Plato Dublin is an 18 Month Business Development Programme for owner managers of SMEs funded by the Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin region. A new Programme will start in early April 2018.
Plato provides practical training, business counselling and support so that you acquire the skills necessary to help your business grow and prosper. It provides an environment for owner managers to learn from one another and share their experiences at a three hour monthly meeting for 18 months. It also provides access to large company expertise and knowledge too. Large 'Parent" companies involved in the current programme include Bank of Ireland, CRS Pharma Solutions, DCU, Dell, Ericsson, ESB, IBM, Microsoft, Pfizer and Ulster Bank.
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Testimonials from the 2016 to 2017 Programme
Elaine O’Doherty, ODoherty.Biz Limited
“I enjoyed the journey through which we were provided with valuable insights in how to structure the business to move forward towards the next challenge.”
Darragh Lynch, Darragh Lynch Architects
“I found the Plato programme helped me think about my business more strategically and gave me the tools and information I needed to develop my business. I would recommend it to any small business owner.”
Philip O’Meara, Path Bridge Consulting
“As owner of a former participant company in Plato, I would encourage SME owners and managers to join Plato as it provides an excellent learning environment in which to develop your companies 3 to 5 year growth strategy.”
Nicola Kearns, Niks Tea Ltd
“Our Plato journey built a solid network between the group and offered practical solutions & business strategies which has improved our financial, employment, branding & future planning. We have come away with access to professionals who were guest speakers & leaders which will be invaluable long after Plato ends. Can’t recommend highly enough.”
Deepak Kumar Director, DK Global Recruitment Ltd
“An excellent opportunity to learn how other small businessmen run their business. Guest speakers during the course is the key success factor of this programme. Group leaders have the most difficult job as they have to manage adult small business owners. Overall it is a good programme for new startups.”
Shirley O’Rourke, Owner of The Delicious Food Co
“I took part in Plato in the 2016/17 programme, as part of a dedicated food group. I found the programme to be excellent. We had terrific team leaders who supported us throughout the programme. A few people left the group early on & the core group formed a really good network of support for each other. We had access to speakers who brought great knowledge & practical advice in the form of Marketing/HR/Business planning etc. This is a great programme, but you will only get out of it what you put into it. If you commit to it, turn up to all the meetings, be aware that it’s up to you to implement what you learn, it is a very enriching experience. Our group have decided to continue meeting once a month, on a more informal level, which is great. When you run a small business you can be isolated & Plato gives you a set of trusted colleagues which is invaluable.“
Testimonials from the 2014 to 2015 Programme
David Mulcahy, Preparing to Publish
“I would highly recommend the Plato programme to the owners of SME’s. You learn from industry leaders how to do things better in terms of sales, marketing, finance, IT and personnel. You also establish great friendships and business contacts by meeting with your fellow Plato participants over the 18 months of the programme. It has been a great investment of my time.”
Noreen Fitzgerald , Fitzmedical Supplies Ltd
“Plato definitely deserves credit for encouraging me and giving me the confidence to get my website out there and also set-up and implement procedures which has eased and streamlined my business. I highly recommend any business owner to participate in this group as it will give you the time to step outside of your day to day involvement and see the future of the company from a different perspective.”
Gerard O’Meara, SBA Architects
“To owners of small enterprises, in particular, the programme provides a terrific source of discussion, stimulation and information and I highly recommend it, at whatever stage of growth your company finds itself.“
For more information, contact Plato Dublin's Regional Manager, Marion Walshe on 086 8234309. Plato can also be contacted by emailing [email protected]