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.

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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.

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Key sectors

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.

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Meetings & conventions

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.

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The Dublin Economic Monitor

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.

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Brexit

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

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Business Stories

Dublin is Ireland's economic powerhouse and the place to be for the best talent in the EU. We profile some of businesses who call it home.

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WHAT'S ON

Holiday World Show

RDS

Holiday World Show 2020 - Now in its 30th year, it is firmly established as Ireland's largest and best attended annual public exhibition. The event is a rich global marketplace for deals and destinations, featuring exhibitors from close to home and from all four corners of the world. Holiday World Show presents just about every style of vacation experience, alongside an array of travel-themed entertainment, complimented by competitions, attractions and special show-only offers. Get a chance to snap up dozens of great Show-only deals & free-to-enter prize holiday draws. Book your ho

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Dublin Speed Networking for Business Professionals

Zozimus Bar

Dublin Speed Networking for Business Professionals - Business Relationships one table at a time. Speed Networking works a lot like 'Speed Dating' without the 'Dating'. A structured opportunity to meet accomplished professionals just like yourself, face to face, one business professional at time. Whether you are an entrepreneur, small business owner, legal or medical professional, in the finance, real estate or entertainment industry - our events offer the perfect occasion to expand your business, social or enterprise contacts. All in a setting and speed - just your style. Devoid of typic

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National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition

Citywest

National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition - New approaches and technology have been introduced in recent years that have created significant organisational and process improvements. The aim of the conference is to showcase such innovative approaches and to disseminate the cutting edge research that underpins them. The conference will be of interest to senior management, established practising engineers and researchers together with those that are much earlier in their careers. Delegates have registered from leading food, pharmaceutical, medical, chemical, electro

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IN THE NEWS

Google buys Irish tech firm Pointy for reported $163m

Dublin retail technology firm Pointy is to be bought by Google. Neither company has disclosed the value of the deal, but sources confirmed the accuracy of a TechCrunch report that Google will pay around $160m. Set up six years ago, Pointy makes software that enables small bricks and mortars retailers to put their stock online, without the need for a full e-commerce system. In a blog post on Pointy's website, the company's founders Charles Bibby and Mark Cummins said the transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks. "Over the past several years we've developed a very close partnership with Google," they said. "It became clear that we shared the same vision of how technology can improve local retail businesses. So today is a natural next step in our journey," the blog said. "By joining forces, we will be able to help people discover local stores and products on a much larger scale. We think this is the right way to accomplish what we set out to do - to bring the world's retailers online and give them the tools they need to thrive," it added.

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Firms here pay less tax than US, most of EU – study

A typical small firm in Ireland pays less tax than its EU and US peers, according to a PwC-World Bank analysis. A detailed database provided by PwC shows that the hypothetical firm in question would pay Irish taxes equivalent to 26.2% of its pre-tax profits. Relocating that hypothetical firm to the US tax system would mean a 36.6% bite out of those pre-tax profits, and 38.9% on average across the 28-nation EU. The most taxed country by this metric is France, on 60.7%, composed chiefly of labour taxes. The model - designed by World Bank economists to produce the most consistent measure of indigenous firms' taxation experience - involves a profitable limited-liability company founded in January 2017 in the largest business city. It has 60 staff, including four managers. It records a 2017 loss but in 2018 - the year being measured - produces a 20% pre-tax profit and pays half of net profit to its owners. Based on this model, the EU member with the lowest business tax burden is Romania, which collects tax equivalent to 20% of that firm's pre-tax profit, followed by Luxembourg on 20.4%, Croatia on 20.5%, Cyprus on 22.4% and Denmark on 23.9%. Ireland's sixth-place position in the EU reflects an effective corporate tax rate of 12.4% - almost identical to the headline 12.5% rate - and labour taxes equivalent to 12.4% of pre-tax profit. The other 1.3% chiefly reflects city and vehicle-related taxes.

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2019 was a solid year for foreign direct investment but what does 2020 have in store?

Headline grabbers Reddit and Lime announced plans to open offices in Dublin this year while several fin-tech firms landed here for their post-Brexit hedge. According to the American Chamber of Commerce, foreign direct investment had another strong year but looming shadows of Brexit and a possible global economic slowdown are causes for concern. Corporation tax remains a key reason for many of these location decisions but the organisation's president Mark Gantly said that Ireland has developed a strong track record over several decades. "There is a history of companies coming here to do manufacturing and 20 or 30 years later, they are a multi-business campus," Gantly, who is also senior R&D director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said. "It's unusual now to see an operation that's purely manufacturing. You tend to get a diverse campus with R&D, business services, sometimes you've got the IT function, treasury etc." Intel, one of the longstanding multinationals in Ireland, celebrated 30 years in the country in 2019 and secured planning permission for €3.6 billion expansion of its facility. As the curtain closes on 2019, foreign direct investment in Ireland remains in a reasonably strong shape but what will 2020 hold for the FDI landscape?

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