By Dan Walsh
MHO SPACE, a company which specialises in developing remote-working centres, has partnered with Wexford County Council to develop a hub at the M11 Business Park in Gorey, the first of four similar remote-working centres planned for Wexford which MHO Space hopes to open in Enniscorthy, New Ross and Wexford town.
Gorey hub is already up and running and providing modern, state-of-the-art working facilities for up to 200 people.
Cllr Joe Sullivan, Cathaoirleach Gorey- Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, warmly welcomes the proposal by MHO Space to bring significant jobs to Gorey and to build on the success of the Council’s Hatch Lab Innovation Centre which had 30 small companies operating there prior to the pandemic.
Cllr Sullivan paid tribute to the investment by local developers Tom and Paddy Redmond in the M11 Business Park and cited Gorey as one of the most vibrant and attractive towns in Leinster to work and live in.
Chief Executive of Wexford County Council, Tom Enright, said that the Council was seeing a lot of interest in remote working in Wexford by Dublin-based companies as people start to return to the office place and new hybrid models of work arrangements are being considered. Mr Enright stressed that Wexford offers a real alternative with affordable high-quality office accommodation, affordable housing and an unrivalled quality of life, all within a short distance of Dublin.
The CEO of the Cork-based MHO SPACE, Dave Burke, said that the company’s offering fully aligns with the ambition of Wexford County Council to reinvigorate towns and villages across rural Ireland. “There is now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring about a shift away from the ‘normal’ big office business model and allow workers and their families to re-locate to rural Irish towns, thereby enjoying lower living costs, less commuting and a better quality of life”, he said.
With the Covid pandemic forcing tens of thousands of workers to switch from their former offices in Ireland’s cities and larger towns, the consequent explosion in working from home has accelerated the business case for remote-working hubs, which provide high-speed and secure broadband and all the other facilities of modern offices. This has two outstanding benefits: giving thousands of workers, who have been working from their homes a local-based full-office alternative and avoiding a return to long-distance commuting when the lockdown eventually ends, and their former office abodes re-open.
MHO SPACE not only develops the physical facility, but also manages all marketing and fulfilment operations to attract companies and individual workers to base themselves in these hubs.