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A PLATO EBR Perspective on BorderBizcamp 2014

For the third year running, Border Bizcamp 2014 drew crowds from near and far, from 15 counties across the island for what proved to be yet another truly enlightening event – full of inspiration, shocking stories of losses and gains, and fresh ideas about managing new ventures. Border Bizcamp which is normally held in June was held on Saturday 13th September 2014 with a change of venue this year as Border Bizcamp 2014 went to the new Monaghan Institute Education Campus, a fantastic modern facility conducive to networking.

With over 240 registered from 16 counties of Ireland (excluding 22 Speakers) and circa 162 attending, the Border Bizcampers must be doing something right. The 2014 event focused on three themes as follows:-

  • Theme 1: “It’s a long way from there to here” Personal inspirational stories of business, lessons learnt, tales of highs, lows and the climb back up again.  

  • Theme 2: “The Inside Job”  You are the greatest resource your business has. If you are not right, the business won’t be right.

  • Theme 3: “To Infinity and Beyond” 
    Business stories that speak of stretching the boundaries of normality – breaking out of Ireland, changing business approaches, changing anything, challenging, diversifying and creating new futures.

Whilst the speakers addressed the various themes eloquently there were common threads reinforced throughout:-

  • Doing things smarter – bootstrapping concept

  • Using the measures provided by support agencies – capital grants, employment initiatives, technology infrastructure

  • Knowing and understanding your market – making money through adding value to the customer

  • Getting up and dusting off after losing it all – being mentally resilient for business

  • Looking after the entrepreneur – personal wellness and productivity for you and your employees

  • The lack of connection between money and happiness – know your personal and business goals.

     

Some PLATO EBR Reflections:

Ian Lucey from Lucey Group present his top 12 smart ways to raise money early, he covered simple things like why the number 7 is so strong compared to 5 or an 8 or 9 when branding, who to go to for different types of support schemes – R&D tax credits use them, the importance of attracting and maintaining quality internships. Ian reminded us to barter with creditors and suppliers and cut out coffee meetings if necessary, there are different perhaps more efficient ways to do business!
Favourite quote: “Better to have hole in your team rather than an asshole” (moo.com).

Declan Coyle got the emotional ball rolling during his talk on choosing which platform you stand on red or green –  red being negative and green being positive. Declan says, “Don’t ask what is needed but what makes you alive”, you need to tune into yourself first in order to switch on others (employees). He talked about personal magnificence and DNA in creating greatness but the ability to choose was vital – choosing to be angry, to suffer or be annoyed. He said, “it is as it is” meaning you cannot argue with 100% reality or you will lose, so why set yourself up for failure learn how to choose to accept reality and deal with it positively. He accepts that doubters will say you can’t switch off your feelings but he says it is ok to feel first but then you must react and this is when you choose which platform to stand on. Another good saying is “If it is to be, it is up to me,” he encourages us all to get empowered, use unique talents and honour them, treasure them.
Favourite quote: If we have 50,000 ideas, 40,000 will be negative and it is up to us to do something with the 10,000 positive.

John Conway from Meteor Electrical carried on Declan Coyle’s theme of choosing how to react in the face of adversity. John grew his cottage business into a reputable firm where a hedging scheme and economic downturn lead to a €3million loss which the business could not sustain putting the firm into liquidation in 2009. John felt it difficult to stomach putting 30 years of business success and personal assets including his home on the line. Losing weight was the least of his worries, when assets are frozen there comes with it personal embarrassment, groceries having to be returned, the worry over providing for your six young children. John was also carrying the blame of losing a substantial local workforce which had spinoff effects for the local economy. That was the first thing John learnt from this “tragedy” not to carry blame around with you, you need to park it. He says he had to work at being positive, and found it easier to be positive when he had money! He had to accept where he was now and not to get negative about it and he reminded the audience that if you think you are different you are on a road to depression. He had a lot of support from family and friends, one friend bankrolled him US$1million and many other professionals, solicitors and barristers give of their services for free so he says if you look at it, I am jammy. He worked with someone (again donating their time for free), who got him psychologically prepared for dealing with the loss and building up again, he hadn’t lost a limb, he still owned his house at that present moment, he had knowledge gained (albeit knowledge he didn’t want), so the only thing he had lost was money. John remarked that intelligence goes down when emotion goes up – like a see-saw. John advised to not whinge about problems but to get options to fix it.
Favourite quote: Just like on an aeroplane, fit your own mask first you have to look after yourself and get yourself into the right space before you can help yourself and others.

