Ballyhoura Food Hubs
The Ballyhoura Food Hubs portal is the brainchild of Ballyhoura Food Centre Mitchelstown in collaboration with Ballyhoura Development CLG.
The aim is to open up food production and testing to a much greater audience, increasing participation in farmers and cottage markets, local food supply chains and ultimately increase the number of food entrepreneurs that are seeking to grow and expand which may in time lead to the Ballyhoura Food Centre in Mitchelstown.
The portal showcases the food production spaces that lay within the Ballyhoura region, from community kitchens to food units, and food innovation centres to demonstration kitchens. The hope is that, in time, more spaces and opportunities present through this website for food entrepreneurs continuing to add to the wide variety of food producers that currently operate within the region.
The Ballyhoura Food Centre Mitchelstown is a purpose-built food standard enterprise centre comprising 10,000ft of enterprise space. The Food Enterprise Centre consists of 4 individual units and is located at the crossroads of Munster on the main Dublin to Cork motorway and within easy reach of all major markets of Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Dublin.
Mitchelstown has a long association with food production, and food production companies located in these units have, over many years, been facilitated and enabled to tap into the large locally available workforce, highly skilled in food production.
Ballyhoura Food Centre Mitchelstown is not just selling physical space but its track record, experience and ability to incubate small businesses in the area encouraging sustainable job creation. This space is available at flexible rent, which will allow a young business to set up and grow. Set-up costs, including rent and rates, are well-known inhibitors to business start-ups but also to business growth. The policy is to continue to focus on incubating.
Ballyhoura Food Centre Mitchelstown has established links with Ballyhoura Development, Enterprise Ireland, LEO offices, Teagasc Moorepark, Cork County Council, University Research Centres and others active in the food development space to link client companies and companies across the wider area with available supports.
Ballyhoura Development CLG, the local development company, provide a range of support from one-to-one staff support, training opportunities, and access to networks and deliver the LEADER programme, which many food companies have availed of grants through the artisan food schemes.
The support ecosystem is strong in the region, and there is a strong track record of collaboration across the sector.
There is an array of community centres within the Ballyhoura Region with HSE-approved kitchen spaces. These afford individuals involved in home produce for sale an opportunity to scale up by moving into a larger kitchen space. Options available currently are listed below. Terms and conditions will apply depending on the community kitchen you are interested in. Kitchens will be added to in time. all details are available per community kitchen location.