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PLATO Cluster Commences in Meath

Today saw PLATO launch its third Management Development Programme of the 2019-20 Season at MTM Engineering in Grangegeeth, County Meath.

The Meath Cluster welcomes small companies from across the county and from diverse industry sectors to the PLATO EBR Programme. For the 2019-20 Programme, PLATO held open recruitment for all areas in the Region and only 10 small participant companies will make the cut in each cluster in order to ensure a rich but focussed learning environment for all.

The industry sectors represented include IT and software, mechanical and electrical engineering, professional services, Health and education. The programme offers owner managers a business support forum where they can network and discuss business ideas with peers and established large ‘parent’ companies in the region. These ‘parent’ companies are leaders in their industry sectors and support the programme by sharing their skills and experience within the network. PLATO EBR is delighted to have announced today its two key leaders Brendan Mee CEO of MTM Engineering and Susan Hynes Site Manager with Takeda (formerly Shire) to support this Meath cluster.

Brendan said, “MTM roots are firmly embedded in a fledging family business with a strong work ethic and can-do attitude. Today we’ve grown the company working overseas employing over 200 with an increased effort on R&D to scale the company. We’ve learnt a lot over the years and happy to share our learning with others on their journey to success”.

Susan of Takeda talked about the rich culture of the Japanese firm and the mind-shift from the US Corporate focus. Susan talked about the focus of Takeda on team working, small batch medicine and focus on rare diseases – disruptive departures from the expected norms of Big Pharma. In listening to Takeda’s story there are lessons to be learnt in changing the culture of an organisation and moving to flatter structures of hierarchy, recruiting the right people for the right seats in the organisation, importance of giving back to community, having a local focus whilst being globally competitive.

Some takeaways from the session were: -

-      Importance of real leadership for cross-functional team development

-      Importance of planning the end-game – succession planning as an enabler for growth

-     Figuring out what the next growth steps look like for the company and the individuals in it


Dr Cecilia Hegarty manager of PLATO in the EBR Region encouraged PLATO participant companies to “take the time out to work on the business and enjoy the intellectual challenge it provides”.

Attendees were officially welcomed by Director of PLATO EBR, Dr Cecilia Hegarty in thanking the main sponsor for this cluster Meath County Council and Local Enterprise Office. Cecilia emphasised how parent companies underpin the work of the Network and the importance of acknowledging the support of MTM Engineering who are hosting the majority of meetings and Takeda who will attend meetings and provide site visit later in Programme activity.

PLATO EBR is funded by the four Local Enterprises Offices and County Councils in Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan and four Northern Ireland partners of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Mid Ulster District Council and Fermanagh and Omagh Council.


PLATO has additional groups operational across the Region, to see if we can welcome you into another cluster as a small participant company or a parent company please email

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