Building Your Business
Sixth Strategic Alliance Programme for PLATO EBR

10 May 2017

PLATO EBR, this morning launched its Newry Mourne and Down District (NMDD) Group, bringing the total number of groups across the Region to six - four in Republic of Ireland, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath and one in Armagh City,Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. There are 12 participant companies in the group from the Newry Mourne and Down District Council area which met this morning in the MJM Marine Group Building at Carnbane Industrial Estate. Brian McConville of MJM Group has been a former Leader in the Programme and an Ambassdor for PLATO. During this Programme the group leaders are Olga McNulty from Grease Guardian/FM Environmental and John Mellon MD of Nitronica.

Olga has been a past participant in the Programme during 2012 and said "I am looking forward to contributing to the Programme albeit with a different hat this time. For me, sales is about building the customer relationship and I look forward to building a relationship with each and everyone of you."

John Mellon from Nitroncia, Downpatrick in giving a brief overview of the work of his company illustrated the impressive list of clients and range of technical solutions provided by the company. John reiterated the importance of "business owner/managers taking time out to reflect on their business progress and where they are headed and the untold value of a Programme such as PLATO in helping entrepreneurs make time for themselves, having been prevous invovled in PLATO, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience as did the group I was working with."

Companies also heard from Anne Mason, Mason Consultancy who is co-ordinating the group and a past participant in Eamonn Fitzpatrick, founder of FM Environmental who has been a huge ambassador for business in the Newry Mourne and Down District Council area but also for PLATO having served for numerous terms on the Board of PLATO Ireland (incl. PLATO Dublin and PLATO Cork).

Dr Cecilia Hegarty, Director of PLATO EBR, wished the group well in their exciting new programme ahead and encouraged all members to commit the time to develop their company and their own management capability through the structured programme of meetings, any site visits and additional training. Dr Hegarty said, "This network grouping is composed of a diverse range of industry sectors, and the members all have interesting backgrounds managing businesses in various stages of growth and development, some in business a few years to some second or third generation family businesses, all seeking to grow with some in the thick of an agressive development phase."

Newry Mourne and Down District Council were thanked for their contribution to the Programme as a formal partner in the PLATO EBR Partnership along with Armagh City and Craigavon Borough Council and the 4 Local Enterprise Offices of Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan and their respective County Councils.

Interested in joining a PLATO EBR Group in the future simply email:

  • Cavan
  • Louth
  • Meath
  • Monaghon