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SECAD Noticeboard February 12th 2013

SECAD Noticeboard February 12th 2013

Last chance to get on the Business Focused Training Programmes.

It is not too late! 

SECAD recently announced new dates for Business Focused Training Programmes. The first of these programmes will commence on February 18th 2013 in the SECAD Training and Mentoring Centre, Midleton, so now as that date approaches, if people are interested they should contact SECAD as soon as possible.

The Training Programmes are;

  • How to do Market Research
  • Managing Costs and Cashflow
  • How to Pitch your Business and Generate Sales
  • Social Media and Online Marketing
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Grow Your Business

These programmes have been designed in response to the specific needs of would be Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners in the South and East Cork Area.








SECAD’s Liam Fitzgerald at SECAD’s new training and mentoring centre

One of the courses on offer is the ‘Grow Your Business’ here is an overview of this excellent course.

This is a programme for progressive business owners who see opportunities to innovate, move forward and achieve business growth. You will be given the guidance, encouragement and practical assistance to help your business move towards realising its full potential.

Participants who have the drive and determination to try new things to achieve business growth will be given every support available including one to one mentor support if appropriate.

The programme will run over 6 morning sessions and will cover topics like;

Business Strategy

Business Planning

Marketing Strategy and Plans

Growing Sales/ Improving your Selling Skills

Innovation and Generating New Ideas

E Commerce

Social Media

Managing Costs and Cashflow

Action Plan to Grow Your Business







Programme Objectives

To help business owners better manage their businesses

To help business owners see new opportunities for their business

To refresh business plans to achieve growth.

The dates for these courses are as follows:

Grow your own Business: 6 sessions on February 21st, February 28th, March 7th, March 14th, March 21st and March 28th 2013. Times: 9.30am – 12.30pm, Venue: SECAD Training and Mentoring Centre, Midleton, Cost: €100.

Managing your costs and cash flows: 3 afternoon sessions on February 21st, February 28th and March 7th 2013. Times: 2pm – 5pm, Venue: SECAD Training and Mentoring Centre, Midleton, Cost: €50.

How to do Market Research: 3 afternoon sessions on February 20th, February 27th and April 10th 2013

Times: 2pm – 5pm, Venue: SECAD Training and Mentoring Centre, Midleton, Cost: €50.

Social Media and online Marketing: 3 sessions on February 19th, February 26th and March 5th 2013.

Times: 2pm – 5pm, Venue: SECAD Training and Mentoring Centre, Midleton, Cost: €50.

How to pitch your business and generate sales:  3 sessions on February 18th, February 25th and March 4th 2013. Times: 2pm – 5pm, Venue: SECAD Training and Mentoring Centre, Midleton, Cost: €50.

Start your own business: 8 sessions on Feb 22nd, March 1st, March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd, March 29th, April 12th and April 19th 2013. Times: 9.30am – 12.30pm, Venue: SECAD Training and Mentoring Centre, Midleton, Cost: €100.

Please contact Liam Fitzgerald on lfitzgerald@secad.ie or 021 4613432 if you would like more information or to discuss your specific needs.

These training programmes are funded through the Rural Development Programme 2007- 2013 and are open to individuals and businesses eligible under this programme.

Community Support at SECAD

SECAD’s community support work includes capacity building for community groups, investment into community facilities and amenities, village enhancement and working with specific initiatives such as a youth film project, a men’s shed, a youth mental health project and a sports development programme.

Knocknamanagh Old School is a fantastic example of how SECAD’s Community Support works.








Before the finish at Knocknamanagh







Lisa Rauch with the finished Knocknamanagh

Under the Local Community Development Programme we aim to prioritise people and disadvantaged communities, which means that we target those furthest from access to education, training and employment, and those at highest risk of social exclusion. There are four goals under this programme:

1. Promote awareness, knowledge and uptake of a wide range of statutory, voluntary and community services.
2. Increase access to formal and informal educational, recreational and cultural activities and resources.
3. Increase people’s work readiness and employment prospects.
4. Promote active engagement with policy, practice and decision making processes on matters affecting local communities.

Under the Rural Development Programme SECAD offers grants to eligible projects which fulfil the criteria of the Rural Development Programme. This programme covers both urban and rural areas in the SECAD catchment area. If you wish to apply for funding for your community, SECAD staff will advise you on how to develop your idea and also put you in contact with the necessary expertise you may require from other agencies.

Whether your project is only at the idea stage or may have developed further, you can telephone and arrange to meet one of our Development Officers or for them to call to you to discuss your proposed project.

For Further Information about our Community Support please contact Nuala O Connell, Development Officer 021-4613432 or email noconnell@secad.ie






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