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Cork Is A Growing Hub For Business


BDO delivers a range of profession­al services across audit, tax, advisory, corporate finance, business and technology consulting and the firm is seeing growth across all areas. From a Cork perspectiv­e, partner Aidan McHugh says all service lines are growing, and currently there is huge demand for HR system implementa­tion with engagement, staff retention and payroll issues being top of the agenda.

“These are all delivered to global clients from Cork, which is also seen as a centre of excellence for HR systems across the wider global BDO network,” says McHugh.

“From a business consulting perspectiv­e, we’re seeing change management services as a huge demand area. We help companies on that journey from ‘why change’ to ‘how you need to change’, while supporting that execution from a technology and people perspectiv­e.”

An important enabler for BDO’s growth in Cork was moving the office from Little Island to Penrose Dock. McHugh says this has been key to increasing headcount and expanding service delivery to global clients. “This has also allowed us to begin offering clients the full suite of BDO services from a local base in Cork,” he adds.

“We certainly see Cork as a growing hub for local and internatio­nal business developmen­t over the coming years. Our own story is a living example of this — we’re based in Cork but our business is accelerati­ng across Ireland, UK and globally. We’re all excited by the latest investment announceme­nts to develop the city centre and surroundin­g areas. There’s no doubt that this will attract even more leading organisati­ons and talent to the region.”

 ?? ?? Aidan McHugh, BDO
Aidan McHugh, BDO

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