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WESTPARK COMPANIES EMPLOY 750 PEOPLE The 32 companies based at Westpark Business Campus now employ 750 people and contribute in the region of €100 million per annum to the regional economy in wages and procurement of goods and services. The Westpark business community consists of a unique mix of industry sectors and scale of enterprise. There are vibrant clusters of aviation, ICT, finance and logistics firms. The client base ranges from start-ups and small & medium enterprises (SMEs) to high potential start-ups (HPSUs) and multinationals. The Australian-headquartered financial services multinational, Pepper Asset Servicing, is the latest firm to decide to locate at Westpark. Marking its first entry into the European market, the company took up occupancy of a 13,000 sq ft office suite at the campus this month which will accommodate 130 people. Westpark’s ability to offer a turnkey solution and the fact that it was able to provide Pepper with an office suite consistent with the quality and fit-out standard of its corporate HQ in Sydney were key factors in its decision to locate. A number of existing clients have also expanded their operation within the campus, availing of the flexible options on offer. A financial services HPSU, Vanderbook & Co., is the latest example. “We had a very high level of activity in the second half of 2012, signing agreements with a number of companies to occupy 35,000 sq ft of net lettable space,” said Brian O’Connell, Westpark Managing Director.
Note: Further details on Pepper’s new Westpark facility will be featured in the next edition.
For more information on Vanderbrook’s wealth solutions company at Westpark, see Page 2
Picture shows Patrick Tuttle, Pepper Managing Director and CEO (right) and Fraser Gemmell, Pepper Chief Operating Officer (left), being welcomed to Westpark by Brian O'Connell, Westpark Shannon Managing Director.
Campus firms collaborate The business community at Westpark is now a very vibrant and cohesive driving force in its own right, according to Brian O’Connell. “A number of tenant networking events have fostered and facilitated practical collaboration and co-operation between companies on the campus. These companies’ greatly valued confidence in the campus is the greatest endorsement we could have for Westpark,” he said. Other factors that have influenced firms to locate include the provision of a one-stop-shop solution by campus management. “Whatever the required needs, we tailor our approach accordingly. Our offering ranges from physical space and flexible leasing terms to high-quality onsite services such as state-of-the-art ICT/Data Centre infrastructure, facility management and extensive conference and restaurant facilities,” the MD added. “What makes Westpark unique in many ways is the diversity of industry and enterprise levels you find here, which offers much potential for beneficial linkages. You also have the full spectrum of campus facilities and wide-ranging supports that are geared to support their operations at all stages,” concluded Mr O’Connell.
See Pages 2-3 for further coverage of the unique mix of industries and support services at Westpark
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Illustrating the close linkages between Westpark and further education/training interests, four staff members from three campus companies were among the first nine graduates to emerge recently from Ireland's only Corporate MBA in Aviation Management Masters Degree Programme at the University of Limerick.
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Education/Training Westpark companies lead the way
Having ready access to further education and training opportunities, such as this course, is one of the key additional beneﬁts for us in being located at the campus, as part of a thriving aviation cluster. Liam Bagnell
Conferred with their Masters Degrees were Susan Keating (SES), Anton Tames and Brian Martin (GECAS), and Liam Bagnell (Aero Inspection International). The two year MBA course was designed by the University of Limerick and aviation industry experts to meet the requirements of the fast-growing sector in Ireland. It focused on key areas, such as International Management, Airport Business, Financial Reporting, Aircraft Leasing, Strategy and Airline Marketing. Liam Bagnell, Technical Director of Aero Inspection International, said it was very beneficial and would play a fundamental role in the strategic development of the company.
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Prestigious/Strategic Location Vanderbrook sets up global HQ at Westpark International wealth solutions firm, Vanderbrook & Co., has set up a global HQ hub at Westpark Business Campus. Vanderbrook & Co. offers tax advisory and wealth planning solutions for U.S. connected global families and the institutions that serve them. Specialities include tax advisory, private placement life insurance & reinsurance, forensic and trust accounting, insurance administration & management, foreign trust compliance, and fund management. Adrian Lynch, head of the Irish operations and a partner in the group, said “We are a business-to-business provider of services to law and accounting firms, private banks, trust companies, investment advisers, insurance brokers and life insurance companies.” he y of t ualit odation n q e comm Shanno in us ac s to camp roximity cal factor e a i t p at i e s r r t c and i ere also n. ey c th w i o i t t w r a o n Airp ice of loc mpressio ptimistic i ho eo e c r v ur i a r t u i e o for o .W pos ver y al clients rtunities n oppo . natio inter the future p to grow nch u o Ly o t r n s a G a Adri
As a result of U.S. regulatory changes, such as FATCA, the provision of transparent solutions that fully comply with U.S. tax regulations is now a high priority for all American citizens, Mr Lynch stressed. A native of Limerick City, Adrian worked in the insurance/reinsurance sectors with AON in the U.S. and Cayman Islands for a number of years before setting up the company with his partner, W Brent Vanderbrook, a U.S. tax attorney based in Zurich. Pictured (on right) is Adrian Lynch with Jason O’Connell,
“The Westpark facility, which has been Property Commercial Manager at Westpark approved for a HPSU equity injection by Enterprise Ireland/Shannon Development, will play a crucial role in our global plans,” explained Adrian.
