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Business owners urged to get involved with PLATO

Businesses across Newry and Mourne have been encouraged to invest in their management skills and build their businesses by taking part in a EU funded business strategy programme. PLATO EBR is part financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. The programme is dedicated to the successful development of SMEs, providing support and assistance to sole traders, micro enterprises and SME owner/ managers. It creates a confidential and safe learning environment to assist business owners/ managers develop effective business strategies, solutions and opportunities through a series of business support mechanisms. Endorsing the programme at a recent information evening in Newry, Eamonn Fitzpatrick from FM Environmental Ltd and Michael McKeown founder of Crash Services, revealed how the programme benefited their businesses. Mr Fitzpatrick said: “PLATO was a forum to take stock of the business, a place where busy owner/ managers can focus on the future direction and strategy of the business and can get perspective from other business owners. It offers practical solutions and real opportunities for business development and is a stepping stone to opening doors into new markets. Without doubt our company has benefited from participating on PLATO. As such we are delighted to be able to give back to the programme and act as group facilitator for PLATO EBR. I would encourage each of you to seriously consider PLATO EBR as a means to developing and growing your business.” The event was hosted at the offices of Crash Services who along side FM Environmental, FPM Chartered Accountants, MJM Group will serve as group facilitators through PLATO EBR. Mr McKeown urged attendees to “invest time in growing your business” through PLATO EBR. He added: “We want as many businesses across Newry and Mourne to buy into and commit to PLATO as a structured way of business owners supporting each other in meeting the challenges of running a business. Through such efforts and support schemes I want to see all businesses in the district grow and in turn this benefits the local economy and businesses throughout the area.” PLATO EBR is open to one person businesses through to those employing up to 250 people across all areas of commercial activity. Places are part financed but are limited. Anyone interested can contact Rhonda McDowell on 00353 (0) 47 81975 or email rhonda@platobr.com The closing date for businesses interested in signing up to be part of the group in Newry and Mourne is Friday, May 3.


Newry Democrat

23rd April 2013