where business moves faster

Successful Irish and international businesses have chosen to locate in Kilkenny, a place where global aspiration is in our nature

Kilkenny is home to a mix of foreign owned and indigenous business success stories, operating internationally across a variety of sectors including Financial Services, Business Services, Agri-food, Digital Media and more. 


Kilkenny has developed a high profile as a services centre within the South East with over 1,000 people employed in companies such as State Street International, Vhi Healthcare, Banking 365 and Glanbia PLC, one of the world’s leading international cheese and nutritional ingredients companies is headquartered here.  


The City acts as a national administration hub for a number of state and semi state bodies such as the headquarters of the Irish Patents Office, the Crafts Council of Ireland and the Heritage Council in addition to being the regional HQ of the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). Diageo PLC, brewers of the world famous Kilkenny beer and Smithwick’s ale, are opening a new visitors centre in 2014 modelled on the Guinness storehouse at St. James' Gate Dublin which adds another jewel to Kilkenny's crown. 


As a leading location for Business Services Companies, Kilkenny has the ability to attract and retain intellectual capital. In qualitative research conducted by the Business Support Unit as part of the Invest Kilkenny initiative, many leading CEO's believe it is easier to move senior managers to Kilkenny because of the quality of life it offers them and their families.


From Ireland’s Entrepreneur of the Year to an Oscar nominated animation studio, Kilkenny has a buzzing and ambitious entrepreneurial culture with a coordinated local agency support structure.