Business in Kerry
Kerry – Positioned for Growth
Kerry is home to an impressive mix of long-established global brands and newly emerged entrepreneurial brands who have specifically chosen Kerry as their base. A skilled local and international workforce coupled with an inherent entrepreneurial spirit in Kerry has been core to the success of many businesses in the county.
Kerry Airport is central to the business community locally and in the South-West region and as part of this wider business community we have featured business leaders in their own sectors in this region.”
KerrySciTech’s mission is to promote, support and grow the science, tech and engineering sectors in the Kerry region. With up to 70 ‘sci-tech’ companies in the county, our regional cluster is continuously growing. With rising living costs and long commutes, not everyone wants to live and work in a city but more importantly, many companies are choosing to base their headquarters in regional locations and what better place than Kerry? While it’s one of Ireland’s most scenic and popular tourist destinations, not many people realise that we have a strong heritage in creating global success stories – Brian McCarthy of Fexco, Edmond Harty of Dairymaster, Mike Stack of TriCel, Jerry Kennelly of Tweak.com, Mike Fitzgerald of Netfeasa, Sean Ryan of Aspen Grove Solutions, Jim Breen of PulseLearning and Alan Scroope of FreeFlow (all former winners or finalists in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards).
By helping our member companies in their endeavours to attract and retain ‘STEM’ talent; developing programmes of work to ensure the availability of the right skills within the region; and fostering collaboration across members, KerrySciTech ultimately helps companies grow, accelerate innovation and effect positive impact on the economic development of the Kerry region and beyond. Our membership includes a unique blend of start-ups, SMEs, multinationals, incubation centres and digital hubs, as well as strategic alliances with academia, education and training organisations and local government leaders who collaborate for positive economic impact in the region. For more information see: www.kerryscitech.com
With the ever increasing demand for ‘STEM’ talent, KerrySciTech offers an exciting and innovative approach by companies in Kerry in their endeavours to source and retain the right people to work across a spectrum of companies and sectors. KerrySciTech enables enterprises in Kerry to reach a global market, leveraging strategic messaging and brand positioning that represents these firms and their collective interests in their search for talent. On any given day, KerrySciTech members are both competing with each other and working cooperatively as allies to accomplish our shared goal of powering the Kerry economy to generate new jobs that attract and retain talent in our region.
The access, lifestyle, entrepreneurship of Kerry
Living in Kerry has so many advantages – an ideal environment for raising a family, Kerry offers clean air, short commutes, and smaller schools. Outdoor enthusiasts have the best playground in the world at their feet, with pristine lakes, miles of coastline, and mountain ranges strung out along the horizon. Urbanites are catered for too, with excellent shopping in the larger towns, a thriving restaurant and pub scene, and a vibrant events calendar. Add to that cheaper housing, great transport links, and access to quality training and higher education, and you really have to ask yourself, why aren’t you living here yet?
And while Kerry might be tucked into the southwest corner of Ireland, getting in and out is surprisingly easy. Kerry County Airport offers flights to and from Dublin, Frankfurt Hahn, Luton, Stansted, Faro, and Alicante.
Our vibrant SciTech ecosystem which includes large global players such as JRI America, Astellas and Listal alongside our SME and start-up community has been integral to Kerry emerging as a very exciting destination for tech talent and entrepreneurs. This is a huge advantage for those thinking of joining a start-up or founding one. The cluster itself, has acted to reduce the risk for new entrepreneurs as there is a fantastic, helpful and supportive community established here who through KerrySciTech are pulling together – working with peers and mentoring new founders to drive success in our region.
KerrySciTech, our members and strategic partners are focused on ensuring we foster the innovation being created in the region and shine a light shine on the great work being done by many start-up and growing companies in Kerry. There’s a real drive, ambition and commitment from across industry, academia and our public bodies to sustaining, developing and growing the high-tech sector in the Kerry region. We know the challenges, in particular when it comes to attracting top talent, especially when competing with Dublin and our neighbours in Cork & Limerick. And while many might consider our cluster ‘small and remote’, we’ve got form in this space – you only have to look at one of KerrySciTech’s biggest supporters, Kerry Group, which started up from a caravan in Listowel, and now has a global workforce of 25,000!
