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Money-savvy shoppers have long been preaching (or perhaps bragging is a more apt term!) about that bargain holiday they’ve snagged, or the latest tech gadget picked up online for next to nothing. Deals websites offering daily low-cost coupons have long provided fantastic value to informed consumers and at Park West, one of the giants of the sector continues to go from strength to strength.

Since its inception in 2000, has excelled in delivering outstanding hospitality deals and goods to the Irish marketplace. During its time at Ireland’s largest business and technology campus, the company has worked with the country’s leading merchants to provide exclusive, luxury short breaks, top restaurant offers, beauty spa deals, as well as superb value-for-money branded goods.

COO John McDonald highlights the role Park West has played in the growth of the company through the good and bad times. “We saw the hard times in 2008,” he says, “but through persistence and hard work, we emerged through to the other side. And I’m proud to say now employs over 30 people here at our home in Park West.”

McDonald continues: “The location is ideal for our team in terms of travel. A lot of our clients are based in Dublin and it’s great that the sales personnel can access the city in as little as 15 minutes.”

“Additionally, some of our hotel team commute to rural areas, so it’s extremely handy for them to take advantage of the proximity of national motorways and the M50 to the park. And crucially, there’s also the added benefit of free car parking for all our staff. It really is an exceptional location in which to do business.”

Amenities and access

Significant investment has been made into infrastructure at Park West, and McDonald knows the importance of having a flawless framework in place for business relations. “There are so many options for accessing the park,” he states. “The train suits much of our team, while the Luas is ideal for others. On top of this, there are two bus routes that frequently service the business park and an exceptional cycle path – some of our guys have even been known to occasionally jog into town during lunchtime!”

Park West has also become synonymous with the provision of top-notch amenities within easy reach. “There are plenty of great places to choose from for a tasty lunch, so you’re never stuck,” confirms McDonald. “Some of our staff members’ kids visit the Giraffe crèche on site, which is very convenient, and the doctor’s surgery is a lifeline for our employees too.”

He adds: “On the flip side of that, a nice stroll down the canal is a great way to escape from work and de-stress for an hour.”

The price is right

On top of great amenities and an excellent infrastructural framework, Park West also offers extremely competitive rates at a challenging time for businesses in terms of rental costs. “Park West is a lot more affordable than our previous base and provides everything we need at our fingertips,” agrees McDonald. “Our current set-up is also the perfect size for the amount of staff we currently have on board.”

The team responsible for day-to-day operations at Park West has put a major focus on creating a sense of community for the 300 businesses that call Park West home, and McDonald believes this neighbourhood feel is vital in keeping the company’s employees happy and fulfilled. “Park West is more than merely a place to work – there’s a really positive sense of community evident and we are very happy to be positioned here. There’s always something going on, whether it’s the fun – and quite competitive – golf classic the park’s management arrange, the 5k race along the canal, or the many bake sales and charity cycles on The Plaza.”

Scaling up

McDonald understands the unpredictable nature of business better than most, but is adamant that the future of the firm lies at Park West. “We’ve been growing each year, and employing people on top of that, too. Nobody knows exactly what will happen over the next five years, but if we keep growing at this rate we’ll have to look at taking the bigger office upstairs!”

With a dedicated team of hard-working employees, as well as all that Park West has to offer, the future looks bright for a progressive Irish firm offering impressive deals that won’t break the piggy bank!
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