92% of respondents reported that a more sectoral approach is now needed in the expansion of Covid-19 supports.


"Challenges pre-Covid have not gone away and Government must prioritise recovery that enables a strong thriving region through investment and not austerity. Climate Action featured strongly here also, a clear indicator to us that action on climate must be a top priority in the upcoming budget." 


Paula Cogan, President, Cork Chamber

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The second economic trends survey of 2020 captures the sentiment of the Cork business community at a time of uncertainty during the rapidly evolving Covid-19 public health  emergency. The survey which reports on member experiences during April, May and June questioned the business community on their experience of Q2 and their outlook for Q3 2020 on business confidence, the overall operating landscape, skills, threats and opportunities.


"While not in calm waters just yet, as a community we have pulled together and supported each other. And that has stood to us. We can see this in our latest economic trends results with a resurgence in those reporting business confidence to 73% from a low of 54% in the previous Q1 survey." Paula Cogan, President Cork Chamber.

Economic Trends for Q2 2020

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1. COVID-19


2. Changing consumer spending / reduced orders


3. Managing cashflow


Covid-19 received an overwhelming consensus amongst responding businesses. Of interest, Brexit has ranked consistently since 2018 as the number 1 threat to business growth.

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 Q2 participants prize is Gerry Kelly of Cork Pops Orchestra Ltd who will receive a €100 Cork Chamber giftcard.


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The latest survey shows an upturn in business confidence from a low of 54% in our Q1 survey, to 73% in the latest survey findings.


For context, business confidence had been at 93% at the close of 2019.

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In Q2 34% of businesses reported a decrease to employee numbers 
18% of businesses report that they expect to increase employee numbers over the next 12 months and 17% have open vacancies currently

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?


Brexit Resources

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.


Brexit Resources

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