‘We help our members grow through a variety of networking opportunities.’

Plato EBR – Call for Potential Exporters Sept 2014

Sole Traders, Micro – Enterprises and SMEs across Newry, Mourne and neighbouring areas are invited to submit an application to join a PLATO EBR Business Forum which is commencing early September 2014. The Forum seeks to benefit companies that require assistance in tackling the challenges associated with business growth and development in a safe learning environment shared with other companies tackling similar issues.  Plato EBR provides a platform for developing the company, the management skills and expertise of the individuals involved on the growth journey.

What is Plato?

PLATO EBR is a peer learning business network that creates a confidential and safe environment to assist business owner / managers to develop effective network linkages and personal management skills.  This is achieved through a series of business support mechanisms. A unique aspect of PLATO EBR is the ‘parent’ company relationship it has with large national and international companies who having been through the business growth trajectory act as group facilitators.  The Newry Mourne Forum is PLATO EBR is delighted to have the support of Mr. Michael McKeown, a serial entrepreneur and Founder and Managing Director of Crash Services as parent company.

What will the Forum provide?

  • Owner Managers can network and share ideas with new and past Plato participants to achieve sales growth


  • Monthly meetings


  • Guest speaker events


  • Opportunity to attend training events


  • Engagement with past participants and parent company


  • Access to new markets and networking opportunities with circ. 15 other Plato groups


PLATO EBR is dedicated to the successful development of SMEs providing support and assistance to Sole Traders, Micro – Enterprises and SME owner / managers where they can tackle the challenges and issues of today’s dynamic entrepreneurial world. The closing date for applications to join this particular group is Sep 5th 2014 and the cost of membership is €250.00.for an application form please email eilin.connolly@leo.monaghancoco.ie.

Funded through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, PLATO EBR is part of a highly successful national and international network operating across 10 District Councils within the East Border Region.