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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On Thursday, 17th November, Ron Immink will be referencing the best business ron-imminkbooks of 2016 to talk about how you can be more creative and innovative in 2017.

He is a regular contributor on Newstalk radio, he does public speaking and his articles are regularly featured in the media. He blogs and tweets a lot (@orangemanta).

Ron’s current activities combine social media, narrative, story telling, dialogue learning, collective wisdom, peer-to-peer and social learning with innovation, change management, strategy and ultimately helping businesses to succeed.

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Bookbuzz helps top executives to engage with the greatest business minds. Applying the best business thinkers to the problems that companies are facing. Clients are MNCs from UK, USA and Ireland.

Date: Thursday, 17th November 2016

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

You’re welcome to stay for pizza and a beer afterwards! Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.

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Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

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from Optum, will talk about user experience design. With over 17 years professional experience, rooted in a technical background, Patrick brings a different mind-set to what is considered a creative discipline. He recently joined Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company, to establish, grow and lead a new UX Design Studio. He followed a calling to user experience in the noughties fulfilling a lifelong passion for user-centered design. He plays a very active part in the Irish UX scene as a co-organiser of Ireland’s largest monthly UX MeetUp group, DublinUX, and founder and host of the weekly UXoverLunch.

Date: Wednesday, 30th November 2016

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

You’re welcome to stay for pizza and a beer afterwards! Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.

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Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

 

Whether you are planning to start a business or if you already run a small business, you need to be aware of the basicleo_w_tagline_cmyk_small_1 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: Thursday 10th November 2016

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

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20

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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.

codingThe Mill Enterprise Hub (Drogheda Young Innovators), CoderDojo Drogheda, and Bank of Ireland are looking for 13 to 17 year olds interested in having fun whilst working on a technology–lead project. No previous IT skills are needed, as we have mentors to work with you.

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.

This project will have mentors / participants with different skills, including Coding, Project management, Digital communication (graphics, video & social media).

For example, it will take one set of skills to set up a website or app, and then it will take a very different set of skills to generate content (text, graphics, animation & video) and publicise the website or app.

There will be a competition with a cash award next year, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to build technology skills and participate in a substantial project before you leave school!

bank-of-irelandpng-1The first Dojo will be held in the Bank of Ireland on St. Laurence Street from 11:30am to 1:00pm on Saturday 8th October.

Please phone Anna at The Mill on 041-9802444, or email admin@themilldrogheda.ie to confirm your free place, or to ask any questions. 

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There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to both. People are generally sitting in one camp or the other and defend their camp strongly.

This talk is about Mohammed’s Journey from Native to Hybrid App Development and is sure to be a hot topic and prompt a lot of questions at the end!

 

About Mohammed

Mohammed Malaka is an experienced developer and is currently a solution architect at HP. Mohammed is the organiser of the Ionic Ireland Meetup and has also spoken at the AngularJS meetup in Dublin.

He has experience in Native app development and also in developing Hybrid apps using Ionic Framework and AngularJS.

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About Ionic Framework

Ionic Framework is a powerful HTML5 SDK that helps you build native-feeling mobile apps using web technologies like HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Ionic is focused mainly on the look and feel, and UI interaction of your app. That means it is not a replacement for PhoneGap or your favorite Javascript framework. Instead, Ionic simply fits in well with these projects in order to simplify one big part of your app: the front end. We recommend reading Where does the Ionic Framework fit in? to get a good understanding of Ionic’s goals.

Ionic currently requires AngularJS in order to work at its full potential. While you can still use the CSS portion of the framework, you’ll miss out on powerful UI interactions, gestures, animations, and other things.

Ionic 1 is the stable version at the moment but Ionic 2 which is based on Angular 2, recently released, will also be released soon. Ionic 2 has overhauled nearly every part, from the way that users navigate through your pages, how we efficiently manage UI, to how we help you wield the true powers of the underlying device.

 

Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Time: 19:00 to 21:00

Admission: Free

You’re welcome to stay for pizza and a beer afterwards! Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.

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Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

 

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Over 120 people attended the second National ePayments conference at CityNorth hotel on Friday, September 2nd, to hear about the future of the Payments sector, globally and in Ireland. The keynote speaker, Chris Skinner, described as “as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News” gave a fascinating insight into how the increase in global population, and the growth of mobile payments and digital identification, will influence how we buy and sell to each other. Chris highlighted how “over 50% of the global population do not have access to financial systems, and Payment firms will have to successfully address how people will ‘connect globally in real time’ to stay relevant in the future”.

