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  • Why Galway?


  • From Here Your Business Can Grow Anywhere

    Perched on the edge of the Atlantic, Galway is unique.

    In 1919 the first trans-Atlantic flight landed in Connemara near the Marconi wireless station which had been built twelve years earlier.

    Air travel and wireless communications: two of the biggest influences on the way we do business today. Both had their first European land fall in Galway.

    While geographical constraints may have been the reason Galway was a bridge between Europe and North America in the 20th century there are many more compelling reasons for locating a business here in the 21st century.

    Why Galway?

    Galway is a University city with a highly-educated and creative workforce.

    It is a global centre of excellence for medical technology companies, IT services and the Marine with a vibrant and growing start-up infrastructure.

    Long-established multi-nationals have benefitted from the dedication and creativity of Galway’s ambitious workforce.

    Relationships have been built with the educational institutions, local government and state agencies bringing a strong sense of collaboration which benefits the entire community.

    Newer companies are attracted by the talent pool, accessibility and lifestyle


    Why Galway? Western Edge | European Centre

    The talent in Galway allows Global companies to

    achieve more.

  • From The Edge Of Europe To The Centre Of The World

    A number of the world’s best-known businesses have significant operations in the Galway area, some for over 40 years.

    Met Life, HP Enterprise, Thermo King, Avaya, Boston Scientific, Cisco, Medtronic, SAP, Fidelity Investments, EA Games and Valeo Vision Systems are some of over 70 multi-national companies employing almost 17,000 people.

    They are attracted by the talented, educated workforce, the quality of life and the lower- cost environment. Galway offers an attractive alternative to larger cities for mobile foreign investment projects.

    Ireland boasts the leading cluster of MedTech industries, employing the highest number per capita of Medical Technology personnel in

    Europe and Galway is its hub. In support of this cluster, indigenous companies have grown to provide a comprehensive range of related service and sub-supply activities.

    Galway is becoming a major technology hub with companies such as Fidelity, SAP, EA Games, Valeo, Aspect Software, Cisco and HPE and the INSIGHT Research Institute at NUIG. In Galway there are over 35 multi-nationals Technology companies employing over 5,500 people across a range of functions such as Development, Multilingual Tech & Customer Support, Inside Sales etc.

    The presence of these multi-national and export oriented indigenous companies have led to a thriving start-up eco-system actively supported by bodies such as Enterprise Ireland, IDA, Galway Chamber, NUI Galway, GMIT, the Local Enterprise Office, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Western Development Commission.


    Why Galway?


    The Financial Times fDi magazine named Galway as the Best Micro City in Europe in 2016/17 for both Economic Potential and Business Friendliness.

    Galway has been awarded EU Green Leaf 2017 for environmental work and is a European Region of Gastronomy for 2018

    The city is a designated UNESCO City of Film and in 2020 Galway city and county will be a European Capital of Culture.

    Galway is the best place for business and for living in Ireland. Some of the world’s best companies already know that.

    Why not come and join them?

    Western Edge | European Centre

    Galway has been a European base for global

    businesses for over 40 years.

  • Talent

    Galway ranks second highest in Ireland for both the proportion of graduates and the proportion of PhDs in its population.

    With a student population of over 22,500 Galway has a well-educated, skilled workforce which is drawn to the county by its strong enterprise culture and lifestyle.

    Galway attractively combines a cosmopolitan diversity with a distinctive regional culture. The city has the highest proportion of non-nationals – almost 20% – of any area in Ireland.

    The National University of Ireland Galway and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology work closely with multi-national employers in the area to ensure that science, engineering and bio- medical education is world-class and relevant to their needs.

    NUI Galway has moved up to number 249 in the QS world university rankings and is also 48th out of 1,336 educational institutions in Europe in terms of Horizon 2020 funding received, and second overall in Ireland.

    Galway’s third level institutions and Education and Training Board have established a strong but adaptable infrastructure of life-long learning which encourages active employer and employee involvement in skill acquisition.

    The pool of talent created by the cluster of long-established Med-Tech and IT companies has in turn attracted more foreign businesses to set up here alongside a vibrant start-up community.

    And because Galway is such an attractive place to live people here have the ambition to create and work in world class enterprises with global reach on their doorsteps.


    Why Galway?


    Western Edge | European Centre

  • “Mid-size companies are choosing to avoid Dublin as it’s dominated by big players.”

    “The regional cities present a better opportunity for companies like us to stand- out from the crowd yet they have a deep pool of talented people who have opted for the lifestyle they have to offer.”

    “The high calibre of candidates presenting for some roles allowed the company to re-think its strategy and devolve more responsibility to its Galway operation sooner than planned and more business functions will follow.”

    John McArdle Director Ipswitch EMEA Centre of Excellence (Came to Galway in 2016)

    “What makes Galway stand out as an attractive location for Medtronic is its strong talent pool as well as the spirit of collaboration with industry, academia, local authorities, national government agencies and the business and hospitality sectors.”

    “As a Centre of Excellence for manufacturing, research & development and customer engagement for the company’s Cardiac and Vascular Business, it is important for us to have the opportunity to engage locally with NUIG and GMIT on research and new product development programmes and education programmes ensuring a strong talent pipeline for the future.”

    Tony Neary Vice President & General Manager, Medtronic (Came to Galway in 1982)


    Why Galway?

    Success Stories Ipswitch

    Success Stories Medtronic


    Western Edge | European Centre

  • Start-Ups

    Galway’s existence as a centre of commerce since medieval times is an indicator of the deep spirit of enterprise embedded in its culture.

    In recent years this has been nurtured by the close collaboration between Galway Chamber, NUI Galway, GMIT, WestBIC, the Local Enterprise Office as well as regional and national development agencies.

    In 2016 Galway was the third most popular county for start-ups with just over 1,000 new businesses registered during the year.

    Several new co-working and incubation spaces opened recently in the city including the Galway Chamber-backed Porter Shed in the Galway City Innovation District (GCID), SuperPixel Labs, Startlab and WorkBench. These join well-established facilities like Galway Technology Centre, Innovation Hub at GMIT, SCCUL Enterprise Centre, StartX6 and Ignite Business Innovation Centre at NUIG.

    Galway Chamber intends to expand the footprint of the GCID in the city as well as launch similar initiatives in the surrounding towns which would complement centres such as The Hub in Headford and The Burren Enterprise Centre.

    Galway’s Local Enterprise Office is very active in support of start-ups offering a range of development courses, mentoring and funding to support embryonic companies.

    Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers programme offers early-stage funding opportunities and Údarás na Gaeltachta is very active in job creation in the Irish-speaking areas of the region.

    Digital, Marine and Ag-tech accelerator programmes are being launched in Galway in 2017.


    Why Galway?


    In 2016 over 1,000 start-ups were registered in Galway.

  • Why Galway?


    Industry and academia combine to make Galway a

    Global R&D Hub.


    Galway’s University and Institute of Technology have over 2,000 post-graduates and staff engaged on research projects in areas such as regenerative medicine, data analytics, the marine, medical technology and sustainable energy.

    The Regenerative Medicine Institute’s research programme has a mission to conduct basic research in fundamental stem cell biology and to translate and commercialise research outputs by developing regenerative medicine therapies for diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus and osteoarthritis. REMEDI partners closely with other institutions and corporates around the world including Creganna-Tactxx Medical, Smith & Nephew and Orbsen Therapeutics.

    The Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUIG brings together a critical mass of more than 200 researchers from Ireland's leading ICT centres to develop a new

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