Mayo: great start-up culture attracted Lionbridge

“Mayo fosters a start-up culture for business like no other place I’ve been to”

Paul McBride, VP & General Manager, Lionbridge


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The world’s largest translation services provider has its Centre of Excellence in Mayo. A global company, Lionbridge helps customers achieve their own international success through the provision of translation and localisation services. It also provides support in global marketing, global customer support and enterprise crowdsourcing – all from Ballina.

Lionbridge was founded in 1998. Its Centre of Excellence develops and delivers test, search and advertising relevance solutions on behalf of leading global technology companies.  Worldwide it employs over 5,000 people. Its Mayo team of 120 people manages bi-lingual resources in 102 countries around the world.

Why Mayo

“We decided to locate in Mayo because it provided the perfect environment for a young start-up company like Lionbridge. Great outdoor life, vibrant local communities, excellent colleges and support structures meant we were able to scale our business in a short period of time with the skills we needed,” said Paul McBride, VP & General Manager, Lionbridge.

“Investment support throughout all phases of growth was available and because we were one of a smaller number of companies setting up in the region, the attention we received was equivalent to that a substantially larger operation would receive in a city location.”

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