A date for your diary – BorderBizcamp 2014


Calling anyone with an interest in business –BorderBizcamp 2014 is coming your way!  We would love you to join other like-minded business people on Saturday the 13th of September for the third BorderBizcamp.  The venue this year is MIFET at the impressive Monaghan Education Campus on the Armagh Road, Monaghan.

BorderBizcamp is business conference with a difference, being organised by business people for the benefit of other businesses people, with the aspiration of injecting some energy and can-do attitude into the business community along the border.

This year’s theme borrows its title from a Talking Heads track “Lady Don’t Mind’, :

“I’m Not Lost, But I Don’t Know Where I Am”

 …the idea being that we’re getting back on our feet, so now what?  We have an opportunity to go in a new direction.

As in previous years, the uniqueness of the event comes from the variety and diversity of speakers who will be present on the day bringing an expanse of business experience, knowledge and how-to to attendees at the event.  Some of those confirmed so far are Mark Hurley of Mudge, Cera Ward – Google, Shane Martin -  Moodwatchers and Niall Harbison of  These are just some of the 22 speakers who will be contributing on the day. More details of speakers will be announced on as they are confirmed. you can register for this FREE event HERE.

Speakers  - confirmed so far:

Mark Hurley

Mark Hurley is a serial entrepreneur who has a great story to tell. A true example of “had it all, lost it all and got back up again”. A true believer in the power of self belief and a positive mindset, Mark has been described by the Sunday Business Post as “One to watch in 2014″ and was described as ” A man who doesn’t know the meaning of the word No” by George Lee on RTE radio’s show “The Business”

LinkedIn: Mark Hurley



Cera Ward

Cera Ward is Country Manager for Google Ireland, Large Customer Sales (LCS), she heads up the Irish sales team, who are focused on helping large Irish and Irish based International  businesses “maximise” their use of Google advertising platforms and educating the Irish market on Google’s advertising suite – Adwords, YouTube, TrueView, Google Display Network and mobile.

Cera joined Google from 9 years at the national radio station Newstalk, where she led and built their advertising sales team from the early days through to being one of Ireland’s leading national sales teams. Before that, she spent time at a design agency Image Now and ad sales at 98FM.  Cera is a Marketing Institute of Ireland graduate, prior to marketing she studied journalism. Cera is also the chairperson of the IAB Search Council, which strives to inspire and educate marketers in search marketing.

LinkedIn: Cera Ward


Shane Martin

A psychologist, lecturer, trainer, speaker, poet and author – Shane Martin is dedicated to teaching the very best self-help psychology to empower people to enhance the quality of their lives.  He works with the general public, with education, public and private sector organisations across Ireland.  He has recently completed his first self help psychology book which will be launched in the Autumn.

LinkedIn: Shane Martin


Mairead Flynn

Mairead has been teaching Yoga since 1979 and has explored many approaches to meditation including TM and Zen. She trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Bangor University, Wales. She is currently studying Somatic Experiencing , a body-based approach to healing trauma and accumulated stress.

For long committed to mind-body approaches to human wellbeing, Mairead is particularly fascinated by the latest discoveries in interpersonal neurobiology – how our individual nervous systems influence and are influenced by our interaction with others, and how these discoveries are predicted to profoundly revolutionise fields such as health care, education, business and sport.

LinkedIn: Mairead Flynn


Niall Harbison

Hailing from Cookstown, Niall grew up in Brussels.  He spent a number of years working as a private chef before starting his first business – a cookery tutorial website in 2007 at the age of 27.  Although that business failed, he went on to co-found a social media agency Simply Zesty, which was acquired by UTV in 2012.  He is now the co-CEO of global online media platform PR Slides and also growing the hugely popular website Lovin’ Dublin.     He has recently published his first book “Get Sh*t Done” in which he shares the secrets he advocates for anyone who wants to make their life dreams come true.

LinkedIn: Niall Harbison 

The main sponsors for the event are Local Enterprise Office- Monaghan and PLATO EBR – the networking and business development programme which is part financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.


Register for the Border Bizcamp 2014 HERE


Latest videos from Border Bizcamp 2013 now on YouTube

For all the latest videos from Border Bizcamp 2013 check out our YouTube channel .


