Management Development Programme 2016

Starts:         Information Session March 24th (8am – 1pm) Free to Attend.

Duration:    15 consecutive Thursday mornings

Dates:         Workshop dates March 31st (8am – 1Pm) to July 21st.

Location:     Radisson Hotel Athlone

Time:           8.00am– 1pm

Fee:             €250 (VAT not applicable) - The course fee is highly subsidised by the Local Enterprise Office, Westmeath and Offaly

Max No of Participants:   20

Three one-to-one mentoring visits with the trainer are included in the programme fee and follow up support by phone and email.

The Management Development Programme (‘MDP’) is the Local Enterprise Office most comprehensive offering to small businesses in Westmeath.

This programme facilitates the participants to stand back from the fuss of their day to day operations and clarify

  1. Where their business is at.
  2. Where they want or should DRIVE their business forward.
  3. Decide the best strategies and tactics to make this happen

This Programme is led by the renowned Blaise Brosnan of the Management Resource Institute MRI

Restricted to the owner-managers of established and growing businesses, the calibre of participants is high and their business needs are similar.

To date the MDP has assisted hundreds of Owner-Managers across Ireland to significantly improve their businesses. The Programme has received excellent feedback from participants in other counties, most stating that it is the best thing they ever did for their business!

Core modules covered include:

  • General Management (best practice)
  • Strategic positioning
  • Sales management
  • Management-level finance
  • Negotiation skills
  • Human resource management.
  • Self-development/Motivation
  • Time Management (the 80:20 rule)
  • Tax planning, pensions, insurance.
  • Marketing
  • Quality Control
  • Succession planning

Sample of comments from previous participants. (Many more documented in

“The MDP went beyond my expectations and was very instrumental in changing my thinking, behaviour and therefore the course of my business”

Dean Gammell, www.STAGIT.IE


Blaise is one of a kind, great at his job, lovely person, easy to understand and talk to. He inspired me with self worth and courage to go on.

Teresa Keogh Owner, Smart Sewing

I met Blaise through the O.M.D.P. run by Wicklow county enterprise boards. He challenged us to think differently, to think bigger and to follow up on the challenges we set ourselves. Blaise is a great motivator and does not believe in panic. His advice and counsel is invaluable to any business. 

Ken O Brien  Owner at Ken O Brien Carpentry and Building.

Blaise was someone I looked forward going to .He has a relaxed manner while still able to deliver the message clearly .Most of what we need is good practical common sense and Blaise has this in abundance. He never judged but certainly encouraged and made success within reach. Blaise has extensive knowledge of what it takes to develop a business. He has a really effective approach to passing that knowledge on to his student s and clients, and played a key role in helping me to establish my consulting business. If you need help in starting-up a new business, or re-energizing an existing business, you won’t find a better mentor.

Hugh Ivory Owner, Best Outcomes 

Blaise is so creative with his course work that learning becomes fun. He has many years’ experience and is extremely knowledgeable in his field. I would not hesitate to recommend Blaise and MRIWEX to business professionals as a consultant, mentor or trainer.

John Warburton C.O.O at 

I had the opportunity to participate in a Wick low County Enterprise Board Management Development Programme in 2011/2012, which was conducted by Blaise Brosnan. Blaise is a very experienced business professional with an exceptional knowledge of business matters and finding practical business solutions for companies. I particularly found most helpful his one-to-one coaching sessions and can honestly say my business has substantially benefited from his business advice and tips.

Niall Glynn Owner & Director Niall Glynn & Associates Limited 

Blaise is an incredible trainer and advisor who inspires wisdom and diligence in all those he works with. We have availed of his services many times and know that he’s always only a phone call away, even now, to offer his expert opinion, guidance and experience.

Mary Healy Chocolate / Ice Cream Maker / Tourism Venue 

I attended a management course Blaise delivers for Wicklow Enterprise Board and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. Blaise was instrumental in showing me how to make the changes required in both thinking and forward planning to allow me to achieve my goals. He is very well informed and has a very easy going manner which allowed all present to relax and feel at ease during the course which i think helped us greatly. He has a natural ability and understanding at management level which I found invaluable and his ability to cut to the chase really helped me focus on my business at a time of expansion. I would highly recommend Blaise’s services to any start up or mature SME and I look forward to gaining more insights from him in the future.  

Damien Keane  Damien Keane Garden Design  

Blaise Brosnan Bio

Blaise Brosnan is a Kerryman living in Wexford with his wife Delia. Their two kids have “flown the nest” and are building their own successful professional careers.

His parents were the local merchants and provided the full range of retail services to the local parish community. This community was made up mostly of small dairy farmers. The flow of money was scarce in the fifties and sixties which necessitated the use of a barter type of working capital system. Blaise remembers the local farmer wives bringing their farmyard produce such as eggs, rabbits, chickens and turkeys to be bought by his parents. In turn the customers purchased their basic groceries and animal rations. Generally no money changed hands, but everything was balanced off in the customers own accounts type notebook. This was the environment within which Blaise received his first practical experience of trading.

After attending the local national school Blaise went on to the Salesian Secondary school in Pallaskenery Co. Limerick. The Salesians’` were ahead of their time in relation to their philosophy about the delivery and the value of education. For instance they didn’t believe in administrating corporal punishment, as was the norm during that era in schools. Kerry had a strong culture regarding the acquisition of formal education. It was seen as a meal ticket towards a permanent pensionable job.

Blaise graduated as an agricultural economist in 1972 from UCD. The breath of the experiences during colleague life and summer jobs was both enjoyable and rewarding in many ways.

Blaise was recruited as Assistant General Manager of Golden Vale Co-operative Marts in January 1973. He was given responsibility for the restructuring of the network of marts which he had completed before he left to join Wexford Farmers’ Co-operative (WFC) in April 1974 as CEO. These were very stretching experiences for a young raw graduate, but he learned quickly and won the game. During his twenty one years as CEO of WFC, he built the business from a humble baseline to become a multimillion business. The strategy he led was to develop and provide the full range of Agri services within its geographical area, rather than to expand horizontally into new geographical areas. This core strategy has stood the test of economic times.

To underpin this “cutting edge” experience, Blaise went back to TCD to study for his Masters and graduated with a M.Sc.Mgmt in 1991.

Blaise set up Management Resource Institute (MRI) in 1995. This business specialises in a range of interrelated services including business consulting, management training and commercial mediation services. His practical understanding of the dynamics of management equips him to make meaningful interventions for clients at various stages of the “life-cycles” of their businesses.

In addition to this, he has gained further National and International experience, having successfully completed a portfolio of consulting contracts in US, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and in Russia.

Outside of his role as MD of (MRI), he is currently chairperson and part owner of four other businesses. He holds or has held a number of other influential positions. He is the former regional chairman IMI (Wexford), founder of IDW, founder member of Enniscorthy Rotary Club, past board member of Wexford Opera He is also an Affiliate of the Irish Management Consultants. (IMC).

In 2008 he launched his first book titled - You are the Limiting Factor, which is a management resource book.

In 2011 he launched his second book titled Jack-business lessons from life, life lessons from business. The central message of this book is that we are all the product of both our inherited genetic map and how we have reacted to various issues we met on our life’s journey. Blaise believes that by reflecting on the 198 “nuggets of wisdom” contained within the covers of Jack, the reader will be better equipped to positively react to the opportunities and or threats he/she meets along their own particular journey.

He has just completed the script for his third business related book which will be published in 2013.

Publishing these books provide Blaise with the opportunity of positively influencing a wider audience than he could physically in front of. His Mission is to facilitate as many business people as possible to increase their individual capacities to commercially manage their respective businesses better.