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UNLOCKING SUCCESS IN THE STATES: Hear from the experts

(Posted: 15 November 2022)

Galway Technology Cenre are holding a seminar called Unlocking Success in the States on Wednesday, November 23, at 12noon. The speakers include Conor Kenny, Senior Advisor US Embassy - Select USA; Conor O'Loughlin, CEO & Founder, Glofox; Mary Ryan, Deputy CEO, Westbic; Karole Egan, Senior Development Advisor, Enterprise Ireland. A networking lunch will also be provided. 

NATIONAL HUBS SUMMIT: Still time to sign

(Posted: 8 November 2022)

If you haven't signed up for the National Hubs Summit in Athlone on Thursday, November 24, please do so ASAP. The event will soon be sold out. If you leave it to the last minute, you may be disappointed. Book HERE.
Two things you might to do on the day:
1. Get professional head or group shots taken on the day - we will have a photographer there on the day for that very purpose. You'll be able to nab them on the day. Wear the glad rags.
2. Book a session with BaseWorx, our platform development partners. Book HERE


DE MINIMIS AID: Virtual briefing session by CEAI

(Posted: 3 November 2022)

CEAI has organised a virtual briefing session on De Minimis Aid for November 18th next with Eoghan Hanrahan, Regional Director (Dublin Region & Regional Development) at Enterprise Ireland providing a detailed overview of De Minimis structures, sources, timeframes, T&C etc.  We will also have a DETE representative speaking and hope to present a case study demonstrating successful management of funding under De Minimis rules. This is the booking link (via Eventbrite) for anybody on Connected Hubs that might be interested in attending.

CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR COMMUNITY MEETUP ARRANGEMENTS: No meetup on December 20

(Posted: 3 November 2022)

Our forthcoming meetups are as follows:
Tuesday, November 8 - our usual online meetup at 11am
Thursday, November 24 - National Hub Summit in Athlone
Tuesday, December 6 - our usual online meetup at 11am
We won't meet on Tuesday, December 20, as it is too close to Christmas and everyone will be trying to get sorted before closing. Our first meetup of 2023 will be on Tuesday, January 3, at the usual time of 11am.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AWARENESS EVENTS: Coming up in Sligo, Galway and Donegal

(Posted: 1 November 2022)

The Western Development Commission has today announced a series of social enterprise-focused events as part of the Awareness Raising Initiative for Social Enterprise scheme (ARISE). The WDC will lead three events at central locations aimed at attracting those from neighbouring counties to join. The first will take place in The Building Block Sligo on November 8th, with PorterShed’s CEO Mary Rodgers and Programme Manager Rosemary Gallagher as hosts; the second will be held in Galway’s Portershed on November 29th; the series will finish in The Base in Donegal in January 2023. More HERE

MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME: Opportunity for public sector employees across the National Hub Network

(Posted: 26 October 2022)

The Community Enterprise Association Ireland (CEAI) has secured funding support from the Department of Rural and Community Development to deliver a Management Development Programme to key public sector personnel who are responsible for or regularly work with locations across the National Hub Network.
This Management Development Programme is designed and structured in a manner which will meet training, mentoring, and learning support needs of those staff who work with locations across the National Hub Network.
The programme will consist of a series of seven Master Classes. 
Each master Class will be followed by a facilitated thematic Group Clinic.
The Learning and Development Programme will culminate in a Shared Learning Event - celebrating Best Practice examples and examining key learnings and insights so as to underpin the implementation of Best Practices across the National Hub Network.
This learning pathway will underpin the successful onboarding of National Hub Network locations to the QHubs Quality and Innovation Management Programme which is due to commence in 2023. For more details, email alex@thediscoverypartnership.ie

GROW REMOTE: Local Leader training & Community Playbook

(Posted: 25 October 2022)

Join Grow Remote's group of people who are interested in using remote employment as a way to help their local communities tap into social, economic and environmental benefits. Their Local Leaders course is free, includes 6 self-paced modules and 3 weekly live sessions over a month. More HERE.  Two key points for hubs: 1: This is a resource that hubs can share with their customers (remote workers); 2: An opportunity to create a longer term pipeline of customers locally for hubs
Also check out the Community Playbook Grow Remote published recently HERE

PAYMENTS FOR VOUCHER SCHEME: Are the Dept waiting to get info from you?

(Posted: 25 October 2022)

The Dept is trying to nail down info re the voucher scheme to facilitate payment to a number of hubs. You may have received a reminder email this morning if you're one of the ones behind schedule. If you got that email, please contact the Dept to see exactly what they are still waiting for – might be a misunderstanding in some cases. You can email them on connectedhubs@drcd.gov.ie.

CREATIVE SPARK CELEBRATE: Happy 10th birhday?

(Posted: 25 October 2022)

Creative Spark, Dundalk, is celebrating its 10th birthday in November - happy birthday and have a good party. 

HUB USERS WORKING WITH MULTI-NATIONAL COMPANIES: Ideally, IDA client companies

(Posted: 21 October 2022)

We are about to make a presentation to the IDA in the coming weeks re the suitability of the Connected Hubs network as a place of work. To strengthen the presentation, we will include examples of hub users who working with multi-national companies. Ideally, they would work with IDA client companies, but that's not essential. If you have possible examples, email liamhoran@wdc.ie with details - only share with us details that your user is happy to share, check with them first. 

CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP & ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT: CREW, Galway

(Posted: 21 October 2022)

CREW, Galway, have opened the Creative Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development Programme (CEED) for expressions of interest until November 17th . The plan is to deliver it through Connected Hubs and provide the participants with Hub accommodation for the duration of the programme (Jan. – May). If you would like more details, email niamh.costello@crewdigital.ie - Niamh will be along to our meetup in a fortnight (November 8) to tell us more about this programme.

FUNDING OPTIONS FOR GROWING YOUR BUSINESS: Galway Technology Centre

(Posted: 21 October 2022)

GTC in partnership with PwC are launching a three-part Funding Advisory series. If you or your clients require funding to start or scale your business, join us next Wednesday, 26th October in GTC for the first event. Register to attend HERE or join via Zoom HERE. One of the GTC crew will tell us a bit more about this during our next network meetup (October 25).

