Minister of State Tom Hayes launched a new and innovative start-up funding scheme, targeted at individuals or businesses with new business ideas in the food and agribusiness sector in South Tipperary.
The €10,000 scheme is a joint initiative between Clonmel Horse Show and Agricultural Society Limited and South Tipperary County Council.
Clonmel Show will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2015 and since the inaugural show in 1865 has been showcasing the best of agricultural life and commerce in South Tipperary.
In the context of this proud history and against a background of strong growth in the value of food and agricultural exports from Ireland in recent years, Clonmel Show and South Tipperary County Council have agreed to jointly fund this start up scheme to help develop new food or agri related business in the South Tipperary region in 2014.
South Tipperary County Council chairman Jimmy O’Brien welcomed the development – “This funding scheme will provide the successful idea with the finance to properly research and refine the product proposition and will lead to business and job creation in the agri sector in the golden vale of Tipperary”.
Speaking on behalf of the Clonmel Show Society, Dr. Mike Quirke added that the show were delighted to be in a position to co-fund this scheme. He spoke of the success of the Clonmel Show’s own bursary scheme over the past few years and hoped that this joint project would be of great value to the recipient of the startup fund.
Minister Hayes applauded the initiative and spoke of “being proud to launch such a unique seed capital funding scheme within his own county”. He expressed his confidence that this fund would lead to a viable business creation and that “similar partnerships (County Council and Agricultural Shows) would follow Tipperary’s lead”.
The application and selection process is being coordinated by the Business Support Unit of South Tipperary County Council (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Application forms are available on www.tipperary.ie and www.clonmelshow.ie. Funding applications must be submitted by Friday, February 28, 2014, with the short listing and selection process expected to be complete by the end of March.