On Friday, June 3, the Ambassador of Ireland to Bulgaria, Martina Feeney, visited CluneTech’s Veliko Tarnovo office while on a working visit to the city.
During her visit, Ambassador Feeney met several representatives from CluneTech, which is the biggest Irish employer in Bulgaria. The software technology group has been represented in Bulgaria for over 21 years. Its office in Veliko Tarnovo is the second biggest office in the country, after the company’s Varna location, and for the past 10 years it has been a major employer in Veliko Tarnovo, currently employing nearly 150 people in the fields of Finance, Software Development and Customer Service.
Left to right: Chris Henry, Zhana Zhivkova, Desislava Chervenkova, Desislava Teneva, Ambassador Martina Feeney, Tsvetanka Ivanova
At the meeting, managers from different divisions of the group told the Ambassador more about the latest achievements of the group, amongst which is the most recent $70M investment round conducted by TransferMate, a CluneTech company, which brings TransferMate to a valuation of $1BN, with $130M of total funding. TransferMate, which is entering a massive growth phase and has become the first Irish tech unicorn represented in Bulgaria, is seeking to increase the number of its employees in Bulgaria and globally, while other CluneTech companies such as Immedis and Taxback.com are also recruiting in the country.
Following her visit to the Veliko Tarnovo office, Mrs. Martina Feeney said:
“I’m really delighted to meet such an incredible team in Veliko Tarnovo and I`m looking forward to my next visit to the company’s offices in Varna.”
Tsvetanka Ivanova, CluneTech HR & Office Manager in Veliko Tarnovo, added:
“We were excited to welcome the Irish Ambassador to our office and to tell her more about our work and the opportunities and challenges for our business in Bulgaria. Ambassador Feeney is ready to assist us and to help us continue to build relations between the business and the authorities in the country, as we look to grow our workforce here.”
Ambassador Feeney took up her position as Ambassador of Ireland to Bulgaria in October 2020. The pandemic limited her ability to meet people and host the usual events that are traditional for the Irish embassy in Bulgaria. This was the Ambassador’s first visit to Veliko Tarnovo since the removal of the Covid-19 restrictions in the country this spring and we were delighted to host her. We look forward to further visits from the Ambassador to our other Bulgarian operations.