Media Release: Jobs boost for i3, Irvine’s Enterprise Area

AROUND 15 new jobs are being created at i3 Irvine’s Enterprise Area – with the expansion of a cutting-edge telecommunications company.

Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, was shown round Oricom in the Enterprise Area as part of a visit and briefing today organised by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company.

Watch film of the visit here.

The Minister said: “In creating the Enterprise Area in Irvine nearly two years ago, it was the Scottish Government’s intention to help in attracting investment and boosting job creation.

“We are delighted that this is bearing fruit, and I value this opportunity to learn about progress to date and the future plans for the site which will see many more jobs created.”

The Minister was also hearing about a number of key projects taking place within i3 Irvine’s Enterprise Area which has seen employment increase by 160 in the first year of designation with the potential of up to 1,500 more jobs as companies take advantage of the financial incentives, infrastructure and premises available.

Cutting-edge telecommunications business Oricom has moved into the recently renovated Innovation B office space at Cockburn Place, the firm having moved from two smaller local sites.

The fit-out on the ground floor is a bespoke layout and was specifically tailored around Oricom’s needs. The refurbishment of the building was undertaken by Irvine Bay with funding support from Scottish Enterprise.

Oricom specialises in the design, supply, installation and support of telecommunication systems and Information Technology Networks for SMB and Enterprise organisations in the UK.

Gavin Brown, Oricom operations director, said: “The building and i3 business park will help us along our growth path.

“Our plan is to expand the Irvine branch from 25 jobs to 40, adding staff in sales and in the service centre while constantly adding demonstration suites. Ayrshire will be our head office and effectively our nerve centre where sales, service and finance all come together.”

Patrick Wiggins, chief executive of Irvine Bay, said: “This is tremendous news for the area and demonstrates yet again the enormous value of the Enterprise Area to the region in helping attract investment, jobs and realise opportunities.

“We are seeing very significant interest in the Enterprise Area from businesses within Scotland and from overseas, and already we have secured a number of projects which are creating jobs and helping develop a stronger and more sustainable local economy.”

North Ayrshire Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, Marie Burns, said: “I would like to congratulate Oricom on their success to date and wish them well as the business expands.

“Their experience shows how a tailor-made package can be readily put together to suit specific businesses.

“Enterprise Area incentives and assistance with property have supported the company in their move to new premises, which, I’m glad to say, have since become their head office.

“I am confident that the example of Oricom will tempt other companies to look towards North Ayrshire as a good, sound business base.”

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