Expert boost for Gaeltacht businesses

The creation and exploitation of new opportunities to enhance the prospects of fledgling enterprises throughout the Gaeltacht areas of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland is the aim of CeangalG’s new bank of expert mentors.

CeangalG, the EU INTERREG IVa funded project, has recruited a number of expert mentors to help businesses working in the media, cultural tourism and community enterprise sectors enhance their opportunities and raise their ambition.   Their services will be made available free of charge to qualifying businesses or entrepreneurs.

This is part of a two pronged strategy from CeangalG.  Shortly the highly successful Marketing In A Multilingual World master class developed by the project’s training manager, Fionbar Ó Baoill, is to be rolled out in Scotland.

Following the success of courses in Donegal and Belfast, the Marketing In A Multilingual World course will be coming to Portree and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye and Oban on 1-3 July.    Places can be secured on this free course by contacting CeangalG at 01471 888352 as soon as possible to ensure your berth.

Later this year, media companies will be invited to a pitching session so they can hone their skills in pitching ideas for new dramas or TV formats to industry experts.

It’s fair to say that we’re keen to focus very much on the emerging media sector as this provides endless opportunities for talented companies throughout the Greater Gàidhealtachd to get their story – and our story – out to a wider audience,” said Training Manager, Fionbar Ó Baoill.

The provision of mentors is the main element of our  ‘A Step Up’ programme to provide companies, some of which are starting off and others which are on the road for a number of years to move up a level or two so they’re in a better position to exploit the many opportunities out there, particularly for those companies who are in the lucky position to have the unique selling point of a Greater Gàidhealtachd location and working through the medium of Irish or Gàidhlig.”

The recruitment drive to enlist these companies was launched this week as part of a roll out of a number of CeangalG projects including the inspiration video series, SpreaG, which is available to view on the project’s website, www.ceangalg.net.

It’s often the case that a company or entrepreneur just can’t see the opportunity or perhaps can see it but believes its beyond reach – our bank of expert mentors will ensure that they will get the advice and encouragement they need to make the necessary and appropriate adjustments and investments to get the best possible return.”

Already recruited to the bank of mentors are West BIC, the south west Donegal based  business innovation centre headed by Eunan Ó Cuinneagáin, former Derry City of Culture and Temple Bar Properties Director, Dermot McLaughlin and Sarah Meehan who headed up the marketing last year for Donegal’s very successful ‘The Gathering’.

However other mentors are being actively recruited from Scotland and Northern Ireland to ensure that wherever you and your enterprise may be located within the Greater Gàidhealtachd, there will be an expert on hand to advise you of the best way to move forward with your plans.

The emphasis will be very much on expertise delivered as appropriate, according to the Training Manager.

We can facilitate an informal approach which is more associated with the roots of mentoring, emphasising and allowing “the mentor”, to pass down their skills, knowledge and experience to individuals in the Gaelic world appropriately,” said Fionbar Ó Baoill.

As part of ‘Step Up’, the relationship between mentor and the mentored company or business person will be naturally developed. The pace of the relationship will be  controlled by the mentor and will consist of an inspirational and influential approach.”

In order to qualify for assistance under the scheme, you will need to complete a simple application form which is available here. Queries will be dealt with by our training manager, Fionbar O Baoill, who can be contacted at fionbar@ceangalg.net