Building Your Business
Cavan-Monaghan Graduate Forum

The participant companies in the Monaghan & Cavan Graduate Forum are graduates from past PLATO programmes. These companies are working through an advanced customised management development programme, meeting less frequently over a number of months, incorporating site visits. 

Company Overview


Alan Clarke & Associates

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Alan Clarke

Alan Clarke & Associates is a Civil & Structural Engineering practice based in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan and has been trading for over 10 years.  The company provides engineering design services for architecturally led building projects and conservation work and works in conjunction with clients and other design professionals to develop effective solutions for all types of building and refurbishment projects using the most appropriate and economic design and materials.  The practice also provides a wide range of general engineering services to business and individuals such as building and site surveys and reports, land surveying, legal mapping etc.  Alan Clarke is the director of the company. 


Baked with Love Ltd.

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Mila Khokha

Baked With Love Ltd. is a family run bakery based in Monaghan town. The company provides a range of baked produce to serve the several chain stores on the island including Super Valu, garage/fuel stations. Baked with Love is undergoing a rapid growth change after a number of successful innovation programmes. The company is headed up by Mila Khokha, who has vast experience and innovative flair in the food sector having worked for Monaghan Mushrooms. The company is an early start growth enterprise having experienced phenomenal growth since trading began in 2014. 


Brix Workwear

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Paul Bond

Brix Workwear/Bond Safety sells branded safety footwear and workwear. Started in 1998 it is a family owned and operated company. Originally selling B2B it developed a large branded distribution business trading in the UK and Europe which grew rapidly and collapsed almost as quickly in 2009 -2010 due to financial evaporation. In 2010 the company focused its business online and this now accounts for 40% of turnover and is growing at 100% year on year. Paul Bond is one of the directors of the company which currently employs 14 staff. 




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Francis McKenna

Buildtec is a leading provider of soundproofing, acoustic insulation, vibration control and structural bearings to the Irish construction industry. BuildTec have an experienced team working in conjunction with architects, contractors, acoustic consultants, developers and builders merchants to provide solutions to solve sound insulation and vibration problems.All products within the Buildtec portfolio are ed to deliver high quality solutions at competitive prices through a fast and responsive service. The company headquarters are in North Monaghan, and the company director is Francis McKenna.



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Pat Cassidy

Based in Keady, Armagh, Caspac is are a corrugated cardboard manufacturer that provides many different packaging solutions to companies all over the UK and Ireland. Caspac is a family run business which prides itself in providing cost-effective packaging options for your product. Caspac’s mainstay product line is for clients who need corrugated cardboard die-cutted, shaped and printed.Caspac can provide different quantities, customising packaging designs easily, using state of the art technology for the modern day client.



Compliplus Ltd.

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Breda McHugh

Compliplus is an online portal that offers an automated solution for organisations to assist with the management of the safety, health and wellbeing of their employees.  By automating policies, procedures and training, it provides an effective and enhanced level of compliance and validation. Compliplus is owned by Paddy & Breda McHugh, based in Virgina, Co.Cavan. Paddy has worked in the area of safety training and compliance for over 20 years in both Ireland, the UK and Europe.  Breda has extensive experience in organisational management and finance and together they set up a company called Eolas Beo Ltd in 2011 providing health and safety training and related consultancy services. Compliplus can be tailored to suit the needs of each client organisation offering a flexible and adaptable solution at all times suited to corporate multinationals seeking to provide Supervisory Skills, Safety, Health and Environmental Awareness, Quality and Customer Service Skills.

Website: Insurance

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Emma Gollogy Insurance is a long-standing family business in the South Monaghan area providing legal advice and guidance to SMEs throughout the region for over forty years. Based in their home town of Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, the family Business was set up in 1986 by Charlie Gollogly, Charlie a former staff member of Irish Life decided dip his toes into the broker market. Golo is now headed up by Emma, Charlie’s Daughter after many years’ experience working in the Financial Services Sector in Dublin joined the firm in 2004 and the business diversified into General Insurance (Motor, Home, Business Insurance). Today the firm has an extensive domestic and Business portfolio.  


