Saturday 16 February 2019

Beacon links north Cork businesses with CIT

THE Beacon initiative was formally launched in the Charleville Park Hotel last week by the Deputy Mayor for County Cork, Councillor Declan Hurley.

The initiative, which is part funded by Cork County Council, under the Economic Development Fund, is to provide an insight and access to the supports and services available in the region for enterprise development, provided by the strategic partners, namely Cork County Council, Cork Institute of Technology, the county enterprise boards and the Rubicon Centre.

In his opening remarks, Cllr Hurley said the county council was aware of the need for balanced development throughout the county and one of the aims of the fund is to ensure every part of the county gets a fair crack of the whip.

"Businesses, we hope, will benefit from the links through the North Cork Enterprise Board to the Rubicon Centre in CIT, essentially bringing the benefits of a third level institute to the region's businesses," he added.

The meeting covered areas such as support for business start-ups, access to research and development opportunities and student placements and projects.

Access to the these supports will be of immense benefit to those interested in setting up their own business and availing of the new 'hot desk' facility which is being put in place in Charleville in conjunction with the Enterprise Group of Charleville Chamber.

Michael Hanley, manager of the North Cork Enterprise Board spoke on the supports available from the board for new and existing businesses.

For more information on the Beacon Initiative contact; Padraig O'sullivan (021) 4928905 or email