Useful Resources

General Information

Bord Bia for general industry information and for small food businesses and start ups
Campden BRI provides technical support to the food, drinks and allied industries. Membership fee gets discounts. Good food law alert system for members
DairyCo is a levy-funded, not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of dairy farmers in the UK
Fáilte Ireland for food tourism


We have lots of experience and success applying for funding from the following, and we can help you apply:

InterTradeIreland - FUSION programme

Enterprise Ireland - Innovation Partnerships and Innovation Vouchers

Your Local Enterprise Office - Feasibility and other funding measures

There is a great new website from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation which helps you to identify which funding measures may be suitable for your business,

Food and other Awards Competitions

UK Great Taste Awards – all categories of food or
Irish Quality Food Awards
Blas na hEireann
Good Food Ireland
EuroToques (chefs) – has awards for food producers, see under Activities
The National County Enterprise Awards are run every year – contact your local office
Brand Bursary from Bord Bia;
Craft Butchers of Ireland Awards
Fins Goustiers du Duché d’Alençon European Championships for sausages and puddings
British Cheese awards as part of the Great Taste Awards
World Cheese Awards
Annual award from the Irish Food Writers Guild
Food & Wine magazine awards (producers category)
Irish Restaurant Association awards (producers category)
Women Mean Business run an annual competition for female entrepreneurs;
Organisations & Associations

Food Industry Training Unit, College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, University College Cork.
Phone: +353 21 4903363
Food Safety Authority of Ireland produces the Guide to Food Law for Artisan/ Small Food Producers Starting a New Business, available to download, as well as very many other publications
HSE / Environmental Health Officers
Local Enterprise
Leatherhead Food Research Association (UK)
Producer groups and Networks, such as GIY and The Beekeepers Association
Skillnets for training, search for Food & Drink Skillnets which has funding for training courses

Teagasc for training and advice again especially for farm based food businesses
The Irish Farmers Association
The Organic Centre for training and advice;

Other Book Recommendations

“Starting with Ducks” by Katie Thear

Starting Your Own Business Workbook, by Brian O'Kane (Author), Ron Immink (Author), widely available

Useful Websites

The Best Indeed - the Complete Guide for Icecream Enthusiasts!

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.

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