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Local Businesses in North Down and Ards Show their interest in PLATO

29 March 2013

Businesses from across North Down and Ards Borough Councils attended a breakfast networking and information event, at the SIGNAL Centre of Business Excellence, North Down Borough Council, Bangor, on 28th March 2013.

The event, organised by PLATO East Border Region, provided small and medium sized enterprises with the opportunity to discover how they can form links with other businesses to increase trade and competitiveness. One of the key benefits of joining a PLATO networking group is the chance to interact with larger businesses and to use their expertise and experience in decision-making about future planning and growth.


In Photo (L-R) Cllr Deborah Girvan, Mayor Cllr Wesley Irvine, Dr Cecilia Hegarty (Director PLATO EBR), Paul Hollinger Scrabo Contracting (Group Leader) and Clare McGill (SIGNAL Centre).

Mayor of North Down, Councillor Wesley Irvine, who attended the event commented:

“The event provided a great opportunity for local businesses, to learn more about the benefits of joining a PLATO Network group. The PLATO programme offers businesses the chance to work with a leading parent company and form mutually beneficial links with other small and medium sized enterprises. The opportunity to work with peers and learn from larger companies may be of benefit to many of our local companies and many may want to explore this opportunity further.” 

Part funded through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme, PLATO has been in existence in Ireland since the late 1990s, most recently in counties Monaghan, Armagh, Louth and Cork, where experiences have been positive with many companies joining forces to implement new and improved business ideas. Small and medium sized enterprises interested in enhancing their personal business network to develop and grow competitively, should contact Dr Cecilia Hegarty via email to for further information.


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