Belfast Telegraph

Campaign aims to improve Ulster's SME leadership techniques

The Department for Employment and Learning is urging Northern Ireland's small to medium enterprises to consider its leadership and management development programme, Made Not Born.

Companies can attend a free information roadshow on September 29 in the Park Avenue Hotel in east Belfast and on September 30 in the Civic & Conference Centre, Craigavon.

This year's campaign was launched during a visit to cinema chain and Made Not Born supporter Movie House Cinemas, which was set up by north Belfast man Michael McAdam.

The cinema chain is taking part in a management analysis and planning programme and the management leadership and development programme, with the aim of ensuring staff can use leadership and management tools to improve the business.

Made Not Born was inspired by the idea that good leaders and managers are not born but made and aims to highlight the benefits of simple but effective management and leadership techniques.

This year, guest speakers will include business commentator and writer Guy Browning, who will speak at the first two roadshow events in Belfast and Craigavon, as well as Northern Ireland man Gareth Dunlop, managing director of internet marketing company ION.

Raymond McAuley, deputy principal of DEL's management development branch, said: "We know Made Not Born is working - with more than 800 SMEs engaging with the programme since it was officially launched in 2009, to learn more about the types of benefits that management and leadership development can have on their business operations."