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Tuesday 8th April 2014 @ The Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda

Opening Times: 9.30am – 6.00pm

Following on from the success of Business Expo 2013, Drogheda Chamber are delighted to host Business Expo 2014. We recognise that through our own network of members, suppliers, sponsors and supporters there is a very significant opportunity to generate new business, new contracts and the potential for new revenues for all who attend. This year along with the Business community we have also decided to open this event up to consumers, allowing stand holders to showcase their wares to a broader range of potential customers and clients both corporate and private.

Admission is FREE

Throughout the day the Expo will have a number of FREE information seminars for businesses.

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10.00 ‘So you want to Start a Business…?’
Sean MacEntee, The Mill – Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub





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‘Building a Business from Concept to Shelf’
Gillian Moore, Founder of Fuschia Cosmetics





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11.15 ‘Being Positive and Looking for Opportunities in a Difficult Market’
Simon Elliot, Volkswagen





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12.30 ‘Being successful in a Global Industry’
Patrick Joy, Suretank
Winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2013





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1.15 ‘Fit for Business’
Robbie Horgan, Drogheda United





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2.00 ‘Developing a Digital Strategy for your Business’
Louisa Maher, MOR Solutions





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3.00 ‘Winning More Business with Women in the Workplace’
Anna Keller & Jennifer McEvoy,
Coca-Cola International Services





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On Thursday 20th of March last, 15 Leaving Certificate students from Sacred Heart School, along with their Business teacher Ms Maura Callan, attended a workshop at The Mill presented by Project Manager Sean Mac Entee.

A lively discussion took place covering areas such as enterprise, risk, innovation & female entrepreneurship. The Mill sees workshops such as this as critical in raising the profile of entrepreneurship to young students.


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


Vacancy: We are seeking a Business Development Manager / Enterprise Champion at The Mill …

We are very excited to start on the next phase of our journey as a start-up in our own right .. to grow our team.

We, like all start-ups, are looking for passion, commitment and talent to come join us at The Mill and build something exciting and quite special.

The role of Business Development Manager is hugely important to our business but also it is critical to nurturing and growing a strong culture of entrepreneurship in the Greater Drogheda area.

To find out more & apply here:

Well done to all the Drogheda students who entered the Drogheda Young Innovators Competition.  We got a great response and some excellent innovative ideas.  We are holding a workshop for all students who entered and any students interested in innovation on Saturday 25 January here at The Mill.

We will be announcing a shortlist of entrants and providing details on the next steps; the judging criteria and – most importantly the prizes!

We will also have a number of guest speakers, including:

  • Shane Curran – Runner up in this year’s Young Scientist Exhibition and winner of 2013 Junior Dragon’s Den.
  • Laura Armada Buch – Local entrepreneur who set up LAB fitness and who will reveal all her secrets of success.
  • Simon Mc Cormack – Managing Director of Western Motors and President of the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce who is going to present on business enterprise and encouraging people to consider a career in entrepreneurship.

It promises to be a very interesting and exciting morning for Drogheda’s Young Innovators. We look forward to meeting all of the shortlisted students there.

Drogheda Young Innovators

The Mill, Drogheda’s new Enterprise Hub, as part of Louth County Enterprise Board’s Enterprise Week, recently held 2 very successful seminars for Women in Enterprise & for the Food, Hospitality & Tourism sectors. Each seminar had an attendance of 35-40 & the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Louth Enterprise Week

We want to thank the Louth County Enterprise Board for their support for both events.

Chaired by Bronagh Conlan of Coomara Irish Spirits, the seminar was led off by Reuven Diaz of Eastern Seaboard Restaurant with a presentation themed ‘Place’. He spoke about Ireland’s huge potential for food commerce. He stressed that we need to ‘create a place in which there is a space to tell stories – the real quality of a brand’.


Chairperson Bronagh Conlon and the audience deeply engaged during the seminar
Chairperson Bronagh Conlon and the audience deeply engaged during the seminar

He was followed by Bryan Lynch of Bryan Lynch Salads from Ardee. Bryan spoke about the artificial nature of the Celtic Tigers years & how he is now experiencing steady but real growth which he much prefers. He sees real positives in the economy right now.

Carina Mount Charles of Rock Farm Slane, then delivered her presentation on Branding for a sustainable world by telling us about her Rock Farm ecotourism project. She also used Slane Castle as an example of how to build a series of product & service sub brands.

Carina Mount Charles delivers her talk on Sustainable and Branding
Carina Mount Charles delivers her talk on Sustainable and Branding

After the break Olivia Duff, Owner Manager of Headford Arms Hotel in Kells really got the attendance enraptured with her story of ‘The Meath Food Trail’ & her vision for Food & hospitality Tourism in the Boyne Valley for which major plans are in place for 2014. She urged Oriel Food Group group to come on board – using Dermot Seabury’s excellent new Book ‘Ireland, A Culinary Journey in The North East’ as an example & a real starting point for collaboration for all in the Food, Hospitality & Tourism sectors in Louth & Meath. Her urging received spontaneous support & applause from all those present at this landmark seminar held at the Mill.

Co-hosted by Network Ireland Louth Meath & chaired by its President Nicola Watkins, this the first seminar delivered at The Mill was buzzing from the very start.  A lively panel discussion fronted by Olwen Dawe of IBI, Gail McEvoy of McEvoy & Associates & Bronagh Conlon of Coomara Irish Spirits responded to a series of searching questions from Sean Mac Entee of The Mill.  Soon the participants joined in the questioning for what was a memorable session. Bottom line – all that women lack to be much more successful in business is confidence & the opportunities to network – combined with better child care provision by the State .

Lorraine Murphy, The Ideas Coach, then delivered a very timely workshop ‘Let’s Talk Networking’.

Following the break, Yvonne Brady of EVB Sportswear, Gillian Moore of Fuschia cosmetics & Anne Reilly of Pay Check Plus told their own stories of how they are building their respective businesses.  ‘Unless you believe in it, you will not succeed’  seemed to be the common message.

Well done to all who presented, to those who attended & to all who made the day a memorable success.