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The Cookie Co-op ‘at the very heart of the action’ at ‘Ploughing’ 2022

The Cookie Co-op is among those exhibiting in the Local Enterprise Village as part of this year’s National Ploughing Championships, which returns to Laois on September 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2022.

The Thomastown-based business is an artisan confectionery company producing hand-crafted baked goods, including cookies, brownies, and cookie bars.

It distributes its product range for wholesale across the south-east and Midlands of Ireland.

Its products are also directly available for delivery to customers nationwide and at farmers’ markets in Kilkenny city and county.

The initiative – the brainchild of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) – will see 31 small businesses, one from each LEO area, take a stand in the Local Enterprise Village at the event.

This, LEO says, will open their businesses up to almost 300,000 prospective customers across the three days of the event.

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The LEO Kilkenny-supported Cookie Co-op is an artisan confectionery company, producing hand-crafted baked goods including cookies, brownies, and cookie bars.

The Cookie Co-Op

Owner of The Cookie Co-Op, Brian Walsh, said:

“I am very proud to have The Cookie Co-op represent our county at the Local Enterprise Village at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.”

“The team is excited to be involved, meeting new customers and getting the opportunity to network with other Irish businesses taking part.”

“Thank you to our Local Enterprise Office in Kilkenny for giving us the opportunity to showcase our business and share our story of production and growth since we began trading just two years ago.”

Catherine Hennessy from the Local Enterprise Office said this is  “a significant opportunity” for these businesses.

She added that small businesses “very rarely” get an opportunity like this, and it could be a ”significant” event for them all in the growth of their business.

“They will be at the very heart of the action at the Ploughing Championships, getting the chance to tell their story and sell their product/service to a massive new audience, an audience that will be excited to be back following a two-year break.”

3 days, 300,000 visitors

Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Pat Fitzpatrick, added:

“It is wonderful to see that so many diverse and interesting companies will be represented at this year’s Ploughing.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for these small local businesses to showcase their products to the 300,000 visitors expected throughout the three days at the Local Enterprise Village.”

There will be various products and services on show, including food, fashion, agri-tech products, farm safety equipment, spirits, sportswear and even skincare for animals.

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