29 Mar Opening of our new Irish HQ
We were delighted to welcome Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, to our new Irish HQ in Airside Business Park, Swords, recently. The Minister joined us to announce 110 jobs at Ricoh Ireland and a €6.5 million investment as we expand in the Irish market.
During her visit, the Minister was given a tour of our new collaborative office space by Phil Keoghan, CEO of Ricoh UK & Ireland, and Gary Hopwood, general manager of Ricoh Ireland. At Ricoh, we recognise that as younger generations populate the workforce, they are driving a change in workstyles. We showed the Minister how we h
ave responded to that through our new HQ; catering for the distinct needs of each generation by supporting individual workstyles to help every person excel.
Ms Mitchell O’Connor saw first-hand how areas such as our contemplation area, discovery zone and resource centre help to promote employee wellbeing and productivity. The new HQ is built and centred on the Four Cs – collaboration, contemplation, communication and concentration – which we believe are essential to enabling workstyle innovation.
During her visit, Ms Mitchell O’Connor met with Ricoh team members, as well as some of our highly valued business partners such as Jim Leyden, managing director of Bizquip and Greg Clarke, managing director of Digicom. One of our charity partners, Claire Shiels, from LauraLynn was also there to be part of the office opening and meet all the team.
Following the tour of the office, Phil Keoghan spoke about the strategic importance of Ricoh Ireland to the overall global business, while Gary Hopwood praised the dedication of Ricoh Ireland’s staff in helping the business to scale to new heights.
The Minister, meanwhile, gave a speech about the integral role Ricoh is playing in Ireland’s growing economy. Her visit coincided with the announcement that unemployment in Ireland had dipped below 7% for the first time since 2008 and we are proud to be contributing to that diminishing figure. Ms Mitchell O’Connor was then joined by Phil Keoghan to unveil a plaque announcing the new HQ.
After the grand opening, we were honoured that Ms Mitchell O’Connor took the time out of her busy schedule to enjoy some refreshments with our colleagues and partners. The entire team at Ricoh thoroughly enjoyed this special occasion, with a palpable sense of anticipation and excitement in the air for the growth journey ahead.
Check out some official photos and behind-the-scenes pics of the Minister’s visit below.