Aim: To provide the opportunity & environment for young unemployed people to explore self-employment as an alternative to a life of unemployment.

IgnYte will recruit motivated individuals who have an interest in setting up a new enterprise (social or for-profit, part-time or full-time) onto the Programme.

  • Are you aged between 16 & 30?
  • Are you currently unemployed?
  • Are you interested in one day working for yourself instead of for someone else?
  • Are you passionate about something?
  • Have you a hobby you are enthusiastic about?
  • Do you want to explore starting a new business (perhaps based on your hobby or interests)?
  • Do you see yourself as different from others?
  • Do you envy those who work for themselves?
  • Do you feel others do not fully understand you?
  • Do you dream about one day becoming financially independent?
  • Are you not afraid of taking calculated risks?
  • Are you prepared to work hard to realise your dreams?
  • Are you willing to commit yourself 100% NOW so as to move closer to becoming your own boss one day?

If you answered ‘yes’ to most of these questions then you are ready to apply for IgnYte. Based in The Mill, Drogheda – IgnYte will fire up your ambitions & give you a fresh outlook on the future. Provided you are willing to participate fully, IgnYte will be a life changing experience. Over a 3 week period you will explore many different ideas for starting a new business, discover your true self & learn many new skills. Everybody who participates in IgnYte will be a winner.

So if you wish to apply for the next IgnYte programme, click below to download your application form, fill in your details & send them to Anna

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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  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 or 041-9802444 for additional information.


Date: Tuesday, 31st January 2017

Time: 9am – 5pm

Cost: €195 per person, Lunch included

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illuminate-logo-yellowThis year’s Illuminate QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) accredited Level 6 programme will be officially launched on Thursday, 17th November.mew2016-logo-small

The launch will be run as part of the Meath Enterprise Week 2016 and will take place in The Mill from 12:30pm to 14:00.


All female entrepreneurs welcome to attend, graduates of the first Illuminate course will be talking about the benefits of our programme and will hopefully get you interested in participating.

Our main speaker, Alison Cowzer, Co-founder and Marketing/ Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse, and our guest speaker, Jillian Stout, founder of Jill’s Kitchen and a graduate of the first Illuminate Programme will be launching Illuminate 2.

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Alison Cowzer is a Co-founder of East Coast Bakehouse – a new large scale food manufacturing business based in Drogheda Co Louth. They’re gearing up to produce a range of cookies and biscuits for the Irish, UK and European markets.
As a new Dragon investor in the 2016 series of RTE ‘s Dragons’ Den, Alison has invested in a number of new Irish businesses,  and is working closely with these entrepreneures to drive growth in their new enterprises.

Jillian Stout is the founder of Jill’s Kitchen and one of the graduates of our first Illuminate programme. She set up a cookery school in the welcome surrounds of her home and set about teaching lots of enthusiastic kids everything from pasta & pizza making to cupcakes, bread-rolls & tarts.

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At the end of the event representatives from Network Louth will hold a 10 min discussion on networking for females.

Places are limited, so please book your free ticket here:

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A ‘sod-turning’ ceremony was held on Monday, 18th January in The Mill Enterprise Hub to mark the commencement of construction of the Phase 2 building at a cost of circa €800,000. This will enable The Mill to build on the success of Phase 1, and meet the strong demand for supports to start-ups and expanding businesses in the south Louth, Drogheda, and East Meath region.

The Mill sod turning

The sod-turning was attended by a range of supporters including Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell, Louth County Council, Enterprise Ireland, Drogheda Chamber of Commerce, and a host of corporate partners who have contributed to the success of The Mill. Minister for Business and Employment and TD, Gerald Nash, officially launched the latest phase in the development of The Mill, “This is a great example of public and private organisations coming together to develop entrepreneurship in the region. The rapid success of Phase 1 proves that the Drogheda region is highly entrepreneurial, and I’m delighted that my Department, and the Department of Environment has been able to support the initiative. This funding will help create quality jobs in Drogheda, South Louth and East Meath and assist local entrepreneurs to develop their businesses in a supportive environment as our local and national economy continues to forge ahead”.

The Mill sod turning

The Mill sod turning

The Mill has successfully applied for €250,000 REDZ funding from the Department of Environment, and will also receive funding from Enterprise Ireland, Louth County Council, and private donations. Enterprise Ireland have committed €200,000 to Phase 2, and contributed €300,000 to the first phase of The Mill. Sean MacEntee, Board member of The Mill stated “The Mill’s success to date has been in close co-operation with local business. We have worked with IFS State Street on the IgnYte programme for young unemployed people, with Coca-Cola and AIB in relation to the Female Illuminate training course, and have partnered with Fitz Scientific and other companies on the Drogheda Young Innovators initiative which works with secondary schools in the region. The strong co-operation we have with private companies is testament to the desire of local companies and entrepreneurs to ensure that Drogheda reaches it’s full potential, and continues to maintain and expand on it’s long tradition of industry and innovation. We couldn’t have established The Mill without the financial support of local companies including CRH Ltd, Flogas, Coca-Cola, Outsource Solutions, Premier Periclase, Hilton Foods, Indaver, Mor Solutions, The Recruitment Bureau, and a host of other companies”

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The Mill Enterprise Hub, was created by the Drogheda business community to ensure that Drogheda has the best facilities and support structures for expanding companies and start-up’s in the South Louth and East Meath region. The range of services provided include complete office solutions in a high-spec environment, Hot-desking facilities for Start-up’s and developing businesses, Hiring of Training Facilities / Meeting Rooms, Delivery of Business Training Seminars to local businesses, Mentoring & sign-posting to relevant Enterprise support agencies, and on-site business support.


