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This course is ideal for those who already have a Facebook page for their business and want to learn more about how to increase engagement, add apps & advertise on Facebook

  • A review of a Facebook’s page main features
  • Scheduling posts & media types
  • Using video on a Facebook page
  • Facebook Ad Campaigns – types, targets & Power Editor
  • Running a Facebook competition
  • Adding & using apps on your Facebook page
  • Facebook insights and statistics what they mean

Outcome

On completion participants will have a knowledge of tools & methods to increase engagement and extend the reach of Facebook posts through advertising.

Date: Thursday 1st June 2017

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Time: 10am to 2pm

Cost: €20

Book your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2j9Vm1f

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‘Join 14 million people who use MailChimp to grow their businesses on their terms.’

Newsletters are still a very effective way of communicating directly with your customers. If you want to learn how to use MailChimp for your business then this course is for you.

Topics covered include:

  • Setting up a MailChimp account
  • Using and creating templates
  • Creating a mailing list & populating it
  • Sending out a newsletter
  • Reviewing reports
  • Overview of integrating MailChimp with your website

By the end of this course you will have setup a MailChimp account, created and sent out a newsletter.

Date: Thursday 11th May 2017

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20

Book your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2juYDvj

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“Marketing with a Tight Budget” is designed to support SME business owners looking for efficient, effective and low-cost marketing strategies to help the business to grow and prosper. Marketing is an essential commercial function, no matter what type of business you run, or what type of business you plan to start. Without marketing, no-one will know your business exists. This workshop focuses on conventional and traditional marketing strategies that will complement online strategies.

This half day interactive workshop is for

  • Start Up entrepreneurs;
  • People interested in leaving employment to start and run their own business;
  • People who have been unemployed, have a business idea and are considering starting their own business.
  • SME / Business Owners and Managers.

Course Outline:

Customer Focus – Customer Needs 

  • Importance of understanding and knowing the customer and their needs
  • Customer Segmentation – identifying the target market
  • Create strong consumer insights: Why will people buy?

Branding – Product Benefits

  • Importance of Branding
  • Understanding your Unique Selling Point (USP)
  • Developing a SWOT analysis
  • Importance of competitor analysis

Marketing 4 P’s – Product, Price, Place & Promotion

Product: Is there a market need for the product / service

Price: Is the pricing strategy right?

Place: Has the business got the appropriate ‘distribution’ for the product / service?

Promotion: What is the key message? What are the best channels to reach the target market with a limited budget?
Is the product / service benefit clearly communicated and is there a call to action.
Date: Thursday 6th of April 2017

Time: 10am to 2pm

Venue: The Mill, Newton Link Road, Drogheda.

Cost: €20

Book your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2iVMazI

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Whether you are planning to start a business or if you already run a small business, you need to be aware of the basic requirements in relation to record keeping. Not only do you need to be able to understand how your business is performing but you also need to be able to compile the information required to comply with the various tax regulations. Your bank will also expect you to keep your financial information up to date.

This Workshop will provide an overview of all aspects of maintaining proper books of account for a start-up or small business. You will be guided through the setting up of a proper system of book-keeping and how to use the information recorded, to run your business. The Workshop will also touch on cash flow management and tax registration and compliance.

The basic fundamentals of finance includes being able to address the following:

  • How to structure your business – Sole Trader or Limited Company?
  • Registering your business with the tax authorities
  • Recording bank transactions – Daily Cash Book
  • Recording customer and supplier invoices – Invoice Day Books
  • Preparation of VAT returns
  • Managing Cashflow
  • Importance of good Credit Control
  • Overview of VAT/PAYE/PRSI/Income Tax / Corporation Tax requirements
  • Accounting software available to the Small Business Owner

Attendee Outcome:

On completing this Workshop, attendees will have gained a good understanding of the basic accounting requirements of a small business.

Date: Tuesday 28th March 2017

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20

Book your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2i90XmE

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Image result for louth leoThis course is ideal for small businesses who are looking to learn to be more familiar with Twitter’s functionality and want to generate leads and business from the micro-blogging platform.

