by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

The Ormeau Baths co-working space in Belfast has today announced that it will waive membership fees for its startup members for at least the next three months in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Ormeau Baths is an entrepreneurial workspace in the heart of Belfast city centre that supports the brightest and best indigenous tech startups in Northern Ireland by helping them gain access to the networks, funding and expertise needed to succeed in global markets.

Claire Dowds, General Manager of Ormeau Baths  said: “Considering current events related to CoVid-19 we are aware that a number of our members have actively chosen to work away from Ormeau Baths for their own safety and also the benefit of the community to reduce the risk of transmission between members.

“Furthermore, we are also aware that many of our members, who are still at a very early stage of their inception, are faced with uncertainties and are actively seeking to protect their finances. Acknowledging our members challenges, Ormeau Baths has decided to waive all membership fees for its startups for at least the next three months until the current circumstances return to some form of normality.  Through this period, we will continue to honour any prepaid membership fees that our members have historically paid.”

Ormeau Baths, has over 200 members, including more than 60 startup companies, and is also home to the Ignite NI accelerator programmes, NI Screen’s Pixel Mill and Digital Catapult’s Immersive Lab.

Claire added: “The vision of Ormeau Baths is to be a safe place where startups and entrepreneurs thrive and grow and we believe that by waiving these fees, we hope to help safeguard the future of our members and continue to reduce the potential risk of transmission for the broader community.

“In addition to this we are doing all we can to support our members, including hosting virtual coffee mornings, sharing mental health advice, providing content from mentors and creating dedicated channels for members to ask for advice from one and another.”


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