Business Networking

Networking is an extremely powerful concept in business and this is especially so for small business. Currently the South Dublin Local Enterprise Office offers the Plato network programme to clients.


Plato LogoPlato is an all island business support network dedicated to the successful development of owner managed small to medium sized businesses in every area of commercial activity. There are PLATO networks situated throughout Ireland and Europe. Plato has been running in South Dublin for more than 10 years and in fact the first Irish Plato programme was initiated in Tallaght in the early 1990`s. 

PLATO Dublin attracts participants from the Dublin region and adjoining areas. The Local Enterpries Office South Dublin has supported South Dublin client participants in PLATO for many years. Participants of PLATO join a network group of 10-15 businesses who are starting PLATO at the same time. The group meets once a month and the programme lasts about 20 months. Parent Companies provide some of their best and experienced managers to act as facilitators to a group. 

Other features of the network include regular expert guest speakers, targeted specialist advice, training seminars, social networking events, business networking events in Ireland and abroad, on line business networking and advanced progression groups. 

PLATO participants will have been in business for 3 or more years and have a staff in excess of 3. However smaller and newer businesses are also considered.  The PLATO groups generally start with a self-assessment exercise and then work to develop an agreed and prioritized agenda for the development process they will undertake together. This programme is driven by the members themselves, mainly through monthly meetings throughout the 20 month programme. 

The make up of each group is carefully considered by PLATO to ensure that the maximum benifit is achieved by every business. The group leaders are trained in facilitation skills and, in addition to organising and facilitating the group’s meetings, act as a gateway for members to access the management expertise within their own parent companies. 

For further details to to apply to join PLATO, please contact 

PLATO Dublin, 

The Guinness Enterprise Centre

Taylor's Lane 

Dublin 8. 

Tel 086 823 4309

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