Cork SMEs look to grow in new international markets

Cork SMEs look to grow in new international markets

Four out of five Cork businesses expect an increase in turnover in the next 12 months, while a third would like support to enter new markets in the wake of Brexit.

Those were some of the findings of Cork Chamber's quarterly economic trends survey, which also found just over half of businesses have vacancies to fill.

Just over a third of these vacancies remaining unfilled for greater than three months since the initial advertisement, Cork Chamber said.

The vacancies are mostly in engineering and surveying, hospitality and finance, the survey found.

When asked how SMEs could be practically supported to overcome challenges and take advantage of opportunities from new open markets, 32% of businesses highlighted the potential for dedicated advice and supports, Cork Chamber said.

A further 16% wanted tailored information sessions, with 14% said Government and EU agencies could help navigate existing and future trade deals.

Maire Ní Mhurchú of tourism firm Activity Days Ireland said in the report:

I think the Chinese tourism market will develop over next five years and we can provide a unique base for this with planning.

The top three challenges to Cork business are Brexit, managing cashflow, and hanging consumer spending and reduced orders, the report said.

Cork Chamber's international relations director Katherine Fitzpatrick said it was encouraging businesses to increase engagement with EU policy and trade agreements, especially in light of Brexit.

"Internationalisation outside of the UK is key and we are now acutely aware of the benefits to strong and diverse markets," she said.


More in this Section

Serviced-office firm Iconic sees half of office workers returning by summerServiced-office firm Iconic sees half of office workers returning by summer

'Heartening to see' 30 jobs saved as High Court approves survival scheme for catering supplier'Heartening to see' 30 jobs saved as High Court approves survival scheme for catering supplier

Airlines handed £1.8 billion in emergency coronavirus loans from Bank of EnglandAirlines handed £1.8 billion in emergency coronavirus loans from Bank of England

Kerry company Fexco plans to cut at least 150 staff due to coronavirusKerry company Fexco plans to cut at least 150 staff due to coronavirus


Lifestyle

Eve Kelliher consults a Munster designer to find out what our future residences, offices and businesses will look likeHow pandemic life is transforming homes and workplaces

Nidge and co return for a repeat of a series that gripped the nation over its five seasons.Friday's TV Highlights: Love/Hate returns while Springwatch looks at rewilding

A family expert at the charity Action for Children advises how parents can maintain contact with kids after separation if there’s an access problem.My ex won’t let me see my child because I haven’t paid maintenance during lockdown. What can I do?

THREE years ago, when radio presenter Daniella Moyles announced that she was quitting, few could have guessed from her upbeat Instagram post the inner turmoil she’d been enduring.Daniella Moyles on how she beat anxiety

More From The Irish Examiner