11 February 2019
By Elaine Murphy
Today An Tánaiste Simon Coveney, TD, and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, officially opened the latest flexible workspace by Glandore, and its first in Cork City. Glandore has invested €1.5million in this flexible workspace and coworking space at City Quarter at Lapps Quay, Cork City Centre.
A family business established in 2001, Glandore is Ireland’s leading provider of flexible workspace. The additional 300 desk spaces at City Quarter, Lapps Quay, Cork brings their capacity to almost 3,000 desks, across 9 locations in Cork, Dublin and Belfast.
Having opened its doors on November 1st, 2018, Glandore at City Quarter, Lapps Quay adds an additional 18,000 Sq ft. of office space over two floors to Cork City’s Docklands. The new space has capacity for over 300 desks of flexible workspace, coworking and private office space as well as social, meeting and event space to meet the growing demand for flexible workspace in Cork.
An Tánaiste Simon Coveney, TD; Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, welcomed to the new work spaces by Glandore founder, Michael Kelly, said: “I am delighted to welcome Michael Kelly and the Kelly family to Cork. The choice of Cork City for Glandore’s latest flexible office space expansion and investment is a key part of ensuring that spaces such as these drive Ireland’s foreign direct investment growth. I commend Glandore for contributing to Cork’s business ecosystem and their new offices in City Quarter, Lapps Quay will greatly help to meet the needs of growing businesses in Ireland. Some of Ireland’s most dynamic and celebrated multinationals began their life in Glandore’s workspaces, including Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and current members here in Cork, Park Place Technologies.”
The €1.5million investment in to the Cork space offers much more than an inspiring high quality workspace. The Glandore mission is to facilitate the growth and success of each member company and individual it houses.
Members can avail of the complimentary wellness programme, a carefully curated range of onsite events including business advisory and learning & development seminars as well workshops, social and networking events, encouraging collaboration and connection between members and strive to expand their network with the wider business community including Glandore Alumni.
Glandore Founder Michael Kelly, said of the latest launch in the company’s portfolio, “As our company name suggests, we have always had a love for Cork having spent many family holidays in West Cork. In terms of business, it has been our vision to bring our experience, professionalism, care and hospitality to local and international firms seeking a base outside of Dublin, and Cork was the natural location for our expansion, and is set to become the fastest growing city in Ireland over the next 20 years. We can also attest to Cork’s accolade as one of the friendliest places in the world – we have been given such a warm and supportive welcome by the local community and we were really excited to have welcomed our first members to Glandore Cork last November.”
In 2017, an estimated 1.2 million people worldwide were co-working in nearly 14,000 spaces, and this is set to reach 4 million by 2020. This trend is matched in Ireland, with Glandore having seen many member companies grow from a one-person operation to a staff of 70+ without having to move.
Speaking about the new Cork facility, Cllr Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork said, “The opening of Glandore’s newest office and coworking space is a welcome addition to Cork City’s Docklands area. Glandore is a dynamic, innovative, flexible workspace provider with properties in Dublin and Belfast, and today’s announcement that they are expanding further across Ireland with their first Cork location at City Quarter, Lapps Quay reflects the growing investment to entice start-ups, SMEs and multinational companies to the area. Since opening, a number of new businesses have located in the heart of Cork bringing jobs and vibrancy to the heart of the city. This expansion is a real, tangible vote of confidence in Cork.”
Glandore’s aim is to create a dynamic, supportive and friendly community in which every individual and company can grow. Their mission is to provide the very best start to a company’s business operations and facilitate their growth by offering flexibility, scalability and accelerating their business network of like-minded peers through the Glandore Network.
Glandore Cork member, Dillon Burke, Operations Manager, Park Place Technologies, said “In November we announced we were setting up our new EMEA Operations headquarters in Cork, and Glandore at City Quarter has provided the perfect space and strategic location for our EMEA expansion. The flexibility Glandore provides means that we have been able to scale as needed and has greatly assisted in building out a fantastic team in Ireland, alongside the terrific talent pool that Cork City has to offer. We couldn’t have wished for a better start in Cork.”
Glandore offers an immediate set up from €75 per month for Coworking Community Desk Memberships, hot desks from €300 per month or €370 per month for use in all Glandore locations across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Dedicated desks are available from €400 per month and private office space prices vary, available upon request.