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Mid Cork Pallets and Packaging with an Innovation Boost award recognising outstanding innovation
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Local business wins top award for innovation

20 Dec 2022

Mid-Cork Pallets and Packaging based in Clondrohid Co. Cork, has been recognised for its innovation capabilities by cross-border body, InterTradeIreland. The company is one of only six companies across the island to be awarded Exemplar status.

The firm participated in InterTradeIreland’s Innovation Boost programme - which supports business development and innovation by assisting companies to collaborate with third level institutions and graduates. InterTradeIreland also provides funding to the business to help pay for a graduate, who works directly with the firm to deliver new products or processes.

Aidan Harty, Managing Director explains:

Our focus is on innovation and efficiency. With the Innovation Boost programme, we are building more forward-thinking systems and methods into the business. Because of Innovation Boost, we now have a highly skilled workforce in warehouse operation that are fully trained on lean processes – which focus on continuous improvement and efficiency. As a result, we have seen phenomenal growth in the packaging market and throughput in our warehousing has doubled in the last 12 months. That would not have been achievable without taking part in the Innovation Boost programme.

Mid-Cork Pallets and Packaging was matched with graduate David O’Leary and the academic team from South Eastern Regional College (SERC) in Northern Ireland. This partnership has helped Mid-Cork Pallets and Packaging to cement its position as a cutting-edge industry leader in its sector.

Ryan Gwilt, Industrial Training Manager at SERC, says:

It was great to come into such an open-minded business. As part of the project, we looked at maximising warehouse space. I was able to use my background in Computer Aided Design to create different warehouse layouts and simulate those to make sure we were maximising space. When a firm works with an academic partner, it can bring in a different type of expertise, which really benefits any business. The Innovation Boost programme has made Mid-Cork Pallets and Packaging more responsive and robust.

InterTradeIreland’s Innovation Manager, Janet Toal adds:

Mid-Cork Pallets and Packaging is an example of an innovative company that we are proud to support. It’s a great illustration of how Innovation Boost works in terms of bringing business, a graduate and an academic together to leverage further innovation.

To find out more about Innovation Boost, please visit

You can watch a video about Mid-Cork Pallets and Packaging and its Innovation Boost journey here.

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