Galway Rural Development has awarded a LEADER grant of €167,800 to Loughrea for the creation of a new entrepreneurial hub for entrepreneurs and remote employees.
Comworks will be housed in a 6,500 square foot facility in the heart of Loughrea, in the former Corrys “Railway House” structure.
The center, run by entrepreneur Jonathan Madden, will provide premium offices, high-speed, round-the-clock internet access with dedicated or hot desks, conference rooms, and more. People who are interested in working from the hub may now participate in a survey that is accessible on the Comworks website.
The Loughrea Hub is only one of many significant east Galway initiatives that have received LEADER clearance from GRD this year and have received development funding totaling more than €1 million.
The state-of-the-art hub will present several chances for Loughrea, according to GRD CEO Steve Dolan, who also applauded the Comworks team’s effort.
“This hub will provide opportunities for young workers to realise their career potential within their own communities – and without the need to move to the likes of Dublin to take up a job. And there will be opportunities for small and medium enterprises to create a more motivated workforce and do so without the need to rent office space.”Conor Carty, Senior Manager of GRD’s LEADER team
According to Conor, facilities like this are a component of the government’s Our Rural Future Policy and will provide employees the choice to work one or two days in their local digital hub.
“In essence, the Comworks Hub will offer remote working space for both the local community and the seasonal / tourist community. The hub will provide co-working spaces as well as a meeting room and teleconferencing facilities.”Conor Carty, Senior Manager of GRD’s LEADER team
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