GROW Circle

The amazing, visionary companies who invested in GIY's ridiculously ambitious project, GROW HQ.

GROW Circle Challenge Complete

GIY raises €250,000 in 78-day corporate challenge

AIB, Three Mobile, Applegreen and SSE Airtricity among companies investing in GROW HQ and the health of their employees.

GIY has announced the successful completion of its GROW Circle Challenge in which it was seeking 20 companies to invest in the health of their employees and in GROW HQ, GIY’s €1.4m national Food Education Centre.  The corporate challenge raised €250,000 for the project in just 78 days, exceeding the target set for it by €50,000.

Launched in February, the challenge was designed to both raise the final funds for GROW HQ, and to help employees to re-connect with their food by growing some of it themselves at work.  Each of the 20 companies involved are investing in GROW HQ in return for a range of HR, CSR and PR benefits.  GIY will provide the companies with a food growing programme for up to 40 people each year for 3 years – which can be used for employees or clients, or donated to a local charity, community group or school.

GROW Circle members from Waterford include Dawn Meats, Walsh Bakehouse, Chia Bia, The Whitfield Clinic, Bausch & Lomb, Caulfields Supervalu, Waterford Stanley and The Granville Hotel.  The innovative nature of the fundraiser also struck a chord with leading corporate brands nationally with AIB, Three Mobile,  SSE Airtricity, Miele, Java Republic, SAP Landscapes, Sport Works, Real Nation, Cré, Applegreen and Renault Ireland joining.

GROW HQ, the home of the GIY movement, opened Waterford in October 2016, creating over 20 jobs and helping GIY to support over 100,000 people each year to live healthier and more sustainably by growing some of their own food.  In addition to the development of its ground-breaking urban food centre, GIY has expanded in to the UK and in 2016 supported over 3,500 schools and 1,500 workplaces to grow their own food there for the first time in partnerships with innocent drinks and Cully & Sully.

Michael Kelly of GIY says: “It has been a phenomenal 78 days and we are really grateful to all 20 companies that joined the GROW Circle in this challenge.  We look forward to working with them and their staff in the years ahead, helping them to reconnect with their food.  In terms of GROW HQ, our focus now shifts from fundraising to completing the build project and planning for the opening in September.  It’s incredibly exciting for us to see the simple message of food empathy resonating with some of Ireland’s leading corporate brands.”

About GROW HQ

GROW HQ will be the home of the GIY movement internationally and a place where people can come to immerse themselves in growing, cooking and eating food.  It will contain a grow school, cookery school, café, shop and training gardens.  The urban location opposite the hospital creates a once-in-a-generation opportunity to start a new conversation about food and health.

 

GROW Circle Companies:


AIB

AIB

AIB, originally named Allied Irish Banks Limited, was incorporated in Ireland in September 1966.  The Group conducts a broad retail and commercial banking business in Ireland, which in addition to being one of the leading branch networks, conducts significant corporate lending and capital markets activities from its offices at Bankcentre and at Dublin's International Financial Services Centre.

Applegreen

Applegreen

Applegreen,  Low fuel prices always - The best coffee on the road.


Bausch & Lomb

Bausch & Lomb

Bausch + Lomb, produces soft contact lenses and lens care products. Provides information on eye care and promotions.


Caulfields Supervalu

Caulfields Supervalu

Supervalu, online shopping, special offers, ideas & recipies.


Chia Bia

Chia Bia

Chia Bia are the leading supplier of high quality chia seed products in Europe. Chia seeds offer you a simple way to get more nutrients into your diet, they are the highest plant based source of Omega 3 in the world and are high in fibre and a source of protein.


Cré

Cré

Cré (which is the Irish word for ‘soil’), is a non profit association of public and private organisations, dedicated to growing the biological treatment sector. Cré supports the production of high quality outputs, assists the delivery of Government waste diversion and bioenergy targets, and promotes the creation of sustainable indigenous jobs.

Dawn Meats

Dawn Meats

Dawn Meats was established in Co. Waterford, Ireland in 1980. As a family business that remains true to its farming heritage, and with a continuous focus on quality and customer service, it has grown to become the meat supplier of choice for customers of Irish and British meat.

Douglas Carroll Consulting Engineers

Douglas Carroll Consulting Engineers

Douglas Carroll Consulting Engineers are Mechanical, Electrical & Environmental Building Services Consulting Engineers who specialise in low energy design using innovative and sustainable design solutions.


The Granville Hotel

The Granville Hotel

The Granville Hotel in Waterford overlooks the River Suir and is a 5-minute walk from St Patrick’s Cathedral. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free internet access, and an award-winning restaurant.

Java Republic

Java Republic

Java Republic is a wholly Irish-owned company that supplies premium coffees, teas and hot chocolate nationwide. The coffee is hand roasted by experts in the world’s first purpose built carbon neutral Roastery in Dublin and distributed fresh across Ireland.  Expertise, passion and conscientiousness are at the heart of the business, which thrives on challenging the norms of the hot beverage sector.

The company sources in excess of 20 Arabica green beans from three continents; each with unique flavour characteristics and provides customers with state-of-the-art coffee machines to match this delicious range of coffees.

From food service customers in cafes, restaurants and hotels, to corporate catering and coffee at work customers, Java Republic tailor the best coffee solution for their clients. Working to your budget and consumers tastes and making sure you get what you need, the Java Republic service team is on constant standby to look after your orders, coffee machines and all your coffee needs. 

When coffee is important to your business make Java Republic your coffee partner of choice.


Miele

Miele

Miele Ireland, Premium Kitchen Appliances.

The Miele Experience Centre in CityWest showcases exclusive Miele appliances and products, the Miele Cookery school and product demonstrations


Real Nation

Real Nation

Real Nation - Education, Health, Environment, Consumer, Trade

Renault

Renault

Renault has a proud tradition in Ireland stretching back almost 60 years. Ireland has a long association with Renault vehicles, from the first Ballsbridge showroom in the early 1950s to their leading the way with their Renault double scrappage scheme in 2009 / 2010.

SAP Landscapes

SAP Landscapes

SAP Group is Ireland's leading Nursery, Landscapes and Grounds Maintenance provider. We guarantee award winning quality and cost effective solutions.

Sport Works

Sport Works

Sport Works - Synthetic pitches, Grass pitches, Sports pitches Ireland, All weather pitches or all weather sports pitches, Athletic tracks Ireland

SSE Airtricity

SSE Airtricity

SSE Airtricity is proud to provide power to over half a million homes and businesses throughout Ireland. We offer great value on our electricity and gas prices, and are specialists in gas boiler service, repair and replacement. Make the better switch to SSE Airtricity and save on your electricity and gas!


Three Ireland

Three Ireland

Three, Ireland's fastest growing mobile phone network. Shop online today for Free Delivery, Hassle Free Returns, Secure Payment and Click & Collect.


Walsh's Bakehouse

Walsh's Bakehouse

Walshs Bakehouse was started almost thirty years ago by Michael and Dermot Walsh, third generation bakers of the Walsh family. Situated on Mount Sion Avenue, a place which reflects the history of the Waterford Blaa and and its’ connections to brother Ignatius Rice.

Waterford Stanley

Waterford Stanley

Waterford Stanley - bringing warmth and comfort to your home for generations. An Irish company with a long and proud tradition, Waterford Stanley has been bringing you warmth and comfort to homes for generations, stretching back to when the first range cooker was made in Waterford in 1936.


Whitfield Clinic

Whitfield Clinic

Whitfield Clinic is a state of the art private hospital serving the needs of public and private patients in southeast Ireland.