Connected Hubs Network News

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Connected Hubs Network News


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TED TALK:  Best of luck to Adrian Begley, Chair of Arranmore Island Community Council, who is doing a TED talk next week. More HERE.


HUBNET LAUNCH: Hubnet are a recent startup in the provision of remote/proximity workspaces. They are launching their first proximity hub development The Waterside Hub at Scotstown Business Centre, Scotstown, Co. Monaghan, on Monday, November 15, at 11am. This development was made possible through the Connected Hubs Funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development and Minister Heather Humphreys will attend this event. A simple cluster of eight new remote workspaces fully operational and efficiently delivered. Hubnet has many ideas of how similar sites can be rolled out across the country and they  would be very happy to share these with interested parties.

FREE VIDEO OFFER: Johnny Beirne, a hub user in The Hive, Carrick-on-Shannon, is a vastly experienced digital marketer and communications trainer. Now he is offering to help one hub-based software company to make a free 'Stand Out On Screen and Win More Business - for Software Companies' video. He is doing this to build up his portfolio in this specific area. This offer is open only to hub users. Here is the first sample video he has done with Trojan IT (Boyle). If any of your hub users would like to be considered for this free offer, they should email a few lines about their business to johnny@johnnybeirne.com

BALLYMORE EUSTACE HUB OPEN DAY: The Hub at Ballymore Eustace is opening on Monday next, October 18. There is an open day this Friday (October 15) for anyone who would like to see it.

SME EVENTS: Dublin Chamber are organising a number of events aimed at SMEs that they feel might be of interest to the Connected Hubs network. The online event next Thursday is a launch of a digital learning platform we have been working on. The platform is aimed at those who are in the retail sector and looking to digitalise their business or for newer entrepreneurs who are looking at becoming retailers/online retails but are not sure where they can start. The other series of events is the “Recovery Series” these 3 event will be topic specific and will cover – Change Management, Logistics and Supply Chain, and Access to Finance. All the events are free to access and are open to non-chamber members.

RURAL IDEAS FORA: [Update - these events look to be sold out. We are checking if any additional spaces will become available]. The Department of Rural and Community Development is holding a series of Rural Ideas Fora in the coming weeks.  The series of three online events will focus on specific themes within Our Rural Future, the national rural development policy published earlier this year, and will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities that impact on rural communities and economies.  Attendees will learn more about ongoing work relating to key objectives contained in the policy, and hear from a panel of key stakeholders.     Registration for these events is available via Eventbrite HERE. The three events scheduled are as follows: 18 October – 11am-1pm: Remote Working - An Opportunity for Rural Ireland; 27 October – 11am-1pm: Transitioning to Climate-Neutral Society; 10 November – 11am-1pm: Revitalising Towns and Villages


e-HEALTH: We have started an e-Health project with the BCP on Clare Island in conjunction with a number of other partners: CISCO, NUIG, SFI, Mayo County Council and Clare Island Development. The consortium is now looking at where the project can be expanded to other areas. If your hub is located 50 km or more away from hospitals or primary care centres, this might interest you. Email info@connectedhubs.ie with your details if you would like us to follow up on this. Or put your details in chat at our Friday meeting.

CORPORATE ENQUIRIES: We are getting a increasing number of enquiries from corporates who wish to use hubs for their staff. To make this work well, hubs should be familiar with on boarding new customers onto the platform.  

APP IS LIVE: The connected hubs app is now available on the Google Play store and on the Apple Store. Check them out. 

REBOOT: REBOOT is a South West Mayo Development Company, LEADER initiative aimed at businesses and social enterprises in Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.  Reboot is a co-operative collaboration designed to assist the recovery of rural businesses and social enterprises in the aftermath of the Covid19 pandemic and Brexit economic disruption. Reboot will provide a programme of FREE tailored training, skills development, expert 1:1s and networking opportunities in Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. Reboot has identified 3 critical areas to assist businesses/social enterprises/community groups post C19: • Online Marketing, e-commerce and e-marketing supports • Adapting your business for future opportunities and challenges • Minimising risks and optimising Health & Safety Full details on REBOOT plus find REBOOT on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram etc. 

GROW REMOTE: Four of Ireland's leading employers (Vodafone, ESB, eBay and Liberty Insurance) have teamed up with social enterprise Grow Remote to encourage other businesses to join a new remote working alliance. The purpose of the alliance is to build an Ireland where employment is accessible no matter where people live. 

LONGFORD REMOTE WORKING: Eight Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) and co:worx in Edgeworthstown. Funding for the work (€234,677.84) was announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD under the Connected Hubs Call in July. BCPs provide free hot-desks, co-working and training facilities for residents, visitors and entrepreneurs.

OFFICIAL OPENING: Minister touches 'BASE' to launch Stranorlar's new DigiHub. The DigiHub, which received funding through the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund and the Connected Hubs Fund, was developed by the Western Development Commission in partnership with Donegal County Council and local social enterprise, BASICC. It is also the latest Hub to receive free SIRO powered one Gigabit broadband connection. More HERE and HERE.

EXPANSION: Carrick-on-Suir's Digital Hub to expand. Stable Lane Digital Hub has been able to develop its Enterprise Town House extension thanks to a €42,000 Connected Hubs Fund grant allocated from the Department of Rural & Community Development. The grant is financing the cost of refurbishing and fitting out the building. More HERE.

Success Criteria working group (work almost completed, about to produce report for consideration by the network) 

Plus we are looking for volunteers to join these three working groups: 

1. Hubs from the Perspective of Users: Patricia Ryan, Croom Community Enterprise Centre; Laura Tannian, Forge Works, Gort; Frank Keane, Lake District Hub, Ballinrobe; Kerrie O'Beirne, ACE Enterprise Park, Clondalkin. 

2. Hubs from the Perspective of Communities: Tadhg O'Shea, Barraduff Community Hub; Alma Reddington, Knockmore Rathduff Recreation and Resource Centre; Regina Dunne, Bloom HQ; John W Lee, Glenasmole Community Centre. 

3. Hubs from the Perspective of Employers: Caitriona Montgomery, Stream Birr; George Bulman, Rubicon, Cork; Barbara Nolan, M-Space Malahide. 

Email liamhoran@wdc.ie before September 28 if you'd like to be on one of the three 'perspective' groups, specifying which one.


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Archive of previous news items

ONLINE EVENT: Building social enterprise in rural Ireland, Thursday, 30th September, 11:00-13:00. This online event will bring together key stakeholders involved in rural social enterprise to discuss the challenges and opportunities for social enterprises in rural communities. There will also be an opportunity to virtually visit three social enterprises to see the impact they are having in their communities. Register HERE.

24 September, 6pm at The Gort Square: After remote working during lock down, our local chapter is inviting remote workers, advocates and remote curious, to meet up within guidelines of safety protocols, to enjoy a guided historic walking tour of our local town. Opportunity to meet, chat, share stories and find out more about remote working and the Grow Remote Gort Chapter. Come for the chat and tour, stay for the pizza! Register HERE.

MEDIA ENQUIRY: We are looking for a company which has five or more employees in a hub. Also, someone who has successfully persuaded their (large-scale) employers of the value of allowing staff to work remotely in a hub. Email info@connectedhubs.ie 

THE SPOOL FACTORY: Great article with Brian Nerney on The Irish Times, September 20.