Inspirational talk for district’s businesses

Speakers at the PLATO EBR Information Event "Winning Contracts in a Changing Marketplace" in Banbridge District Enterprise Centre were Banbridge District Council Enterprise Officer Elaine McAlinden, Founder & Chairman of MJM Marine Ltd Brendan McConville, PLATO EBR Network Manager Rhonda McDowell and Banbridge District Council Chairman Cllr Olive Mercer  � Edward Byrne Photography INBL26-215EB
Speakers at the PLATO EBR Information Event "Winning Contracts in a Changing Marketplace" in Banbridge District Enterprise Centre were Banbridge District Council Enterprise Officer Elaine McAlinden, Founder & Chairman of MJM Marine Ltd Brendan McConville, PLATO EBR Network Manager Rhonda McDowell and Banbridge District Council Chairman Cllr Olive Mercer � Edward Byrne Photography INBL26-215EB

Businesses from across the district had a rare opportunity to take inspiration from the founder of a Northern Irish firm who have gone global.

MJM Marine’s Chairman, Brian McConville, spoke about how the company is winning contracts in a changing marketplace.

The event was brought to Banbridge through PLATO EBR which is part financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Councillor Olive Mercer, Chairman of Banbridge District Council welcomed businesses to the event.

She said “As a Council we are committed to building lasting prosperity and to supporting businesses.

“Given today’s tough economic climate the timing for an intervention such as the PLATO EBR and the subject area for this event is pertinent.”

Rhonda McDowell, Network Managers explained, “Business owners and managers who are located in Banbridge District are amongst just seven council areas in Northern Ireland able to avail of subsidised support through PLATO EBR.

“A unique aspect of scheme is the relationship it has with national and multi-national companies such as MJM Marine Ltd., FM Environmental, BOSE, Combilift, FPM Chartered Accountants, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Glen Dimplex who serve as ‘Parent Companies’.

“We are delighted to have an impressive list of companies and organisations, operating worldwide, on board willing to share their experience. With such world class companies and high calibre leaders signed up the bar is set very high and the support on offer to businesses across all sectors is an opportunity not to be missed.”

To find out how you could benefit from participating on PLATO EBR contact Rhonda McDowell, Network Manager on +353 (0) 47 81975, +353 (0) 86 022 7232, email info@platoebr.com or visit the PLATO EBR website www.platoebr.com to download an application form.