Ireland’s largest telecoms company launches key services in Great Britain
eircom UK’s £2m investment in expansion of network in GB is helping companies on both sides of the Irish Sea
Ireland’s largest telecommunications company, eircom, today announced the launch of its key services into the GB marketplace.
The Irish company, which has been trading successfully in Northern Ireland for four years,made the announcement to an audience of MPs, senior business people and the IT industry at a reception in the Members’ Dining Room at the House of Commons.
Darren Lemon, General Manager, eircom UK said: “The launch of our services into the GB market is a natural progression for eircom. We began operating in Northern Ireland in 2009 and have built an excellent reputation for both our products and our service delivery in that time.
“We have completed a £2m investment in the expansion of our network in GB to date and this is already allowing us to provide seamless connectivity between companies who trade on either side of the Irish Sea.
“Now we’re going one step further, offering bespoke communications solutions including managed network services, enterprise voice and unified communications across GB.
“Although it is a competitive market, we see huge potential for growth and we will continue to invest in the GB market as part of our long term strategy, creating employment as we do so.
“Global economic conditions in the last few years have highlighted the importance of the trading links between Great Britain and Ireland. Exports between the two countries remain high and currently run at €1bn per week,” said Mr Lemon. “That is leading to an increase in the demand for digital connectivity across the Irish Sea and indeed within multi-site operations in GB; a demand we are able to meet.”
In late 2012, eircom UK was selected by the Cabinet Office as one of 12 companies who will build a world class Public Service Network across the UK.
“We are looking forward to building our profile and believe we have already created a solid foundation for doing so. We posted profits of £3.6 million after tax in our last financial year in the UK and hope that we can build on that success,” Mr Lemon added.
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eircom UK makes £3.6 million and plans for expansion
Company to take on more staff before end of year
Belfast-based eircom UK has posted a profit of £3.6 million in the last financial year through 30 June 2012 an improvement on a £1.3 million loss recorded for the previous full year.
Overall revenues for the year ending 30 June 2012 were down £5.1m as a result of our exit from loss making parts of the business.
The company also announced it will increase its workforce by 25 per cent before the end of the year. Already employing more than 40 staff in Northern Ireland and GB, the company has built a strong reputation for excellence of product and service delivery.
Darren Lemon, general manager of eircom UK, said; “It has been an encouraging year for us in what everyone recognises are challenging economic times.
“We are now seeing the benefits from the strategy we implemented four years ago to create a managed service business working with public sector and corporate customers. This area has experienced double-digit growth for the third year running.
“Of course, eircom UK is not just about Northern Ireland. There is a strategy in place for expansion into GB and our recent success in being part of a body of 12 companies, selected by the Cabinet Office to build a world class Public Service Network across the UK, gives us a superb platform for this market.
“The Public Services Network is a fundamental building block of the government’s ICT Strategy providing the infrastructure to deliver services to citizens more efficiently and cost effectively.
“In addition to that we also had success in winning the Education Network Northern Ireland contract in collaboration with Northgate Managed Services that will deliver connectivity to more than 1,100 schools across the region.”
In the last year alone eircom UK has invested more than £2 million in the expansion of its network in GB, providing seamless connectivity for companies working on both sides of the Irish Sea.
“Customer satisfaction remains high because of the way we deliver complex and sophisticated bespoke solutions for the communication challenges they face, as they seek to do business both in GB and Ireland, north and south,” said Mr Lemon, adding that this was good news for Northern Ireland.
“We are exporting our knowledge and services to the wider UK market and our profitability allows us to continue to invest in people and to expand here in Belfast,” he said. “With nine more staff arriving before the end of the year we look forward to serving our customers both here and in GB in 2013.”