Health Clinic

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Kathleen Ward

The Kathleen Ward Health Clinic is based in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan and has been established since 1984.  The clinic is a holistic health clinic run by Kathleen Ward who is a qualified general nurse, midwife and antenatal teacher. The clinic provides complementary medicine such as Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Phytobiophysics, Homeopathy, Reflexology, Holistic Dietetics, Vega-testing, Allergy Testing, Bio-Resonance-testing, Child Psychology and Counselling.



Kane HR Projects Limited


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Sean Kane


Kane HR Projects Limited is a dedicated HR Consultancy Company set up by Sean Kane in 2006 to provide clients with HR Solutions that reflect Best Practice. Kane HR seeks to enable clients to maximize the value of their HR Strategies and Programs in line with their Business Goals and their Organisation’s Cultures/Values. The Kane HR portfolio extend four main departments; Provision of Interim HR Management, HR Project Support/Management, HR Service to SME’s and an Independent Conciliation Service. HR Projects has specific expertise as Business Partners across the full HR Life Cycle, with strong competencies in areas such as Projects Management, Employee Engagement, Talent Management, Performance Management, HR Policies & Procedures and Dispute Resolution. The company is a HRLocker Certified Partner.



Matthews Coach Hire




Karen Mc Dermott

Matthews Coach Hire was founded in 1995 by Paddy & Mary Matthews, Paddy saw opportunities and applied for licensing and today over 138 services operte to the City and offer a transport service to 4500 daily commuters. Matthews Tours was est. in 2006 offering packaged coach tours around Ireland and the UK and further strengthen this service with adding corporate hire to clients who have fam trips and transfer required for conference. The company hit national headlines in 2012 for its work with the London Olympics, being the only successful Irish contracting business to the games. The company is frequently showcased for its new innovations such as the alcholock device, green transport and fuel consumption. The company was the first passenger transport company in Ireland & Britain to achieve ISO 50001 Energy Management System standard and also has ISO9001:2008 Quality Management.  Karen McDermott GM of the company which currently employs 80 staff and growing.



M1 Document Solutions

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John Nealon

M1 Document solutions was founded by John Nealon, a local school teacher. M1 Document Solutions Ltd is a Monaghan based company providing an All-Island Document Shredding and Storage service. The company has extensive experience in the secure document and material shredding, scanning and storage sector. Backed by Government permits and Certificates of Destruction, they can work on-site of the client shredding all confidential documents, materials, hard-drives and CDs.


McAree Engineering

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Claire Doogan

McAree Engineering is one of Ireland’s leading outsource sheet metal fabrication companies based near the picturesque village of Ballinode in North Monaghan. Founded in 1946, the company has built a solid reputation for quality service backed up by state of the art production facilities. The company vision is to be our customers preferred and trusted partner, providing best in class, quality and service. The company is proud of its proactive customer focus by supplying solutions to meet current & future needs with a constant emphasis on Innovation, Quality and Value. McAree Engineering has invested heavily in top of the range equipment to ensure reliability and consistency in all fabrications. The company boasts a Quality system approved to ISO 9001 standard. Having gained expertise and knowledge outside the family business, Clare has recently entered the family business in an accounts position.      


Mood Living UK

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Brenda Cavanagh

Mood living (previously Crannog Ireland) is a long established family business. The company has been importing and wholesaling fireside and bathroom accessories for the past 35 years. Mood Living has more than three decades of experience in the upscale luxury products realm. Mood Living is synonymous with quality products and superior service from start to finish.



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Niall Watters is a company based in Monaghan and has been established since 1999.  The company supplies office products to customers all over the North East of Ireland from small to medium size businesses, government and educational, along with home users. Niall Watters is the owner of TOSNE and currently employs 8 staff.  By joining PLATO the company hopes to address issues in exporting.




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Darren Greenan


VFECTO specialise in offering a professional consultancy service to small and larger scale companies to assist in driving performance improvement. VFECTO offer support and specific solutions that deliver rapid results for an organisation.  VFECTO have offices based in Monaghan & Belfast and have been trading for 4 years.  Darren Greenan is Managing Partner of the company & the company currently employs 4 Full time and 5/6 associates. Associates are brought on if workload requires or if certain expertise is required.  




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  • Meath
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