Cork Chamber, the voice of business in Cork, has welcomed the publication of the Government ‘Housing for All’ Strategy as an important first step in recognition of the seriousness of the housing challenges that exist but has concerns regarding delivery.
Cork Chamber President, Paula Cogan stated “The housing crisis impacts across all aspects of society and on the business community as suitable and affordable accommodation is a prerequisite in any growing and successful economy. To meet the needs of
Record levels of companies looking to upskill their workforce-In-house bespoke training in high demand- 9,110 subsidised training programs delivered in 202081,895 people upskilled via Skillnet Ireland network in 202021,600 companies supported through Skillnet Ireland training
Resilience and optimism are proving to be key factors for business leaders in weathering the challenges of the last 18 months, and fuelling the determined spirit that is reshaping teams, how they operate and their workflows.
Cork Chamber welcomes the High Court judgement to uphold An Bord Pleanála’s permission, granted on June 17, 2020, to Cork City Council for remedial works to the quay walls, public realm improvements and flood defence works at Morrison’s Island.
Speaking following the decision, Paula Cogan President of Cork Chamber said:
“Today’s judgement is to be welcomed, meaning long overdue upgrades to the dilapidated and car-focussed Morrison’s Quay and Father Matthew Quay can now get underway. A south facing
-Government & Business Must Work Harder for Cork to Succeed-
Cork Chamber of Commerce has launched its Strategic Plan 2021-2023 with a clear vision to be a world-leading Chamber of Commerce delivering on a progressive economic, social and sustainability agenda at the heart of a vibrant business community.
After 202 years working for business, ‘Dynamic, Inspiring, Responsible, and Purposeful’ are the core values that define operations at Cork Chamber and will enable it to best represent almost 1,200
-Cork Docklands, City and Urban Accommodation Vision Is Unviable & Unaffordable-
-Viability and Affordability of Apartments Remains Unresolved by Government-
The housing crisis in Ireland requires immediate intervention with a focus on private development in parallel with social and affordable housing. In Cork no new private apartment schemes of scale have been completed since 2008. As long as viability and affordability of apartments remains unresolved by Government the delivery of new urban
Cork Chamber has urged Government to give clarity on Covid business supports and to address the deepening crisis of our aviation sector.
For almost 14 months now businesses and their employees have weathered restrictions and closures. Some of the worst affected are those right at the core of our communities and local economies, the SMEs operating in tourism, hospitality, leisure, aviation, retail and culture. The Covid business supports have been pivotal to economic continuity, but continued action to
Joint statement from Cork, Ennis, Galway, Limerick, Shannon and Tralee ChambersChambers call on Government to interveneA joint statement issued today on behalf of the largest business representative bodies in West, Mid-West and South-West, representing 2,787 member organisations and supporting 199,500 said: “The Chambers regret to hear the announcement by Aer Lingus of its intention to close its base at Shannon and temporarily at Cork. We acknowledge that the aviation sector has been devastated by the
Cork Chamber announces partnership with Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange.
In recognition of shared ambitions to facilitate opportunities for members to grow connections to support business growth between Cork, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Cork Chamber is pleased to announce a new partnership with Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange.
As part of this new partnership, both membership organisations will work together in supporting each other’s activities for attracting
Headline statistics:65% of respondents say the exit of the UK from the EU, and the new EU-UK trading relationship, has had a negative impact on their business.67% have experienced increased costs due to additional customs administration and paperwork.70% have seen delays in the delivery of products and supplies due to new customs procedures.62% have experienced increased costs associated with sourcing products/supplies from the UK.49% are having problems understanding customs procedures.The results of a
Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber comments on the latest evolution of COVID-19 restrictions.
“While the announcement by Government of phased reopening is welcome, every intervening week of lost economic activity has grave consequences for the economy, and the impacts on the number of businesses that will survive and emerge from this pandemic. Every milestone must be met or surpassed with vigour. There is an irreconcilable tension between public health ambitions and the resumption of full economic
Cork Chamber welcomes significant Urban Regeneration and Development Funding
Speaking following the announcement of URDF funding for Cork today, Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber said,
“The announcement of significant enabling funds of €353.4m for the Cork Docklands means that Ireland’s largest, most ambitious and exciting regeneration programme can move ahead with confidence. In the Cork Docklands, there is room for a population of 25,000 and a workforce of almost 30,000 providing opportunity
Funding, Planning and Appeals Mechanisms Must be Reformed for Delivery
If Cork is to remain globally competitive and fulfil its role nationally as set out in the National Planning Framework (NPF), significant Government investment that is focused and targeted to unlock the region’s potential is required. In a recent submission to the National Development Plan (NDP) review, Cork Chamber recommended a ‘most ambitious’ approach must be taken to capital investment spending for the region.
Reacting to the news that the challenge blocking the development of the M28 to Ringaskiddy has been refused leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, Chamber CEO Conor Healy stated that “this decision is highly significant in that it now paves the way for the M28 Ringaskiddy upgrade to move ahead without further delay. This essential piece of infrastructure, which is of national and regional importance, has been long delayed generating huge frustration.”
“The residents and daily commuters along this
Marked Improvement in Business Confidence83% of respondents indicate business confidence, up from 68% in Q343% experienced a decrease in turnover in Q4 2020, with 29% of respondents anticipating an increase during Q1 202127% of respondents indicated a reduction in employee numbers in Q4 202038% indicate their businesses will be affected by the increased cost of sourcing products/ supplies from the UK post Brexit, customs duties, or VAT chargesWith sustainability in mind, the majority of business
The National Transport Authority allocations totalling €45.39m for 80 sustainable transport projects in Cork city and county has been strongly commended by Cork Chamber.
Speaking today, Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said, “This allocation represents the true commencement of the game changing programme of improvements that is set out in the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy and beyond.”
“Quality of life will continue to be a defining feature of the competitiveness of our region and this
Calls for urgent government policy action to unleash floating offshore wind potential
Cork, February 2020: Cork Harbour has the capacity to become an unparalleled hub for floating offshore wind energy in the Celtic Sea from 2025, presenting an opportunity for a new industrial sector to emerge in the region. This is according to a report published by Cork Chamber of Commerce, which calls on the government to enact key policy changes to ensure that Cork Harbour is in a position to unleash its potential