IT Service Provider Version 1 today announced the opening of its new Munster Headquarters in Cork City Centre and the creation of 40 specialist IT jobs for the region.

The new office was officially opened by The Lord Mayor of Cork City Mick Finn and An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney TD.

Version 1 Head of Delivery in the Munster Region Alan Crowley, Lord Mayor of Cork City Cllr Mick Finn, Version 1 CEO Tom O’Connor, and An Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade unveiling a plaque at the opening the new Munster Headquarters of Version 1 in Cork City Centre with 40 specialist IT jobs announced for the region. Pic Darragh Kane Photography

The new office at Lapp’s Quay will allow Version 1 to increase its workforce to 75 technology professionals by 2021 in the region. The expansion will support the Irish company’s continuous growth strategy and help provide enhanced Digital and Cloud services to its customer base in Cork and the wider Munster region. Local customers include The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Laya Healthcare, Musgrave Group, Bord Gáis Energy, DePuy Synthes and The Irish Cattle Breeders Federation.

Version 1 employs over 1200 people across its 10 office locations in Ireland, the UK and India, with 800 of its employees based in Ireland. The 40 new roles in Cork will be created over the next 24 months and will include opportunities for experienced Digital and Cloud IT professionals and technology graduate roles.

Commenting on the announcement, The Lord Mayor of Cork City Mick Finn said: “Cork’s ICT sector is playing a central role in the economic engine of the city and county. Cork is an attractive proposition for employers like Version 1 seeking a highly skilled IT workforce. We welcome Version 1’s expansion and commitment to job creation in the city, reinforcing Project Ireland 2040 and Cork’s role as the fastest growing region in Ireland.”

Welcoming the announcement, An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD stated: “Version 1’s continued expansion in Cork City Centre is a significant endorsement of Cork and Munster generally as a hub for the technology and innovation sector. The decision by Version 1 to expand its Munster headquarters here speaks volumes about Cork’s visibility as a location of choice for both Irish and international technology and IT employers. Cork has a proud reputation as Ireland’s second largest economic engine and has an enviable track record in investment attraction and Version 1’s decision to open a new office there is recognition of that future growth potential.”

 Tom O’ Connor, CEO of Version 1 spoke of the company’s continued commitment to employment and investment in the region: “This is an exciting time for Version 1 as we continue to invest in our employees, our customers and our organisation’s ambitious growth strategy in the Cork and Munster region. Our people are the heart of Version 1, and we have invested significantly in creating a great workplace for our employees. We look forward to welcoming 40 new Version 1 people to our business in Cork. Version 1 is an avid supporter of the ongoing efforts for Cork to be recognised as a vibrant hub for indigenous and international enterprise and we are proud to work collaboratively with many of the local business, technology and educational associations to support the attraction of more graduates and highly skilled IT talent in the region.”

Version 1’s Munster office is led by Cork native, Alan Crowley, who is Head of Delivery in the region with responsibility for leading teams of the company’s specialist consultants to deliver business value through IT innovation with a particular focus on Digital and Cloud services.

Alan Crowley commented on the company’s existing customer relationships locally: “Version 1 provides innovative services to make a real difference to our customers’ businesses in Cork such as Automation & Global IT projects in Manufacturing, Digital projects in Agri-Tech, Internet of Things and Cloud projects in HealthCare, and through our projects in collaboration with Cork city and County Councils in relation to the new boundary changes. This expansion in Cork will bring us even closer to our many customers based in Cork and the wider Munster area. I am excited that Version 1 will be part of Cork’s increasing brand as a hub for indigenous and multinational business alike.”

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