£1.5m investment at Button Farm

David and Jonathan McKew, Directors of Button Farm Mushrooms are pictured with David McCurley (centre), Senior Investment Manager at WhiteRock Capital Partners.

David and Jonathan McKew, Directors of Button Farm Mushrooms are pictured with David McCurley (centre), Senior Investment Manager at WhiteRock Capital Partners.

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Armagh-based Button Farm Mushrooms is to create four new jobs after investing over £1.5m in a new high tech mushroom processing and packing facility. The company secured a £200,000 loan from the Growth Loan Fund to support the project.

Finance for the £50m Growth Loan Fund – which provides loans to established Northern Ireland SMEs seeking to access growth finance – has been provided by Invest Northern Ireland and private investor, Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC).

Button Farm Mushrooms was formed earlier this year by brothers Jonathan and David McKew, who have over 25 years’ experience in the compost industry. The business, which currently employs 14 staff, is looking to expand from producing mushroom compost to mushroom growing, processing and marketing.

Director of the company, Jonathan McKew, said: “We have noticed a real shift in the UK and Irish mushroom industry, with a growing demand for high quality produce. As a result of this we are now keen to expand the business and have invested over £1.5m to construct and operate six mushroom growing rooms and a modern, high tech, mushroom processing and packing facility.”