Conversion of redundant farm buildings and setting up a new storage business on farm.
Project promoter, Roy Kennedy, is a dairy farmer with over 40 years experience and after completing the Diversification Challenge course at CAFRE, he saw a gap in the market for storage services.
Funded under Axis 3, through GROW South Antrim, Roy received funding of £38,122 to convert an agricultural shed into a secure storage facility with 20 units and spaces for larger outdoor storage, for example for boats and caravans and also to market the business to customers.
Roy identified that with people travelling or relocating and having smaller homes or living in apartments, often they don't have enough space to store furniture or seasonal belongings, such as bikes, garden furniture or even caravans in the wintertime. With some market research completed Roy saw a need for storage services in this area.
This project offers an ideal business as it allows him to continue to farm on a smaller scale whilst also supplementing the farm income.