Drumshanbo’s The Food Hub, celebrated success at the Connacht final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards where it scooped the Social Enterprise Award.
An initiative of Drumshanbo Community Council, The Food Hub is a voluntary community group that converted an old food factory into an enterprise centre for food and drink companies.
Designed to address the needs of food group manufacturers and to attract enterprise to their community, the food production facility tailors to entrepreneurs who may not have the initial seed capital to invest in a start-up production facility, and to existing businesses wishing to expand who demand greater cost-effective production capacity as their sales volume increase.
Established in 2007, The Food Hub also offers sectoral training programmes for the food sector; from start your own food business programmes to hospitality operations. The Food Hub employs over 40 people across eight tenant companies.
Commenting on its success, Manager of The Food Hub, Fergal McPartland said: “We are delighted to win this award and to qualify for the national final. This success is a reflection of the dedication and vision of our team, and being recognised for our hard work is a great boost.”
The Awards, which took place at The Clayton Hotel, Galway, saw seven other Connacht businesses selected as winners. The eight winners will now progress to the national final in December to compete with winners from Munster, Leinster and Ulster.
The overall 2014 Ulster Bank Business Achiever will receive a comprehensive prize package including a €50,000 publishing bursary with the Irish Independent, business mentoring from Enterprise Ireland, a full service communications workshop.
The national finals will be held on December 4.