Enterprise Board training and mentoring programme to accelerate small business growth a huge success

A new management development programme from the North Cork County Enterprise Board, aimed at helping local small businesses accelerate their growth prospects, was completed in Mallow on Wednesday 29th May. The new ‘Accelerate Manage-ment Development Prog-ramme’ is geared towards owners and managers of Irish micro-enterprises in North Cork which commenced on September 2012 last. Through a series of specially-designed modules and one-to-one mentoring sessions, 12 small business owners in North Cork learned new management, leadership and business skills to carry over to their ‘Accelerate’ areas,.The 12 participants were Jeremy Murphy, Dewlands Service Station, Drumcummer, Kanturk, June O’Rahilly, Philip’s Book Shop, Mallow, Jason McNamara, Solastech Home Insulation, Fermoy,Shane Murphy, Ashgrove Engineering, Kanturk,Liam O’Sullivan, Halcon Cladding, Bweeng, Maria O’Donoghue, Office Assist, Charleville, Sharon Cregg, Park West Flowers, Mallow, Trina Fitzgerald, Dan Joe Fitzgeralds, Mallow, Mattie Taylor, Food Capers, Mallow, Caroline Sheehan, Katies Newsagents, Mallow, Deirdre Duffy, Luna Bella, Mallow and Donal Murphy, Donlouco, Mallow, and Jonathan O’Grady, Coolmarket, Mitchelstown.

Mr Michael Hanley, presented the participants with their certificates on completing the programme and praised their efforts, “Accelerate’ has been designed to help local small business owners address the business challenges that might be hindering their growth prospects. After comp-leting the initial start-up phase of setting up a new business, it’s vital for micro-enterprises to keep investing in continuous improvement, to help develop their business and to enable them to sustain and grow local jobs. All around the country, we expect that the County and City Enterprise Boards will be providing enterprise training to around 27,000 owners and managers of small businesses again this year and the ‘Accelerate’ Programme is a strate-gically important addition to our range of programmes and initiatives for Ireland’s micro-enterprise sector.”

Further information about the ‘Accelerate Manage-ment Development Programme’ is available by contacting the North Cork County Enterprise Board and at www.nceb.ie