100 new posts to be filled immediately at company’s new Little Island offices 160 additional jobs to be created over next two yearsMonday 30th June 2014. SouthWestern, one of the country’s leading business process outsourcing companies, has announced the creation of 260 new jobs near Cork city.One hundred posts will be filled immediately with an additional 160 jobs coming on stream over the next two years. SouthWestern, which is headquartered in Clonakilty, is a fully Irish owned company which has offices in Dublin and overseas in Lodz, Poland and Milton Keynes, UK. The new jobs will bring its workforce up to 1,100.The announcement was made by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney T. D., when he officially opened SouthWestern’s new offices at East Gate, Little Island early this afternoon.Minister Coveney said SouthWestern’s expansion was a hugely positive development not just for the company but for the Cork region as a whole.“SouthWestern is one of the country’s leading outsourcing companies and from its base in Clonakilty, this Irish company has continued to expand the size and scope of its operations. Supporting job creation is at the heart of government policy through the Action Plan for Jobs and the 260 new jobs which will be created here is tremendous news for people and businesses in the Cork/Cobh area.”“Companies in Little Island have access to a talented workforce, to high spec and attractive offices and enjoy easy access to an excellent communication and transportation network. These are key attributes for dynamic companies like SouthWestern and will no doubt assist its continued success and expansion” Minister Coveney said.SouthWestern’s clients include, Bord Gáis Energy, the Private Residential Tenancies Board, Independent News & Media, the Department of Agriculture as well as several other local government and public sector organisations. Some of the business processes provided to these clients include; Finance & Admin, Data Processing and Multi-Lingual customer contact.Southwestern’s Chairman Neil O’Leary said the increasing demand for business services in Ireland and internationally was good news for SouthWestern, the outsourcing sector and indeed the Cork region.“We are very excited by SouthWestern’s growth prospects and by the opportunities which we believe will fuel further expansion for the company. Building strong relationships in the areas in which we are based is extremely important to SouthWestern. Cork is developing as a hub for the outsourcing sector and we are delighted to play our part, through our expansion here in Little Island in strengthening its position in that regard” Mr. O’Leary said.The Chief Executive of SouthWestern, Jim Costello said the company was continuing to win new business and needed to increase its capacity, particularly in the area of high quality multilingual CRM and Sales. “This is a growth story based on new contract wins and constant innovation. We need more capacity, more flexibility and to extend our pool of talent. Our new employees and our new modern offices here in Little Island will address all three elements.” “This is an exciting new chapter in SouthWestern’s growth cycle and we are confident that our outsourcing experience, our expertise and our innovative use of the latest technologies will enable us to expand further. Of course it’s also excellent news for Cork and we will be looking to recruit sales, administration, account management and multi-lingual personnel from the local area in the coming weeks and months.” Mr. Costello said.