Tech companies pledge support to Plato SME initiative

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20 August 2015 | 0

Technology multinationals such as Microsoft, IBM, Ericsson and Dell have officially lent their support to Plato Dublin, a scheme where group leaders offer expertise and advice to small business owners.

Supported by the four local enterprise offices in the Dublin Region, Plato runs 11 other European countries. A total of 18 group leaders from across the private sector have signed up for the 18-month programme, making it the largest participation in 10 years.

According to a survey of Plato participants by the DCU Business School, 93% of small businesses owners said they were better equipped to plan specific management practices, thanks to the advice of bigger companies.

Some 83% of those surveyed also said that they improved business productivity as a direct result of the programme, while 79% of said they also increased sales.

“Plato group leaders come from some of Ireland’s most successful and dynamic companies and they bring great insight and experience with them, to pass on to Irish small businesses,” said regional manager for Plato Dublin, Marion Walshe. “Our survey also shows that small business owners are responding to peer-to-peer support, reporting increases in turnover, productivity and performance, through the Plato programme.”

The application stage for the next the next programme opens in January.

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