Abode Killarney is best described as a new and innovative co-living property bringing a new dimension to living in Kerry. Based in Aghadoe, Abode Co-living presents several solutions in today’s challenging living and work environment. Firstly, it offers private living with community aspects. Secondly, it enables individuals to immediately immerse themselves in a community, especially for those arriving to an area or for those who are already situated, it now presents an alternative to conventional shared living.
Developer Derek Twiss, of Bond Street Investments, identified the solution co-living presented in an ever-changing property, work and living environment and recognised that this would be an excellent proposition in Killarney. Derek and his team have previously worked in the development of co-living properties in the UK and Ireland and in identifying the growth of co-living, Killarney presented so many unique aspects that mirror the values of co-living. Abode Killarney presents unique benefits not found in conventional shared living. It comprises of 12 contemporary and urban styled apartments, with a distinct retro-style running throughout the property. Each apartment has its own kitchen, dining area and living area and the bedrooms are designed to present different living options for those who wish to have their own room or for those who prefer to share. Talk to our Curator Eimear today about all the options available from 6 months, to 12 months to more long-term contracts for both individuals and corporate clients. “Abode Killarney offers a lifestyle solution for its residents who wish to live, work and play” When asked about developing Abode and his property portfolio in Kerry, Derek was philosophical. A more famous Kerry man than I, the great John B Keane once said “A day away from Kerry is a day wasted”. Having worked and lived abroad for a number of years, returning home was always my ambition. The value of working away and the experience gained has thought me to appreciate what on offer in Kerry and the entrepreneurial spirit in the county. Companies like Kerry Group, Fexco and Dairymaster are examples of homegrown businesses and are market leaders in their fields. The new RDI Hub in Killorglin is testament to the forward-thinking approach in the county and is one of the reasons why I decided to develop Abode. I have based myself in Kerry where I manage my business interests in Dublin, Cork and Kerry. I appreciate living & working in the area and with access to Kerry Airport, the train service and the ever-improving motorway system has afforded me the option. I get inspiration from living and working in one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland and it where I want to develop my business and rear my family.
There are communal spaces within the property and this is where the concept truly comes to life as community living is at the heart of the concept. Residents can also enjoy a shared kitchen and dining area, cinema room, laundry, gym, co-working area and living, chill out area. All designed to the highest specification and provides the highest standards in terms of technology and Wi-Fi. The cost for residents includes accommodation, utilities, Wi-Fi, secured living, secured parking, storage and access to all the communal aspects of Abode Killarney. Abode Killarney offers a lifestyle solution for its residents who wish to live, work and play differently. For details contact us at; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website on www.abodekillarney.com
Developer Derek Twiss, of Bond Street Investments, identified the solution co-living presented in an ever-changing property, work and living environment and recognised that this would be an excellent proposition in Killarney.
Derek and his team have previously worked in the development of co-living properties in the UK and Ireland and in identifying the growth of co-living, Killarney presented so many unique aspects that mirror the values of co-living. Abode Killarney presents unique benefits not found in conventional shared living. It comprises of 12 contemporary and urban styled apartments, with a distinct retro-style running throughout the property. Each apartment has its own kitchen, dining area and living area and the bedrooms are designed to present different living options for those who wish to have their own room or for those who prefer to share.
Talk to our Curator Eimear today about all the options available from 6 months, to 12 months to more long-term contracts for both individuals and corporate clients.
“Abode Killarney offers a lifestyle solution for its residents who wish to live, work and play”
When asked about developing Abode and his property portfolio in Kerry, Derek was philosophical.
A more famous Kerry man than I, the great John B Keane once said “A day away from Kerry is a day wasted”. Having worked and lived abroad for a number of years, returning home was always my ambition. The value of working away and the experience gained has thought me to appreciate what on offer in Kerry and the entrepreneurial spirit in the county. Companies like Kerry Group, Fexco and Dairymaster are examples of homegrown businesses and are market leaders in their fields. The new RDI Hub in Killorglin is testament to the forward-thinking approach in the county and is one of the reasons why I decided to develop Abode. I have based myself in Kerry where I manage my business interests in Dublin, Cork and Kerry. I appreciate living & working in the area and with access to Kerry Airport, the train service and the ever-improving motorway system has afforded me the option. I get inspiration from living and working in one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland and it where I want to develop my business and rear my family.
