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At Midland Business Training, we deliver a wide range of training programmes and mentoring clinics, each specifically designed to enhance our participant's skillsets. Our main service provision areas relate to:

Business Mentoring Clinics  

If you have business issues which you feel that a mentor may assist you with, please contact your local enterprise office. They will work with you to select a mentor with the requisite skills to address your requirements.

Midland Business Training is a member of the mentor panel for several Local Enterprise Office's and at present deliver day clinics on behalf of South Cork LEO, Longford LEO, Kildare LEO and Tipperary LEO, please contact your local enterprise office for details of mentoring clinics that will be held in the coming months for dates

One of MBT's most popular training programmes is the Start Your Own Business Training Course

This training is provided in the following formats:

Start Your Own Business Programme

Start Your Own Business Programme

This programme covers essential elements involved in setting up and running a business. It provides participants with the skills to rigorously test the viability of their business idea from market research to taxation and legal structures and culminates in the preparation of a business plan

What is covered:

  • Self-assessment
  • Market research
  • Legal structures - Sole Trader, Partnerships and Limited Companies
  • Revenue and Book Keeping Requirements
  • Understanding the basics of Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet
  • Taxation - VAT for a small business
  • PAYE/PRSI/USC, Income Tax Self -Assessment for Sole Trader and Partnership's and Corporation Tax for Limited Companies
  • Marketing Overview
  • HR Issues for all small business
  • Networking and making your pitch

Day Book Keeping & Taxation 

Day Book Keeping & Taxation

Descriptor - This course provides participants with a solid grounding in the basic principles of book keeping, such as sales and purchases book and debtors and creditors ledgers, bank reconciliation, wage preparation (PAYE/PRSI/USC), trial balance, final accounts, VAT fundamentals, and revenue rules on calculating tax on profit.

Participants will carry out working examples in a calm relaxed environment to aid learning

What is covered:

  • Overview of Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet
  • Book Keeping - Records To Keep - Sales and Receipts and Purchases and PaymentsBook
  • Bank Reconciliation Overview and working examples
  • Debtors Gross Sales - Gross Receipts - Debtor Listing - Amount Outstanding
  • Creditors Gross Purchases - Gross Payments - Creditor Listing - Amount Owing
  • Petty Cash Book
  • PAYE/PRSI/USC - Overview and working examples
  • Self Employed Income Tax Return - Deductible Expenses - Capital Allowances
  • Income Tax Return Working Example
  • Corporation Tax Working Example

Morning Choice 4 Women Business Development Programme

Morning Choice 4 Women Business Development Programme

What women share is that we face complex and gender specific challenges in starting and continuing in business. With these added challenges women entrepreneurs need support to look at aspects of business psychology. The CHOICE4WOMEN attempts to give women entrepreneurs just that, time out to address these and other issues while assisting in harnessing potential and resolve challenges which will ultimately benefit any participant in the world of business.

What is covered:

  • Module 1 - Self Awareness for Business Conditioning and Behaviours
  • Module 2 - Communication and Managing Conflict
  • Module 3 - Resilience, Overcoming Perfectionism, Negative Self Talk and Setting Goals
  • Module 4 - Getting The Balance
  • Module 5 - Going Forward My Action Plan

Presentation Skills 

Presentation Skills

This highly interactive presentation skills training course will give you the skills, knowledge and tools to plan, design and deliver more engaging, structured, persuasive, effective and memorable presentations. It will enable you to set goals as to what you want to achieve in your presentation and control your nerves and grow in confidence.

What is covered:

  • Your Self Awareness Before You Start - What Your Audience Picks Up On
  • Develop your personal presentation skills & style
  • Plan your presentation for impact on your audience
  • Learn the art of simplifying your presentation for easy understanding
  • Understand what people want from a presentation
  • Know how, what and why people remember from a presentation
  • Put effective presentations together in 5 easy steps
  • Manage stage fright
  • Free up your body language to create the right impression
  • Know what you should and should not do in any presentation
  • Engage the audience with the power of stories
  • Stick to your key messages
  • Bring your presentations to life for major impact
  • Know the importance of professionalism
  • Your take home message and call to action
  • Effective feedback on your presentation style

Work Life Balance - Your Health and Well Being while in Business

Work Life Balance - Your Health and Well Being while in Business

Stress is a major issue in business and the workplace. This is no wonder, when we consider the uncertain economic climate as well as the overlapping demands of work and running a business and our hectic personal life. Stress can lead to anxiety and burnout and may have a devastating impact on our physical and emotional wellbeing and confidence if it is not dealt with. 

