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Irish Projects

Momentum, with its feet firmly rooted in economic empowerment, is a leading regional and community enterprise development specialist. We provide support and training to a wide network of community and regional development organisations including Roscommon LEADER Partnership, Leitrim County Council, Galway County Council, BIA Innovator Campus CLG, Meath Enterprise, and Community Enterprise Association Ireland to name a few. Collaborating with these groups, Momentum has been instrumental in the development of multiple regional and community development and regeneration plans in Ireland including game-changing rural development infrastructures like The Food Hub, Drumshanbo. Engage with our Irish work here.

The Food Hub

We have worked with The Food Hub committee since 2002 in initially devising the innovative business model and securing the capital funding to realise the project. We have since worked with alot of the individual tenants and prospective tenants to help them to develop a compelling business case.

What we love about The Food Hub? It is Ireland’s Premier artisan multi tenant food production enterprise centre! We love that the Hub pays tribute to Drumshanbo’s rich food heritage and is fuelled by ambition and innovation.

BIA Innovator Campus
Momentum is the funding consultant to BIA Innovator Campus, a flagship food incubation and innovation centre based at Teagasc, Athenry Galway which will create 360 jobs and has secured over €7million of public funding to date.
Roscommon Leader Partnership

Momentum developed the business case and a successful RRDF Category 1 application for An Bealach, a Creative Entrepreneurship and Education Hub in Ballaghaderreen. This Creative Hub will provide a collaborative work environment with a mixture of dedicated and shared/open plan workspaces. This exciting development for Ballaghaderreen will also incorporate a Social Innovation & Inclusion Lab as a place where ideas are generated, incubated and where change is made.   

Just Transition

We completed Just Transition applications on behalf of Kildare County Council, Longford County Council, Westmeath County Council x 3, AIT/Bord na Mona, and Kilcormac Development Association for regeneration projects based on a transition to a low carbon economy.  All seven applications were successful. 

North Tipperary Development Company

Momentum developed the business case and a successful RRDF application and grant award of €1.9m for Roscrea Enterprise, Digital and Social Impact Hub  (REACH)  to repurpose and transform  a  11,450 sqft / 1,064 sqm vacant commercial unit (vacant since 2011)  into an enterprise, education and community innovation hub.  

Community Enterprise Association

The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC) is the national representative organisation of community enterprise centres in Ireland. In 2019, it commissioned Momentum to complete its first Strategic Plan. NACEC supports, promotes and develops the community and regional enterprise sector across 120 communities.  We also completed a successful funding application to the Regional Enterprise Development Fund 2019.  Engagement to update the Strategic Plan commenced in October 2021. 

Cork County Council

Momentum successfully completed an Enterprise Ireland Regional Enterprise Development Fund application for Agri-Innovation Hub Ireland, a not-for-profit partnership led by Cork County Council, Tyndall National Institute, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Dairygold and Teagasc, with a mission to escalate the growth path of Ireland’s agritech sector and entrepreneurship therein. It sees the transformation of an old building into Ireland’s first agritech infrastructure project in Ireland to have multi-agency support at one location to include incubation units and a knowledge centre with academics and industrialists embedded in the hub to facilitate the commercialisation of research and proof of concept.

Meath County Council

REDF Enterprise Ireland application and robust feasibility study to build a new business case for Boyne Valley Food Hub at Navan Enterprise Centre. Currently working on a plan to develop Navan Digital Hub. 

2015 to 2016
Tipperary County Council

Secured funding of almost €1.5 million over the 3 projects (the maximum available was €500,000 per project) for 3 enterprise centres in Co. Tipperary from Enterprise Ireland Community Enterprise Scheme 

  • North Tipperary Green Enterprise Park Ltd and the Green Enterprise Park in Cloughjordan - There are five different aspects to the centre – Office/Training Space, Shared Kitchen Area, Fab Lab, Workshop /Manufacturing Unit, Co-working Space. 
  • Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre (TCEC).  offers up to 25 hotdesks and fourteen individual units ranging in size from 25 to 60 m² with communal boardrooms, cafeteria, reception area etc.  The Centre has occupancy levels of 90%+ and currently acts as base for ecommerce, creative industries, knowledge, biotech and food companies. 
  • North Tipperary Food Works, Rearcross, a dedicated food enterprise centre  

Our work in funding yields a very high success rate. Between 2018-2021, we secured substantial funding packages for our clients.  In 2018 alone, we secured substantial funding packages, in excess of €40 million, for our clients.

Taste Leitrim

Conceived in 2015, Taste Leitrim is an ongoing initative from Leitrim County Council designed to put Leitrim on the Food Tourism Map of Ireland. The initiative initially brought together a multi disciplined team to include videography, food styling, branding, digital marketing and tourism route specialists.

Moran McNamara

Moran McNamara is headed up by two of Leitrim's most capable and driven entrepreneurs, Sheila Moran and Declan McNamara.

Blakes Always Organic

Blakes Always Organic are a fantastic company that we love working with. Headed up by our friends Sean McGloin, John Brennan and Nav Logan, Blakes produce a range of award winning organic products including: Blakes Always Organic Feel Good Kefir, Culture Blend Coffee, Organic Chocolate and will soon be launching an Organic Cheese.

Jinnys Bakery

Sinead and her husband Pascal Gillard head up the multiple award winning Jinnys Bakery which has grown from strength to strength since 2003. Jinnys Bakery is a family business, rooted in tradition based in Drumshabo with views of the beautiful Acres Lake.

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