The South-West Region at a Glance

  •  689,750 South-West population
  •  Cork is Ireland’s second city region, home to over half a million, 50% under the age of 35 & is set to be the fastest growing city region in Ireland over the next 20 years
  •  160+ FDI companies have chosen the South-West for their operations
  •  South-West Industry clusters in pharma/biopharma; manufacturing; ICT; financial services; food; maritime + more
  •  Three 3rd level institutes, UCC, CIT, & IT Tralee with 40,000+ students & Cork/Kerry ETBs providing further education/training relevant to multiple occupations & industry sectors
  •  2 International airports [Cork & Kerry] with 50+ destinations served from Cork Airport
  •  Office rental in Cork is less than half the cost of other EU City region
  •  Cork ranked as No. 1 European small city for business friendliness by the Financial Times & one of the overall top 25 European Cities of the Future for 2018/201
  • Collaboration & partnership is at the core of how we do business and support each other to succeed in the South-West.  To learn more about the Forum and its excellent partnership-based approach to skills development between industry and education, please click here