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Growth seeking businesses gather in Drogheda to hear about funded support

8 August 2013

Over 30 representatives from the business community gathered at Scholars Townhouse Hotel this week to hear about support available to them through PLATO EBR.  Businesses from across Drogheda and neighbouring areas were given an insight into PLATO EBR and the suite of business support on offer to them.

The programme offers owner managers a business support forum where they can network and discuss business ideas with peers and established large ‘parent’ companies in the region. These ‘parent’ companies are leaders in their industry sectors, and support the programme by sharing their skills and experience within the network.  PLATO EBR is delighted to have both Glen Dimplex and National Pen on board to support the Drogheda group.

Attendees were officially welcomed by programme partner Joe English (Louth County Enterprise Board) who commented on the fantastic turnout from businesses operating across a range of business sectors.  

Pictured is Joe English officially welcoming attendees to the PLATO EBR information event held in Drogheda.

Dr. Cecilia Hegarty (PLATO EBR Programme Director) gave an overview of support participants could expect to receive.   She commented “The programme provides participant companies with an opportunity to work through a 12 month dedicated improvement plan for their business with the support of a dedicated Group Coordinator, key leaders in local industry, project staff, trainers and mentors”. 

Damien O’Brien, group co-ordinator gave an insight into the actual workings of PLATO business groups and explained that the “knowledge base of peers can be shared amongst fellow participants, helping to add value to the overall PLATO experience”.

Past PLATO participant, Patrick Joy of Suretank Group Ltd. shared his experience of the programme.  “Having participated on PLATO 17 years ago I found the support on offer extremely beneficial.  PLATO offers exceptional value for money.  My experience of PLATO has been very positive, that is why I am here this evening to give my support to this new PLATO drive.  I encourage business owner managers to sign up.”

With 15 new applications received as a result of the event places for the Drogheda group are limited, anyone interested in the few remaining places should contact the PLATO EBR team on +353 (0) 47 819 75.

PLATO EBR is funded through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme.  Anyone interested in finding out more about the Drogheda group or others operating in the East Border Region should contact the PLATO EBR team on info@platoebr.com or telephone +353 (0) 47 819 75.

Pictured are members of the business community who heard about support on offer through PLATO EBR.

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