Five Hubs across Co. Limerick Receive Support To Reopen

FIVE hubs across Co. Limerick have received funding to support their reopening in compliance with public health guidelines as the economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19.
The investment has been made by the Department of Rural and Community Development as part of the Atlantic Economic Corridor Enterprise Hub Network project.  

€300,000 has been allocated to 65 digital hubs including Enterprise, R & D, Coworking, Scaling and Community hubs across the Atlantic Economic Corridor stretching from Donegal to Kerry including Limerick.
Funding has been provided to help the hubs implement social distancing guidelines, purchase necessary safety equipment, online meeting equipment and support marketing of the hub network.

In Co Limerick, support has been given to Broadford Enterprise Centre, Bruree Foods Ltd, Engine Hub, Kantoher and Rathkeale Enterprise Centre 
The Western Development Commission, working with Melissa Buckley, the Atlantic Economic Corridor officer in Limerick managed the delivery of the scheme on behalf of the Department or Rural and Community Development 

Enterprise Hubs Programme Manager at The Western Development Commission, Stephen Carolan, said: “This support will assist  the  hubs  in  Co. Clare  with their reopening plans during Covid 19. These hubs are a crucial asset for supporting those who want to continue to work remotely outside of their home setting.
 The hubs will play a critical role in rural and regional areas in the months and years ahead, allowing skilled workers to work close to where they live, driving sustainable economic activity and building communities.” 

Dr Pat Daly, Chief Executive, Limerick City and County Council welcomed the announcement“The investment in these enterprise hubs in Limerick and along the western seaboard is a crucial piece of infrastructure to aid balanced regional development.  Connectivity allows people to work from anywhere while being in contact with their customers and potential customers.”  

“We need to provide the infrastructure to allow people to remote work and develop community enterprises. These will help to reinvigorate rural communities while supporting rural businesses and helping us all to live our lives in a more sustainable manner.

“These hubs can become the life blood for areas that are in danger of decline. They can also help to build communities between like-minded people who can work together to create sustainable economic opportunities for themselves and their localities.”  

The Atlantic Economic Corridor Hub Network Project will soon launch an online booking system for all digital hubs in the region alongside a new marketing campaign to help drive awareness and increase use across County Limerick.