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2017-18 Parent Company Directory

PLATO EBR acknowledges the support of Parent companies for its 2017-18 Programmes.

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Company, please contact Cecilia via email to


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Armatile was established in 1975 by JP McCann, a former PLATO participant company.  Armatile has 40 years of excellence in tile retail, wholesale distribution, commercial contracting and surface design and manufacturing for leading architectural and design practices. It is a multi-award winning company with real family values, a strong heritage, and the commercial experience to consistently deliver high quality products and unrivalled services each and every time. Armatile provide high quality, personalised surface design and technical solutions for the complete range of domestic and commercial projects around the world.


Abcon Ireland is a manufacturer of Abrasives and CavMac Industrial Rubber Hose based in Cootehill. Abcon Industrial Products Ltd is a growing and progressive company with satisfied customers in the global marketplace. The company’s primary focus is assuring that their range offers quality and tested product applications. Additionally, the company provides expert technical advice to ensure that clients use the optimal abrasive products or tools to give the best results. Abcon is Part of PSB Industrial Products Ltd Group it is the Only Abrasives Manufacturer in Ireland, and the only Large Bore Hose Manufacturer in Ireland. The company is owned and managed locally; it has grown from 13 employees in 2005 to 95 in 2014 with now over 100 employees in 2015. Abcon is progressive and responsible in its approach to business.


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Balcas is one of Britain and Ireland’s largest sawmills; Balcas is a leading timber products supplier, and has pioneered biomass renewable energy in the British Isles. The business has grown organically, and through acquisition and investment in the latest processing technologies. Balcas’ timber products portfolio includes construction timber, fencing and landscaping products and pallet and packaging material. Balcas has led the development of the market for wood pellet fuel in Ireland and Britain. Balcas operates biomass Combined Heat and Power plants that produce renewable energy. Residual heat from electricity generation is used to dry locally sourced woodfibre that is then processed into high-energy fuel pellets – marketed under the company’s brites brand, displacing 750 million litres of oil in homes, commercial premises and industry. Based in Fermanagh Balcas employs over 400 and is owned by a large global energy conglomerate.


Bellurgan Precision Engineering manufacture competitive and innovative precision machined components and sub-assemblies. Bellurgan is dedicated to providing a world class service to customers in the medical device, aircraft interior, electronics and industrial sectors. Bellurgan collaborate with the customer’s R&D team in DFM removing complexity and cost. Bellurgan manufacture precision machined components on some of the most sophisticated equipment available from Switzerland, Germany and Japan. Post processing is done onsite to further control quality and improve response times. 


Bulrush supplies horticultural mixes globally direct to growers and direct to retailers, not selling directly to public. Based in Toome, over the last 20 years the company has developed its own unique harvesting machinery, knowledge and experience. Pat Walls, MD joins the PLATO Programme and specialising in Engineering, health and safety, global sales communication.  

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Celtic Pure has springs that have been used by the McEneaney family for well over 200 years and such was the public demand for the water’s qualities that Celtic Pure was established commercially in 2000. Today Celtic Pure operate a state-of-the-art bottling plant close to the original family spring which now produces 100m bottles a year. In 2017, approx. €18Million is being invested in the Shercock plant and will include robotic warehousing.

From humble beginnings, the Celtic Pure brand is now the largest independently owned brand and offers a complete range of bottled water to the retail, food service and wholesale sectors to satisfy all tastes for the work, home and play environments. A leading supplier of private label bottled water, Celtic Pure caters for an increasing demand market from the UK and Ireland.

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Irish Homecare is one of Ireland's largest care services providers and a family owned and operated service promoting independent living in the community. At Irish Homecare, the ultimate goal is to deliver a safe service that will improve the quality of people’s lives. Clinical Governance is about ensuring the ‘quality’ of the care provided to clients and to continually improve. Over the last 12 years, Irish homecare have provided top-quality care to thousands of clients and delivered award-winning training to both skilled and unskilled Care Asisstants through our sister company Healthcare Training. There are three pillars of focus for driving company activity: integrity, community and positivity.



