Mr David Staunton TD, Minister of State in the Department of Justice and Equality, with special responsibility for the areas of Equality, Immigration and Integration. Will officially open the Mitchelstown Enterprise Centre next Tuesday 19th September at 4 pm.
Located opposite the Firgrove Hotel in the former advance factory built around fifteen years ago, the Enterprise Centre is the brainchild of the Mitchelstown Forum, which is representative of all community groups and sports clubs in the Mitchelstown area.
The building was purchased two years ago by the Forum company with the help of Enterprise Ireland, Cork County Council and others. The Centre opened in 2015 and already houses nine businesses employing a total of 26 at present. Such has been the demand for space since start-up that plans are already afoot to build an additional 4,000 square foot for aspiring entrepreneurs bringing potential employment towards seventy full time jobs.
Liam O’Doherty, who is chairperson of the Forum, explained the background ‘We realised several years ago that there was a shortage of suitable space in Mitchelstown for local entrepreneurs looking for a base to start a new business. We looked at several possible sites, from existing buildings to green field sites and settled on the advance factory which had been vacant for some time. We approached Enterprise Ireland who agreed to provide 45% of the cost and Cork County Council also offered very significant support. The rest came from local Mitchelstown people who backed the project with loans and donations.
He added, ‘The success of the Enterprise Centre is a great sign for the future of Mitchelstown. While the town still relies on large employers like Dairygold, Aldi and others, there is no doubt that small businesses will become the greatest source of employment in the years ahead and we in the Mitchelstown Forum want to provide a suitable environment for people with business ideas to develop those ideas.’
He signed off by saying, ‘Everyone in Mitchelstown is welcome at the official opening next Tuesday. We’d be delighted to show you around’.