This training programme enables delegates to analyse their own responses to pressure and produce practical strategies to face daily challenges and become more effective

What is covered

  • Introductions and Layout of the Day
  • How your beliefs and perceptions cause stress
  • Your Conditioning
  • Stress what is it? - Your Interpretation
  • Personality types and reactions to stress
  • The brains response to stress - Good Vs Bad Stress - what is Normal - The Overwhelm Test
  • Self-Management - Recognising your own stressors
  • Conflict and Assertiveness and Learning about boundaries stress management technique
  • Your Action Plan - Prioritising

Self-Awareness for Better Time Management

Self-Awareness for Better Time Management

Time is finite, there is only so much given to us in the day, and in 2019 time is seen as one of our most important commodities.

According to research, 80% of our effects are a result of 20% of our causes, effective time management helps prioritise 20% of our time on the things we consider important hence producing dramatic results

This training programme gives a business person clarity to prioritise their 20% and offer's simple and practical tools to help participants stay at their most effective, it isn't about doing everything with equal effort, it's about getting clear about what's important and deciding where best to focus our efforts.

What is covered

  • Getting started: Your Self Awareness - the psychological frame
  • Who is responsible?
  • Key principles of time management
  • Assertiveness and Conflict Intervention
  • Identifying the different categories of time usage
  • Prioritising, controlling and scheduling incoming tasks
  • Transforming tasks and analysing situations
  • Dealing with time thieves and learning to set Boundaries
  • Setting achievable goals and measurable targets
  • Communicating priorities and deadlines for yourself and in teams

HR & Employment Law and Motivating Staff

HR & Employment Law and Motivating Staff

This 2 day course will assist owner/managers to gain competence in decision making with employees; to have the knowledge to draw up procedures for compliance with employment legislation including contacts of employment, staff handbooks, annual leave, sick leave, recruiting staff, discrimination, grievance procedure, terms implied by statute, Health Acts, letting staff go, JLC's and industrial relations. Participants will leave the course with a better understanding of their role as employers with working templates to support them in relation to operating procedures, staff handbook, and grievance and discipline procedures and policies

What is covered

  • HR Essentials for Managers - Essential Employment Law Understanding
  • Create and Implement an HR strategy - Understanding Policies and Procedures
  • Templates for Employee Handbook, Contracts, Policies and Procedures
  • How to Manage Disciplinaries & Grievances
  • Get the Recruitment Process Right
  • Performance Management and Understanding Staff Motivators
  • Dealing with Bullying & Harassment
  • Conflict Resolution - Rights Vs Needs
  • Several Real-Life Employment Law Case Studies for group work

Conflict Intervention

Conflict Intervention

Descriptor - Conflict is a cost to all business and learning how to resolve conflict positively is a skill that is fast becoming a requirement in our everyday world. Learning about your own self-awareness, how aware you are if your body language and what listening skills you have will assist in determining whether a conflict is resolved positively or negatively and this course covers and in- depth look at existing skills and provides training in the use of appropriate communication tactics and awareness to assist in resolving and intervention in any conflict.

What is covered

  • Self-Awareness test
  • Active Listening skills background and Conditioning
  • Your Communication Style
  • Communication Problems and Skills
  • Define Your Position
  • The 5 Approaches to Conflict - Understanding the Theory
  • Testing Your Predominant Style
  • What Is Your Goal in Conflict Intervention?
  • How to Get What You Want - The Collaborative Stage
  • The Win-Win Theory
  • Your Conflict Intervention Tool Going Forward

Business Psychology for the New Age Entrepreneur

Business Psychology for the New Age Entrepreneur

Setting up your own business in 2019 can be overwhelming but not insurmountable. If you are thinking of finding out more about self- employment this course is an essential before you commence a very valuable Start Your Own Business Course. Most SYOB training focuses on what you have to do, not what you have to be, to become an Entrepreneur, All business training is very valuable and necessary in helping you master the skills but let's not confuse the cart with the horse - What is the point of teaching people entrepreneurial skills unless they first understand what becoming an entrepreneur involves on a personal level? On a feelings and emotional level? On a health and wellbeing level? our New Age Entrepreneur Programme concentrates on your self-awareness and focuses on building resilience and self-confidence to motivate you going forward.

