On Tuesday, 30 June 2015, we held a meeting with several local food companies in order to highlight the importance of establishing an ‘Industry-led’ FoodTech Skillnets network, which will support the growth of SMEs in the Food and Agri sector throughout the North-East (North Dublin, Louth, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan).
The North-East region has a proud Food / Agricultural tradition, and has developed a strong cluster of Agri-Food, and we’re seeking to establish a network of companies that could benefit from subsidised training in areas such as Technology Applications / Supply Chain Management / Environmental etc (the specific training needs will be decided internally by member companies) in the Agri-Food manufacturing process.
We would like to thank Teresa Hanratty from Learning Waves and Noreen Fitzpatrick from Skillnets for coming over to The Mill and telling us more about how Skillnets work and how it could benefit the food companies in the North-East region.
Our guest speaker for the night was Pat Cooney, who talked about the building of the Gleeson group to over 700 employees and six factories.
He is currently establishing a new brewery / distillery in Drogheda, which is going to become one of the biggest visitor centres in the Boyne Valley, with tours of facilities available to visitors and many more exciting features to come!
Our evening concluded with a bit of networking and pizza.