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Training & Development

At Nine Arch Consulting we deliver practical, experience-based training courses/ programmes and workshops – in-person and on-line.

We are happy to undertake a Training Needs Analysis with your learners / staff / clients in order to tailor topics to their specific skills level and to fill any knowledge gaps.

Courses are based on lived-experience and include a range of real-life examples, interactive tasks / exercises and engaging content to ensure that participants not only enjoy the sessions and meet their learning objectives but can apply their new skills straight away.

Training and development

Topics include (but are not limited to):


  • Practical Public Relations
  • Storytelling for Business – How to Stand Out
  • Influencing the Influencers – on-line and off-line
  • Developing an Impactful Communications Plan 
  • Presenting with Confidence - Media Interview Skills
  • Event Management 
    • How to Develop and Run a B2C event (pop-up, fair or retail collaboration)
    • How to Develop an Effective B2B event (networking event, product launch or client support event)
    • How to Run Festival or Community Event
  • How to Run an Effective Community Engagement Programme


  • Marketing Strategy & Planning for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Practical Marketing Techniques for Small Businesses
  • Brand Awareness & Management
  • Clarifying Your Unique Selling Point - identifying your niche
  • Practical Market Research - finding the answers you need


  • Identifying Your Routes to Market
  • Channel Development & Management
  • Export Strategies for SME’s
  • Developing a Practical Export Plan
  • Preparing for a Trade Show
  • Preparing for a Consumer Show

Training courses on specific topics can be developed across a broader range of marketing, communications and business development areas.

Mentoring sessions can cover any area within the spectrum of business planning, market development, marketing and communications.

Mentoring & Coaching

Support does not always need to be seen - but it does need to be practical and fit for purpose.

One-to-one mentoring or coaching is the foundation stone of much of what we do at Nine Arch Consulting – we are passionate about the impact it can make for clients.

Over her the course of her career as an entrepreneur and a programme manager in a national support agency Nicola has mentored well over 300 businesses across a wide range of areas, including:

  • Researching, identifying & developing routes to market (at home and abroad)
  • Brand positioning & marketing
  • Brand presentation & communications
  • Strategy development & planning for growth 

Our guidance and advice is based on lived-experience – not just theory. We connect with clients because we have been in their shoes and have faced the issues that they are hoping to address.  

Our approach – we gently but constructively challenge assumptions, drill down into issues and get under the skin of each business to see what issues need to be addressed. We have the breadth of experience to be able to pivot sessions to the evolving needs of the client.

Project Planning

Project Planning & Implementation

We have successfully planned and delivered a broad range of projects and programmes across a variety of sectors including: hospitality, retail, cultural, educational, not-for-profit, financial, health & wellness, fitness, craft and design.

We can develop, plan and implement a variety of projects including:

  • PR launches
  • Marketing campaigns
  • Product / service launches
  • Community initiatives
  • Engagement programmes
  • Outreach programmes
  • Business development initiatives
  • Corporate events
  • Seminars 
  • Conferences

Award / Programme Selection

We have experience developing, running and promoting awards and programmes that require selection or curation of participants. 

Services include:

  • Developing selection criteria
  • Structuring format
  • Recruiting suitable candidates
  • Implementing a transparent selection system
  • Identifying and securing suitable selectors
  • Facilitating the selection process
  • Commissioning the physical awards
  • Organising the announcements / awards ceremonies
Award / programme selection

Group Facilitation & Support

Group initiatives can be powerful – but group dynamics can be challenging. 

We have experience in:

  • Developing and managing group initiatives, programmes and networks
  • Supporting group evolution and progress
  • Providing oversight for funders – ensuring that their interests are kept to the fore 

This can include facilitating:

  • Setting group parameters
  • Recruiting – for new groups
  • Joint goal / objective setting
  • Group planning
  • Measuring success / reviewing

Nine Arch Consulting also work with a selection of associates and experts in the areas of design and innovation, culture and heritage, styling and merchandising, retail management, event production and management, on-line selling and graphic design.  

For a no-obligation conversation to explore how we can work with you, contact Nicola on 059 9728527 / 089 9820500 or email us to request a call back. 

"I have been fortunate to have had the guidance and support of an exceptional business mentor – Nicola Doran – for the past several months, and I cannot recommend her highly enough. From the very beginning, her broad range of skills became evident as she effortlessly addressed every issue I brought to her."

Martha Begley Schade, Galway Fairytales