Your guide to doing business in Dublin.

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.

“Ireland continues to lead the world for attracting high-value investment,” stated IBM’s Global Location Trends report in 2018, “generating substantial inward investment with strengths in key high-value sectors such as ICT, financial and business services and life sciences.

According to a recent study by FDI, (European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19 rankings), “Dublin boasts the highest level of FDI on a per capita basis of all locations… The city has established a reputation as a software and IT hub, with major investments in recent years from US software giants including Facebook and Google. In the five-year period analysed, almost half of all investments in the city were tech-based.”

Why invest in Dublin?

Exceptionally well-educated workers, four of Forbes's top Most Innovative Companies and all the vibrancy of a European capital city: Dublin is where you want to be.

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Move Your Business

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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Starting a business

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.

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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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Investment opportunities

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

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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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SmartDublin

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. That’s exactly what

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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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