Dublin based IT services firm Nostra is creating 14 jobs as part of a €600,000 investment over the next three months, with plans to add more staff in the new year. The business which currently employs 75 people, has grown from 20 staff in 2013. Most of the jobs being created are engineering based, with some sales roles also being made available. Kevin O’Loughlin, chief executive and founder of Nostra, said the business expected to fill ten of the openings by Christmas. “We only had 10 staff at the start of this year. We have won a huge amount of new business. We can see already that we are going to need more people,” he told The Sunday Business Post. “At the moment, we have about ten people in the sales department, and we will probably bring that to 15 by the middle of next year. That’s predominantly to manage the customers we have”.
Nostra manages on-site IT infrastructure for businesses, providing IT support to staff across a company. “For most of our customers, it’s the end user who knows our name best. If they have trouble with email, printing or server access, they contact us. We also work with company management to find the best system for their business.” said O’Loughlin.
“We speak in plain English because we predominantly deal with non-technical people and it’s about helping them do what they need to do.”
O’Loughlin said the increase in staff was on the back of the growth of its clients, which include aerospace firm Avolon and BoyleSports.
“Our customers have, almost across the board, been phenomenally successful in recent years” he said, “We’ve built a good name for ourselves in the market. Most of our business comes from referrals.”
O’Loughlin said the firm’s current growth was, in part, down to an Enterprise Ireland grant received in 2013 which enabled it to add ten staff.
“From 2009 to 2013, we struggled to get access to funding. Enterprise Ireland were phenomenal to us. If you look at the numbers, that grant was a game-changer for us.” he said.
“Cashflow had been a daily grind up to then, anything in comparison to that around managing a growing work force is an easy problem.”
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