With a thriving population and access to the major transport links in Dublin, the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is an ideal location for establishing or locating a business. Currently the population stands at 207,000 and consists of a mix of diverse nationalities.
Located on Dublin’s southside, there are numerous transport options into the city or beyond Dublin towards other parts of Ireland, including the M50, N11, LUAS and DART making for a convenient commute. Furthermore, there are a number of large well-established business hubs and employment centres in operation in this part of Dublin, namely:
Major educational institutions in the area include University College Dublin (UCD), Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education, Irish Management Institute (IMI – part of UCC) and the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT).
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown has recently launched their Local Economic & Community plan 2016 – 2021 which provides a clear role for local government over the next 5-6 years.
The plan sets out the objectives and actions that will promote and support local economic and community development in the county. High-level goals include the promotion of an enterprise and innovation; the development of a healthy county, where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and well-being and the promotion of sustainable development and the green economy can flourish.
Entrepreneurialism is encouraged throughout each of the localities and this is evidenced from the growing number of small and medium businesses in the area, for example speciality shops and artisan food producers. The Dún Laoghaire Local Enterprise Office (LEO) offers assistance to people interested in starting up a new business or already in business including entrepreneurs, early stage promoters and small businesses looking to expand.
Services include access to business information and advice, training, mentoring, financial supports, networking, Local Economic Development and Food and Tourism support services as well as educational assistance.
For anyone choosing to work in the area, there are a number of parks and recreation areas as well as easy access to shopping centres and evening entertainment. After work possibilities include sea sports or mountain walks.
The area is well serviced with extended cycle lanes and footpaths offering people the chance to commute to work by bike or on foot.