At Glandore we know first hand how challenging it can be for a company to relocate or expand to a new city as we have only recently expanded our own business and opened our newest coworking office space on Lapps Quay in Cork City. We are currently settling into our new home and wanted to provide five useful tips that will help make the move to Cork City a little less stressful.
According to Minister Simon Coveney, Cork is set to become the fastest growing city in Ireland over the next 20 years. With the population of the city set to almost treble due to a combination of Project Ireland 2040 and the planned extension of the city boundaries, it is no surprise that so many businesses are choosing to call Cork their home. If you have recently decided that relocating your business to Cork City is the right move for you then you should check out these tips to help your relocation be a success.
Utilise Local Government and Economic Resources
Cork city has some great local governing bodies like Cork Chamber and Cork City Council, both of which offer endless resources and support for a new business setting up in the region. Other organisations like the Cork Local Enterprise office, We Are Cork and IDA Ireland also do great work and can provide support for business relocation. The Lord Mayor of Cork City and various local politicians will also be interested to know that your business is positively impacting the community. Introducing yourself to these individuals and the wider local government can often potentially lead to community partnerships with similar businesses.
Banking and Postal Services
Banks and postal delivery services are an important part of business even with all of today's technology. We understand that being new to a city can be tough, so we have included below the key banking locations around Cork City for your convenience.
Bank of Ireland is one of the traditional Irish banks and is conveniently located at 32 South Mall in heart of the city and uniquely offers coworking space and workbenches to start-ups as well as conference rooms and other business support services. The bank also offers complimentary wi-fi. Ulster Bank is similarly situated at 88 St. Patrick Street as is Allied Irish Bank and Permanent TSB while KBC is located at 4 Lapps Quay. All of these establishments offer both self service kiosks and have a wide range of dedicated staff that can help if you have any questions or issues relating to business accounts.
As all Irish people will know, An Post is our national postal service but for anyone from overseas looking for the service in Cork City, the main General Post Office is located on Oliver Plunkett Street and provides a range of services. The beautiful limestone façade makes it a landmark building in the city and will be difficult to miss.
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Coworking and Office Space in Cork
As previously mentioned we have recently expanded our business and opened a new coworking office space in Cork City. Our office space provides coworking and hotdesking and allows members to use private phonebooths and rent larger spaces for bigger teams. Our motto at Glandore is “creating space for business to grow” and we are excited to be helping businesses achieve this in Cork. Relocating or expanding to a new city, as we know, can be difficult which is why we offer our members access to excellent facilities, frequent networking events, internal member meet-ups and happy hours which are beneficial to newcomers as it allows them to expand their network and provides access to likeminded entrepreneurs and business people in the Cork City region.
Companies expanding or setting up in Cork City are a key source of new employment opportunities which bring along great positive energy and promotes forward thinking within a community. It is important that you establish a strong network before you make the move to a new location to build your relationships early and ensure an easy transition.
Plan to attend professional workshops or conferences that that are hosted in the city. This will allow you to strengthen and expand your brand and give you an opportunity to meet key businesses in the community. Becoming a member of Cork Chamber will have endless opportunities for your business to network as they host events each month including breakfast briefings and lunch meetings with relevant guest speakers with seasonal lunches and dinners for their members too. These events aim to support growth and development which will help you with growing your network and expanding your business.
One of the most important things to organise early on is the recruitment of your new team. Cork is a University City and is bursting with young, ambitious energetic talent from all over the world and with so many great recruitment agencies that specialise in specific areas of industry, this will ensure that your company will have access to a highly skilled and educated talent pool.
The main agencies in the Cork City region are Hays Recruitment located at 54 South Mall which is a worldwide agency with offices in Limerick, Galway and Dublin. Morgan McKinley are also in Cork and their offices can be found at 6 Lapps Quay, Cork while Brightwater recruitment is situated at 49 South Mall St, Centre, Cork. Just a five minute walk from Glandore Cork City is CPL Recruitment, who can be found at 11 Anglesea St, Ballintemple, Cork. Organising a meet up with a recruiter or having a detailed chat will also help them understand what you are looking for in terms of employees as well as allowing you access to the best talent in the region.
At Glandore we have a lot of experience working with start-ups and expanding businesses so we understand that it can often be quite intimidating to move or relocate to a new place. However, Seamus Coghlan member of Cork City Council and Head of Economic Development, mentions: “Cork is seeing an unprecedented level of city centre development, driven by the private sector.”, which is reassuring to know that you will not be the only new company making the move. With an amazing support network and energetic workforce in Cork City we are sure you will be able to settle in easily. We suggest that if you prepare and research your new environment and be open to building a new network early on in your move then the transition to your new home won’t be too difficult, and will help you maintain and build strong, lasting relationships.
Glandore has been providing flexible workspace in Ireland for 18 years. Our new Cork offices, located on Lapps Quay are just a five-minute walk from the Cork Docklands which at present is the city’s developing CBD.
If you would like to find out how Glandore can help you set up your business in Cork City, get in touch with us for a tour of our new building on Lapp’s Quay or call us to discuss your flexible workspace requirements.