The third group are Remote or Co-Workers with the Centre equipped to service 30 remote workers with individual desks along with printer and private phone facilities.
CoLab clients, or assets as Patsy calls them, are diverse in nature. While the Centre focuses on helping technology and export focused companies sectors represented include: cloud computing, software development, e-commerce, education, film and video, energy, finance, fire safety and manufacturing.
Two of the largest companies in the centre are currently adding significant numbers to their staff headcount. These are Druva, a software firm headed up by local man David Gildea who will recruiting a further 20 employees, while similarly Nvolve, a long-term CoLab resident, have recently announced similar expansion plans.
One of the biggest benefits for businesses setting up in CoLab are the established connections to businesses in the region and abroad, business consultants and high-quality graduates on your door step being based on the campus of LYIT, as well the nearby Ulster University. According to Patsy ‘’the most important benefit is the calibre of the companies that are based in the centre. If you need advice on setting up your company we have Accountants-on-line, if you want advice on manufacturing or buying in China then Ian Harkin is the man to talk to. If you need advice on crowd funding you can talk to Michael White of Motorme or problems with Data Security then Clare Ryan of Itus Technologies is the person to have a cup of coffee with.’’