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Thursday, 20th April, 2017 1:01am

The recent spate of jobs announcements in Cork continued with a number of companies promising extensive additions to their staff.

Following Iceland and Grafton Merchantings’ recent jobs announcements, CityPOST, a new national postal service, has said it will be creating a number of jobs in Cork.

This week CityPOST, the first independent full service postal provider, said it aims to revolutionise post for businesses. CityPOST said it will create hundreds of jobs nationally as it expands its services to collect directly from business customers that register with it.

A spokesperson for the company told the Cork Independent that the company will be creating a number of jobs in Cork but they could not confirm exact figures as yet. People can apply for jobs now at citypost.ie.

The independent postal service said its €0.79 PostPICK-UP cost will undercut the annual costs of existing providers by up to 21 per cent.

CityPOST is offering free postal collection from businesses and delivery to anywhere in Ireland, or in 200 countries globally. Outside of Ireland, it also operates in Portugal and Northern Ireland.

CityPOST CEO Ian Glass said: “It is clear that post still has an important role to play for businesses. It is also clear that Irish businesses want to pay less for their postal service. CityPOST is delighted to deliver a choice that has been missing from the Irish postal market.

“CityPOST’s strategy is to innovate, to disrupt, but also to partner with other providers, with the goal of creating a better system. Our experience in Portugal and as is evident among many European countries, is that competition is good for postal services and customers and ultimately drives postal volumes.”

Elsewhere

Food retailer Iceland seems to be a fan of the Rebel County as it’s set to open three new stores here. The supermarket chain is to open nine new stores in Ireland, making a €12 million investment in this year, with a third of the new store openings to take place in Cork.

270 new jobs will be created across the country as part of the investment in the new stores, as the company continues to expand nationwide. The three new stores are in Douglas, Fermoy and Ballincollig.

The Douglas store is due to open in June with the dates for the other two Cork stores to be confirmed. The only Iceland store in Cork up until now is in Midleton.

Ron Metcalfe, Managing Director of Iceland Ireland commented: “We have been back in Ireland for four years now and have been committed to expansion from day one. This new investment sees 2017 as our biggest year yet, with our nine new stores opening.”

Grafton Merchanting ROI (GMROI), owner of the Chadwicks and Heiton Buckley brands, last week announced it will create 170 jobs over the next two years. The new roles will increase total employment at GMROI to 1,420 staff, an increase of almost 350 since 2014. The group currently employs 311 staff across Munster.

“New hires will vary by county, but in general we expect staff increases per county between 10 per cent and 13 per cent,” a spokesperson for the company told The Cork Independent.

Thirty of the jobs will be filled in the three new branches in Dublin, with the remaining 140 filled nationwide in existing branches. The branches in Cork include Cork Builders Providers in Togher and on Mallow Road, as well as Chadwicks in Mallow, and Midleton.

ABOVE LEFT: Ian Glass, CEO CityPOST, who announced a new nationwide service this week.

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