Bantry, Co. Cork-based Organico has received a €25,000 funding grant from Enterprise Ireland, to help grow the store’s online services.
Organico’s owners, Hannah and Rachel Dare, hope that the funding will help grow the online shop by 20% and better position their West Cork business against multinational competitors. The grant came from Enterprise Ireland’s Online Retail Scheme.
Hannah and Rachel’s father, Alan Dare, started the business over 25 years ago as a small health food shop at a time when the natural foods sector was unfamiliar in West Cork. Since then, Organico has evolved to include a whole foods cafe, a bakery, a zero-waste refill section, and now a web presence that is the fastest growing branch of the business.
Organico is one of 29 retailers across the country to receive the funding this year, and one of 40 retailers total who are benefiting from the scheme. The scheme grants successful applicants funds ranging from €10,000 to €25,000 to help them remain competitive in a changing business environment.
Upon receiving the funding, Hannah said: “Too often, the big international corporations have poor employment, environmental, and sustainability records. We want to be part of the backlash that understands the value of a small business that is an expert in the field, behaves ethically, and employs people in small local economies. As a small independent retailer, the internet is so important, helping us to reach new customers while staying true to the original vision for the business.”