Wednesday, February 02, 2022

After two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, the gradual return to the office is coinciding with the opening of a number of digital hubs throughout the West.

These hubs are useful for people who work remotely but don’t want to work from home because it can be hard to separate work and home life.

Working from home cuts some people’s commute drastically and allows them to spend more time with family. It can also takes it toll and that’s where digital hubs can help.

Next month, there is a digital hub opening in Ballinlough, which will be located in the heart of the village. Entitled EK Digital, the aim of the promoters of the new centre is to allow locally-based professionals to work in an office environment rather than face a long commute or the cost of establishing offices in a start-up enterprise.

Meanwhile, in Ballinrobe, businessman Frank Keane hopes to have his newly renovated hub fully operational by the end of the month. He already has one client on board who is delighted to no longer have to commute to Galway.

“People might have a place at home for working, but what I found are people are getting overcome with their work,” says Mr Keane.

“Their work life is overflowing into their family life. They’d be taking calls at 8pm at night or on the computer.”

Mr Keane and other like-minded individuals want to provide people with spaces that will improve their family and work, while also regenerating rural towns and villages. There are also plans to open a digital hub in Ballycastle while there is already one in Ballindine.

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