Property company NoCo has signed a strategic partnership with the National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC) to increase its hybrid workspace network to more than 350 locations.
Under the deal, NoCo members will have access to more than 250 Enterprise Ireland-supported centres and hubs across Ireland, joining the 100 locations already included in the network.
The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres support and develop the interests of community enterprise, providing space for entrepreneurs, start-ups, scaling companies, SMEs and small scale FDI. The partnership will also help NoCo support NACEC’s objective in delivering the capability and capacity for enterprise promotion at community level.
NoCo’s network provides companies of any size and scale with a solution for staff who want to move to a more flexible work model. Companies can access open or shared workspaces or have their own bespoke dedicated office network created for them.
Brian Moran, co-founder of NoCo, said there were similar goals for both NACEC and NoCo, making a partnership between the two a logical move.
“Pre-Covid we were all banging the remote working drum,” he said. “There’s this great alignment between what we were trying to achieve and what they were trying to achieve. I think a huge challenge for a lot of the NACEC hubs is that people working particularly in Dublin don’t know they’re there. Now that Covid has changed what we’re potentially doing in the way that we work for the next few years and beyond, the focus for us was to make sure corporates [are ]aware that there are these hubs outside of Dublin and other cities.”
The company said it was already seeing significant demand from some of the large professional services firms, along with established hybrid-working companies such as telecoms firm Welltel and managed legal solutions provider Johnson Hana.