One of the world’s biggest technology companies has announced a major expansion of its Irish headquarters, located in the city centre.
Salesforce, one of the biggest customer relationship management systems companies in the world, revealed plans for Salesforce Tower Dublin last Friday.
The tower will be a sprawling urban campus, located on North Wall Quay in what has become known in the tech world as the ‘Silicon Docks’, and will overlook the River Liffey.
It will consist of four interconnecting buildings, with employees expected to start moving into the sprawling 430,000 sq ft campus by mid-2021.
Plans for Salesforce Tower include an immersive video lobby, riverside paths connecting the campus to the city and an Ohana Floor.
The floor is an open hospitality space for Salesforce employees, customers and partners, which will also be available for not-for-profit organisations and local community groups to use on weeknights and weekends at no cost.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, as well as a number of major players from Salesforce’s team, were all at the launch of the plans in the National Convention Centre last week, which also announced 1,500 jobs for the local area.
Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce, also announced a $1 million grant for Educate Together at the launch, which will go toward the opening and running of schools in Ireland.
Business group Dublin Chamber have said the announcement sends a message to the world about the city’s standing as a great place to do business.
Dublin Chamber chief executive Mary Rose Burke said: “Yet again we see that the biggest and best companies in the world want to do business in Ireland.
“Salesforce are already a big employer in Dublin, and the fact that they are determined to expand so aggressively here in the coming years is a clear vote of confidence in the Dublin offering.
“The Salesforce announcement sends a message to the world about Ireland’s credentials as a place to do business.”
However, Dublin Chamber has cautioned that Dublin’s ability to continue to attract more jobs and investment will depend on our ability to offer skilled talent and to address our current housing shortage and infrastructure deficiencies.
Burke said: “Dublin, just like every other major European city, has challenges it must overcome in order to continue growing.
“Housing is the biggest issue currently facing businesses in the Dublin region. Huge opportunity exists for Dublin to continue to win new jobs, both from firms already based here and from overseas companies looking to expand.
“Firms in Dublin are looking to hire staff at all levels. It is essential therefore that accommodation in the Dublin region is both available and affordable for people of all levels,” she said.