Enterprise & Tourism

The sustainability, vibrancy and future of our rural areas is directly linked to the existence of a range of different indigenous businesses within rural communities. SECAD Partnership CLG is committed to supporting enterprise and the development of small businesses through various supports for entrepreneurs and self – employed people. The following are examples of the types of enterprise and tourism supports SECAD provides for both individuals and community groups.

Start your own business support

Are you thinking about setting up your own business? Through group workshops and working with a dedicated enterprise advisor we can help you to:

Agri-diversification

SECAD Partnership works with farmers and farm families through enterprise training and capital assistance programmes to enable farmers to upskill, and to diversify activities on or off farm. Farmers possess a unique set of skills and resources which often make them well suited to enterprise development.

Wild Work – Biodiversity Services for Business

Wild Work creates connections, ecologically, and between business and community; while bringing wonderful wildness back into people’s everyday lives.

SECAD Sustainable Food Training Programme

Food Waste Initiative

SECAD Partnership is working with Savour Food, a food waste reduction initiative working with food processors, restaurants and food retailers across East Cork to reduce food waste and associated costs.

Social Enterprise

A ‘social enterprise’ differs from a ‘private enterprise’ in that it is established to meet a social challenge or need and generally, will reinvest profits back into expanding its socially or environmentally orientated support and services.

Rural Tourism & Ring of Cork

Rural Tourism is critical to the economy of County Cork. Tourism is boosted by the region’s close proximity to traditionally strong tourism routes and a ready market of over one million people, nearby access to an airport and ferry port as well as a growing cruise-liner business.

Supporting Female Entrepreneurship

WREN is a training and mentoring programme for women who wish to become self-employed or who are already in the early stages of business development.  The online, interactive workshops, are delivered via Zoom and provide the essential skills to develop the Good Business Practices necessary for the development of a sustainable business. 

Enterprise & Tourism Case Studies

New Ring of Cork Heritage Trail Map Pad

The new Ring of Cork Heritage Trail Map Pad promotes the regions heritage. The ROC heritage trail is an A3 map that highlights and connects 36 heritage attractions from as far west as Ballincollig and east to Youghal. The front of the map highlights 12 of the key attractions.

Active Connections, Killeagh, Co. Cork

Active Connections is an award winning social enterprise run by Ray Burke since June 2015. Active Connections CLG uses activity based therapies to support young people experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Field of Dreams, Bishopstown, Cork

Down Syndrome Cork (DS Cork) has been providing social care services in a variety of forms for the past nine years. In autumn 2017, DS Cork launched the Field of Dreams project a living, horticultural based training facility and social space for Adults with DS on a three acre plot of land.

Health & Wellbeing

Community Development

Environment

Managing Community Benefit Funds

Supporting Employment