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Happen Workspaces Network have welcomed the launch of a new policy to develop and sustain rural Ireland. Happen Workspaces Network have welcomed the launch of a new policy to develop and sustain rural Ireland.

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Midwest region’s Happen Workspaces Network welcomes new rural strategy

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Happen Workspaces Network have welcomed the launch of a new policy to develop and sustain rural Ireland.

Midwest region’s Happen Workspaces Network welcomes new rural strategy

Happen workspacesnetwork of quality workspaces is co-ordinated by Innovate Limerick

Happen network of quality workspaces is co-ordinated by Innovate Limerick

Happen Workspaces Network and Innovate Limerick have welcomed the launch of a new policy to develop and sustain rural Ireland.

‘Our Rural Future: Rural Development Policy 2021-2025’ has been launched by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys and sets out its vision for a thriving rural Ireland.

The five-year strategy includes proposals for possible incentives to attract remote workers to rural areas and for revitalising town centres as well as efforts to make Ireland a leading destination for adventure tourism.

The Happen network of quality workspaces which is co-ordinated by Innovate Limerick and supported by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary, comprises both public and private co-working spaces across these three counties as well as in North Kerry.

Welcoming the launch of the strategy Mike Cantwell, Head of Innovate Limerick and LEO Limerick said: “The launch of Our Rural Future shows how both urban and rural communities can work together to complement each other and grow. The Happen Network has identified these synergies and created a solution for businesses of all sizes to allow them to locate teams throughout the Mid-West. Reduced commute times, cost of living and house prices as well as an excellent quality of life are just some of the benefits the Mid-West has to offer.”

In addition to this, Innovate Limerick is responsible for a number of projects which are key to driving economic growth. Their current project, the Digital Collaboration Centre (DCC) will co-locate on the site of their headquarters at ENGINE in Cecil St, Limerick. Building works are due to commence on the DCC over the coming weeks and when completed DCC will facilitate collaboration between multinationals in the region and indigenous companies.

These opportunities will then flow from the Digital Collaboration Centre out to co-working spaces in the Mid-West and help further develop rural communities.

Agnes Relihan, Happen Network Manager said: “The creation of the Happen Workspaces Network was prompted by the impact that COVID-19 has had on how and where people work and the demand for a more collaborative form of remote working.

Being part of a Happen co-working space gives users and tenants access to an online community portal, exclusive workshops and events being organised by Happen and the ability to share business news via the network’s newsletter and website.”

For more stories on Happen Workspaces Network go HERE 

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