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Ludgate News 

Welcome to our April Newsletter. 

"There are decades where nothing happens and there are weeks where decades happen." Lenin


We hope this finds everyone well and safe. ''Making History of Geography'' is a quote from one of the Ludgate founders, as representing the essence of Ludgate. This is what is happening now, as the geography of where we work has changed dramatically in today's climate, with so many people working from home. As a workforce and society, we have had to be agile, by adjusting overnight to a new way of working and living and embracing new technologies to make this possible.

Ludgate Presents in association with AIB

Goes Virtual! 
As businesses are increasingly challenged by the spread of COVID-19, here at Ludgate we are talking to seasoned business people for their advice and insights. In our first instalment, we talk to Sean Keating, CEO of Vilicom.  Vilicom's consultancy and system integration services, harness wireless technology, data and intelligent analytics across every industry sector. Click here for video


Covid 19 support and Mentoring 

A comprehensive list of government support for businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19 are on the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation website at https://dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Supports-for-SMEs/COVID-19-supports/Government-supports-to-COVID-19-impacted-businesses.html 

The Ludgate Mentor Panel is available to Ludgate members and the Ludgate community, who are seeking advice on business challenges in the current situation.  Contact ita@ludgate.ie 

The Local Enterprise Office is also offering emergency business advice sessions for small businesses.  Apply for two hours of remote business advice, either by telephone or Skype/Zoom in response to challenges facing your business, as a result of the  COVID 19 virus crisis in Ireland.  Go to www.localenterprise.ie/corknorthandwest

LUDGATE MEMBERS ON THE FRONT LINE OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES

Our  BDM, Sharon was speaking to our new members Patrick Healy of NOVAS and Shane Barrett of Janssen Vaccines on their essential work at this time.

Novas is a voluntary agency that works with single people, families and children who are disadvantaged and socially excluded.  During the Covid -19 pandemic, Novas West Cork Manager, Patrick Healy, has sourced a number of self-contained temporary emergency accommodation options for people who are homeless in West Cork. ''This is essential in ensuring a safe and healthy space for our most vulnerable clients. A number of these self-contained options are in close proximity to Bantry General Hospital and other key health and mental health related supports. This service continues to liaise with Cork County Council  West Cork Housing Department in relation to facilitating these emergency accommodation pathways for people who are homeless.''

People can contact this service by emailing: patrick.healy@novas.ie.  www.novas.ie

Shane Barrett works in Leiden in Holland for Janssen Vaccines. He is a Project planner on RSV & HIV vaccine development programs and spends 3 out of 4 weeks in Holland. Recently he was asked to provide his project management services to Janssen’s Corona Vaccine development program. Ludgate has afforded him the opportunity to connect remotely with his colleagues in Holland so that he can continue to work with the Corona Vaccine development team in Leiden. 
Last week, Janssen Vaccines announced a 1 Billion USD investment in developing a vaccine for COVID-19, a landmark New Partnership with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and commitment to Supply One Billion Vaccines Worldwide for Emergency Pandemic Use. The Company expects to initiate human clinical studies of its lead vaccine candidate at the latest by September 2020 and anticipates the first batches of a COVID-19 vaccine could be available for emergency use authorisation in early 2021, a substantially accelerated time frame in comparison to the typical vaccine development process. 
 The Announcement
If you are an essential worker, or know someone who is and would like to use our space, please get in touch, Email info@ludgate.ie

A special thank you to Patrick and Shane and all of the essential workers out there, from everyone at Ludgate

Update from Kieran Collins

 

The Ludgate Hackathon which was due to run on March 20th was postponed and will now be rescheduled for a later date. Thank you to all the students and schools who contributed to the preparation of this event.

The past 3 weeks has seen considerable upheaval in education. Educators have exchanged their classroom of bricks and mortar to a virtual one. The ability to respond to the current situation is testament to their agility, resourcefulness and commitment to their profession. The digital infrastructures that has been put in place has been a key reason for this as well as the response from parents, PDST and a range of SME and multi nationals

At the Hub with Elma Connolly


Community Spirit 

The team at Ludgate are keeping in touch with each other using our in house CISCO system.  A team call takes place every morning we use this time to not only discuss work projects, but also making a conscious effort to see how our colleagues are getting on in these strange times.  We do look forward to being back in the Ludgate Building again. 

In March we reached another milestone here at Ludgate, I am delighted to say that since Ludgate officially opened its doors we have provided  2,500 desks to hot desk workers. Normally this would have been celebrated with coffee and cake but as we are adhering to social distancing that did not take place in March. We will ensure that our 3000th hot desk will be celebrated and hopefully this will be in the near future. 
We recently ran a competition with our members around the desks that they are now working from. The winner is Siobhan Hayes from Six West. Siobhan has won a bottle of Moet for her efforts, and we will make sure Siobhan receives this once we are all back, we may even help you drink it !
 

Winner of a bottle of Moet at Ludgate 

 

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