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PLATO EBR Now Seeking to Recruit Companies for Mid-Ulster Council Area

30 January 2018

Growth Ambitious Mid Ulster businesses are being offered a unique opportunity to invest in their management and leadership skills through a customised programme underpinned by peer to peer learning. 


Mid Ulster District Council has recently become a partner in the long-established PLATO EBR (East Border Region) licensed Management and Development Programme Network. Mid Ulster District Council joins the four Local Enterprises Offices and County Councils in Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan and two other Northern Ireland partners of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in funding the network.


The Mid Ulster PLATO EBR Programme is now open for applications to fill a maximum of 20 places for small growth-oriented companies to join the Programme. Places on the Programme are limited and will be awarded as part of a competitive process subject to an assessment process, there is a membership cost of Euro300 with the Programme being subsidised by the Council.


The Programme offers businesses from diverse industry sectors within the Mid Ulster District the opportunity to develop and grow their business with the support of like-minded individuals and under the leadership of two larger, termed ‘Parent Companies’ who have been there and got the t-shirt. It is a programme for entrepreneurs, driven by entrepreneurs PLATO mentoring can benefit both the participating individual and the company by enhancing their growth potential and competitiveness, developing their local/regional network base/contacts, safeguarding and creating new employment, increasing sales including cross-border.The Mid-Ulster PLATO group will provide a  sound and confidential forum for owner/managers to challenge their thinking and develop their business potential   throughfacilitated sharing of experiences and resources and networking.


Councillor Kim Ashton, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council welcomed the launch of this new Programme in Mid Ulster, 

 “I am delighted to welcome the PLATO Programme to Mid Ulster, it brings an innovative approach to helping small business development by supporting owner managers to achieve growth by developing their own capability through mentoring from larger local businesses, who have already experienced key challenges and can offer practical advice and guidance. I would strongly urge Mid Ulster businesses not to miss this unique opportunity to learn from our local business success stories”.


Dr Cecilia Hegarty, Director of PLATO EBR, said it seeks to remove the sense of isolation for growth-focussed businesses in Mid Ulster,

This Programme is focused on growing the indigenous enterprise base with the support of  the bigger guys in the local area  that are further along the growth trajectory. These large company leaders underpin the PLATO model, they do not do consultancy yet they provide freely of their time, skills and expertise to the smaller participant companies on an ongoing basis.  . Larger ‘Parent companies’ have already met the challenges which the smaller companies are now facing…they can offer sound and practical advice which can be readily implemented to assist businesses to scale and grow competitively. As a cross-border network, PLATO EBR is uniquely positioned to assist Mid-Ulster businesses access local, regional and all-island resources to grow in an ever-competitive global marketplace.”


The first ‘Parent company’ recruited to join Mid Ulster’s PLATO network is Uform’s Chairman, Eamon Donnelly, past award nominee of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 and 2017 winner of Mid Ulster ‘Business Person of the Year’ at the Mid Ulster Business Awards, who stated,

“I am delighted to be a part of a forward looking programme such as PLATO which is an excellent opportunity for Mid Ulster businesses, I wish I had this same opportunity when I was starting out. Owner managers seeking to grow their business face a number of different issues and many key challenges, and I hope that I can use some of my insight and experiences in growing my own business to support other Mid Ulster businesses along their growth journey. I look forward to working with a broad range of businesses on the Programme over the next year”.


PLATO EBR are currently seeking one additional Parent Company to join Uform, and 20 participant companies to join the Mid-ulster PLATO Group, please get in touch for more information via Email to: or Tel: +353 86022 7123 or Visit:

  • Cavan
  • Louth
  • Meath
  • Monaghon