Clare Spring Water Ltd
Clare Spring Water Ltd produces bottled water from organically certified land. It was also the first company to introduce biodegradable bottles to the Irish bottled water industry.
When the promoters approached Clare Local Development in 2009 they had already invested significantly in the construction of a production plant and other infrastructure. They were supported by CLDC to apply for LEADER grant-aid and €150,000 was initially approved towards the cost of production equipment and fit-out of the production plant.
Following the initial grant, the business went from strength to strength. Owing to its success, the promoters made a second application for LEADER funding towards the purchase of new storage facilities. They received an additional €50,000 in LEADER grant aid in 2010.
Five full time jobs were created when the business was first established. An additional four jobs have since been created and as the business expands further employment is expected. In addition to the direct employment created work is also being provided for hauliers and others indirectly.
This enterprise has led to the development of a sister business Clare Biodegradable Packaging which is expected to commence production early in 2013.