Enhancing the gender balance of senior teams helps build strong leadership, attract talent and improve performance. There is still a significant gender imbalance in the leadership of Irish companies, where only 13% of CEOs and less than one in three senior managers are women. It’s a challenge across the private sector in Ireland and internationally, more pronounced in specific industry sectors, like engineering and ICT and is reflected in the gender composition of third-level graduates in STEM subjects. While this highlights the need for change, it also offers a real opportunity to broaden the talent pool for knowledge-based industries with a high demand for skills
As we emerge from the pandemic, Dublin continues to support a thriving, supportive startup ecosystem for ambitious entrepreneurs to want to take their business ideas to the next level. Ireland’s capital remains one of the leading European tech cities – just behind London and Paris. So it’s encouraging that the latest Financial Times‘ Tech Cities of the Future rankings described Dublin as a “thriving hotspot in the startup space”. And
Women in business come from a diverse array of backgrounds, personalities and approaches. Women in Business Networks provide a forum for these entrepreneurs to come together and learn from each other. We checked in with the Dublin City Local Enterprise Office (DCLEO) Women in Business Network and met some inspirational members. Aine McGurk – Dainty Bear Aine McGurk has a thriving retail and wholesale business selling Irish-designed baby shoes and accessories online at daintybear.com. As an IT graduate with a computer science background, Aine found herself wanting more than her first job at Mic
The business owners in George’s Street Arcade are a diverse bunch, coming from the likes of Nepal, Poland, France and Venezuela. We meet some of them to learn about what brought them to one of Dublin’s best markets. How business is done at George’s Street Arcade The much-loved George’s Street Arcade is more than just a quick way to get to Drury Street. It is a living breathing illustration of integration from all over the world, under one uniquely Dublin roof. As Dublin.ie approached the green gates, it noticed an impeccably dressed lady with a blossom i
Following a recent major agreement between the Government and the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration, there is a significant opportunity for Dublin to become a centre for dispute resolution. International arbitration in Dublin Dublin has a huge amount to offer as an international arbitration venue, including a highly respected legal system. Following the UK’s departure from the EU, Ireland is also the only fully common law, English speaking country in the EU. Cities like Paris, Zurich and Stockholm are all seen as seats for arbitration. However, newer places like Dublin are now coming to the fore and starting to attract high profile cases. What
The importance of sustainable and social enterprises Making your startup or existing business sustainable or ethical is a smart, future-proof option. Customers are now much more informed and aware of the environmental impact of their purchases. A more sustainable product or service will create a positive brand image that will impact the bottom line of many businesses.
Companies aiming to provide healthcare responses to the COVID-19 crisis can now collaborate via TechIreland’s new online platform. Powered by InterTradeIreland, the cross-border platform allows businesses to quickly see who they can work with to combat the many supply chain and manufacturing challenges generated by the pandemic. Presented as an interactive map and directory, it will initially focus on healthcare innovation supports – but will expand to include broader economic and societal responses to coronavirus. It will also contain links to public tenders. Already more than 1
As the impact of the COVID–19 outbreak intensified, businesses across Dublin found ways to diversify to survive the crisis and retain their staff. The virus is hit our economy hard, and created a situation that was well beyond the experience of most business owners. However, in difficult times, many businesses have managed, with the support of their Local Enterprise Office, to adapt and shift to new products and services quickly. UNIFORMAL Uniformal, an established uniform and corporate wear provider based in South Dublin, have been supplying Irish businesses with bespoke and premium ready-to-wear uniform solutions and workwear for over 30 years. Like ma
As businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic, supports are in place to help. They are available through Local Enterprise Offices and central government funds. Local Enterprise Offices in Dublin For advice on your specific situation, contact your local office. They can provide one-to-one business mentoring, helpful courses and a Trading Online Voucher to help you improve your online presence.
Conall Laverty is the founder and CEO of WIA, a start-up company that works with property owners and developers to deploy Internet of Things hardware to reduce cost and improve their buildings’ performance. WIA provides a simple way for people and things to communicate with just a few lines of code. With over 10,000 clients across 100 countries, it has attracted €1 million in venture capital funding with backers including Suir Valley Ventures, Enterprise Ireland and NDRC. As a result, Conall has become a key figure in the global Internet of Things ecosystem. Conall is one to watch. He h
Ireland is a leading player in the global medical technology industry. IDA Ireland reports that 14 of the world’s top 15 Medtech companies have bases here. Dublin, the country’s capital city and economic powerhouse, is home to giants in the sector like Medtronic, ResMed, Abbott, Bayer, Stryker, Johnson & Johnson and many others. With more than 40,000 people now working in the industry, Ireland is one of the largest employers of Medtech professionals in Europe. In fact, it is home to the most Medtech personnel per capita on the continent. Why Medtech companies choose Dublin All sorts of companies have a presence in Dublin. However, there are so
Why to base your business in The Liberties The Liberties is one of Dublin’s most characterful and historic districts. It owes its name to the fact that it was originally outside the jurisdiction of the city. So it was free to follow its own rules. In many ways, it’s still doing that today. From the distillery district to a digital hub In medieval times, The Liberties was an area of the city in which brewing, distilling, tanning and other traditional industries were located. The world famous St. James Gate brewery, home of Guinness, continu