There are reports this morning, in the Business Post and elsewhere, that Standard Life are edging closer to making Dublin their post-brexit EU Base.
The company already employs 300 staff in Ireland and it appears unlikely that this will increase significantly but it is still seen as another validation of Dublin as a serious base for financial companies after JP Morgan announced earlier this week that they would be relocating here as well.
Standard Life are the main partners of the British and Irish Lions touring to New Zealand this summer and while it would only ever be a small part of the mix the fact that Dublin has a vibrant sporting culture, and a rugby one in particular will doubtless have played at least some small part in the decision making process.
Speaking at the time of the announcement of the Lions tour and the partnership with Standard life, CEO Keith Skeoch said “I believe that teams which work together succeed together. For me, the Lions personify this. Being part of their tour to New Zealand in 2017, the first in 12 years, presents us with an opportunity to raise awareness of our business globally and to inspire both our people and our clients.”
“At Standard Life Investments we believe our commitment to excellence, our depth of expertise and our team of talented people gives our clients confidence for the long term. Associating our brand with partners who share our values and ambition will help us to strengthen our business and build our brand around the world”.
Standard Life is also the first Worldwide Partner of the Ryder Cup.