GROW Circle

The amazing, visionary companies who invest in GIY's ridiculously ambitious, and ridiculously successful, project; GROW HQ.

The GROW Circle is a group of visionary companies that provide invaluable multi-annual investments to support the work of GIY and GROW HQ.  The GROW Circle supports the ongoing development of GIY, ensuring we can deliver ground-breaking, innovative food empathy programmes that inspire people to grow some of their own food as a path to a healthier life.  In return, we support these companies to deliver their key HR, CSR and PR objectives and promote wellbeing for their employees, their workplace and their community. 

GROW HQ

Opened in Waterford in October 2016, GROW HQ contains a 65-seater café, shop and education centre in a stunning eco-building, and 3 acres of food production and teaching gardens. GROW HQ is about breaking down the barriers between where food is grown, cooked and eaten.

Our home-grown food café got glowing reviews from The Irish Times, The Sunday Times and more.  We have received a McKenna Guides award and were voted Best Newcomer and National Food Hero in the Irish Restaurant Awards, and Best Food Business in the Waterford Chamber awards. 

First Year Highlights

1. Generated employment for 18 people and attracting 1,000 visitors per week.
2. Over 120 courses, school visits, summer camps, Kids Clubs and teacher training courses.
3. Employed a Therapeutic Horticulturalist to work with projects including direct provision centres and addiction programmes.
4. Developed the Eat Together social eating programme to give children an experience of social eating and nutritious food.
5. Hosted companies such as Applegreen, Abbott and Red Hat for GROW COOK EAT away-days. 

What’s Next?

We’re getting ready for the opportunities from our new 7-part TV series (called GROW COOK EAT), which is being filmed at HQ and will be aired on RTE in spring 2018.  Key to this will be the further development of the site, completing the landscaping and adding infrastructure additions to give us more options for training and events.  In 2018 we will develop an urban foraging trail, a living classroom for kids and a new orchard and fruit area.

 “We are delighted to support the important work that GIY is doing in reconnecting people with food.  At the same time, the wellbeing of our employees is hugely important to us, and we had a brilliant day there this year with 40 of our site managers.”

Jo Coffey – Marketing Manager, Applegreen

GROW Circle Details

Current members of the GROW Circle include Three Mobile, Genzyme, Ballymaloe Cookery School, AIB, Miele, Renault and Supervalu. To create a €100,000 fund to support this next phase of our development, we are looking for 10 new companies to join the GROW Circle this year.  The fee for a 2 year membership of the GROW Circle is €10,000 (€5,000 per annum). In return for this investment, we offer a range of benefits:

HR

Each year of your membership we will work with you to devise a food-empathy programme for your staff, helping your employees to get healthier and happier at work.  This could be a bespoke ‘al-desko’ growing programme at your workplace or a food empathy ‘away-day’ at GROW HQ, where your team get to grow, cook and eat home-grown food.

PR

Your company’s name will join the GROW Circle wall at GROW HQ.  GROW Circle companies will receive a GROW Circle certificate and exclusive logo to highlight their commitment to the GIY cause.  They will also be profiled on the GIY website, in the GIY Ezine the GROW HQ Newsletter and in our quarterly magazine.

CSR

Joining the GROW Circle means you are helping GIY to create a new wellbeing legacy for Ireland and impacting the lives of over 500,000 people every year.

Join us on an incredible journey

To get involved contact our Head of Community Development, Karen O’Donohoe on Turn on Javascript! or 086 231 2899.

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 are passionate about coffee and tea from crop to cup. Our team’s expertise, passion and conscientiousness go into every pack. Our coffee is slow hand roasted in the world’s first carbon neutral roastery, in Dublin, Ireland by our dedicated and expert roasters. No other commercial roaster can match their care and expertise, resulting in a hand roasted coffee that delivers superior taste. Likewise, our range of 18 premium Speciality Teas are expertly blended and hand stitched in our silken tea pillows. This 100% organic, 100% biodegradable range offers the best tasting tea you will find.

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.