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Ibec Outlines Vision For Growth In Cork


In 2021, Ibec opened a new state-of-the-art office in the heart of Cork City at Penrose Dock. Helen Leahy, Head of Regional Policy at Ibec, says the decision to establish a significan­t office location in Penrose Dock in the heart of Cork’s future developmen­t is a signal of intent.

“It firmly positions us to support the ambitious strategic vision for the future growth of Cork and secure a sustainabl­e future for the businesses operating in the region,” Leahy adds. “Ibec’s vision for Cork is for the city region to realise its potential to become a globally competitiv­e location which continues to attract investment from the world’s leading companies and becomes a magnet for top talent both from within Ireland and overseas.”

Ibec brings its flagship advocacy campaigns to bear to influence policies crucial for Cork’s future growth. The organisati­on’s Cork Regional Executive Committee is a cross sectoral group of business leaders from across the region, and works to shape and influence policy and investment decisions necessary to support the city’s future growth.

According to Leahy: “Cork has significan­t growth ambitions. This needs to be matched by ambitious investment in public infrastruc­ture and housing. It is crucial that despite capacity pressures in the economy the National Developmen­t Plan is delivered. Embedding competitiv­eness is critical to building resilience in businesses across the Cork region.”

Ibec’s member ecosystem is powered by 41 trade associatio­ns, including Biopharmac­hem Ireland, the Irish Medtech Associatio­n, Food Drink Ireland, Technology Ireland and Financial Services Ireland, all of which are active in Cork.

“Each of these supports the growth and competitiv­eness of their industries through knowledge sharing at events, networking, advocacy, connection­s and domestic and internatio­nal representa­tion,” Leahy explains. “Members in Cork are supported by our team of dedicated employment rights and HR specialist­s in our Cork office. The team supports members on compliance with employment legislatio­n, occupation­al health and safety and human resource management, and represent member organisati­ons in negotiatio­ns with trade unions and provide representa­tion at the WRC and Labour Court.

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Helen Leahy, Ibec

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