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Munster HR Associates Ltd t/a 2UpSkill evolved from the very first Tipperary Enterprise Start-Up Support (TESS) run by Limerick Institute of Technology, Thurles back in 2012.
Charlie was made redundant from over three decades in the financial services as Director of Sales Training and Management Development for Ireland. He was now determined to set up his own training company specialising in Management and Sales training as they were the two key areas he had a wealth of experience in after spending over three decades in training Managers and Sales Agents.
Miriam took a sabbatical from one of Irelands largest recruitment companies Sigmar and prior to that spent over two decades in HR with the NHS in the UK and planned on setting up a career coaching service in Thurles with her wealth of knowledge in HR and recruitment.
The TESS programme delivered on the LIT Campus Thurles focused on mentoring and training participants in setting up sustainable businesses with a focus on having a solid business plan.
As both parties progressed through the TESS programme it became evident that the businesses would complement each other and two heads were better than one in running a successful enterprise.
In 2014 Munster HR Associates Ltd was established on a solid foundation, thanks to the guidance and encouragement of the team of professionals leading the TESS Programme. 
With the help of the Ryan Entrepreneurship Fund which is a seed investment fund launched in 2014 for start-up companies on LIT’s Tipperary campuses which were established in honour of the late Dr Tony Ryan. The Ryan Entrepreneurship Fund provides support to start-up enterprises based in the county and will primarily be directed towards companies participating in one of the enabling programmes, courses or modules on LIT’s Enterprise Ladder.
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2UpSkill was partly funded by the Ryan Entrepreneurship Fund and it is with gratitude to the excellent support from LIT 2UpSkill are now a growing enterprise providing specialist training to SMEs across Tipperary and Ireland and are based in the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre, LIT Campus, Thurles.
2UpSkills specialist team of training professionals and career coaches advise business owners and staff members on their development by carrying out a training needs analysis and providing the necessary support in implementing the skills and knowledge gaps identified.
2UpSkill are members of the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) and the Training Cooperative Society of Ireland (TCSI), where we network and share expertise with other professionals in the training and development profession.We are also members of the Lean Enterprise Institute. The Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. (LEI), founded by James P. Womack in 1997, is a nonprofit education, publishing, research, and conference organization with an action plan. The mission is to “Make things better, through lean thinking and practice.”
Charlie Mernagh
Management & Sales Training Specialist
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