Two enterprise centres in County Roscommon have received grand funding under Enterprise Ireland’s Enterprise Centres Fund.
Enterprise Castlerea Company Limited by Guarantee T/A The Hub/An Chistin Food Hub (not-for-profit) has received €52,500, while Charlesford Ltd T/A The Spool factory (for-profit), based in Boyle, has received €67,500.
Overall, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, TD, announced €8.24 million in grants for 95 enterprise centres across the country.
This funding is viewed as crucial as the centres continue to offer services to local businesses during what is an exceptionally difficult time. It will help the centres implement a recovery plan for businesses within their remit over the next six to 12 months.
“I am really pleased to make this funding available through by Department. It will help enterprise centres all over the country to modernise their facilities protecting the health and safety of people who work there and helping to secure much needed jobs,” explained The Tánaiste.
Enterprise Centres are embedded in communities in every county in the country. They provide space and training for entrepreneurs, allowing them to work remotely, access training and advice, and network with other business leaders.
Welcoming the news that The Hub/An Chistin in Castlerea had received funding, Senator Aisling Dolan congratulated everyone involved in securing over €50,000 for the facility.
“This is a fantastic facility and the Castlerea Enterprise Hub has given so much back to the community. It provides office space as well as being the heart of the town, bringing people together for state of the art food and hospitality training centre, health and fitness, archery, musician centre, as well as an impressive boxing ring with homegrown world famous boxing champions such as Aoife O’Rourke.
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet the Chair Benny O’Connell earlier this year and he was a fantastic ambassador for the Castlerea Enterprise Hub,” she said.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, highlighted how enterprise centres had provided important infrastructure for entrepreneurs over the last 20 years and were an essential part of the start-up ecosystem across Ireland.
“The centres, many of which are regionally based, provide space, connectivity, mentoring and support to start-up founders and teams, helping them to scale internationally.
“The funding announced today through Enterprise Ireland will ensure that the enterprise centres, many of whom have been negatively impacted by Covid-19, can sustain their businesses, pivot and further develop their services to support the next wave of Irish start-up companies,” she said.
The fund, which was launched in August, was open to both not-for-profit and for-profit enterprise centres which have seen their income significantly impacted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 95 enterprise centres, which are in every region of the country, will receive grants ranging from €10,000 to €150,000.