LEO Cork City supports Rebel City Distillery at the National Ploughing Championships 2022

A small Cork City business will get a chance to exhibit to almost 300,000 people at the National Ploughing Championships this month as part of the Local Enterprise Village. 

The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will see 31 small businesses, one from each LEO, take a stand in the Local Enterprise Village in the heart of the Ploughing Championships, opening their businesses up to almost 300,000 prospective customers across the three days of the event, 20th-22nd September. 

Rebel City Distillery - which is supported by Local Enterprise Office, Cork City – is a craft distillery located in the Cork Docklands in the former Ford factory.  Robert and Bhagya Barrett produce Maharani Gin and have recently launched Ireland’s only absinthe.  Their Visitor Centre opened in July 2022 and will add a Spirits School later in the year, with a blended whiskey in the latter half of 2023.  www.rebelcitydistillery.com

Local Enterprise Office, Cork City, National Ploughing 2022

Speaking ahead of the event, Co-Founder Robert said ‘We are excited to have the opportunity to exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships, which is a great opportunity to showcase our distillery and our brands – Maharani Gin and Rebel City Distillery Series Absinthe, and we are very grateful for all the support given to us by LEO Cork City. 

Head of Enterprise at LEO Cork City, Dr. Niall O’Keeffe outlined what a significant opportunity this is for these businesses: “Small businesses very rarely get an opportunity like this and it could be a significant event for them all in the growth of their business.  They will be at the very heart of the action at the Ploughing Championships getting the chance to tell their story and sell their product / service to a massive new audience, an audience that will be excited to be back following a two-year break.

 “We have been working with Rebel City Distillery to ensure they maximise this opportunity through mentoring and stand design.  The Local Enterprise Village is always a great buzz and no doubt will be one of the big hits for visitors to Ratheniska later this month.”  

There will be a variety of products and services on show for the visitors to this year’s Ploughing Championships to enjoy, which includes food, fashion, agtech products, farm safety equipment, spirits, sportswear and even skincare for animals!

The Local Enterprise Village was launched by Damien English, T.D., Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail along with some of the businesses that will be involved including handmade children’s furniture company Lucy & Me, luxury natural skincare and home products Jo Browne and Donegal designer Bernie Murphy. 

Minister English emphasised how positive it is to have this opportunity back for small businesses: “The Local Enterprise Village at the Ploughing Championships will showcase the very best of our small business community from across the country.  I look forward to joining with almost 300,000 people at the Ploughing and have the opportunity to meet with some of the businesses embedded in our communities and who are the drivers of local economic growth and job creation.  Visitors to the Village can expect to see the depth and diversity of amazing small businesses who are supported by Government through their Local Enterprise Office.”  

NPA President James Sutton said: “It is wonderful to see that so many diverse and interesting companies will be represented at this year’s National Ploughing Championships’ ‘Local Enterprise Village’. This is a fantastic opportunity for these small local businesses to showcase their products to the 300,000 visitors expected throughout the 3 days.” 

The Local Enterprise Village is just one of a number of initiatives that the Local Enterprise Offices run to foster entrepreneurship across the country. Others include Local Enterprise Week, the National Enterprise Awards, the Student Enterprise Programme, National Women’s Enterprise Day and Local Enterprise Showcase. The Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland. Established in 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices are the essential resource for any entrepreneur looking to start a business or any small business that is looking for support or advice to help them grow. Since their inception eight years ago, the Local Enterprise Offices have helped create over 20,000 jobs across the country. The LEOs work with thousands of client companies across Ireland in a diverse range of sectors offering mentoring, training, expert advice and financial supports to small businesses. For more information see www.LocalEnterprise.ie 




For further information: 

National Ploughing Championships 2022  www.npa.ie

 Local Enterprise Office, Cork City www.localenterprise.ie/corkcity 

Rebel City Distillery www.rebelcitydistillery.com