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Omagh based social enterprise set to expand

Published: Tue, 21 Mar 2017
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Pictured are from L-R Fergus McCabe, Michael Kelly, our Omagh Housing Officer Anthony McGrath, our South West Area Manager Oonagh McAvinney, Fr Kevin Mullan and Martin McColgan.
Strathroy Enterprise Centre
Strathroy Community Enterprise Ltd aim to construct the second phase of the existing unit enterprise.
This will see the creation of new jobs and upskill opportunities in the Strathroy area thanks to us.
Strathroy Community Enterprise Ltd, the business enterprise section of Strathroy Community Association opened for business in 2002 and has helped benefit the local community through both commercial and community based opportunities.
The Strathroy After School Club, SLATE – a supported living scheme for young people aged 16-25, A 50 plus Luncheon Club, Strathroy Youth Club and various other community projects have benefited financially as a result of income generated by the Strathroy Community Enterprise Ltd, who have redeveloped derelict units into a profitable social enterprise scheme.
Our Social Enterprise Programme will provide £20,000 in monetary assistance to help double the existing rental space which currently enjoys 100% occupancy. Planning permission and the appointment of a multi-disciplinary architect led team will see the full development, planning consent obtained and a business case for the proposed phase two development.
Marty McColgan, Director of the Strathroy Community Enterprise Ltd said:
“The expansion of the existing business units will hopefully enhance the quality of life of people in the Strathroy estate. This will provide training and employment opportunities, child and disability care facilities and install civic pride within the local community.
“The support received through the Housing Executive’s Social Enterprise Programme will maintain the long term goals of the Strathroy Community Association. It is hoped that private sector businesses will take up rent in the enterprise units, leading to local job creation. This will also provide training opportunities for people living in the local community to further their career prospects.
“We hope to appoint the design team later this year and look forward to the opportunities which arise as a result of the business unit expansion.”
Connor Smith from the Housing Executive added:
“We are pleased to continue our long-term partnership with Strathroy Community Enterprise Ltd and we hope this investment increases the commercial opportunities available to the local community.
“This also shows the Housing Executive’s commitment to fostering vibrant communities through the social enterprise investment scheme.”