Local Enterprise Office
Galway County Council provides a range of supports through the Local Enterprise Office to small enterprises to assist start-ups and SME’s to adapt to the online marketplace including business advice and mentoring, training and online trading vouchers. Further information on these supports can be found here .
Connected Enterprise Hubs
The provision of digital hubs and remote working spaces aligns with national and regional strategies, and EU initiatives such as Smart Villages, as this infrastructure has the protentional to give communities access to the benefits of high-speed access and the opportunities to work locally.
There are enterprise centres in Ballinasloe, Clonberne, Headford, Inis Oirr, Kinvara, Letterfrack and Tuam. These facilities are connected to broadband speed networks. The WDC are working to promote digital hubs on the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) under one brand and to create a single point of access of this service on-line, Galway County Council will support the development of this system.
Údarás na Gaeltachta operate a number of digital hubs and co-working facilities under the gteic brand. At present gteic hubs are open in Carna, An Ceathrú Rua, An Spidéal, and Na Forbacha. More information on gteic can be found here.
Galway County Council will work to promote these facilities and the possibilities of remote working for both employees and employers, with the protentional to bring jobs back into rural communities. There are now hubs in Tuam, Ballinasloe, Clonberne, Abbey, Kinvara, and Headford. In addition, hubs will be opened in Gort, Clifden, Headford, and Portumna in the coming years. Details on the hubs in Galway (and across the AEC) are available here.
Galway County Council will, through our website, promote information around the digital hubs currently operating in the county and will support their growth.