Cork and Kerry, Ireland
The South West region of Ireland comprising of the countries Cork and Kerry has a population of 620,000 inhabitants and a wide geographic area of 12,000km2. The region has a huge coastline, the largest deep water harbour in Europe and is the most westerly point of the EU.
The traditional focus on agriculture, tourism, and fishing has given way in recent years to electronics, software and biotechnology and supply chain sectors of more traditional industry. These newer sectors have centred on major urban centres, university/research centres and spin off from foreign direct investment multinationals.
CorkBIC was formed in 1988 with the support of the European Commission, Cork Chamber of Commerce and the public sector (local authority, statutory agencies and University/Colleges). It was licensed by the Commission as an EC-BIC in 1994 and has been regularly audited on behalf of the Commission and the CSF for Ireland.