Enterprise and Innovation Hub could create 200 jobs

THE development of the new 24,500 sq ft Enterprise and Innovation Hub in Omagh town centre has taken a step closer this week with the news the site at the former Omagh Health Centre on the Mountjoy Road has been purchased and if properly funded, could create up to 200 jobs and 40 new businesses for the town.

Omagh Enterprise Company purchased the former centre site recently and although negotiations had been ongoing for over a year with the Department of Health, there had been no indication of what stage things were at.

In the past it has been envisaged that the new facility would house pre-incubation hub facilities, high-tech infrastructure, hot desks, co-working space and enjoy super-fast broadband, innovation and incubation support as well as dedicated space for existing technology-focussed businesses and new entrepreneurs.

The hub, it was expected, would also act as a centre of excellence for entrepreneurship for students and teachers in the Strule Shared Education Campus and South West College.

The news broke after members of the Ulster Unionist Party received an update on the latest developments at a special briefing in Omagh Enterprise Centre last Thursday afternoon.

In a special presentation party leader, Robin Swann was told of the history of the current site on the Great Northern Road and how the 40,000 square feet of industrial and office space had gone from inception in 1986 to 25 businesses and 125 jobs by 1988.

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