Local Enterprise Office Wicklow a Haven of Knowledge for Food Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Fast-track your Food Business with Essential know how from the Local Enterprise Office

Local Enterprise Office Wicklow is encouraging early-stage Wicklow food businesses and entrepreneurs to log onto an online Food Starter Programme which is being hosted by LEO Kilkenny for the east and southeast region. This is a four half-day online interactive course led by an experienced Food Specialist that will cover everything from an overview of the Irish food sector to the specifics of starting a food production business. This course takes place on 9th, 12th, 23rd and 26th March and is open to all start up food businesses and entrepreneurs.

Each day contains the following topics:

Day One: Ensuring your business idea is feasible

Day Two: Food safety and exploring routes to market

Day Three: Finance and product costings for a Food business

Day Four: Distribution, Branding and brand building

Places are limited and booking is essential: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Kilkenny/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Regional-Food-Starter-Programme.html

This programme is focused on food and drink manufacturing, which excludes cafés, restaurants, or food service operation. If you are a business owner or wanting to set up the aforementioned please contact the Local Enterprise Office Wicklow to find about supports available for you.

While it is desirable that those applying for Food Starter will have previously completed the Digital School of Food content material https://www.digitalschooloffood.ie/, it is not essential.  The Digital School of Food is available to those with an idea for a food business in County Wicklow, run by the Local Enterprise Offices.  The online programme is an e-learning initiative that brings producers from idea right through to start-up and grow stages. It provides food entrepreneurs expert advice and guidance, from their home, office or kitchen.

Entrepreneurs who complete the Digital School of Food are then primed to move on to take part in Food Starter Programme and subsequently Food Academy, which gives producers the opportunity to get their product on retail shelves.