Building Your Business
Ninth PLATO EBR Group Gets Underway

23 September 2013

Sole Traders, Micro - Enterprises and SMEs across Banbridge District were recently welcomed to their first PLATO Meeting in the Banville House Hotel in Banbridge.  PLATO EBR is part financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and 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.  

The Banbridge Group is made up of nine companies are from a diverse range of industry sectors including professional services, construction, media, education and environmental. Attendees were officially welcomed by Director of PLATO EBR, Dr Cecilia Hegarty. Cecilia provided an overview of support participants could expect to receive and encouraged participants to enjoy the newness of their 12-month Programme ahead. 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. Brian, Mario and Paul gave an insight into the actual workings of the PLATO Group and their aspirations for the Programme ahead.

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 Banbridge District and neighbouring districts who want to explore new market opportunities and develop management and leadership skills.

For more information about group members please visit the directory. PLATO EBR is currently taking applications for other groupings in the region, if interested please APPLY NOW

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