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Expansion Planned For Ferbane Business Park

Thursday, 8 December 2016

FERBANE Business and Technology Park is a community owned not for profit organisation with a sole aim of generating employment opportunities in the locality.
It was the brainchild of the Ferbane Town Development Committee who outlined a five year plan with a view to growing business opportunities in the area when Bord Na Mona and the ESB rationalised in the nineties.
From then until now, the Business Park has grown from strength to strength and has this week sought planning permission for further expansion.
The expansion plans follow on from the success of the Ferbane Food Campus which has been in operation at the FBTP since 2012 and recently acquired an award from National Pride of Place for 'Community Business Enterprise Initiatives'.
The development consists of planning permission for an extension of two Enterprise Units to the existing IT office building which will be hoping to facilitate additional incubation units as a step up facility for those using the kitchen and for future potential food producers.
Kevin Gavin, Chair of Ferbane Food Campus, said they're taking the process 'step by step' with the planning permission only the first. He stated 'the ultimate aim is to attract larger companies who might want to avail of their own production unit in Ferbane to increase local employment.'
At the moment the campus is a state of the art time-share kitchen rental and training facility that runs a range of accredited and non-accredited training courses onsite including the recent Food Academy Programme which is supported by Super Valu and Offaly Local Enterprise Office.
Meanwhile Inland and Coastal Marina Systems Ltd are applying for development at units 1, 2 and 3 at Banagher Enterprise Centre. The permission is sought for the refurbishment to the existing units to provide for new roof cladding, rainwater goods, wall finishes and glazed openings.
Furthermore the application states 'units 2 & 3 to merge to provide for offices incidental to the operation of the adjacent industrial company Inland and Coastal Marina Systems.' While provisions have been made for car parking within the planning application also.

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