According to Breanndán Casey, BDM at The Mill, “We currently have over 60 people and 15 companies based at The Mill. This phase 2 development will give existing Mill-ers the space to develop and take on new employees. Drogheda is ready to take a lead role in promotion of regional entrepreneurship, and can now offer the supports that are needed for local entrepreneurs. I’d encourage anyone thinking of starting a business to contact us directly. Phase 2  will cement our position as the focal point for entrepreneurship in the region, and allow us to offer an increased range of supports, to both, Millers and local companies. One of our many ambitious plans is the establishment of an M1 Payments Corridor which would link the IFS with Belfast via Dublin airport, Drogheda and Dundalk and would give indigenous Fintech companies and larger Payment firms a strong foothold in the region”.




Future plans for The Mill include continued promotion of targeted groups such as female, young unemployed people, and second-level students, the development of an Ag-Tech network for technology suppliers to the Ag-Food sector, and the establishment of the M1 E-Payments Corridor.



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Breanndán Casey

Graham O’Rourke, Chairman of Drogheda Enterprise Centre Ltd, today announced the appointment of Breanndán Casey as the new Business Development Manager at The Mill.

Graham stated that ‘Breanndán has worked in sales and marketing and economic development for the past fifteen years, within both the public and private sectors. He has worked with a range of economic development agencies across the island of Ireland and has a particular interest in small enterprise support’.

He added that ‘Breanndán’s qualifications include a Higher Diploma in Small Enterprise Support from DKIT and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management. His key skills are in start-up support, sales development, cross-border support and project management’.

Graham concluded that ‘Breanndán’s experience of working with micro-enterprises, Foreign Direct Investment and of running a small business, will greatly contribute in developing The Mill as an Enterprise Hub for the Drogheda, South Louth and East Meath region’.

A native of Laytown, Co. Meath, Breanndán is married to Siobhán and they have four young children.

He takes up his new appointment on the 7th of May.



Louth based businesses and people with new ideas are being targeted by a €2.56 Million cross-border economic growth initiative, VITAL.

VITAL Project Managers will be visiting Drogheda on Monday March 24th as part of its mission to identify interested businesses and serial entrepreneurs and to identify individuals with new and innovative ideas.

Kieran Fegan, Director of VITAL, which is funded by INTERREG IVA Programme, based in the Dundalk Institute of Technology says the team are continuing with its winter tour of workshops within the cross border region. “VITAL is identifying and evaluating a pool of ideas and presenting these to seasoned entrepreneurs and experienced managers who have the skills and knowledge to bring those ideas onto a commercial platform through their existing businesses or through new business start-ups.”

Join Kieran and his team for the evening workshop to be held in the Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda on Monday March 24th at 6pm.

To register and find out more visit


Louth Enterprise Week is November 25th – 29th and we are delighted to confirm that The Mill will be hosting two events as part of the Louth County Enterprise Board’s programme.

Both are afternoon sessions starting with lunch and registration followed by a series of engaging talks, networking and workshops to inspire and motivate you.  All events are free and places are limited so please book now.


Details of Louth Enterprise Week at The Mill, Drogheda
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Booking and More Information

To book your place and find out more visit our Enterprise Week in Louth page.

Dragons Den is now seeking applications for Series 6. Filming will be in February. Get all the details from our Patron and Ireland’s favourite Dragon, Gavin Duffy, here:

If you feel like you have a lucrative business idea or are already operating successfully and looking to expand, and could use the financial backing then this is the show for you. Apply now for the next series of Dragons Den and see if your idea is good enough. Closing date December 20, 2013.

If you are thinking about growing your business, have you thought about the market potential in other markets? Is your product or service exportable? PLATO EBR is recruiting micro-businesses and SMEs for an internationalisation cluster in association with Bisnet-Ireland.

PLATO EBR wishes to invite micro-enterprises and SMEs interested in exporting and internationalisation of their company to join a Cluster of approximately 20 companies through the PLATO EBR Programme to work through a series of workshops led by Bisnet-Ireland. Some may even decide not to export at the end of the Programme but it stops you wondering what could have been, and gives you a good grounding for what you might do in the future.

Are you keen to learn from the experiences of leading entrepreneurs and experts?
Would you welcome advice and support from those who have exported successfully?
Do you want to discover solutions for export growth challenges and network with companies throughout the East Border Region?

If so, join us at a no obligation information evening:
Date: Thursday 7th November 2013
Time: 6.00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Newry


To find out if your product or service is exportable, you may need assistance with getting it to market; perhaps you need the confidence in getting it to market from experts that have been through the process many times over. Since more and more SME’s are recognising the value of internationalising their product, PLATO EBR is offering a series of workshops for businesses interested in exploring whether or not they should expand their marketplace. The workshops will focus on a range of delivery methods including case studies and best practice examples and topics include but are not limited to:

  • Why internationalise?
  • Marketing tools for export
  • Funding internationalisation
  • Partnerships for internationalisation
  • The Marketing Plan – target markets
  • Bringing New Products to New Markets
  • Competition

A cluster strategy is an anticipated outcome of the Cluster which will comprise an action plan for each participating business identifying the current and anticipated future needs of businesses in the Cluster. For further queries or to apply contact PLATO EBR, Unit 4 M:Tek Building, Armagh Road. Monaghan. Ireland, visit or email