The opening of the Impact Hub @ Crann was a milestone in the short history of Crann as it is Ireland’s first fully inclusive and purpose built co-working space.
Sarah Dullea, a business owner located at Crann was MC on the day and she did a marvellous job at keeping the show on the road.
The event was attended by a large number of dignitaries, supporters and friends from across the spectrum including AIB Group CEO, Dr. Colin Hunt; The Deputy Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. Michael Looney; The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Colm Kelleher; David Stanton, T.D.; Jeanne McDonogh, CEO of The Open Doors Network; Bob Savage, Vice President and site lead at Dell; Mark Fitzgerald, Global Senior Director at VM Ware; Maggie Cusack, President. MTU and Emer Cassidy, Chairperson of Ballincollig Business Association to name but a few.
It was great also to welcome our hub users, Andrew Torsney of CAAS Ltd., Noella Carroll from Pinnaklo, Claire Keane from Second Street Bakeshop and Nathan Kirwan of Chariot Clothing to the event.
Speaking at the event the Deputy Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. Michael Looney, welcomed the fact that the Impact Hub@Crann is fully inclusive so that people with disabilities will be able to work remotely at a venue that caters for their needs.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Colm Kelleher, welcomed the fact that the Cork City Council was fully committed to diversity and inclusivity and that the Cork City Local Enterprise Office have joined forces with the Impact Hub @ Crann to give enterprise support services to businesses operating from the venue.
Dr. Colin Hunt, CEO, AIB Group highlighted the social licence that AIB have in the areas where they operate and how they, as a group, are fully committed to improving employment for people with disabilities. AIB signing up to the Valuable Global 500 initiative underscores this commitment as part of their diversity and inclusivity focus.
The Impact Hub @ Crann caters for a total of 17 users with five spaces being reserved for use exclusively by people with a disability.