Mark Hurley CEO of Mudge Mobile told a shockingly emotional story of his losses and how his despair nearly sent him over the edge. His story was so surreal; it is better left unsaid until you hear it direct from Mark on another occasion. Most people in Mark’s position would give up, his fighting spirit is to be admired, but like the true telecoms genius that he is, Mark is onto the next big thing and most likely onto making another few million. Both John Conway and Mark Hurley now realised the hard way that money helps but it does not make their world go around but happiness (of loved ones) did.
Favourite quote: I had a 3ft rule, if you came within 3ft of me you had to hear about my business. You need to have GRIT (Be persistent); motivation doesn’t last neither does cleanliness!

There were lots more speakers worthy of mention and these are just a few. Shane Martin rounded off Border Bizcamp 2014 in his uniquely comic fashion talking about the difficulty of finding out how happiness works. As a nation, Shane says we are obsessed by the psychological diagnostics of negative behaviour but people would do better if they tried to understand what makes them tick and what makes them happy and businesses can be more productive if they harvest happy employees.
Favourite quote: Start with happiness and everything else flows.

Two books deserving of a mention this year:-

-        Green or Red platform by Declan Coyle –  ALL proceeds going to Make A Wish Foundation

-        Getting Sh*t Done by Niall Harbison – no 1 Best seller in Ireland 2014

PLATO EBR would like to thank all the Border Bizcampers 2014 for letting us join them in their efforts to drive this exciting initiative for businesses within the East Border Region. We thank the committee for devoting time away from their businesses over many months of preparation for Border Bizcamp 2014.

Dr. Cecilia Hegarty
Director, PLATO EBR

 

They came, they listened, they connected, they laughed!

What a day it was Saturday at BorderBizcamp 2014!!!

161 attended

Some of the feedback received already:

Thanks to all for such a wonderful day – the country is in safe hands with you creating such happiness
Frank S,  Co. Meath

 

“Thanks for an excellent day and a great array of speakers.  
It is particularly encouraging to hear from so many speakers with local connections and global experiences. 
Well done to all of you!
Frances C.  Co. Down

 

Via Twitter
@ruthadaly #borderbizcamp Excellent event today.
Great line-up of speakers and very well organised.
Well done to you and all involved.
Barra F, Monaghan

 

“Morning Ruth,Paul and border biz team
You done it again!
Great day, great people, great food, great speakers, great topics.
Whether raising bees or raising funds, saying yes, small changes going green or getting happy, all pure gold.
No one could have left there without some inspiration. 
Thank you 
PC, Armagh.”
Ready to do it again?????!!!
 

Plan your day at BorderBizcamp

Greetings to all planning to attend BorderBizcamp this coming Saturday 13th September.

The clock  is ticking away (2days, 22hours 32 mins) until we gather to create some magic with 22 great speakers, 179 registered to attend, two great coffee girls, a wonderful gang of helpers who brought the whole event together, some excellent food and lots of possibilities!!

So to help you plan your day, here is the schedule of speakers below and the downloadable booklet for the event:

If you have not booked yet, there are still places available but you need to get registered HERE

 

 

Only 5 more sleeps!!!

Don’t miss 22 of the best!! Book your place NOW

 

Theme 1: “It’s a long way from there to here” 
Personal inspirational stories of business, lessons learnt, tales of highs,
lows and the climb back up again.  

Featuring:
  • Ian Lucey, Lucey Fund “Raising Smart Money – what the start-up world doesn’t tell you”
  • William Despard, Bretzl Bakery “My Road to Success”
  • Patrick Barry, VSware “The Adventure of Set-up”
  • Alan McKenna, climote “How to manage change before it manages you”
  • Sammy Leslie, Castle Leslie “Being a benign wizard, sharing spells and lessons from Hogwarts”
  • Máirtín Ó’Muilleoir, Belfast Media Group “The power of Yes”
  • Shauna Gallagher, Nature’s Inspiration “In business with a little inspiration”

 

Theme 2: “The Inside Job” 
You are the greatest resource your business has.
If you are not right, the business won’t be right.