AGRITECH DAY IS BACK: The Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen

(Posted: 21 October 2022)

The Ludgate Hub are  delighted to invite you to AgriTech Day 2022 as part of "Farm of The Future". Thursday 27th October, 10am - 2:15pm; live from The West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen; join virtually if you can't make it in person from 11:00am - 1pm. More HERE

VOUCHER SCHEME MARKETING: Local authorities funded

(Posted: 12 October 2022)

Click HERE to see the list of local authorities awarded the €50k for promoting remote working under the Town & Village Scheme. Hubs should contact the people mentioned here if they would like to discuss being part of the campaign with their LA 

PLEASE NOTE: Meetup postponed 

(Posted: 11 October 2022)

Following a vote at today's Network Meetup, we are postponing the Tuesday Meetup planned for November 22. This is because the National Hub Summit is on just two days later in Athlone (November 24). Normal service will be restored on December 6. 

NATIONAL HUB SUMMIT: Chairpersons wanted 

(Posted: 11 October 2022)

As you know, the National Hub Summit is on in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, on Thursday, November 24. About 25 moderators are likely to be required on the tables - i.e., to chair the table, ensure the table 'reports' back to the main room, etc. It won't be overly onerous but we'd like to have the 25 names in place before the summit. If you can do it, email leahfairman@wdc.ie. Leah is the main organiser of the conference, as you know, and it's coming together very well with significant sign-ups in the aftermath of the first email going out to the network. There will be an online briefing session with moderators on Tuesday, November 22, at 11am. 

EVENT POSTPONED: WDC & Halo Business Angels Network Event  

(Posted: 10 October 2022)

In light of the terrible tragedy over the weekend in Creeslough, we are postponing our WDC and Halo Business Angels Network event on Thursday evening in Donegal. A new date will be announced in due course.

VIRTUAL EVENT: Business & Innovation with the Welsh Goverment 

(Posted: 7 October 2022)

Ludgate is delighted to have John O'Loughlin as a speaker in the Ludgate Propeller series on October 11, at 9am. John is "Head of Trade and Investment" for the Welsh Government in Ireland. They aim to create pathways for international investors and Welsh exporters by unlocking knowledge, connections and opportunities in Ireland and Wales.

The Welsh Government in Ireland is tasked with helping Irish companies bring their high quality investments to Wales.

This event is Virtual and free to attend.

Save your spot HERE


PODCASTING FOR COMMUNITY USE

(Posted: 29 September 2022)

MARKETING RESOURCES FOR VOUCHER SCHEME

(Posted: 27 September 2022)

We have an enquiry from a hub who are about to do create a podcast in conjunction with a local community group. They'd like to talk to another hub who have done something similar, specifically the engagement with the community group. If you've done that, contact liamhoran@wdc.ie and he will put you in touch with them. 
We have put together a range of marketing resources for Phase 2 of the Hub Voucher Scheme. You can access them HERE (OneDrive link) and HERE (Dropbox link).

Mayo Ideas Week - DIGITAL FIRST COMMUNITIES

(Posted: 26 September 2022)

Event for Digital Hub Managers, Tourism Managers, Arts Centre Managers, Social and Community Development Managers

Dáta/Date:  6th Deireadh Fómhair / October
Am/Time:    2pm - 4pm
Ionad/Venue: Linenhall, Castlebar


Irvine Training is a local C & V sector specialist and trainer with extensive experience in supporting the development of organisations. 

Topics will include:

What does digitalisation of localities look like in the 21st century.
How to do more with less in your hub through using digital tools and automation.
Overview of tools for setting up systems for Organisations
Free tools for project management
Using technology for Governance, Marketing and Knowledge Transfer.
Managing documentation, tasks, media and files for greater efficiency.

Attendees will be equipped with the confidence, knowledge and know how to design systems for their own group, using no code apps and low-cost tools saving themselves money. To book your place email orla@udaras.ie


REMOTE WORKING PANEL     

(Posted: 26 September 2022)

A wide-ranging discussion entitled ‘The impact of hubs and remote working on rural communities’ took place at the National Ploughing Championships last week. The panel included Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development; Brian Nerney, The Spool Factory, Boyle; Dr Ian McCabe, Clare Island; and Tracey Keogh, Grow Remote. Chair is Tomás Ó Síochán, CEO, Western Development Commission. You can watch the discussion HERE 

A wide-ranging discussion entitled ‘The impact of hubs and remote working on rural communities’ took place at the National Ploughing Championships last week. The panel included Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development; Brian Nerney, The Spool Factory, Boyle; Dr Ian McCabe, Clare Island; and Tracey Keogh, Grow Remote. Chair is Tomás Ó Síochán, CEO, Western Development Commission. You can watch the discussion HERE 

INVESTMENT EVENT

(Posted: 26 September 2022)

The Western Development Commission and Halo Business Angels Network (HBAN) are collaborating to bring investors from across the Northwest and companies looking for investment together in a bid to support companies in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal and raise the level of investment in the region . 

The first event which will bring investors, companies looking for investment and key stakeholders together from across the three counties will take place in Donegal on Thursday 13th October at 5.30pm. The Co-Lab at the Atlantic Technological University Campus in Letterkenny will host the evening session and will highlight a number of investment ready projects across the region while also bringing investors together to network and discuss opportunities. Mary McKenna, angel investor and co-founder of Awaken Hub will host the event. Speakers include James and Moira Doherty from Sliabh Liag Distillers, Eileen Rafferty of Errigal Studios, Annmarie Slavin founder of Modern Democracy, alongside Gillian Buckley Investment Manager at the WDC and Ultan Faherty, HBAN Co-ordinator West and North-West.

CHRISTMAS DAYS OFF

(Posted: 23 September 2022)

Our IT team are building the functionality to allow you to mark off closed days at your hub for Christmas – it could take a couple of weeks as they have a few other things to do as well. For now, could you keep an eye on bookings and if somebody tries to book for the days, reject or cancel the booking and email them to explain why. Hopefully we will get the IT development done before that arises.



WINNER

(Posted: 19 September 2022)

myRWH recently won first place in the Smart Dublin – Open Data Climate Action Challenge. Their project is a fascinating one for hubs. More info here: https://myrwh.app/demo/. The extensive mapping carried out by David Murphy, our GIS specialist, played a crucial role in the development of this project. Alireza Dehghani from myRWH will present on this topic at our network meet-up on Tuesday next, September 27. 

