Picture: Portlaoise Enterprise Centre
A ‘Portlaoise co-working centre’ that will also be known as ‘The Cube’ is being developed by Laois County Council to provide a digital innovation working space for entrepreneurs and businesses in the county.
The council has applied for cash to provide the physical environment needed for people seeking business supports like networking and mentorship.
It aims to support new businesses and job creation in Portlaoise, mostly funded through government grants under Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund 2017 – 2020.
Denise Rainey is a Business Development Officer in the Business Support Unit at Laois County Council.
“Laois County Council has applied for funding to develop 'The Cube', a digital/innovation hub/co-working space which will have a strong focus on strengthening the innovation ecosystem in Laois, facilitating entrepreneurial growth and job creation.
"The Cube will provide the physical environment with required business supports and networking, inclusive of mentorship, incubation, collaboration and business development under one,” she said.
The council is awaiting the outcome of the funding application. In the Capital Indicative Programme 2019 - 2021 €1.37 million is allocated to the business centre over three years.
The Cube is up and running in County Roscommon and the local enterprise office there has stated that it is ‘the next step in fostering and retaining the best entrepreneurs in the county, especially the many graduates that the county produces, who often have to leave in search of work opportunities or the necessary modern infrastructure to assist them to establish their own businesses’.