On April 26th hubs across the country will open their doors for a national Connected Hubs Showcase Day.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys will officially launch the series of open day initiatives with a visit to the Creative Spark Downtown Hub in Dundalk in County Louth. The hub will host an event focussed on town regeneration, hub users and their experience of returning to the area and working from the hub.
On the day hubs across the Connected Hubs network will display the incredible variety and regional diversity with a focus on promoting why their hub and locality are great places for remote workers. This open day is taking place in support of the Government’s national campaign promoting Remote Work and is likely to become an annual event in the Connected Hubs calendar.
Connected Hubs is a flagship initiative led by Minister Humphreys and the Department of Rural and Community Development and implemented by the Western Development Commission. The initiative will connect and deepen the remote working infrastructure across rural Ireland.
The network now has 315 hubs across the country registered on its online platform. One of the aims of the Connected Hubs initiative is to create a shared platform and brand and to raise awareness of hubs, the services they offer and the opportunities to relocate to, or establish a business from anywhere in Ireland, as well as developing and raising awareness of hubs as convenient and professional distributed workplaces.
Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys commented:
“When I launched ‘Our Rural Future’, the most ambitious and transformational policy for rural development in decades, I set an ambitious goal to have 400 remote working hubs nationwide by 2025. We are well on track to exceed that target with 315 Hubs already on the national Connected Hubs network.
“I have met remote workers in every county who tell me the huge difference working from their local Hub has made to their lives: Less time commuting; More time with family; Better work-life balance.
“Connected Hubs is playing a pivotal role in rural regeneration by allowing people to live, work and raise a family in their own locality. I believe that in the 21st century the local Connected Hub will perform as important a role as the Carnegie Library network did in the last century, providing a portal for learning, economic opportunities and empowering our rural communities across the country.”
Allan Mulrooney, Interim CEO of the Western Development Commission commented
As we witness the changing landscape of remote and hybrid workplaces, along with the increasing availability of high-speed internet in rural areas, it is essential to adopt a multidimensional approach to leverage this potential and create sustainable growth. These showcase events provide a critical opportunity for the start-up community and larger corporate entities to experience the tangible benefits of hub working and consider it as a viable alternative to traditional office spaces or a means of remote work. In essence, these showcase events offer a 'try before you buy' opportunity for companies looking to attract and retain talent. I strongly encourage all companies to participate in these events, as they provide a unique opportunity to showcase the benefits of working from a hub and the potential of rural areas as a hub for innovation and growth.
The showcase day will encourage more employers, small businesses and start-ups to consider the wide range of remote working options available nationally. It will also enable individual hubs to strengthen their stakeholder relationships and collaborate to attract investment, remote workers, home buyers, shoppers and visitors to their locality
Eoin Costello, National Director of Showcase Day said
“This national initiative will help address the three pillars needed to deliver on the rural repopulation through remote working goals of the Department of Rural & Community Development’s ‘Our Rural Future’, a strong hub in a vibrant locality with engaged stakeholders. It will help local people know the value of their hub and what it does in a very visible way.”