TWO management development programme workshops organised by the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association are underway in Meath and Tipperary.
Upon completion of the workshops, participants will be given a series of one-to-one mentoring sessions at the ITBA headquarters in Kildare.
Kerry Ryan of the ITBA caught up with both groups during the week to introduce those breeders attending the workshops to their respective local enterprise officers.
Both Lorna Cooney of Meath County Council and Madeline Ryan of Tipperary County Council took the opportunity to update breeders on the works of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO), which combines the expertise of Enterprise Ireland with the broad reach of local authorities.
They also encouraged breeders to interact with the local enterprise offices, of which there are over 30 across the LEO network.
Significant revenue generator
Lorna Cooney said: “It is our first time supporting this sector but we recognise that the it is a significant revenue generator within the local economy here in Co Meath and we encourage the up-skilling of breeders and their key staff. We would like to take the opportunity to wish the participants of this pilot programme the very best and look forward to supporting them to grow and develop their businesses into the future.”
Madeline Ryan of Tipperary County Council said: “Our Local Enterprise Office is committed to business development and upskilling key staff to deal with an ever-changing business environment and is delighted to support the ITBA in the delivery of this management development programme.
“Every day small businesses strive to overcome challenges and the equine industry is no different. It is hoped that this training will strengthen the skills of the participants and prepare them for the challenges and uncertainty that lies ahead.”
Kerry Ryan commented: “We are hoping to host additional workshops before the end of the year. Galway and Wexford are possibly the next venues. Following the success of this pilot programme, we are keen to develop and nurture the association’s relationship with the LEO network.
“Should breeders wish to contact their local enterprise officer, the ITBA would be more than happy to make the introduction.”