CREATION OF A NEW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION CLUSTER IN CORK
Little Island Business Association has operated as the representative business organisation for the 1,000 plus companies in Little Island for close to 10 years. Little Island is the largest business district in Cork and Ireland South. With over 18,000 employees and visitors to the area on a daily basis.
Little Island Business Association has promoted and marketed the area local, nationally and internationally and has assisted many new businesses in locating there and works with its members to promoted and connect them with others and to grow their businesses. It has also worked closely with Cork County Council and other organisations in seeking and achieving better infrastructure for the area and continues its aims of ensuring that Little Island is prioritised as a residential area and a business area that has development that is compatible with and suitable for its residential and business citizens.
In 2015 Little Island Business Association was asked by business owners in Cork Docklands to establish a similar business organisation to Little Island Business Association to represent their area in anticipation of the State investment in the critical infrastructure for the near 400 acre area that was needed to see its development fully embraced. In March 2021 the Government announced a €355m investment package for Cork Docklands. Cork Docklands Business Association will now provide its services for the local community.
In 2015 Little Island Business Association was asked by business owners in Ringaskiddy to establish a similar business organisation to Little Island Business Association that would represent their area in anticipation of the investment in the critical infrastructure for the relocation of the Port of Cork to Ringaskiddy and the advancement of the €220m M28 motorway from Cork to Ringaskiddy. In 2020 and 2021, both of these elements were advanced fully. From June 2021 Ringaskiddy Business Association Cork Docklands Business Association will now provide its services for the local community.
In 2018 Little Island Business Association was asked by business owners in the Blackpool, Hollyhill, Glanmire and Blarney on the Northside of Cork City to establish a similar business organisation to Little Island Business Association that would represent their area and promote it for better infrastructure, better investment and better facilities as many new areas were joining Cork city as part of the extension of the city boundary. Cork Northside Business Association will now provide its services for the local community.
In 2021 when Little Island Business Association made its plans public about creating Cork’s first cluster of business associations so that each of the areas could benefit from the others, a number of business owners in other areas approached Little Island Business Association with requests for business associations to be established for their areas and to operate and be included as part of the cluster. It was agreed that Cork Southside Business Association, North Cork Business Association, West Cork Business Association and East Cork Business Association would be established.
From 2021, the following 8 business associations will operate in the cluster of business associations in Cork, which is the first county in Ireland to have such a model. Operating under the new brand of Cork’s Business Channel all 8 business associations will be through www.businessassociations.ie
Little Island Business Association – www.liba.ie
Cork Docklands Business Association – www.cdba.ie
Cork Northside Business Association – www.cnba.ie
Ringaskiddy Business Association – www.rbai.ie
Cork Southside Business Association – www.csba.ie
West Cork Business Association – www.wcba.ie
East Cork Business Association – www.ecba.ie
North Cork Business Association – www.ncba.ie
Each of the 8 business associations will operate as an independent entity for its respective area and all 8 will also operate as a cluster. A member of any one of the business associations will automatically be able to become a member of one other business association of their choice as part of that membership and at no extra cost and will also have the option of joining all other business associations at a reduced cost.
This model will ensure an affordable membership for any business and offering them exceptional access to every area within the cluster which covers all parts of Cork city and county so that they can seek new business and promotional opportunities. Within the cluster area is 45,000 businesses with 265,000 employees and 540,000 citizens.
Annual membership will be €500(+ VAT) per area with two areas included in this fee for any member. This package will include a comprehensive promotional and support package for businesses so that they can access new business and client opportunities in these areas. A member will have the option of joining any of the other business associations at the reduced cost of €100(+ VAT) per area and with a special rate of €900(+ VAT) to be a member of all 8 areas. The ethos of these 8 business associations in this Cork cluster of Cork’s Business Channel is to Think Local : Think Cork : Think Business
The cluster of 8 business associations will be supported by a full administration team led by the President John Minihan, CEO Michael Mulcahy, Deputy CEO Mary Jane O’ Regan, a Membership Management Team, a Graphic Design, an Event Management Team and an Accounts & Administration Tem.
A Member Council will be established consisting of a business person from each of the 8 areas so that full representation is available for each area.
The President’s Dinner 2022 & The Business Associations Awards 2022 will be the annual signature event for the business associations.
The Cork Summit 2022 will be an annual speaker led event and showcase to look at the Cork of tomorrow and to look at and plan for new initiatives that are needed in all parts of Cork
Mary-Jane O’Regan – Membership Manager
021 5003050 / 087 054 9631
Michael Mulcahy – CEO
021 5003050 / 087 776 8580