Michael Wasserfuhr (centre) Vesta CFO and Board member of ATPC, one of the speakers at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel with Paddy Beagan of vesta (left) and  Padraic White former Managing Director of IDA Ireland and Chairman of Louth Economic Forum. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Michael Wasserfuhr (centre) Vesta CFO and Board member of ATPC, one of the speakers at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel with Paddy Beagan of vesta (left) and Padraic White former Managing Director of IDA Ireland and Chairman of Louth Economic Forum. Photo: Andy Spearman.
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Richard Hanlon of Vesta (left) and Thomas McEvoy of Louth LEO at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.
3-Pictured at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel (from left) Padraic White former Managing Director of IDA Ireland and Chairman of Louth Economic Forum, Alan Cassidy of Ruby Consulting, Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement Eoghan Murphy and Michael Wasserfuhr, Vesta CFO and Board member of ATPC, one of the speakers . Photo: Andy Spearman.
Pictured at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel (from left) Padraic White former Managing Director of IDA Ireland and Chairman of Louth Economic Forum, Alan Cassidy of Ruby Consulting, Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement Eoghan Murphy and Michael Wasserfuhr, Vesta CFO and Board member of ATPC, one of the speakers . Photo: Andy Spearman.
4-Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement Eoghan Murphy (left) and Padraic White formerly of IDA Ireland and Chairman of Louth Economic Forum. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement Eoghan Murphy (left) and Padraic White formerly of IDA Ireland and Chairman of Louth Economic Forum. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Other contributors include Michael Wasserfuhr, CFO of Vesta, and Board member of the Atlanta Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC), who described how Atlanta has successfully built the largest Payments cluster in the world, where more than 60 percent of the companies in the U.S. payments industry call home, and 70 percent of all U.S. payments are processed annually run through Georgia. Delegates and attendees discussed if Ireland could offer a similar solution to the EU Payments Industry, with the development of an M1 Payments Corridor from the IFSC to Belfast, and the creation of a National Payments Centre in Drogheda. Richard Hanlon, SVP of Vesta’s EU Headquarters in Dundalk, outlined how he is working with partners in the M1 Steering Group, to develop the M1 Payments Corridor as a region that can cultivate indigenous payment-related companies, and attract global firms to establish EU Headquarters. He continued “The ATPC started with three companies, and in three years, has developed into the primary voice of the Payments industry in the USA. It’s crucial that we build on the current momentum, and take the bold steps needed to become the EU Payments Gateway”.

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5-Pictured at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel (from left) Richard Hanlon of Vesta, Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement Eoghan Murphy, Breanndan Casey of The Mill Drogheda Enterprise Hub and Michael Wasserfuhr, Vesta CFO and Board member of ATPC, one of the speakers . Photo: Andy Spearman.
Pictured at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel (from left) Richard Hanlon of Vesta, Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement Eoghan Murphy, Breanndan Casey of The Mill Drogheda Enterprise Hub and Michael Wasserfuhr, Vesta CFO and Board member of ATPC, one of the speakers . Photo: Andy Spearman.

The first National ePayments Conference took place in October 2015 and focused on the theme of collaboration and scaling within the Irish Fintech sector, whilst this year’s e-Payments Conference concentrated on driving Ireland as the EU Gateway for Payment firms. Other keynote speaker included Louise Phelan, PayPal’s Vice President of Global Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, who delivered a presentation on ‘The Future of Money’ and how their M1 Dundalk operations has helped them achieve and exceed their EU milestones.

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Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement Eoghan Murphy speaking at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement, praised the M1 Payments Steering Group and The Mill Enterprise Hub for being pro-active in driving this innovative proposition, and for assembling a stellar cast of International and national panellists. He concluded by stating that “the fact that in Ireland, over 3700 people work in FDI Payment firms, and 10% of Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Startup Fund goes towards indigenous Fintech firm, highlights our existing strengths, and the opportunities to develop this cluster”.

Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement Eoghan Murphy speaking  at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement Eoghan Murphy speaking at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.

The conference also included panel discussions on the challenges affecting the Irish Fintech sector, how Brexit will influence the sector, and whether Blockchain will drive innovation across a number of sectors including Fintech. The panellists included Keith Fingleton (IDA), Peter Oakes (Fintech Ireland), Garrett Cassidy (Abarta Consulting), Shane Brett (Gecko Governance), John Mahon (Edgeverve), Stephen Moran (Bank of Ireland), Brendan Murray (IBM), Ron Immink (British Irish Gateway), Noel Moran (Prepaid Financial Services), and Graham O’Rourke (Aphix Software). The consensus on Brexit was that uncertainty was the main issue and will remain so for some time, but overall, it will provide an opportunity for Ireland in relation to developing the Payments sector, and ancillary sectors. The Fintech sub-sectors that could generate most growth in Ireland included Payments, B2B services, RegTech, Data Analytics, Capital Markets, and customer interaction.

10-Louise Phelan, Vice President of Global Operations for  Europe, Middle East and Africa at Paypal, speaking at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.
10- Louise Phelan, Vice President of Global Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Paypal, speaking at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.
11-Michael Wasserfuhr, Vesta CFO and Board member of ATPC, speaking at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Michael Wasserfuhr, Vesta CFO and Board member of ATPC, speaking at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Chris Skinner, the Keynote speaker at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Chris Skinner, the Keynote speaker at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.

