Ballinasloe Bakery finds the recipe for success with the support of LEO

An East Galway bakery is showing how to grow new markets with the opening of new premises at its location in Derrymullen, Ballinasloe.

From humble beginnings, Bunowen Bakery was founded by Andy Cavan and his father Danny and operated from a small retail unit in the village of Ahascragh. Bunowen Bakery to this day still bakes their original artisan recipes, which have been passed down through the generations of family.

Bunowen Bakery founder Andy Cavan said that as a chef he loves going to work every day and working with a great team here in Ahascragh and Derrymullen.

“From the bakers to the drivers, everyone makes Bunowen Bakery a success. I would like to thank my father Danny Cavan for the family tradition and passion for baking that he has passed on to me.

“We are very fortunate to have access to so many local suppliers of premium, fresh local produce and all the ingredients used in our baking are locally sourced, from eggs, milk, flour, to printing and packaging and more.

“Our focus is on food excellence and reliability, and our vision is to expand our business to meet demand and build the Bunowen Bakery brand across the country.

“We have grown from a team of three to 12 employees currently and plan to have 20 people as part of the Bunowen Bakery team by the end of 2023. Our success is due in no small measure to our excellent, loyal staff and business consultant Frank Cadam, who has also He has been a great addition to our team.

“Ballinasloe has a fantastic location with easy access to the motorway. We are currently hiring so please send us the CVs of bakers, finishers and bakery assistants,” he said.

General manager Seamus Concannon said that as an Ahascragh native he was delighted to join Andy in developing Bunowen Bakery.

“Our name is inspired by the River Bunowen which flows through Ahascragh to Ballinasloe. It boosted many businesses in previous generations and now we see the renovation of the old mill through to Ahascragh Distillery.

“I would like to thank all of our business partners, suppliers and distributors for their support over the years and I look forward to working with new partners as we expand our sales. It’s a challenging time for small businesses, and government support is crucial to help manage rising energy costs. I would also like to thank our customers who buy our breads, cakes and pastries and who are supporting a business in the West.

Ballinasloe-based Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said this is a success story for a local family-run bakery here in Ballinasloe.

“It is a tribute to founder Andy Cavan and general manager Seamus Concannon, who have built the Bunowen Bakery in Ahascragh over the last 6 years.”

Senator Dolan welcomed Secretary of State Damien English at the opening of his new facility.

“Today, Minister Damien English, responsible for Business, Employment and Retail, has launched the next phase of Bunowen Bakery and celebrated the opening of new premises in Derrymullen.

“Financial support for new equipment to support businesses was provided through the EU LEADER program for businesses in rural areas administered by Galway Rural Development”

“Both Andy and Seamus have highlighted the importance of an experienced mentor in helping start-ups move to the next stage of growth and expansion. Groups like the Local Business Office in Galway can also offer support and training for staff. And Bunowen Bakery is also working on new product ideas with the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry.”

“I wish Bunowen Bakery and all the staff the best in their new Derrymullen location and to see even more bread and cake options,” he said.

Minister Damien English said the growth and expansion of Bunowen Bakery is a wonderful example of how businesses across the country can grow new markets and create new job opportunities in their local community.

“I am delighted to be here in Ballinasloe to meet Andy Cavan and Seamus Concannon, two entrepreneurial individuals who are part of our strong community of SMEs that employ over a million people in Ireland.”

“I am especially encouraged to see this young business expand from its traditional family roots with Andy’s father, Danny Cavan, bringing a lot of experience, inspiration and of course his delicious recipes.”

“In addition to encouraging everyone to try the delicious treats Bunowen Bakery has to offer, I also encourage anyone interested in starting a business to seek help from the Local Business Office, which plays a crucial role in supporting entrepreneurs and the community. local business,” he said. additional.

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