Grow Remote Launch New Remote Work Advisory Panel to Support the Growth of Remote Work in Ireland
Recognising the potential for Ireland to be a world-leader in remote working, and for remote work to transform and revitalise rural communities, the Grow Remote Advisory Panel (which includes The Wheel’s CEO, Deirdre Garvey) will focus on sustaining and building on the momentum of the past year, when remote work became the norm for many Irish employees.
The Advisory Panel will advise Grow Remote as they work towards achieving their mission of making remote work local. Members of the Advisory Panel will include leaders from some of Ireland’s most successful home-grown remote companies and thought leaders from the public and non-profit sectors.
With the support of Enterprise Ireland and funded through the Regional Enterprise Development fund (REDF) Grow Remote is a social enterprise that enables people to work, live and participate locally by making remote work visible and accessible to everyone. Remote work, once an option only available to the very few, has now become the norm as a result of the global pandemic. As Ireland moves into a post-lockdown world, a collaborative and cross-sectoral approach is needed in order to sustain this momentum and to realise the full potential of remote work for people, for profit, and for the planet. This is the reason behind the creation of the Grow Remote Advisory Panel.
Having recruited their first employee only 6 months ago, Grow Remote has seen a significant increase in the demand for their services and estimate they will have a team of at least 10 employees by the end of 2021.This growth has been enabled by funding of €500,000 received from Enterprise Ireland last year.
Grow Remote and Enterprise Ireland believes that there is huge potential to build a best-in-class remote working ecosystem in Ireland, enhancing our competitiveness in the global market.
Mark Christal, Divisional Manager, Regions and Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Ireland said:
“The Regional Enterprise Development Fund and Border Enterprise Development Fund are designed to support collaborative and innovative initiatives such as Grow Remote to strengthen and grow our regions - to date, €117m in funding has been approved for projects in every county in Ireland. In order to grow and scale start-ups and exporting companies, Enterprise Ireland is committed to delivering a remote working action plan while increasing the number of co-working and incubation spaces as part of our ‘Powering the Regions’ strategy. As companies increase digital adoption, Grow Remote will facilitate people to take advantage of new ways of working.”
Tracy Keogh, Co-Founder at Grow Remote said:
“We started Grow Remote as a way to bridge the gap between remote employers and the communities and talent who were searching for them. This group of advisors will ensure that we stay focused on the needs of employers while remaining driven by the impact of that on our communities”.
Claire McHugh, CEO & Co-Founder of Axonista said:
“How people work has changed forever. Right now, Ireland has an opportunity to lead the way worldwide in remote working best practice. Axonista is delighted to join Grow Remote's advisory panel, and we look forward to sharing our learnings with other remote-first companies, and participating in shaping the future of remote working in Ireland”.