Jan 30, 2018

A Different Kind of Landlord: Inside The Digital Hub in Dublin 8

Jennifer Cosgrove of Bisnow Dublin, recently visited The Digital Hub campus, to get a sense of what’s it’s like to be part of The Digital Hub community.

When you think of technology in Ireland, it is easy to think of the global giants that have taken up residence in Dublin’s docklands. However, in Dublin 8, The Digital Hub has been providing space for technology and digital businesses to grow and prosper since 2003. The 9-acre campus was bought from Guinness by the Irish government with the intention of breathing new life into the Liberties area.


If Dublin is a bastion of the European tech industry could The Digital Hub be its beating heart? The campus provides a space where companies can forge links to help each other to grow. It is home to 85 companies with over 700 people, and its owners are hugely invested and involved in the Dublin 8 community.


Many of the businesses in The Digital Hub are in expansion and international growth mode. Some of the companies close to doubling their workforce since moving in to the campus include Juvo, an award-winning creative digital development agency, and Bizimply, an operations management platform provider. Previous alumni of The Digital Hub include Amazon, Stripe, Distilled Media Group (Daft.ie) and Slack, but Marketing Manager, Melissa Meehan said the Hub is not an incubator in the traditional sense. “We are a test bed for tech companies, we are landlords first and foremost, but we do ad-hoc events which are peer-to-peer-based, which help provide support for the businesses who rent space here,” Meehan said.

A tenant since September 2014, Juvo, Director, Mark Murphy said the facilities, location, flexibility and name recognition are the reasons he thinks The Digital Hub is the right space for tech and digital companies. “When I came to The Digital Hub and I saw the set up they had here, it was very reasonable. I had the ability to expand as quickly as I wanted to or contract as quickly as I wanted too, and I did both over the course of the three years that I’ve been here. I started off with a two-man office and quickly climbed to a 10-man office, but I grew too quickly so I had to contract. The Digital Hub allowed me the room to do that as well as grow again back to a 12-man office.

He said clients recognise The Digital Hub name and recognise it as a technology and digital-driven place. “I run a digital creative agency and The Digital Hub fits well into it. Another very important thing in the digital and technology space is attracting the right people, so when I put up a job saying we’re based it The Digital Hub, it naturally attracts people because people want to work here,” Murphy said.

Bizimply, Operations Manager, Katie Whiteside likes the networking The Digital Hub offers. “The Digital Hub is a great networking opportunity, as well as the events. You are meeting different people in the kitchen or in the café space. We’ve got a lot of support for the other companies based here which has been really helpful,” Whiteside said.

This article originally appeared on www.bisnow.com and you can read the full article at: https://www.bisnow.com/dublin/news/office/a-different-kind-of-landlord-84172