The South East Region with a population of 422,062 consists of four counties, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny. The South East is home to 79 multinational companies employing 15,000 people. The main clusters are Life Sciences (Bio-Pharma, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technologies), Engineering, Financial Services, Technology and International Business Services.
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The vision for Waterford 2040 ‘Waterford Find your Future’ Brand is to make it the city of choice for inward investment as companies look to invest in Ireland. The quality of infrastructure, both digital and physical, the access to a skilled labour force of 600,000 people living within 60 minutes of Waterford and with an agenda in terms of sustainability Waterford ticks a lot of the boxes that investors are looking at when they want to invest.
Kilkenny is a unique commercial location thanks to its exceptional international connectivity. With quality infrastructure, high calibre talent and a low-cost business environment, Kilkenny is the place where business succeeds. Its vibrant city and rich medieval history make Kilkenny a place where people come not only to make a living but to make a life.
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County Wexford is perfectly positioned for investment growth and development. With excellent transport infrastructure, a well-populated catchment area, a highly educated workforce, a third level college campus and a progressive local authority.
Carlow is perfectly positioned for investment growth and development. With excellent transport infrastructure, a well-populated catchment area, a highly educated workforce, a third level college campus and a progressive local authority.
Companies in the Region can draw from a strong talent pool with key skills in the area of Life Sciences, Med Tech, Engineering and Business (International Business & Financial Services) along with Technology. Third-level education is provided by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) offering a highly engaged student population and strong research capabilities in the areas of Engineering & Medtech - (SEAM) Pharmaceuticals - (PMBRC) and Mobile Technology (Walton Institute (formerly TSSG) along with the Dargan Centre.
The South East Technological University (SETU) will come into operation in May 2022 combining the two Institutes of Technology: Waterford IT & IT Carlow.
WIT is Ireland’s leading research-informed Institute of Technology with a global reputation for innovation and research excellence. The Institute’s current student population is close to 10,000 across Science and Informatics, Engineering and Architecture, Business, Education, Humanities, Health and Nursing. The Institute has been focused on creativity and research innovation as a driver of the knowledge society for over 20 years and plays a key role in the Region’s social, cultural and economic development. It is a truly international environment with students from 70 countries and strategic collaboration partnerships with over 300 education and industry partners.
IT Carlow has over 9,000 full and part-time students. The college is dynamic, reflecting the needs of industry. A good example of the latter has been the development of Financial Services courses in conjunction with BNY Mellon in Wexford. IT Carlow has developed outreach facilities in Wexford (Wexford Campus) and Wicklow.
The South East Region is a cost competitive location with an attractive quality of life. Short commute times and easy access to its vibrant towns, rural getaways and coastal villages and resorts make it a very attractive region to live in. It is home to a number of award-winning Restaurants and Hotels and is a key location within Ireland’s Ancient East Tourism offering.
A huge addition to the Region - Waterford’s stunning Greenway has scooped gold in the coveted All Ireland Community and Council Awards and has been crowned one Ireland’s Best Tourism Initiative’s.
In 2021, Waterford City was named the Best Place to Live in Ireland (The Irish Times) for some of the following reasons: Affordability, Culture, Shopping & Weather.
Craft and culture is at the heart of the Region with iconic brands Waterford Crystal, the Crafts Council of Ireland, the National Heritage Council, Kilkenny Design Workshops and the National Opera House all located in the Region.
Explore the current business landscape in the South East and see what's happening on the ground now.
EirGen Pharma announce the expansion of its Oral Solid Dose business in Waterford.
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Security Risk Advisors (SRA), the Pennsylvania-based cyber security consulting company, today announced that it is establishing a European Headquarters and Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Kilkenny. 52 jobs will be created over the next five years.
DMS Governance (DMS), a global governance, risk and compliance (GRC) company is to substantially increase its Ireland-based workforce by creating an additional 50 roles in Cashel, Tipperary.
September 13th 2019, Waterford - Emerald Contact Centre, the customer care and sales support provider for a range of global financial, health and travel publications, today announced 200 additional jobs to be filled over three years.
AB Agri Ltd, the agricultural division of Associated British Foods (ABF) group which operates in the retail, food and agriculture sectors, is to establish a Technology Centre in Kilkenny, creating up to 50 new roles over five years.
Opus Fund Services, an award winning independent, privately owned global fund administrator headquartered in Bermuda, announced today it plans to open a second office in Ireland, locating in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, with the creation of 100 jobs over five years.
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Traco Power Solutions, who design and distribute electronic power supplies, today celebrated their 30th anniversary in Wexford with a special event to mark the occasion. The event was attended by the company’s owner, Mr. Rolf Caspar and other senior company leaders and by Brendan Howlin TD, who officially opened the company when it established operations in Wexford in 1989, trading as Convertec Ltd.
The global publishing consortium celebrates 20 years in Ireland with regional recruitment plans for roles in software development, publishing and application customer support
Allstate Sales Group Inc. (ASG), a provider of turnkey engineering and construction services to the telecommunications industry today announced it is to establish software development and CAD support centres in Ireland, at locations in Waterford and Sligo, creating 200 new jobs over the three years. It is the company’s first operations outside the US.
GrandPad, the first tablet-based solution designed exclusively for older people, is now available in Ireland and the UK. The high-tech, high-touch company whose mission is to improve the lives of millions of older people, as well as their family and friends, is celebrating its European launch with the opening of its headquarters in Gorey, Co Wexford, Ireland.
Move to new, larger premises in Waterford signals company’s plans to develop a flagship facility to spearhead its activities in Ireland and worldwide
Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) (“Bausch Health,” the “Company” or “we”) today announced it will invest to expand contact lens manufacturing capacity at its Bausch + Lomb sites in Waterford, Ireland and Rochester, N.Y. The Company is adding multiple production lines at these two sites to support the manufacture of its innovative daily disposable silicone hydrogel (SiHy daily) contact lenses.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD and IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement that MSD is to construct a second manufacturing facility at its existing site in Carlow with the creation of 170 new jobs.
Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing Ireland, Ltd. today opened the new extension to its laboratory facility in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. The company is located in the IDA Business Park, where the new laboratory extension expands the previously 4,300m2 facility by an additional 4,400m2, more than doubling the facility footprint and thereby providing increased capacity that will support the continued enhancement of the services offered to its clients and the ongoing growth of the business.
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