In February 2012, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, launched the Action Plan for Jobs 2012 the aim of which is to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business. Targets for the plan include having 100,000 more people in work by 2016, with 2 million additional people back in work by 2020. In all, there are more than 270 actions in the plan, one of which is the Succeed in Ireland initiative.
IDA is the national agency responsible for the promotion of Ireland as a location for foreign direct investment and for the attraction of FDI to Ireland.
IDA has attracted such global brands as Google, IBM, Microsoft, Pfizer, J&J, Siemens, Citi, Kostal, Sanofi, as well as High growth companies like Engine Yard, Mycroft and Marketo to Ireland. IDA, with its long and successful history in securing FDI for Ireland, is responsible for the Succeed in Ireland initiative. The Succeed in Ireland initiative will reward the global population, predominantly the Diaspora, who make introductions to connections they have within companies that have a mobile investment project that will lead to the creation of new jobs in Ireland. These connectors will be financially rewarded after a period of time of these jobs coming to fruition.
IDA has awarded a one year pilot contract, to Connect Ireland who will, on IDA Ireland’s behalf, market, promote and implement the Succeed in Ireland initiative. IDA lends its expertise to Connect Ireland in turning the leads identified by the ‘Connectors’ into investments and job creation in Ireland.
ConnectIreland is part of the Taxback group. The team at ConnectIreland consists of a market development team, client services personnel and FDi specialists. ConnectIreland.com is where Connectors can sign on and introduce the companies they believe have a mobile investment project for Ireland. Connectors signing on to the website will be appointed an account manager, who, once the introduction has been made, will hand the potential investment project over to theConnectIreland business personnel. ConnectIreland will liaise directly with companies, once introduced by the Connectors. The team may arrange site visits, establish project parameters and work with companies right through to the investment phase or or the project may be passed to to progress.
The role of the Connector is to make an introduction between a key decision-maker in a company with a mobile investment project and the ConnectIreland team and to organise an introduction between the two. Following an initial introduction the Connector can then step back, allowing the ConnectIreland team to influence and persuade the company to establish in Ireland and create jobs.
The reward runs from €1,500 to €3,000 per sustainable job depending on the value of the Connection and the timeframe in which the project will come to fruition.
To find out more information, log on to http://www.connectireland.com
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