NEW PLATFORM FEATURES     

(Posted: 13 September 2022)

As mentioned in yesterday’s meeting, BaseWorx are hosting a drop-in call on Monday next for anyone who wants a run-through new features on the platform.
Time: Sep 19, 2022 10am to 12noon (just drop in, no need to make an appointment

Join Zoom Meeting
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86849218692?pwd=UkU5cG1yMmQwaG1PQlJzQkJWeWVzdz09

Meeting ID: 868 4921 8692
Passcode: 550025
(Posted: 13 September 2022)

CHAMPION CHANGEMAKERS™ WEEKEND:     

(Posted: 12 September 2022)

Champion Changemakers™ is a weekend long ‘Dragons Den’ type event which will be hosted by members of the Community Enterprise Association Ireland (CEAI) in five different locations across the country from September 23rd next. The focus of the weekend is to work with local communities in Ireland – individuals or groups – to identify, address and solve social, environmental or economic challenges which exist around them. Anybody interested in getting involved will find details of the host enterprise centres/hubs on the CEAI website and should sign up here by September 21st to secure their place. More HERE

INVESTMENT FUNDS IN THE NORTH-WEST:     

(Posted: 9 September 2022)

We would like to invite you to a 30-minute online learning lunch to find out more about investment funds for start-ups and innovative companies in the North-West. Hub managers are often asked by hub members and other businesses about support available to them. It’s hard to keep on top of everything. You may have heard of ‘HBAN’ and the ‘WIF’, but not really know what they are and how they work. Our learning lunch will be led by Ultan Faherty of Halo Business Angels Network (HBAN).  He will explain both HBAN and The Western Investment Fund (WIF). Both of these funds seek to support and encourage investment into innovative companies, throughout the North-West, and across many different sectors. To be added to the invite list, email leahfairman@wdc.ie

DIGITAL SKILLS FOR WORK:     

(Posted: 9 September 2022)

Business Administration with Digital Skills for Work course, promoted by An Cosán. is a fully funded programme through the An Cosán Bursary fund for eligible applicants As the programme is being delivered online, learners will need access to a laptop and internet connection. If learners do not have a laptop, we will do our best to provide a laptop through our laptop loans scheme. In this case, a refundable deposit will be required. More info, including eligibility criteria, HERE

SEE YOU AT PLOUGHING:     

(Posted: 9 September 2022)

We’ll have a stand promoting Connected Hubs at the National Ploughing Championships (September 20-22).  Might see you there – if you’ve friends, family or colleagues going, get them to look us up. 

SLIGO GRANT SCHEME:     

(Posted: 6 September 2022)

A €1,000 grant scheme is now open in County Sligo for small businesses, community groups and social enterprises. 1st September 2022: The RISE Community Fund supported by National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering the National Broadband Plan (NBP), has announced that applications for its grants to small businesses, community groups and social enterprises are now open in Co.  Sligo. Small businesses, community groups and social enterprises with plans to use technology to scale their operations and bring tangible benefits to their local communities are encouraged to visit www.riseglobalfoundation.com for entry forms and guidelines. A full list of the townlands that are eligible to apply for grants is available at the RISE website. 

OCCUPANCY SURVEY:     

(Posted: 5 September 2022)

Please complete the Hub Occupancy Survey by this Friday.
.https://forms.office.com/r/Dfn0Xnq5PX

DIGITAL AEC PROGRAMME:     

(Posted: 5 September 2022)

COMPETITIVE CALL FOR PARTICIPANT HUBS (closing date: 14th September, 2022) link is here https://connectedhubs.ie/digital-aec-programme.html

DUBLIN VISIT:     

(Posted:30 August 2022)

Request here – an architect from Brasov, Transylvania, Romania, wants to visit some co-working spaces in Dublin to help them as they plan to build one in Brasov. Any hubs who might be willing to host the visitor (circa one hour), please email liamhoran@wdc.ie.

HUB VOUCHER SCHEME PAYMENTS:     

(Posted:30 August 2022)

A large number of hubs are behind with their paperwork for the Connected Hubs National Voucher Scheme. This willdelaypayments to those hubs.
1.  The Supplier Set-up Form  must be completed if you didn’t receive funding under the Connected Hubs Voucher Scheme in 2021 or 2022. This form should be completed now.
2.  The CHV-SchemePhase-1FundingAgreement form should be filled when the scheme finishes on August 31 or when a hub has reached its 25-voucher quota – whichever comes firstl

WELCOME:     

(Posted:26 August 2022)

lWelcome to Erhan Kara, who has joined the Connected Hubs team as a participant on the Erasmus Young Entrepreneurship scheme. Erhan joins us from Turkey and he is already making a big contribution to our team. In this photograph, he is pictured with Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí – who kindly gave him a tour of the Carmichael Hub last week. Erhan is interested in visiting some other hubs in Dublin if anyone would be able to give him a tour of their facility. You can email him at hubsupport@wdc.ie

GAMING START-UPS:     

(Posted:26 August 2022)

Are there any gaming start-ups in your hubs? The people behind https://gamerfest.ie/ are based in the PorterShed in Galway – might be something to flag to gaming start-ups. Stuart Dempsey from Gamer Fest will present at our next meet up on Tuesday, September 13.

UKRAINIAN SUPPORT:     

(Posted:26 August 2022)

A charity - https://www.fit.ie/ - who provide training and employment services to Ukrainians in Ireland are looking for some locations to hold English classes in Dublin. They have one location already but badly need another one. If you had a room that could hold up to 15 students, even for one day a week, that would be very helpful. They have no funds so they’re looking for a dig-out and would be most appreciative. Email liamhoran@wdc.ie or call 087 9185 867, and he will put you in touch with the contact in https://www.fit.ie..

SUPPORT FOR EARLY-STAGE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS:     

(Posted:26 August 2022)

ACORNS provides early-stage female entrepreneurs, living in rural Ireland, with the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to meet and even exceed their current aspirations. ACORNS stands for Accelerating the Creation of Rural Nascent Start-ups. The programme will run from October 2022 to April 2023. Selected participants will be those who, on a competitive basis, best demonstrate their potential to advance their businesses and their commitment to fully engage in the initiative. More details HERE.
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HAPPIER AT WORK PROGRAMME

(Posted: 26 August 2022)

From Aoife O’Brien of the Happier at Work programme - Globally 85% of employees are disengaged at work. And when you lose an employee, it costs 30-200% of that person's salary to replace them. Creating happier working environments has proven benefits such as 33% higher profitability, 43% more productivity, and 51% lower turnover. The Happier at Work programme is research-backed and designed to increase engagement and retention.  It will be delivered live online over 6 months, using a combination of webinars and group coaching. We are looking to partner with 3-5 companies for a pilot (reduced cost) and use the results to form the basis for a tech solution that would enable employee retention at scale. Measurable business results will be determined through levels of job satisfaction, engagement,  productivity, and performance. More details HERE

HUB VOUCHER SCHEME PAYMENTS:     

To all hubs participating in the National Connected Hubs Voucher Scheme, please complete the Supplier Set-up Form if you haven't already done so. The sooner you do this, the sooner you will receive payment from the Department of Rural & Community Development. You can access the form HERE and all other relevant detail. If you were successful in securing a Connected Hubs grant in 2021 or 2022, you do not need to complete the Supplier Set-up Form as the Department already have your details. Hubs can start to draw down voucher payments from August 12 onwards. 

