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Outsource firm creates 260 new jobs

A homegrown company that provides outsourced services to other businesses is creating 260 jobs, it has announced.

SouthWestern, headquartered in Clonakilty, Co Cork, said it will recruit 100 new staff immediately and take on a further 160 over the next two years.

The company provides oursourced services in finance, human resources and other functions to both public and private sector organisations.

It has offices in Dublin, Lodz in Poland and Milton Keynes in the UK and is opening new offices in Little Island, in Cork.

The latest expansion will bring its workforce up to 1,100.

Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Simon Coveney said SouthWestern's expansion was a hugely positive development for the company and for the Cork region.

"SouthWestern is one of the country's leading outsourcing companies and from its base in Clonakilty, this Irish company has continued to expand the size and scope of its operations," he said.

Separately, Mr Coveney said 300 jobs would be created over the coming year in new Irish food businesses as a result of an initiative between State agencies and a supermarket chain.

The Food Academy Start, a scheme involving Local Enterprise Offices, Bord Bia and SuperValu, has helped link up small producers with the retailer in deals worth five million euro.

"These planned 300 jobs are predominantly in enterprises employing fewer than five people, mostly in start-up food businesses in urban and rural areas, and will further enhance the reputation of our food sector nationally and internationally," said Mr Coveney.

SuperValu said it is also working with the companies involved to establish them as long term suppliers to their 223 stores nationwide.

Speaking at the Cork and Kerry Food Forum, Martin Kelleher, managing director of the supermarket chain, said more than 200 small food businesses are involved in the scheme linking local producers with local stores.

"By matching our stores with start-up food businesses in their area, we have been able to assist with the creation of three hundred jobs across Ireland," he said.

"This underlines the local multiplier effect of the community retail model, as every time someone shops in our stores, their money goes back into the local economy."

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