A not for profit initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin Region.  

Plato Business Programme – Grow your business by learning from other SME Owner Managers at monthly meetings facilitated by Large Company Managers!   Last Few Places Left on Programme starting on April 26th 2017.   You want to grow your business but don’t have the money or all of the skills?   It is not easy running a business on your own. Would you like to meet business people just like you and solve your business problems at monthly group meetings for 18 months? PLATO offers owner managers a business support forum where they can tackle the challenges and issues of today’s business world. Through a unique partnership with large “parent” companies, PLATO creates a confidential and safe environment where SMEs can benefit from facilitated peer-to-peer group learning, business counselling and support so that you acquire the skills necessary to help your business grow and prosper. It provides an environment for owner managers to learn from one another and share their experiences at a monthly meeting for 18 months – facilitated by large company Managers from Ericsson, PayPal, Microsoft, IBM, and Pfizer etc. According to a recent survey of Plato participants by the DCU Business School, 93% of small businesses are better equipped to plan specific management practices.  


If you are interested in joining the new Programme starting on April 26th 2017 please email Marion Walshe at or contact her on 0868234309. For further details go to   


‘It’s very easy to feel isolated when critical decisions are required under pressure. I have been part of the Plato Programme for the past year and have found it extremely beneficial in this regard. It is a great opportunity to articulate concerns and issues that require a more expansive discussion.’ Gerard O’Meara, SBA architects   ‘What can I say about Plato? During the programme, my business came on leaps and bounds.  I employed new staff, incorporated new systems and formed a strategy for my business.  Suzanne White of Athrú Solutions   We recently joined Plato Dublin because we felt we needed to learn more about the running of the business in order to take it to the next level. We also saw it as an opportunity to tap into something that would motivate and re-energise us, and it has delivered. Maria Kenaney, MD of Rototherm Ltd