-Eli Lilly Awarded Cork Company of the Year 2021-Cork Chamber has today announced the overall winner of Cork Company of the Year 2021 as Eli Lilly along with the 4 individual category winners. The coveted Cork Chamber awards, which are sponsored by Vodafone Ireland, were presented at a ceremony livestreamed by media partner the Irish Examiner. A change from the usual glamour of City Hall, the awardees were no less honoured to receive their prestigious awards.
Cork Emerging Company of the Year 2021 is
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
Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber commented:
“The decision by An Bórd Pleanála to uphold the planning approval made by Cork City Council last October is a positive move for the city. The plans for multi-purpose use of the site will harness this prime location, overlooking the river and standing proudly at the head of the city’s island are a statement of how our city can celebrate its heritage while delivering spaces designed for a modern progressive city. The redevelopment of the bonded warehouses will
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
Deepening and extension of supports must be matched by acceleration of vaccine rollout Paula Cogan, Cork Chamber President said, “The announcement today from Government does not provide enough clarity on sectoral reopening timelines. Ongoing ambiguity will cause further frustration for the businesses that have been desperately working to plan for reopening, while supporting their valued employees and suppliers in this extremely challenging environment. While the areas influencing Government decision
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
-Cork Chamber Awards to Recognise Success Stories in a Challenging Year-The Cork Company of the Year Awards, run by Cork Chamber in association with Vodafone Ireland, have been launched and will remain open for applications until February 22nd. Having become the most esteemed business awards in the region, the robust judging process will take place remotely and deliberations will reveal some of the great success stories in the business community. Running for over 20 years, the awards celebrate the best of
Cork Chamber and Limerick Chamber have welcomed the opportunity to make submissions to the N/M20 Cork to Limerick Improvement Scheme public consultation, currently at options selection stage.
Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber commented, “We are committed to seeing a comprehensive upgrade to the N/M20 transport corridor progressed. The redevelopment of the regionally significant route corridor has been on the backburner for too long. Nationally and regionally, we cannot afford further complacency on
Deep Support Required to Deliver on CMATSSpeaking today, Conor Healy, Chamber CEO said, “The appointment of contractors to the ‘Bus Connects’ programme for Cork is another welcome milestone in the delivery of the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy. Cork can only deliver on it’s growth projections and evolve to a more resilient and sustainable economic model if comprehensive multimodal transport options are in place. Quality of life will continue to define the competitiveness of Cork and it is clear
Bob Savage, Vice-President and Cork Site Leader at Dell Technologies has been honoured with the Cork Chamber ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business Award 2020’, sponsored by EY.Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber said of the announcement, “A true icon of the technology industry, Bob Savage has enjoyed an international career, and all from Cork. He has ensured that an entire sector has been able to develop from Ireland. Bob sat on the board of the American Chamber and Enterprise Ireland and has been
A significant renewable energy report launched today by Cork Chamber and the Centre for Cooperative Studies at UCC highlights a significant deficit in policy and fiscal support for anaerobic digestion, a technology that converts waste products from food, agriculture, wastewater treatment and other sources into biomethane, a fuel source that can form a key element in Ireland’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions.
Speaking at the launch of the report Thomas Mc Hugh, Director of Public Affairs at Cork Chamber
Major Government Funding and Policy Measures Required to Deliver
Speaking today, Paula Cogan, Cork Chamber President said, “The decision taken by Cork City Council and the Land Development Agency to establish a Cork City Docklands Delivery Office, to accelerate the redevelopment of some 146 hectares of Cork’s prime waterfront location is essential to delivery."
"However, significant Government funding must now be allocated via the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) to enable sustainable
Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber said:
“It is very welcome news that Pfizer plans to invest €300million into its Irish operations. The pharmaceutical manufacturer has had a site in Cork since 1969 and is a key investor and employer in the region."
"Pfizer is an important player in enriching the pharmaceutical cluster in Cork, and great credit is due to the management and entire Pfizer team for securing the investment for the construction of a development facility on the Ringaskiddy site to manufacture