Green technology firm to create 25 jobs after €5m contract with Tesco

GREEN technology firm Nualight is to create 25 jobs over the next two years on foot of signing a €5 million contract with retail chain Tesco.

Cork-based Nualight will provide LED lighting for food retail merchandising at Tesco stores in Britain and US. The deal will be worth up to €10m by 2013.

Nualight chief executive Liam Kelly said: “Our proven track record with Tesco Ireland gave us the springboard to get into their international divisions.

“Nualight focuses exclusively on food retail and our Vantium product series is constantly evolving to deliver greener, brighter and more cost-effective solutions demanded by retailers.”

Nualight has 55 staff. Under its €1m 2008 deal with Tesco, Nualight retrofitted 115 Irish stores.

Nualight’s LED lighting products have already been installed in many Tesco stores in Britain and will also be installed in 159 Tesco Fresh ’N’ Easy stores in the US.

The announcement in Dublin was attended by Terry Leahy, Tesco chief executive, Tony Keohane, Tesco Ireland chief executive, Mr Kelly, and Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Minister, Batt O’Keeffe.

Founded by Mr Kelly in 2004, Nualight produces LED lighting for refrigerated food display units for global retail clients.

Meanwhile, business process services company SouthWestern has won a three-year, six-figure reservation services contract with Orbis Hotels in Poland.

SouthWestern’s facility in Lodz in central Poland will deliver the reservation services, supported by its operations in Clonakilty and Bandon.

SouthWestern will answer Orbis clients’ queries in English and Polish for hotels across Europe.

The reservation services centre will operate seven days a week, and will soon also handle emails, VIP clients and outbound calls.

SouthWestern chief executive Jim Costello said: “We see good opportunities for further business in Poland and central Europe.

“This win bodes well for the future of our Polish operations, given the likelihood of the deal expanding over time.”

Orbis operates under brands such as Sofitel, Novotel, IBIS and Etap. It is majority owned by Accor, a worldwide travel group.

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