Ireland has been recognised as the top eurozone country and the fourth best country in the world in Forbes’ most recent (2015) list of the best countries in the world to do business. Furthermore, according to the European Commission (2015), the Irish economy is set to become the fastest growing in the Europe Union.
This economy offers a range of valuable benefits to incoming investors including;
- access to an EU market of 500m consumers,
- availability of educated talent with favourable demographics,
- a competitive 12.5% corporate tax rate.
With such an educated workforce, positive trading conditions and a gateway to our European neighbours, Ireland continues to be an ideal location for international companies to set up or expand their operations. According to IDA Ireland (2015), over 1,150 multinational companies have chosen Ireland as their strategic European base across sectors including Digital and Social Media, Gaming, Life Sciences, International Financial Services and Information and Communications Technology.
Leading-edge brands such as Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal and Hubspot have chosen Ireland as the location for their EMEA headquarters. Ireland is fast becoming a hub for these key sectors, which in turn is driving growth and recovery in the economy making it an attractive and thriving place to do business.