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Published in Industry on 05/08/2020

RDI Non-Profit Hub in Kerry ‘Remote’ location for Workers

CNI Editor reports

A NON-PROFIT hub for start-ups in Killorglin is reporting interest from firms seeking a ‘remote’ base for workers living in Kerry, Cork and Limerick.

The RDI Hub – a joint venture of Fexco, IT Tralee, Kerry County Council and Enterprise Ireland – opened earlier this year in the Co Kerry town and already hosts operations for tax compliance firm Taxamo and Swiss equipment manufacturer Liebherr.

The 12,000-square-foot facility beside Fexco’s headquarters reopened yesterday following a four-month closure because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Liam Cronin, chief executive of the RDI Hub, said it has been approached by several potential tenants seeking a second workplace.

Some are seeking extra space because their existing offices would be too tightly packed to maintain social distance; others are considering a base in the south-west for regional workers who otherwise would keep working from home.

“We anticipate that having a second-site presence will become the norm over the coming years, and the benefits for companies are extensive,” Mr Cronin said. “Sharing of knowledge, fostering innovation and growth mindset, while offering employees the flexibility they now desire, will positively impact business performance.”

Southwest: Killorglin RDI facility

Southwest: Killorglin RDI facility

He cited anecdotal evidence “that while working from home is having a positive impact on productivity, both creativity and innovation have taken a hit. You really need people together to brainstorm.”

Mr Cronin said tenants were being encouraged to participate in the RDI Hub’s on-site wellness programme as part of wider community-building efforts. The goal, he said, was for staff within and between firms “to come together and collaborate and have those serendipitous moments where new ideas come up”.

The RDI Hub also is running mentor and accelerator programmes with input from Accenture’s head of strategy, Karen O’Regan; the chief executive of Scale Ireland, Liz McCarthy; the CEO of Phelan Energy, Louise Phelan; and Fexco’s director of strategic business development, Karl Aherne.

Taxamo chief executive John McCarthy praised the RDI Hub as providing “amazing physical space, cutting-edge technology and access to a network of expertise to help and support the expansion of our business”.

He said such facilities help “to retain and attract talent outside of the main urban centres.”

Southwest: Killorglin RDI facility

Southwest: Killorglin RDI facility

REF: Independent.ie