Happy St Patrick’s Day: Welcome To Ireland
It’s March 17th and it’s a bank holiday in Ireland. Parades and celebrations go on all over the weekend also known as Paddy’s weekend (not to be called Patty’s as that’s a big no no to the Irish). Add to this year’s jubilations with a fabulous Six Nations Rugby championship win and lots of parties are taking place. And the Irish certainly know how to celebrate. Maybe this isn’t reason enough for your business to relocate to Ireland though so please read on.
Being Welsh I am what is known as a “blow in” to Ireland – pretty accurate considering the weather we have had here recently. I have lived in Ireland for nearly ten years and can say the Irish are a passionate, loyal and friendly nation who are steadfastly surviving the recession which has hit many very hard here.
On a recent flight home I read all about ConnectIreland.com in the February issue of the Aer Lingus, Cara Magazine. I thought this a brilliant initiative and worth writing about for our 140k+ global monthly readers at Tweak Your Biz.
Basically it is asking people to identify and pass on details of an expanding international company to ConnectIreland.com. They will then explain the advantages and benefits of locating their business in Ireland and the introducer will earn a €10k government reward if Irish jobs are created. Obviously there are T&Cs but that’s the gist of it. They have famous names backing the initiative like Martin Sheen, Saoirse Ronan and Michael Flatley to name a few.
Ireland is already home to many of the world’s leading companies:-
- 8 of the top 10 pharma companies including Pfizer and Amgen
- 4 of the top 5 busiest websites
- 9 of the top 10 medical device companies such as Boston Scientific and Medtronic
- 10 of the world’s top 10 technology companies like Google and Facebook
Reasons given to relocate are:-
- Ireland has been voted as the friendliest country in the whole world – twice – in the past 5 years
- Ireland ranks in the top 10 happiest nations
- Ireland has the youngest population and highest proportion for 3rd level graduates in the EU
- IMD ranks Ireland first in the world for the availability of skilled labour
- Ireland has one of the lowest corporation tax rates in Europe at 12.5%.
- Companies can avail of a 25% tax credit against research and development costs.
- Ireland has double taxation agreements with more than 60 countries, including every major trading partner
For all of the above reasons I would recommend international companies consider relocating to Ireland. Just get in touch with ConnectIreland.com to find out more.
Even more reasons to consider Ireland for relocation
Ireland Heads Forbes’ List Of The Best Countries For Business. Forbes determined the Best Countries for Business by grading 145 nations on 11 different factors: property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance.
In 2013 the Irish diaspora were called back for “The Gathering Ireland” and according to Fáilte Ireland achieved a revenue boost of €170 million to the Irish economy. This is an amazing achievement and surpassed expectations also delivering a much needed positive impact on communities with the 5000+ gatherings around the country
This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for Ireland including the overall “Ease of Doing Business” rank (out of 189 economies) and the rankings by each topic, plus key indicators for each topic and benchmark against regional and high-income economy (OECD) averages.
If all of the above hasn’t convinced you to consider Ireland as your new business home then check out this brilliant #IrelandInspires video.
Happy St Patrick’s Day
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