Kildare Company to exhibit to almost 300,000 at National Ploughing Championships
A small county Kildare company will get a chance to exhibit their business to almost 300,000 people at the National Ploughing Championships later this month as part of the Local Enterprise Village.
The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will see 31 small businesses, one from each LEO, take a stand in the Local Enterprise Village in the heart of the Ploughing Championships, opening their businesses up to almost 300,000 prospective customers across the 3 days of the event.
Tradeforus Ltd. Based in Naas Co Kildare is supported by Local Enterprise Office Kildare. Tradeforus provides IT solutions to the Agri & Forestry Sectors. The business provides an innovative software solution that enables farmers to come together to trade their finished livestock (via Producer Organisations) with beef processors, the solution also enables the group to purchase key inputs together. The platform is securely linked to the DAFM's AIM database and Bord Bia Farm Quality System ensuring that all animal data is 100% accurate.
The business also brings to the market place the first ever online trading solution for forestry land and timber. In excess of 23,000 farmers in Ireland own Forestry and the business aims to bring transparency to timber pricing and a go to location for selling freehold land and immature forestry.
Agri Business Manager, Niall Claffey, said: “Tradeforus brings a solution to the agri sector which enables the efficient running of PO’s and facilitates many supply chain efficiencies between the groups and their buyers. Users are now equipped with a software solution which enables them to buy and sell in a more efficient and sustainable way. Given the current climate change challenges, farmers and processers are now more receptive to ways of trading that reduce CO2 emissions. Our solution is a key enabler in this journey.”
Forestry General Manager, Hugh Healy, said: “By using tradeforusforestry.com, forestry buyers and sellers avoid the excessive costs, confusion, and delays that come with traditional forestry trading. Online trading is increasing across all aspects of the Agri sector, delivering savings in time and money and simplifying the buying and selling process.”
“With the aid of technology and a team of nationwide agents, we are removing the complexities, simplifying the process and bringing buyers and sellers together in a streamlined way.”
“We too are delighted to be exhibiting in the Local Enterprise Village at this year’s National Ploughing Championships and greatly appreciate all the support from our Local Enterprise Office in Kildare.”
Jacqui McNabb Head of Enterprise at Kildare Local Enterprise Office outlined what a significant opportunity this is for these businesses; “Small businesses very rarely get an opportunity like this, and it could be a significant event for them all in the growth of their business. They will be at the very heart of the action at the Ploughing Championships getting the chance to tell their story and sell their product / service to a massive new audience, an audience that will be excited to be back following a two-year break.
“We have been working with this business across the Summer to ensure they maximise this opportunity through sales and marketing training and stand design. The Local Enterprise Village is always a great buzz, and no doubt will be one of the big hits for visitors to Ratheniska this September.”
There will be a variety of products and services on show for the visitors to this year’s Ploughing Championships to enjoy, which includes food, fashion, agtech products, farm safety equipment, spirits, sportswear and even skincare for animals!
The Local Enterprise Village was launched by Damien English, T.D., Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail along with some of the businesses that will be involved including handmade children’s furniture company Lucy & Me, luxury natural skincare and home products Jo Browne and Donegal designer Bernie Murphy.
Minister English emphasised how positive it is to have this opportunity back for small businesses; “The Local Enterprise Village at the Ploughing Championships will showcase the very best of our small business community from across the country. I look forward to joining with almost 300,000 people at the Ploughing and have the opportunity to meet with some of the businesses embedded in our communities and who are the drivers of local economic growth and job creation. Visitors to the Village can expect to see the depth and diversity of amazing small businesses who are supported by Government through their Local Enterprise Office.”
NPA President James Sutton said: “It is wonderful to see that so many diverse and interesting companies will be represented at this year’s National Ploughing Championships’ ‘Local Enterprise Village’. This is a fantastic opportunity for these small local businesses to showcase their products to the 300,000 visitors expected throughout the 3 days.”
The Local Enterprise Village is just one of a number of initiatives that the Local Enterprise Offices run, to foster entrepreneurship across the country. Others include Local Enterprise Week, the National Enterprise Awards, the Student Enterprise Program me, National Women’s Enterprise Day and Local Enterprise Showcase. The Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland.
Established in 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices are the essential resource for any entrepreneur looking to start a business or any small business that is looking for support or advice to help them grow. Since their inception eight years ago, the Local Enterprise Offices have helped create over 20,000 jobs across the country. The LEOs work with thousands of client companies across Ireland in a diverse range of sectors offering mentoring, training, expert advice and financial supports to small businesses. For more information see www.LocalEnterprise.ie