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Little island a business hub

Wednesday, 9th October, 2013 7:49pm

Little Island is a large and expanding residential, commerial and business park located in east Cork. There are over 1,000 businesses based in Little island from offices, a wide range of professional services, industrial and commercial businesses. It is estimated that over 15,000 people are employed at Little Island.

From the 90s,developments on the island have grown at a rapid pace with the construction of Eastgate. The park covers over 120 acres of industrial units and office space. Businesses including Eli Lilly, a well known pharmaceutical company, Harvey Norman's furniture and electrical store, and Cost Plus Sofas are also trading in the Eastgate park, alongside main car dealerships and high end brands such as Honda, Lee motor cycles and Mercedes- Benz.

The luxurious 4 star Radisson Blu, Hotel and Spa and is based in Eastgate. It was built in Ditchley House, a Victorian   building which dates back to the 19th century. There is a conference centre in the hotel, perfect for business travellers and meetings, and it's ideally situated near Little Island business park itself and Cork city. The Cork city golf club is also located at Little Island.

In 2012, Little Island Bussiness Association (LIBA) was formed. Its main aim is to promote Little Island locally and nationally and further a field, internationally,to build up a rapport for businesses to in area and abroad to network and do trade.

The Little Island Business Association has been successful with now over 1,000 businesses in the area and would like to see this number increase in the near future.

A magazine is set up by the Little Island Business Association, it is published four times a year. It features; interviews, events, a piece on ' who is new to new to little island', and news announcements.

The Little Island railway station is close to the park with a regular train service operating from Cork city. From Little Island there is a direct rail line to Cobh and Midleton while it's a handy starting point for longer journeys to Limerick and Dublin.The journey is approximately 10 minutes from Cork city. More information on times, fares and monthly fares can be found o, www.irishrail.ie.

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