Michael Kelly
1 July 2018

Belfast office project aimed at budding entrepreneurs


The latest flexible workspace solution for business start-ups has been unveiled in Belfast city centre.

Sitting on the fifth floor of Arthur House, the £1m project has created desk space for 70 people. Aimed at start-up entrepreneurs, small businesses and FDI companies taking their first steps into Northern Ireland, the space will also be available for social and networking events and meet-ups.

Family-owned firm Glandore, set up by the Kelly family in 2001 are behind this latest flexible working space.

Michael Kelly, company founder, praised the co-working space as an opportunity for start-ups to rub shoulders with FDI companies at an early stage.

“We know from experience that long-term leases don’t work for some fast-growing companies who want speed to market with minimal risk and upfront costs. For many of them, whether they are local entrepreneurs or the first staff from an international company that has set up here, a vibrant co-working space is more desirable than sitting alone in an office.”

Glandore’s offices contain over 2,500 desks across eight locations between Belfast and Dublin. Worldpay, Facebook, Twitter and Dropbox are among the companies which commenced their Irish operations using their work space.

Similarly, Danske Bank recently revealed plans to convert the ground floor of its headquarters in Belfast into a shared working environment for small companies.

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