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Entrepreneur's stock goes up after deal with rehab centre

By Leona O'Neill

A Londonderry entrepreneur has joined forces with a local addiction rehab centre to whip up a business partnership they hope will be a recipe for success.

Carol Banahan of Carol's Stock Market has signed a deal with White Oaks centre's community farm on the Derry-Donegal border to supply all the vegetables she needs to produce her hugely successful homemade stock, a product that is sold to wholesale and retail outlets all over Ireland.

Carol (53) turned her back on a billion-dollar stock market role at one of Canada's largest banks to come home to Northern Ireland and start her own stock-making business in Derry's Foodovation Centre at the North West Regional College.

She said she was delighted at the partnership.

"It's very exciting times for Carol's Stock Market and I am delighted to partner with the White Oaks Acorn Project," she said.

"It's a fantastic community enterprise and I am proud to support the important role of the farm in facilitating the therapy of residents attending the rehabilitation centre."

"The community farm produces wonderful organic vegetables which are of the finest quality all year around.

"I can't praise the superiority of the produce enough. Those high standards will ensure only the best flavours and goodness for my homemade stock."

White Oaks Acorn Project is based in the IOSAS Centre and White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre complex at Muff, facilitating therapeutic work for residents as well as supplying the general public, local restaurants and shops with fresh, chemical-free vegetables and herbs.

Faunchea McCloskey, manager of the project, said: "It's great to be working with Carol as she and people like her are helping us to grow the Acorn Project. Her stock business is certainly very different to the types of businesses and customers we usually work with - it's unique.

"We had some of her stock here to try and it's a great product. She's doing a fantastic job and we're sure she'll go from strength to strength. It's great to have her supporting local, because she'll be helping us along the way."

The White Oaks Acorn Project supplies a number of businesses and operates a home delivery scheme. The project employs 10 full-time and part-time staff while residents from the White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre help out on the farm twice a week as part of their therapeutic duties.

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