The commercial vehicles division of Mercedes-Benz in Ireland is providing support to Sneem Digital Hub in its mission to reverse rural depopulation in the area.
Created with the help of a dedicated group of community volunteers, the aim of Sneem Digital Hub is to bring reliable digital infrastructure and quality jobs to the area.
Under the initiative announced by Mercedes-Benz, Sneem Digital Hub will be supplied with a new Mercedes-Benz Vito van for their exclusive use for a one-year period.
The new Vito will provide essential support to managers at the Hub in transporting equipment and distributing materials as required, and as a promotional unit for events and exhibitions.
Soon to be a familiar site around the Ring of Kerry and surrounding area, the Vito 111L model will display the Sneem Digital Hub logo on its livery. Features include colour coded bumpers, multifunction steering wheel, reverse camera and air-conditioning.
Commenting, Aidan Murray, manager at Sneem Digital Hub said: “We are delighted to secure the support of Mercedes-Benz. The use of the Vito van will provide a visual presence and shop window for the Hub as it travels throughout the Kerry and south-west region, and further afield.”
The Hub provides high-speed broadband, hot-desking for remote workers, a low-cost base for business start-ups and options for companies seeking to expand remotely. Video conferencing technology and meeting rooms are also available.
Addressing guests present at a recent key presentation event held in the Mercedes-Benz headquarters on Dublin’s Naas Road, the company’s chairman, Stephen O’Flaherty praised the work being done by Sneem Digital Hub, seeing it as “a wonderful example of local enterprise at work in a way that brings immediate and downstream benefits to the community”.