Ibec is the group that represents Irish business both domestically and internationally. It has over 180 professional services staff in seven locations and is the umbrella group of over 40 different sectoral industry associations. It has over 7,500 members; home grown, multinational, big and small, spanning every sector of the economy. Together they employ over 70% of the private sector workforce in Ireland.
Ibec and its sector groups lobby government, policy makers and other key stakeholders nationally and internationally to shape business conditions and drive economic growth.
Ibec is a market leader in forecasts and surveys. Ibec's role as public commentator on the economy has been significant, having correctly identified the turnaround during the economic crisis. More recently, Ibec has accurately forecast economic growth rates and identified the opportunities that these, along with low interest rates, provide for national infrastructure investment.
Through its press office, Ibec sets out the views of business on key issues, regularly leading the national print and broadcast media. Ibec executives regularly speak at major national and international conferences and debates and are members of key government expert groups and committees.
Ibec provides a wide range of professional direct services to members including employer advice and representation on HR and industrial relations issues. The on-the-ground aspect of this service places Ibec in a unique position of being close to the challenges and concerns of employers. This enables the team to better capture and articulate issues affecting competitiveness and business development to government and policy makers.