You don’t have to be alone when you start your own business
At The Mill we understand that a start-up space is much more than just providing space. We have a range of services available to both residents and any one with a business idea designed to help your business idea succeed.
Services to our residents
The Mill has a full-time experienced Business Development Manager whose primary responsibility is to assist resident companies to develop & grow their businesses. He is also responsible for the day to day managing of The Mill.
Get the support, encouragement & advice you need to ensure your business is on a sound footing and on a growth path. You can count on confidentiality, wise words and encouragement to action. All Millers have the opportunity to avail of mentoring free of charge. We are a registered charity and our primary reason for establishing The Mill was to ensure that start-ups and local businesses have access to the relevant expertise and facilities, which will assist them to expand in the area.
Our Mentor Panel
A mentor panel made up of people experienced in different sectors & aspects of business has been established. A specialist mentor can be assigned to a resident, at no cost, for a set period of time. Specialist clinics will also take place on a regular basis. In addition, experienced entrepreneurs will be invited to The Mill to share their experiences from time to time
Sean Mac Entee
Our in-house mentor is Sean MacEntee and we also have access to an extensive list of local specialist mentors who work with The Mill on a pro bono basis, to ensure that our companies have the best chance of succeeding and prospering in the future.
Sean has 9 years’ experience of managing a campus-based Incubation Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology working with a range of start-ups and growing businesses. He also successfully promoted a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst over 4,000 third-level students. Before that, he successfully ran his own company in Drogheda for 24 years and he currently has a business consultancy, Sapience Solutions.
Jack has over thirty years experience in senior field operation and corporate headquarter roles at Coca-Cola. He has worked in Manufacturing Operations, Corporate Headquarters in Atlanta Georgia, U.S.A, global business system implementations and more recently played a leading role in the creation of the Europe, Eurasia and Africa Global Business Service Centre in Drogheda.
TMR Fitzsimons Solicitors provides specialist legal advice for SMEs, entrepreneurs, start-ups, micro businesses and personal clients throughout Ireland. After eight years practising as a solicitor, advising business clients and litigating disputes and claims for business and personal clients, Michael Fitzsimons established TMR Fitzsimons in 2012 to focus on doing just that. By concentrating on this type of work for these types of clients, we can provide leading edge technology, use legal best practice systems for business and litigation and offer the personal touch of a small firm.
Boyne Communications was established by Geraldine Johnston who has over 20 years Marketing, Business Management and Training experience. Geraldine’s business goals lie in giving creative, informed and tailored marketing, business and training support to companies who seek to transform and energise their own business. Geraldine specialises in providing training and business support to start-ups, fledglings and SMEs, offering a personal, practical, and results driven service. In addition to marketing, Boyne Communications also offer clients practical and focused business mentoring and training. Boyne Communications’ solutions are based on improving what you already do, identifying points of difference, adding value, creating competitive advantage, focusing individuals and teams on business goals and providing the business with a controllable and solid approach to growth.
SME Matters was founded in 2007 by Damien O’Brien. It now has multiple associates and 10 full time staff. SME Matters works exclusively with small to medium size businesses who want to grow or develop. SME Matters offers a range of development services that meet the requirements of all growing businesses across all sectors.
- Non-Executive roles for businesses
- Strategy Development
- MD and Senior staff Mentoring
- Sales Development Plans /Sales structures and processes development
- Marketing Plans
- Performance Management Systems
- CRM Implementation
- Enterprise Ireland Registration
- Grant Applications
- Raising capital or receiving investment Growing in International Markets
We are a start-up too and so we are passionate about working with entrepreneurs and expanding companies. You don’t have to be a resident in the centre to come in and discuss your business idea with us – pop in for a coffee anytime.
We know people! Let us open our address book for you. Whether it be a referral to a business support agency, an investor, a mentor or another business that can help we are happy to make those connections for you.
We run regular training courses aimed at helping you acquire tech skills you need for your business. Training topics includes sales and marketing, social media, finance, pitching your idea and more…
We connect you to people & supports that can help including groups like Network Louth/Meath, Drogheda Chamber of Commerce, Plato, Refresh Drogheda and many more.
Virtual Office Services
For those not yet ready to join The Mill full-time, a special ‘Virtual Office’ package is available. This service includes access to meeting rooms, freedom to use The Mill as a postal address, use of a dedicated postbox, access to mentoring services, clinics & training programmes. Ideally users of a ‘Virtual Office’ should progress to full occupancy in due course.
We strive to offer unique & useful services at discounted rates to residents at The Mill.