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Coffee roasters show bikes can be a hit at the Ploughing

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 4:32pm

Velo Coffee Roasters were one of over 30 Local Enterprise Office (LEO) clients from across the country who exhibited in the Local Enterprise Village at this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Carlow.

The Local Enterprise Village, an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in local authorities across the country, saw over 30 small businesses from LEOs given the opportunity to exhibit at Europe’s largest outdoor event and showcase their products and services to just under 300,000 attendees.

They all had the chance to meet with some of Ireland’s best up-and-coming small businesses including Velo Coffee Roasters from Cork city, who represented LEO Cork City.

Rob Horgan from Velo Coffee Roasters said attending was “a fantastic experience”. “As a result of the support Velo received from LEO Cork City, our coffee is available nationally in Aldi. A national event such as the Ploughing Championships gave our customers a chance to meet us and put a face to the product. This will no doubt build loyalty as lots of them didn’t realise we are a Cork company.”

Minster for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, said: “It was fantastic to spend time with these small businesses from across the country. These small businesses are helping to boost their local economies and are employing staff in towns and villages across the country, so we will continue to support them through initiatives like this and the range of LEO programmes. Our small businesses of today are our international companies of tomorrow.”

Kieran Comerford, Chair of the Local Enterprise Exhibitions Committee, said: “Many of these small businesses would not be in a position to exhibit at the Ploughing on their own so the Local Enterprise Village gives them that chance to give their businesses a huge boost!”

For more information on the LEOs and their range of supports and programmes, go to

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