Fifty new jobs at Wexford publishing firm following global deal

Prim-Ed has bought out partners in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Malaysia

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Prim-Ed CEO Seamus McGuinness | Image: Prim-Ed Publishing

An Irish educational publishing company is to double its workforce in Co Wexford.

Prim-Ed Publishing is investing €15m, which will see it buy out its global partner RIC Publications Pty Ltd.

RIC operates in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Malaysia.

The investment will see it double the workforce at its Irish headquarters over the next five years.

The company currently employs 46 people in New Ross, across Ireland, the UK and Spain - and plans to grow this towards the 100 mark.

Further jobs will also be created in the UK, where Prim-Ed Publishing has doubled its sales over the past two years.

Recruitment has already begun for staff in the company's marketing, sales and finance departments.

Senior management staff from the Irish operation are already in the Australian company's office, working with teams there.

All global marketing and financial activity will be centralised in New Ross - which will remain the company's global headquarters and centre of best practice.

"This is a landmark move for what, is now, a truly international publishing company, which started out in the front room of my own home 22 years ago", CEO Seamus McGuinness said.

"We have built up an incredible team at Prim-Ed Publishing and we've been very proud and fortunate to work with amazing teachers in Ireland, the UK and elsewhere to tailor our resources to the specific needs of very diverse classrooms, environments and curricula right across the globe".

Negotiations with RIC Publications have been ongoing since March 2015.