Bank of Ireland Galway Workbench opens up for away days

The Bank of Ireland Workbench in Galway is back open for business, providing a vibrant and useful co-working and event space in the city for businesspeople, including company away days.

Located just off Shop Street, the dedicated space serves both as a co-working space for professionals working and visiting the city as well as a dedicated event space for up to 80 people.

The Workbench is kitted out with high-quality Wi-Fi and plenty of workspace, including two meeting rooms, large digital screens and whiteboards for presentations and a kitchen.

“We’re so delighted to make this available to the companies who need it, whether you’re beginning to start-up or to scale up”

Marie Meehan, head of Galway City at Bank of Ireland, referenced the growth of the city since the space opened as one of the first co-working spaces in Galway in August 2015.

“We strive to ensure we can grow and evolve with the community and this new offering is reflective of the growth within the wider ecosystem in Galway city.”

Thriving tribes in the city of merchants

The city now boasts three co-working spaces including Westworks on William Street, Galway Technology Centre, and The Portershed in Eyre Square.

“You can see the tangible difference these spaces have made to catalysing and fostering a thriving environment for indigenous businesses. We now need to better support them as they grow,” Meehan said.

That growth is notable in another way, in the most recent funding from the €9.6m Regional Enterprise Development Fund which brings together business leaders with community groups and business leaders, the west region nabbed the largest percentage of funds nationwide.

Included in this was a fund of just over €4m for Galway Technology Centre to build out a programme dedicated to supporting scaling start-ups.

Meehan, a Galway native, referenced how the bank has heard time and time again that there is a shortage of meeting and conferencing space in the city and commented: “We’re so delighted to make this available to the companies who need it, whether you’re beginning to start-up or to scale up.”

Contact workbenchgalway@boi.com to book a day in the BOI Workbench

Pictured above: Marie Meehan, head of Galway City at Bank of Ireland. Image: John Kennedy

Published: 17 February, 2020