An attractive location for the enterprising Irish
Members of Clare’s Diaspora considering returning to relocate or establish a business can be confident of getting access to various agencies due to a new start-up revolution.
Local Enterprise Office Clare is providing the support required to ensure a positive return on investment and it has injected enormous confidence in budding entrepreneurs to generate and follow through on their own business ideas. The organisation, working in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, Connect Ireland and IDA Ireland, is creating an environment where companies can set up operations more quickly.
County Clare is a long established and proven location for international business, home to global leaders including Zimmer, Microsemi, GECAS, Intel, Avara, Element Six and Lufthansa Technik Turbine.
The same factors that influenced many leading companies in choosing Clare also apply to smaller, more mobile companies as well as start-up enterprises.
The years immediately following the economic downturn in 2008 were difficult for SMEs and entrepreneurs in terms of accessing the necessary supports and training to develop their businesses.
Clare County Council now delivers an all-in-one support outlet for businesses. The pooling of expertise and resources at the Council’s corporate headquarters of Áras Contaean Chláir has streamlined the process for any business seeking financial, information or training assistance.
There is a strong history of successful FDIs and start-ups in Clare. The vibrant business community is complemented by a supportive local authority, a strong talent pool of graduates coming from five Third level Institutions and a high quality broadband infrastructure.
Combine this with a high standard of living, low employee turnover, easy accessibility by road and air, and a comprehensive network of business parks, offices and enterprise zones the county caters for all needs.
Housing the largest cluster of foreign direct investment outside of Dublin, the Shannon Free Zone remains one of Ireland’s most important investment locations.
While Shannon may historically be associated with aviation its difference today lies in its ability to cater for a wide range of other sectors including ICT, engineering, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and international services.
“When it comes to finding a home for a business, it’s easy at Shannon, with both Shannon Commercial Properties and Westpark Business Campus tailoring property solutions that meet new and existing businesses’ exact and technologically-advancing needs.
That’s why high calibre global companies have chosen to base themselves from this West of Ireland location,” explained Helen Downes, Shannon Chamber’s chief executive.
“When we mention Shannon and industry, we are more inclined to talk about companies and employment numbers, but equally remarkable are the technologically advanced products produced by these companies, and used globally.”