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Lakeland Dairies Group is an Irish dairy co-operative based in Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland. It operates across fifteen counties in both Ireland and Northern Ireland, and is Ireland's second largest dairy co-operative, processing roughly 1.1 billion litres of milk annually. Lakeland Dairies currently has dedicated operations in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States and exports to 77 countries worldwide. In 2015 Lakeland Dairies acquired Taste Trends Ltd, one of the UK's largest frozen yoghurt producers. have more than 100 years of tradition & excellence using Fresh milk produced from green pastures on 2,200 family owned farms to produce the highest quality dairy food products that we are proud to serve to our valued customers in over 70 countries throughout the world.

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Lacpatrick was formed in July 2015 as a result of the merger of Ballyrashane and Town of Monaghan Co-ops. There are great synergies between the two newly merged companies: a passion for excellent product quality, a shared geography, and complementary production facilities, technologies and customers. Together, these elements offer a unique opportunity to create a true leader in the dairy food industry. LacPatrick has a combined turnover of €360m, and employs 300 people. Over 1050 farmers deliver 600 million litres of milk annually. The company is headquartered in Monaghan, Ireland, and we sell our high quality dairy food products to almost all corners of the globe.

The new company has strong ambitions to develop its business across the island of Ireland and beyond, and critical to this global growth strategy are our significant investments in innovation and technology, and our particular focus on sustainability and the environment. 


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Nitronica based in Co. Down, Northern Ireland, provide contract electronic manufacturing (CEM) services including;  PCB assembly, box build, cable assembly, cabinet/ panel build and full product build. Nitronica have evolved and diversified to offer much more than traditional contract electronic manufacturing services.  A combination of value added activities and development of our key skills allow us to effectively engage in large scale electro-mechanical integration projects not normally associated with “build to print” organisations.

Nitronica operate in many industry sectors with its breadth of capability and flexible approach attracting a diverse range of customers from local start ups through to global corporations.   We do business with customers in North America, Europe, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and the rest of the UK. Offering a complete range of services such as cable assembly and PCB assembly through to the design, refinement and supply of high quality, fully integrated electro-mechanical products, this positions Nitronica to be an attractive partner for your business


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McArdle Skeath With over 47 years of delivering quality Supply Chain Management services, McArdle Skeath offers a unique service portfolio within the areas of Transportation, Refrigeration & Storage. The philosophy continues to originate from maintaining client trust, by delivering services and solutions in innovative and cost effective ways. We achieve this by setting industry standards in service, reliability, safety and cost containment in our industry. McArdle Skeath offers complete logistical solutions that integrate seamlessly with clients. Transport services are supported by GPS tracking, allowing clients maintain visibility at all times throughout the supply chain distribution process.  Daily transport services are provided throughout Ireland, UK and Europe. Whether it is a single pallet, part load or a complete logistic solution, clients receive transport services with assurances of security and regulatory compliance. McArdle-Skeath has an extensive network of partners and agents throughout Europe, giving them unrivalled local knowledge and expertise. McArdle Skeath are evolving and always look to the future with positivity, we have a co-operative attitude and aim to provide consistency first and foremost. The company has recently completed an extensive Dublin warehouse facility, close to the airport.


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Grease Guardian: Some of the most common problems in pumping stations, sewer networks and wastewater treatment systems are attributed to fats, oils and grease (FOG). FOG in the wastewater sewerage network blocks pipes, restricts flow and gives rise to network overflows and flooding. FOG also contributes to pump and equipment failures and has an inhibiting affect on the biological treatment processess within wastewater treatment systems. To counter these problems FM Environmental developed the Grease Guardian range of automatic and manual grease removal equipment. Addressing the problem at source – in the kitchens and food preparation areas – the Grease Guardian traps and automatically removes 98% of free-floating grease and oils ensuring the sewer pipework remains FOG free. The compact, stainless steel unit fits neatly in the kitchen automatically trapping and removing grease on a daily basis. Tested & Approved to international standards 


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Glen Dimplex Ireland is part of the Glen Dimplex Group, the brand leader in electric space heating with over 400 products within the sector - the widest in the world. With a long heritage, Glen Dimplex has an unmatched reputation for quality, reliability and unrivalled experience. With our own design teams and R&D facilities we ensure the company remains at the forefront of product development and innovation. Glen Dimplex Ireland is responsible for the design, manufacture and international sales of heating products that are developed in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The company has three manufacturing plants in Ireland, including Glen Electric in Newry, Seagoe Technologies in Portadown and Glen Dimpex Ireland in Dunleer. Where appropriate, some products that have been developed in Ireland are sourced by engineering teams from various other locations across the globe.



