Press Release 20 Jan 2017 International payments company opens new offices as part of significant investment by the company in Ireland Workforce to grow from five people in 2014 to 120 in 2017 Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor to announce at the official opening of the new Irish headquarters in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin this morning Company growth driven by the increasing use of card payments by Irish consumers, the adoption of new payment technology by Irish businesses and a growing Irish economy EVO Payments International, a leading card payment service provider operating throughout North America and Europe, has announced the creation of 50 new jobs and the opening of a new Irish headquarters as part of a €9.1 million investment in the Irish market. The new full-time positions, spanning sales and marketing, customer support and administration, will be based in the company’s new head office in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. EVO has begun recruiting for the new positions and expects to fill all roles this year. With extensive operations in North America and Europe, EVO employs over 2,000 professionals today. The announcement will be made by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor at an event in the company’s new headquarters this morning. Operating under the BOI Payment Acceptance (BOIPA) brand name in Ireland, EVO established a presence here in 2014 and works in partnership with Bank of Ireland in providing innovative card point of sale and online payment solutions for Irish SME and corporate businesses. The company has played a central role in the accelerated growth of card and contactless payment adoption in the Irish market. In just two years, the company has grown from five to 70 people. The addition of 50 new people will bring the Irish workforce to 120 people in 2017. In advance of announcing the new jobs and additional investment in the company's new offices in Dun Laoghaire, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O'Connor warmly welcomed the expansion, saying: ‘This is a great success story with a further 50 jobs being announced today. The alliance between EVO Payments International and Bank of Ireland brings together a world leading international payments technology company and a major Irish financial institution, and the result is a great win for Ireland. I am confident the company will get the required skills from our talented workforce, and I look forward to the business going from strength to strength in the future.’ Debit card spend in Ireland last year was over €30 billion, a 20 per cent increase year-on-year. Total card spend in Ireland is over €40 billion with an additional €13 billion spent online. Speaking at the announcement today, Mr Brian Cleary, Managing Director of BOI Payment Acceptance Ireland and UK said: ‘We’re delighted to announce our additional investment and expansion in Ireland today. We’ve experienced rapid growth here over the past two years, driven mostly by the increasing use of card payments by Irish consumers, the adoption of new card payment technologies by Irish businesses to meet that demand, and a growing Irish economy. Equally, our strategic partnership with Bank of Ireland means we continue to deliver for more Irish businesses and consumers. ‘With over six million debit and credit cards in the market, debit card spend on the increase year-on-year and with over 35,000 Irish businesses offering contactless payment facilities, this number continues to grow. Our additional investment reinforces our commitment to rapidly expanding our presence in both the Irish and UK markets and will ensure we are well positioned to meet the demand for new and innovative payment solutions among consumers and businesses in Ireland,’ he said. The project has been supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA. Congratulating the company on its expansion, Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said: ‘Ireland is well positioned as a ‘payments’ hub within Europe and today’s expansion by EVO Payments International further strengthens this. There are huge opportunities for growth in this area as consumers continue to embrace technology in their daily lives. IDA Ireland is focussed on winning more business in this area in the coming months.’ About BOI Payment Acceptance (BOIPA) BOI Payment Acceptance (BOIPA) is a marketing alliance between the Bank of Ireland and EVO Payments International. It brings together Bank of Ireland’s understanding of what Irish businesses need and EVO’s expertise in creating innovative payment solutions. Headquartered in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, the company employ 70 people in Ireland and are due to add 50 new jobs in 2017. About EVO Payments International EVO Payments International is a leading payments service provider of merchant acquiring and processing solutions for merchants, financial institutions, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), government organizations and multinational corporations located throughout North America and Europe. A principal member of Visa and MasterCard, EVO offers an array of innovative, reliable and secure payments solutions and merchant services, backed by an uncompromising commitment to exceed the expectations of our customers and partners. For more information, please visit WWW.EVOPAYMENTS.COM.