Dan and Linda Kiely, founders of Cork-based business outsourcing company Voxpro that plans to double its workforce over the next two years, have been awarded MSL Cork Business People of the Year 2013.
The company, who provide outsourcing solutions multinational corporations, including leading international blue chip companies like Google, plans to become one of the largest employers in Cork as it expands its global workforce to 4,000,
Linda Kiely said they are going to drive this growth through their international offices, including San Francisco, where they opened this year.
“In 2014 we will have increased our employment to 1,000. The biggest single thing that happened this year is we opened new offices in San Francisco. There are three [people] employed out there so that will be driving the work back to Cork, so we are over three centres and expect to have more than 1,000 people,” she said.
The company has distinguished itself by focusing on solving complex problems. The majority of Voxpro staff are highly educated with 80% of employees graduates entering the company at a salary of €23,500.
Despite this the company have had to go abroad to find some of the language skills they required to drive growth.
“The language shortage is something that is a problem for Ireland Inc, not just Voxpro. We have had to think differently about how we would recruit them [staff]. We have recruiters in Germany, We have recruiters in France, Spain, Eastern Europe, bringing the talent in from outside of Ireland,” said Dan Kiely.
Judging panel chairman James O’Sullivan said: “Selecting Dan and Linda Kiely of Voxpro as our 2013 winners is a reflection of the home grown potential of the business market in Cork.”
Their success was a testament to what can be achieved through hard work and determination.
General manager of MSL Cork Mercedes Benz, Declan O’Hara, said, Voxpro’s plans for further growth and employment is a fantastic good news story for Cork.
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