THIRTY-FIVE new jobs for Kildare company VEI Global have been announced by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen.
An independent voice/network consultancy and technical service provider founded in 2010 by Chris Webb, Conor Killeen and Lloyd O’Rourke, VEI Global delivers projects across Europe and the US around Wi-Fi, data networks, IP telephony and internet circuits.
“I would like to congratulate VEI Global on their continued expansion and warmly welcome the announcement here today of 35 new jobs over the next two years,” said Minister Breen. “It is always heartening to see regionally-based companies grow in scale, providing jobs and contributing to the economic and social well-being of their locality.”
The company’s HQ was initially in Maynooth but moved to Millenium Park in Naas in 2012. VEI also has offices in Belfast and London and has plans to open an additional European office early next year.
The new jobs will come on-stream over the next two years, predominantly across the firm’s field engineering teams, but also in marketing, sales and accounts.
“We also will have senior engineering services from our Naas operation where we can do level 2 smart and remote assistance work from our helpdesk operation here locally,” said co-founder and Sales Director Conor Killeen. “We’ve had some really good feedback already from some customers and clients that we’re working with about the good news.”
Although now working with Enterprise Ireland, VEI Global was originally a Kildare LEO client went it set up in 2010.
Last year alone, LEO Kildare supported 41 business projects with direct financial assistance worth €456,435; the LEO’s 171 client companies created 128 new net jobs across the county in 2017.
“We’re absolutely delighted with the news for VEI. What we love to see is that they’re playing such a critical role on a global stage, ” said Jacqui McNabb, Head of Enterprise at Kildare LEO.
Minister Breen also met a number of small businesses and entrepreneurs on a visit to the Local Enterprise Office in Naas, and highlighted the importance of LEOs in supporting business.
“More than ever before, the Local Enterprise Offices, including LEO Kildare, will be the ‘first stop shop’ for local entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners throughout the county and the regions,” he said. “To support the growth plans of even more locally-grown enterprises, an extra €5 million in funding was secured for the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in Budget 2019, which is up 22% on 2018.”