A new bakery is to be established in Longford town in the coming days, with the creation of six jobs in the locality.
The announcement was made to the Leader by Gerry Doherty of Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) on Monday, and it is expected that the contracts in respect of the matter will be signed, sealed and delivered within the next few days.
Over €155,000 in funding has been allocated by LCRL under the Rural Development Fund (RDF) for the bakery, which will specialise in gluten free produce.
The new business which has been developed by Kelleher’s, will expand the family business at Longford’s Main Street, under the ‘Liv Free’ brand. Six jobs will be generated initially, with further employment opportunities expected as the business grows.
“We expect the contracts to be signed within the next week and that six new jobs will be created in Longford town,” Gerry Doherty, LCRL explained, adding that the funding provided, included 75% grant aid from the RDF. “This is an excellent example of how the RDF can support local entrepreneurs and generate local employment, and we would encourage those who have business ideas to come froward, so that those ideas can be explored and developed further.”
Mr Doherty went on to say that the organisation had seen a “noted increase” in applications for new business and development over the past couple of years, and he also pointed to the fact, that he remained “hopeful” that more new businesses would come on-stream, in the county, in the months ahead. “There is funding available for business ideas under the RDF and we want to ensure that Longford gets its fair share from that pot,” he further added.
Meanwhile, Deputy James Bannon (FG) said, that, the funding provided for the new bakery in Longford town was “a welcome boost” and pointed to the importance of job creation throughout the county.