Catch a sense of BorderBizcamp from Monaghan TV

The Business & Enterprise Show from Monaghan captured a sense of the buzz of BorderBizcamp on the day.  You can view the recordings with a selection of the speakers by clicking on the following links:

BorderBizcamp on Monaghan TV – Part 1 featuring Cecilia Hegarty – PLATO, Feargal McCormack – FPM and Neven Maguire

BorderBizcamp on Monaghan TV – Part 2 featuring Bernard Kirk, George Mordaunt and Paula Clarke



Fantastic line up completed for BorderBizcamp

Saturday, 8th June, 9.15am-4.30pm…….would you want to be anywhere else?

We are delighted to announce the final speakers that complete the line up at this lively “not-to-be-missed” business event:


Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown is the driving force behind Deadly Serious Consultants. As an early adopter of social media he actually started his first business on a budget of £500.  That meant he had zero capital for advertising and PR; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a website built on WordPress were the tools he used to promote his business. A dynamic and creative approach triumphed and Stephen’s first business generated 103 sales via Social Media totalling £25,700 and year 2 saw 247 sales generating £74,100. The presence Stephen created for his business sparked a lot of buzz within the  Northern Ireland business community and further afield.

LinkedIn: Stephen Brown


Martin O’Brien

Martin O’Brien is CEO of Monaghan VEC.  With a background education in engineering and then in education, he was principal of the Bush School, Riverstown, Dundalk and CEO of Sligo VEC prior to taking up the role of CEO of Monaghan VEC in 2007. He has been the driver behind the creation of the iconic Monaghan Education Campus.




Noel Melvin

Working as a training and development manager within the financial services industry, Noel has a passion for the development of individuals. He has been heavily involved in sport over the years having played semi professional football in the League of Ireland with Monaghan United, Finn Harps & Dundalk. Evenings now are now kept busy with training for marathons & half marathons.  Given of the pressures facing staff, he has run a number of Mental Resilience sessions with the focus on “controlling the controllables” and “Self Belief”. Currently assisting the Institute of Bankers with the creation of a recognised qualification for staff dealing with residential mortgage arrears.

LinkedIn: Noel Melvin


Bartek Czerwinski

A creative Internet industry innovator, Bartek is the CEO of Proton Labs, a Dublin based company providing a unique approach to fast-tracking business requirements, iterative design and agile technology developments. Bartek is an award winning interaction designer passionate about exploring, creating and building great user experiences.

LinkedIn: Bartek Czerwinski




Kate Marshall

Kate is a highly experienced Thought Leader, Facilitator and Executive Coach with over 20 years of working at executive level in a variety of industries and organisations globally. She leads KM Consultancy and works with Executives, Boards and Leadership teams globally and is a speaker and Chair for Vistage Executive Leadership, is on the Leadership team for Arrow Ireland as well as being on the faculty for Arrow North America. Kate is passionate about two things – making a difference with those who make a difference for others and living a purposeful, healthy life and which is biased towards positivity!

LinedIn: Kate Marshall


Feargal McCormack

Feargal McCormack FCA is the Founder and Managing Partner of FPM Chartered Accountants, an award winning all-island accountancy and business advice practice.  Feargal is a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster Business School, Chairman of Chartered Accountants Ireland, NAMA Forum and member of NI CBI Regional Council. In June 2012, he received the prestigious All-Ireland Award from the Institute of Management Consultants in recognition of his significant contribution to business and public life in Ireland.

LinkedIn: Feargal McCormack


Richard Moore

With a background in agriculture and the meat industry in Northern Ireland, Richard has worked through times where the industry was crippled by an export ban, through to the point where as Joint Managing Director of Linden Foods, he has overseen the growth of the beef exporting business to being a major player in the Beef and Lamb industries with 5 sites across the UK and Ireland and a recently opened £12 million retailed packing and product development facility in Dungannon, where over 600 staff are employed. Maintaining a directorship in Linden Foods, Richards is now in the role of MD of Linergy Ltd as fledgling rendering and renwable energy company in Dungannon.

Paul Bond

Paul Bond is managing director of, Monaghan’s 4th largest workwear store. When the wheels came off the Irish economy he realised that the only chance for his company was to export via e-commerce. Now they export 91% of their online sales all over the world.

