Building Your Business
Micro and Small Enterprises across County Meath signal their interest in doing Cross-Border Trade

22 May 2013

There was standing room only at the Meath Information Seminar yesterday evening held in the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne.

PLATO East Border Region (EBR) in conjunction with their local authority partners in Meath held the information session to promote the newly established PLATO EBR Programme funded under INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Hugh Reilly, CEO of Meath County Enterprise Board welcomed nearly 30 attendees to the event saying “I am delighted that Meath companies have the opportunity to engage in this exciting new programme to extend their networks across the island.” Commenting on the state of the all-island economy, Hugh reflected on the importance of collaborating together to become export-focussed within the global marketplace.

Dr Cecilia Hegarty, Director of PLATO EBR led the presentations outlining the rationale for the Programme and how local SMEs could benefit from joining the wider PLATO network. Attendees also heard from Damien O’Brien from SME Matters who has played a pivotal role in training the Group Leaders and Facilitators engaged in the delivery of the PLATO EBR Programme. Damien is heavily involved in the PLATO Dublin network with which PLATO EBR has strong relations. The audience were also introduced to their Group co-ordinator should they decide to sign up for a local Meath grouping, Breanndan Casey from Casey Consulting.

The companies in attendance were interested not only in the networking component of the Programme but also the unique aspect of parent companies hand-holding them through their growth trajectory within a safe and confidential learning environment. Those attending were from diverse industry sectors from online businesses, food, alternative therapies to electronics and engineering firms.

If you are a micro or small-scale enterprise that is interested in joining PLATO EBR please email

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