Building Your Business
Border Bizcamp 2017 - An Energetic Day for Entrepreneurs in the East Border Region

28 September 2017

Saturday 23rd September

All business people possess individual knowledge, experience and skills, which can be of immense benefit to others in business or those thinking of starting up a business. BorderBizcamp is a day to showcase and share that talent for the greater good. For a sixth year running we sought  to create an energetic event in the Border counties to promote business people supporting business people – real people power!

BorderBizcamp is a celebration of all things Business and Border, and aims to present to the rich talent, tradition and experience that exists in this area and PLATO EBR is delighted to continue its involvement in organizing the event driven by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

Some of the PLATO EBR highlights from the event…

First of all, Ex-PLATO Leader, Gerard McCaughey. McCaughey is an internationally respected business leader and Chief Executive of Entekra Inc, a firm specializing in the design, engineering and manufacturing of fully integrated off-site solution (FIOSS™) for the U.S. residential and commercial markets. McCaughey was the Founder and Chief Executive of Century Homes in Ireland, and later named Chief Executive of Kingspan Century following the €100 million acquisition of Century by the European building materials giant Kingspan Group PLC.


Gerard McCaughey spoke of sectoral changes in all sectors except construction, the only difference is the Hat is Hard these days…he vows that Entekra can change the face of construction due to innovative off-site design and manufacture. The resilience learnt through his time in Century Homes assists him in this endeavor state-side. He said I had it all from, timber-frame houses won’t work in the Irish the Three little Piggy’s; if I had listened we wouldn’t be where we are today – persistence is key.


Another favourite was Páraic Duffy. Páraic spoke of the challenging times in making decisions – importance of gut feel “doing what is right for the organisation” and importance of involving the team in decision-making. Good customer service was important – it is a people organisation I work for and I make sure I respond to the letters of the people no matter how trival…it is how we can improve. GAA Online is a big area for development and often controversial issue for the organization. Páraic also mentioned the importance of getting along with your Board members.


Páraic Duffy is the 18th Director General of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).  With 2,000 clubs, it is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and has considerable reach to communities throughout Ireland and to the diaspora through 400 clubs in North America, Britain, Asia and Europe.

Páraic served as GAA Player Welfare Manager from January 2007 and became its Director General in February 2008.  As a volunteer, he had previously chaired the organisation’s Audit, Coaching and Games, and Games Administration committees, as well as completing a five-year term as Chairman of Monaghan County Committee.  Before joining the GAA staff in 2007, he was the first Lay Principal of St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan from August 1996 until January 2007.


Richard Curran is a journalist, broadcaster and author. He is the presenter of The Business radio show on RTE Radio One and also Dragons Den on RTE Television. Richard has been a business journalist for 24 years and is a columnist with the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent. He has co-written two books, one on Irish entrepreneurs and the other on the collapse of Irish Nationwide Building Society. He has also made several television documentaries for RTE including, Future Shock: Property Crash in 2007 and The Battle for Rural Ireland in 2015. Richard gave insight in his Border Bizcamp talk on lessons learnt from interviewing globally renowned Irish business people and listening to Dragon’s Dens pitches.



The PLATO EBR ultimate favourite was Maria Garvey is an experienced leader in the Third Sector and a certified teacher of M.B.S.R. (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Maria founded Kridyom in 2014. Kridyom is an association of professionals dedicated to empowering people and transforming lives, supporting individuals, organizations and communities to be connected to their purpose, manage stress and negotiate major transitions through mindfulness based coaching, training, facilitation, workshops and retreats.

LinkedIn: Maria Garvey


Maria gave an honest account of life for a busy business owner/manager and talks from experience as a senior manager in public organisations in a past life. Maria’s talk captured the very essence of Border Bizcamp – take time out, breath, refresh, being the better you.

For more information on Border Bizcamp 2017, visit Webpage Here

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