Balbriggan Enterprise and Training Centre (BEaT) has announced an expansion in office space for small businesses and people who want to work remotely and reduce commuting.
“Balbriggan Enterprise and Training Centre is 20 years old this year and we are aiming to rebrand with a new logo and website by March,” said BEaT manager Ria Stubbs.
“The new facility will make use of Unit Nine in the Enterprise and Training Centre. The plan is to convert four existing training rooms and a kitchen into a shared work space."
LEADER funding of €200,000 has recently been pre-approved to enable the expansion of the BEaT facility, bringing the total budget available for the redevelopment to €260,000. 18 desks will be available, some in individual offices, and a meeting room and a shared space for use by community groups will be provided, in the revamped 3,200 square feet facility.
Five desks are being made immediately available for local people who need office space for their business, with plans to add a further 18 desks during 2020, offering a combination of hot desks and office space. BEaT’s expansion responds to the desire expressed in the Our Balbriggan survey where 49% of the 4,000 people surveyed wanted to see the provision of a digital hub and start up space as part of the Council’s €20m-plus transformation of Ireland’s youngest town.
The 2016 census found that a relatively low number of Balbriggan residents worked locally, compared to other similarly-sized commuter towns. “Work is expected to begin by June, once the expected planning and funding comes through”
“A desk is available for as little as €50 a week or €190 a month,” said Ms Stubbs.
“These refurbishment and expansion plans will help support our commitments as part of the Balbriggan Rejuvenation Plan, to support emerging talent, grow enterprise and attract new jobs to the town,” said Emer O’Gorman, Director of Economic, Enterprise and Tourism, Fingal County Council.