Enterprising Monaghan Secures Funding for Regional Food Centre of Excellence

Ballybay is set to become a Regional Food Centre of Excellence, following a successful funding application by Enterprising Monaghan. 

Over €200,000 has been secured from Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Development Fund, enabling existing facilities at the Ballybay Enterprise Park to be significantly upgraded.

The funds will be used to further develop the park’s incubator kitchen facility, and to employ a full-time business manager to run what will be the region’s leading food product development centre. 

The announcement was made by local TD and newly appointed Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, at an event attended by representatives from both Enterprise Ireland and Enterprising Monaghan. 

Minister Humprheys said the project would “ drive collaboration in the sector, supporting food entrepreneurs, and create jobs in rural Monaghan.” 

Paul Shortt, Chairman of Enterprising Monaghan, added: “This grant will allow us to further develop the food centre here in Ballybay and actively encourage local enterprises to use the resources that they need. We intend to market the facility as a Centre of Excellence throughout the region and we are, in fact, already in serious discussions with a major food producer who wishes to use the space."

Enterprising Monaghan recognises the importance of agriculture and the food industry in the region, with 90% of the food produced in Monaghan exported and food accounting for nine of the top ten employers in the county. The improved facility will ensure Monaghan continues to be at the forefront of food production in Ireland. 

Find out more here about the facilities and resources available to food businesses in Monaghan.