Dublin-based provider of analytics software and services Presidion is to expand into the UK, and plans to recruit 20 graduates over the next three years.

Originally SPSS Ireland, Presidion was set up in 1995 and has evolved to have over 500 accounts and thousands of customers in Ireland. It is a key strategic partner of IBM in the field of predictive analytics and currently employs 14 people.

Minister of State for Small Business John Perry TD announced the re-branding of Presidion, its expansion into the UK market and the graduate programme.

In his speech, he stressed the significance and importance of growth in the Irish indigenous economy, and that Presidion exemplified the type of company that will be central to Ireland’s economic recovery.

Peter O’Niell, country manager for Ireland at IBM echoed this view. “Presidion is a company that is at the forefront of innovation, creating the software services of tomorrow, opening new markets, and securing economic growth and jobs,” he said.

“It is innovation that will drive the productivity growth that will push our economy to new levels and create new jobs for our people. I believe that companies like Presidion are essential for fostering the climate of innovation in Ireland and translating Irish entrepreneurial ambition into market-focused reality.”