RDI Hub will create high skilled jobs and drive economic growth in the South West
Members will enjoy first class facilities with innovation and globalization opportunities
Seeking several National and International companies to use RDI Hub as their home.
RDI Hub, a new research, development and innovation hub backed by Fexco, IT Tralee and Kerry County Council, is a not for profit public-private partnership which will drive design led innovation, nurture entrepreneurs, and facilitate research and development in the financial technology sector.
The RDI Hub is located in a 20,000 sq ft premises in Killorglin donated by industry partner Fexco and less than 25 minutes’ drive from Kerry Airport in Farranfore.
RDI Hub was successful in the highly competitive Enterprise Ireland Regional Enterprise Development Fund, and will bolster the South West’s position as a globally connected financial services and ICT skills hotspot, helping with job creation and economic growth. RDI Hub will help members scale their businesses through new product development, increased innovation, and finding new market opportunities. Applications for space are expected from domestic and international high potential start-ups, entrepreneurs, SMEs, academics, local authorities and public sector bodies.
In addition to mentoring and training opportunities members of RDI Hub will benefit from:
- Innovation and globalization programmes: training on Artificial Intelligence Horizon 2020 Funding and Sales Excellence are amongst planned training topics in early 2020
- 1GB Broadband: top quality high-speed internet infrastructure
- Events Spaces: An auditorium & flexible collaboration spaces to cater for all types of events
- Breakout Space: Breakout areas that will be perfect places to meet with fellow members.
- Prototype rooms: Two Prototype rooms to help companies take their idea to Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
- Conference Rooms: High-tech audio-visual & telecommunication facilities to enable members to present, discuss & communicate
- Workshops / Meetups: The Hub will host a wide range of developer meetups and innovation workshops for our community
- Food/Drink: Canteen onsite with quality food & drink offers and free coffee.
RDI Hub’s home will be the previously-named Liebig Building, a former factory outside Killorglin. The building will be renamed in honour of John McCarthy as a tribute to the Stanford University Computer Scientist, one of the founders of the discipline of artificial intelligence, whose father was born in Cromane in Kerry.
To find out more or to make an application to become a member of RDI Hub please visit www.rdihub.com
For further information please contact: email@example.com (087-9680399)
Prosper Kerry is a network of Kerry’s business diaspora developed to enhance the prosperity of Kerry through co-operation, knowledge sharing, creativity, inspiration, resulting in a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The objective is to support Kerry based entrepreneurs, by providing advice and mentoring on their key business challenges including growing the business, investing in the company or connecting the Kerry entrepreneur with potential investors/business.
With events throughout the year in Dublin and Kerry, Prosper Kerry affords Kerry-based entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch and share their company goals to a network of C-suite business people who are galvanized in giving back and investing in Kerry. John Mulhern, CEO of the Kerry Airport joined us at our last Prosper Series where he explained the future plans for Kerry Airport and he reminded us that, “It takes 45 minutes to fly into Kerry from Dublin. You land and get through the airport in ten minutes, you get home or to your meeting faster. Why wouldn’t you make it easier for yourselves?”.
Prosper Kerry speakers to date, include serial entrepreneur and CEO of Tweak Jerry Kennelly, CEO and technical director of Dairymaster, Edmond Harty, Kerry Person of the Year and the Managing Director of the family – owned Moriarty Group, Luke Moriarty and CEO of the IDA, Martin Shannon. Join the growing Prosper network and help strengthen Kerry’s entrepreneurial ecosystem here (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prosper has launched in Kerry, Limerick, and Cavan, with plans to expand nationally and to host events overseas in the next year. Prosper Kerry was developed by the Guinness Enterprise Centre (www.gec.ie) based in Dublin 8, in partnership with Kerry County Council, KerrySciTech, Kerry LEO, IT Tralee, Enterprise Ireland, the Kerry Hub Community along with a Kerry working group based in Dublin.
For more information on how you can business support Kerry or on how Prosper Kerry can support you, email us (email@example.com) @ProsperSeries
Your County is Your Business!
