To alleviate poverty and disadvantage by empowering positive well-being and growth.
To facilitate individual, community and economic growth in a sustainable manner through socio-economic development and the provision of supports and infrastructure.
SCCUL Enterprises CLG is a registered charity set up by but independent to St. Columba’s Credit Union, Galway in 2002. As a not for profit, social enterprise, SCCUL aims to champion societal change by promoting community, enterprise, wellbeing and social inclusion. This is achieved through a number of successful initiatives operating from the West of Ireland;
1. SCCUL Enterprise Centre, Ballybane
3. Bizmentors International
4. SCCUL Sanctuary, Clarinbridge
5. Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbourhood Centre
Managed by SCCUL Enterprises CLG; the SCCUL Enterprise Centre, Ballybane provides state-of-the-art infrastructure and support services to encourage the establishment and development of start-up and small businesses. The Centre offers affordable, high-quality enterprise space to individual enterprises and community groups.
The SCCUL Enterprise Centre comprises 18 independent business units, shared office space with 16 hot desks, 5 conference rooms, and holistic suites.
Bizmentors is mentoring programme for start-ups and existing businesses currently servicing Galway City & County. The programme provides free access to business expertise and wisdom to people in small businesses who may otherwise have difficulty in accessing such advice.
The rapid growth and success of Bizmentors has seen the programme enter into the advance stages of a potential national rollout. Through these developments the programme has seen a rebranding from SCCUL Mentors to Bizmentors. This includes a brand new website, bizmentors.ie.
In 2013 SCCUL Enterprises CLG set up the SCCUL Sanctuary to provide a safe space for people facing very difficult life challenges. The Sanctuary runs tailored therapeutic retreat days, at a nominal rate, for community groups and members of the public who are facing a crisis in their lives or in need of healing.
The SCCUL Sanctuary funds the therapeutic retreat days through:
Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbour Centre strives to be a hub for the local community. Here in the Centre, we enable clubs and organisations, through our state of the art facilities, to provide essential services for the local community.
Through the operation of a two-tier social inclusion model, as a not for profit, BCNC uses income generated from commercial interactions to offset the cost associated with the provision of facilities, at a discounted rate, to local community groups.
The Bizmentors model, developed by SCCUL Enterprises, has been proven to support individuals and businesses in a small dispersed community setting in Galway since 2012.
In a quadruple helix partnership approach, this project aims to innovate the model using an online interactive platform based on international best practice and shared learning to scale and expand Bizmentors in the North West Europe region, making expertise accessible to all enterprises and entrepreneurs for free.
Our project partners: Western Development Commission – (IE), Fermanagh & Omagh District Council (NI), Savonia University of Applied Sciences (FI), Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IS), Northeast Iceland Development Agency (IS), and SCCUL Enterprises CLG (IE)