£82,000 EU funding for local compan

Feb 14, 2006

Portadown company, Greenisland Flowers, is one of 13 Northern Ireland food and horticulture companies to benefit from £3.46 million in grant aid from the EU Agricultural Processing and Marketing Grant Scheme.

Greenisland Flowers is a unique new business recently set up to process and market cut flowers. It is the only facility in Northern Ireland that can produce, process, package and label flowers all on the same site, to meet specific customer requirements.

The grant award was announced recently by the Agriculture Minister, Jeff Rooker, who said that the projects to be supported would foster innovation and capability development, and strengthen local supply chains in the sector.

The grant will support Greenisland Flowers’ investment in a purpose-built pack house for fresh stock cut flowers, including a processing and packing facility and a specialist controlled atmosphere store.

Mark Bleakney, Invest Northern Ireland’s Southern Office Manager, says: “To compete successfully, companies like this which focus on adding value to the horticultural sector need to invest in innovative new products and innovative marketing techniques.

This grant will help Greenisland Flowers build the capability to quickly achieve a high level of export sales by taking a market-led, customer focused approach.”

The EU Agricultural Processing and Marketing Grant Scheme is designed to improve the economic performance and international competitiveness of the food processing sector. It is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in conjunction with Invest NI and is part of the Northern Ireland Programme for Building Sustainable Prosperity.

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