Funding for Food Businesses

The Funding for Food Businesses information session took place at the Ballybay Food Hub.  This was collectively organised by the Food Hub, Monaghan Local Enterprise Office and Monaghan Integrated Development.

This was an opportunity to hear what exactly the funding options are available for Micro and SME food businesses.  Presentations were given by Monaghan LEO and LEADER (Monaghan Integrated Development).

Some examples where businesses received support in the past include;

  • Consultancy support in regard to New Product Development.
  • Equipment to support the development of new product categories
  • Expansion of manufacturing facility producing nutrition products aimed at healthy snack market.
  • Processing equipment and storage to support business expansion.
  • Assistance to artisan food producers participating in food festivals.
  • Product design and marketing of premium confectionery products.
  • Technical training for artisan, micro and small food businesses.

Food Photography & Styling for Social Media

The food photography and styling for social media took place some time ago at the Food Hub in Ballybay.  This workshop was run by Monaghan Local Enterprise Office.                The course Trainers were Lens & Larder www.lensandlarder.com

The course was aimed at food service businesses to inform them on how important taking photos of their work is for social media.  Attendees had the opportunity to learn from experienced photographers and stylists Imen Mc Donald and Cliodhna Prendergast.

Imen and Cliodhna delivered a masterclass in smartphone food photography and styling for social media. The team introduced participants to essential food photography tips, natural lighting, styling techniques, various shooting styles and photo editing techniques necessary to make mouth-watering food photos for their product or business.