Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

50 new jobs as another technology multinational chooses to set up in Galway

‘Shopify’ a perfect fit for key Action Plan for Jobs measure and will encourage more SMEs in the West to develop online presence

Fifty new jobs are to be created by a Canadian IT multinational which has chosen to establish a base in Galway.

Shopify is a multinational technology company which specialises in providing the tools needed by small-to-medium sized businesses to trade and sell online.

Welcoming the announcement Galway West and Mayo South TD, Sean Kyne commented:

“The creation of 50 new jobs to commence early in 2016 is hugely positive for Galway and the West and will further help drive down unemployment figures. The most recent figures for Galway show that the Live Register has fallen by almost a quarter since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in February with over 5,500 people coming off the Register.

“While the company plans to serve international customers via Galway there is clear potential for local SMEs in the West and across the country. A key strategic measure of the Action Plans for Jobs is to get more Irish companies trading and selling online.

“Last July, after a pilot programme, Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton launched the Trading Online Voucher Scheme which provides assistance to SMEs to set up an online store. The Scheme is facilitated through the Local Enterprise Offices and is based on research which shows that the  digital economy now represents 5 per cent of GDP, is growing at approximately 20 per cent per year and supports almost 100,000 direct and indirect jobs.

“European Commission research further shows that companies which develop a meaningful online trading presence grow twice as fast, export twice as much and employ twice as many people. At present up to 70 per cent of Ireland’s annual online spend goes overseas. In Ireland today, however, less than 1 in 4 small businesses are selling to customers online.

“Having a company such as Shopify which specialises in e-commerce platforms for SMEs will, along with the Trading Online Voucher, encourage and entice SMEs in Galway, Mayo and the West to develop an online store and reap the opportunities for growth and expansion that this brings,” concluded Deputy Kyne.

Shopify recruiters will be in Galway, from June 1-7, 2015 to meet with and interview potential candidates. To find out more about Shopify’s trip, please visit: http://galway.shopify.com/

Candidates looking for further information on the positions can apply at: https://www.shopify.com/remote-gurus#work-at-shopify

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