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Starting up your own business?


Over the weekend Minister of Social Protection, Leo Varadkar was attending the opening of the new HIM Barbershop run by Robert Giffney on the Mobihi Road in North Dublin; a business initiative that was born from the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme.

The Minister also congratulated two other entrepreneurs who were there for the opening, Holly Perreira, an illustrator and animator, and Eoin Kernan, creative producer. Both entrepreneurs used the BTWEA scheme to start up their own businesses.

The Minister was saying on Friday: “This is a fantastic programme which allows you to retain your weekly welfare payments while starting your own business. If you’re unemployed, a one-parent family, claiming disability Allowance or a scheme like Farm Assist, the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance gives you ongoing financial support as well as expert advice.”

Minister Varadkar was in the news all weekend, with the media reporting the Minister saying at the same event, “I’m not going to make my personal life and my family life an issue in any campaign and I hope and trust that others won’t do either.”

We live in a liberal society, so sure why would we, be making his personal life an issue, and in any case the day was not about campaigning and Minister Varadkar’s much talked about personal life, it was mainly for him to introduce the reduced qualification period when applying for the BTWEA scheme.

“And we’ve also made it much easier for many more people to avail of the allowance. We have reduced the qualifications period from 12 months to just nine months for more people on welfare, not just for Jobseekers, but also reduced those on other schemes like One Parent Family Payment, Jobseekers Transitional Payment, Disability Allowance, and Farm Assist, and other welfare payments.”

The main point that has been made about the BTWEA is that it has been found that participants are taken off the Live Register soon after starting up their own business initiatives, sooner than Jobseekers and other recipients of social welfare assistance.

Starting up one’s own business could seem a bit daunting, but it could also be an exciting new project with lots of potential for success and growth financially and otherwise.

The Digital Hub is currently advertising affordable office spaces to let in the Dublin 8 area. This is one way of getting your foot in the door if you are perhaps interested in technology or web-based businesses.

One of the offices to let is First Floor, Digital Court at The Digital Hub.

Office Description

  • 1,291 sq. ft approx
  • €4,018.00 per month + Vat
  • This price includes rent, service charges and building insurance
  • This price excludes VAT, rates, electricity, broadband, telephone charges, car parking, meeting rooms, office cleaning, stamp duty etc.
  • Furnished & unfurnished options available
  • Shared kitchen area


Office Location


Another office is located at the Digital Court building at The Digital Hub campus in Dublin city. The Digital Hub campus is a 20-minute walk to Dublin city centre, and is well connected to all modes of public transport.


  • Parking facilities available upon request
  • 24 hour access, seven days a week
  • Access to meeting rooms throughout nine buildings on campus
  • Fast internet connections and secure Wi-Fi
  • Phone handset and lines as required
  • Variety of members perks
  • Games room on campus at OneFiveSeven
  • Regular and free events on campus such as Friday Morning Meet-ups& business seminars

You can find out more about The Digital Hub campus, our unique location, our range of office space, and other benefits of being based at The Digital Hub here.

To arrange a tour of our available offices please submit our Contact Form or telephone Cathy on +00 353 1 480 6200.

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  1. Quyen says:

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