LinkedIn: Paul Bond


More inspiration & expertise comes to BorderBizcamp 2013

Enda McShane

Enda McShane is CEO of global customer engagement agency, Velocity Worldwide.  A colourful character, Enda will passionately demonstrate why it is important to develop a one to one relationship with your customers whether it’s on a B2B or B2C level.

Velocity Worldwide



Colleen Harte

Colleen was inspired to create Lucy Annabella Organics when she realised that ‘being organic’ is as much about what we put on our bodies as what we put into them. Colleen is a Complementary Therapist and Clinical Aromatherapist who lives by the ethos that ‘Our health is paramount to our happiness’. So in 2011 after travelling all over the world from Ireland, London, Thailand, Australia, Provence, France and beyond in search of knowledge and the finest ingredients and organically dedicated farmers, Colleen felt it had become time for her to actively combine all aspects of her life’s loves and purse her passion, to formulate and blend beautifully organic ingredients and share them.

LinkedIn: Colleen Harte

Niall Harbinson

Niall is an entrepreneur who founded Simply Zesty in 2009 in his spare bedroom with €10,000 in start-up capital, and developed it to a global digital agency which he sold 3 years later to UTV. The company helps brands such as Vodafone, Samsung and Sony with their social media strategies developing creative campaigns on platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.  Simply Zesty recently merged with Tibus Digital to create one of Ireland’s and the UK’s largest digital media agency with 50 people spread between Dublin, Belfast and London. Niall is also an angel investor backing small Irish companies to help them create jobs and achieve the same success as Simply Zesty.

Simply Zesty


Edel Doherty

Edel is Managing Director of Business Travel Solutions part of the Barrhead Travel Group, an innovative business travel solution company offering customers bespoke travel management solutions. With 30 years  experience in the Travel Industry,  and having built up other successful travel companies she felt it was time to take on a new challenge and open her own business. Under Edel’s leadership and in today’s economic environment in three years her business has gone from start-up to a turnover in excess of £5.5 million, testament to her drive and determination.  Edel strives to make every opportunity count not only in her business life but in her commitment to help others achieve their potential.

LinkedIn: Edel Doherty


Michael McGrath

Michael McGrath is a software engineer who loves what he does.  With his business partner he founded Trace First in 2007 and virtually 100% of their revenue has come from overseas throughout their history. They had a major success in early 2011 when they won a $5m contract with the US Federal Government to licence software from them as well as a bundle of implementation services. They now have users in every US state and are building upon this footprint. They don’t have external investors and focus on profitable projects in their niche sector with happy customers.

Trace First



Many hands make light work – BorderBizcamp just goes to prove it!

BorderBizcamp is an event which is organised by business people, supported by business people and all for the benefit of other business people.  It’s a fun event to be involved in, where everyone does a little and it adds up to a lot.

So this post is to acknowledge the collective contributions of  all those who have helped out so far:

In addition to the consumables that make the day brilliant, there is a collection of great people who have also contributed to bring the event together:

Annmarie McHugh, DKIT
Linked In: Annmarie McHugh

Brian Morgan,  Morgan McManus Solicitors
Linked In : Brian Morgan

Briege Quinn, Monaghan County Enterprise Board
Linked In: Briege Quinn

Bryony Flanagan, Green Hat Consultancy
Linked In: Bryony Flanagan

Carole Donaghy, Blue Monday Marketing
Linked In: Carole Donaghy

Cecilia Hegarty, PLATO EBR
Linked In: Cecilia Hegarty

Claire Cunningham, Aura Internet
Linked In: Claire Cunningham

Darren Greenan, VFECTO
Linked In: Darren Greenan

Gerry Moan,
Linked In: Gerry Moan

Kieran Fegan, VITAL Programme Manager, DKIT
Linked In: Kieran Fegan

Joe Shiels, Monaghan County Council
Linked In: Joe Shiels

Paul Bond, Brixworkwear
Linked In: Paul Bond

Rhonda McDowell, PLATO EBR
Linked In: Rhonda McDowell

Riona Carroll, Business Support Services
Linked In: Riona Carroll

Ruth Daly, Sort-it
Linked In: Ruth Daly

As the old fable goes (so beautifully adopted by Bill Liao in his book of the same name) ….we are all working together to make “Stone Soup” and it works out so well.  So if you want to be part of the excitement make sure you BOOK YOUR PLACE.