Job Description – Business Development Manager


Post:                      Business Development Manager, Leitrim Food Enterprise Zone CLG

Term:                    3 years from 1st February 2020 to 31st January 2023

Salary:                   €40,000 2020- 2021; €42,000 for 2021 – 2022 and 2022- 2023

Location:              Drumshanbo with occasional travel within the NW region and within Ireland for appropriate food sector events.


Leitrim Food Enterprise Zone CLG was established to accelerate the agri-food economy in the North West region, to deliver additional food infrastructure in conjunction with stimulus approaches to unleash the potential of food entrepreneurs in the North West region.  More than a place to produce, it will bring together manufacturers, exporters and supply chain partners and builds on the experience and success of founding partner The Food Hub, Drumshanbo.



  • Oversee the refurbishment to food grade standard of a factory premises, Dowra Road, Drumshanbo and its transformation into a multi-tenant food incubator enterprise centre.
  • The subsequent overall management of the new facility (8,953 ft2) and The Food Hub Facility (32,000 ft2 of food production space and training facility).
  • Building sectoral capacity through emphasis on growth and scaling initiatives, namely through two Enterprise Ireland funded programmes to commence early in 2020 – the IRELAND Northwest Food & Drink Export Launchpad programme and National Supply Chain Distribution programme.
  • The promotion of an enterprise culture within the locality, promoting the potential of the food sector to all sectors of the community including young people.
  • Working with all relevant support agencies in the region and in the food sector for the mutual benefit of those agencies, client businesses in Leitrim Food Enterprise Zone and The Food Hub.
  • Encouraging networking benefit and synergies among tenant businesses and other food businesses in the locality.
  • The exploration of additional sources of funding and income generation for the Food Enterprise Zone.
  • Monthly reporting to management committee and quarterly reporting to Enterprise Ireland.


Required Qualities & Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience of working within the food sector, preferably within a small business environment.
  • Proven experience of managing physical facilities preferably within the food sector.
  • Understanding of, and experience of working with, the various regulatory authorities involved in the food sector with whom tenant companies will have to deal.
  • An ability to work effectively as a support provider to small businesses in respect of regulatory matters, business planning, market development and financial planning.
  • An effective independent worker who will drive the development of Leitrim Food Enterprise Zone over the course of the three years.
  • Experience of food sector sales and distribution


Email your CV and cover letter outlining suitability for the position to before January 4th 2020.


This position is supported by Enterprise Ireland under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund.

Food Hospitality Course – Spring 2015

Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Education Training Board, together with the Leitrim Development Company has been successfully running a continuous full time 10 month FETAC Level 5 Hospitality Operations Course in the Food Hubs Community Kitchen for the past 5 years.

week 29 day 2 061There is an average of 18 participants completing the course each time, and the success rate for progression to further education or employment has thus far been exceptional. Many have taken up positions in the Hospitality Sector which has always been a good source of work even in recessionary times.

The need for better trained individuals is now more apparent than ever as we are slowly but surely coming back to economic recovery.


The modules participants undertake are:

week 29 day 2 057FOOD PREPARATION

The 2 tutors running the course are both qualified chefs and have a vast experience in the Hospitality sector.

The course also uses the Home economics facilities qt the Vocational College in Drumshanbo to run the practical Food Preparation exams.

Irish-Polish Culinary Experience

A group of 25 people from the Carpathian Region of Poland visited the Food Hub last week. The trip was organised by Leitrim Development Company in partnership with their Polish counterparts, Dolina Raby. The group had a tour of the facility on Thursday the 26th visiting Carrig Brewing Company, Chef in a Box and The Shed Distillery before a free event took place that evening in the Community Kitchen.


This was an evening of ‘Polish and Irish Authentic Cuisine’ which was attended by 120 people who sampled a range of traditional dishes from both countries.

UCD visit to The Food Hub

We were delighted to recedntly welcome a group of UCD Students to The Food Hub.

Pictured is Brian Taft, Head Distiller at The Shed, conducting a tour for a group of students from the Faculty of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine during their visit to the Food Hub on Tuesday, March 10th.

Recent Opening of The Shed Distillery

We recently welcomed a new tenant to The Food Hub. Last December, PJ Rigney and his team opened the first distillery in Connaught in 101 years!

They join a thriving Food Hub with Carrig Brewing Company, Bo Peep Preserves, The Cheese Hub , Mc Niffes Boxty, Chef in a Box ready meals and JB catering services.

Great to see so much press about the recent launch of this business. 2015 has gotten off to a great start for us here in the Food Hub and promises to be a very a positive year for Drumshanbo.

Irish Times

Irish Independent