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Last chance to join the PLATO EBR group in Banbridge - closing date is Thursday 19 September

13 September 2013

Last call for businesses in Banbridge District to apply for EU funded support through PLATO EBR.

Sole Traders, Micro - Enterprises and SMEs across Banbridge District are invited to submit an application to PLATO EBR business development programme.  Part financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body PLATO EBR has received €664,000 funding.  Banbridge District is one of ten member councils making up the strategic cross border partnership of the East Border Region.

 A unique aspect of PLATO EBR is the ‘parent’ company relationship it has with large national and international companies who having been through the business growth trajectory act as group facilitators. Considered to be the premier business development programme for owner-managers of SMEs the list of ‘parent’ companies involved makes it obvious why this is so. 


PLATO EBR is delighted to have the support of ABB, Bank of Ireland, Bombardier, BOSE, Combilift, Cross Refrigeration, Curves, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Glen Dimplex, Hastings Hotels – Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, McElmeel Mobility, MJM Marine Group, National Pen, Premier Periclase, Seagoe Technologies who are just some of the national and international companies that have signed up to PLATO EBR as parent companies and guest speakers.  In signing up, these ‘parent’ companies have committed to helping sole traders, micro – enterprises and SMEs in the East Border Region.  Through PLATO EBR growth seeking enterprises have access to the wider management expertise and experience of established companies.


PLATO EBR is delighted to have the support of Brian McConville, MJM Marine and Mario MacBlain Dundalk Institute of Technology (Group Leaders) and Paul Reavey (Group Co-ordinator) on board to support the Banbridge business group   This is the final call for businesses interested in joining the Banbridge Business group to apply for support. 

The closing date for applications to join the Banbridge group is Thursday 19 September 2013.


PLATO EBR is open to one person businesses through to those employing up to 250 people, across all areas of commercial activity.  Places are part financed but are limited. Businesses in Banbride District and neighbouring districts who want to explore new market opportunities and develop management and leadership skills through PLATO EBR can apply via our website or contact PLATO EBR on +353 (0) 47 81975 or email

Pictured is Mr Brian McConville, MJM Marine alongside Cllr Olive Mercer (Banbridge District Council), Elaine McAlinden (Banbridge District Council), Rhonda McDowell (Network Manager, PLATO EBR).  

Image courtesy of Edward Byrne Photography.

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