Farm products company benefits from training programme

Aug 13, 2009

A County Tyrone-based supplier of speciality meat products has increased its operational efficiency and sales capability through an Invest NI backed staff training programme.

Cloughbane Farm Foods in Pomeroy, near Dungannon, provides a variety of cooked and uncooked meat products, including award-winning mince pies, to retail outlets and foodservice businesses.

The skills development programme has enabled staff to improve operations throughout the business, helping the company prepare to ramp up its cross border trade.

Invest NI offered £33,940, part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), towards the total project costs of £97,971.

Commenting on the success of the training programme, Invest NI’s Director of Business Improvement Services, Niall Casey, said: “As local businesses such as Cloughbane Farm Foods concentrate their efforts on increasing sales outside Northern Ireland, specific training can help staff to improve internal procedures and boost production capability so further demand can be met effectively.”

“The potential cost-savings from leaner operational processes can be huge for all companies, particularly those with high unit outputs,” added Mr Casey.

Lorna Robinson, Co-Owner of Cloughbane Farm Foods, said: “Invest NI has helped us to further develop the skills levels of new and existing employees. Performance across the business has been significantly enhanced, and major operating efficiencies have resulted which will support us as we target increased sales in the Republic of Ireland.

“In addition to increased efficiency, this programme enabled us to introduce new management and control systems and ensure that our products continue to reach the high standards expected by our customers.”

“Without Invest NI’s support for this initiative, our company would not have achieved the same level of success that we have experienced to date,” added Ms Robinson.

Share this Article

Sign up for News

 Enter Code

Latest Features

How new technology is changing the way customers shop
Nick Martin, e-Business Advisor
Feb 16, 2018
Firms start 2018 on a positive footing
David Roberts, Invest NI Economist
Feb 15, 2018
Opportunities await in the land Down Under
Peter Hendrikssen Regional Manager, Australia & New Zealand
Feb 14, 2018
Giving companies a head start with our Business Information Centre
Mandy Mills, Business Information Centre Manager
Feb 13, 2018
Northern Ireland is the top UK region for supply chain excellence
Helen Smyth, PR & Media Relations
Feb 02, 2018
Why should a business pay more on its energy bills unnecessarily?
Helen Smyth, PR & Media Relations
Jan 30, 2018