Belfast Telegraph

Co Down farm shop's £200k tearoom creates five jobs

Derick Wilson (right), business development manager at Ulster Bank, with Sharon and Richard Orr
Derick Wilson (right), business development manager at Ulster Bank, with Sharon and Richard Orr

By Staff Reporter

A farm shop in Co Down has unveiled the results of a £200,000 investment that has also created five new jobs.

Meadow Farm in Downpatrick refurbished its shop and its tearoom with the cash injection, which was supported by Ulster Bank. The family business is also Northern Ireland's first 'monitor farm' - a category of farm picked to share performance information and best practice.

It is owned by Richard Orr and his father, Jackie, and has been in business for 20 years.

As demand for its fresh produce increased, Richard's wife, Sharon, began selling home-cooked foods and baked items.

The new 2,000 sq ft Meadow Farm tearoom opened at the end of November.

Meadow Farm also received a £35,000 grant towards the project through the Rural Business Investment Scheme.

Belfast Telegraph

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