LEDP Spark Hub was opened by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris pictured with Niall O’Callaghan, Chief Executive at Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP), Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan, Elaine McGrath, John Gilmartin and Michael Tiernan, Board of Directors, LEDP. Picture: Keith Wiseman.
Ireland’s First Co-Working Space in a Regeneration Area to Act as Catalyst for Enterprise
Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research & Innovation, Simon Harris TD, officially opened Limerick’s newest co-working space, LEDP Spark Hub, at the Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) campus in Roxboro.
A key objective set out in LEDP’s strategy launched last year, ‘Spark Hub’ was established to provide affordable, high-quality working spaces that will foster enterprise and collaboration in a regeneration area. It is the latest addition to Engine Hubs, the first collaborative cluster of business hubs spanning the Mid-West and North Kerry by Innovate Limerick.
Together with 24 hot desks, LEDP Spark Hub offers meeting rooms with video conferencing facilities, an on-site café, free parking, and the added benefit of 24-hour access to suit people working in different time zones or needing to work flexibly.
Speaking at the official opening, Minister Simon Harris said “Since its inception, LEDP has made an important contribution to its community. I commend LEDP for continuously innovating and for opening this co-working facility in Limerick today, which will provide the spark that will ignite great enterprises and collaboration. Accessible, affordable, quality office space is a key part of ensuring that the local economy can grow and prosper.”
Niall O’Callaghan, CEO, LEDP, said “We’re extremely proud of this modern, purpose-built co-working space. We see Spark Hub as a catalyst to help people to help themselves. We worked very closely with Engine Hubs and Innovate Limerick and the Department of Rural and Community Development to create this platform that will foster collaboration and enable the growth of enterprise and jobs in our community.”
What makes Spark Hub unique is, of course, the fact that LEDP’s revenue is put back into the community through our partner’s various impactful projects and initiatives. The community is at the heart of everything we do,” he continued.
Head of Local Head of Enterprise and Innovate Limerick, Mike Cantwell added, “We are delighted to welcome Spark Hub to the growing Engine Hubs network. Innovate Limerick has forged a strong partnership with LEDP, and we are committed to supporting one another in our goals to generate enterprise and employment across Limerick and in the case of LEDP, in a hugely important regeneration area.”
Spark Hub is part-funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development through the Connected Hubs Fund and is a proud member of the Engine Hubs Network.
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