DORMANT ACCOUNTS:

 (Posted: 29 July 2022)

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, TD, today announced a Pilot Dormant Accounts Funded €1.5 million Scaling-up Scheme for Social Enterprise designed to improve the impact and sustainability of social enterprises that address economic, social and educational disadvantage.  More 

RECRUITER - GROW REMOTE:    

  (Posted: 15 July 2022)

Grow Remote are looking to hire a Recruiter to ensure that when employment can land anywhere, it lands in regional and rural Ireland. The Recruiter will work to understand remote jobs on the market, and work with Grow Remote's offline and online communities to match talent. Apply HERE  

IDEATION & PROTOTYPING - A MASTERCLASS: 

(Posted: 12 July 2022)

Ideas are many and deciding on the right one to bring forward to validation can be difficult. This masterclass will focus on ideation techniques and using prototypes to validate and communicate your intent. You will learn:
- How to decide on an idea
- How to build ideas with your team
- How to use prototypes to validate and communicate your intent
- About design thinking - a framework for innovation

Masterclass facilitator, Gabe Mullarkey, is a human-centered design expert based in Galway with 15 years experience as a design professional in both industry and as a freelance designer. Register online here

Our IT team are building the functionality to allow you to mark off closed days at your hub for Christmas – it could take a couple of weeks as they have a few other things to do as well. For now, could you keep an eye on bookings and if somebody tries to book for the days, reject or cancel the booking and email them to explain why. Hopefully we will get the IT development done before that arises.

To see upcoming Network Meetups go HERE

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See Hub User Showcase: HERE

See upcoming events hosted by hubs HERE

Digital Brand Assets for Connected Hubs

HUB VOUCHER SCHEME PAYMENTS:     To all hubs participating in the National Connected Hubs Voucher Scheme, please complete the Supplier Set-up Form if you haven't already done so. The sooner you do this, the sooner you will receive payment from the Department of Rural & Community Development. You can access the form HERE and all other relevant detail. If you were successful in securing a Connected Hubs grant in 2021 or 2022, you do not need to complete the Supplier Set-up Form as the Department already have your details. Hubs can start to draw down voucher payments from August 12 onwards. (Posted: 20 July 2022)

DORMANT ACCOUNTS:

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, TD, today announced a Pilot Dormant Accounts Funded €1.5 million Scaling-up Scheme for Social Enterprise designed to improve the impact and sustainability of social enterprises that address economic, social and educational disadvantage. More  (Posted: 29 July 2022)


RECRUITER - GROW REMOTE:    Grow Remote are looking to hire a Recruiter to ensure that when employment can land anywhere, it lands in regional and rural Ireland. The Recruiter will work to understand remote jobs on the market, and work with Grow Remote's offline and online communities to match talent. Apply HERE  (Posted: 15 July 2022)

IDEATION & PROTOTYPING - A MASTERCLASS: Ideas are many and deciding on the right one to bring forward to validation can be difficult. This masterclass will focus on ideation techniques and using prototypes to validate and communicate your intent. You will learn:

  • How to decide on an idea
  • How to build on ideas with your team
  • How to use prototypes to validate and communicate your intent
  • About design thinking - a framework for innovation
  • Facilitator:
Masterclass facilitator, Gabe Mullarkey, is a human-centered design expert based in Galway with 15 years experience as a design professional in both industry and as a freelance designer. Register online HERE. (Posted: 12 July 2022)

ARE YOU READY TO MAKE THE MOVE TO HYBRID:  Enterprising Monaghan have been running an online Remote Working Training programme, delivered by Grant Thornton and fully funded by Enterprise Ireland. The course is free. It is relevant to team managers and remote working employees as well as digital nomads. We have a few places left on the next course which commences 27 April. Would you be interested in attending?  The next cohort is starting on Wednesday, 27 April, at 9am for 1.5 hours and every Wednesday for seen weeks. This is a fully interactive course that empowers users to be at their very best going forward.  Previous participants view of this course say: “That was a super course! Delighted I took part”; “Thoroughly enjoyed the course”; “Very Interesting. Great to chat with others on the same journey. Excellent speakers and great to get the form templates and course material”. Register online HERE  or contact dora@enterprisingmonaghan.ie for more detail. (Posted: 20 April 2022)

THE IMPACT AT CRANN: Full report and video HERE  on the recent official opening of  The Impact Hub at Crann, Ovens, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. The Impact Hub has been created to provide equal access to the new world of co-working/remote working for people with disabilities.   (Posted: 20 April 2022)


FROM DRCD: " Re RRDF Fourth Call Category 1 Applications   Dear colleagues,   I refer to the currently open Call for Category 1 applications to the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.   To facilitate the submission of supplementary documentation and attachments exceeding 20MB, the Department has set up a file share account. Please email the RRDF unit at  rrdf@drcd.gov.ie   to receive a link with a password to access the file share and a user guide.   We would ask that you do not use any other file sharing sites for this call.   Please note the completed application form should be sent to  rrdf@drcd.gov.ie   The closing date for submission of applications is Friday, 29th April 2022 at 12 midday." (Posted: 8 April 2022)

AGRICULTURAL FOCUS: We are planning to assemble hubs with agricultural focus to explore possible initiatives. What is a hub with an agricultural focus? If you have some hub-based companies in the broader agri sector, are based in a strong agri-tech or agri-business region, or you would like to attract companies with an agri focus - that qualifies you to get involved. If you would like to be kept informed of developments in this area, email liamhoran@wdc.ie with Agricultural Focus in the subject line. (Posted: 6 April 2022)

CO:WORX DIGITAL HUB OPENING: The official openings keep on coming...best of luck to all involved in CO:WORX digitial hub whose official opening is on Thursday next, 31 March. This is a collaboration between Edgeworthstown Enterprise Hub and Longford County Council. "We want to give our community the opportunity to work, learn and contribute locally with a global reach", say CO:WORX. A special 'good luck' to our regular network attendees Claire McEnroe, who has worked tirelessly on this project over the past few years, and Luiz Roque, the hub manager. (Posted: 23 March 2022)

