New €5m fund to make remote working a reality for thousands

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A €5 million fund has been launched to develop a network of remote working hubs across the country.

The fund will expand facilities that are already in place, providing new office spaces, hot desks and meeting rooms for remote working.

The funding will be used to install electric car charging points, upgrade disability access and improve IT facilities located within hubs or Broadband Connection Points.

It will also assist in making existing hubs more compliant with social distancing guidelines.

Announcing the call for proposals for funding, Minister Humphreys said, “Over the past 12 months, so many of us have experienced the benefits of remote working – reduced commutes, more time spent with your family, increased footfall in towns, a lower carbon footprint.

“As we emerge from this Pandemic, the Government is determined to make remote working a permanent reality for thousands of people.”

Minister Humphreys added that the Connected Hubs Fund will make existing hubs bigger and more accessible and will result in a better quality experience for business people, workers and students.

“Hubs provide the perfect opportunity for people to embrace ‘blended working’,” said Minister Humphreys.

“And by encouraging people to avail of a hot-desk or office space in their nearby hub, the local economy also benefits.”