DLR Client to Showcase Product at National Ploughing Championships

Deansgrange Company Gets 'Ploughing-Ready' Thanks to Local Enterprise Office

In twelve weeks' time, the National Ploughing Championships, Europe's largest outdoor event, returns to Offaly and a small business from Deansgrange is getting 'ploughing-ready' thanks to Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Under plans for the 'Local Enterprise Village', launched last week by the Minister for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen T.D., Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are helping 30 small businesses and start-ups launch products and services to the thousands of visitors expected at the three-day event. 291,500 people, a record-breaking number, attended the National Ploughing Championships last year and DLR will be represented in September by VivaGreen from Deansgrange.

Viva Green Ploughing Launch 2018

The company, which was set up by brothers Russell (pictured far left) and Garrett Walsh in the 1990s, is an engineering company that researches, develops, manufactures and patents a range of compostable, plastic-free and chemical-free products. These innovative products are designed to substitute hazardous products that are used in our homes, workplaces and agriculture/landscape sectors every day.

Minister Breen said: "By having dedicated supports in place to help small businesses at international events like the National Ploughing Championships, we are promoting trade and driving innovation and export growth for all business sectors across the country. I would encourage all visitors to the National Ploughing Championships in September to pay a visit to the Local Enterprise Village to support Ireland's start-ups and small businesses.

Minister Breen was joined at the launch in Dublin by Oisin Geoghegan, Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices, Anna May McHugh, Managing Director of The National Ploughing Association, Martin Corry of Enterprise Ireland and Paula Butler, Assistant Chief Executive of the Local Government Management Agency and representative of the County and City Management Association.

The 87th Annual National Ploughing Championships take place from September 18th to 20th at Screggan, Tullamore, County Offaly. The 30 small companies inside the Local Enterprise Village represent a diverse range of business sectors, such as skincare, fashion, technology, artisan food and drink, sports equipment and horticulutre.