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PLATO EBR Seeking Applications from Down District for Unique Business Development Programme

7 November 2013

Sole traders, micro-enterprises and SMEs across the Down District Council area are invited to submit an application to PLATO EBR’s business development programme.  Part financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, PLATO EBR has received €664,000 funding. 

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 will 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. 

 PLATO EBR is delighted to have the support of local companies Nitronica and The Slieve Donard Hotel & Spa who will participate as parent companies for the network.  Other network parent companies include; ABB; Bank of Ireland; Bombardier; BOSE; Combilift; Cross Refrigeration; Curves; Glen Dimplex; McElmeel Mobility; MJM Marine Group; National Pen; Premier Periclase; and Seagoe Technologies who are just some of the national and international companies that have signed up to PLATO EBR as parent companies and guest speakers.

 In signing up, these companies have committed to helping sole traders, micro–enterprises and SMEs in the East Border Region and Down District Council is one of ten member councils making up the strategic cross border partnership of the East Border Region. Through PLATO EBR growth seeking enterprises have access to the wider management expertise and experience of established companies.


Photo (L-R) Councillor Maria McCarthy - Down District Council, Stephen Meldrun -Slieve Donard Hotel & Spa, Mary Meehan - Plato EBR & John Mellon - Nitronica

Speaking about the programme, Down District Council Chairman, Cllr Maria McCarthy said, “PLATO EBR is a great opportunity for our local companies to make contact with and learn from leading businesses in this area. We fully support the bringing together of owners and managers in this way and recognise that it is an effective method of helping local businesses grow. If you are a local owner/manager and are thinking about seeking support for growth I would definitely recommend giving the PLATO EBR scheme a try.”  

PLATO EBR is now recruiting companies to join a network in the Down District Council area.  If you are interested, please come along to our information briefing on Thursday 28th November from 8am – 9.30am at the St. Patricks Centre, Downpatrick.  For more info contact 00353 4781975 or email for an application form.


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