An important management training programme, developed especially for small businesses in Kildare, is starting on September 25th and is being sponsored by Kildare County Enterprise Board. The highly practical 'Management Development Programme' is running over 24 evenings in Naas and the Enterprise Board is organising a free information evening on Tuesday, September 11th for the owners and managers of small businesses throughout the county.
Focussing on problem solving and peer-to-peer learning in particular, the programme is being delivered at the Killashee House Hotel by the well-known management consultant and advisor, Blaise Brosnan from the Management Resource Institute (MRI).
The programme also includes a mixture of management theory, networking and one-to-one mentoring. The modules themselves are based around areas such as general management training, strategic positioning of the business, marketing and promotion, financial controls, time management, delegation, recruitment and planning for business success.
Local companies which have already benefited from participating on the management programme include: Alison Cummins and Tara Lane from Aliara in Maynooth (a direct selling company, offering jewellery, fashion, beauty, lingerie and hosiery through over a hundred distributors), Niall Browne from CJ Browne & Sons in Naas (a fully-serviced packaging company working with Irish and international brands) and Natasha Mann from The Kildare Kitchen and Honeydew Events in Kill (catering and event planning experts).
The Acting CEO of Kildare County Enterprise Board, Mary Fitzpatrick, is urging all owners or managers of small businesses in Kildare, to consider 'up-skilling' their management know-how. She said: "One of the biggest contributing factors to the collapse of a business, from an internal point of view, is lack of management expertise. By gaining fresh insights into the evolving world of business, owners can quickly apply newly-acquired skills to their own companies."
She added: "This programme will enable owners and managers of small businesses to recognise the weaknesses in their business and then build their management capacity to address these issues."
Encouraging other local business owners to take a look at the programme, Natasha Mann from Kildare Kitchen said: "The Management Development Programme was fantastic for me. I felt like I was making all these major decisions with someone holding my hand the whole way. The course was simple but very practical. It was great to be able to learn something and immediately be able to put it into practice. It can only help, and even if you take one small "nugget" it might be the one that changes your business for the better."
The hour-long information session on Tuesday, September 11th starts at 7.30pm at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas. In addition to contributions from Kildare business owners, who have recently completed the programme, Blaise Brosnan will give a brief overview of the programme and staff from Kildare County Enterprise Board will be on-hand to answer any queries that may arise.
The subsidised cost for participating on the Management Development Programme is €300 per person, which includes all mentoring appointments, course materials for the 24 week programme and refreshments.