Dublin is open for business

How the Irish capital’s pro-business approach makes it an ideal conference and event location

What comes to mind when you think of Dublin? Ireland’s capital city has a deserved reputation for the warmth of its welcome but what’s less well known is that it’s also one of the world’s easiest places to do business. That’s no idle boast: many of the leading global companies agree.

Over 1,150 overseas companies have chosen Ireland as their European base in sectors such as ICT, Pharmaceuticals, healthcare, financial and international service Ireland is home to:

The World Bank rates Ireland 13th worldwide for ease of doing business. Ireland’s open economy has successfully attracted major operations from some of the world’s biggest names in technology, social media and pharmaceuticals. Silicon Docks, on the south side of the river Liffey that divides Dublin in two, is home to names like Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, not to mention a raft of up-and-coming tech startups. In other words, Dublin is serious about business.

What's more, the cost of doing business here has fallen since the financial crisis in 2008, and Ireland’s inflation rate is below the EU average. The Irish economy has turned around to the extent that GDP grew by 4.8% in 2014 – the highest rate in Europe.

According to IDA Ireland, the agency tasked with attracting foreign investment to these shores, labour costs have stabilised since 2008, rising by just 4% – much lower than the EU average of 14%. What’s more, Ireland also has one of the most advanced and competitive telecoms infrastructures in Europe.

Dublin is within easy access from most European cities by air and the capital boasts a range of interesting conference venues, from purpose-built corporate events centres and sports stadiums to historic castles and even the famous Guinness brewery. If you want to give your delegates an unforgettable experience in a memorable location, talk to the Dublin Convention Bureau today about how we can work together to create a great event in the Fair City.

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