Glynn welcomes funding for food industry

Mullingar’s Cllr Ken Glynn is encouraging local food businesses to apply for funding under the Innovation Voucher scheme announced recently for small companies in the food sector.

Cllr Glynn said the vouchers, which are worth €5,000 each and are available to all small companies in the food sector over the next six weeks, will provide significant benefit to businesses in Westmeath.

“This is huge given the amount of small bakery and food type industry here in Westmeath. This fund gives people the oportunity to test the market and develop a strategic business plan for future growth. It definitely bring the power back home to the small business,” he said.

Companies in the following sectors can apply: beverages, bakery, and food technology including animal feed producers; consumer food companies including those involved in horticulture, organic produce, poultry, prepared consumer foods, and seafood; and dairy and functional foods and the primary meat sectors including those involved in the processing of beef, lamb, and pigmeat, the by-products of all meat processing, and those involved in the bloodstock industry.

The closing date for applications is August 20 2010.

You can apply for an Innovation Voucher and get more details on this initiative on www.innovationvouchers.ie or by contacting Pat O’Brien, Enterprise Ireland on (01 ) 7272766.

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