There were clear blue skies over the bustling ‘Sunny South East’ town of Dungarvan as the Minister of State for Training, Skills & Innovation, John Halligan TD, launched the ‘South East Shared Asset Collaborative Project’ last Wednesday 5th July at Dungarvan Enterprise Centre.
Led by Dungarvan Enterprise Centre and funded by Enterprise Ireland and South-East Enterprise Centre Association (SEECA), the project has developed a Business Resource Online Booking Facility, whereby start-up and growth stage enterprises conducting business in the South-East region can identify facilites & resources that they need and book the service online.
There are a number of vibrant and active Community Owned Enterprise Centres (CECs) across the South-East Region, in locations such as Dungarvan, Waterford City, Dunhill & Enniscorthy. Each one acts as a hub of entrepreneurial activity in their area, constantly encouraging enterprise development.
This portal, www.seeca.ie has taken the existing resources and expertise of these CECs and amalgamated them to offer a more networked approach to regional and local enterprise development. The suite of resources available to book online include:
Conference Rooms; Training Rooms; Hotdesk Space; Business Units for short and long-time hire; Green Screen & Video Conferencing facilities; Fablabs and lots more.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Halligan said, “Enterprise Ireland’s CEI fund and SEECA funding has facilitated Dungarvan Enterprise Centre contributing more to national, regional and county wide enterprise development… without the funding, the project could’ve developed only on a small scale, if at all”.
Original Project Manager and Former Manager of Dungarvan Enterprise Centre, Margaret Durand said of the project: “The South East Shared Asset Collaboration has established a hub that will help to develop and build upon the strengths and opportunities in the region, using the unique services available at each Community Enterprise Centre… offering supports to innovative start-ups to help those enterprises grow and develop”.
Manager of Dungarvan Enterprise Centre, Aisling O’ Connor said that she is “delighted to have been involved in the South East Shared Asset Collaborative Project…. It will have a practical impact on the enterprise landscape of the South East… the centre’s primary remit is to support local and regional entrepreneurship by providing business services, professional development, affordable office space, training rooms and conference facilities to small and growing businesses…”
Dungarvan Enterprise Centre will continue to deliver its current level of service and will additionally work on broadening its remit in the wider county.
The event was attended by local and regional Entrepreneurs, Brian Fives of Enterprise Ireland, South East Region & local Counsellor Damien Geoghegan FG.