Food Supports

The Food sector is very important to each of the four Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin region (Fingal, Dublin City, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown). There are many supports available to new and existing food producers including funding for eligible businesses, mentoring, networking, management development training and promotional opportunities. In addition, there are four programmes that are specifically designed to support businesses in the food sector, as set out below.

Digital School of Food

Digital School of Food

An e-learning hub to support food producers in developing their food manufacturing businesses from start-up to the growth phase.Complete this programme in advance of the Food Starter Programme.Digital School of Food Programme

Food Starter Programme

Food Starter Programme

4 half days delivered online. Programme for those with a food idea/very early stage of starting up a food business. Overviews the Irish food sector to the specifics of starting a food production business. Dates: 10th, 12th & 24th & 26th Aug Book

Food Academy Start 

Food Academy

A training programme aimed at supporting and nurturing start-up food businesses. An initiative  with Bord Bia and SuperValu, providing a consistent level of food marketing knowledge to new and early-stage food business owners. Food Academy Starter Programme Jan/Feb 2021

Dublin Food Chain

Dublin Food Chain

A marketing & networking forum representing many outstanding food and drink producers, retailer & distributors that are based throughout Dublin City and County. Dublin Food Chain Programme