Louis Lacy, Mike Kealy, John Nolan, Christy McGrath, Michael Rowe, Cllr John Brennan and Patricia Owens at the Castlecomer Enterprise Centre. Photo: Pat Moore.
There is trojan work being quietly done at the Castlecomer Entreprise Centre both by the tenants based there and the board and part-time manager who run the premises.
The non-for-profit centre offers people units for a nominal price where they can set up, develop and run their business.
“The idea is that we are there for small and
There have been a number of local success stories from the centre including Intersport and The Blinds Factory. All monies generated by the centre are ploughed back into the venture which pays dividends to the local community in a number of ways.
A number of education courses are also run at the centre, including healthcare courses, WordAid literacy and computer courses. At the moment there is also a Leader-run course aimed at early school leavers which
Board member, Christy McGrath described the course as 'second chance education'. “Some people mature at different rates and this is
There is a friendly atmosphere at the centre with tenants mingling and sharing a communal kitchen where they offer each other friendship, support and advice.”
Cllr John Brennan is also calling for government funding to be made available locally so that a manager can be employed on a
In total there are 22 people now working at the centre in a variety of different businesses including