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New Developments at the M:Tek Business Campus, Monaghan Town

Minister Humphreys recently launched the building phase of the new IDA Advanced Technology Building (ATB) at the M:Tek Business Campus in Monaghan Town. This new purpose built 13,000 sq ft facility will be aimed at potential Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects which will build Monaghan’s reputation as a key business hub for both agri-food and engineering sectors. Enterprising Monaghan want to congratulate the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, the IDA and Monaghan County Council for bringing this new state of the art faciality to the county. It will be a great addition to the county’s portfolio of market ready high end business units.

 

The M:Tek building is managed by Enterprising Monaghan which is a social enterprise that has been providing affordable workspace solutions for over 30 years in 5 locations within the county.  Enterprising Monaghan works with Monaghan based companies and entrepreneurs, helping them to succeed and grow. For more information visit: www.enterprisiningmonaghan.ie

 

 

Five Minutes With… Alan Kilpatrick – Network Manager, Focused Engineering Network

Focused Engineering Network (FEN) is based out of Enterprising Monaghan’s M:Tek business centre in Monaghan. Alan explains that the organisation specialises in business development, collaborative working and training & development in the counties of Monaghan, Louth and Cavan.Since starting in October 2019, Focused Engineering Network has started the process of getting the regions engineering companies to collaborate and work together for the benefit of the sector.

 

Why did you choose the M:Tek building?

Alan says that “The M:Tek building is centrally located in the North East region and it is an ideal location for the Network to service Monaghan, Cavan and Louth.” Alan is also delighted that the M:Tek provides high speed broadband, parking and canteen facilities of the highest standards.

Before making their final decision on whether to choose the M: Tek we received a recommendation from a friend who is currently operating out of the M: Tek building for over 18 years and they highly recommend the facility for FEN’s operations.

 

What’s the best thing about being located in Monaghan?

Alan explains how “Monaghan and the North East in general has long standing history of engineering, innovation, design and development and it is great to be located in area where all this is happening!”

 

What are the plans for the future?

Alan says “It’s early days for Focused Engineering Network, but our business is continuing to grow everyday as more and more companies become involved.”

 

For more information please do not hesitate to contact Alan.

Tel: +353 86 787 1273

Email: alan.kilpatrick@leo.monaghancoco.ie

 

The M:Tek building is managed by Enterprising Monaghan which is a social enterprise that has been providing affordable workspace solutions for over 30 years in 5 locations within the county.  Enterprising Monaghan works with Monaghan based companies and entrepreneurs, helping them to succeed and grow. For more information visit: www.enterprisiningmonaghan.ie

 

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Left to right Nicole Garraghan, Ronnie Kane, Evanne Allister, Eithna McQuaid & Eimear Cassidy.

5 Minutes With… Ronnie Kane, KC Accounting Solutions

Ronnie Kane, Principal of KC Accounting Solution’s is based at Enterprising Monaghan’s M:Tek business centre in Monaghan Town. Ronnie explains that his company provides a fully outsourced Bookkeeping and Payroll Service together with Management Accounts and Business Performance Reports particularly to the retail sector.  Ronnie’s KC Accounting can provide a personal service to meet all their client’s regulatory needs. Since starting 2006, KC Accounting has successfully worked with a range of clients including clients in Musgrave & Barry Group. KC employs a total of five people at its Monaghan office.

Why did you choose the M:Tek building?

 Ronnie says he chose M:Tek because he was operating out of a home office and wanted to upgrade into a conveniently located location for his staff and avail of the excellent services which the M:Tek building provided. I.e. the excellent broadband, parking facilities and canteen, Ronnie says apart from these facilities there is a great community spirit & comradery in the M:Tek.

What’s the best thing about being located in Monaghan?

Ronnie says he has an array of clients across Ireland ranging from Dublin, Cavan, Meath, Louth, Offaly and Donegal. Monaghan is conveniently located and within easy access to these areas.

