Wexford County Council announce partnership with Bank of Ireland. Exciting new co-working space “The Hatch Lab” for the South East.

Thursday, 27th April 2017
6 men standing outside the hatch lab office building

Exciting new co-working space “The Hatch Lab” for the South East

Press Release – Wednesday 26 April, 2017.

Wexford County Council announces partnership with Bank of Ireland

Wexford County Council has announced it is embarking on an exciting new 5-year partnership with Bank of Ireland to deliver a unique enterprise start-up facility.

Located on the M11 Business Campus in Gorey

The Hatch Lab is located on the M11 Business Campus in Gorey, County Wexford and offers incubation and co-working facilities for fledgling micro-enterprises within the innovation and technology sector. The state-of-the-art facilities have been modelled on similar world-class innovation centres both in Ireland and abroad, with the result that clients and companies from across the south-east region who choose to locate in the Hatch Lab can enjoy services such as hot-desks, meeting space, joint administrative services and high-speed broadband within a unique co-working and start-up environment.

Commenting on the partnership launch Mr Tom Enright, Chief Executive of Wexford County Council said, “We are delighted to be celebrating this partnership with Bank of Ireland. Having visited Bank of Ireland Workbench sites we were excited about the prospect of working together to deliver a new regional concept for start-up enterprise that can rival city locations. By pooling resources and expertise from across both organisations, we can deliver a suite of programmes and supports to start-up and growing enterprises unrivalled by anything currently on offer in Ireland. Both organisations are committed to making The Hatch Lab an exciting and successful space to grow global enterprises”.

Speaking on behalf of Bank of Ireland, JJ Keyes, Head of Wexford, Bank of Ireland said, “Bank of Ireland has always played an active role in supporting businesses across Leinster, and our partnership with Wexford County Council through The Hatch Lab will further strengthen that support. As Ireland’s largest lender, Bank of Ireland strongly supports businesses to grow and develop, and initiatives like The Hatch Lab along with our Workbenches in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick and start-labs in Galway and New York, add to our supports for the business community.”

Through the partnership, Bank of Ireland will provide a suite of supports to The Hatch Lab initiative including a dedicated Community Manager for the South East region, start-up weekends and expert business mentoring from the Bank’s dedicated Innovation Team.


Media Enquiries to: David Minogue, Communications Officer, Wexford County Council

E: david.minogue@wexfordcoco.ie

T: 053 919 6000 M: 087 7619555

Naomi Keating, Group Communications Bank of Ireland


M: 087 9703769

Notes for Editor:

Wexford County Council recently commissioned Lisney, Future Analytics Consulting and NUI Maynooth to strategically research County Wexford’s strengths and opportunities for economic development.

The findings of that research has led Wexford County Council, in cooperation with the private sector, to pursue the development of an ambitious commercial property portfolio that will make Wexford attractive to Irish business and to those seeking to expand into Ireland from overseas.

The Hatch Lab is the first project in this property solutions programme to come to fruition and is based in the first of three, 36,000 sq ft buildings in the brand new M11 Business Campus, developed by Redmond Construction in Gorey town.

The Council’s research has indicated that that 27% of the county’s professional services residents are commuting out of the County for work purposes. The Hatch Lab will create an alternative location, within easy commute of Dublin, where mobile workers and entrepreneurs can base themselves and successfully conduct business. Wexford County Council is confident that this will not only create an enterprise culture in North Wexford, but will bring immediate value to the local economy and attract jobs into the region.

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Wexford County Council celebrates partnership deal with Bank of Ireland to deliver a new start-up and co-working environment The Hatch Lab at M11 Business Campus Gorey

L to R: David Tighe, Bank of Ireland

Tom Enright, Chief Executive, Wexford County Council

JJ Keyes, Bank of Ireland

Councillor Paddy Kavanagh, Cathaoirleach, Wexford County Council

John Hackett, Bank of Ireland

Tony Larkin, Director of Services, Economic Development & Planning