Funding for a Food Innovation Hub for Athenry as part of the Regional Development Fund, administered by Enterprise Ireland has been announced by Heather Humphreys, Minister or Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
Galway East TD Seán Canney has welcomed the funding, saying that the hub is “vital” to create positive news for the people of Atherny.
BIA Innovator Campus is expected to create 360 jobs within three years in over forty businesses. The facility is to be based on Teagasc lands in Athenry and consists of a 23,000 sq. ft. facility, including 9,000 sq. ft. enterprise hub and training facilities, including four training kitchens.
“Getting the green light today enables the project to go to Part 8 planning and work on the building would commence in 2018.” Seán Canney said.
“Athenry will benefit in terms of job creation and will become a centre of excellence in food innovation. This type of enterprise sits well into Galway East and can benefit food producers, food entrepreneurs and the wider agri-industry.” Seán added.
Humphreys announced the results of the first round of the new €60 million competitive Regional Enterprise Development Fund.