The M:Tek building is managed by Enterprising Monaghan. EM which is a social enterprise that has been providing affordable workspace solutions for over 30 years in 5 locations within the county.  Enterprising Monaghan works with Monaghan based companies and entrepreneurs, helping them to succeed and grow. For more information visit: https://enterprisingmonaghan.ie/

5 Minutes With… Hugh Doherty, Q.E.D Environmental & Engineering Consultancy

Hugh Doherty Of Q.E.D Environmental & Engineering Consultancy.
Hugh Doherty, Q.E.D Environmental & Engineering Consultancy

Hugh Doherty’s QED engineering company is based out of Enterprising Monaghan’s M:Tek business centre in Monaghan Town. Hugh explains that his company specialises in project management, energy management, environmental management, environmental monitoring, health and safety and planning. Q.E.D can provide a personal service to meet all their client’s regulatory needs in the areas mentioned above. Since starting in 1996, Q.E.D has successfully worked with a range of clients including from Xerox, Quinn Group, Lagan Group, Jacobs International and MC- Building Chemicals. Q.E.D has also worked for Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in a number of different projects as well.

 

Why did you choose Monaghan and the M:Tek building?

Hugh says that he chose M:Tek as it  provides excellent facilities including high speed broadband, parking & canteen facilities. Monaghan is ideally placed to service a wide variety of different industries ranging from food, chemicals, and an array of manufacturing industries. Indeed, Co. Monaghan’s agri-food industry has a turnover of over €1.5bn, while the engineering sector’s annual turnover would be in the region of €500m. Hence, Hugh choose the M:Tek building so that he could be in the heart of this progressive and industrious county.

 

What’s the best thing about being located in Monaghan?

In addition Hugh adds that the access to work both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Monaghan is ideally located between Belfast & Dublin.

 

The M:Tek building is managed by Enterprising Monaghan which is a social enterprise that has been providing affordable workspace solutions for over 30 years in 5 locations within the county.  Enterprising Monaghan works with Monaghan based companies and entrepreneurs, helping them to succeed and grow. For more information visit: https://enterprisingmonaghan.ie

Monaghan Street Food Festival

The annual Taste of Monaghan Festival took an exciting new turn with the Monaghan Street Food Festival which took place on Saturday 28th September 2019.  The event took place in the centre of Monaghan Town and was a celebration of the ever-changing food scene in Monaghan.

The event showcased much of the local food produce available in Co Monaghan and the wider region, with over 50 exhibitors on the day.  Even with a few showers of rain on the day it certainly didn’t deter visitors.

There was also a great host of local as well as celebrity chefs taking to the stage of the demo kitchen throughout the day with the tent packed out during every demo.

Future Food Trends Talk

Ballybay Food Hub hosted a talk on future food trends.  The aim of the talk was to bring together food businesses within the region to help them gain an insight into future food trends.

Guest speaker of the evening, Stephane Durand is Director of the Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre based at Queens University Belfast.  He has over 20 years’ experience working in the food industry throughout the EU specialising in new product and process development.

The talk was well attended by both large and small food companies from both the border Region and Northern Ireland.  Stephane gave details of the challenges facing food producers in the coming years and not too distant future which included how we feed 10 billion people by 2050!  He also gave details of the upcoming opportunities in areas such as plant-based products, insects as well as looking at how we produce our dairy and meat products going forward.

Stephane also discussed in great detail the issue of sustainability and the environment in food production.  He concluded that while there are great challenges going forward for global food production there are also great opportunities as well.

Major Investment for Ballybay Enterprise Park

After a competitive tender process, Ballybay Enterprise Park Ltd are delighted to announce the appointment of Rodney Brady Construction for the refurbishment and upgrade of five 1,500 sq ft units into state-of-the-art food grade production units. The LEADER supported project is part of a €400,000 plus investment in the park to create a Food Hub in the area for artisan and start up food businesses. It will build upon the county’s long food heritage in an industry that already has a turnover of over €1bn within the county and accounts for approximately 60% of its employment.