BANTRY BAYWORKS' NEWSLETTER: Bantry Bayworks have issued their first enewsletter. "In this enews, we'll introduce a little bit of our history and, most importantly, we're looking for your input into our plans for the future. We've a special appeal to employers to hire displaced Ukranians remotely. And you'll also learn about some terrific training for aspiring and existing remote workers and team leaders," they say. You can read it HERE(Posted: 23 March 2022)

CONNECTED HUBS €5M FUNDING CALL :  Fund details are  HERE . See recordings of Info Sessions re the €5m fund  HERE . To help you, we have annotated or tagged each of the three sessions, see  HERE . The FAQs for the fund are HERE . Information Pack from all exhibitors at recent ConnectedHubs.ie recent Expo are HERE (Posted: 21 March 2022)

THE IMPACT HUB AT CRANN - OFFICIAL OPENING: We will be broadcasting this Friday's (25 March) network event from The Impact Hub at Crann, Ovens, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, to coincide with the official opening of the centre by An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, TD. Official opening takes place at 10.45am - our network event will be at the usual time of 2pm. The Impact Hub has been created to provide equal access to the new world of co-working/remote working for people with disabilities. We welcome people with disabilities who wish to locate their business here. We also want to see opportunities for people with disabilities to work for companies who use the hub. We plan to research the impact of this level of inclusion and participation and to use this information to influence how hubs are funded to build increased opportunities for people with disabilities to be included. Special mention for Padraig Mallon, Chief Executive, Crann, and Joellen Owers, Manager, The Impact Hub - many of you will have met them at our Friday meetups.   (Posted: 21 March 2022)

COWORKING SPACE - OFFICIAL OPENING: The official opening of the Coworkplus and Gteic @ an Tearmann Coworking Space will be performed by Tracy Keogh, Grow Remote, in Craoibhín Community & Enterprise Centre, Currin, Termon, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, on Monday, 28 March, at 2pm. Guest speakers will include Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, Údarás na Gaeltachta, and Padraic Fingleton, Donegal Local Development Company. It will be a proud big day for Mary Doherty, who comes along to our Friday meetups on a regular basis.  (Posted: 21 March 2022)


CONNECTED HUB FUND :  Key details on the fund are available HERE- you should also have received this in your email. If you haven't done so yet, sign up for an information session, if you are considering making an application to the Connected Hubs fund. Info sessions next week - register by 4pm today (Friday). Register HERE , if you haven't already done so by email.  (Posted: 23 February 2022)

MARKETING CAMPAIGN & APP LAUNCH : The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced a number of major new initiatives that will support Remote Working across the country. More HERE(Posted: 20 February 2022)

GOOD NEWS TODAY FOR HUBS : 28 Remote Working projects supported including County-led campaigns aimed at attracting remote workers to relocate. More HERE  (Posted: 25 February 2022)

WEXFORD/KILKENNY ENQUIRY :   We have had an enquiry from a company looking for suitable hub accommodation in the Wexford/Kilkenny region. It may be one or two days a week. They are not sure yet if it would be a hot desk or a private office - the replies they receive will inform their decision. If you would like your hub to be considered, please complete this FORM  and we will circulate all responses to the company to help them make their decision. If you have more than one hub in the above region, please complete a separate form for each hub. (Posted: 25 February 2022)

STORAGE SPACE : This is a query we got - Connected Hubs can't help, but do you know anyone who might be able to help: "I am contacting with a question regarding your hubs. Our company name is XXXX, we are an online wholesale marketplace. We are currently looking for a storage facility, more specifically a unit for storing boxes and products, space that can also accommodate freezers (for frozen products, etc.), and truck pull ups for loading/ unloading boxes.  We are aware that your services does not include such spaces, but we are enquiring whether your services will be expanding perhaps one day to include storage facilities such as we have described and require for our business. Small businesses and start ups are finding it difficult to find small and reasonably priced spaces, especially around Dublin city centre."  If you can help, email liamhoran@wdc.ie (Posted: 23 February 2022)


STARTUP STORYTELLING MASTERCLASS: What is your startup's story? Your value proposition? Say it out loud. Are you happy with it? Jo Caruana, Founder and CEO of Finesse Group, will join the #FoundersCircle to do a Masterclass on using the Storybranding framework to nail your story once and for all. #Founders’Circle is a monthly event for tech founders to meet, have rich conversations in small groups, share experience and forge connections to accelerate startup growth. Powered by RDI Hub in association with Scale Ireland. This workshop is free, book HERE (Posted: 10 February 2022)

NEW TO TWITTER: Let's all give EK Digital Hub in Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon, a follow HERE  - they're brand new to Twitter. And drop your own social media links into chat during today's CH network meet-up so people can follow you too. (Posted: 11 February 2022)

GLENASMOLE FUNDRAISER: Best of luck to John W Lee and his colleagues in Glenasmole Community Campus, Dublin, who are currently running a fundraiser to win a VW Camper Van. More HERE(Posted: 10 February 2022)

INNOVATORS U35 EUROPE FESTIVAL: MIT’s Innovators Under 35 Europe Festival, one of the world’s most distinguished events honouring young technology pioneers, is coming to Ireland for the first time. On May 19-21, Europe’s brightest innovators will gather in Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal, to showcase their work and meet other visionaries who are shaping the future and transforming lives through their technological advances. European and global leaders in innovation will also speak at the festival focusing on the transformative power of tech in creating a better world for all. More HERE(Posted: 5 February 2022)

DRCD Customer Satisfaction Survey 2022: The Department of Rural and Community Development intends to review its Customer Action Plan and Customer Charter as part of its commitment to providing a quality customer service. DRCD is keenly aware of the importance of communicating its message, both externally to its clients, customers and stakeholders and internally among its staff and among our agencies. To this end, a survey has been created so that we can better gauge, and consequently better serve, the needs of our customers. Please use Google Chrome to access the survey using this LINK (Posted: 2 February 2022)


TRANSITIONAL PROTOCOL: Transitional Protocol: Good Practice Guidance for Continuing to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 has been published by the Government today. It reflects the lessons learned to date and places a greater emphasis on guidance and best practice to support the safe return to physical attendance in the workplace. You can read it in full HERE  (Posted: 31 January 2022)

CSO RESULTS ON REMOTE WORK: CSO results on working remotely (last Nov) published in detail this morning. Thanks to our colleague in the Western Development Commission, Deirdre Frost, for signposting us to this link which deals specifically with hubs HERE . Thanks also to Michael Newham, Business Development Manager, Midland Network of Co-working Facilities, who flagged this related  Irish Times report to us. You may also be interested in the following media reports also published today: RTE Irish Examiner (Posted: 18 January 2022)

