Minister Martin Heydon TD for Kildare South welcomed Minister of State for Business Employment and Retail to meet the success story that is ‘CarveOn’ Leather, in Kilcullen today followed by a meeting in the LEO office in Aras Chill Dara.
“I was delighted to welcome my colleague Minister English to Kildare today and to meet and showcase CarveOn Leather based in Kilcullen. Carve On are a great example of a small Irish craft company who have grown to export their products around the world through the support and assistance of Jacquie McNabb and her team at Kildare Local Enterprise Office (LEO).
“Founded by Gary and Alan McCormack in 2011 in a humble garden shed, after some initial success and a lot of hard work, the business received a grant from the Local Enterprise Office (LEO). Over the next three years the company expanded their product range and in 2016 moved the business to an unused factory in Kilcullen, County Kildare where the care and attention to detail that the team have put into refurbishing the old metalwork factory is indicative of the attention to detail and love for good design that the team at CarveOn put into every item they manufacture.
“CarveOn have come a long way from a garden shed and now design and manufacture a broad range of goods from premium leather, specialising in the customisation and personalisation for both individual and corporate customers in over 50 countries across six continents.
“It was a great pleasure today, to be able to introduce Minister Damien English to Alan and Gary McCormack, Creative Directors, Robert Kennedy, Sales Director, Paul Talbot, E-Commerce Manager and the wider team at CarveOn to illustrate the benefits that LEO supports bring to small to medium sized companies and how the timing of such funding and support can be crucial.
“Our visit today also gave the Directors of CarveOn the opportunity to highlight some of the obstacles they had to overcome initially as a small company which will hopefully help to highlight where supports can be put in place for new start up small to medium sized business in the future” concluded Minister Heydon.