Micro SME Stars From Every County

11 Aug 2017 | 10.00 am

Micro SME Stars From Every County

LEOs showcasing 31 firms at the Ploughing

11 Aug 2017 | 10.00 am

The network of Local Enterprise Offices plans to boost the profile of small businesses and startups at the National Ploughing Championships  in September with a ‘Local Enterprise Village’ that features 31 of the best micro SMEs in Ireland, drawn from every county in the Republic. 

LEO exhibition committee chair Kieran Comerford said: “With over a quarter of a million visitors every year, the Local Enterprise Offices see the National Ploughing Championships as the ideal opportunity to raise the profile of Ireland’s small businesses and startups to a huge audience.

“For visitors looking for products and services for the home, the family or the farm, the Local Enterprise Village will offer  every visitor a chance to meet the person behind the company and to buy directly from them, to help support jobs in small businesses all over the country.”

About a third of companies in the Enterprise Village are from the food and drink sector, producing products such as smoked fish patés, low-calorie beef, granola, herbal drinks, ready to bake mixes and high protein snacks.

The village will also feature businesses which manufacture locally for the home and farm, such as rainwater gutters, architectural joinery, blasting machines, push-pull cables and sprayer attachments. In addition to agri-tech products for farmers, visitors will also be able to meet the makers behind furniture, fashion, craft, skincare and sports equipment companies, all based in Ireland.

The 86th National Ploughing Championships run from September 19 to 21 at Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. 

LEO clients taking part in the Local Enterprise Village

Carlow: J & J Services 

Cavan: Elena Brennan Jewellery 

Clare: Wilde Irish Chocolates 

Cork North and West: Agri-txt 

Dublin City: Wild by Water 

Fingal: Fresh from

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown: ROC Protection

Galway: Mulrooney Joinery  

Galway: Kite Sports 

Kerry: The Busy Botanist 

Kildare: Wooly Apple Knits 

Kilkenny: Aim2Golf 

Laois: PaddyO’s Cereal 

Leitrim: Magiflo Gutters 

Limerick: Irish Artisan Charcoal Company 

Longford: Vobe Nitro Coffee 

Louth: KooKee 

Mayo: Monaghan Bros Bar Furniture Manufacturers   

Meath: The Farmer’s Daughter 

Monaghan: Rucksnacks  

Offaly: Applied Concepts  

Roscommon: Costello Personalised Gifts 

Sligo: SUIP Manufacturing 

Tipperary: Hickeys Bakery 

Tipperary: Irish Piedmontese Beef 

Waterford: VirtualVet 

Waterford: Criostal na Rinne 

Westmeath: Watt Footprint 

Westmeath: Yeates Natural Skincare Products 

Wexford: Coatek 

Wicklow: Toby Wagons 

 

Photo (l-r): Diarmuid O’Toole, J&J Services; Sinead Quealy, VirtualVet; Carl Cullen, ROC Protection; Patricia Farrell, Wilde Irish Chocolates; and Colin O’Loan, Irish Artisan Charcoal Company. (Pix: Mark Stedman)

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