Business in Kerry

The Kerry brand is known worldwide. County Kerry in Ireland's southwest has produced and is host to some of the best known international business names like crane manufacturer, Liebherr, financial services company, FEXCO, and the international food and ingredients giant, Kerry Group.

Its tourism brand is also renowned across the globe with top international attractions like the Lakes of Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Ring of Kerry.

Kerry is a great place to live in as well as to do business. It is not just large international companies which are based in Kerry. The county is a hub of enterprise and business activity with hundreds of small and medium enterprises in operation. It was a Kerry man, Richard Cantillon, who first coined the phrase 'entrepreneur' in the eighteenth century and his native county continues to exemplify an entrepreneurial spirit.

Kerry is also at the cutting edge in education, training and skills. Its location in the southwest gives it easy access to world class universities in Cork and Limerick as well as to its own Institute of Technology in Tralee, the county's largest town. The Institute offers study opportunities in business, tourism, engineering, construction, science and computing and attracts almost 4,000 students from all over Ireland and beyond. Working in harmony with each other has been a hallmark of Kerry's viability as a business base. Inter-agency collaboration is spearheaded by the local government authority for the county, Kerry County Council. Apart from providing a range of public services and amenities, the Council has a key role in economic development.

Support for new and existing businesses is provided by Kerry County Council through its Local Enterprise Office (www.localenterprise.ie/kerry). The office offers support, advice and training for new and existing businesses in a friendly and effective way. The Council's Economic Development Officer is the first port of call for prospective investors or new businesses in Kerry - Bridget Fitzgerald can be contacted at (+353)66 7183500.

Ireland's foreign direct investment agency, the Industrial Development Authority, has developed a 2,300 square-metre purpose-built facility in Tralee which offers prospective clients a ready-made property solution for new enterprises.Kerry's Technology Park which is home to 300 employees in a variety of high-end and high-tech enterprises gives Kerry a further edge in fostering the entrepreneurial spirit.The Tom Crean Business Centre - named after the famous Antarctic explorer and Kerry native, Tom Crean - provides start-ups with the support and facilities they need to grow and prosper and is now a base for 22 indigenous companies.

Quick and easy access to the county is a key attraction. As well as being close to air hubs in Cork and Shannon, Kerry Airport offers flights to and from Dublin, Frankfurt Hahn and London (Luton and Stansted) - and from late 2017, Berlin - allowing for same-day journeys to Dublin, the UK and Europe. Connections to eight US cities through Dublin allow for journeys from Kerry to the US.

Apart from the obvious benefits of setting up or running a business in Kerry, where the cost of living is low, the quality of life offered is exceptional. Located on the magical Wild Atlantic Way route along Ireland's internationally renowned Atlantic coastline, Kerry offers pristine beaches, a clean environment, high-quality cycling and walking routes and a range of outdoor leisure pursuits and facilities.

A vibrant arts and culture scene in areas like film, theatre and music along with a proud sporting heritage offer further attractions to those seeking a healthy, fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle.