Doing Business in Ireland

There are many opportunities for UK Business in Ireland. We provide a wealth of information and guidance on doing business in Ireland.

Ireland is the UK’s 5th largest export market and the UK’s largest export market in sectors such as food & drink and clothing, fashion & footwear with other sectors continuing to grow. In 2011 total trade in goods and services from the UK to Ireland was £27.4bn. With cultural similarities, close sea and air links, the same language and similar regulatory frameworks Ireland is an ideal market for UK companies to export to.

There are many opportunities for UK Business in Ireland. We provide a wealth of information and guidance on doing business in Ireland.

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What are the Opportunities?

Ireland is a major customer for products and services of all kinds and its young population (with a third aged 25-44) makes it attractive to exporters. There are opportunities in almost all sectors, but the following are particularly attractive:

  • Food and drink – the UK’s largest export market – opportunities across the board, in particular for specialist foods

  • Transport 21 – a 34.4 bn Euro ten-year transport plan (to 2015) – various infrastructure projects (www.transport21.ie)

  • Healthcare – the Health Service Executive has an annual budget of 14.7 bn Euro (www.hse.ie and www.dohc.ie)

  • Energy – market deregulation (www.cer.ie)

  • Environment – approximately €4bn being spent to upgrade and to conform to EU standards ( www.environ.ie)

  • Construction – various infrastructure products as outlined in the National Development Plan 2007 – 2013 (www.ndp.ie and www.environ.ie)

Guide to Doing Business in Ireland

UKTI has produced a guide aimed at companies experienced in overseas trade who are new to doing business with Ireland. This guide aims to provide a route map of the way ahead, together with signposts to sources of help.

  • Introduction

  • Preparing to Export

  • How to do Business

  • What are the challenges

  • Business Etiquette

  • How to invest in Ireland

  • Contacts

Download the Ireland Doing Business Guide

Sector Reports

For information on your sector in Ireland including characteristics of the market, opportunities and key contacts, please check out the latest sector reports.

See all Sector Reports for Ireland

Countries: Ireland
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