According to the government’s IFS Strategy 2020, 35% of existing Financial Services jobs in Ireland are already based outside of Dublin. An M1 ‘Digital Payments Corridor’ is a key part of the Government’s NorthEast Action Plan for Jobs which proposes the creation of a ‘Digital Payments Hub’ in Drogheda, and development of an M1Payments Corridor with the potential to create hundreds of sustainable new jobs. Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda, commented “The cluster presence of a number of Payments service companies within the North-East region is apparent, and we’re working with a Steering Group of private and public organisations to ensure that it can develop into an EU Payments Gateway. The steering group includes DCU and DKIT who will provide R&D support to the industry, economic development agencies, and a mixture of FDI and indigenous companies that will ensure we directly address the present and future needs of the global Payments industry.”

Chris Skinner (2nd from right), the Keynote speaker at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel with (from left) Richard Hanlon of Vesta, Miriam Roe of Louth County Council and Brendan Murray of IBM. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Chris Skinner (2nd from right), the Keynote speaker at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel with (from left) Richard Hanlon of Vesta, Miriam Roe of Louth County Council and Brendan Murray of IBM. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Keith Fingleton of the IDA (right) with Graham O’Rourke, Chairman of the Mill Enterprise Hub at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Keith Fingleton of the IDA (right) with Graham O’Rourke, Chairman of the Mill Enterprise Hub at the M1 Payments Corridor conference at the City North Hotel. Photo: Andy Spearman.

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Paul Hayes has extensive experience in technology communications and notably developed the messaging for early Irish tech success stories such as Havok and Demonware. An accomplished host of many technology events in Ireland and abroad, he has delivered innovative marketing strategies at international trade shows such as GDC and SxSW. He was also a founder of Games Ireland.

Paul is CEO and Founder of Beachhut PR, where he drives strategy for a wide variety of tech clients in multiple verticals and geographies. He is known as one of the best connectors in the Irish tech ecosystem and has mentored over 150 startups.

Originally from Thurles, Paul has lately developed a passion for cycling and does Paris-Nice to support local paralympian, Peter Ryan.

Talk outline:

Messaging for the company

What you are selling needs to speak to the needs of prospective clients or more importantly at this stage of the company, investors. How do you prick the ear of the right investor, at the right time, with the right message?

 

Sectoral segmentation messaging

Differentiating yourself in the sector is key, what is your niche, what can you define? Customers have specific requirements nowadays of what they expect from a platform, service, or product. You have to make the rules as to what your company expects at the very minimum from a sector and go beyond the customer’s expectations.

 

Story building

Behind the messaging of the the company, is the situation you found yourself in that was a pain point for many others and you strived to come up with the solution. Integrating this story with the aims and goals of the company and the overall messaging of the company personifies the brand and entices the sufferers of similar ailments to call on you.

 

Branding and language

Does your name make sense? What is your tagline? Who are your audience? What resonates with them in a world of casual instant communication, if you audience is corporate, your audience is not going to relate to gifs and twitter, they want to hear about how you can make their lives easier and the innovations you are bring to the sector.

 

Event marketing

What we find is the best platform for gathering like minded investors and clients are events. What can you showcase while showcasing yourself and becoming the spokesperson for your sector?

 

International PR

Taking your brand international involves research into the journalistic landscape of your target audience abroad.

 

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Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

Date: Wednesday, 28th September 2016

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Admission: FREE

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You’re welcome to stay for pizza and a beer afterwards! Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.

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This ‘Introduction to Tendering’ workshop is aimed specifically at small business owners/sole traders that have never completed a tender before. It aims to demystify the procedures around pitching for, and ultimately winning some of the ‘below threshold’ (ie. below €25k) work that Local Authorities and other Government Bodies/Agencies contract out.

The workshop is also suitable for new start-ups that are looking into public procurement as a possible future option, and for those looking to pick up some of the very small contracts. The programme involves a half day training workshop plus individual mentoring on the day.

This workshop is being run in conjunction with The Mill, Drogheda to actively encourage small businesses on the island of Ireland to engage in public procurement.


Topics Covered include:

  • Advice on proposal writing (‘proposals’ as opposed to lengthy ‘tenders’)
  • Responding to ‘below threshold’ work (i.e. below €25k) required by public bodies
  • Proposals for work below the €5K threshold
  • How to simply and easily respond to a ‘mini competition’ by email
  • Documents that may be required to attach to the email proposal
  • Finding tender opportunities
  • Tax clearance certificates and insurance certificates – are they required?
  • Case study examples of simple success stories

Takeaways:

  • Valuable tips on proposal writing and responding to simple requests for quotations from the public sector (particularly the below €5k threshold work)
  • By the end of the day you will be registered on the Local Authority Quotes website (www.Laquotes.ie) and registered on eTenders (www.etenders.gov.ie)

Date: Tuesday, 4th October 2016

Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda

Admission: €20

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