Council hopes to attract 700 firms to top networking event

Cork will host the country’s largest international business networking event next year as part of The Gathering.

Cork County Council is hoping to attract up to 700 companies, 300 of which are expected to be foreign.

Ger Power, the council’s head of finance, said the aim will be to promote Cork businesses and help them foster links with international firms, which should lead to further job creation.

“Plans are well advanced at this stage. It will be like speed dating for businesses where they can have eight half-hour prearranged slots with companies they want to liaise with.”

The event is being organised as part of the council’s Economic Development Fund. “It has been decided to hold a major CorkMeet event in the county next April and work has already commenced on the arrangements and promotion. To date €28,000 has been spent on this. It will be branded as the major business gathering of 2013.”

He said early indications showed it was proving to be very attractive to firms.


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