UPDATE FROM BOWSY:   Help your members work differently in 2022, and work smart. Bowsy , based in the Guinness Enterprise Centre, is a platform that connects Companies to 3rd level students for task or project work. Students can help in Accounting/Finance/Marketing/Social Media/Business Development plus much more. No contracts and access to a pool of talent at a 3rd of consultancy costs. Webinars by request of individual hubs plus their member companies, conducted via  Teams meeting - introduction to the Bowsy Platform and the benefits such as reducing work load or accessing students expertise on areas where they lack due to a small team eg. Marketing Team. Coffee mornings by request, presentation by Bowsy followed by networking in the Hub with member companies over a cup of tea/coffee and bun.  To hear more on how you can help your members to connect please email  helena@bowsy.com(Posted: 27 January 2022)

GMIT DIGITAL WEST CONFERENCE (25 Jan):  Leaders in public and private sector organisations along with academics will share cybersecurity and trust stories at this year’s GMIT Digital West conference, which takes place fully online on https://digitalwest.biz/ on Tuesday 25 January 2022 from 10am until 1pm. The event will be opened by GMIT President Dr Orla Flynn (10am), followed by guest speakers Dr Eoin Byrne and Eamon Larkin, Cyber Ireland; Aoife Long, Cyber Skills Education and Public Engagement Manager MTU; Mathie Gorge, CEO at VigiTrust; Dr Seamus Dowling, Cybersecurity lecturer, GMIT; Paul Fitzpatrick, Cyber Forensics Manager, AGS; Colm Healy, Founder and CEO of Corrata; Louise O Sullivan, Security Services Manager and Lei Shao, Security and Risk Advisor at HEAnet; and Rebecca Springett, Titan HQ Leading Cloud Security. More HERE (Posted: 18 January 2022)

RURAL BUSINESS DAY: Digi2Market is holding a #ruralbusiness Twitter/Insta day on 19th January 2021. It aims to spread awareness about the amazing people, services, and products behind rural businesses which support regional economies and communities. We want to get as many people as possible on the island of Ireland, in Finland, Iceland, across Europe, and beyond posting about #ruralbusiness. We need your help to make it a success. Get Tweeting and Insta-ing. More HERE(Posted: 18 January 2022)

RRDF APPROVED PROJECTS UNDER THE THIRD CALL 2022:  Minister Humphreys announces €21.5 million for 27 landmark regeneration projects nationwide Old Schools, Cinemas, Courthouses and Vacant Buildings to be transformed into Remote Working Hubs, Creative Studios, Visitor Centres, Museums, Libraries, Enterprise, Heritage and Community Spaces Strong focus on combatting dereliction, increasing the vibrancy of our towns and villages and attracting people back to Rural Ireland Multi-million euro investment to bring ambitious regeneration and economic development projects to full readiness The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced €21.5 million for 27 landmark regeneration projects in rural communities across the country.  A list of the successful projects is available HERE .(Posted: 6 January 2021)

RRDF CALL NOW OPEN:  The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced on Friday last that the Fourth Call for Category 1 proposals for the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) is now open. Key points to note: Funding to support large-scale regeneration projects that are ready to commence; aim is to drive economic growth, combat dereliction and breathe new life into town centres; strong focus on converting old buildings into remote working hubs, libraries, e-learning, cultural, enterprise, youth and community spaces. And, yes, a community group can put forward a project. More HERE(Posted: 17 December 2021)

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PITCH YOUR BUSINESS: Early in the New Year we will announce a Pitch Your Business competition in conjunction with some partners. This will be for rural-based businesses - by rural, we mean anything outside the seven largest cities on the island. Prizes include cash, mentoring and media exposure. It will certainly interest some of your client companies. (Posted: 17 Dec. 2021)

OFFICE FURNITURE AVAILABLE: Oonagh McCutcheon of We Are Ireland Online ( www.weare.ie ) says: "We are refurbishing our office for Covid reasons, and have approx. 25 desks, 25 chairs, and 25 pedestals that we no longer need. I’ve heard various hub managers on recent webinars etc saying that they lack office furniture.  So I wanted to see if ConnectedHubs.ie would be interested in taking them and giving them to various hubs?"  Email liamhoran@wdc.ie if you are interested and he will send on the inventory - you will need to organise pick-up in Dublin. Thanks to Oonagh for this kind offer.  (Posted: 17 Dec. 2021)

LOOKING FOR A SIMILAR HUB: We've had a request from Mary Hensey in The Junction, Tullamore, as follows: "We are a CLG, reporting to our Local Enterprise board, who in turn report to Offaly County Council. We'd like to speak to a hub set up similarly". Email mary@thejunctionoffaly.ie if you can help her out.   (Posted: 16 Dec. 2021)

MILESTONE DAY FOR THE YARD HUB: Longford County Council is delighted to confirm that contracts have been signed with Doyle Construction, a local construction firm, for the redevelopment of the Old Canal Stores in Abbeyshrule into a rural working hub. More HERE  and HERE (Posted: 10 Dec. 2021)

WORKING GROUP REPORT: For the last number of months, our 'Success Criteria' working group have worked assiduously to produce our first Working Group report on foot of a major survey of hubs carried out in August. You can read the report in full HERE. This report will inform our work in the coming months. 

The group comprised: Julianne O'Leary  (The Guinness Enterprise Centre);  Trish Walsh  (An Chroí);  Kevin McShane  (Inishowen Innovation);  Eoin Costello  (Digital HQ);  Joe Kelly  (Cairn Enterprise Centre);  Ciara Breen  (Creative Spark); Lisa Rowntree  (Ace Enterprise Park);  Clare McEnroe  (Edgeworthstown Hub); Mike Hannigan  (Coworkinn) and WDC/Connected Hubs personnel Stephen Carolan , Pauline Leonard , David Murphy and Liam Horan . We have three other working groups running at the moment - Hubs from the Perspective of Employers; Hubs from the Perspective of Users; and  Hubs from the Perspective of Communities . All three groups have held a number of meetings and will finalise and launch their reports soon.

