degrees, a leading New Zealand mobile

operator, to provide data analytics for marketing.

· Fenergo, the leading provider of Regulatory Onboarding, Entity Data

and Client Lifecycle Management solutions for investment banks and

capital market firms, announced its expansion into Asia Pacific with

the creation of a local team based out of Sydney.

· Westbourne IT Global Services (Cork) announced that it will open a

new office in Auckland, New Zealand later this month, allowing the

company to provide a 24/7 “follow the sun” solution for its

customers. The New Zealand office will both enhance and increase

existing jobs in Cork as Westbourne IT’s Cork headquarters will

provide back office support for the expanding group.

· Solgari, the leading cloud telecommunication software services

provider, announced the opening of their new Sales and Support Office

in Sydney to support their growing customer base across the wider

Asia Pacific region.

In addition, Oneview Healthcare, one of the leading global providers of

patient engagement solutions for healthcare facilities, announced it has

reached agreement in principle to deploy its state-of-the-art software

solution in two high profile hospitals – one in Victoria and one in

Queensland with a combined value of approximately A$5 million.

Speaking from Sydney Minister Bruton said: “At the heart of our Action Plan

for Jobs is building a new, sustainable economy based on exports and

innovation. As the immediate results from this mission show, the openings

for innovative Irish companies to increase their sales to Australia and New

Zealand are real and tangible. There are also major opportunties for us to

attract multinational investment to Ireland from this part of the world.

There is a growing awareness of Ireland’s innovation and capabilities that

was evident in every meeting I attended - people in Government,

multinational companies, business and the media are more aware of Ireland,

more aware of the strengths we bring to the table, and very willing to do

business with us.

"I have said before that Irish companies are at the heart of the recovery

we are starting to see across our economy. The 32 companies who

participated in this mission, some of whom have finalised deals, others of

whom have made major progress, have done great work over this week. These

companies will drive our employment recovery, and I wish them every success

with pursuing the opportunities that have developed over the past week".

In line with Enterprise Ireland’s strategy, the objective of the Trade

Mission was to build on Ireland’s existing strong economic links with

Australia and New Zealand. The visit facilitated practical relationship

building for Irish companies with their current and prospective

counterparts in Australia, as well as raising the profile of Ireland at the

highest levels of Government and through engagement with the key Australian

media outlets. Over the course of the five day programme introductions were

made, contacts developed and business relationships progressed from which

significant increases in exports and jobs by Irish companies are targeted

over the coming years.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, who is accompanying Minister

Bruton on the trade mission added: “A key element of Enterprise Ireland’s

strategy is to grow indigenous Irish companies on a global scale.

Ministerial-led trade missions are proven to provide a strong platform to

promote Ireland and Irish companies as strategic partners across multiple

sectors in key international markets. Trade missions also demonstrate how

Enterprise Ireland can act as a conduit for international buyers to access

Ireland’s world class goods and services. The announcements made by Irish

companies during this trade mission clearly demonstrate the opportunities

that exist for innovative and ambitious Irish companies in Australia and

New Zealand. Enterprise Ireland is committed to working closely with our

client companies as they grow their international sales and create

much-needed jobs in Ireland”.

John Conlon, Head of Asia Pacific Operations at IDA Ireland said: “IDA

will continue to reach out to Australian companies to make them aware of

the investment opportunities that exist in Ireland. The two companies that

have announced their intentions to invest in Ireland, iM3 and ACS are

typical of the sort of business that we want to attract to Ireland. There

are over 35 Australian companies already located in Ireland, employing over

1,600 people which includes leading names such as Resmed, Macquarie,

Computershare and QBE.”