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.
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
Irish start-up 3D4Medical sold to Dutch data giant in deal worth $50.6m
Headquartered in Dublin, with over 70 employees, 3D4Medical has developed a cloud-based education platform which allows users to investigate the details of the human make-up in 3D. The deal will see founder John Moore get a payout of close to €25.6m for his 56pc stake in the business. Its flagship platform, Complete Anatomy, is one of the world's most advanced anatomy platforms. This year it achieved over 1.2 million registered users, and across its suite of apps 3D4Medical has had over 25 million downloads. Life sciences investment company Malin is also a beneficiary from the sale, netting cash proceeds of over €17m for its stake in the company.
Huckletree launches co-working models for growing start-ups
Huckletree launched a new co-working model for rapidly growing companies across Dublin. The co-working company revealed its new concept, Huckletree Places, which is dedicated to members who have achieved success beyond the company's original co-working space model. The aim of this project is to enable larger sized companies to reach the next phase of growth, while remaining part of the wider the company’s co-working community. The new concept will provide an extension to businesses that have grown and developed within the Huckletree's location on Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Native Denims is Ireland's sole denim studio, crafting jeans with a couturier's eye. "We've gone back to the way that denim was meant to be made." Had you clambered up the Chocolate Factory's back stairwell (or taken the lift, stamina intact) to the Native Denims studio during last month's Open House, you would have stumbled upon a captive audience congesting the entrance. Pat, Native's chief instigator and passionate spokesperson, was dissecting a pair of high-street jeans with acerbic gusto, encircled by breath-bated (but, occasionally, chuckling) spectators.