Food For Thought: 6 Hubs to Cook up Your Food Business

15 February 2024 Leah Fairman By Leah Fairman

Have you got a food business or start-up that you’re keen to get off the ground in 2024? We’re here to help! As well as offering everything from desks and meeting rooms to conference facilities and (in some cases) production studios, some of our hubs are specifically equipped for those in the culinary industry. Here’s some more about them....

1. Bia Innovator Hub, Galway

Opened in January 2024, this brand new €8m innovation campus is based in Athenry, Galway. The first (of many) leaseholders is Nibbed Cacao, an artisan food company headed up by former chef, Lisa Kleiner. The hub will allow Lisa, and the foodies who join her there, to expand their businesses, work with a selection of skilled food scientists and avail of a whole host of facilities, including four commercial production kitchens and a buyer showcase area.

2. Spade Enterprise Centre & Shared Kitchen, Dublin

 

Located in Smithfield, just outside Dublin city-centre, Spade is a long-established supporter of start-ups. Their spacious shared kitchen is dedicated to growing early-stage wholesale, retail and catering food businesses, and can provide production facilities for several businesses at once. As well as providing space, SPADE regularly organise events for their food businesses, such as Meet the Buyers where products are presented to potential customers.

[Image: Spade Enterprise Park, Showcase Kitchen]

Bruree, Limerick

In Limerick meanwhile, you’ll find the Bruree Food Unit. This 5,000 square foot enterprise centre is dedicated to both food manufacturing and research / development.

[Image: Balla Shared Kitchen]

4. Balla Community Resource Centre, Mayo

As well as desk space, meeting rooms and a large stage area, Balla Community Resource Centre in Mayo is home to a fully-equipped commercial kitchen available for short or long-term lets. The space is ideal for foodie start-ups or cookery classes and demos.

[Image: Ace Enterprise Centre, Shared Kitchen]

5. Ace Enterprise, Dublin

Ace Enterprise Park in Clondalkin aims to help local businesses grow and thrive, with a view to benefiting the local community. Their shared kitchen has lots of great facilities including cold and freezer storage, combi ovens and various business supports. According to Carol Diaz Rosario from Latin Street Kitchen, Ace is a “fantastic place for start-ups. It’s allowed me to start my business paying a very reasonable rate and without the commitment of a lease. The most convenient part is that they’re open 24 hours a day, which works perfectly for those who have other 9-5 jobs.”

6. Food Hub, Leitrim

Previously a large-scale jam producer, the Food Hub in Drumshanbo closed in the late 90s. However, seeing a great opportunity, the local county council restored the premises as a state-of-the-art enterprise centre dedicated to food production. Their shared ‘community kitchen’ is home to an array of businesses who timeshare the space.

 

Interested in establishing a base in one of these fantastic locations? Get in touch today.