Creative Spark Story
Creative Spark, a Company Limited by Guarantee, operates as a not-for-profit social enterprise which aims to develop the local creative industries sector and support new and established innovative enterprises.
Creative Spark, centre for creativity and innovation, launched in October 2012 with the goal of providing dedicated creative training and workspace facilities for new and established enterprises in County Louth – a place to work and a place to learn. Creative Spark was conceived with a clear focus on the development of the creative and innovative enterprise sector in this region and the use of creative practice to promote social engagement.
Creative Spark corresponds to best practice principle that clustering creative and innovative businesses in a central multi-tenant enterprise hub can be a dynamic business stimulation strategy bringing wealth creation, job creation and knowledge advancement to an area. EU and national policies place a very firm strong emphasis on knowledge-driven businesses and industries, learning and skills, educational linkages and R&D as the absolute drivers of regional economies.
Therefore, Creative Spark seeks to stimulate and develop the region’s small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector and operate as a creative and innovative hub for the region offering a range of facilities, services and opportunities.
With an investment of over €5 million in construction and fit-out costs supported by Enterprise Ireland, the International Fund for Ireland, Local Enterprise Office Louth, PEACE III, Dundalk Credit Union, Oriel Developments, Louth County Council, Create Louth, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Arts Council, Creative Spark has state-of-the-art facilities across two locations, comprising twenty-five small business units, co-working space, a suite of meeting and training rooms and creative production workshops (Print Studio, Ceramics Studio, Podcasting Studio and Enterprise FabLab) which are available for entrepreneurs, innovators, business organisations and community groups to use.