Top reasons to choose Ireland
Why Ireland?
Ireland’s lifestyle benefits

What can ConnectIreland do to help an internationally expanding, export focused business?

Any business looking to establish an operation in Ireland will want to speak with someone who has knowledge of their sector combined with local experience.

To help ensure a smooth, speedy and efficient establishment in Ireland – we can provide valuable information regarding Ireland’s pro-business environment.

1. We facilitate company investigation by providing advice on


Many of the world’s biggest and most successful companies across a range of industry sectors already have considerable operations in Ireland, such as Microsoft, Pfizer, Abbott and Intel. These companies have done their research and voted with their feet, resulting in significant investments in their Irish operations. This is testament to their confidence and belief in the future of Ireland and her people.

Don’t take our word for it!

Former US President Bill Clinton, at the Invest in Ireland Forum in New York in February 2012, said: "You'd have to be nuts not to take advantage of the unique investment opportunity presented by one of the most business-friendly countries in the world, with the youngest, best-educated workforce in Europe."

Quick facts

Ireland is home to:

  • 9 of the world’s top 10 medical technology companies, such as Boston Scientific and Medtronic
  • 8 of the top pharma/bio companies including Pfizer and Amgen
  • 10 top ‘born on the internet’ companies, like Google and Facebook
  • 3 of the top 5 games companies, such as EA and Activision

2. We assist with


Almost 1,000 multinational companies have chosen Ireland as their strategic European base due to our pro-business environment and attractive taxation rates.

  • Ireland has one of the lowest corporation tax rates in Europe at 12.5%.
  • Companies can avail of a 25% tax credit against research and development costs.
  • Ireland has double taxation agreements with more than 60 countries, including every major trading partner.

3. We can also provide

  • Introductions to careers offices in the major universities
  • Help to fast track visas and paperwork
  • Acccess to export support services
  • Introductions to local market opportunities
  • Introductions to similar companies
  • Organise PR and announcements to help recruitment
  • Networking into local business community

According to the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the economy of Europe is the largest and most affluent economy in the world. The euro is the official currency of the eurozone and is used daily by 332 million Europeans. The euro is the most traded currency in the world after the US dollar and Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the eurozone.

Benefits of the EU and eurozone include:


  • duty-free access to the world’s most valuable market from Ireland
  • companies in the eurozone are not exposed to currency fluctuations when trading in the eurozone
  • CE mark certification is valid across the European trading area
  • European citizens can move freely within the EU to live and work