Plans proceeding for Roscrea Enterprise Centre

Thursday, 11 January 2018

ROSCREA CHAMBER of Commerce have submitted a planning application for the development of a new Enterprise Centre - a place where start-up businesses and local entrepreneurs can avail of guidance and assistance.
The model is one adopted in many neighbouring towns and one which has created some local success stories across the country, after fledgling businesses have thrived after benefiting from the assistance of an Enterprise Centre.
They are aimed at nurturing the entrepreneurial spark that is the first step to creating a business and assist people by offering workspace and administrative essentials such as internet and telephone access.
Enterprise Centres offer new and developing businesses amenities such as conference rooms, office space and training rooms with no long term lease agreements, which is a low-cost way to take the first steps in moving a business from and idea or home office into the business world.
The members of Roscrea Chamber of Commerce feel the town, which was once a thriving industrial hub, could benefit greatly from an Enterprise Centre and have identified a site on the Old Dublin Road, close to Roscrea Leisure Centre, as a suitable location.
The Chamber have long called for the creation of such a facility, identifying the site early last year as one well suited and close enough to the town centre to allow a wide variety of potential start-ups.
The plan submitted to Tipperary County Council's planning section requests permission for the construction of a two-storey building containing commercial units on the ground floor and office space on the first floor.
A new entrance onto the Old Dublin Road will be created and landscaping carried out on the site if planning is granted.
The application is at pre-validation stage with Tipperary County Council and a decision is due by February 6.
The Centre could assist a myriad of types of business ideas, as most start-ups require the same essentials such as space, communication equipment and assistance with accessing subsidised accommodation.
An Enterprise Centre located in Roscrea could also benefit businesses in the transport and logistics industry, due to the town's close proximity to the M7 motorway, as well as variety of food, online trading, tourism and retail focused business ideas.
After planning is granted, it is understood the Chamber's next objective will be to secure funding for the creation of the building, which could potentially come from a multitude of sources.
However, for the project to proceed to the funding stages a site must be chosen and "shovel ready" with planning in place.


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