Cork has a wide menu of offers, services and experiences that can be drawn on by individuals, start-up and established businesses. This will help people and business make a success of their lives and ventures
The Gateway to Europe
Cork is located in the hearth of the southwest region of Ireland; often termed the Gateway to Europe. The entire south west region has a population of over 660,000 with 43% (290,000) of the region’s population living in Cork city and its metropolitan district. With a population of 519,000 across Cork City and Cork County, the region is the key driver of the southwest regional economy and makes the second largest contribution to the Irish economy.
Cork city and its metropolitan district is the second largest (largest outside the capital city Dublin) cohesive metropolitan area in the state. The entire region is economically, socially and environmentally diverse offering business, entrepreneurship and community choices for residents and visitors alike.
A Premier Location for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Business, Investment and Tourism
The history of Cork dates back to a monastic settlement, founded by St Finbar in the sixth century. Between 915 and 922, Viking settlers established a trading community, sowing the seeds for city which evolved into a major trading centre over the centuries. Today Cork is recognised as a premier location for entrepreneurship, innovation, business, investment and tourism. As a region, it is a power house for economic, industrial, research and business development and is home to eight of the top ten pharmaceutical companies worldwide.