“We aim to set up offices in markets of strategic interest for us. However, Westpark will act as a central hub, carrying out various important backoffice centralised functions for the whole group, such as accounting, insurance and audit services.” Having the flexibility to seamlessly expand within the campus, as well as access to highly educated and skilled staff and colleges such as UL and LIT, were very important considerations, he said.
Turnkey Solution SEKO offers suite of IT-based logistics services SEKO Global Logistics, which has a regional office at Westpark, provides a suite of IT-based logistics services that enable clients to use their supply chain as a competitive differentiator. With over 120 offices in 40 countries worldwide, the company’s unique shareholder management model provides global implementation experience and expertise across all industry sectors, coupled with vital local knowledge and service. “The customized, web-based transportation and logistics suite, ‘MySEKO’, provides access to our best-in-class technology,” said Jacquie Whelan, Regional Manager with SEKO.
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“This caters for diverse logistics needs – from inventory and transportation management solutions to e-commerce websites, offshore vendor management and real-time GPS shipment tracking,” she added. The Shannon firm provides the full spectrum of international logistics services, including various air and ocean freight options plus import/export-related services and consultancy. It also offers express courier services for small parcel requirements through all the major courier companies, including a U.S. domestic account. SEKO established its regional office at Westpark last year to cater for increasing demand for its services in the west of Ireland.
Jacquie Whelan (left) with Margaret O’Looney, Westpark General Manager
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Another 25,000 sq ft of Westpark office space on the market Westpark Business Campus is to make a further 25,000 sq ft of highquality, flexible office space available during the current year. Westpark’s unique mix of highly competitive office accommodation and comprehensive support services led to an extra 35,000 sq ft of ultra-modern offices being leased to a variety of enterprises over the past 12 months. “Now we are developing this successful approach further by rolling out the next phase, which is to bring a further 25,000 sq ft of offices to the market during 2013,” Brian O’Connell, Managing Director, Westpark Shannon Ltd confirmed. Mr O’Connell added: “The combination of excellent office accommodation with wideranging supports and services tailored to the particular needs of each prospective client has underpinned our success. “The message to potential clients is: whatever the sector or company size, we can meet your requirements.”
RECENT ARRIVALS AND EXPANSIONS AT WESTPARK Pepper Asset Servicing (financial services)
DHL (logistics) Vanderbrook (financial services)
Piercom (IT) Part M (aviation) Pharmaconex (pharmacy recruitment services)
...NEWS ALERTS… ...NEWS ALERTS $1.5 billion deal Westpark-based international aircraft leasing firm, Aldus Aviation Limited has signed a US$1.5 billion contract with Embraer S.A., the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats.
Next building phase on the cards Active consideration is being given by Westpark management at present to the construction of the next phase of development at the campus as economic conditions continue to improve. Over €100 million has already been invested in the 38-acre campus which has attracted 32 leading companies across various industry sectors to date. “As the upturn in the Irish economy continues and market demands grow in line, we are giving serious thought to commencing the next building phase within the campus,” Brian O’Connell, Westpark MD said.
Shoes For Crews (Europe) Ltd. put best foot forward in Europe! of Occupational Safety and Health) at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London and at the prestigious INTERNORGA international trade show for catering and food services at Hamburg Messe in Germany.
Westpark-based Shoes For Crews Europe (SFCE) unveiled their latest designs in slip-resistant footwear for the fast food, hospitality, hotel, catering and other industries at major European trade shows recently. The company exhibited at the SIRHA International Hotel Catering and Food Trade Exhibition at Eurexpo-Lyon in France. It also showcased its products at a two-day exhibition organised by IOSH (The Institution
“SFCE was delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate the extensive and innovative collection of athletic, dress and safety footwear featured in our 2013 catalogue at these international events,” said Gosia Sobierajska, Marketing Manager, SFCE. “A multilingual team at our European HQ at Westpark services fast food, hospitality and food manufacturing facilities in more than 25 European countries. “I am delighted to announce that, due to excellent market demand for our product line and positive customer feedback, we are hiring extra staff to strengthen the Sales & Marketing team,” Mrs Sobierajska said.
Aldus focuses on the ownership and leasing of Embraer’s E-Jet family of aircraft and, at the end of 2012, it had 21-owned Embraer aircraft deployed in Europe, Middle East, Australasia, Central and South America. Headquartered in Westpark, it has offices in the UK, U.S. and South Africa.
Regional food promotion Westpark is to be the venue for a novel ‘Business to Business’ food-related luncheon promotion to be held by Atlantic Way Food in April. Artisan food producers, restaurants and other related interests will showcase their produce at the April luncheon. Experts from the food, horticulture and tourism sectors will also speak on plans for the sector and potential for future growth.
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