PLATO Belfast has confirmed the
appointment of Brian Donaldson as Chairman with overall responsibility for
providing the strategic direction and sustainability of the organisation and
delivering business growth for participating SME's.
Donaldson, who is currently
General Manager - Marketing and Retail of the Maxol Group and Managing
Director of Maxol Direct (NI), is a Bradford University business studies
graduate with over 20 years business experience in both Northern and Southern
Welcoming Donaldson, Brian
Hunter, Regional Manager of PLATO Belfast, said: "Many SME's in the Belfast
region are benefiting from the Plato ethos. The biggest success of the Plato
network is that it has enabled the collective intelligence of business leaders
in Northern Ireland to be harnessed and shared for the benefit of individual
local companies. Brian is one of Northern Ireland's most respected business
leaders and we are delighted to have him on board."
said: "Maxol has had a long association with PLATO both in Belfast and Dublin
and I am honoured to undertake this role. PLATO delivers real tangible
benefits to participating SME's in the form of business intelligence and
experience. The support, encouragement and assistance it offers serves as a
catalyst for business growth and will play a vital role in the future economy
of Northern Ireland."
PLATO Belfast is a two year
small business development programme which matches top level executives with
new entrepreneurs. The organisation is funded by Belfast City Council,
Intertrade Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.