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PKF-FPM, (formerly FPM), established in August 1991, is an award winning client-focused chartered accountancy and business consultancy practice with offices in Newry, Belfast, Mallusk and Dungannon in Northern Ireland and Dundalk in Ireland. It has ten equity directors and 100 plus staff and uniquely serves the island of Ireland, North & South. PKF-FPM has a compelling and ambitious growth vision and believes that its brand is associated with a desire to “Care and Serve” and achieve Service Excellence, combined with a tenacity to implement agreed plans and see change through.  The practice became a member of PKF International (PKFI) on 1 June 2014, which is a leading global network of independent accountancy firms in 125 countries, with 300 members in 440 locations, providing accounting and business advisory services. This gives us the added benefit of providing global expertise with local knowledge. The PKF-FPM team has specialist skills in accounts and audit compliance, tax planning, cross border business and tax advice, business consultancy, strategic planning, corporate finance, corporate recovery, turnaround management, restructuring & insolvency, wealth management and public sector consultancy. Caring and proactivity are at the heart of everything PKF-FPM does and the practice passionately believes in caring for its clients, colleagues and community. 


Telestack specialise in the complete design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of mobile bulk handling solutions for over 30 years including Customised Products. Multi-Purpose Equipment such as Hopper Feeders, Shiploaders, Telescopic Conveyor, Track Conveyors, Truck Unloaders. Telestack have a global proven record in a range of applications including the coal, mining and quarry industries, stockyard management, ports & inland terminals, power stations, rail yards, steel mills, cement kilns and many other bulk material handling industries. Telestack MOBILE solutions offer significant operating cost savings compared to traditional Methods of material handling (wheel loaders, haul trucks, static conveyors), as well as providing Environmental, Health and Safety and other benefits.  Other significant benefits include not requiring planning due to product mobility and flexibility to move Telestack products to work on other projects. Telestack have over 1000 installations in 6 continents around the world and have a global network of dealers and agents that ensure a fast and efficient local response to client needs. Operating in harsh environments from the extreme heat of Africa, to minus 40c in Siberia and the high altitudes of Chile, Telestack products can handle all free flowing bulk materials including ores, coal, aggregates, fertilizers, grains, woodchips, pellets and many more bulk materials.


Uform was established as Oakwood Door Designs Ltd was established as a family business by the late Eddie Donnelly along with his two sons, Paul & Eamon. The company began exporting in 1997 and built a stat-f-the art new facility in 2005, building the Kitchen Stori brand and having numerous prestigious awards over the years including Winner of the IKTG award for ‘Best Supplier Showroom of the Year and Winner of the BKU Award for ‘Best Overall Sales Representative’ . Uform’s Chairman is Eamon Donnelly, past award nominee of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 and 2017 winner of Mid Ulster ‘Business Person of the Year’ at the Mid Ulster Business Awards and 2018 Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the kitchen industry (Kitchen Trade Awards). The company is currently in the middle of a £3 Million investment Programme.

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Wilson’s Country is the leading potato brand in Ireland. The company’s commitment to innovation and marketing has positioned the business as one of the leaders in the industry, supplying many retailers with own label and branded prepack potatoes and peeled potatoes to the food service sector. Since Angus Wilson started the business from the family farm in 1980s we have grown from strength to strength. We now employ over 100 staff who work from our 6 acre site in County Armagh. We are one of the premier potato packers and processors in Ireland. We hold key accounts with many of the leading food retailers in the country. Not only do we supply a branded Wilson’s Country range we also offer various own label ranges, exemplifying the trust placed in the company.


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