Co-working for a brighter future at innovative Waterford hubs
By Erin Ní Ghacháin
Two budding local entrepreneurs have taken up residence at Waterford’s leading co-working hubs.
Orna Murray (pictured above) and Cora Kearney (below) set up shop at the Fumbally Exchange and Boxworks co-working facilities this week as part of a Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Waterford scholarship programme.
This year Orna founded her Your Health Psychology venture, a ‘social enterprise pre-start’ that provides workshops and providing online resources and advice on menstrual management to primary and secondary school girls.
Cora’s start-up The Positive Ability Network aims to create a tight-knit community of disability service users, carers and parents to remove employment barriers marginalized groups.
Fumbally Exchange director Agnieszka Rojowska and her counterpart at Boxworks, Jim ‘Flash’ Gordon, gave a warm welcome to their new co-working tenants as they look to build their fledgling enterprises at the facilities over the next six months.
Mr Gordon said: “Coworking spaces, particularly on light of COVID-19, are becoming a more practical and suitable alternative for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Being surrounded by a high level of creativity, enthusiasm and business acumen will be a huge bonus to any entrepreneur thinking of embarking on their enterprise journey.”
Jacqui Gaule of Local Enterprise Office Waterford added: “The only reason Local Enterprise Office Waterford can offer the Desk programme is because Waterford has some great coworking hubs. Both Boxworks and Fumbally Exchange provide fantastic facilities that facilitate start-ups and small businesses in a productive, connected and positive working setting.”
For more information about local business support services, call LEO Waterford ON 0761 110 2905 or visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford/