THE issue surrounding the ownership of the EMF building on Mitchelstown's Dublin Road has been clarified, paving the way for a new enterprise centre in the town.
The EMF building was earmarked as a potential enterprise centre by the Mitchelstown Forum earlier in 2012. Since then Cork County Council, Enterprise Ireland and the Mitchelstown Forum have been seeking to ensure due diligence could be carried out to secure its suitability.
Junior Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock has described the progress as a positive step towards job creation in the town.
"Any uncertainties as to the suitability of the EMF building as a community enterprise centre have now been clarified and I am delighted to assist the Mitchelstown Forum as they progress with their plans to establish this extremely important venture," said Minister Sherlock. "There is no doubt but this facility will lead to job creation and the growth of the local economy."
A Mitchelstown community enterprise centre would follow the Government's Action Plan for Jobs to promote the clustering of local businesses, a strategy providing potential for economies of scale and access to opportunities that would be outside the capability or scope of a business working alone.
"The clustering of resources such as ideas and knowledge, technology and equipment as well as experience and skills offers companies the prospect of increasing their individual market strength," said Sherlock.
"This would be an extremely positive development for Mitchelstown and I will be working to ensure that small local enterprises and local businesses will be facilitated to move into the building as soon as possible.
"Mitchelstown alone has a significant number of artisan style companies whose business models would be perfectly applicable to the community enterprise centre."