The Acorn marketing agency is to hire another 100 people. The leading multi-disciplinary marketing agency – today announced that it will grow its headcount from its current level of around 100, to 200 staff over the next five years.
This project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
Acorn was acquired by Epsilon, an Alliance Data division in 2012, and has designated the Dublin team as the creative services delivery hub for all markets outside North America for Epsilon. Epsilon’s growth plans for Dublin complement stated strategy of increasing its international footprint and revenue, while capitalising on the shift in marketing and brand spend to a more targeted, data-driven end-to-end solution.
Acorn currently occupies a period office building in Dublin 4 and is currently seeking to identify additional space to accommodate its growth, while retaining the creative energy that currently exists in the Dublin team, as it transitions to being part of a major multinational company.
In addition to new management, HR, IT and finance roles, Acorn will be seeking creative and digital design, planning, research and campaign production skills in Dublin.
Welcoming today’s announcement, Minister Richard Bruton TD said;
“A major part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is seeking to deepen and develop the impact of multinational companies based here, and in the past two years the sector has shown a net growth of over 12,000 jobs. Today’s announcement that Acorn, a leading company in its sector, is adding 100 jobs in Dublin is very welcome news, and I wish them every success with their operations here”.
Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Meanwhile, some 218 new jobs are to be created over the next 18 months by entrepreneurs based at the Dublin Business Innovation Centre (BIC).
At a function later today to mark the 25th anniversary of BIC, Taoiseach Enda Kenny will announce the new jobs being created by about 30 entrepreneurs.
The new jobs will be created across a range of some 30 entrepreneurial firms, including Davra Networks, EmpowerTheUser, iCabbi, Learnosity, MMSOFT Design, OpenJaw Technologies, Point of Care, Stratus5 and SafeFood 360.
“Ireland is one of the most exciting places in the world today to create the businesses of tomorrow and the work of the Dublin Business Innovation Centre has been vital in building this reputation,”
Enda Kenny, Taoiseach
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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