Business of the Month – Small Furniture

Small Furniture is a business specializing in unique handmade fairytale furniture for children. Each piece of furniture is a handcrafted, original design. You choose it, personalize it and they will make it. All at an affordable price. At Small Furniture, they embrace beauty, quality and uniqueness which is reflected in their handcrafted, tailor made furniture from sketchpad through to creation.

This dynamic new business was established in 2012 by Jacek Sobala and is located in Killorglin, Co. Kerry. As a parent, Jacek became increasingly frustrated when it came to locating quality furniture for his children. It became difficult to find a set that would last throughout their childhood, without paying too much! Thus, Jacek came to the conclusion that the only way around this was to design and build his own.  Jacek as a parent understands the importance of children’s furniture being durable, washable, spacious and beautiful.

Further details of this exciting new venture can be found on  Items available from Small Furniture range from Beds and Bookcases to Toy boxes, Wardrobes and Lockers. Mattresses and Duvet Sets can also be sourced and supplied

This new enterprise has emerged in 2012 with the help of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) facilitated by South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd (SKDP). This scheme encourages people getting certain social welfare payments to take up self employment opportunities by allowing them to retain a proportion of their social welfare payment, plus secondary benefits.

For further information on the BTWEA, please contact an Enterprise Officer from SKDP in your area. Joanne Griffin (Killorglin and Kenmare) on 087 615 2660 or Anne O Riordan (Cahersiveen and Killarney) on 066 947 2724.


New Opportunity for Farm Families to examine diversification opportunities

Farm families from throughout South Kerry are invited to attend the launch of the second initiative to encourage them to develop new enterprises which are non agricultural. The initiative is being launched by South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd. and is being funded under the RDP (LEADER) Programme. It is aimed at those farmers who feel they could develop a viable on farm business using assets they have on the farm. It is being launched at a public information meeting taking place on Tuesday the 12th of February in the SDKP office, Library Place, Killorglin starting at 7.30pm.

The majorly successful first round of this initiative saw 15 farming families take part in the programme which has resulted in one enterprise already being established and another seven currently working towards making a Rural Development (LEADER) Programme application in order to start up their enterprises. The new enterprises being established are mainly in the tourism sector but also include the training and agricultural safety areas.

The programme is delivered through a combination of site visits, regular reporting updates and group training events that allow promoters to make informed decisions about their proposed business ideas. Consultant James Turner, who worked with the first group of farm families, said that “the first programme generated 7 excellent diversification proposals which are of great benefit to both the farming families concerned and South Kerry as a whole.” He said that the benefits of initiatives such as this have been clearly proven in the UK where a sustained period of support for diversification has changed the lives of many UK farming families and revitalised the UK economy. James added that he believes a tremendous marketplace exists in South Kerry for diversified farm businesses, and the support and guidance is freely available for those willing to take up the challenge.

RDP Manager Fiona English said that SKDP is delighted with the take-up by farm families under the first programme and is hopeful that a similar number of participants will come forward this year. “The launch meeting on February the 12th in Killorglin will give those farm families who may have a business diversification idea the opportunity to hear from and question others who have gone down the road already” Fiona said. She added that those attending will get all the details about the scheme and how to apply on the night. “We hope that following this second initiative, a similar number of applications will come in for RDP grant aid to set up their businesses” Fiona said.

Diversification Application