ENGINE is located in the Georgian Innovation District, Upper Cecil Street, Limerick and has been established to drive innovation forward in Limerick city and county. ENGINE provides both entrepreneurs and companies with the appropriate facilities to match their needs. ENGINE is home to tech companies WordPress WP Engine and Teamwork. ENGINE’s design encourages cross-collaboration amongst teams and sparks creativity and innovation.
On the ground floor, ENGINE features the Training Room, with high-tech audio visual equipment, and the co-working office space with hot desk facilities for new business development. The ground floor also allows access to the ENGINE Kitchen and the garden.
The first floor of the building consists of an open plan office space which is currently home to the Innovate Limerick team including Film in Limerick, the Mid West Action Plan for Jobs Manager, the Regional Technology Manager and the Regional Skills Co-ordinator. This is a one-stop for employment, training and skills solutions across all sectors, particularly focusing on regeneration areas.
ENGINE is a ready-made solution for entrepreneurs and business who require Fibre Broadband, Fixed Office Spaces or Hot Desking and Swing Spaces or access to Training, Meeting and Boardrooms. ENGINE also acts as a meeting point for multinationals to engage with local enterprise solutions providers.
The training facilities at ENGINE were developed to create a supply of skills across a range of sectors. For example, to meet the needs of the international film sector following the location of international film studios Troy Studios in Castletroy, Limerick. The Production and Digital Skills Academy provides training tailored to the skills need of the sector by partnering with the film and technology sectors. These carefully designed training programmes maximise employment opportunities for participants.
ENGINE was officially opened on 29 January 2018 by Mr. Eoghan Murphy, T.D, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Stephen Keary, said: “What strikes me about ENGINE is the positivity which flows through the building. Nothing seems to be too difficult or insurmountable. ENGINE, which has been funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government through the economic pillar of Limerick Regeneration, is being run by Innovate Limerick and listens to the needs of community and entrepreneurs all the way up to international businesses.”
On the official opening of ENGINE, Minister Eoghan Murphy said “I commend Innovate Limerick and Troy Studios on the fantastic progress that has been made in this important economic regeneration project. ENGINE can be a catalyst for the future economic development of the city and region.”
Mike Cantwell, Head of Innovate Limerick, stated “Engine will drive and facilitate creativity in a range of sectors including Digital Skills and Film. It will act as a catalyst in regenerating the Georgian Innovation District and reach out to communities in surrounding regeneration areas and beyond."
National Advanced Manufacturing Centre Limerick & Mid West (NAMC)
The IDA and Enterprise Ireland have identified the need to establish a national centre of excellence for manufacturing. The purpose of this National Advanced Manufacturing Centre (NAMC) is to increase collaboration between multinationals, indigenous enterprises and third level institutes. We at Innovate Limerick know that the Mid-West is the most logical and obvious location for the proposed NAMC and we outline in the attached document our arguments in support of our claim. Click here to read more : NAMC
Following the closure of Andersen Ireland in 2013 and the loss of 169 jobs, Innovate Limerick purchased the 130,000 sq.ft. building in September 2014. Renamed as Rathkeale Community Enterprise Centre the building has been sub-divided into enterprise units ranging from 1,000 sq.ft. to 20,000 sq.ft. The centre is currently occupied by Design Pro who have 60 staff employed. They have plans to lease an additional section of the building and increase their staff to approximately 150 people within three years. Contractors have commenced building upgrade works and firewalling based on the requirements of the Fire Certificate for the remainder of the building.
In 2014 Innovate Limerick purchased a 30,000sq ft premises on three acres at Kantoher, Co Limerick to provide additional enterprise space to businesses of the region.
Strand Foods Ltd. who process and wholesale a range of chicken products have recently relocated to this facility securing the future of twelve people who are employed in this business. The move by Strand Foods to Kantoher has provided the company with a cost effective base to grow employment further and expand their business.
Troy Film Studios Limerick
Innovate Limerick and Limerick City & County Council through LCO Enterprise Development Company Ltd have agreed to a development partnership with Troy Studios to deliver a major film production facilities hub in Limerick. The location for the film studio is the 340,000 sq.ft ‘Culture Factory’ which is based at the old Dell building in Castletroy. The concept of developing infrastructure for film production in Limerick will bring outside annual spending of approximately €80m to the local economy and it is anticipated that 750 full-time equivalent jobs will be created directly from this development within three years with the potential for hundreds of indirect spin-off jobs from sub-supply businesses including construction, accommodation, hospitality, IT, etc.
International Cluster conference
The third international cluster conference titled “Clusters as Drivers of Competitiveness” which was hosted between Innovate Limerick and PST-FR Fribourg, Switzerland was held in Limerick on 30th September – 1st October 2015. Over two hundred delegates from around the world attended this two day event with key international speakers and cluster experts from a range of disciplines such as Dr Christian Ketels of Harvard Business School.
National Sports Cluster
Innovate Limerick are promoting the establishment of a National Sports Business Cluster based in Limerick. The cluster will be formed from various elite sporting facilities including UL’s sports campus, LIT’s Sportslab (Europe’s leading strength and conditioning centre) in Thurles and a range of companies involved in other sports-related activities, from sports tech to nutrition companies in Ireland.
‘There has been quite an amount of research into clusters and their benefits but there is very strong evidence that regions with formal clusters tend to do a lot better than those without established clusters’ – DR PHILIPPE GUGLER, UNIVERISTY OF FRIBOURG
Key objectives include attracting multinational investment, growing start-ups, incorporating a sports industry economic strategy, establishing specialities within sports innovation and developing a sports tech lab to link third level and industry. It is anticipated that up to five hundred jobs could be created in associated companies as a direct result of opportunities identified by the establishment of a National Sports Cluster.
Innovate Limerick through Limerick City and County Council is one of the founding partners of ISAX - Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange.
ISAX is an independent partnership of government agencies, research institutions and industry – collaborating to identify and bring to market innovations that can enhance the quality of life and extend the independence of older adults. It currently has 18 members including Limerick Local Authority, UL and LIT as well as companies such as An Post, Glanbia, AIB, Bank of Ireland, IBM (who are supporting the Limerick Active and Healthy Ageing City initiative). Limerick is actively involved in a number of their projects which have the potential to deliver strong social benefits to older adults and their families here in Limerick. Probably most importantly include:
- The national Taskforce on Housing for an Ageing Population, which is seeking to develop innovative approaches to providing housing with care in clustered settings.
- Start Your Own Businesses for older adults and will be encouraging them to look at business opportunities in the ‘smart ageing’ field.
- Design Symposium on Age Friendly Environments – which will be held here in Limerick in June and will bring together older adults, planners, engineers, marketing experts – all focused on developing improvements to our city and how to make it more age friendly.