Business Spotlight

SKDP’s Enterprise Officers have successfully helped many people onto the BTWEA self-employment scheme.  Here are some we are shining a spotlight on.  If you think you have a business idea, read up on the BTWEA scheme

Kim Elliot - Rocket Deliveries

Kim has been living in Co. Kerry now for over 20 years and has always enjoyed the experience and taste of buying locally grown organic salad and vegetables and has always been passionate about supporting local producers and growers.

The idea of the business grew from family and friends asking her to add their own orders to her list of items that she was buying from local growers in Cahersiveen each week. Kim soon found that the numbers of orders were growing and she was delivering around the area each Friday and so the small business of Rocket Deliveries was established. Kim ran a market stall at a local country market and found that customers wanted vegetable boxes throughout the year and the business began to grow.

In September 2019 Kim teamed up with Kenneth Keavey owner and grower of Green Earth Organics Farm, Galway – a 40 acre certified organic farm as the number of boxes were exceeding the volume of produce that Kim could find locally.  Making this leap with the business offers customers a choice of boxes and also an opportunity to customise their own box plus add any of the 400 plus items from the organic grocery section.  Kim believes that organic food should be accessible to all and has now established a weekly delivery route around the Ring of Kerry and Tralee.

More information on this exciting new enterprise can be found by contacting Kim directly on 087 411 8678, by email on [email protected] or by viewing her website @ www.rocketdeliveries.com

This exciting new enterprise has emerged in 2016 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

Rochelle Lucey Artist

Rochelle Lucey, Killorglin ArtistRochelle Lucey is a Killorglin based Artist. Rochelle works from her home studio, drawing inspiration from the beating heart of her county, to create exciting works that reflect her environment.

After graduating in 2012 from the Limerick School of Art and Design with a BA Honours in Fine Art Painting, Rochelle moved to London for a number of years. Rochelle is currently Artist in Residence at both St Josephs National School in Castlemaine and in Milltown Primary School for 2019/20. ​She had worked as an artist in residence from 2009 to 2011 in Scoil Mhuire, Killorglin under the Kerry County Council Artists in Schools Scheme. During her time here she worked on large scale graffiti art projects and sculptural mosaics with children of all ages. 

A great deal of Rochelle’s work celebrates the thriving community and sprawling architecture of Killorglin and beyond. She draws inspiration from the places that she visits and the people that she meets. Rochelle aims to capture the essence of the places that we visit in our day to day lives.

Using her vivid imagination, her works ranging from sceneries to wedding invites, are painted with a fresh and modern twist. She mixes reality with fantasy to create magical worlds. Rochelle hopes that her work, being so full of character and fun, will make others feel happy and will inspire others to appreciate the beauty and happiness around them.

The pandemic didn’t mean that Rochelle stopped creating in fact it meant her creative juices were flowing even more and so Rochelle has expanded her offering to include handmade and hand painted earrings and also enabled her to commence the creation of her enthralling new artistic collection “Out of Service”

More information on this exciting new enterprise can be found by contacting Rochelle directly on 085 242 3681, by email on [email protected] or by viewing her Facebook page @RochelleLuceyArtist

This exciting new enterprise has emerged in 2019 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

Weasel Party Hire

Weasel Party Hire is a Killorglin based business founded in June 2019 but offer their services nationwide and can run events from any location in Ireland. Their services include the rental of inflatable bouncy castles and obstacle courses and inflatable pubs and hot tubs.

Owned and solely run by Owen McMahon, he has more than an entrepreneurial spirit, he has a creative vision. Owen’s strategy and vision is underpinned by flawless execution and delivery, flexibility and attention to detail and value for money.

This exciting new enterprise emerged in 2019 with the help of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) facilitated by South Kerry Development Partnership CLG (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. Find out more here.

Weasel Party Hire

If you are looking to make a Birthday, Christening, Corporate Event, School Fete or even a Wedding that little bit more special then look no further than Weasel Party Hire.

Owen himself has been inspired both by having his own two children and also by the poem “The Clock” by Robert H Smith, which depicts how precious life is and how important it is to create memories. To this end, any event organised by Owen, is nothing short of true artistry that will create a happy memory to reflect on. It was to this end that he added the Glamping Experience parties for Children. His goal is to provide your child with a special and magical experience and to help them create the best of memories. Owen is hoping that Weasel Party Hire can help foster and deepen those wonderful friendships and fun times that children deserve.

Weasel Party Hire is a professional, friendly, reliable and flexible business with customised private and corporate parties to suit every need.  This business provides a high quality service to its customers for all levels of events.

For more information and to avail of the fantastic services of Weasel Party Hire, find them on facebook or contact Owen directly on 0871463981 or by email [email protected].

Coming soon - another spotlight business!