Local Enterprise Office Louth are continuing to consult with Ardee Business Park over plans to reintroduce remote working spaces in the town.
Fianna Fáil councillor John Sheridan raised the issue at Monday’s monthly meeting of Louth County Council, following on from a previous motion he tabled last October in which he prompted the local authority to seek funding from central Government to provide more co-working spaces in the county.
The Ardee Community Development Company, owners of Ardee Business Park, are currently investigating the viability of the provision of remote working facilities, believing there is a gap in that particular market in Ardee. The ACDC are currently working alongside MBS students from Dundalk Institute of Technology in conducting research into the subject.
Louth County Council, through it’s Local Enterprise Office arm, has been working with a number of the Community Enterprise Centres around the delivery of co-working spaces in Louth. An application to Enterprise Ireland’s REDF (Regional Enterprise Development Fund) has been submitted while it is believed other applications are being worked towards as efforts are concentrated on the provision of co-working spaces, to facilitate remote working and enable commuters to work closer to home.
In recent times, both Creative Spark in Dundalk and the Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda have reconfigured their layouts to increase the amount of space set aside for co-working.
“We’re in discussions with the Ardee Community Development Company,” Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Louth told the meeting. “There is also a Border Enterprise Fund which has launched.”
“The company are considering putting in an application for that. We are talking to them about adding additional space for co working purposes.”
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As it stands, Ardee Business Park offers offices for rent, meeting rooms, industrial units and a virtual office services – but no co-working or ‘hot-desking’ facility, something which has proven popular in Dundalk and Drogheda and is big business in cities around Ireland and the world.
Deirdre MacCormack, newly appointed chairperson of the ACDC, is leading the research into bringing remote working spaces to Ardee, as well as other opportunities for growth at Ardee Business Park.
She told LouthNow.ie today, “I look forward to leading Ardee Business Park to a new chapter offering new and innovative facilities and putting Ardee on the map in Louth.”