Create Green – sustainable by design

Offaly Local Development Company and Westmeath Community Development have developed a craft training and development programme designed to support the creative sector in Offaly and Westmeath.

Green Business Programme

The Green Business Programme, funded through the LEADER Rural Development Programme, is designed to support businesses in their journey towards sustainability. It focuses on sustainable product development, incorporating best practices in business development with consideration for the Sustainable Development Goals. The programme also aims to foster meaningful partnerships and business relations with other organisations.

Going green

Going green offers a multitude of benefits for businesses, including cost reduction, improved efficiency, and the creation of healthier workplaces. Additionally, it plays a vital role in enhancing brand reputation and fostering customer loyalty. With the growing demand for environmentally friendly goods and services, businesses have the opportunity to not only be a part of this movement but also to share their unique sustainable stories.

The pilot programme

The pilot programme, developed and implemented by Offaly Local Development Company and Westmeath Community Development, delved into the realms of Green Arts of Sustainable Business Practice, Creating a Sustainability Action Plan, and Sustainable Product Development. During the programme, each participant identified their individual Sustainable Development Goals, which are now showcased on their respective websites.

Offaly Local Development Company

Roisin Lennon from Offaly Local Development Company emphasises the importance of Green Business development for the future growth of all businesses and expresses pride in the commitment shown by the seven Offaly and Westmeath businesses in embracing a more sustainable future. ‘This pilot programme was designed to be both practical and meaningful, catering specifically to small creative businesses’.

Westmeath Community Development

Bernie Leavy of Westmeath Community Development stresses the significance of this programme and the value it brings to the participating businesses. “We need to consider the possibilities for these businesses as a network and how we can also develop this programme to reach a wider audience,” she said.

The businesses that have completed the Green Business Programme and were showcased at the event include:

Teresa Doyle Bespoke Dolls

Green Business Programme

The Green Business Programme, funded through the LEADER Rural Development Programme is now completed. If you are interested in information on upcoming training programmes and initiatives please contact us at