A big 'thank you' to all who have volunteered to get involved in working groups designed to make the network, and the members hubs, more effective. Feedback also welcome, of course. In your hub, or locality, have you existing or start-up businesses in the tourism sector?If yes, HERE'S a useful resource you might wish to share with them.  (Posted: 2 Dec. 2021)

ACT365 INTEGRATION : The ACT365 integration with the ConnectedHubs.ie software has been completed in the last few days and is now live. Any hub that wishes to try it out can do so now. Any queries, contact support@connectedhubs.ie. BaseWorx say : You can find the ACT365 Settings Page by going to the left sidebar, click on Settings and ACT365 settings is there. All you need is your username (email address) and password of your admin account of your own ACT365 Dashboard. The system will confirm then if it's active with the connection. Then a new panel option opens in the Desk Plans, showing all of your ACT365 doors that you can turn on / off for that desk plan. We will have tutorials on this next week. 

On a related matter, Joe Sheridan (hubs in Dunmore and Milltown) would like to talk to an electrician who has worked on linking a mechanical door system (e.g. a Hasp or a Magnilock) with our software. If you've someone who can help, contact Joe on info@joesheridan.ie or 087 989 7072. (Posted: 3 Dec. 2021)

CONNECTED CITIES & TOWNS SUMMIT 2021: Stephen Carolan, National Hubs Programme Manager, Western Development Commission / ConnectedHubs.ie, is one of the speakers at the Connected Cities & Town Summit 2021 (Tuesday, 7 December). This is a virtual event and runs from 9am to 2.45pm. More details and book your place   HERE (Posted: 2 Dec. 2021)

ALL-IRELAND HUB SUMMIT, 8 & 9 DEC : Miriam & Mary here, from the Irish Tech Hub Network . We’re reaching out to invite you to join the All-Ireland Hub Summit on 8th & 9th Dec. This virtual summit is kindly supported by Connected Hubs and aims to finish out the year by bringing hubs from across the island of Ireland together in a dynamic, collaborative environment where they can find insight and inspiration from one another.  The summit will include virtual panel discussions, 7 workshops and a Masterclass on “Growing Your Startup Hub” as well as the opportunity (for a limited number of people) to attend an onsite event at selected hubs, to meet other hub leaders from your province. You can see a more detailed agenda for the summit in the PDF attached and some further information below. You’re welcome to join for relevant segments or the entire event - we just ask that anyone who intends to attend would register at the links below. Register for:
 The virtual summit here
The Masterclass: More info here or apply directly using this link
 Onsite networking & workshop here (please note places are limited due to social distancing guidelines) (Updated: 22 Nov. 2021)

CREW & GMIT Certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development: The programme will be industry led, and the postgraduate certificate in creative entrepreneurship and enterprise development will be delivered remotely through the GTeic and Connected Hubs network to participants located across Ireland - with a focus on those entrepreneurs based in the western region and along the Atlantic economic corridor. More   HERE  (Posted: 12 Nov. 2021)

THE INSIDE-T PROJECT : In your hub, or locality, have you existing or start-up businesses in the tourism sector? If yes,  HERE'S  an interview about a useful resource you might wish to share with them. There are two events on next week that they might wish to attend, so time is of the essence. (Posted: 1 Dec. 2021)

ACT 365: If your hub is using ACT365 door access system with pin codes, can you get in touch? Just looking for a test hub as we build integration. Email liamhoran@wdc.ie if you fit the bill. Thanks. (Posted: 30 Nov. 2021)

OFFICE SPACES & FABRICATION FACILITIES: We've had this enquiry: "A part of my current research into the co-working hubs is specifically focused on those that combine clean office-based spaces with, fabrication facilities. In particular, any hubs that go beyond the capacity of a community maker space or fab lab.   What I am essentially looking for is a co-working hub that incubates startups in fabrication, content creation, and making.  If you are a person or a team that makes something, and you need a space that you can get "messy" but you are not ready to rent an industrial unit permanently.... where do you go?  Is there a hub like this in Ireland?"  Email liamhoran@wdc.ie if it's of interest to you. (Posted: 1 Dec. 2021)

CROSS BORDER TRADE: CEAI recently secured funding to deliver a Training & Mentoring Programme leading to the establishment of a Pilot Cross Border Trade Launchpad.  This is a short programme for companies interested in exploring cross border trading opportunities, in the first instance. It would be great if you could bring this training and learning opportunity to the attention of any of your tenant companies that you believe could benefit from participation.  Ideal participant companies will come from the following sectors – Food, Drink, Construction, Manufacturing, Engineering, Business Services, Tourism, Minerals, Distribution which are among some of the sectors heavily impact by Brexit.

There is no financial cost involved and the requirement of each company is a time commitment of approximately 15 hours to include: 4 x Master Classes x 1 hour per class 4 x Group Clinics x 1.5 hours per clinic 2 x 1-1 Mentoring Sessions x 1 hour per session 1 x Shared Learning Event x 1 hour Class Work x 2 hours. The programme will work with 30 companies across Ireland, Northern Ireland and England. To target these 30 companies, CEAI has partnered with Enterprise Northern Ireland and the National Enterprise Network, England. Expressions of Interest for Participation are now being sought with a deadline of December 10th in place.

Any company interested in participating should contact me directly on siobhan@nacec.ie. The Programme will be delivered by the Discovery Partnership , an SME Growth Consultancy [and consortia partners of Winning Moves (UK) - an SME Benchmarking Performance/Growth Consultancy/Software Development organisation - and the Centre for Competitiveness, Northern Ireland]. (Posted: 1 Dec. 2021)


NEW QUALITY STANDARDS FRAMEWORK - QHUBS:  A new national Quality Standards Framework for Ireland’s enterprise hub, co-working and remote working sector has been unveiled by Minister Damien English TD, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment. The development of the framework was overseen by a National Steering Committee, chaired by Minister English, was funded by Enterprise Ireland and managed and co-ordinated by the Community Enterprise Association Ireland. An Online Briefing takes place on Thursday, 25 November. Email Siobhan Finn Finn for more details.  Register HERE  More detail on the framework HERE (Updated: 12 Nov. 2021)

HUB USER SHOWCASE: We are building a dedicated section on the platform to promote enterprises based in hubs in our network - see Hub User Showcase  HERE (Posted: 16 Nov. 2021)

GUINNESS ENTERPRISE CENTRE: Today is a big day for the Guinness Enterprise Centre, one of the hubs in our network. "Guinness startup hub to cater for 220 firms after €10m makeover  Guinness startup hub to cater for 220 firms after €10m makeover " reports the Irish Independent. The expansion of the GEC has also featured on Newstalk's Breakfast Business programme this morning. We hope all goes brilliantly for them today. (Posted: 10 Nov. 2021)

SILICON REPUBLIC: Good to see the widely read Silicon Republic platform promoting the merits of hub working HERE   (Posted: 6 Nov. 2021)

