Bank of Ireland’s latest cohort of Scholarship Desk users begin their six-month tenure at the much sought-after Boxworks co-working space
This week Bank of Ireland’s latest cohort of Scholarship Desk users begin their six-month tenure at the much sought-after Boxworks co-working space in Waterford.
The aim of the scholarships is simple – to give those who need a desk a vibrant co-working space while they tackle a specific business goal, over a six month period. All of the participants have a “time-bound goal” that they focus on achieving over the allocated period.
Employmum Scholarship Desks
As part of the Scholarship Desks offering in Boxworks, Bank of Ireland also offer a desk to Employmum – the flexible working platform. They then share this resource with a number of local professionals who can benefit from the work space and networking from being in Boxworks, but on a flexible/timeshare basis.
Importance of community
While having a city centre space and desk to use is the main attraction, all users agree that the feeling of community is a huge bonus and as important as the physical space. A key component of the success of this space is the ‘cross-pollination’ which manager Emer Powell does naturally – introducing start-ups to people that may be able to help their businesses to grow and thrive. Bank of Ireland are glad to support Boxworks with these sponsored desks and helping start-ups and SMEs to thrive.
Billy Rooney, founder of CameraShy and former scholarship desk user, said: “I found Boxworks, and the contacts and supports therein immeasurably helpful in building up my business. The benefits of a co-working space for a fledgling business are truly massive. It’s only when you’re within it do you truly realise its importance in changing not only how you approach your own business, but also how you view yourself and the challenges and opportunities that you face.
“When you’re used to working in isolation, you don’t really understand how critically important it is to network with other business and the benefits that can result. This means so much to me, I am eternally grateful for the opportunity and space to grow my business.”
Upcoming event at Boxworks:
To mark the official launch of Boxworks 2 at John’s Lane, Waterford, Boxworks owner Flash Gorgon will moderate a panel discussion on the future of co-working on Thursday, February 21st from 5.30-7.30pm. Speakers at the event include Richard Roger, founder of VoxGig, DC Cahalane, CEO Republic of Work, Lesley Tully, head of design thinking in Bank of Ireland and Kim MacKenzie, head of marketing & products with VoxGig. To attend this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org.