What is Fumbally Exchange (FEx)?
Since opening its doors in 2012 FEx is home to a family of entrepreneurs and creative professionals. They innovate. They create. They collaborate. Right now, there are three locations – Dublin city centre, Waterford city centre – and Balbriggan town centre. Together, they are playing an active part in Ireland’s economic recovery by sharing knowledge and building relationships with other design professionals. This co-working space is located at 10 Railway St, just above the Brick Room Café in a historic building which was once home to the preeminent hosiery manufacturers, Smyth and Co – providers of the Queen’s stockings, no less!
More than Co-Working
Since forming FEx Balbriggan the group members have worked together on some exciting local initiatives. Combining their skills has given them the opportunity to take on larger projects then they would have been able to do if they had been working alone. This has meant they are an important asset to the local business community through their ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to new business endeavours.
When Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce decided to market the first ever visitors map for Balbriggan they approached one of the Fumbally residents, Dorothy Fletcher Bentley (Fletcher Bentley IT + Design Consultancy). Being able to sub-contract to two other members of the FEx group allowed Dorothy to take on this contract. She hired Kasiak Wasiak (Photo Studio Balbriggan) and Karen Madsen (Madsen Design) to add their skills in photography and graphic design and together they produced an attractive and informative visual aid for tourists. The map is full of useful information from places to visit and historical titbit’s to emergency phone numbers and is now available in tourist offices throughout Fingal.