Featuring:
  • Vivien Corr, Career Specialist “Pimp my life – Essential tools for making a career change”
  • Declan Coyle, Andec ”Green or Red Platform – it’s your choice”
  • John Conway, Meteor Electrical “Fit your own mask first”
  • Niall Harbison, Lovin’ Dublin “How to lead a memorable life and get sh*t done!”
  • Vincent Kieran, Armagh & Monaghan Beekeepers’ Association “Putting the buzz back into life”
  • Andrew Dobbin, The Business Mindset “The slimming industry educates business”
  • Mairead Flynn, Ways to Wellness “Do you handle stress like a reptile, a mammal or a primate? And how to become a ‘nervous system whisperer’”
  • Shane Martin, Moodwatchers “The inside job is HAPPINESS: Businesses thrive on it”

 

Theme 3: “To Infinity and Beyond” 
Business stories that speak of stretching the boundaries of normality – breaking out of Ireland, changing business approaches, changing anything, challenging, diversifying and creating new futures.
Featuring:

  • Geraldine Johnston, Boyne Communication “Growing through change”
  • Stuart Steele, Silver Hill Farm “Get the Duck out of here”
  • Cera Ward, Google “If not now, when? If not you, who?”
  • Mark Hurley, Mudge Mobile “It’s time for a new revolution”
  • Aran Blackbourne, Karl Group “Falling from the top and getting ready to bounce”
  • Gerry Wynne, Regnet “Live in 20ish”
  • Mary O’Connor, Safezone “Small change in your business – big change in your packet”

Now you just need to guarantee your seat by registering HERE now!!
Again this year we will have tasty food and refreshments supplied by Pizza Do’r, Mallon’s Food Hall, McClearys Londis, Graydons Bakery, and Celtic Pure, to ensure that everyone is kept topped up and content.

Thanks too to Monaghan Institute for support with the fantastic venue and technology.

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.

We would love to see you there, so please share with your colleagues, employees, friends and family and ask them to register HERE.

 

Have you booked yet?

Don’t feel left out – book your ticket now for BorderBizcamp 2014  HERE

Five reasons why should you come to BorderBizcamp 2014:

  • Great Speakers offering access to a wealth of experience, knowledge and insight that can really help you in your business journey
  • Great Business Contacts - the like-minded attendees at BorderBizcamp come from both sides of the border, a range of business sectors, but are all coming to connect and share as well as be uplifted, informed and inspired
  • Great Food provided by local Monaghan businesses – it’s an easy event to be part of
  • Great Energy - BorderBizcamp creates an authentic energetic space with a buzz that is palpable.  It recharges the batteries, enthuses the supporters and provides all with food for the body, mind and soul
  • Great Value…..oh and by the way it’s FREE to attend.

Here’s a taste of some more of the great speakers you can hear  on September 13th at Monaghan Institute, Monaghan Town, 9.15-4.30pm:

Patrick Barry

Patrick Barry is the co-founder of  VSware, a cloud and mobile based school administration platform adopted by over 25% of Irish schools.   In the past he has been involved with a number of start-ups coming from a background of academic training Information Systems and E-Business.

LinkedIn: Patrick Barry

 

Stuart Steele

Silver Hill Foods is a fully integrated family owned duck company. Founded over 50 years ago by Ronnie and Lyla Steele in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan, the present Managing Director is their son Stuart Steele. Since its foundation the Company has expanded to include additional sites in County Tyrone and in County Monaghan, and cover all trade sectors from Retail to Foodservice in many countries. All aspects of our duck production are owned and controlled by Silver Hill Foods from breeding, egg production, hatching and selection to processing and cooking. For over 50 years, exports have played an important part in the Company’s marketing strategy. As a result the Silver Hill brand is well known and highly respected throughout Europe, China and beyond.

