With a strong, open economy, strategic location and unrivalled incentives for investment, it’s no wonder that Dublin is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world for doing business. The opportunities and lifestyle that it provides attracts homegrown and international talent to this diverse and energetic city.
It’s a tough time for business but there are supports in place for Dublin businesses via the Local Enterprise Offices and central government.
Local Enterprise Offices
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Dublin is a favoured base for many international businesses and is home to the European headquarters of many more. Find out what’s placed this compact city among the top choices in the world – and see if your business is ready to set up its home here.
Dublin has a reputation internationally for being a start-up-friendly city. The small size of the city and its open, welcoming attitude provides both international and Irish entrepreneurs with easy access to relevant decision makers and a very supportive and connected start-up ecosystem. No wonder then that, with a low level of corporate tax and minimum red tape, the World Bank ranks Ireland in the top 10 countries worldwide (2018), to start a business.
Dublin has a vibrant and diverse economy. It supports thriving clusters of both Irish and international players and is experiencing strong growth in employment across a wide range of industry sectors. This success is expected to continue; FDI Intelligence has ranked Dublin as No. 1 in terms of economic potential among large cities.
Dublin’s exceptionally well-educated, English-speaking workers, its business-friendly tax infrastructure and its strong ties to both the EU and US make this city the ideal place to expand or invest.
Two very popular areas to invest in here are Dublin’s startups – and emerging companies – and its real estate.
Dublin’s startups and emerging companies
Whatever your interests, budget and appetite for risk, Dublin’s capital ecosystem can provide the investment opportunity you’re looking for. Tech Ireland’s website is a good place to start your search. If you are interested in meeting some of Dublin’s entrepreneurs, visit Startup Dublin, which arranges startup networking events – including the highly s
It’s no surprise that a city as entrepreneurial and dynamic as Dublin has a thriving meeting and convention scene. Dublin offers world-class venues, great value for money for both organisers and delegates and – of course – the city’s famously warm hospitality.
The centrepiece is The Convention Centre in Dublin’s Docklands. This extraordinary venue hosts around a hundred events each year and has won over forty industry awards – including the World’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre at the World Travel Awards 2017.
The Dublin Economic Monitor reports on economic trends emerging in the capital and provides a comprehensive picture of how the Dublin economy is performing.
The Monitor publishes new data each quarter to help the reader process and understand economic performance. It provides a dashboard of the most relevant economic indicators for Dublin on business and consumer sentiment, employment trends, passenger and freight information, and property trends. It also provides unique insights into domestic and tourist spending in Dublin.
Cities are buzzing with data. Traffic ebbs and flows, card readers ping, security cameras monitor footpaths, and each one of us is shedding reams of GPS signals, tweets and likes. Most of these data are simply shelved on distant servers and forgotten. But properly aggregated and anonymised, these and terabytes of other data can help city authorities develop policies for a greener, safer and more enjoyable place to live.
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According to a European-wide analysis of FDI trends published in June 2019, Ireland delivered a “Brexit-busting performance” in attracting foreign direct investment in 2018, winning 52% more FDI commitments than in the previous year.
Other factors crucial to Ireland’s strong performance include its economic and political stability, in addition to its continued commitment to the EU. In combination, all these factors serve to increase Dublin’s attractiveness to foreign investors post-Brexit.
For companies seeking to deal with the impli
Dublin travel tech start-up Rove raises €450,000 in seed funding
Rove, a Dublin-based travel tech start-up, has announced that it has closed €450,000 in early-stage seed investment, at a time when the future of the travel and tourism sectors is quite uncertain. Rove has said that the seed round, which was led by Zoosh Ventures and Enterprise Ireland, will position the start-up to take advantage of a growing market segment following the lifting of Covid-19 travel restrictions. The start-up was founded in 2019 by Brian Kearney, former head of digital at Fitbit, with the goal of making activities and experience-based travel more readily accessible to holidaymakers. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Rove recognised that there was a growing demand for adventure and activity-based travel. According to Allied Market Research 2019, the adventure tourism market was worth €150bn last year. In a statement, the start-up said: "The rise in demand for adventure tourism has been driven by an upsurge in government initiatives promoting experiential tourism. In Ireland, the success of the Wild Atlantic Way in positioning the region as an adventure travel destination and investing in experiential product development, has captured a valuable new tourist segment."
Irish start-up Leveris reaches milestone in digital banking technology
Irish start-up financial technology company Leveris has broken new ground in efforts to unlock the benefits of pure digital banking.
Leveris is a digital banking platform that is entirely software based, sits in the cloud and is completely independent of legacy core banking technology.
Its technology is already live and has enabled financial services firm Link Group - the largest independent loan servicer in Europe - to enter the Dutch market.
The platform enables banks and non-banking firms to offer a wide variety of retail banking products.
These include current accounts, deposit and savings accounts, multi-currency accounts, payments and direct debits, debit card cashback, personal loans and mortgages.
One of the most striking things to emerge from the latest Your Dublin Your Voice survey1 is the extent to which the COVID-19 restrictions have seen technology become central to our lives.
Nowhere is this clearer than in the transition to working from home. 75% indicated that they currently remote work on a daily basis compared to 6% prior to the restrictions. This has helped people particularly in Professional Services, Public Administration, Education and the Creative Industries maintain at least a portion of their incomes. It may also go some way to explaining why the survey shows that people are more worried about the broader economy (60%) than their own employment situation (17%).
Education has also adapted quickly with 94% of students2 indicating that they are remote learning. This appears to be a global trend with, for example, Harvard Summer School being hosted entirely online this summer. This dramatic change to the traditional delivery method of mainly face-to-face education has potentially positive implications for accessibility.