  • Understand Twitter terminology
  • Discover different free tools available
  • How to measure the reach of your tweets
  • Local ‘Twitter chats’
  • Twitter advertising
  • Twitter analytics

Outcome

On completion participants will have knowledge of tools and methods to increase and extend the reach of their businesses through Twitter

Date: Thursday 16th February 2017

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20

Book your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2iaF0XP 

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7c6sv9fwWe’re delighted to welcome Orlaith Carmody to The Mill on January 31st for a one day Masterclass on
Communication & Presentation skills. This course is specifically aimed at businesses targeting Managing Directors, Owner-Managers and C-Level executives. Places are restricted to six people due to the highly-interactive nature of the workshop.

 

Participants in the workshop will:

  • Hone their presentation skills
  • Increase their confidence in pitching the right material at the right level
  • Building a narrative
  • Focus on their communication strengths
  • Strengthen their selling skills

book-cover-480-197x300Orlaith Carmody is the author of Perform As A Leader, and the Managing Director of Mediatraining.ie.  A highly skilled corporate trainer, leadership consultant and strategy coach, she is in demand as a keynote speaker, conference chair and seminar leader. Over the years she has worked with some of Ireland’s most influential business people, networks and political groups, and has presented at conferences in the USA, UAE, Canada and all over Europe.

 

 

Contact Anna at admin@themilldrogheda.ie or 041-9802444 for additional information.

 

Date: Tuesday, 31st January 2017

Time: 9am – 5pm

Cost: €195 per person, Lunch included

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The Mill is actively seeking new tenants: Apply for a hotdesk or an office NOW!

Fill in this application form and send it to Anna admin@themilldrogheda.ie 

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The Mill’s extension is now complete, doubling the size of office, meeting / training  room, and hotdesk space available for startups and expanding businesses in the greater Drogheda region. This extension was always our intention, and will enable us to increase our support via dedicated programmes and mentoring sessions. We welcome enquiries from innovative and technology-based companies who wish to become part of a vibrant startup hub in a hi-tech environment. We received very strong support from the local community of small businesses and corporations to complete our extension, and couldn’t have done it without them.

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Our new building contains a dedicated ‘Start-Up Lab’ and co-working space. Co-working space has become extremely popular as it allows startups to avail of premium resources with no hidden extras – You pay a single monthly or daily charge and become part of the creative community of ‘Mill-ers’.

We also have  a new 67m2 training & conference room which will offer a premium solution to training providers in the region, and local companies seeking quality facilities for their boardroom meetings.

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cdroundelwithtextbelowltbgOn Friday, 4th November, a group of 15 students paid a visit to the Central Bank of Ireland in Dublin, and met engineers from Mastercard, who introduced the coders to the brand new payments technologies out there. This field trip enabled all participants to gather necessary information for the Payments Dojo project, which has commenced at the Bank of Ireland Drogheda branch in partnership with The Mill.

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The first Payments Dojo took place in the Bank of Ireland on Saturday, 8th October, with 15 students attending the introductory session and sharing ideas on the project. The theme of the new dojo is Digital and we are planning to run a fun and exciting new project relating to payments and payments technology over the coming six months. This follows our recent National ePayments Conference on September 2nd, and our on-going championing of www.M1PaymentsCorridor.com .

What Is CoderDojo?

CoderDojo is a worldwide movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged 7 to 17 can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.

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phase-2-first-floor-work-in-progressOn Thursday, 1st December 2016, we’re holding an open doors event in The Mill and giving you a chance to check out our newly-built Phase 2 facilities, including offices, hotdesks and casual drop-in areas.

It is going to be an informal event with loads of coffee and biscuits, group tours and free advice.

Date: Thursday, 1st December 2016

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Please see a hotdesk brochure here (click on pdf icon):

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illuminate-logo-yellowOn Thursday, 17th November, Alison Cowzer of East Coast Bakehouse and Dragon’s Den, launched the Boyne Valley / M1 ‘Illuminate’ Female Entrepreneurship Programme at The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda. The programme is delivered by the DCU Ryan Academy and is a Fetac-accredited course aimed at entrepreneurs seeking to develop their business. Guest speakers on the day also included Bronagh Conlon of Network Louth, and Jill Stout of CooKit Kids who participated in the first Illuminate programme.

