LEO Donegal gets its teeth into €230,375 fund for the Food Coast Project

first_imgDonegal Local Enterprise Office’s Food Coast project was among 16 projects named by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, when she announced the results of the new €2.5 million Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Competitive Fund.Applications were open to individual LEOs; collaborative projectsbetween two or more LEOs; and LEOs working with other local groups likeChambers, Community Enterprise Centres, Education or Training bodies,Local Authorities or colleges.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said he was delightedwith the announcement and said the funding of €230,375 would help theFood Coast initiative continue to build on the momentum it has gatheredover the years. The Food Coast project – a partnership between the public and privatesectors has been working to make Donegal famous for food for some yearsnow – having first launched the strategy in 2012.This specific project with funding of over €230,000, will see funding for a facilitated food cluster, a productivity programme, a best practice visit and anexecutive food marketing programme, project marketing and funding for afull-time executive for two years.Applications were open to individual LEOs; collaborative projectsbetween two or more LEOs; and LEOs working with other local groups likeChambers, local businesses, Community Enterprise Centres, Education orTraining bodies, Local Authorities or colleges.“We are delighted with this approval. We have great commitment from thefood sector to the overall Food Coast project as evidenced most recentlyby the 20 different Food Coast events that were put on by the businessesas part of Donegal Connect. Over the past two years we are seeing theawareness of Donegal as a food county coming to the fore, both withinthe county and at national level,” the Head of Enterprise in Donegalsaid. Mr. Tunney explained that this is the first time Local EnterpriseOffice, Donegal, has received any funding for the delivery of the FoodCoast other than that allocated from the limited budget of the LocalEnterprise Office.“This funding will allow us drive the project forward with renewedenergy. It is very timely and will give added momentum to the overallinitiative,” he said.Those comments were echoed by Chief Executive of Donegal, CountyCouncil, Seamus Neely who said the announcement was a great outcome forthe Food Coast project which has been pioneered by the Local EnterpriseOffice and the food businesses for over seven years.“Food and food tourism are real strengths in our County and we are nowan exemplar location for the quality of our products, the diversity ofour food experiences and for the reputation of our chefs,” the ChiefExecutive of Donegal County Council said.Announcing the successful applicants at a special event in the CouncilChamber of Monaghan County Council, Minister Humphreys said thesuccessful applicants demonstrated a real intent to collaborate, notonly with neighbouring County LEOs but also with other stakeholders suchas ITs, Innovation Centres, Local Authorities and others. The successful applications were selected through a rigorous evaluationprocess based on criteria, which included economic impacts and value formoney, collaboration and participation, Future Jobs orientation,collaboration and building regional strengths and viability andsustainability.Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital SingleMarket and Data Protection Pat Breen TD said: “I very much welcomeMinister Humphreys’ announcement and want to commend all those who haveparticipated in the competitive process. These successful projects willbe rolled out through the Local Enterprise Offices, which are verywell-placed to reach companies and entrepreneurs in even the most ruralareas. I particularly welcome the focus on collaboration and networkingin support of regional and local micro-enterprise capability building,growth and job creation.Mark Christal, Manager, Regions and Entrepreneurship, EnterpriseIreland, said; “This is a significant investment by the Minister and herDepartment in the ideas and ability of the Local Enterprise Offices todeliver results across the country. This will hugely benefit companiesand the enterprise eco-system in all regions, an investment that willhelp to drive enterprise and support the business objectives ofentrepreneurs and small businesses. It shows that Local EnterpriseOffices across the country are committed to improving the businessenvironment and supports for their client companies and theentrepreneurs of the future and Enterprise Ireland will continue to workwith them to support this aim.”Oisin Geoghegan, Chair of the network of Local Enterprise Offices,described the announcement by Minister Humphreys as a great boost toLocal Enterprise Offices across the country. “They have shown their creativity and innovation in proposing a range ofprojects that will solve a number of issues in their regions. Thisfunding highlights the impact that Local Enterprise Offices are makingand shows that they continue to be best placed in driving innovation andenterprise in towns and villages across the country,” he said.LEO Donegal gets its teeth into €230,375 fund for the Food Coast Project was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:food coastgrantLEOlast_img