About Virgin Media Business

With over 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, Virgin Media Business is one of the largest B2B communications providers in Ireland. Our competitive advantage lies in both our high capacity optical fibre network (exclusively owned within Ireland with extensive reach) and the breadth of our product portfolio, which spans the complete spectrum of business communications.

As one of the largest telecoms providers in Ireland, we have a very strong presence in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Mullingar, Sligo, Athlone, Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford and 17 other regional towns and cities across Ireland. We are committed to investing in our Network, systems and people to provide high quality services to our customers.

In Ireland, Virgin Media has an extensive fibre network connecting all the Virgin Media hub sites. Virgin Media utilises DWDM to provide high bandwidth layer1 connectivity into the Large Virgin Media core Sites & Datacentres across Ireland. This equipment supports wavelengths up to 100Gbps and a variety of Fibre Channel bandwidth options.

Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Media Business set to make the Irish VOOM

Sir Richard Branson launches the first ever Voom Tour, taking the national competition on the road to find the best new business ideas
The Voom Bus will visit communities across Ireland and the UK and Ireland over the next six months

Tuesday 2nd May, 2017: Today Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Media Business launch Voom Pitch, Ireland’s and the UK’s biggest pitching competition. For the first time since the competition’s conception in 2011, it will take to the road, travelling across Ireland and the UK, in search of Ireland’s next great business ideas and inspiring budding entrepreneurs along the way.

Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder, said: “The Voom Bus is going on tour to seek out brilliant Irish and British entrepreneurs and to help them break down the business barriers in their way. We’re bringing the Voom Tour into communities and challenging people to put aside their fears and pitch their business ideas as we travel across Ireland and the UK. The Voom Tour is a fantastic way for people to get started on what could be the most significant journey of their business life.”

Paul Farrell, Vice President for Virgin Media Commercial, added: “Last year was the first year of VOOM in Ireland and what a success it was with 10% of shortlisted entries Irish ventures. Our recent Virgin Media Business Insights Report found a confident business community growing sales at home and abroad, increasing employment, developing new products and services, and investing in digital technologies and online strategies to drive their potential. 86% of respondents rated their growth prospects for 2017-18 as good / very good, with revenue expected to grow by 19% this year.

Voom Pitch couldn’t come at a better time for these companies. It is an entirely merit based programme so the most innovative, disruptive and original business concepts are the ones that could make it to the top and ultimately present their case to Richard Branson in person. It’s a great way of trialling your business plan and your market entry strategy. We’re really looking forward to welcoming the VOOM Tour to Ireland and helping the brightest and the best Irish companies to perfect their pitching ahead of national competition.”

The Voom Tour

Over the next six months the Voom Tour schedule will include Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Winchester.

In Ireland, the Voom Tour will take place at TechConnect Live 2017, being held on the 31st of May in the RDS, Dublin.

Virgin Media Business is looking for local people with the courage to pitch their business idea at each tour stop, giving them the chance to win a regional prize of over €5,000, and one of ten chances to meet and receive advice from Sir Richard Branson. Experts from partners including Virgin StartUp will also be on hand to provide valuable expertise, help and advice on how to launch and scale a start-up.

The national competition will return in March 2018 and will again provide the chance to win a share of €1.2 million in prizes.

For more information, the Voom Tour in Ireland will start in Dublin on 31st May. Feel free to register for either event here and come along to say hello