Thursday, July 19 15:43:12
Four months after its launch ConnectIreland has reported a strong response to its referral marketing campaign to attract potential investors to Ireland. Almost 200 companies, which have the potential to create up to 800 jobs over three years, have been suggested to date via the referral marketing programme. This rewards 'connectors' for introductions to companies seeking to expand internationally which subsequently invest and create new jobs in Ireland. FDI specialists in ConnectIreland are currently examining the viability of between ten and twelve possible investment projects with decisions expected by year end. Internationally traded services and IT companies represent the bulk of potential investors with several indicating that a base in Ireland would serve as their headquarters for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia). Terry Clune, chairman of ConnectIreland said: "The ConnectIreland programme clearly demonstrates that Ireland is still seen as an attractive investment location. We are in talks with companies who are now actively considering locating operations in Ireland as a direct result of introductions made via our referral marketing programme. Ireland was not on the radar of these companies previously, however as a result of connector's introductions they now know the multitude of reasons to locate a growing business here. Not of all of these companies will convert to investment in Ireland but all of them now know why Ireland is the best business location in Europe."