Ballinasloe bakery finds recipe for success with support from LEO

An east Galway bakery is showing how to develop new markets with the opening of new premises at its site in Derrymullen, Ballinasloe.

From humble beginnings, Bunowen Bakery was founded by Andy Cavan and his father Danny and operated from a small retail unit in the village of Ahascragh. To this day, Bunowen Bakery still bakes its original artisan recipes, passed down by the family for generations.

Bunowen Bakery founder Andy Cavan said that as a chef he loves going to work every day and working with a great team here in Ahascragh and Derrymullen.

“From bakers to drivers, everyone makes Bunowen Bakery a success. I would like to thank my father Danny Cavan for the family tradition and the passion for baking he passed on to me.

“We are so lucky to have access to so many local suppliers of fresh, top quality local produce and all the ingredients used in our baking are sourced locally from eggs, milk, flour – to printing and packaging and more.

“Our goal is excellence in food and reliability and our vision is to grow our business to meet demand and grow the Bunowen Bakery brand across the country.

“We have grown from a team of three to 12 employees currently and expect to have 20 people on the Bunowen Bakery team by the end of 2023. Our success is largely due to our excellent staff loyal and business consultant Frank Cadam who has also been a great addition to our team.

“Ballinasloe is a fantastic location with such easy access to the motorway. We are currently recruiting staff, so please send us resumes for bakers, finishers and bakery assistants,” he said.

Managing Director Seamus Concannon said as a native of Ahascragh he was delighted to join Andy in the development of Bunowen Bakery.

“Our name is inspired by the Bunowen River which flows through Ahascragh to Ballinasloe. It has powered many businesses over previous generations and now we are witnessing the renovation of the old mill through the Ahascragh Distillery.

“I would like to thank all of our business partners, suppliers and distributors for their support over the years and I look forward to working with new partners as we grow our sales. It’s a tough time for small businesses and government supports are essential to help manage rising energy costs. I would also like to thank our customers who buy our breads, cakes and pastries and who support a Western business.

Ballinasloe-based Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said it was a success story for a local family bakery here in Ballinasloe.

“It is a tribute to Founder Andy Cavan and Managing Director Seamus Concannon who have built Bunowen Bakery in Ahascragh over the past 6 years.”

Senator Dolan hosted Minister of State Damien English at the opening of their new premises.

“Today Minister Damien English for Business, Employment and Retail launched the next stage of Bunowen Bakery and celebrated the opening of new premises in Derrymullen.

“Financial support for new equipment to support businesses has been provided through the European LEADER program for businesses in rural areas run by Galway Rural Development”

“Andy and Seamus both stressed the importance of an experienced mentor in helping start-ups take the next stage of growth and expansion. Groups like the Local Enterprise Office in Galway can also offer support and staff training and Bunowen Bakery is also working on new product ideas with the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry.”

“Wishing Bunowen Bakery and all the staff good luck in their new location in Derrymullen and seeing even more bread and pastries to choose from,” she said.

Minister Damien English said the growth and expansion of Bunowen Bakery is a wonderful example of how businesses across the country can develop new markets and create new job opportunities in their local community.

“I am delighted to be here in Ballinasloe to meet Andy Cavan and Seamus Concannon, two enterprising individuals who are part of our strong SME community which employs over a million people in Ireland.”

“I’m especially encouraged to see this young company grow from its traditional family roots with Andy’s father, Danny Cavan, bringing a lot of experience, inspiration and of course his delicious recipes.”

“As well as encouraging everyone to sample the delicious treats offered by Bunowen Bakery, I also encourage anyone interested in starting a business to seek assistance from the Local Enterprise Office, which plays a crucial role in the support for entrepreneurs and the local business community,” he said. added.