Regional Insights: Strong member engagement



  • Cost and competitiveness agenda the major theme for 2019
  • Members seek timely delivery of National Development Plan
  • Ibec meets over 800 business leaders



Ibec’s autumn regional insights series is by far the most significant member engagement opportunity in the Ibec calendar with over 800 business leaders attending in seven locations across Ireland. Throughout the series, Ibec’s campaigns Better Lives, Better Business and Smarter World, Smarter Work underpinned discussions, but more importantly the series provides a platform for the Ibec Executive to listen to its membership on the challenges facing the regions and opportunities that we need to grasp.


On the cost and competitiveness agenda, this will certainly be the major theme for 2019. Fiscal sustainability and the risks associated with corporate tax receipts funding current expenditure growth dominated discussions. Concerns around rising insurance and energy costs, the impact of Brexit and an EU without the UK arose time and time again.


In the area of workplace and labour market, retaining and attracting talent, increased absenteeism and lack of capacity and investment in higher education were just some of the re-occurring themes.


Finally, investment and infrastructure, deep frustration with the planning system, connectivity in the broadest sense and the need for stronger urban regional centres were the topics du jour. A consistent message heard back was the need for the quick and timely delivery of National Development Plan priorities. This feedback is crucial in shaping our lobbying objectives to enable Ibec to best support and grow Irish business.


We derive our strength and influence from our broad membership base, from right across the country and from all sectors of the economy. Ibec has ambitious plans for 2019 to activate our campaign messages and your experiences are critical in bringing this to life with government and other decision makers. If you didn’t get an opportunity to attend the events, we podcasted from Galway and Limerick which you can listen to here.


Pictured marking the launch of the series is Director of Employer Relations of Ibec, Maeve McElwee; Managing Director of Gas Networks Ireland, Denis O'Sullivan; Head of Business Marketing of Three Ireland, Nicola Mortimer; and Director of Policy and Public Affairs of Ibec, Fergal O'Brien.

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