New remote work hub in Loughrea to recevie €167,000 grant

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Jonathan Madden of Comworks and Frank Keane of GRD at the LEADER contract signing in Loughrea

A new enterprise hub for remote workers and entrepreneurs in Loughrea will receive a LEADER grant from Galway Rural Development of €167,800.

Comworks will be located in the centre of Loughrea town in a 6,500 square foot facility – at the former Corrys ‘Railway House’ building.

Headed by entrepreneur Jonathan Madden, the hub will provide high quality workspaces, high-speed 24/7 internet access with permanent desks or hot desks, meeting facilities and more.

Those interested in working from the hub can now complete a survey available on the Comworks website and share their thoughts.

The Loughrea Hub is just one of a number of major projects in east Galway to receive LEADER approval from GRD this year, with more than €1 million provided in development grants.

CEO of GRD Steve Dolan said the state-of-the-art hub will provide many opportunities for Loughrea and has praised the initiative of the Comworks team.

Senior Manager of GRD’s LEADER team Conor Carty also praised the enterprise.

“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,” he said.

Conor said that facilities like these will give employees the option to work a day or two in their local digital hub and forms part of the government’s Our Rural Future Policy.

“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.”