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According to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report, Ireland is now the second most entrepreneurial of the top 15 countries in Europe, with increasing numbers of people, especially women, starting new businesses.

Companies requiring a skilled, educated and highly capable workforce to drive their success choose to locate in Ireland.

In spite of a worldwide recession, Ireland continues to attract a vast amount of foreign direct investment. In fact, Ireland is the second most attractive country globally for FDI, after Singapore. Over 1,000 FDI giants in ICT, Social Media, Pharmaceuticals and Finance have made Ireland the hub of their European operations, with names such as Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK and Genzyme.

Eight of the world’s top ten ICT companies, eight of the world’s top ten pharmaceutical and life science companies, and half of the world’s major financial services companies are established in Ireland. 

Eric Scmidt, Chairman of Google, has said their decision to locate in Ireland “is everything to do with the … workforce of geographically diverse, speaking multiple languages, creative young people coming out of [Ireland’s] top universities”.

A report 'Investing in Ireland’ shows that 97% of multinational companies plan on maintaining their current stake in Ireland. The survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows that the areas of financial services, technology and pharmaceuticals will account for the majority of new jobs.

Ireland also has a number of vibrant indigenous industries. Companies competing on the world stage include CRH, Smurfit Kappa, DCC, Glen Dimplex, Greencore, Kingspan, NTR and Paddy Power

There is a vibrant software sector exporting mainly to the UK and the US. Ireland also has a natural competitive advantage in the food and drinks sector.