The refurbished Ballybay Food Hub will allow new business access to purpose-built food grade units. These will complement the existing food kitchen at the site which is regularly used by local food producers as well as regional training organisations. Finbarr Daly, CEO of Enterprising Monaghan which is one of the partner organisations involved in the project says that these units will be a great asset to the area supporting both new food projects and employment for Ballybay and its environs. He added that the support of LEADER is crucial to this phase of the project. The construction work which will start in the coming weeks is expected to be finished before Christmas this year with some tenants planning to move in early in 2020.

For more information visit: www.enterprisningmonaghan.ie

Group photo: Rodney Brady (R. Brady Construction); Peter McGonigle (Craft Studio Architects); Finbarr Daly (Enterprise Monaghan); Siobhan Sherry – Food Hub Manager; Finbarr Dunwoody (FJD Quantity Surveyors)

 

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Enterprising Monaghan – launch Remote Working Training Programme

Remote working is one of the fastest growing work areas in Ireland. It is where employees have the opportunity to work remotely, full time or part-time, from home or a local hot desk facility. Employers are recognising the benefit of this flexible work arrangement from both a productivity and the quality of the life perspective.

The advent of smart new technologies and suitable hotdesking facilities near home means that many people and their companies are benefiting from this new way of working. Jobs in this area include IT, customer sales and service as well as accountancy and bookkeeping roles. Employers in the area include traditional companies such as the banks and consultancy firms in Dublin as well as new economy firms like Shopify and Wayfair.

With this in mind, Enterprising Monaghan, Monaghan County Council and The Monaghan Town Team have joined forces to deliver a remote working training programme at Enterprising Monaghan’s hot desk facility in M:Tek 1. The programme which recently started aims to train aspirant remote workers in the processes and procedures that they will need for careers in the area. Finbarr Daly, CEO of Enterprising Monaghan, as well as welcoming the programme participants was delighted to introduce Tracy Keogh, co-founder of Grow Remote to the workshop. Tracy is passionate about making sure that people know that there are great opportunities through this approach to work – literally at home on your laptop!

For more information visit: www.enterprisningmonaghan.ie

Photo:

  • Group photo: Some of the Grow Remote Training Participants with Tracy Keogh, Co-Founder of Grow Remote and Finbarr Daly, CEO Enterprising Monaghan
  • Second Photo: Grow Remote attendee, Egan Maxton who is originally from South Africa but is now living on Monaghan arriving for the training on his uni-cycle.

 

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For more information, please contact Finbarr Daly, CEO Enterprising Monaghan.
E: finbarr@enterprisingmonaghan.ie
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Top Foodie Destinations in Ireland 2019

For the fourth time in a row Monaghan/Glaslough have made it to the top 10 of Foodie Destinations Ireland sponsored by FBD Insurance.

The judges selected for the Monaghan/Glaslough area were Deirdre McGlone, former owner of Harveys Point and Anthony O’Toole, Food Blogger and writer.

The judges descended upon Monaghan on Tuesday 13th August and were treated to a Greenway Bike ride kindly organised by Paddy Mc Quaid of Drumlin Trails Bike Hire in Glaslough. They were then greeted at Rossmore Park with a Giant Breakfast and a producer showcase overlooking the lake and the Giants of Rossmore.

After all of that on they went for a Gin tasting Masterclass with Kevin in Andy’s Bar and Restaurant. From there they visited the newly refurbished DV Lounge in the Westenra Hotel. Then it was back to the delightful village of Glaslough were they met with the Glaslough Tidy Towns Team and sampled some ice cream treats in Pocono. They also had the opportunity to visit Patrick Herron in Ambledown Cottage, another unique eatery in the village.

Finally, to wrap it all up, they arrived at Castle Leslie in style on their horse drawn carriage where they had afternoon tea and a tour of the walled gardens.

This great day wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the committee as well as the producers, chefs and everyone who came together to make it a great morning with plenty of sunshine and fun.

Don’t forget to vote on the below link.
http://tiny.cc/VoteMonaghan

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.