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Preparatory Programme

New National Quality Standards Framework for Ireland’s enterprise hub, co-working and remote working sector unveiled










The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC CLG) represents a network of 250+ Enterprise Ireland funded community enterprise locations across the Republic of Ireland.

Formally established in 2008 and drawing together a number of pre-existing regional networks, NACEC’s primary role is to support and develop the interests of these locations so as to strengthen the community enterprise sector in Ireland.

Enterprise centres and hubs nationally are positioned as important drivers of Enterprise Ireland’s Powering the Regions Strategy and meet a number of key objectives in communities, including the provision of physical space for entrepreneurs, startups, scaling companies, SMEs and a balance of small scale FDI, while also delivering capability and capacity for enterprise development and sustainable job creation at community level.

About the Role

This is a new role with the successful applicant having responsibility for the implementation of specific interventions that will support the organisation’s long-term viability and sustainability.  The successful applicant will be supported by and report to the National Hub Network Manager while working in partnership with multiple stakeholders across the regions.

 Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the launch and roll-out of the national Quality Standards Framework for remote working centres and hubs
  • Support the development and roll-out of new smart collaborative initiatives in areas such as training & learning partnerships and climate transition initiatives
  • Explore revenue streams and other sources of funding to underpin the long-term sustainability of the organisation
  • Prepare funding proposals and funding applications as appropriate
  • Develop and implement integrated CRM systems to support membership engagement and growth
  • Support a significant national media campaign to raise awareness and engagement with the organisation
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required from time to time by NACEC CLG.

Key Skills & Experience

  • A Level 8 Degree in Business Management or a related discipline is essential
  • A minimum 3 years relevant industry/sector experience is essential
  • Excellent Project Management, Portfolio Management, Digital & Social Media Skills, ICT Skills, Reporting Skills are all essential
  • Ability to connect, lead, motivate and inspire people both online and offline
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Full clean ‘B’ driving licence is essential for this role.

 Key Conditions

Location: Home, Hub & HQ

Contract Type: Full-time

Contract Duration: 1 Year fixed term contract subject to six month probationary period

Reporting Structure: Reporting directly to National Hub Network Manager

Deadline for Applications: October 1st, 2021

Start Date: By mid-November 2021

 How To Apply: Email a CV and Cover Letter to Siobhán Finn, National Hub Network Manager |[email protected] (Only CVs and Cover Letters submitted directly to this address will be accepted)

This position is subject to funding under the 2021 Regional Enterprise Transition Scheme which is administered by Enterprise Ireland.

Chairperson of NACECs National Steering Group for Quality Standards, Minister Damien English TD shares his thoughts on Remote Working with Irish Tech News

Minister Damien English TD, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment recently took some time to speak to Simon Cocking and the team at Irish Tech News.

Minister English shared his views on what to expect as the country’s workforce returns to the re-imagined workplace, the hybrid model for working and how practice moved faster than policy, driven by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020.

Listen to Minister English’s Podcast here



#BuildBackBetter … Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan





June 1st, 2021

Today sees the launch of the much anticipated National Recovery and Resilience Plan for Ireland.

Building on the extensive supports the Government put in place since the start of the pandemic, this Plan sets out a new phase of supports, investment and policies for a new stage of economic recovery and renewal.

Government’s overarching ambition is to have 2.5 million people in work by 2024, exceeding pre-pandemic levels. Many of these jobs will be more productive, innovative, resilient and in new areas of opportunity, aligned with the Government’s green and digital ambitions.

The overall objective of Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan is to contribute to a sustainable, equitable, green and digital recovery effort, in a manner that complements and supports the Government’s broader recovery efforts.

Ireland’s Plan will do this through a set of 16 investments and 9 reform commitments, to a total value of just under €1 billion, to be supported both by grants from the Recovery and Resilience Facility and national funds.

Government actions committed to economic recovery are set out here

Ireland’s first digital network of national remote working hubs launched today.

May 31st, 2021

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today launched the Connected Hubs Network, Ireland’s first digital network of national remote working hubs.

Announcing the launch of the network in Swinford, Co Mayo, Minister Humphreys said: “Remote Working is a key commitment of ‘Our Rural Future’, the most ambitious policy for Rural Ireland in decades.

“Hub working can support the development of employment opportunities and career paths in rural areas. This will give young people the choice to stay closer to home while pursuing their careers and also to encourage people living in cities to consider moving to a more rural location. The Connected Hubs Network provides the perfect opportunity for workers and employers to embrace a ‘blended working’ model, and to find the balance of hub, home and office working that works best for them.” is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and managed by the Western Development Commission. It is a new and exciting Government initiative developed as part of the Our Rural Future – Rural Development Policy. This shared remote working platform can support the rebalancing of economic activity throughout and help to promote regional development in Ireland.

NACEC hosts its first National Steering Committee meeting for the development of a Quality Standards Framework for Ireland’s Enterprise Hub Sector.

April 1st, 2021

Chaired by Minister Damien English TD, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, the inaugural meeting of the National Steering Committee for the development of a Quality Standards System and Framework for Ireland’s enterprise hub sector took place this week.

