THERE are exciting times ahead for the young workforce of Internal Results Ireland in Portlaoise, as the company officially opened its offices in the IDA Business and Technology Park on Friday.
Last month, the company announced 20 new jobs over the next three years for Portlaoise. The IDA-backed firm currently employs 32 people. Foreign Affairs minister Charlie Flanagan was on hand to cut the ribbon of the new offices in the advance office building.
Minister Flanagan said that he was struck by the positivity and the young staff, which augured well for the future.
“This is indeed an important day, in particular for this building. People have driven by this building and cycled by this building and walked by this building and wondered was it ever going to be occupied. I think it’s really important that it’s occupied by a team of dynamic individuals that Internal Results has brought here.”
Internal Results Ireland director Seamus Delaney lauded the team.
“We’re very lucky; we’ve got a great workforce. I couldn’t speak highly enough of you all. You go over and above of what is ever asked … we’ve a lot of exciting times ahead of us with the company. It’s great to have such a strong workforce as its backdrop.”
Since the job announcement last month, the company has received well over 100 CVs.
Mr Delaney and fellow director Noel Hooban, both aged just 32 and from Portlaoise, set up the Irish office in conjunction with Internal Results founders Ian Cullen and Chris Whife in 2011.
The company provides lead generation services to the technology sector and the new jobs will involve lead generations and appointment settings.
Mr Whife said the benefits of being based in Portlaoise include favourable property prices as well as staff retention.
“There’s a really good team here. The thing about Dublin is you lose people all the time … so much competition … and there other places to go. Whereas here, you have people who, if they are happy, you can keep for a while.”
Mr Delaney thanked all who had supported the company, highlighting the IDA and David Hyland and Neala Dunne of Sherry Fitzgerald Hyland in Portlaoise, who provided the use of their own offices when the company was setting up.
Mr Delaney spoke of how it was a day of pride for himself and Mr Hooban.
“We are both local guys. We grew up in Portlaoise and lived in Portlaoise all our lives. The majority of the staff are from Portlaoise and the surrounding areas. We have a couple of foreigners – Offaly, a Tullamore man. We even have a couple from Portarlington.”
Clearly, Internal Results Ireland is a confident company. Concluding his speech, Mr Delaney said while they were opening a quarter of the building today, he looked forward to inviting guests back to opening the remainder some day in the future.