It’s business-friendly

Encouraging healthy economic activity is a priority for the government. As a result, Ireland’s GDP growth has been the fastest in Europe since 2017. As of 2023, labour productivity grew by 2.3% totalling to €105.5 per hour. Ireland is also among the most competitive economies in the world too.

As the top country in the world for investment incentives and with a corporate tax rate of just 12.5%, Ireland is a great place to do business. Double tax agreements with 74 other countries also affirms that international trade is a priority.

Its global connections are unique

Dublin provides a gateway to Europe and has excellent links with the US and the UK too. As one of the most globally connected cities in the world, it is an ideal base for businesses.

Ireland is a committed member of the EU and the Eurozone. It’s also worth noting that, since Brexit, it is the only native English-speaking country in the EU too. With excellent transport links, Dublin provides unique access to the 750 million-strong EU population.

Dublin’s connections with the US on a business, personal and political level also offers easy access to that market. And as the only European country currently offering pre-clearance, Dublin provides convenient travel to a whole host of US locations.

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Dublin is modern, multifaceted and multinational

With substantial clusters of technology, pharma and finance services companies, Dublin is home to some of the world’s most influential multinational corporations.

But this city isn’t just for big hitters. Dublin is also home to a thriving startup ecosystem which drives research, development and innovation across a variety of industries. Access to lots of helpful support is also available to those starting a business in Dublin.

Its workforce is unmatched

Ireland is consistently ranked among the top countries in the world for workforce productivity and the availability of highly skilled talent. In fact, just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the OECD ranked the Irish workforce as the most productive in the world. While productivity has fallen since then, it would appear Ireland now ranks second – after Costa Rica.

The Irish workforce is one of the most educated in the world. A couple of years ago, one European Commission report even described our third-level alumni as “the most highly employable graduates in the world”.

The city is a centre of innovation

Ireland is a leading location for research, development and innovation. In 2022, over €3.5 billion was spent on R&D across the economy. And, in 2023, the state announced the introduction of an increase to the R&D tax credit to 30%, regardless of company size.

The country’s tax incentives, as well as its innovative accelerators, supports and intellectual property regime, drive success and profitability for R&D activities. The culture of collaboration between industry, academia, state agencies and regulatory authorities is a big plus too.

Global leaders in pharma, biotech, ICT and financial services have all undertaken R&D projects in Ireland. In fact, half of the top ten companies on Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies have offices right here in Dublin. These include ServiceNow, Workday, Salesforce, Amazon and Facebook.

Investment in Dublin is at an all time high and these are just a few of the most convincing reasons to invest in the city. For more information about starting a business here, check out the articles below.

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The skilled labour force in Ireland

An exceptional workforce Ireland is the 2nd most competitive country in the world, according to the 2023 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook. This comes as a result of Ireland’s flexibility, adaptability and productivity in industry. These rankings are also due in part to the multinational companies currently operating in Dublin and their employees – who n



Connectivity is a defining feature of modern economies as global communities, economies and countries become closely linked. Dublin is Ireland’s capital city and is closely connected to the rest of the island by road and rail. Its air, sea and digital links also guarantee excellent connectivity with the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Then, in terms of global connectivity, its strong digital infrastructure keeps businesses connected to their staff and customers around the world too. The city’s exceptional connectivity is just one of many reasons to consider investing in Dublin. Digit

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Business ecosystem

Ireland’s capital has a thriving, vibrant and diverse business ecosystem which always has room for entrepreneurial business people.

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Life in Dublin

Like other capital cities, Dublin offers great amenities, tons of job opportunities, a thriving social scene and a cosmopolitan environment. However, Dublin life is completely unique in many ways too. Why Dublin is different There are a whole host of reasons to live in Dublin but surprisingly much of its strength comes from its compact size. Dublin is relatively small, low rise and is home to just under 1.5 million people. As a result, the city is easy to navigate and many of its residents get from A to B by foot or bike. City life without the drawbacks Life in Dublin offers all the perks

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Dublin’s startup ecosystem

Dublin’s startup ecosystem has a reputation for being diverse, welcoming and accessible. In fact, Ireland and Dublin consistently rank well in the various startup ecosystem rankings that are released each year. Whether you’re looking for funding, supports or just a way to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs, you’ll find what you need to know below. Startup grants, funding and supports in Ireland Investment in Dublin is strong, because the Irish state proactively tries to attract and nurture businesses of every shape and size. As a result, startups based in the city can access a w

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FDI companies in Ireland

Since the 1950s, Ireland has pursued a vision of ‘industrialisation by invitation’. Today, it benefits hugely from the welcoming business environment it has created. Throughout the years, FDI companies from the US, Europe and further afield have all invested in Ireland. Why FDI companies come to Ireland Ireland’s strong legal and regulatory landscape contributes to Dublin’s reputation as an attractive and stable place to do business. EU and Eurozone membership, a young, well-educated, English-speaking