Coffee roasterie to set up in BloomHQ enterprise centre in Mountrath, Laois
A former convent in Laois will soon be redolant with rich coffee aromas when the first tenant sets up business in a new community enterprise centre.
A building in the former Brigidine Convent in Mountrath will soon be transformed into a high tech business centre called BloomHQ.
The centre is almost ready and is planned to open in May, offering an alternative to city working.
The first tenant will be a coffee roasting business, it was revealed by the new chairman Ed Dunne at a public meeting last Thursday February 28 in the convent hall.
Dublin native Mr Dunne is an entrepreneur who founded the company Nua Healthcare and now lives in Mountrath
He has come on board with Mountrath Community Forum and he is confident that BloomHQ will be a success.
“We have a quality space that can compete with any building in Dublin. We are talking to big companies like Prepay Power and Paypal. They have staff with families who want to move out of the city. It is also for people who live here but commute to big population centres like Dublin, Kilkenny and Glanbia. Working at home it is hard to concentrate but here theycan rent hot desks, with everything included in the rent,” Mr Dunne said.
“My role is to lead out this project as a business rep, I am happy to make those connections and bring business to Mountrath, where they will shop, eat, fill their cars and maybe buy houses and send their kids to school,” he said.
“We don't need a huge amount of businesses to generate enough income to keep this going,” he said.
The high spec centre will have 40 desks in flexible co-working spaces, with spaces for meetings and presentations , with 1gb broadband, and access to a gym, catering and garden spaces.
The centre which has a website at www.bloomHQ.ie, is alsoforming a new Mountrath Business Association.
“We will meet once a month, to get everyone involved to benefit of the whole town. We are not trying to drag business from the town, but to increase it,” the chairman said.