FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOR LOCAL BUSINESS START UPS
Blaa, Blaa, Blaa Sandwiches is located at Canal Square, overlooking the River Nore in one of Kilkenny’s busiest tourist spots. The popular sandwich bar, which really stands out because of its striking baby blue exterior, has been in existence for 16 years. Its previous operators recently decided to take a step back from the business and an opportunity opened up for Florin and Mirabela Balan.
Florin and Mirabela, who live locally in Kilkenny city are both in their thirties. Having plenty of work experience in the food and hospitality sector at home and in other European destinations, as well as on cruise ships, the couple decided to take the plunge and start their own business.
They reached an agreement with the previous owners however before opening the doors there were equipment and general start-up costs to cover. Being members of St. Canice’s Credit Union, Florin and Mirabela decided to enquire about a Business Loan and met with a Business Loans Advisor at the Credit Union who explained the process and took them through the application. Once they decided to proceed, they were then referred to the Local Enterprise Office in Kilkenny where appointed mentors assisted them in preparing a business plan and accompanying financial paperwork. They completed and submitted all the relevant documentation and within a short time frame they were advised that their application was successful and the rest, as they say, is history.
Blaa, Blaa, Blaa Sandwiches is open from 8am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and from 8am-3pm on Saturdays. (During high season it is also
open on Sundays). There you can expect a wide choice of high quality coffees, delicious sandwiches and freshly prepared homemade pastries, as well as an exceptionally warm welcome. Typical customers include locals, students and tourists as well as walkers setting out on the Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge River Walk.
For more information see Facebook.com/BlaaBlaaBlaaSandwiches or read some of their rave reviews on TripAdvisor.com
St. Canice’s Credit Union, with the support of the Local Enterprise Office in Kilkenny, is providing SmartOption Business Loans to those who wish to start-up or grow their existing small business. Loans of up to €50,000 are available with excellent benefits and a great rate. For more information, just ask!