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What Is Plato And What Does It Do?

Fledgling Dublin companies will be given the opportunity to take to the wing under the tutelage of established and successful business owners, as part of a new business development programme by Plato Dublin (PD).


PD, a B2B support forum for owner-managers, will start the seventh instantiation of the programme in April, putting Dublin-based companies in contact with the likes of PayPal, Diageo and IBM for guidance and mentorship. PD says that the Small Business Development Programme has helped over 3,000 SMEs in the capital in the past six years.

The initiative requires participants to attend a three-hour meeting with 15 fellow owner-managers and two facilitators from large companies, once a month, for 12 months. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 31.

Marion Walshe, regional officer with PD, the business development programme offers access to a full range of management expertise, including professional training, mentoring sessions and B2B support.

The programme has been a magnet for magnanimous businesses in the past, with Microsoft, Ulster Bank and Pfizer all having previously signed up to impart their wisdom to programme participants. More information about the Plato Dublin course is available from (27/01/14)

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