Launch of Plato Programme for SME’s & Startups

11 December 2013 – New Plato Small Business Programme for Companies who want to Develop their Businesses Further

More Dublin firms to receive networking and essential advice through Plato

Owners of SMEs in Dublin are being offered the opportunity to avail of specialist advice, networking and support by Plato Dublin, to develop new ideas and tackle challenges in the current climate, with a new season starting next month. (March 2014)

Plato Dublin is a not-for-profit, confidential, business-to-business support network funded by the four Dublin Enterprise Boards.

Already, over 3000 small and medium sized companies in Dublin have experienced substantial benefits as a result of their involvement with Plato and businesses are being invited to become involved in the new season of training, advice and development. It involves a three hour meeting, once a month, for twelve months.

Plato offers ambitious owner managers a business support forum, where they can develop new ideas and tackle the challenges and issues in today’s tough business climate. Large companies, both multinational and indigenous, help small and medium sized businesses, through peer learning. In addition, guest speakers with particular expertise are brought in to discuss different business topics on a regular basis. The ‘parent’ companies involved include: Diageo, Eagle Star, Ericsson, ESB, IBM, Microsoft, Readymix, Sage, Shamrock Foods, Ulster Bank and Wavin. The business departments of major educational organisations, including UCD and DCU are also involved.

Marion Walshe, Regional Organiser, Plato Dublin said: “Thousands of small companies have benefited from what Plato has to offer. We provide practical training, business counselling and support to help develop the skills necessary for small businesses to grow and prosper and move on to the next step. A unique aspect of Plato is the participation of large local parent companies that offer participants access to a full range of management expertise. Those who successfully participate in the PLATO programme invariably show greatly improved management awareness and effectiveness, greater productivity and increased turnover and profits”.

Norma O’Neill, Director of O’Neill Healthcare Ltd. said “The Plato Programme proved invaluable for the development of our business. Amongst other things, what was covered allowed us to successfully put together and implement a new business plan. My style of leadership, and communication skills, has been enhanced greatly.  Sharing these experiences with such a dynamic bunch takes the “lonely boatman” aspect out of being in business. Their enthusiasm is contagious. After each meeting I head back to the grindstone with much more knowledge and a bit more confidence. For anyone thinking about signing up, I’d recommend you go for it!”

To be eligible to participate in the Plato programme, companies must be at least two years in business, with a minimum of two staff. The next Small Business Development Programme is starting in March 2014. For more information please contact Marion Walshe on 086 823 4309 or dublin@plato.ie