The E1.1 million Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre will open soon in Thurles with provision for up to 100 people to commence business in an ultra-modern, and extremely business friendly environment.
The state-of-the-art facility located on the LIT Tipperary Thurles Campus has the capacity to accommodate up to 25 hotdesks and fourteen individual units ranging in size from 25 to 60 sq metres. And, with 100 Mbps and 40 Mbps upload and download broadband speeds and excellect facilities, the centre will be a much sought after location for business in the light manufacturing, technology, service and white collar sectors. It is the perfect location from where to launch your new business idea or expand your existing business and provides all the supports necessary to help you get moving.
The centre was the brainchild of the Thurles Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded by Cllr Seamus Hanafin. It was built in partnership with LIT Tipperary and secured funding from Enterprise Ireland, Tipperary North County Enterprise Board, North Tipperary County Council, Thurles Town Council, LIT and the Chamber of Commerce. The building is completely debt free having come in on budget and on time following a nine month construction period with the fabulous facility having been built by local firm Clancy Construction, with forty people employed on site during construction.
“The aim of this facility is to encourage any new sustainable business to start-up in a top quality location with all the necessary infrastructure in place. This is the local business community looking for ways to bring employment opportunities to Thurles and the fact that it is linked with LIT Tipperary is a huge addition given the kind of expertise and support base available,” Cllr Seamus Hanafin told The Tipperary Star this week.
The building itself has been constructed in accordance with best sustainable building practice , and as well as having the fourteen units and the 25 hotdesks, it also contains commmunal boardrooms, cafeteria, reception area etc. The first tenant in the building is the Thurles Chamber of Commerce but there are already a number of interested parties in the pipeline, including one definite. Nevermind Games are participants on the LIT LEAP Programme and have been in temporary occupation of an office space on the LIT Campus. This young and progressive technology company is a good example of the type of clients the Centre hopes to attract.
The idea of such a facility evolved over time. It has been four years since the seed of the concept was first sown with the original idea of locating on a site at the Mill Road. However, the seven member Board is now thrilled that the LIT Tipperary site materialised and there is great hope that the synergies gained by their links can be mutually beneficial.