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Acorn Kitchen Launch

Mayor of Kildare launches Acorn Kitchens

Commercial kitchen supported by Local Enterprise Office Kildare is opened providing full suite of catering facilities to local businesses

The Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Ivan Keatley launched this new initiative by entrepreneurs Tom and Luke Treacy.  Acorn Kitchens, a shared commercial kitchen was designed to house food producers, caterers and independent chefs.  The kitchen is a custom built HACCP approved centre designed to offer value to customers, a setting to share ideas with fellow food producers and a place to grow their business from the stage of producing at home to larger scale production.  With support from Local Enterprise Office Kildare, Acorn Kitchens will provide a key service to enable food producers to establish their business without the need for capital investment.

Located in the heart of Ballitore, Acorn Kitchens will provide local employment as they have ambitious plans to expand the business into 2018 and 2019.  

Speaking at the launch, the Mayor commented “I am continuously overwhelmed and inspired by the entrepreneurial talent that I encounter on a daily basis across Kildare.  We live in an ever-changing society and our entrepreneurs provide a vision to adapt to these changes.  Luke and Tom Treacy will provide both direct and indirect employment with Acorn Kitchens.  It is imperative that we nurture our local business people, encourage them, and give them support through the Local Enterprise Office as they strive to succeed.  This facility, the first of its kind in County Kildare, provides an important first step for emerging and expanding food companies. This is a unique way of providing aspiring food entrepreneurs with either long term or hourly/daily use of state-of-the-art facilities without the prohibitive cost of building their own commercial kitchen.” 

Head of Enterprise, Jacqui McNabb, added: “Entrepreneurs such as Luke & Tom Treacy are shining examples of how Kildare and Ireland can stand out and succeed in a highly competitive environment.  I want to congratulate Luke and Tom on this forward thinking initiative and encourage as many ‘foodpreneurs’ to engage with Acorn Kitchens who can help any aspiring foodie to realise their ambition.  I also want to encourage entrepreneurs across Kildare that the Local Enterprise Office will be on hand every step of the way to provide knowledge and support.  I wish Acorn Kitchens every success for the future.”

Kildare County Council and Kildare Local Enterprise Office  are committed to supporting its community of entrepreneurs financially and by way of business advice and training as they launch and grow.  Entrepreneurs are encouraged to contact Local Enterprise Office Kildare with their business needs 

Ends                                                                                                              28 June 2017

For all information and media requests, please contact Local Enterprise Office Kildare on 045 980838.


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