LinkedIn: Stuart Steele

 

Geraldine Johnston

Geraldine Johnston is the owner of Boyne Communication a company that specialises in providing marketing support to start-ups, fledglings and SMEs, offering a personal, practical, and results driven service.  In addition to marketing, Geraldinealso offers clients practical and focused business mentoring and training. Geraldine is an accredited mentor with the Dkit, The Mill in Drogheda and County Enterprise boards. Boyne Communications’ solutions are based on improving what you already do, identifying points of difference, adding value, creating competitive advantage, focusing individuals and teams on business goals and providing the business with a controllable and solid approach to growth.

LinkedIn: Geraldine Johnston

 

 Andrew Dobbin

Andrew is passionate about helping people and their businesses grow. Focusing on helping individuals and business owners achieve more and supporting them to push themselves outside their comfort zone, his clients get results in the areas of problem identification, sales development, presentations, referrals, networking and personal development using the tools of coaching, mentoring and Mastermind Groups.

LinkedIn: Andrew Dobbin

 

Aran Blackbourne

After crashing the family tractor at age 14, Aran soon learnt the art of using a ‘long tail shovel’. He grew up on building sites and developed a passion for a job well done, which over many years led him to the development of Ireland’s Tallest building, the Obel in Belfast.

LinkedIn: Aran Blackbourne

Again this year we will have tasty food and refreshments supplied and supported by Pizza Do’r, Mallon Food Hall, McClearys Londis, Graydons Bakery and Celtic Pure, to ensure that everyone is kept topped up and content. Thanks too to Monaghan Institute for support with the fantastic venue and Eugene T Hamill Photography capturing the events of the day.

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.

We would love to see you there, so please share with your colleagues, employees, friends and family and ask them to register HERE.

 

 

Latest confirmed speakers

It’s building up to be a great event and here are some of the latest speakers to be confirmed for BorderBizcamp 2014:

Máirtín O’Muilleoir

Máirtín O’Muilleoir is an businessman,  politician and author, who served as the 58th Lord Mayor of Belfast for the 2013/2014 year.  A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, he entered politics in 1985, retiring at the 1997 local elections to concentrate on his business career. In that year, he became part-owner of the Andersonstown News, which subsequently developed the New York based Irish Echo. A fluent Irish speaker, he also has interests in other Irish and American businesses.

LinkedIn: Máirtín O’Muilleoir

Vivien Corr

Vivien Corr has been a Guidance Counsellor for the past 11 years. She works with teenagers and adults in helping them make career choices.

 

John Conway

John is the MD of Cookstown-based Meteor Electrical. At the height of its success, Meteor Electrical employed 200 people and sold £150,000 pounds worth of Electrical stock every day mainly in Ireland. However, loosing £3m+ on a disastrous currency hedging scheme and economic downturn the business entered liquidation in 2009, putting 30 years of success personal assets including his home on the line.  Since 09/09/09 John and his 3 sons has re-established the business www.meteorelectrical.com   to trade online now with 12,000 products a mailing list of 35,000and 25000 new visitors to site monthly.

 

Sammy Leslie

 Sammy Leslie, owner of Castle Leslie Estate, has recently been described by the Irish Times as a “Benign Wizard, happily plotting new wonders…”

It all started in 1991 with the sale of her father’s car to start her dream restoration of the family estate.  Sammy has continued to enhance and develop the business year on year and has collected some amazing awards along the way, including finalist in Ernst & Youngs Entrepreneur of the Year (2007) and continues to achieve Gold Medals in the Hotel and Catering Review Awards.

Her ability to continually grow the business from her original dream of great horses, good food and old style hospitality remains true… the customer and guest experience is the foremost priority of  what the team delivers at Castle Leslie Estate.

LinkedIn: Sammy Leslie

 

Declan Coyle

Declan is a director of Andec and one of Ireland’s most internationally experienced Leadership Training & Development consultants. His success as a key motivator and mentor for Business Leaders has in recent years been harnessed in the sports arena where he has given regular goal setting and mental strength motivational sessions to a number of GAA teams. With the Red & Green Platform System he has revolutionised leadership thinking and performance in companies where he has worked.

LinkedIn: Declan Coyle

Remember BorderBizcamp is FREE to attend.  You can register HERE to attend the event and we look forward to connecting with you on the day.

This event is supported by Monaghan Local Enterprise Office and the PLATO EBRProgramme –  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.