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Opportunities for local business to be highlighted at Ploughing

Opportunities for local business to be highlighted at Ploughing

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Opportunities for local business to be highlighted at Ploughing

The National Ploughing Championships, taking place from September 20th to 22nd, have become Europe’s largest outdoor event with 281,000 visitors last year. To help small businesses and start-ups make an impact on the rural economy, Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in the Local Authorities network are introducing a new product launch and demonstration area within the Local Enterprise Village for 2016.

The entrepreneurs inside the Local Enterprise Village operate within a wide range of business categories, across food, drink, skincare, children’s toys, books, jewellery, fashion and giftware. Services for the agri-sector are also represented, such as soil, milk and water testing, manufacturing of sprayer attachments and genetic identification services.

The South Dublin County representatives are Sadhbh Kurzawska of and John Price of Greenvalu ( is Ireland's first central application system for primary schools, allowing parents to apply to any registered school from one site. For the health conscious, GreenValu is all about juicing the affordable way and achieving maximum health benefits with their easy to clean Greenvalu masticating juicer.

Speaking about this event, The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. said: “The National Ploughing Championships is a wonderful event which attracted 281,000 visitors last year and it continues to grow in scale and importance, especially for small businesses looking to launch new products and services to a mass audience. The Local Enterprise Village is another important initiative from the Local Enterprise Offices in partnership with local authorities, as it enables small businesses to grow sales and expand, creating more jobs across every county. Creating jobs across the country is a key priority for me as only a strong economy supporting people at work can pay for the services needed to create a fair society.”

Colm Ward with Local Enterprise Office South Dublin said: “There are lots of growth opportunities in the economy generally, for both business-to-consumer and business-to-business companies. For example, small businesses inside the Local Enterprise Village generated sales and orders worth nearly €645,000 last year. Following in the footsteps of the 50 businesses in the Local Enterprise Village that were either founded or co-founded by women, we’re encouraging more aspiring female entrepreneurs here locally to start their own business in this sector and to seek out the supports that are available to them through the Local Enterprise Office.”

The Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association, Anna May McHugh said: “There is an unprecedented number of diverse and exciting businesses exhibiting at the Local Enterprise Village, at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, and it is highly encouraging to see that so many of these companies were founded by inspirational women.  This is a unique opportunity for these small businesses to showcase their products to the large number of visitors that Ploughing attracts.”

More details around the Local Enterprise Village are available through and by searching #localenterprise on social media. The 85th Annual National Ploughing Championships run over three days, from September 20th to 22nd in Tullamore, Co. Offaly and tickets are on sale through


For all media information, please contact your Local Enterprise Office.

Notes to Editor:

List of all small businesses taking part in Local Enterprise Village 2016 (September 20th – 22nd 2016)

Supported by Local Enterprise Offices in the local authorities network

Carlow: Tumbledown Media

Carlow: IAS Laboratories

Cavan: Scotts Irish Cider

Cavan: Stop & Stare Designs Co

Clare: Fun Affordable Gifts

Clare: Western Herd Brewing Co

Cork City: Rebel Chilli

Cork City: Elbow Lane Brew House

Cork North and West: Ocean Bloom

Cork North and West: Chart Datum

Cork South: Barbara Hall Creations

Cork South:

Donegal: North Atlantic Seaweed Products

Donegal: Lanky Yanky Studio     

Dublin City: Delish Melish

Fingal: Periwinkle Design   

Fingal: Giftcentre

Fingal: 65

Fingal: Celtic Gent

Dublin South: Greenvalu

Dublin South: Sadhbh Kurzawska  

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown: Dalkey Handmade Soaps

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown: Melanie Hand Designer Jewellery

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown: The Irish Workshop/ TIW Ltd

Galway: Collerans Butchers        

Galway: The Galway Food Company

Galway: Green Earth Organics   

Galway: Sabanero Artisan Cheese

Kerry: Kerry Signature Furniture

Kerry: Taste Kerry

Kerry: O'Donnell`s Bakery

Kerry: Skellig Pantry (Smoked Trout)

Kerry: Lorge Chocolatier

Kerry: Rolf's Fine Food

Kerry: Camo`s Bistro

Kerry: Oilean Chocolates (Chocolate Pops)

Kerry: Killarney Toffee

Kerry: Ring of Kerry Apple Farm (Apple Juice)

Kildare: HACI Ltd, Hose & Coupling Ireland

Kildare: Nadicom

Kilkenny: #tastekilkenny Stand   

Kilkenny: Mooncoin Homegrown Beetroot

Kilkenny: Bernie's Farmhouse Desserts

Kilkenny: Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Kilkenny: Highbank Orchards      

Kilkenny: Kilkenny Rosé Veal     

Kilkenny: Shellumsrath Free Range

Laois: Flavour Safari 

Laois: Rose & Alice Handcrafted Soaps

Leitrim: Chef Sham Sauces

Leitrim: Artwood

Limerick: McAdare

Limerick: Lubdub Foods

Longford: Kaber Performance

Longford: Go Oats    

Louth: Duinn Designs

Louth: Finca Skin Organics

Mayo: Cuinneog Artisan Dairy

Mayo: Monaghan Bros Bar Furniture Manufacturers

Meath: E. Finnegan & Sons

Meath: Cara Mara Seaweed

Monaghan: Pollock's Pickles & Preserves

Monaghan: Shanks Engineering Ltd - Farmhitch

Offaly: De Mad Food Company

Offaly: Deanery Furniture

Roscommon: Projects 5 creations

Roscommon: Derrycashel Crafts

Sligo: Clo's Chocolates

Sligo: SUIP Manufacturing

Tipperary: Emerald Oils

Tipperary: Tactile Text       

Tipperary: Premium Fire Products       

Waterford: Embermats

Waterford: The Tipperary Kitchen        

Waterford: Coffee House Lane

Westmeath: DBee Press   

Westmeath: SoulSnacks

Wexford: Wexford Food Family

Wexford: Naturally Cordial

Wexford: Wexford Home Preserves

Wexford: O’ Neills Dry Cure Bacon

Wicklow: Pacefeeder

Wicklow: Toby Wagons

Image 1 Left to Right : Sadhbh Kurzawska ;Leo Representative; John Price of Greenvalu


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