Building Your Business
PLATO EBR Parent Company Training Programme

6 May 2016

Parents or Group Leaders of the various PLATO EBR Networks met recently in the regal surrounds of the Farnham Estate, Radisson Blu, Cavan. The purpose of the Review Sessions was to review progress of PLATO EBR diverse networks, share experience and best practice and collectively network the Parents and acknowledge their ongoing voluntary commitment to the monthly meetings during the 12-month Programme in each jurisdiction. Parents provide a voluntary commitment/in-kind matched funding element is costed at €200K per Parent.

The Parent Company Leaders for the 2015-2016 Programme are:

Abcon - Lyn Sharkey

Castlecool – Paul Shortt

GEM Oils – Helen Milligan

Glen Dimplex Ireland – Joe Hughes

Kingspan – Jim Loughran

McArdle Skeath – Micheál McArdle

Multihog – Jim McAdam

PKF-FPM – Michael Farrell

…and we have one ‘Uncle’ supporting the Manufacturing Cluster as J Lennon a renowned international expert


PLATO EBR bridges the gap between LEO and EI supports for companies in terms of networking beyond local (county) boundaries, both agencies are focussed on the importance of networking. The respective County Councils where the 4 LEOs sit are an equal partner/contributor to funding. Going forward funding is in envisaged the same partners will remain with new coming on board. A recent Funding Partner addition has been the second largest Council outside of Belfast in Northern Ireland, Armagh city, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.  The LEOs are strongly committed to making the PLATO Network succeed well into the future in this region.

It is anticipated that a new recruitment phase for 2017 will commence early 2017.

Interested Parent Companies should email:

Services to PLATO EBR 2015-16 Sculpture designed by

  • Cavan
  • Louth
  • Meath
  • Monaghon