Wednesday 16 January 2019

Business venture has created 70 jobs

DC Cahalane
DC Cahalane

Maria Herlihy

A leading Rebel business innovation hub aptly named, 'Republic of Work,' recently celebrated its first anniversary and along with way has created more than 70 new jobs.

The number of members of Republic of Work has grown to over 120 members - with many expected to join in the coming months as other leading companies are opting to place staff in the unique business hub of Cork's business district. 

The industries which have joined up include those from the healthcare, beauty, food, communications, fashion, banking, insurance, law, accounting to recruitment. The size of the businesses varies from freelancers to solopreneurs to teams from some of the country's biggest companies. 

Republic of Work has hosted over 300 public and community events which have been attended by over 5,000 people. 

Chief Executive, DC Cahalane said: "Like any new business surviving the first year is a great milestone to be celebrating. It has been fantastic to see how Cork has embraced the new way of networking, scaling and innovating that we've introduced at Republic of Work." 

He said it is a place for all kinds of businesses - not only to work but to meet other companies and share experiences and advice.

"We're catering for everyone from across all industries, from start-ups to multinationals, in helping them discover what the future of their businesses look like and the steps they need to take to get there," he said. 

Staff and members of Republic of Work are spending this week fundraising for the mental health charity, Pieta House via a wide range of activities and free events. In addition, companies and individuals are being offered free co-working spaces throughout this week to experience all that Republic of Cork has to offer first hand. 

There are seven people employed directly by Republic of Cork, with plans to further increase that number. The team is led by General Manager, Frank Brennan.