MEET THE HYBRIDS: " Can’t work at home? Done with the commute? Meet the hybrids " - Irish Times write-up on remote working, featuring a number of our hubs.   (Posted: 5 Nov. 2021)

FOUNDERS CIRCLE:   Thanks to Reidín O'Connor, Members & Community Manager, RDI Hub, Killorglin, for letting us know that the final Founders Circle of the year takes place on Friday, November 19th, 11am-12.30pm. This Founders Circle will be a closed door, candid conversation with several founders who have recently fundraised via Venture Capital, Angles, Debt Financing & Crowdfunding on what worked for them and what to avoid. Speakers include including  Joleen Looney from Content Llama, Emmet Creighton from Lintil, Noel Dykes from Frankli, Oliver Kirwan from Hotfoot and Jennifer Timony from FitPink. Register   HERE (Posted: 5 Nov. 2021)

STABLE LANE VISIT: Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, TD, visited Stable Lane Digital Hub in Carrick-on-Suir during her recent trip to the county to view new rural development projects that have received investment of over €7 million from her Department. More HERE(Posted: 4 Nov. 2021)

GROW REMOTE: Coming on November 22 is the second iteration of Grow Remote's Local Leader Onboarding Programme that helps make remote local. More details HERE(Posted: 4 Nov. 2021)

POST COVID-19 WORKPLACE: OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES:  In this engaging seminar, expert speakers will consider what is the ‘workplace’ that many organisations are returning to post-COVID-19, how are we managing this ‘workplace’, and where does legislation fit into it?  (Posted: 3 Nov. 2021)

RURAL FORA:  Revitalising Towns and Villages is the theme of the third event in the The Department of Rural and Community Development series of online stakeholder engagement events, to discuss a number of important topics featured in ‘Our Rural Future – Rural Development Policy 2021-2025’. It takes place on Wednesday, November 10, at 11am. Register HERE.  (Posted: 3Nov. 2021)

WORKING GROUPS 1: Our 'What Success Looks Like' working group had to pause meetings recently when Liam Horan was off on sick leave. Liam is now back and the group will meet soon to finalise their report for a forthcoming meeting of the network.  (Posted: 3 Nov. 2021)


WORKING GROUPS 2: Additionally, our three other networking groups are about to meet soon. They are:
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'Byrne, ACE Enterprise Park, Clondalkin + Stephen Carolan, Pauline Leonard, David Murphy and Liam Horan (all WDC).

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 + Stephen Carolan, Pauline Leonard, David Murphy and Liam Horan (all WDC).

3. Hubs from the Perspective of Employers: Caitriona Montgomery, Stream Birr; George Bulman, Rubicon, Cork; Barbara Nolan, M-Space Malahide; Caroline Brady, Cavan County Council + Stephen Carolan, Pauline Leonard, David Murphy and Liam Horan (all WDC).

Email liamhoran@wdc.ie before November 5 if you'd like to be on one of the three 'perspective' groups, specifying which one.


BCP/HUB TRAINING PROVISION:  Ludgate has been appointed by the Department of Rural and Community Development to provide virtual training and supports to BCP’s and Community Hubs in Ireland.  The training is aimed at BCP's (Broadband Connection Points) and community hubs at different stages of their journey. More; HERE

NEW BALLYBAY FOOD HUB: The hub , opened last week by Minister for Rural And Community Development, Heather Humphreys, TD, has been designed to support Monaghan’s strong food production industry. The facility, which is managed by Enterprising Monaghan, also provides modern office space and meetings rooms.


OLD HUB BUILDING: One of the hubs in our network is conducting a strategic review of their operations. They are established in an old building and would like to talk to some other hub owners/managers who are also operating out of an old building. If you can help, please email liamhoran@wdc.ie

NDRC ACCELERATOR:  Applications are now open for the next NDRC Accelerator at Dogpatch Labs, kicking off in January 2022. Details and apply HERE .

HUB MANAGER VACANCY: COWORX, Edgeworthstwn, Co. Longford, are hiring a Digital Hub Business Manager. Full details HERE

RDI HUB, KILLORGLIN, ARE HIRING TOO : Production Manager and Programme Manager vacancies now advertised.

REMOTE WORK HACKATHON: Grow Remote are hosting a Remote Work in Ireland Hackathon.

EFFECTIVE PAGE: Well done to Regina Dunne and the team at Bloom HQ for this page on their site:  https://www.bloomhq.ie/ournetworks . Simple but very effective. Might be something to consider for your site?

RETHINKING IRELAND FUND: Supporting rural communities to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to build resilience for future challenges. The Rural Recovery Fund is a one year €600,000 fund created by Rethink Ireland with support from Google.org and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund. 

SCALE UP ACADEMY: Institute of Technology, Sligo is the lead partner in a new cross-European Network supporting SMEs to move to the next stage of growth and internationalise their business. This project is called Scale Up Academy and is supported through the European Institute of Technology and Innovation. It is open to companies across Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo areas. The application form can be found HERE. More details from  Moran.Ruth@itsligo.ie or enda@firstwestern.ie . There is no cost for participating SME’s as all costs including travel to events are covered from the Programme budget.

RTE FEATURE: 'Rural digital hubs popular among remote workers' - more HERE.

IRISH TIMES FEATURE: 'From an employer’s perspective the hubs tick the box because they are regulated spaces that comply with health & safety requirements.  More HERE 

POSTING NEWS ON THIS PLATFORM : If you want to publish your hub's news on this platform, email liamhoran@wdc.ie and we will forward a how-to video to you. See upcoming events posted by hubs on our platform HERE .

DIGITAL BALLINROBE:  A new organisation, Digital Ballinrobe, aims to help the town to capitalise on the unique post Covid-19 economic opportunities presented by digitalisation and remote working. The organisation will be aligned with similar initiatives nationally such as @DigitalDunLaoghaire and Digital Blanchardstown Village A meeting to formally establish Digital Ballinrobe will take place in the Maple Youth Centre, Bowgate St, on Tuesday, November 9th at 7.45pm. It will last for no more than one hour. All are welcome. The organisers expect that some people may be unable to attend in person and have therefore set up a facility to allow for attendance via Zoom. To avail of the Zoom option, email liamhoran09@gmail.com for login details. More HERE .

QUALITY STANDARDS LAUNCH : The official launch of the NACEC Quality Standards System / Framework for Ireland's Hub Sector, takes place on 3 November, 2021.



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

HUBS FEATURED IN IRISH TIMES: Can’t work at home? Done with the commute? Meet the hybrids.

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 Novemb er – 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.  

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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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.