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More remote office space to open in Laois as Portlaoise Plaza team up with local business

The new Portlaoise Plaza at Junction17 on the M7

Further remote office space is set to open in Laois at the Portlaoise Plaza just off the M7 motorway after they teamed up with Eamon Callaghan, owner of the Vision 85 centre in the nearby Clonminam Business Park.

To be known as Hub 17, there will be daily hire of single offices as well as longer-term options for up to four people. Complete with high speed broadband and Covid-compliant, there will also be conference and meeting roomes that can be booked online.

Though located on a busy site, the office space will be sound-proofed and with instant access to the M7.

Local business Allwood Architectural Joinery are designing and fitting out the offices which are due to open in October.

Vision 85 was opened by Eamon Callaghan in early 2019 in a previously vacant unit in Clonminam. 

The Portlaoise Plaza and Supermacs, owned by Pat McDonagh, opened for business on July 31 on a large five-acre site just off Junction 17 on the M7. Over 100 jobs were created at the facility.

The Government last week announced a new funding scheme for enterprise centres in the wake of Covid-19 with grant support of up to €150,000.

The purpose of the scheme is “to provide eligible enterprise centres with financial support for the implementation of a 6 to 12 – month Recovery Plan”.

“This plan should have the objective of strengthening the underlying viability of the centre to enable it to continue to deliver value added supports to their client companies,” said the statement from Enterprise Ireland.

Laois has a strong network of shared working spaces that come under the ‘Laois Hub Collective’ banner.

Among its members are Portlaoise Enterprise Centre, Portarlington Enterprise Centre, Bloom HQ in Mountrath, Webmill in Mountmellick and a proposed project in Rathdowney.

Laois Chamber of Commerce CEO Bernie Everard has said that Laois can be “the remote working capital of Ireland” due to its central location and wide range of co-working spaces.

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