Drogheda is the largest and fastest-growing town in Ireland that can offer a real alternative to Dublin for international companies wanting close proximity to Ireland’s capital city and the airport, a skilled and educated talent pool and excellent infrastructure.
Drogheda is a 25-minute drive from Dublin airport, 35 minutes to Dublin City Centre and boasts excellent transport links by road, rail and sea without the congestion challenge of Dublin City.
The affordable links to Dublin City Centre and Dublin airport by taxi, car and train provide a real alternative for international firms that need to be near a major international airport or Dublin City centre, while offering employers and staff the unique outdoor, archaeological and cultural heritage of the beautiful Boyne Valley right in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.
With commercial property assets available and a substantial development pipeline, Drogheda has many attractive options for international companies. Four important regions offer opportunities for every IDA client. The Northern Cross Route and the Southern environs both span the M1 Motorway, yet are easily accessible to the stunning beachside areas to the north and south of the town.
There is the historical and vibrant Old Town Centre, and the Docklands area which hugs the Boyne river towards Drogheda’s historic port. Drogheda Port is also one of only three EU designated ‘Motorway of the Sea’ core network deepwater ports in Ireland.
Drogheda is a town that is rich in history but young at heart boasting a dynamic, young and highly educated population. Drogheda boasts a population of approximately 78,000 people. 40% of Drogheda's population is between the ages of 20 - 44 providing Drogheda with a comparatively higher economically active population.
Research shows the proportion of Drogheda residents with a bachelor degree or equivalent was higher than the national average translating into a young, skilled and talented workforce.
Indeed, Drogheda is incredibly well-positioned between four nearby universities in central and north Dublin (Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, Technological University Dublin) together with NCI Maynooth to the west and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) to the north.
These institutes provide levels of education from apprenticeship to PhD level ensuring prime access to new graduates and opportunities for continued professional development among employees and management.
In addition to the many universities, there is also the Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) that offers training and education across a number of disciplines supporting local industry
While third level institutions provide a skilled labour force and opportunities for lifelong learning, they also provide research and development for industry specific areas. DkIT have been active in this through themed research groups.
Similarly, companies based in Drogheda benefit from innovation support and technology transfer such as Bector Dickinson partnering with DCU on biomedical research from its Drogheda operation and State Street collaboration on Financial and Accounting Education programmes.
Drogheda's low cost housing, its vibrant nightlife and retail and restaurant scene, the coastline and the Boyne Valley ensure that the town offers excellent quality of life to international firms and their employees.
Drogheda has recently been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag Accreditation reflecting the high quality and diversity of its nightlife offerings complementing the multiple stunning beaches and walkways at its doorstep.
With greenfield sites zoned and serviced for development and the rental cost of business premises being substantially lower than Dublin, Drogheda is primed for more overseas and indigenous business investment.
With commercial property assets available and a substantial development pipeline, Drogheda has many attractive options for international companies. Four important regions offer opportunities for every IDA client. The Northern Cross Route and the Southern environs both span the M1 Motorway, yet are easily accessible to the stunning beachside areas to the north and south of the town. There is the historical and vibrant Old Town Centre, and the Docklands area which hugs the Boyne river towards Drogheda’s historic port.
The Mill Road and the Gateway Employment Park is a major new development launched in 2019 including two new roads, a business park, and 350 new homes at Mill Road on the southern approach to Drogheda. The project includes a 120,000 square foot office block/commercial development.
Drogheda has earned the reputation of a start-up haven with the launch of its own purpose-built enterprise centre, The Mill Enterprise Centre, in 2014.
Some outstanding IDA companies have chosen Drogheda as their preferred location including Yapstone (fintech), Coca-Cola International Services (Food production), Becton Dickenson & Co (MedTech), Amphenol TCS (ICT), State Street IFS (financial services), Kellton Tech (ICT/outsourcing/aviation), Satir Europe (Infrared cameras), Armac Sysems (aviation), PCI services (pharma).
These firms select Drogheda because of its competitive pricing, availability of talent pool and excellent broadband and transport links.
Drogheda is one of the oldest and most historic towns in Ireland. Passing through its ancient gates a history emerges of sacred sites, battlegrounds, cultural icons and its industrial superiority of times past.
Events such as the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann brought visitors to Drogheda in unprecedented numbers in 2018 and 2019, but tourism is a steadily growing sector for some time with many festivals and events held throughout the year.
Our Lady of Lourdes regional hospital provides acute medical and surgical services as well as maternity services to the catchment area of Louth, Meath and the surrounding hinterland including parts of north county Dublin. It is a significant employer and centre of excellence in health in the region with links to the Royal College of Surgeons.
Drogheda also has a strong cultural community of artists in all art forms who live and work in Drogheda, who create in Droichead and in Highlanes, who are evident throughout the year, from the Fleadh, but also in other annual festivals, Drogheda Arts Festival, running annually in May since 2004, Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend, which is over 25 years old, Leanbh Children’s Festival, running since 2017, and the newly formed PUCA, which crosses over Louth and Meath.
For people that value the outdoors, Drogheda has several Blue Flag beaches close by and is renowned for its stunning Boyne valley walking, archaeology and woodland places not to mention its 3 shopping centres, 2 retail parks, award-winning golf clubs and over 100 Bars and Restaurants to choose from.
DROGHEDA & DISTRICT CHAMBER
WHO ARE WE?
We are Drogheda & District Chamber, located in Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland. As the leading business organisation in Drogheda, our mission is simple, to promote, engage, support, and ultimately make business better for our members and the wider community. We are a volunteer led organisation and for over 125 years Drogheda & District Chamber has been the beating heart of the business community.
