Details were announced this week of a new co-working and mixed office space development for Listowel. HQ Listowel which will open its doors in September next, is to be set up by the team behind the hugely successful HQ Tralee, Tom O Leary and Ken Tobin.
HQ Tralee originally opened in 2016 and now has almost 40 companies ranging from remote workers to start-ups and SME’s. These companies are employing over 120 people all working from Tralee town centre. HQ Listowel will be located on the first floor of the well know Pierse Fitzgibbon Solicitors building on Market St. The space will consist of individual offices, meeting space and an open plan co-working space. The space has the potential to accommodate between 25 and 30 people made up of remote workers and small company owners and employees.
“We had been looking at suitable space in Listowel for a while and it is great to have the opportunity to take on this space which is ideally located in the town.” According to Tom O Leary. “Riobard Pierse, partners and staff have been great to deal with and we are looking forward to moving in over the coming weeks to work on the space.”
So why Listowel? “The aim was to expand the HQ model to other towns in Kerry. Tralee has been very successful, and we believe that other towns have the same potential. We believe that Listowel has huge potential as it has a strong tradition of enterprise and business and has a great community. The Listowel Business and Community Alliance have also been a huge support to this project over the past number of months and were instrumental in identifying locations for us.”
“The development of a co-working space to attract jobs into the town has been a key aim of the Alliance” according to Stephen Stack, Chairperson of Listowel Business and Community Alliance. “We have seen the success of HQ Tralee in promoting business development in the town and it is great to have Tom and Ken choose Listowel and the Pierse Fitzgibbon building for their first location outside Tralee. This space will bring up to 30 jobs into the heart of the town. The business network and supports that will be provided by HQ Listowel will make this a great location for small businesses to move to from across North Kerry.”
“Opening up in Listowel, presents the town with a great opportunity to encourage people to move back home to Listowel and remote work, but also offers a great chance for freelancers and small businesses to work together in the heart of the town, we’ll have unrivalled broadband and a really nice place to work from when we open in September” said Ken Tobin.
Riobard Pierse of Pierse Fitzgibbon welcomed the opportunity to have HQ Listowel located at their premises on Market St. “We are delighted to have HQ Listowel located here in our building on Market Street. It will be great to have businesses move in here and bring jobs into the centre of the town. It will be a boost to local businesses (shops and restaurants) and for the wider community. Ken and Tom have done great work with HQ Tralee and we have no doubt that HQ Listowel will be as successful.”
HQ Listowel will be open for business in September and is encouraging enquiries now from people interested in moving into the space. We can cater for start-ups and small businesses looking for dedicated desk space or small office space. Businesses located at HQ Listowel will not be required to sign long term leases and will have an all-inclusive rent
covering rates, utilities, high speed broadband, meeting space and networking opportunities. The model is ideal for people working remotely or currently working from home or unsuitable office space. Anyone looking for space should email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Tom O Leary on 086-8092023. More information can be found on www.hqkerry.com
Pictured are L-R: Martina Larkin Pierce & Fitzgibbon, Tom O Leary HQ Tralee, Michael Fitzpatrick Pierce & Fitzgibbon, Ken Tobin Pierce & Fitzgibbon, James Pierce Pierce & Fitzgibbon, Helena O Carroll Pierce & Fitzgibbon, Riobaird Pierce Pierce & Fitzgibbon, Stephen Stack Listowel Business Community Alliance, Marie Stack Pierce & Fitzgibbon and Colette O Connor Listowel Business & Community Alliance