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The First Ever PLATO Group in Cavan under PLATO EBR

8 October 2015

Tuesday of 6th October 2015 not only saw the Official Launch of the PLATO EBR 2015 Programme but also the first meeting of PLATO EBR Cavan Group. The grouping is composed of 12 companies from diverse locations throughout the EBR region from Cavan, Monaghan and Meath. The companies are from a diverse range of industry sectors including Social Media, Software and Hardware, Engineering, Food & Hospitality, Adventure, Professional and Consultancy Services and Heavy Engineering.

Pictured are: Participant and Parent Company Representatives from the Cavan Plato Grouping, Marcella Rudden Cavan Local Enterprise Office and Dr Cecilia Hegarty, Director of PLATO EBR

Facilitating the group is Helen Milligan, Commercial Director and family descendant from long-established company GEM Oils (est. in 1962) and senior executive of ABCON Industrial Products, Lyn Sharkey.

Participant companies had the opportunity to present their own individual company growth trajectories and their aspirations for their 12-month Programme. Helen Milligan from GEM Oils highlighted the growth journey of her family business and the product and technological advances within the company required to future proof the business. Whilst the group are from diverse industry sectors it was clear that common issues/challenges to growth exist within the network.

Dr Hegarty, Director of PLATO EBR  presented on the wider PLATO Model, Programme Structures and Partners. Cecilia said, “The PLATO Network should allow companies to realise their full potential over the next 12-months by holding participant companies accountable for their ongoing decision-making to better inform the strategic direction of the company.”

More information to appear shortly on participant companies.

PLATO EBR is currently over-subscribed, PLATO EBR is taking applications for other groupings in the region, subject to funding, if interested please APPLY NOW and/or send queries to

PLATO EBR wishes the Cavan Group well in their 12-month Programme of activity ahead.

Pictured below at GEM Oils is the CN01 Group Members with Lewis Hamilton of Formula One driving for Petronas (GEM Oils Customer).

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