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PLATO EBR Launches Ards & North Down Group

Since its inception in October 2012, PLATO EBR is pleased to announce it now has ten Groups operational across the East Border Region as the North Down and Ards Group is the tenth Group working through a customised management development programme with the support of parent companies, training experts and mentors.

PLATO EBR has groups operatinal in Dundalk, Monaghan, Drogheda, Meath, Craigavon, Banbridge, South Monaghan, Newry and Mourne, Armagh and Ards & North Down.

Pictured are members of the Ards & North Down Group., missing from the photo is R. Morrison and H. Boyle.



The Ards & North Down Group commenced this week in Bangor, welcoming thirteen companies from diverse industry sectors to the PLATO EBR Programme. The companies are from a diverse range of industry sectors including professional services, health and safety, engineering (sports car manufacturing), digital media and hospitality, publishing and sports and leisure. 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 both Drilling Pumping Supplies and Scrabo Contracting on board to support the Ards & North Down group. Attendees were officially welcomed by Director of PLATO EBR, Dr Cecilia Hegarty. Cecilia provided an overview of support participants could expect to receive and encouraged participants to enjoy the newness of their 12-month Programme ahead. Jane Foreman, group co-ordinator also gave an insight into the actual workings of the PLATO Group.

PLATO EBR is funded through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Ards & North Down group or others operating in the East Border Region should contact the PLATO EBR team on or telephone +353 (0) 47 819 75.


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