RED CHAIR RECRUITMENT
If you are looking to re-locate to beautiful Kerry or hire the next star for your business, well that is what we do, and we are very, very good at it!
Red Chair Recruitment is Kerry’s leading recruitment company with office in Killarney, Co Kerry & Dublin 14. We post more jobs in Munster each day than any other agency ensuring our candidate database is always current & GDPR compliant.
We have the most open jobs locally because we are the trusted partner of choice and our proven reputation locally, says it all. We provide our clients with professional level permanent, temporary and contract talent across all industries/sectors. We also offer a complete range of employment services including HR solutions, training, market and salary data.
If you are considering a move to Kerry, please pop in and have a coffee with one of our Recruitment Consultants – 2nd & 3rd floor, Recruitment House, 91 New Street, Killarney – +353 (0) 64 6622 007 – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.redchairrecruitment.ie
Committee members & Fellows of the National Recruitment Federation of Ireland & England
Official HR & Recruitment Partner of the Kerry GAA.
We provide our expertise into:
- Medical & Nursing
- Finance, Banking & Accountancy
- IT & Software
- Construction & Property Services
- Legal & Professional Services
- Sales & Marketing
- Engineering & Manufacturing
- Multilingual, Office Support & Call Centre
- Life Science, Farming & Food
BESPOKE BUSINESS SUPPORT
Bespoke Business Support is a consortium of experienced business professionals who specialise in realising clients’ commercial ambitions through actionable recommendations across strategy, product, financials and marketing.
Core to our mission is trust, integrity, honesty, professionalism and the ability to deliver on every point with our clients. These values points have been well-honed on our 30+ years-experience and apply to every project as if it were our first piece of work.
Through our marketing skill set our aim is for our client to gain a greater understanding of their client and markets discovering what matters most to them. Brand loyalty is garnered through consistency of excellence, always delivering and at times punctuating the experience with “delight”.
Just as we are part of a wider business community, we all recognise that our skills and expertise can help those in other communities and for us our community engagements and pro-bono work is a core value to the entire team.
Who we are
We have curated an expert team of professionals with over 30 years experience in assisting clients to realise their commercial objectives, lead by our Executive Partners.
Eimear Mc Donnell – Executive Partner
With 20+ years-experience in Sales and Marketing management, Eimear has worked extensively in the advertising and communications industry. Within BBS Eimear works with a wide range of clients to define their market offering, then developing both online and offline marketing strategies and social media strategies to deliver against their commercial goals.
As an experienced Commercial Manager, a core part of Eimear’s assignment with clients involves strategic advice on how to optimize revenues, control marketing cost bases and manage campaigns for a successful outcome.
A highly experienced trainer and facilitator key focuses have included marketing, sales, business planning, business strategy and business boot camp facilitation.
Brigeen O’ Sullivan – Executive Partner
Brigeen has worked extensively in the Hospitality and Tourism sector for over 20 years.
An experienced Sales and Marketing Manager Brigeen brings these skills to BBS working with clients on outlining the strategic analysis of their business and ensuring all revenue streams are being optimised by taking an omni-channel approach within a client’s business.
A key aspect of the success of any client’s brand is ensuring that the overall story of the company, the brand identity, the excellence of service and unique selling points are fully translated to the target audience.
Brigeen has worked extensively in stakeholder engagement for both commercial and government sector clients.
How Can We Help You?
We are specialists in marketing, digital, content creation, copywriting, advertising procurement & campaign management, P.R., media and training.
We support a broad range of clients throughout Ireland in the tourism, hospitality, healthcare, charity & enterprise training sectors.
Contact us at www.bespokebusinesssupport.com
HENNIGAN HOSPITALITY SERVICES
‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest’
Hennigan Hospitality Services provides a high-quality consulting and advisory service to businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector. Our expertise and knowledge are wide reaching as we share our experience and insight in order to achieve maximum results for our clients, through increased profitability, an improvement in brand loyalty and an opportunity to outperform others in the market.
Conor Hennigan, founder of Hennigan Hospitality Services has over 36 years industry experience in a variety of hospitality managerial positions throughout the country. Throughout his career Conor held many industry representational roles including; Vice President of the Irish Hotels Federation, President of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, and President of the SKAL club of Kerry. Conor was also a board member of National Tourism Authority (Failte Ireland).