What is covered

  • Your Programming and Conditioning and how it affects you as an Entrepreneur
  • Test your Awareness and Existing Emotional Intelligence
  • Existing Skills and Starting Over Out of Your Comfort Zone
  • Self-Reliance - Basics of Human Needs
  • Behaviour's When Needs Not Met
  • People Skills, Negotiating and Networking - An Essential in Business
  • Time Management and Prioritising
  • Balancing - Health and Wellbeing When Running A Business
  • How Test Your Business Idea and Not Take Things Personal
  • Setting Goals That Work and Self Motivating
  • My Future Action Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I have an idea for a new business – Where should I start?

A. You should contact your Local Enterprise Office (LEO) to discuss your idea. The Local Enterprise Office is the First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland.  LEO’s aim to promote entrepreneurship, foster business start-ups and develop existing micro and small businesses to drive job creation and to provide accessible high quality supports for anyone with a business idea

Q. Who or what is the Local Enterprise Office?

A. The Local Enterprise Office provides advice, information and support to you in starting up or growing your business. With 31 dedicated teams across the Local Authority network in Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices offer you a wide range of experience, skills and services.

Q. What are the LEO’s main roles?

  • To help you deliver on your business idea
  • To drive the development of local enterprise, putting local micro and small business at the heart of job creation in Ireland.
  • To drive and support business start-ups and promote a ‘can-do’ business culture.
  • To increase the job potential of new and existing micro and small businesses.
  • To increase the number of innovative businesses with potential to export.
  • To be proactive in response to the needs of our clients

Q. Are the LEO’s different to the County and City Enterprise Boards?

A. In April 2014 the existing 35 County Enterprise Boards were dissolved under primary legislation and the functions, assets and liabilities were transferred to Enterprise Ireland with the Local Authority structure agreeing to carry out these functions on Enterprise Ireland’s behalf in Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). With 31 dedicated teams set up as offices of within each Local Authority in Ireland, LEOs offer a wide range of experience, skills and services. LEOs also promote enterprise and entrepreneurship and foster a culture of enterprise

Q. Do LEO’s provide support to start-ups only?

A. LEO’s in each county work with both startups and existing businesses looking to expand. Anyone with a business idea or who already has an established business that is looking for information, advice, referral to other supports, guidance on ‘how to start your own business’ or may need training, mentoring or financial assistance (subject to certain criteria) is welcome to contact their Local Enterprise Office. 

Q. What types of financial assistance is available from the LEO’s?

A. LEO’S offer a variety of financial supports to assist the start-up, development and expansion of small businesses in the manufacturing and services sectors (based upon eligibility criteria) as follows:

  • Priming Grant: for businesses trading <18 months

A Priming Grant is a business start-up grant available to micro enterprises within the first 18 months of start-up.  The maximum Priming Grant payable must not exceed 50% of the investment or €150,000 whichever is the lesser.  Subject to the 50% limit, a maximum grant of up to €15,000 per full time job created shall apply in respect of any employment support grant aided.

  • Business Expansion Grant: for businesses trading >18 months

The Business Expansion Grant is designed to assist business in its growth phase after the initial 18-month start-up period.  Micro enterprises that have availed of a Priming Grant are ineligible to apply for a Business Expansion Grant until 18 months after the final drawdown date of the Priming Grant except in exceptional circumstances.
The maximum Business Expansion Grant payable must not exceed 50% of the investment or €150,000 whichever is the lesser.  Subject to the 50% limit, a maximum grant of up to €15,000 per full time job created shall apply in respect of any employment support grant aid.

  • Feasibility/Innovation Grant:

This is designed to assist the promoter with researching market demand for a product or service and examining its sustainability.  It includes assistance with innovation.
If you are setting up or expanding a business, you can contact the Local Enterprise Office in your County us to see if you are eligible for support

Q. Can I be guaranteed that my ideas will be kept confidential if I work with my local LEO?

A. Any discussion between the Local Enterprise Office or Midland Business Training with a business or individual will be held in the strictest confidence

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