Training & Facilitation

Bord Bia Food AcademyFood Starter Trainer & FacilitatorFacilitator of the SWIBN Media spokesperson - Irish Bread Bakers’ AssociationInnovation Training Guest Speaker & MC

Food business training programmes

Alpha Omega Consultants delivers training programmes for food producers. We have trained existing and new food producers, as well as many people who are just thinking about setting up a food or drink business.

We can offer workshops and training courses in the following areas, all of which can be tailored to suit your needs:

  1. Start Your Own Food Business – 1, 2 and 3 day course options
  2. Food Product Development
  3. Innovation and Idea Generation
  4. Opportunities for small food producers – essentials for starting up
  5. Business Planning for Rural Enterprises
  6. Food Labelling Legislation compliance
  7. Routes to Market and Distribution
  8. Food Marketing including Social and Digital Media Marketing
  9. Product Development
  10. Packaging and Branding
  11. Pricing, Product Costing & Managing money
  12. Meeting the Buyer – incl. Role playing
  13. Food Starter (Bord Bia)
  14. Food Academy (Bord Bia)

Our team of specialist trainers can cover other topics including Personal Development, Social Media, Marketing, Sales Development, and other areas as required.

Bord Bia / Musgrave’s Food Academy & Food Starter

In collaboration with Bord Bia, the Local Enterprise Offices and Supervalu, a food marketing programme has been developed under the umbrella of the Food Academy, which assists entrepreneurs/pre start-ups/start-ups/small food businesses to develop and grow their businesses, while taking into account the following: Market Background and Understanding the Consumer; Core Technical Issues; and Sales Growth Development and Enhancement.

Facilitation of the Sligo Women in Business Network (SWIBN)

We have set up and managed several networks including the Sligo Women in Business NetworkSWIBN is a community of female entrepreneurs and women in business which brings together women in different stages of business development, from start-up to expansion. Oonagh has been facilitator since 2009; 

The Mayo Food & Drinks Producers Network was established 2021 catering for the needs of over 300 food & drinks producers in the county; 

Westmeath Women in Business (2015) 

Westmeath Business Network (2015)

Media spokesperson – Irish Bread Bakers’ Association

The Irish Bread Bakers Association (IBBA) represents the interests of the Irish bread industry. It is affiliated with Food Drink Ireland (FDI), a business sector within Ibec. Members include such household names as Brennan’s Bread, Irish Pride, Johnson Mooney & O’Brien and Pat the Baker. For more information, check out

Guest Speaker & MC

Oonagh has been invited as a guest speaker at the Westport Food Festival, at Network Mayo, and Network Roscommon as well as at the Fine Gael Brexit roadshow in IT Sligo in 2019.  

She has been MC at several events including International Women’s Day in Sligo in 2019, National Women’s Enterprise Day events in Sligo in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Network Roscommon’s Women in Business awards 2019 and fundraising gala events for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and BPW Gala Ball fundraiser for Aware and STOP (suicide prevention charity)

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