Application Form (click on the Word Doc icon): Image result for word doc

Applications accepted until 16th December 2016

Place confirmation: 13th January 2017

Course start date: 30th January 2017

Send your application to Anna: admin@themilldrogheda.ie

Orla Thornton, AIB, Breanndáin Casey, The Mill, Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse, Christine Meade, AIB, Bronagh Conlon, Listoke Distillery and Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill's kItchen Cookery school at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Orla Thornton, AIB, Breanndáin Casey, The Mill, Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse, Christine Meade, AIB, Bronagh Conlon, Listoke Distillery and Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill’s kItchen Cookery school at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews

Alison Cowzer is a Co-founder of East Coast Bakehouse, the new large scale food manufacturing business based in Drogheda who are producing a range of cookies and biscuits for the Irish, UK and European markets. Alison outlined the high points of listening to 53 pitches on Dragon’s Den “the most successful companies have to be adaptable and continually listen to their customers. It’s critical that you also know all the relevant financial figures. A common issue for females is that they don’t ask for the correct amount of money that is needed to deliver their vision. You need to be confident that you can deliver on your promises, and having the right resources is integral to that challenge”.

Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews

The Illuminate programme was created by The Mill Enterprise Hub, with assistance from DKIT and DCU Ryan Academy, to empower early stage female entrepreneurs to develop and expand their business. The programme is supported by Coca-Cola International Services, AIB, and the Louth & Meath Local Enterprise Offices. Applications are now open, with the closing date of 16th December.

Bronagh Conlon, Listoke Distillery at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Bronagh Conlon, Listoke Distillery at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews

“I found the Illuminate course to be of tremendous value to me as a businesswoman”, said Jill of Cookit Kids, “I was able to spend valuable time working on my business in terms of developing the model and to truthfully analyse it, with the guidance and help of some amazing professionals”.

Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill's KItchen Cookery School at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill’s KItchen Cookery School at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews

The first Illuminate course, commenced in October 2015 and enabled early-stage female entrepreneurs from Louth and Meath an opportunity to participate in the specially created course, which is accredited by QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) at Level 6, Minor Award. The programme fast-tracked entrepreneurs businesses to develop their business and leadership skills, achieve scale, and create employment. Participants were given the knowledge, skills and understanding to commercialise sustainable and profitable products by completing 12 study modules including Sales Strategy, Project Management, Business Risk Management, Sustaining & Growing Your Business, Marketing, and Leadership.

Breanndáin Casey, The Mill at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Breanndáin Casey, The Mill at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews

Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub, stated that “it’s great to see Coca-Cola International Services and AIB come on board again to support local business. This keeps the price extremely competitive, and the course is an opportunity to step back from day-to-day activities, and to carefully consider the long-term strategy and goals of their business, as part of the Business Model Canvas exercise”.

Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill's KItchen Cookery School at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill’s KItchen Cookery School at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews
Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse, Christine Meade, AIB, Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill's KItchen Cookery School, Caroline Lynch, Local Enterprise Office Louth, Orla Thornton, AIB and Breanndáin Casey, The Mill at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse, Christine Meade, AIB, Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill’s KItchen Cookery School, Caroline Lynch, Local Enterprise Office Louth, Orla Thornton, AIB and Breanndáin Casey, The Mill at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews
Diane McGovern, Jean Moore, Shiny SparklyU and Helen McEntee, Kumon and DS Delta at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Diane McGovern, Jean Moore, Shiny SparklyU and Helen McEntee, Kumon and DS Delta at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews
Orla Thornton, AIB, Maria Forde Dunne, Bridget Kerrigan, Bammedia and Lisa Heeney, Aromabump at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Orla Thornton, AIB, Maria Forde Dunne, Bridget Kerrigan, Bammedia and Lisa Heeney, Aromabump at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews

Illuminate Brochure:

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