Dairygold’s Niall Sheehan discusses why Cork makes good business sense

niall sheahanHow do you find Cork as a location to do business?
A vibrant and youthful city, Cork is an ideal location to do business. The city has a track record of attracting international investment with over 137 overseas companies operating successfully in the area, and a workforce of well over 22,500 people. A strategic hub, several of the world’s key corporate occupiers are situated in the Cork region – including Apple, Amazon, VMWare, Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson.

If you were describing Cork to someone who did not know much about the place what would you say?
Cork is a distinctly unique location, a metropolitan mix of culture and commerce all rolled into one. Cork is known as Ireland’s food capital, and we have the Wild Atlantic Way right on our doorstep. The city has a pulsing work/life balance and a thriving commercial hub. It has a totally unique sense of identity.

From your point of view what are the biggest advantages to operating a business in Cork?
Cork has massive advantages to offer businesses. The region’s scale is extremely convenient, in that it operates very efficiently for corporations of all sizes. Energetic and youthful, the city has long been characterised by commerce and enterprise. The city enjoys both indigenous and international corporate occupiers, offering unrivalled experience and industry insights. The region is also extremely accessible and connected.

How would you describe the quality of the indigenous workforce in Cork?
The quality of the indigenous workforce in Cork is second to none. The region has a large talent pool with over 30,000 third-level students. The city’s two primary third-level institutions – Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and University College Cork (UCC) – as well as several further-education centres such as St John’s Central College, Cork College of Commerce and Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, all offer an extremely capable workforce.

Could you describe the general work ethic that you have experienced in Cork?
The people of Cork have one of the best work ethics in the country; they are an extremely motivated, inspiring workforce. Employees in Cork strive for a balanced work/life approach, enjoying the varied cultural and social lifestyle the region has to offer, complimentary to the city’s bustling commercial attitude.

What is the general consensus of your team about working and living in Cork?
My team’s attitude to working and living in Cork is an overwhelmingly positive one. The city is rapidly growing from strength to strength, both commercially and culturally. The region boasts a varied selection of experiences, from retail, dining and entertainment, anything from heritage pubs to cool nightclubs and key places of interest like The English Market and Cork Opera House.

How would you describe your personal experience of living and working in Cork?
My personal experience of living and working in Cork is similar to the team’s own experience; a thoroughly enjoyable one! The city has a mix of both young and old, and there is without a doubt something to please everyone. The pride people take in the city is contagious.

Is it a good place to raise a family?
Cork is a great place to raise a family, offering exceptional quality of life to its inhabitants. The region offers an easier pace of life to Dublin, with less commuting, less cost of living and friendly locals. Cork is a genuine student city of international scale, offering a wide choice of educational routes at all levels. A city of cultural spirit, there are family-friendly attractions dotted around the map, and you’re always just a short drive from fresh country air.

What is the one stand out feature about Cork that has resonated with you?
Cork’s connectivity is without a doubt a stand-out feature. An exciting commercial quarter, the city is exceptionally well serviced by public transport facilities and a series of pedestrianised streets. Cork Airport – Ireland’s second busiest airport, serving over 2.1 million passengers across 50 routes to the UK and continental Europe – is approximately 10 minutes by car to the city centre. Kent Train Station – just 10 minutes from the city centre by foot – sees hourly trains from Cork to Dublin Heuston. Cork is also fast becoming Ireland’s internet hub, with the vast majority of businesses operating in the city being served by fibre optic connectivity.