In 1999 Melanie Guing Ryan founded Midland Business Solutions Ltd, a company offering Accounting, Payroll, Taxation, HR, Training & Administration services to small and medium sized enterprises.

In 2000, following customer demand for training and development services, Midland Business Training was created to provide specific tailored business programmes to the SME sector. Melanie Guing Ryan is the primary tutor and co-ordinator for delivery of all programmes, with associates delivering modules in their area of expertise.

In 2014 Sean Ryan joined the business bringing a range of skills acquired from his work at senior levels in the public service & semi state sector. In particular his experience in Human Resources and as Chief Executive Officer with Offaly County Enterprise Board Ltd expanded the range of services being provided by Midland Business Training.

Melanie Guing Ryan

(IITD Certified Trainer)

Melanie Guing Ryan MBA, MII, AAT, HDip Social Studies, founded Midland Business Training in 2000. A Certified Training Professional, Business Mediator, Facilitator, Mentor and External Supervisor for over 20 years. Melanie is a graduate of NUI Maynooth, with qualifications in Social Studies, Business Psychology, Master's Degree in Conflict Intervention and Mediation which dealt with research on the cost of conflict and effective behaviours in business. Melanie and Midland Business Training are dedicated to working with business start-ups around the complex area of human behaviour, focusing on capacity building and leadership through self-awareness and conflict resolution.

With a conscientious work ethic and motivational positive attitude, Melanie has a true understanding of the issues facing business people today, and with a motto of "Always keep it simple" she delivers training sessions and workshops, in a dynamic and fresh style that is people centered and has a lasting impact on participants.


  • Master of Arts Degree in Business and Workplace Conflict Intervention and Meditation (including Business Psychology).
  • Certified Practitioner Status Mediator MII with the Mediators Institute of Ireland.
  • Higher Diploma in Social Studies.
  • IITD Trainer
  • Accountant Technician AAT
  • Meitheal Facilitator
  • Over twenty years' experience in business and running her own business
  • Fifteen years' experience in designing & delivering business & personal development programmes in Adult Education
  • Financial Controller, Wilker Ltd Clara Co. Offaly- 1993-1998.

Skilled in:

  • Business Mediation & Conflict Resolution.
  • Business Psychology and Well Being Training and Workshops
  • Business Accounting and Book Keeping and Business Planning - Training Development & Support
  • Assess and Develop Women Entrepreneurship Training Programmes and Network Development such as Choice 4 Women
  • Business Presentation Skills Training
  • Business Group Training and Facilitation
  • Business/Financial Advise & Mentoring
  • Facilitation for Groups
  • Personal Development & Capacity Building.
  • Customising, client specific, tailored business programmes
  • Training needs analysis to support new and relevant programmes.
  • Leadership and Motivational Training
  • Time Management Skills Workshop
  • Business Leadership and Conflict Resolution Training Programmes
  • Mentoring & Business Consultancy

Sean Ryan

In 2014 Sean Ryan joined the business bringing a range of skills acquired from his work at senior levels in the public service & semi state sector. His experience in Human Resources and as Chief Executive Officer with Offaly County Enterprise Board Ltd expanded the range of services provided by Midland Business Training.

Summary details of his career, experience and qualifications include:

Chief Executive Officer & Company Secretary- Offaly County Enterprise Board Limited 2004-2013

Duties included implementation of National Policy for provision of supports to the Small & Medium Enterprise sector, management of limited company and development of new and innovative programmes to address the ongoing challenges affecting the sector.

Senior Executive Officer Human Resources & Industrial Relations Offaly Local Authorities 2001-2004

Duties included Human Resource & Industrial Relations support for senior management of Local Authorities, assisted with National development and roll out of Performance Management Development System for Local Authorities. Responsibility also included training needs analysis and development of Training Plans for Offaly Local Authorities.

Town Clerk Tullamore Town Council 1994-2001

Senior manager for large Local Authority with annual budget of €4m and staffing of 60+

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master's in Business Dublin City University 2005. (Modules included Strategic Business Planning, Innovation, Business performance Review, Human Resources, Accounting & Finance.)
  • Certificate in Change Management-Institute of Public Administration 2013.
  • Certified Train the Trainer-Irish Institute for Training & Development -2010.
  • Certificate in Mediation- Institute of Public Administration -2004.
  • Certificate in Employment Law 2002
  • Management Development Programme (1997) IPA

Skilled in:

  • Strategic and Business Planning
  • Project Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Management and Organisation
  • Human Resources Implementation
  • Training and Development
  • Marketing, Communications and Public Relations
  • Business Mentoring & Advice

Business Associates

Patricia Frayne

Patricia is a chartered accountant with over twenty years post-qualification experience, gained largely in the SME sector working in owner-manager businesses. She was appointed "Centre Coordinator" in Portlaoise Enterprise Centre (PEC) in November 2016. She looks after the day-to-day running of the Centre and liaises with all in-house client businesses to help support and develop their connections with local agencies where appropriate.
Patricia boasts a BA in Accounting and Finance, an EDI Diploma in Teaching ICT Skills in addition to being a FETAC Level 6 Train the Trainer.




Kevin Brady

Kevin has over 14 years of retail management experience and has worked for some of the largest retailers in Ireland including Dunnes Stores, SuperValu and Superquinn. Kevin's passion for IT and Digital Marketing led him to open his own business in 2018, Digital Solutions Ireland. His new business focuses on supporting SME's with services including web design, graphic design, printing, social media management and virtual offices. He also researched, developed and published his own app, Visit Carlow to the various app stores. This app showcases all the places to see and things to do in Co. Carlow and so far has been downloaded in over 20 countries worldwide.




Patsy Ryan

Qualified as a PE teacher, Patsy is general manager of the UCC Mardyke Arena Sports & Leisure facility in Cork. Regarded as one of the largest and progressive facilities of its type in Ireland Patsy brings a wealth of senior management experience to the team. Highly regarded for his work in leisure he offers an extensive knowledge of the industry, not alone in Ireland but internationally having attended and presented papers for international conferences in Europe and North America. He specialises in Business Models, Health & Safety, GDPR, Industry Standards and Innovation.




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