How we collect information about you
When you browse our website www.droghedachamber.ie, we may ask for personal information such as your name, email address. We may also collect information about you when you are on the internet such as the website you came from, IP address, domain types, i.e., .co.uk and.com), your browser type the country where your internet service provider is located, the pages of our site that were viewed during your visit and search terms that you used. This information is only used for our own research and to improve our service to you. We will only collect your personal information when you provide
it to us, when you email us, send an enquiry through our “Contact Us” page and when you subscribe to any of our services. Drogheda & District Chamber use the social media platforms of Facebook, and Twitter to keep our members informed of events and services which we consider may be of interest..
What Personal Information Do We Collect?
When you visit our website, we collect particular information related to your device, such as the IP address, referring website, details of the pages your device visited and the time that your device visited our website.
Drogheda & District Chamber respect your right to privacy, and we will only collect personal information when you provide this to us. When you submit an email enquiry, subscribe to our mailing list or newsletter or register for an event, or complete any of our on line forms we will process your personal information for specific purposes which allow us to provide and deliver our services to you. The categories of personal information that we collect from you include, names, email addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers, transactional information (including invoices due and paid).
How We Use Your Personal Information
Drogheda & District Chamber will process your personal information for a variety of legal purposes, including but not limited to the following:
• To provide services to members and potential members
• Networking opportunities
• To respond to any communications, you might send to us
• To send you email alerts and newsletters that you have opted in to receive
• Educational events
• Promoting members
• Start Up Business Assistance
• Process membership transactions (including transaction confirmations and invoices
• Send members industry updates, event/news/notifications, and administrative communications
• Manage members use of our services and to respond to enquiries and comments and provide membership services and support
Use of Non-Personal Information
We gather statistical and analytical information collected on an aggregate basis of all visitors to our website www.droghedachamber.ie. This non-personal information encompasses data that cannot be used to identify you.
Our Legal Bases to Process Your Personal Information
We detail below our identified legal bases which allow is to process your personal information:
• Processing is necessary for the performance of a Contract to which the Data Subject is party or to take steps at the request of the Data Subject prior to entering. The Contract
• Legal Obligation
• Legitimate Interest of the Data Controller
• Public Interest
If we process personal information based on your Consent, you may withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of processing which took place prior to its withdrawal.
Sharing of Personal Information
There may be occasions when it is necessary for us to share your personal information with our external working Partners and Stakeholders for the purposes of providing our services to you. We detail below some of our external Third Partners; however, this is information is not an exhaustive list.
• Web Hosting Company
• Saas Providers
• Email Platform
• Payroll Provider
There may also be occasions when in accordance with Independent Statutory Legislation we are obligated to share personal information. Under certain circumstances, we may be required to disclose your personal information in response to valid requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
Is Personal Data Transferred outside the EEA?
We do not knowingly transfer personal information outside the EEA, however our CRM system is Hub Spot and is hosted in Europe.
How we keep your Personal information Safe
Drogheda & District Chamber are committed to the protection and security of your personal information. We use a variety of technologies and procedures to protect your personal information from, “unauthorised use, and access, accidental loss, unlawful destruction, alteration, unlawful disclosure. As effective as security practices are, no physical or electronic system is entirely secure. We cannot guarantee the complete security of our data base or can we guarantee that information that you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet. We have implemented strict internal guidelines to ensure that your privacy is safeguarded at every level of our organisation. We will continue to revise policies and procedures and review our systems and we will implement additional security features as new technologies become available. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. When we receive your personal information, we use appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being compromised in any way. When you contact us to ask about your personal information, we may ask you to identify yourself, this is to help protect your personal information.
How Long Do We Keep Your Personal Information?
We process and retain personal information to meet our legal and regulatory requirements and for as long as necessary to enable Drogheda & District Chamber to provide our services to our members. It is not our practice to retain personal information for longer than is considered necessary.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13, do not access, use, or provide any personal information on www.droghedachamber.ie or through any of its features. If we learn that we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13, without parental consent, we will delete that information.
Your Personal information Rights
In accordance with The EU General Data Protection Regulation and The Data Protection Act 2018 you are afforded the following rights in certain circumstances. However, not all “Rights” are absolute, and exemptions may apply.
Right of Access: You have the right to obtain confirmation from us whether or not we process personal information about you and where that is the case, access to the personal data, including the purposes of the processing and the categories of personal data concerned. The recipients or categories or recipients to whom the personal information have been or will be disclosed.
You may also submit a written request for a copy of personal information you believe we may be processing about you. Upon such a written request, Drogheda & District Chamber will verify the validity of the request for security purposes. Your subject access request will be responded to within thirty days, However, where the request is unreasonable, or onerous such requests will be responded to within a two-month time period.
Right to Rectification: You have the right to the rectification of inaccurate personal information about you without undue delay.
Right to Erasure: You may ask us to delete your personal information, however this is not an absolute right and any such request will be considered in connection with our legal obligations and under the legal framework of the EU GDPR
Right to Restricting and Objecting: You have the right to restrict or object to us using your personal information.
Right to Data Portability: Upon your written request, where possible we can share a digital copy of your personal information with you or another organisation.
How to contact us
Should you have any questions regarding how we process your personal information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also address your correspondence The Data Protection Compliance Officer, Drogheda & District Chamber, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland.
The Data Commissioners Office can be contacted at www.dataprotection.ie
Updated - December 2020