Council plants new food SEED
Ards Borough Council has joined four other local councils to plant the SEED for food producers to grow their businesses with the establishment of a new food and fisheries programme.
Companies from Ards are among 25 firms from across the SEED area — the South Eastern Economic Development group which includes Ards, Armagh, Craigavon, Down and Newry and Mourne councils — that will now benefit from expert help to identify new products, based on local foods and traditions, and to access new local markets.
Chairman of Ards Borough Council’s development committee, Councillor Angus Carson, said: “This programme aims to support small scale food producers, which have great but often unexploited opportunities to develop new products based on local foods, to brand and market them well and in doing so increase their economic sustainability and create new employment and tourism opportunities,” said Councillor Carson.
“This is in addition to the newly established Food and Tourism Forum which will bring local food producers together with local restaurants and hotels to increase the awareness and availability of quality, locally sourced food.”
During 2010 and 2011, participating companies will be assisted by business consultants Full Circle Management Solutions, Deirdre Fitzpatrick and Associates, and Lestas Consulting.