Over half a million euro has been allocated to seven Kerry business hubs.
It’s part of €8 million in grants announced by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar under Enterprise Ireland’s Enterprise Centres Fund.
These centres or co-working hubs provide space for entrepreneurs to work remotely, access training and advice, and network with other businesses.
This funding will help co-working hubs to continue to offer services, and implement a recovery plan for businesses within their remit over the next six to twelve months.
The fund was open to both not-for-profit and for-profit enterprise centres, which have seen their income significantly impacted by COVID-19.
In Kerry, seven hubs are to benefit from a total of €557,469 funding.
HQ Tralee and Listowel has been awarded €91,920, while the Box CoWork Killarney got a grant of €46,600 – both of these are for-profit companies.
The five remaining Kerry enterprise centres to receive grants are not-for-profits.
The RDI Hub, Killorglin is to get €104,794, the Tom Crean Business Centre, Tralee will benefit from €95,067, while €77,808 is going to Sneem Digital Hub.
Killarney Technology Innovation Centre is to receive €75,600, and Mol Teic / the Dingle Hub is to get €65,680.
Independent TD Danny Healy Rae welcomes the announcement.