The business of food proved to be a hot topic and drew a record crowd to the Network Mayo meeting in Rua, Castlebar earlier this month. A capacity crowd packed the cafe to hear three food-related success stories from Colleen McMahon (Rua and Cafe Rua, Castlebar), Seán Kelly (Kelly’s Butchers, Newport) and Siobhán Stenson (Cherry Blossom Bakery, Ballyvary). The theme for the evening was, very appropriately, “Hungry for Opportunity”.
It was striking to compare and contrast the three different experiences. Colleen McMahon described the route the family had taken in establishing first Cafe Rua and then Rua in Castlebar, beginning with her mother Ann in the 1990s.
Siobhán Stenson’s experience is of a very new business, having set up Cherry Blossom with her husband Simon just a couple of years ago. Their growth has been swift and they have already expanded into a new manufacturing premises.
Seán Kelly’s story is of an 80 year old family business, based in Newport, which has taken their core product – Kelly’s Black and White Pudding – to a national market. He was accompanied by his daughter Shona who has just opened a cafe, Kelly’s Kitchen, next door to Kelly’s Butchers.
Caroline Gordon, President of Network Mayo, spoke about the upcoming Network Business Awards which will be held on Friday, June 22. “We are still accepting last minute entries in three categories”, she said, “ Those categories are Self Employed, New Business and Employee”.
Anyone interested in entering or in attending the Network Business Awards lunch on Friday, June 22 June in Mount Falcon, Ballina, should contact Caroline Gordon on firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 2392365. Both members, guests and non-members are very welcome to this enjoyable social occasion.
Network Ireland is the organisation for women in business, the professions, and the arts. The Mayo branch provides training and support through monthly meetings, training opportunities and annual conferences, all with an emphasis on networking.
Guests and new members are always welcome.