The Agora Companies bring 135 jobs to Waterford

Global publishing consortium The Agora Companies is to create 135 new jobs in Waterford at a new technology service centre and customer support centre.

The new roles at Agora will be based at Woodlock House, Portlaw, Co Waterford.

“After 20 years in Waterford, we continue our commitment to Ireland’s south east which has established itself as a strategic location for a number of multinational corporations and continues to capture talent from the capital with the offer of a better quality of life,” said founder Bill Bonner.

“The Agora Companies have established themselves in communities globally and are driven by the same mission, to provide a source of responsible and genuinely independent advice and opinion.”

Collectively, The Agora Companies in Waterford employ 270 people. The additional 135 roles will be in all areas of the South East operations; digital publishing, technical and customer support but primarily in software development. The Waterford offices will be the largest hub located outside of the Baltimore US campus, which is made up of 13 buildings and 1,300 employees.

The group has steadily grown its presence in the region over the last two decades but recent employment figures have climbed by as much as 40pc in a single year (2018).

Ideas marketplace

The majority of the new 135 positions will be allocated to the technology services operation, Threefold Systems, situated in Confederation House in Waterford City. These roles in UX, software development and product will provide application support, web and mobile application development as well as training and consultative services to The Agora Companies.

The Agora is a consortium of more than 40 media companies around the world with one major characteristic – openness to leading-edge and alternative ideas, including the creative marketing ideas that bring them to readers on six continents.

What began in 1978 as a publishing start-up in a converted urban row-house has evolved into a network that produces and markets over 300 financial, health and lifestyle publications. This year alone, these will reach more than 4m people around the globe – more readers than The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal.

“Having a publishing group of this stature operate successfully from a regional location like Portlaw shows how global companies can establish and grow their operations in locations outside of large urban centres,” said Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland.

“It also demonstrates a strong and very welcome commitment by the company to their Waterford location. I wish Agora many more decades of successful operations in the South East.”

Written by John Kennedy

Published: 19 July 2019