Hennigan Hospitality Services (HHS Ltd) also provides practical advice and services to companies and individuals on business planning, project management, food development and service evaluations.
McCarthy Developments Cork, Gleneagle Management Services Killarney, Ryan’s Supervalu Group Cork & Limerick, Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare, Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West, Garvey Group Tralee, Kilkea Castle Co. Kildare, Tralee Institute of Technology, Tralee Co. Kerry. Kerry Convention Bureau & Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, and Kerry Airport, Farranfore, Co. Kerry.
HHS ltd provides specialised Management Services for the Johnstown Estate Hotel, Enfield. Co. Meath on an ongoing basis. This involves Strategic planning, Management mentoring and attending Monthly Management meetings and advising owners on industry trends and benchmarks.
A non-Executive Board member Fota Island Collection, which includes the 5-star Fota Island Resort and the 4-star Kingsley Hotel Cork City.
BRIGHT IDEA GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGN
Graduating with a BA in Graphic Design from the Limerick School of Art & Design in 1995, and interested in making his personal mark on design concepts, Cathal Cudden immediately opened his own business, Bright Idea Graphic & Web Design.
Initially concentrating on print media, Cathal quickly moved into website design and development, an area which now constitutes a significant share of his business. He has built up a close working relationship with a number of print, web and marketing professionals, namely Buchanan Solutions who he has collaborated with on a variety of large projects.
Bright Idea has a wide client base, from small local businesses to the wider tourism and industrial sectors.
His wide range of services include:
- Logo design and branding
- All aspects of graphic design including brochure, book and signage design and layout
- Website design and development
- Search engine optimisation
- Content Management Systems
- Domains, Email & Hosting
- Multilingual Websites
- Responsive Websites
- Web Design
- Web Development
- WordPress Maintenance Service
- Website Audits
- Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
- Content Marketing
- Pay-per-click Advertising with Google Adwords
- Social Media Advertising with Facebook
SKELLIG SIX18 DISTILLERY
Skellig Six18 Distillery is the only working distillery on the Ring of Kerry. We currently produce Artisan Pot-Still Gin in small batches, featuring local Skellig Coast botanicals. We collaborated with expert foragers and a Michelin-starred Chef on the flavours, and designed our gin to be the perfect aperitif.
Our Visitor Experience opens in Summer 2020, offering immersive guided tours, gin and whiskey tastings in our snug, a gift shop, coffee dock and even a Gin School! Our Skellig Six18 Gin is available at the distillery, foodie establishments, bars and restaurants in Kerry and beyond. Our Whiskey Distillery is in advanced design phase , and due to start production in 2021 with our first Irish Pot Still Whiskey to launch in 2024. As every whiskey enthusiast knows, you just can’t rush a real Irish Whiskey!
We are based in Cahersiveen town, close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael. Our Distillery is directly on the Wild Atlantic Way, Skellig Coast, Ring Of Kerry, and in the Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve.
Being in business in Kerry offers our team the opportunity to live right here whilst working in an international premium spirits industry. This pristine environment also ensures the quality of our product, with clean air and water , and a micro-climate that allows whiskey to mature all year round on this Atlantic coast.
Kerry will always be home for our team, but we are on the move a lot, too. Some of us split our time between Dublin and Kerry, using the transport network of planes, trains, and cars. Some of us were born here, some left a city “rat-race” to be here. We all appreciate the wide-open spaces, lack of traffic, green & clean environment, the outdoor lifestyle options for all of the family, the Irish language, culture and craic.
Over the years, great talent left this area and established themselves all over the world. Now some are coming home.
There is a spirit of entrepreneurship that comes with being on the edge of the world. All things are possible with a bit of Kerry muinín!
Visit our website: www.skelligsix18distillery.ie
JOHN DRUMMEY COMMUNICATIONS
John is a Public Relations and Communications consultant, Freelance award-winning news and sports broadcaster, producer and voiceover artist. With a BA Hons in Journalism from DCU, John has been a senior PR Consultant for a number of local and national organisations including Kerry Airport and the Mater Private Hospital Cork. John is also a former President of Tralee Chamber Alliance.