A company which provides outsourced services has announced the creation of 150 jobs at Clonakilty in west Cork.

SouthWestern provides finance, human resources and customer relations management services.

The company already employs 450 people in Clonakilty, with a further 150 people in Poland, serving customers across Ireland, Britain and Europe.

It can trace its origins to Bandon in the late 1950s, to a company which was set up to manage the cattle breeding needs of the local farming community in west Cork.

The company provides business process outsourcing, the kind of activities which public and private sector companies traditionally did themselves, but are now happy to buy in.

Two weeks ago it was reported Vodafone was to outsource its debt collection function to SouthWestern.

The company's ability to grow in Ireland and internationally is under-pinning today's announcement, coupled with a €3.5m investment in research and technology.

Enterprise Ireland is contributing to that investment because of the potential for the company to create more jobs here by expanding abroad.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton made the announcement stating: 'Today’s announcement that SouthWestern is creating 150 jobs and investing heavily in R&D in a regional location shows what can be achieved when government and innovative companies work together.

'I am determined to build on this and ensure that government keeps its end of the bargain so that good companies can replicate today’s announcement across the country in the coming years.'