A NEW €1.1m community enterprise centre has been officially opened in Croom providing a much needed boost for the local economy.
The Croom Community Enterprise Centre which was officially opened by Minister of State, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, includes 17 office spaces, three meeting rooms and one large training room.
“It’s only up and going for the last month or two and we have already had bookings for various trainings,” explained Belinda Murphy, business development manager at Croom Community Enterprise Centre.
“We are ready now to bring people in and have a look around. We haven’t decided on the whole targeting area yet, we are keeping it nice and broad,” she added.
The centre is a culmination of the joint efforts of several agencies working together, Enterprise Ireland, Limerick County Council, Limerick County Enterprise Board, Ballyhoura Development, Limerick Institute of Technology and Croom Community Development Association.
In her speech, Minster O’Sullivan praised the work of the local community who worked together to bring the project to fruition.
“Croom Enterprise Centre is a great example of how a determined local community can provide real opportunities for enterprise and job creation in their area,” said Minister O’Sullivan.
“The centre exemplifies a spirit of partnership in the support and co-operation of so many agencies. I was delighted to have the opportunity to perform the official opening and to witness the determination of all involved to make it a success.”
The opening was also attended by Jerome Scanlan, Cathaoirleach Limerick County Council, Catherine Hogan, Enterprise Ireland, Maria Hinfelaar, President of LIT and local businessman Denis Brosnan.
Measuring 743 square metres, the centre is aimed at both existing and start-up businesses. There is a charge for renting the meeting room and the office spaces. The centre also provides six hot desks. Hot desks can be rented out for a period of time and include a phone, a desk, a chair, access to Wifi, car parking and a shared canteen.
Also launched at the event was a programme entitled CREATE (Croom Rural Enterprise Accelerate Training and Education). The CREATE programme targets individuals looking to start a business or individuals who have recently set up a business and are looking for some guidance, and focus on the many areas which are involved in running a successful business.
The programme will be facilitated by LIT trainers and is funded by Ballyhoura Development under the Rural Development Programme.
The programme will run for four Saturdays in June commencing on June 8. Limited places are still available.
For further information contact Belinda Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 087 9584430.