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Free online Business Planning Course from Chambers Ireland and Griffith College to Address Key Issues for Irish Businesses

Reboot Your Business 2Chambers Ireland, in association with Griffith College, have today (24 April 2020) announced a free online business planning course for its 8,000 members nationwide. Commencing on Thursday 30 April 2020, the course will address the key concerns that businesses are facing, including cashflow, crisis management and managing flexible working practices, and will assist them in developing plans to reboot their business.

Welcoming the announcement of the course, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland, Ian Talbot, said: “Over the last few weeks, we have been working closely with our member Chambers and have listened to stories from businesses throughout the country, hearing how the restrictions and closures necessitated by the national health response to COVID-19, have impacted the operations of their business.

“Many have seen their revenue collapse, have let staff go, and have had to ultimately restructure how they run their business, with lots of companies moving to a remote working model much faster than they ever could have anticipated. The challenges for businesses to harness digital transformation, rebuild their operations and adapt to the post-COVID-19 economy are enormous.

“This partnership with Griffith College in delivering online education in Business Planning will be essential in supporting business in this transition and will be of particular benefit to business managers and owners in their dealings with banks and government agencies in the months ahead.”

The programme will see industry experts lead a series of FREE workshops, entitled Reboot your Business - through your Business Development Plan, to assist the many businesses struggling during the COVID-19 crisis. The ten workshops will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday each week and will be available to view for FREE online. Each session will cover different aspects involved in creating a business development plan. These include industry analysis, competitor analysis, internal evaluation, finance, market performance and logistics. Leading industry experts across a range of relevant topics will contribute their experience and advice.

Participants who complete the business development plan may also seek to obtain a nationally accredited QQI Certificate in Small and Medium Enterprise Management from Griffith College, which provides a practical grounding in the skills vital to SME Management.

Dr Tomás Mac Eochagáin, Director of Academic Programmes at Griffith College, said: “We are delighted to partner with Chambers Ireland on this joint initiative and to share the experience of the college’s Graduate Business School team to support Irish businesses.”

The schedule of programme workshops and registration details are available from the Chambers Ireland and Griffith College websites.

 

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