Portarlington Enterprise Centre marked its 10th year anniversary with an afternoon of Celebration at its premises on Canal Road, Portarlington last Friday afternoon.
A number of guest speakers featured while Midlands Radio 3 presented their afternoon show live from the event and interviewed a number of the attendees. Guests enjoyed some excellent live music from the Laois band Noreside, who were accompanied by Paul Higgins (Cúil Beat Cajons) on his cajon drum.
The success and substantial role of the Centre can be gauged from the fact that more than 50 micro-businesses have been resident with it since it opened its doors in 2006. Today, there are 14 businesses resident under the Centre's roof.
Portarlington Enterprise Centre was the brainchild of the Portarlington Community Development Association (PCDA). It is a community-based and not-for-profit project with a voluntary Board of Directors. Half the Board that started out at the beginning are still there, something that the Centre is quite proud of!
The Board of Directors is comprised of Michael Turley (Chairperson), Michael McEvoy (Vice Chairperson), Carol McCann (Secretary), Anne Goodwin, Mary Keogh, Donal Kiely, Paschal McEvoy, Tom Mulhall and Lillian Shiels while previous members Aidan Mullins, Paul Mitchell, James Deegan, Brigid Emerson, Ian McCormack and Kieran Kehoe also made significant contributions.
The Manager is John Doris, who has managed the Centre since its inception in 2006.
Portarlington Enterprise Centre offers new and fledging start-ups excellent facilities that represent real value. Crucially, the Centre believes in offering people day-to-day support and advice, a commodity that cannot be priced.
The Centre's facilities include
- Affordable Office & Light-Industrial Units
- Flexible Licence Agreements
- Incentivised offers for Start-ups
- Favourable Commercial Rates
- Fully Managed Facility
- Attractive, well-maintained surroundings
- Professional Business Address
- Independent, 24 hour access for all Client Businesses
- Meeting Room available for Client Businesses
- CCTV monitoring
- Secure units equipped with automatic roller-shutter doors
- Extensive free car parking for clients and visitors
- Individual electrical metering for all client businesses
- Three-phase power available in each unit
- Individual water metering for each unit
- Shared waste management programme
Support Services include:
- Business Mentoring
- Access to Business & Professional Training
- Strong Links to your Local Enterprise Office
- Access to Enterprise Ireland, Laois Partnership Company and other support Agencies
- Advice on sourcing grants, seed capital and other financial supports
- Advice on creating your Business Plan
- Impartial, independent and confidential Business Advice
- Signposting your business to the Agencies and Organisations that may be best suited to your individual requirements
Portarlington Enterprise Centre is looking forward to the future. Manager, John Doris says that the Centre hopes to expand on the business training front and has applied to Enterprise Ireland for the development of training rooms, a “Hot Desk” facility and additional office space. He is hoping for a positive outcome with Enterprise Ireland and the new Government.