“What has changed is the ability to have a good work-life balance” – Laois Welcomes Jobs in Canada


The new European home chosen by a Canadian technology company is in a business hub in La Rochelle that was forged through a positive community spirit.

BloomHQ in Mountrath is now a bustling innovation and community center in what was once a vacant convent school, donated to the community by the Brigidine Sisters.

BloomHQ and the city itself extend a warm welcome to N’Ware, the Canadian company that has chosen Mountrath to launch its expansion in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Regina Dunne Operations and Community Manager is delighted to welcome the company which will employ 25 people.

“Together with IDA, they were looking at various locations in Laois and we are delighted that they chose BloomHQ. What rocked it was our central location, the history of our project, our on-site facilities and the ability to have a good work-life balance.

“In addition to our corporate center, we have community groups and a gym so that after work they can exercise, join a men’s shed or a biker club, walk around the streets. mountains in minutes. Our gigabit broadband is a huge plus too and our potential for growth. We have 7,500 square feet here so they can grow too.

N’Ware is already there and is recruiting staff. Pictured below in BloomHQ Gardens, Derek Smith, Mark Rijke and David Kenny.

BloomHQ is in constant contact with more companies and another tech company is set to make a second announcement in the coming weeks.

“We have a good mix of businesses, there are marketing consultants, insurance, someone who sells office furniture, a coffee shop, freelance tech workers, healthcare, remote workers. , an aviation start-up from Laois and, hopefully, more in the near future. Most are essential services, so they continued during Covid. We also receive reservations from industries that need to book an office if they have a meeting in the Midlands.

“We have partnered up with Carlow IT and are going to run rural enterprise programs and here we have a group of retirees taking a digital skills course.

“The last year during covid has been fantastic for us. It’s the ecosystem that we have here, you don’t have to get in your car, and we’re close to airports, highways, in a very nice community of people, ”said the head of BloomHQ.

Restaurateur Eddie Phelan is involved with BloomHQ and Mountrath Community Forum.

“It’s great for the city. Bloom is a nice place to work and hopefully there will be local jobs but if people work locally they will spend locally so it’s good for everyone. They will look for a place to eat, a place to buy diesel. I can’t wait for them to come and buy us a coffee. We actually buy it from our local Gary coffee maker, which is at BloomHQ along with other local businesses.

“It’s a great publicity for Mountrath. We can offer a lot of things here, we are in the center of Ireland, next to the motorway, the new cycle path in the mountains, we have a golf club, a good boy scout club, the cottage market , the photo club is at the top. It’s time to look ahead now, Mountrath is as good a place as any other.

“This is all due to the Mountrath Community Forum which formed in 2016 and has worked hard ever since to bring jobs back to the city, so a big thank you to them,” he said.

Gina Reidy is co-chair of another innovative new group developing Mountrath, the new Reimagine Mountrath project.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the city. A great job is underway right now with the development of a city plan that will help rejuvenate and improve Mountrath. It’s exciting that Canadian tech company N’Ware is launching its European headquarters with the creation of 25 new roles. We look forward to seeing Mark and his team working at Mountrath, ”she said.


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