Cork – The Future of Business
Discover the benefits of working in Cork
Cork is due to become the fastest growing city in Ireland over the next two decades and the opportunities to strengthen and grow your company can coincide with this remarkable pace. Voted the number one small European city for business friendliness, Cork has a long proud tradition of welcoming both people and businesses alike.
Another benefit of Cork is just how easy it is to commute to and from work, with 60% of people getting to work in 30 minutes or less. Unemployment is low and business opportunities exist across a wide range of sectors and skill sets, drawing talent locally as well as from overseas.
Why Choose Cork?
Cork has a tradition of supporting talent, innovation and communities. It’s a tradition that sparks new thinking, ideas, powers academic institutes, creative start-up hubs and sparks discussions in coffee shops where some of the best ideas are forged.
The majority of Cork’s workforce are under 35 year and is increasingly multicultural – with Cork-based EMEA HQ Apple employing people from over 80 nations. Cork has a varied mix of industry sectors – developed through foreign direct and indigenous investment. Cork’s strong pharmaceutical sector includes leading companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, GSK, Merck and Abbvie. This long-established cluster has been supplemented by a growth in medical devices and biopharmaceuticals. Cork also has a strong international technology cluster (the largest FDI sector in Cork) with companies involved in manufacturing and global business services sectors. These include companies such as Apple, Dell EMC, McAfee, Amazon and Johnson Controls. The international financial services and marine/energy sectors have witnessed considerable growth. The public sector is also a key employer in Cork with significant numbers working in the health sector, third level education and local authorities.
Public transport services in Cork City are among the best in the count. It’s also affordable, with a standard intercity bus journey costing €2.20 and Irish rail services are available throughout the region of Munster, with links to the rest of Ireland providing residents and visitors easy access to and from Cork City from almost anywhere on the island.
If you have ever lived or worked in Cork City you will already be aware of its compact city centre. This allows residents to travel to and from work on foot, making the city a less congested than other major cities. The region also boasts an international airport, located just outside the city with routes to all major European cities as well as providing connections to the USA, making it ideal for business development opportunities and easy access to the wider market.
As organisations such as Cork City Council, Cork Chamber, Cork Business Association, and several others offer support to small, medium enterprises, it’s easy to see why it was voted number one for business friendliness. These organisations have helped and continue to help create and develop new business opportunities.
Michael Kelly, Managing Director of Glandore explains that “There is great energy, passion and collaboration in Cork at present which is evident by the recent launch of the “We are Cork” initiative. This collaborative and can-do approach to business is very much consistent with Glandore’s values and we look forward to working with the local business community to showcase Cork as a great place to live, work, invest, study and visit”.
Glandore hopes to add to an already great business support network in the region by providing space for business to grow and expand, offering flexible workspace options for members and remote workers in Cork.