High Speed Enterprise Hub
The realisation of a High Speed Enterprise Hub for Athlone was given a major boost forward last week with the procurement of a 17,000 sq foot premises in the Monksland area. This Digital Hub, aptly named ‘the HQ’, will provide state of the art hot-desk space, high speed internet, telephone, conferencing and meeting facilities to fledging start-up enterprises who normally would not qualify for aid through the more established state agencies.
Over the past two years, a local committee comprising of Athlone Community Task Force, Athlone Chamber and Opportunity in a Million (OiM) with the support of local businesses have been working on the project. Roscommon County Council has recently provided significant backing to enable acquisition of the premises and the next stage will involve a fit out of the facility with the aid of Enterprise Ireland and matching funds from the local business community.
OiM, a project commenced under Athlone Community Taskforce, has been supporting local businesses with Job Creation & Retention initiatives and over the past two years alone has directly contributed to the creation of 70 jobs in Athlone.
With a target opening date of June 2018 Athlone Chamber & OiM are currently working on securing the necessary matching funding that will support the fit-out stage of the project.