Firms strike deals in Canada

Cork-based firm Lincor Solutions was among the companies to win new business on the Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Canada led by Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton.

Lincor, a software and services company that specialise in the delivery of hospital point-of-care computing, signed a series of contracts with hospitals in Quebec and Newfoundland, worth up to $4m (€3.1m).

Irish firms secured €8m in new contracts on the three-day trip and five significant Irish-Canadian partnerships were also announced.

Another Cork company, business process and consultancy firm Leading Edge Group, announced several major contracts worth over $350,000 with new clients including the Ministry of Health in Alberta and Toyota dealerships in Quebec and Ontario.

Dublin-based software company, Fineos, the Dundalk-based Multihog, and Waterford company ZolkC also announced new contracts.

Exports to Canada by Enterprise Ireland clients rose by 19% to €224m in 2011. The agency hopes exports to Canada will rise by a further 20% this year.

Speaking after the trade mission, Mr Bruton said: “Indigenous exporting companies currently directly and indirectly employ over 300,000 in Ireland. If we are to create the jobs and growth we need we must build on this to improve the performance of our domestic industries, and through the Action Plan for Jobs we are providing a range of improved supports to help achieve this.”

Frank Ryan, Enterprise Ireland CEO, said: “All events on the trade mission were aimed at opening doors for Irish companies and paving the way for more Irish exports into Canada.

“The impact of export success in markets such as Canada on the Irish economy is significant.

“Indigenous Irish companies are responsible for the direct and indirect employment of more than 300,000 people in every town and village in Ireland. The performance of Irish exporters in Canada is to be commended. Enterprise Ireland will continue to provide every support to Irish companies to secure more business in Canada and North America, boosting the economy and sustaining and creating much needed jobs in Ireland.”

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