The Llanidloes Kitchens Project began in Loop Towers 2012 with the aim of encouraging a vibrant local food culture by bringing the kitchen facilities that existed in the town in to better use and to help local entrepreneurs start or expand small food businesses.
Usually there are many barriers to entry in the food sector, not least the costs of setting up a kitchen. These barriers to entry often discourage people from launching small local food businesses.
Research undertaken by The Loop Project however found several kitchens in the town with exactly the kind of facilities that would be needed and that furthermore these facilities were often underused. Community halls, schools, church halls and the like had well equipped kitchens that could be hired, potentially helping a number of local food enterprises to get off the ground and as a bonus provide the venues with a beneficial income stream.
The Llanidloes Kitchens Project received funding from Rural Development Plan for Wales to investigate any issues of usage and to design a service that would join up the town’s available resources and local demand for them. As a result of this “Llanidloes Kitchens” aims to launch in summer 2013. It will act as a central point of contact for users and the kitchens. Access to the town’s facilities will be simplified through training, support and advice.
The project represents great potential for creation of employment in the town, and should hopefully help to kick-start several local food ventures, all of which is vitally important for community cohesion and resilience.
This project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Cyllidwyd y prosiect hwn drwy Gynllun Datblygu Gwledig Cymru 2007-2013 a ariennir gan Lywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru a’r Gronfa Amaethyddol Ewrop ar gyfer Datblygu Gwledig.