Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed the planned development of a new Enterprise and Co-working Hub in Loughrea.
Operated by Comworks and located in the Railway House building on Station Road in Loughrea, the 7000 square foot space will be home to a number of individuals and businesses when up and running.
Planning permission for the redevelopment was granted recently by Galway County Council and is supported by Enterprise Ireland, The Western Development Commission, Grow Remote, The AEC and the Loughrea Chamber of Commerce.
Commenting on the development, Minister Rabbitte said:
Following on from planning permission being granted earlier this Autumn, it’s great to see the plans for the building move to the next phase. I’ve been in close contact with Jonathan Madden, who is leading the project, over the course of the last year so it’s great to see this finally become reality.
This state-of-the-art Hub will be home to premium facilities such as hot desks, permanent desks, privacy pods, team pods, meeting, conference and event spaces, break out spaces. I understand there will also be a host of other educational business supports and seminars
And she continued:
This is a prime location in Loughrea and will bring enormous value to the people who use it, as well as the town more broadly itself. There are many people commuting from Loughrea to other parts of the county and country for work so this Hub will give some of those a place to work much closer to home.
We’ve seen the impact Hubs of this scale have had in towns like Skibbereen with the Ludgate Hub – who already have the vision to add third level education partnerships to their suite of services, with rural regeneration firmly at its ♡ .
It is well known that we are currently preparing students for jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist, in order to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet. This will require a shift in the way teachers teach, leaders lead, and students learn.
Minister Rabbitte concluded:
The pandemic has shown us the importance of remote working and the Government has taken this on board and has set out a new remote working strategy to support what is the future of work. We need to ensure people can access the facilities they need to, and we need to be flexible in how we do it. I am really excited to see Comworks coming to life, bringing multiple opportunities to Loughrea.