LIMERICK has received a significant jobs boost with online ticket agent viagogo announcing plans to double its workforce over the next three years.
The viagogo Group, which operates the world’s largest online ticket marketplace, has officially opened its purpose built operations centre - measuring 14,000 square feet - at the former Flextronics facility in the Kilmurry Business Centre in Castletroy.
The company had been based at a city centre location temporarily while the operations centre was being fitted out, which was this Monday opened by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton.
The company said it planned to double its workforce over the next three years, taking it from 100 to over 200 employees, with support from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
“We opened in a temporary location in Limerick last year and were overwhelmed by the level of local talent and the support from organisations such as the IDA,” said Oliver Wheeler, Global Head of Communications for the viagogo Group.
“We already employ a hundred people in Limerick and, now that our new purpose-built Operations Centre is ready, we plan to hire at least a hundred more over the next three years,” he added.
With customers in around 160 countries, viagogo’s global online platform helps people to buy and sell tickets to live sports, entertainment and theatre events all over the world.
Mr Bruton said the announcement that viagogo, “a fast-growing, born-on-the-internet company, is expanding its operations in Limerick and creating 100 extra jobs is a great boost for the Mid West and a great example of what is possible through our regional jobs strategy”.
“I am determined that through solid implementation of our plan we can secure the recovery and support more projects like viagogo across the country. I wish all at viagogo every success with this project,” he added.