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Category Archives: The Emerald Valley, Updates
Emerald Valley, the third quarter looms! Half a year gone! And it flew!
Emerald Valley II – all tech, all the time has opened at the Carnbane Industrial Estate in some seriously upscale headquarters. Nichola Bates is moving her clients in along side MJM Marine in their new facility. It is close to the motorway and offers tech start-ups (particularly those with hardware development needs) the ability to grow beyond a desk or two and have light industrial space and distribution facilities close at hand. Monthly she hosts CoderDoJo in the Monaghan Street training room of Prestige Solutions. Following two successful monthly sessions there’s a “rock star” mentor, Greg Maguire, who will fill the house in May – register at CoderDoJoNewry .
Our new Canal Street residents include two consultancies. Both are women making the leap from “Work @ Home” to Work @ Work” (and home). Entrepreneurship is always a leap of faith and they are now in very good company!
They are joined by another young entrepreneur giving a PC repair business a go while maintaining his “day job”.
Two of our tech start ups are reaching new heights, patents achieved and US marketing partners knocking at the door. Two have outgrown us – and we are pleased to have given them their start.
And that is just what is happening at the office.
The Bath House events continue to evolve and delight. Conferences and training sessions have been booked as expected. Now we’ve expanded our reach. Art & Music comes to Canal Quay this Summer and Fall!
Sunday afternoons beginning in June we offer a destination for musicians. In a six month pilot we will provide the space for practice and jam sessions. Send us your pitch, tell us about yourselves and the space at cost. This program is designed to encourage musicians to take themselves seriously.
If booking a hot desk, then renting one monthly is a leg up for traditional and tech entrepreneurs, then a place to practice, meet up and jam should be all it takes for musicians. We’ve proved the model, now we’re growing it.
The folks from Absolute Entertainment (Julie Lynch) are leading the charge, Big Space Studios (Declan Legge) and Soul Ambition (Tracy Dempsey) are advising behind the scenes. With their encouragement Empowering Change has committed to producing a CD which reflects the Emerald Valley journey from living room to Greenshoots to Canal Street.
Lastly – we’re ordering fittings to accommodate art shows. We’ll be using the brick archways to showcase the work of local artists and artisans. We offer the walls and an opening reception – it’s up to them to do the rest. Shows are month long, three artists are in the queue; call or email if you would like us to consider your work. Creative Dynamix (Roisin Markham) is my mentor on this one.
So join us! All of this change is catalysed in good company. Members can come, have a coffee, use the space and catch the creative spark from residents and visitors alike. Give us a call and ask us how we can help you do what we’ve done. Begin to live the dream.…
We’re three months old: WHEW! Parents of infants will understand that! There have been sleepless nights and long days – and joy that one could never have imagined.
The “naming” and official launch was met with much enthusiasm, a full house, cards, letters and offers of support. To all those involved, a resounding thank you.
So what is new? Resident companies are getting to know each other and that has been a good thing. Watching the wisdom and support shared daily is inspiring. Collaborative work efforts are springing up all around.
It occurs to me, though, that while we have announced that we are proud to have residents in technology, business advisory & change management, nascent start ups, traditional print, video production and even a professional conflict management consultancy – I usually forget to mention our own.
Nichola Bates and I have been billing ourselves as co-founders for so long that we have lost sight of promoting what got us here in the first place. Grow Sales Online – is a digital marketing firm that does “what it says on the tin”. Nichola offers that service to our residents, companies here on the island of Ireland and worldwide. Empowering Change is also about “what it says on the tin”, and I continue to offer individual and group leadership on changing your world – or “the” world – to client companies in house and beyond.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it” Einstein
So if you are wondering how to launch your own dream or solve a problem, stop in.
It has been a long time between blog posts and it was not for want of something to say, but rather time to say it.
Welcome to the Emerald-Valley. The metaphor of giving birth applies, though elephantine. Conception to delivery has been two years, the baby is not particularly attractive. It still needs care. The world has changed significantly in the process, not all for the better. So it is with some trepidation that we bring this vulnerable and still dependent infant into the world.
There have been midwives and godparents along the way. I have thanked many personally, and have more to acknowledge. Most significant have been the communities who have supported us. It all began with the Dundalk-Newry Business Club, the Carlingford Forum Salon, the folks at BookBuzz.biz, the generous on-line community who later morphed into the Social Media Association for Business in Northern Ireland and our former neighbors at Greenshoots. We were guided and supported by the Tangible Ireland Community and Common Purpose.
Who are we and what’s in it for us?
Nichola Bates, originally from Belfast came to Newry to settle and rear two young children for whom she wants a better future on this island. She wants nothing less than a local educational and technology ecosystem that is world class.
Kevin Parker, US based, needed to emigrate from Bracknell, UK to Redwood City, CA to achieve professionally; emigration for survival in a historic context is an unfortunate reality; emigration for career advancement should not be necessary in a global village with a level playing field. This is about a game changing legacy.
Eve emmigrated to Ireland in 2008. She grew up and reared three daughters of her own between NY & Philadelphia. Returning 100 years following her grandparents’ emigration, she wants nothing less than a world of opportunity on par with the one they and their children helped to create “When New York was Irish” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcI_X3aF4FA. “They started with nothing and wound up with it all”. The children of this island deserve “it all”.
Where is it?
The Emerald-Valley. It is a state of mind as much as it is a geographical region. The M1 corridor from the Lagan to the Liffey, connects Dublin and Belfast. This highway offers three airports and two capital city centres – vibrant for their academic, cultural, business & political communities. Between them small city, village & rural life thrives. Living and working on the sea or in the mountains that inspired Narnia is anything but life in an anonymous suburban megalopolis.
Preserved in the small cities of Newry & Dundalk is the cultural advantage that gives this small island its edge on the world stage. Everyone knows everyone, small specialty businesses with a focus on quality are the norm, and the legacy of border life is an independent, innovative and creative community responsible for the highest number of startups on the island of Ireland.
What do we do?
We inspire people, promote the region and incubate small businesses. We are a social enterprise designed to create an ecosystem that supports the infrastructure needed to fill the jobs of the 21st century. We want to begin a legacy of exporting our intellectual property and not our children. Job creation here is dependent on fluency in the language of the day. It is binary. A workforce competent to design and execute the software that now powers the world’s economy has limitless potential.
How will we do it?
One day and one job at a time. Our offices are located at 17 Canal Street, Newry BT35 6PH and our event space faces Canal Quay right behind. We currently house 5 small businesses with more to come. Events in the pipeline include educational programming, skill sharing seminars, open coffees, industry specific salons and much more.
Lastly, special thanks to Julie Collins, Sarah Meaney, Rebecca Phillips who have volunteered tirelessly on our behalf. Before year’s end we expect to have created jobs to reward their commitment!
More information is available at Emerald-Valley.com; respond here or write to: info@Emerald-Valley.com…