The National Steering Committee, which will be managed and coordinated by NACEC, has been assembled to oversee the project and support collaboration and alignment between the key stakeholders. Committee members include senior officials from Enterprise Ireland; IDA Ireland; the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI); the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, the Western Development Commission; the Regional Enterprise Plans Programme and the County & City Managers Association (CCMA). Independent consultants Dolmen Design & Innovation have been appointed to design and deliver the project which will help to provide a connected and professional structure to a national hubs infrastructure that already plays a pivotal role in supporting startups, SMEs, multinationals and remote workers from across the public and private sectors.

Speaking to committee members, Minister Damien English TD said ‘this project is timely and fits in with Government’s ambitions under our renewed Regional Enterprise Plans and the ‘Our Rural Future’ strategy which was announced earlier this week. It sets out a pathway to develop a national network of enterprise centres and coworking hubs that will support the realisation of a sustainable regional development model for Ireland. NACEC’s plans are important in improving work-life-balance, will support environmental sustainability and facilitates balanced economic development – all of which are important strategic and policy objectives for this government as we work towards a post pandemic jobs-led recovery’.

The Quality Standards for Hubs project is a key deliverable of the NACEC Strategic Plan 2019-21 which was launched by Minister Heather Humphreys in October 2019. The project is also one of the key actions to be delivered as part of the NACEC Regional Transformation Programme which is being supported under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund. Once completed it will be the first of its kind in the world and this presents a great opportunity for Ireland post Covid.

Mark Christal, Manager of Regions and Entrepreneurship at Enterprise Ireland said ‘we want to continue developing and improving the capability and effectiveness of the national hubs infrastructure with the end user in mind and that means adapting to the changing needs of our clients and customers and being more creative, collaborative and ambitious. The development of this new Quality Standards System for Ireland’s Enterprise Hub sector presents an real opportunity for Ireland to position itself as a world class destination for remote working, startup ecosystem, SME and community enterprise development, clustering and innovation and we are delighted to be funding and supporting this fantastic initiative’.

To conclude, Gary O’Meara, Chairperson of NACEC and CEO of Meath Enterprise said ‘I think a hybrid or blended approach to flexible working is the future where people from across the public and private sectors will be able to work from home and hub and possibly the office when really necessary. The challenge for hubs is to be ready to facilitate this new hybrid working model by providing clean, safe and professionally managed services and facilities that can meet the requirements of a varied client base which might include Startups, SMEs, staff and executives from large Corporates or MNCs as well as public sector employees, social enterprises and education / training providers. Hubs, if managed correctly, have the potential to really drive economic activity and social prosperity throughout our regions and across rural Ireland and I believe that this new quality standards for hubs project, with the support of this National Steering Committee, can help make these new future of work opportunities a reality’.

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The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC) is the leading community network of enterprise, digital, sectoral and co-working locations across Ireland.  With over 120 members, NACEC was formed in 2008, building on the foundation of earlier regional community enterprise centre networks.

NACEC’s Strategic Plan for the community enterprise sector in Ireland was launched by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment in late 2019.  At the core of the strategy are five strategic goals and a number of accompanying actions, including the rollout of a quality standards framework for enterprise centres and remote working hubs.

Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund 2017 – 2020 forms part of an overarching strategy by the national government to support regional enterprise development. This Regional Competitive Fund aims to support significant regional initiatives which build upon sectoral strengths and/or to better leverage identified resources to improve enterprise capability.

The Regional Co-Working Analysis – which was prepared by the three Regional Assemblies of Ireland in 2020 – found that 387,000 private sector workers are capable of operating remotely in Ireland.

National Steering Committee Members

  • Minister Damien English TD (Committee Chairperson), Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment
  • Gary O’Meara, Executive Director (Chairperson) at NACEC / CEO at Meath Enterprise (Project Manager)
  • Siobhán Finn, National Hub Network Manager at NACEC (Project Coordinator)
  • Sean McNulty, Director (Chairperson) at Dolmen (Lead Project Consultant)
  • Mark Christal, Manager of Regions & Entrepreneurship at Enterprise Ireland
  • Colm O’Neill, Assistant Principal at the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment – Regional Enterprise Plans & Initiatives
  • Tomás Ó Síocháin, CEO at the Western Development Commission (WDC)
  • Des Foley, Director of Services at Meath County Council and member of the County & City Managers Association (CCMA) – Business, Enterprise, Innovation, Urban/Town Economic Renewal (BEIUER)
  • Geraldine Larkin, CEO at the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)
  • Conor Simpson, Regional Manager at IDA Ireland
  • Sarah Morgan, Programme Manager for the Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan / Planning Policy & Research, Officer at Laois, Longford, Offaly & Westmeath Local Authorities



Siobhán Finn, National Hub Network Manager @ NACEC

Tel: 353 86 287 2286 | Email: [email protected]

Gary O Meara, Chairperson @ NACEC | CEO Meath Enterprise

Tel: 353 87 222 2306 | [email protected]