Tuam-based company GH Agri, supported by Local Enterprise Office Galway, were one of over 30 Local Enterprise Office clients from across the country who exhibited in the Local Enterprise Village at this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Laois last week as Europe’s largest event returned for the first time since 2019.
An attendance of 277,000 at this year’s National Ploughing Championships will have a positive knock-on impact for all the small businesses who were attending the Local Enterprise Village last week. The Local Enterprise Village, an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs ) in local authorities across the country, saw over 30 small businesses from LEOs given the opportunity to showcase their products and services to the massive crowds that visited Ratheniska in County Laois last week.
GH Agri is licenced to manufacture, wholesale and retail natural animal healthcare products for a range of on farm diseases, mainly supplying to the dairy industry. The company is in business for 35 years serving customers in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales and more recently in The United Arab Emirates
A host of well-known faces dropped into the Local Enterprise Village across the three days including An Tanaiste, Leo Varadkar, US Ambassador to Ireland, Claire Cronin, Minister of State Damien English, Newstalk’s former Dragon, Bobby Kerr and RTE’s Anne Cassin.
They all had the chance to meet with GH Agri and some of Ireland’s best up-and-coming small businesses including the likes of MyGug from LEO Cork North & West converting food waste to gas for use in your home, former All-Star Mattie Forde with sportswear company Bodibro supported by LEO Wexford, Lucy&Me and their children’s furniture company from LEO South Dublin and LEO Donegal supported designer Bernie Murphy. There was something for everyone at this year’s Local Enterprise Village.
The Local Enterprise Village is just one of the Local Enterprise Offices initiatives that aim to support and promote small businesses across the country. There are 31 Local Enterprise Offices located in local authorities nationwide funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment through Enterprise Ireland.
Other initiatives include Local Enterprise Week, National Women’s Enterprise Day, the Local Enterprise Showcase, the Student Enterprise Programme and the National Enterprise Awards. For more information on the Local Enterprise Offices and their range of supports and programmes, go to www.LocalEnterprise.ie