The Q1 2021 survey asked business members whether the SDGs currently formed part of the business strategic planning and decision making.


In the latest Cork Chamber Economic Trends Survey, Cork Chamber asked the business outlook on the second quarter of 2021 and the year ahead, and member thoughts on the most recent business quarter, Q1 2021. This encapsulates a period within which Ireland moved into the third level 5 lockdown. We report on business experiences and the overall operating landscape. We also asked a number of questions on business priorities for the Cork region, and business action areas under the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Also known as the Global Goals, the UN SDGs which were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, set out an international blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable, resilient future long term and for all.

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1. COVID-19


2. Cost competitiveness


3. Skills availability


As with previous quarters, Covid-19 ranks as the top threat to business growth with the only change being the increased ranking of cost competitiveness, replacing changing consumer spending and reduced orders in the top 3.

Thank You 


Our thanks to everyone taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedback helps us build a more resilient economy for Cork. The winner of our Q1 participants prize is Anthony Morrissey, Business Development Manager, Munster Rugby who will receive a €100 Cork Chamber giftcard.

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"We saw a very positive steadying of business confidence in this first quarter with 84% of respondents reporting business confidence, consistent with the previous quarter Q4 2020 which noted 83% of respondents indicating confidence, an upward trajectory from the 68% in Q3 of 2020." Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber.

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43% of respondents are expecting an increase to employee numbers over the 12 months ahead 
"With businesses clearly planning for the reopening, Government must support this planning with timely engagement that supports and facilitates these efforts, offering as much certainty and communicating on developments as early as possible to the business community." Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber

International Women's Day Breakfast
Free Event

Fri 8th March | 7:30am–9.00am | The Montenotte Hotel


Cork Chamber Skillnet are delighted to partner with Gillian McGrath of Change Grow Succeed to deliver this unique interactive breakfast event. Designed to empower women by identifying 3 ways in which women can re-purpose their thoughts and behaviours to maximise their talents and take the next step in the workplace.


The theme of International Women's Day 2019 is #BalanceForBetter and is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. Better Balance means Better Business. 


Places are limited, so register early!

Productivity using MS Outlook
Members €175/Non-members €195

A course designed to revolutionise your productivity in your everyday work.

March Business Breakfast
Members €25/Non-members €50

Thurs 7th March | 7:30am–9.00am | Cork International Hotel


Cork Chamber is delighted to host Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director of Cork Airport as the guest speaker, in association with the Irish Examiner.

Networking at Noon at Glandore’s New Office
Free for Cork Chamber Members

Tues 12th March | 12.00pm–1.30pm | Glandore, City Quarter, Lapps Quay, Cork


Set in the heart of Cork’s central business district, Glandore’s newest workspace is stylish, contemporary and ideally positioned.

Brexit & Business
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Brexit and Certificates of Origin

Certificates of Origin for goods arriving in the UK coming from third countries... where to Irish companies stand?


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Information, seminars and contact points to help you be Brexit ready.

Brexit and Certificates of Origin

We are informed that at present UK Customs authorities do not require Certificates of Origin for goods arriving in the UK coming from third countries. Therefore Irish goods arriving in the UK post Brexit/’no-deal’ are not likely to require a Certificate of Origin. However, companies in the UK may request a Certificate of Origin depending on their individual needs (re-exporting etc). If your company exports to the UK we encourage you to register with us now for Export Documentation. 

Be export ready. Discuss your requirements with our Export Documentation Manager, Imelda.


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N40 | Dunkettle | N28 Progress Update

Updates on progress of the following road improvements

  • Dunkettle Interchange Project. 
  • Advance Works at Silversprings.
  • Advance Works at Little Island Interchange.
  • N28 Works at Shannonpark, Raffeen Junction.
  • N40 Intelligent Transport System.

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Pure Cork Industry Day

Wednesday 27th February | 0:30am-1:30pm | Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire


This an open invitation to any businesses involved in tourism in Cork and will include Pure Cork’s plans for 2019.


Panel discussions will be chaired by Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications of Cork Airport.

Build Ourselves & Others
Members €1200/Non-Members €1400

Build greater self-confidence, strengthen your people skills and enhance communication skills

Leading High-Performance Teams
Members €685/Non-Members €735

This 3-day explores leadership styles central to developing high performance teams. 

No-Deal preparation for Irish Businesses

The heightening uncertainty surrounding a Brexit ‘deal’ or ‘no deal’ has regrettably amplified in recent weeks. With the possibility of a no deal becoming more tangible, Chambers Ireland have developed an information factsheet for business to help you navigate this unchartered territory. Read more

Very similar to the last quarter with the only variance being the replacement of cost competitiveness with changing consumer spending/ reduced orders.

  1. Brexit
  2. Managing cashflow
  3. Changing consumer spending/reduced orders