Companiers or individuals involved in the food, drink and life science sectors in Tipperary and Carlow have a unique opportunity to grow their business through a new pilot programme targeting small and medium-sized enterprises.
Opportunities available through the landmark CATALYST programme will be unveiled at a master class event at the Institute of Technology, Carlow, on Monday, October 1. It’s open to businesses in the relevant sectors, based in both counties and runs from 9.30am to 2pm. It features expert input from Siobhán Ni Gharbhith of St Tolas, John Teeling from Cooley Distillery and Ann Marie McSorely of Veri. The event is MC’d by Conal O’ Moráin.
The pilot programme supports food and drink producers, food retailers and the food service industry - including logistics and distribution - as well as life science sector businesses, including pharmaceuticals, biomedical, cosmeceuticals and more. Registration is free and intending participants are invited to book their place now on
Through CATALYST, a carefully-selected core group of successful applicants will receive expert guidance, mentoring and support as they grow. They’ll also have hands-on help to develop new, in-demand products as well as guidance on how best to bring products to market in the most resource-efficient way. The new initiative also offers successful applicants an opportunity to network across industry sectors and with SMEs in Wales, i.e. companies employing up to 250 people.
Expert partners in the exciting new programme are based in both Ireland and Wales and include Carlow County Council and Tipperary County Council as well as the Institute of Technology Carlow’s Designcore. The lead partner is University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the fifth and final partner is Wrap Cymru, leaders in sustainable waste policy.
CATALYST is a new, 3-year (2018-2020), cross-border project which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme, 2014-2020. It will deliver tailored supports to meet the needs of the individual participants, according to Carlow County Council Chief Executive, Kathleen Holohan.