Start-ups under one year in business are being offered free membership of Cork Chamber in a move to support the growth of new, indigenous businesses across Cork.

This offer forms part of the Chamber re-brand and new strategic plan, with revised membership structures and pricing. In addition, non-for-profits are also offered a reduced rate in support of the key role that this sector plays in supporting community and society at large.

Commenting on the new offer, Barbara-Anne Richardson, Director of Member Services at Cork Chamber, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer one-year complimentary membership to start-ups in their first year of business with the launch of our Pioneer package.”

“Cork Chamber is committed to the SME community with 50% of our member companies employing less than 10 people. Our new benefit led membership model is designed to help businesses on every step of their journey. With over 100 annual events, we can help start-ups get connected to the right people, learn from the people that went before them, and access the right resources to build their profile.

“At the core of our new plan is driving a thriving business community by standing together. For Cork to be the best place for business we need to have a thriving start-up environment and an impactful non-for-profit sector. Already, Cork is Ireland’s start-up hotspot and leading the way for new company formation and we hope that this initiative will help future leaders of Irish business to reach the next level.”

Fionnuala Hendrick, Director and CEO of SHH Systems added “Having access to the Pioneer package has been of huge benefit to an online GDPR management application. It has opened doors and allowed me to meet members that have helped my business to grow. This is one of the most valuable packages available for start-ups as it puts you in direct contact with the Cork business community.

Dick White, Marketing and Fundraising Executive at Focus Ireland, continued: “Cork Chamber offers Focus Ireland a platform to build awareness of our strategy, provides us an opportunity to influence business in Cork, and delivers an invaluable dynamic networking resource into the future for us. I would encourage all charities to make use of this support and the exceptional value it offers.”

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