Food Business Programmes

Food Business Programmes from the LEO

Digital School of Food

digital school of food

The Digital School of Food was launched in April 2020, and is aimed at those who are just starting out in the food business. This free six-part online course is designed to take you, as a new food business entrepreneur, from Idea to Development. The six modules are detailed here, and include mandatory areas of exploration for the two-day workshop-based Food Starter Programme

Digital School of Food

Food & Drink Starter Programme

food starter

The Food Starter Programme is an extremely popular two-day workshop for food entrepreneurs, who have taken steps to develop their product and are familiar with fundamentals of running a business. Geared towards those in the first 24 months of business, participants will have some experience, or will have completed a Start Your Own Business programme with the LEO before embarking upon the Food Starter Programme

Food Starter Programme

Food Academy

food academy

The Food Academy Programme has been developed by Bord Bia, Super Valu, and the Local Enterprise Offices since 2013, and provides a platform for food producers to successfully get to market. It is necessary to successfully complete the Food Starter Programme before moving onto the Food Academy programme. In it, you will learn to understand pricing, margins, food packaging and safety, and learn how to pitch and prepare your marketing plan. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch to Super Valu, for trial in local stores. For 2021 applications, the Food Starter must be completed by 26th Feb 2021

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Grow with Aldi

grow with aldi

Grow with Aldi is a Special-buy programme to help the very best small to medium sized Irish suppliers in building their brand. The mentor scheme is undertaken in conjunction with Bord Bia.

Grow with Aldi

Kickstart with Lidl


Kick Start is a supplier development programme in conjunction with Bord Bia to give Irish food & drink suppliers the chance to showcase their products and grow their business through Lidl stores across the country

Kick Start with Lidl


food mentoring

The LEO has specialised mentors on its panel in many areas, including food development, branding, and marketing

Apply for Mentoring Here