Ballybay Food Hub creates the ideal environment for start-up and expanding food businesses in the area. County Monaghan is one of Ireland’s key food producers and is home to both national and international food companies. The food industry in the country is a key employer and 90% of its production is exported.
The Food Hub is designed to meet the needs of new and existing food enterprises, this flexible food grade space is available as individual units with own front door or on a combined basis. The units have been designed to address the needs of two distinct food group manufacturers.
- Entrepreneurs who may not have the initial seed capital to invest in a start-up production facility, and
- Existing businesses who demand cost effective greater production capacity as their sales volumes increase.
The production space pans 11 units varying in size… 6 x 500sq ft units and 5 x 1,500sq ft newly refurbished units.
Additional facilities include;
- Cooking facilities / Conferencing
- Training rooms / Shared meetings
- Ground floor low risk food grade units
- Wired for alarm
The State- of- the- Art- Food Incubation Unit in the Ballybay Enterprise Park, was officially launched in March 2015.
The 1,000 sq ft Kitchen offers the following:
A top-grade kitchen for food start-ups from Monaghan and elsewhere that allows businesses in the early stages to research and develop their products in a professional commercial environment with minimal financial risk. Larger businesses can avail of the facility for new product development, diversification and R&D purposes. Training agencies/businesses can avail of the 12+ teaching workstations to deliver food training programmes. A space for events and functions for caterers. The Ballybay incubator kitchen for food businesses is now available to rent at very competitive rates and flexible leasing terms.
If you are a growing or an aspiring food start-up in Monaghan or elsewhere looking for affordable, hi-spec R&D space, contact Enterprising Monaghan on 047 75255. Enterprising Monaghan recently acquired funding to upgrade and further develop this facility into a Regional Food Centre of Excellence
The following are required before an individual or food business can commence using the kitchen facility:
Refurbishments plans now complete
The extension at Ballybay Food Hub has now been complete. There are 5 new 1,500sq ft units constructed to expand the facilities of the food hub and to allow for new tenants who require a larger working space.