Thursday, 4 June 2015

Liberties Business Forum Invites New Companies to Become Part of Revival

Dublin City Council and Liberties Business Forum is encouraging new businesses to join its community in the heart of the city centre through the Liberties Showcase and Investment Expo at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery . The exhibition and networking event will be addressed by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD this afternoon.

The Liberties, a historic area of the city which lies between Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Brewery in Dublin 8, is currently undergoing a renaissance, with almost €1bn in public and private sector investment being made. Headline projects include the National Paediatric Hospital development at St James’s Hospital; Brewhouse 4 at the Diageo Victoria Quay facility; Knightsbridge Student House at the Digital Hub Campus and the Teeling Whiskey Distillery and Visitor Centre. The area also remains a hub for small business and independent retailers, particularly on Thomas Street, Francis Street and Meath Street.

Liberties Business Forum, which was established in 2014 and is supported by Dublin City Council, comprises a cross representation of business managers and traders from the James’s Street; Thomas Street; Meath Street and Francis Street areas. As well as attracting new commercial ventures to the area, a key aim of the Forum is to encourage collaboration between local businesses.

Speaking at the Expo this morning, chairperson of the Liberties Business Forum, Catherine Heaney said: “The Liberties is an area that is full of personality and it is currently drawing new ideas, new energy and new people. However, there are still lots of empty spaces, providing opportunities to invest in sectors such as office and commercial property, the craft food and drink sector, design and creative industries, tourism, tech and media enterprises, medical and life sciences.

“Through the Liberties Business Forum, we are collaborating and supporting each other. For example St James’s Hospital is talking to The Digital Hub and NCAD about the value they can bring to each other, and already there is genuine collaboration and project work through initiatives such as Connected Health and Future Creators.

She added: “This collaboration is part of the personality of the area and it’s one of the reasons why someone would locate here. We are holding this event today to invite other businesses to join in our journey and to become part of the revival of what is a vibrant and up-and-coming city centre neighbourhood.”

Dublin City Council Executive Manager for the South Central Area, Anthony Flynn, said: “Dublin City Council is working actively with the Liberties Business Forum and other agencies to continue the regeneration of this historic and lively neighbourhood. The Liberties is a distinctive quarter in the heart of the city, offering excellent transport links, a vibrant community and social life and a wealth of heritage and attractions. The City Council is now making major investment in housing, student accommodation, parks, green spaces and community services to transform the Liberties as a place to live and to work. We are now encouraging businesses to take a fresh look at what the Liberties has to offer.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD commented: “At the heart of our jobs plan is building on the particular strengths of individual parts of the country to create jobs. Today’s event is a great example of a community using the support available from Government and collaborating to support investment and job-creation in its area. I am delighted to welcome this great initiative.”

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