After weeks of planning and preparations, Technically Write IT celebrated the official opening of our superb new offices at Carrigaline Industrial Park on Monday 4th November.
In the run-up to the event, we caused a few ripples on the country’s airwaves. When all other avenues had failed, we approached the Fix-it Friday slot on the Ray D’Arcy Today FM show for help in sourcing a blue fish, similar to the one pictured on our website. You can listen to how it went here.
Happily, Billy from Pet Essentials came up trumps and provided a vibrant blue fish, who we christened Billy-Ray. He took pride of pace with our four goldfish in their new aquarium just in time for the grand opening.
Official Opening Ceremony
The theme for the opening was ‘Dreaming it, believing it, and making it happen’. An invited guest list of over 100 people attended, consisting of clients, vendors, public representatives, entrepreneurs, investors, development organisations, neighbouring businesses, and family members. It was fantastic to see so much support and there was a great atmosphere throughout the evening.
On arrival, guests were greeted with a glass of wine, as well as delicious canapés and mini-pastries supplied by the catering company, BiteSize. Staff members gave guided tours of the offices and demonstrations of the work we do for client companies. Once all the attendees had a chance to mingle and see the new offices, Patrice Fanning, our CEO gave a warm welcome to our guests and introduced the speakers: Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food; Denis Collins of IBM, Chairman of it@cork and Director of Cork Chamber of Commerce; and Amy Sellers of SAP, one of our client companies.
Words of Support
Minister Coveney praised the support that Patrice had received from Enterprise Ireland and the Rubicon Centre at CIT which had greatly helped in the success of the company. He spoke about Carrigaline as a domestic hub and how the initiative of Technically Write IT and others is putting the area on the map as a centre of employment, providing knowledge-based jobs that are key to building our smart economy.
‘The opening of the new Technically Write IT offices and expansion of the company clearly demonstrates how robust the Cork region is becoming in the IT space, now a genuine world-class tech cluster’, added Denis Collins of it@cork.
Technically Write IT – A SAP Preferred Supplier
Technically Write IT has recently become a preferred supplier for SAP worldwide. Representing the company as one of the speakers was Amy Sellers, Senior Director of the Education Portfolio, who travelled from their Paris office to attend the official opening. She spoke about the confidence and trust she placed in Patrice and her team, who have consistently delivered excellent results. The training material that Technically Write IT provides is used worldwide and generates millions of euros of revenue for the leading multinational hi-tech company.
Our CEO’s Vision
Patrice, who was also invited to speak at this year’s Web Summit, spoke about the drive that led her to start a company and her personal journey to developing a technology-based start-up and a strong team who share her vision. She is one of the few female entrepreneurs operating in the IT space in Ireland today.
At a time when the number of people developing and using technology is increasing, the need to explain how to use this technology in a clear and concise way has never been greater. Here in Ireland, we are recognised as a hub for technical writing with native English speakers, a good grasp of technology, and dedicated university programmes focussed on the discipline. She also spoke of her hope to grow the team to 30 by year end and to 50 by the end of 2014.
The speeches were followed by the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon, performed by Minister Coveney. We were thrilled with the overwhelming support of everyone who attended and look forward to more such events in the future as we continue ‘making it happen’.