Small businesses are being invited to "partner up" and get management expertise from some of the most successful multinational companies in Ireland, such as Ericsson, Microsoft, Pfizer and IBM through the Plato programme. Plato Dublin, the not-for-profit business support forum for owner managers, is run over an 18 month period. Supported by the Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin Region, small business owners across all industry sectors are now being encouraged to apply for the new 2015/2016 programme, which is also established in eleven other European countries.
The Irish dairy processing sector continues to ramp up its preparations for the end of milk quotas with the announcement of an innovation investment of €35 million today. The investment by Government and industry will position Ireland as a world leader in dairy innovation, and help to maximise the long term growth opportunities created by anticipated increase of 50% in the Irish milk pool by 2020.
We recently came across this infographic which was put together by the guys at Text Republic towards the end of last year and which summarises the vast number of events taking place in the Irish Start Up Universe over the course of the year. While a lot of these events have taken place already, preparations will already be under way for 2015 or a lot of events are ongoing and can be joined at any time. A complete list of the website details are also included below the infographic.
Bord Bia today announced a new financial support, entitled the 'Step Change Programme', for small food, drink and horticulture businesses. The details of the €400,000 fund were shared with over 170 small businesses gathered in Dublin today for Bord Bia's fifth annual Small Business Open Day. The grant scheme is aimed at companies, with a turnover between €100,000 and €5 million, embarking on a new project to take their business to the next level. In 2015, Bord Bia expects the 'Step Change Programme' will benefit at least eight high potential Irish businesses with individual grants of up to €50,000.
Ulster Bank is calling on SMEs across the island of Ireland to enter this year's Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. Run in association with InterTradeIreland, the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland and SmallBusinessCan.com, the awards are now open for entry at BusinessAchieversAward.com. Entries are open to businesses across all sectors. There are eight categories in total and businesses can enter a maximum of two of these categories choosing the ones that best match their business description.