Food Business Training

Oonagh is a qualified trainer. We can offer workshops and training in the following areas:

  1. Business Planning for Rural Enterprises;
  2. Opportunities for small food producers – essentials for starting up;
  3. Start Your Own Food Business - 1, 2 and 3 day course options;
  4. Food Product Development;
  5. Innovation and Idea Generation;
  6. Food Labelling Legislation compliance;
  7. Sensory Analysis techniques, in partnership with St. Angela's College, Sligo;
  8. Routes to Market and Distribution;
  9. Food marketing;
  10.  Product Development
  11. Packaging and Branding, incl. Bar Coding
  12. Pricing, Product Costing & Managing money
  13. Meeting the Buyer – incl. Role playing

We also bring in trainers in specialised areas including Personal Development, Social Media, website development and other areas as required.

Start Your Own Small Food Business

To go along with the success of her book, Money for Jam, Oonagh delivers courses to anyone who might be interested in finding out about what it takes to Start Your Own Food Business. She has trained existing and new food producers, as well as many people who are just thinking about setting up, everywhere from Inishbofin island and Donegal to Leitrim. If you would like your Local Enterprise Office to run a a Start Your Own Food Business course, just ask them!

**SPECIAL OFFER** There will be a 10% discount for course participants who buy Money for Jam from Oonagh during the training course.

Bord Bia / Musgrave's Food Academy

In collaboration with Bord Bia, the Local Enterprise Offices and Supervalu, a food marketing programme has been developed under the umbrella of the Food Academy, which assists entrepreneurs/pre start-ups/start-ups/small food businesses to develop and grow their businesses, while taking into account the following: Market Background and Understanding the Consumer; Core Technical Issues; and Sales Growth Development and Enhancement. If you want to supply SuperValu or Centra, then you must take part in this programme.

Mayo & Roscommon  – Completed September 2015 - contact Tanya in Mayo LEO for details;

Mayo, Monaghan & Louth – all completed in 2013 and 2014 with several producers now stocked in Supervalu stores nationwide!


Essentials for Starting Your Own Small Food Business - Leitrim

1-Day Course on April 17th 2016
at The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co.Leitrim

Click here for details or contact the Organic Centre:


From within Ireland: (071) 985 4338
International: +353 71 985 4338

From within Ireland: (071) 985 4343
International: +353 71 985 4343


Do You Need a Speaker for Your Next Event?

Oonagh is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker, and is available to talk about Food Business startup & growth, SME business development, female entrepreneurship, and Innovation & Creativity. Oonagh also encourages others to write and talks about how she commercialised her knowledge by capturing it in a book.

The Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Small Food Business

Now available to order online! 

Have you ever thought about trying to earn some money from producing food? Are you the person everyone goes to for their lemon meringue pies, apple tarts and other desserts for family occasions or other events? Do you have a garden of rhubarb or other fruit? Do you make jam every year and give it away when you could be selling it? Do you fancy the idea of making cheese or yogurt or ice cream but don’t know where to start?

If so, then this is the book for you! Learn more ...

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