Cubicle 7 Entertainment availed of Meath LEO support
What’s said to be one of the biggest role playing games companies in the world is in fact based in Stamullen, Co Meath, and has received support from Meath Local Enterprise Offiice!
Cubicle 7 Entertainment has exclusive licences for some of the best known role playing games (RPG) including Warhammer and the BBC’s Doctor Who and have won a number of awards.
“We make role playing games, card games and board games. They are all social and ‘sit around the table and get to know each other better’ kind of games,” explains Dominic McDowall, chief executive of the company.
“The LEO in Meath has been a fantastic support, even just talking to them has been really helpful, really useful and reassuring.”
Dominic formed the Irish company in 2018 with his wife Elaine and said they chose to relocate from the UK to Meath for the personal and professional advantages it gives, including its proximity to Dublin Airport.
They now employ 27 people around the World including 15 at the headquarters in City North Business Campus in Stamullen.
“Our market is global. I am always amazed by the list of places we are sending products, we have at least one customer in pretty much every country!,” says Dominic.
They qualified for a Priming Grant which, he said, helped to fund a really critical three roles during the growth of the company and really helped to accelerate their growth.
“It was a really critical phase for us so this was hugely appreciated and really impactful,” he adds. “We also availed of mentoring and as this is my first business, the advice I got from the mentorship scheme has been so helpful.”
In the niche industry of RPGs, the game is imaginative, immersive and interactive and the market, as well as being international, has grown in recent years.
In addition to licences for some of the most popular global RPGs, Dominic said they are also developing a lot of games based on settings they are developing themselves.
Cubicle 7 also availed of the ‘Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters’ (TAME) grant. It is to help small businesses in Ireland develop products and services that will unlock export markets.
Lorna Cooney, Senior Enterprise Development Officer, LEO Meath, said it is there to support companies and sole traders at all stages of their development including, for companies like Cubicle 7, their growth phase.
“This helps companies like Cubicle 7 who are exploring new markets and checking out possibilities for exporting. The TAME grant allows them to attend or exhibit at trade fairs or conduct research on overseas markets,” she says. “We feel it is critical that the LEO keeps up the contact with these companies and supports them through every stage of development.”
“It is particularly important in the growth stage as the promoter is very busy running their own business and we need to be there with the relevant interventions such as mentoring, financial support and advice to advise them along the way,” she added.