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PLATO Cavan-Monaghan Graduate Forum Launches at Celtic Pure Today

19 October 2017

PLATO EBR, this morning launched its second Monaghan-Cavan Cluster. The Group is composed of past participants or graduates of PLATO Programmes in both Counties. There are 15 participant companies in the group from the joint-Council area which met this morning in the premises of Celtic Pure’s new €5Million warehousing plant in Shercock.

Founder/owner of the company Padraig McEneaney was a past participant on the previous PLATO Blackwater Initiative back in the late 1990s and PLATO EBR is delighted to welcome him back as a Group Leader to guide and advise the participant companies on their Graduate Programme. Padraig gave a brief presentation on his company growth journey. “I had a vision for the company and I knew where I wanted to take it, we’ve achieved a lot, but more to do”.

Sally Murtagh, MD of IrishHomecare joins Padraig as a Group Leader and shared the trials and tribulations of her own growth journey over the years, another aggressive growth business employing over 600 staff and tendering for multi-million pound tenders.

This advanced group of companies is also supported by CEO if Lakeland Dairies, Michael Hanley who is also designated as an Enterprise Champion for Jobs for the Region. Michael brings a wealth of experience from a different business model perspective to the Group, Michael said, “I applaud the companies around the table for persevering in business, a tough journey at times but it can be so rewarding as we’ve heard today, I’m happy to provide any support to companies as they see fit...PLATO is a great source of support for developing companies.”

Dr Cecilia Hegarty, Director of PLATO EBR, wished the group well in their exciting new programme ahead and encouraged all members to commit the time to develop their company and their own management capability through the structured programme of meetings, any site visits and additional training. Dr Hegarty said, "This network grouping is composed of a diverse range of industry sectors from manufacturing to professional consulting  service, and the members all have interesting backgrounds managing businesses in various stages of growth and development”.

The Local Enterprise Offices of Cavan and Monaghan and their respective County Councils were thanked for their contribution to the Programme as a formal partner in the PLATO EBR Partnership along with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Mid-Ulster Council and an additional 2 Local Enterprise Offices of Louth and Meath and their respective County Councils.

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