Boyne Valley Food Hub
Boyne Valley Food Hub is a flagship project of Boyne Valley Food Innovation District to develop an innovation-rich building and stimulus project to accelerate growth and yield business impact through collaboration, innovation, and clustering, thereby facilitating the development of scalable, sustainable and profitable food businesses across the Mideast and Northeast regions.
Based on extensive engagement and industry foresight, Boyne Valley Food Hub packages a series of industry responsive deliverables into an exceptional bundle of production, innovative and knowledge facilities offering an intense immersion in the food sector.
- 8 Food Grade units available for start-up and scaling food businesses
- A food specific co-working and knowledge lab to create higher levels of connectivity, collaboration and innovation in the food and drink sector
- Food Innovation and Research Lab
- Onsite Food Technologist
- Onsite Food Sector Business Development Manager
- Food Innovation Programmes
KEY MARKETS – The key markets for Boyne Valley Food Hub include:
- Startup food entrepreneurs from an 80km radius of Mid-East and North East (including Dublin and Northern Ireland) who may not have the initial seed capital to invest in a startup production facility of their own
- Nascent food businesses who have established at the kitchen table who require dedicated production capacity as their sales volumes increase
- Growing food SMEs who wish to scale-up or develop new products in response to proven market demand. This also includes food companies from Dublin. Méabh Conaghan, Senior Advisor, Food Entrepreneurship & Food HPSU, Enterprise Ireland is clear ‘Our experience in food HPSU is that appropriate space is difficult to find across the whole country (especially Dublin).
- We are specifically positioning the project as a business base for UK and Northern agrifood companies. As highlighted in the Irish Independent– the Northern Ireland agri-food industry is “in grave peril”. John McCann of Co Down firm Willowbrook Foods said the uncertainty meant he had put off plans to invest £1m in the business.
- Food companies and start up food entrepreneurs from across the Mid-East and North East regions who will benefit from BVFID’s innovation supports
- Interns – students in food science, innovation, marketing, business, quality etc who can benefit from one of 60 work placements as part of their studies
- The farming community who wish to add value to their primary produce
- Training agencies who wish to provide food related training.
- Educators – 3rd level colleges, VET, HE, adult & lifelong learning and schools
- NGOs including environmental and special interest groups