Do you ever complain that you don’t have time to read? The Mill Enterprise Hub launched the Drogheda Business Book Club on Thursday, October 18th at 5:30pm which focuses on ‘Non-Fiction for Busy People’. The club is open to the general public and the main focus will be on reading and discussing a combination of the latest business books alongside acknowledged classics on Strategy, Innovation, Business biographies, and a plethora of other relevant business headings.

The Business Book Club will follow the normal book club format but will also include an online forum. A monthly book will be chosen by members of the group and a discussion will then take place at the next meeting on the merits of the book and whether it is relevant to your business or workplace. The online forum will enable members to discuss the book between meetings and assist to keep readers motivated.

“We are confident that everyone can read more if they belong to a Business Book Club,” says Anna Kurtisa of The Mill Enterprise Hub, “we are here to guide members through the world of business books and advise them on the most efficient reading practices, so that they can read at least 1 book a month even with a busy working schedule. It’s crucial that local entrepreneurs and startups stay informed of the latest ideas, and this will be  a fun and relaxed way to do so. The club is open to  anyone interested in business from students to startups and seasoned managers and owners”.

The 1-hour introductory session on Thursday, 18 October, gave the group a chance to discuss the format and time of future meetings and the process of monthly book-picking, as well as to learn more about effective reading practices. There is no cost to attend the meetings.

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Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) and The Mill Enterprise Hub have teamed up to support two students who are passionate about developing a business idea. DIFE students have an opportunity to win three months free hotdesk at The Mill, and additional mentoring support, by completing a short application outlining their potential business.

According to Breanndán Casey, manager at The Mill, “This is a great opportunity for students to find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and get a practical, hands-on taste of real life business in an inspiring entrepreneurial environment. The Mill currently has 30 companies employing circa 80 people. The winners will avail of a hotdesk, access to meeting rooms, high speed broadband, and support from The Mill Board”

Drogheda Institute of Further Education is the largest provider of PLC courses in the North East region. Their aim is to provide Further Education courses which are of the highest quality to school leavers, and adults returning to education.

Barbara Cooney, Deputy Principal of DIFE commented “We offer almost forty courses in a wide variety of disciplines, all of which are fully accredited by QQI and all relevant professional examining bodies.  Our diverse courses range across the following faculties: Art, Design & Technology, Business Humanities & IT, Sports, Leisure & Tourism, Community & Health Care, Applied Science. These courses can offer an ideal stepping stone to self-employment, and we’re delighted to work with The Mill on this initiative. The benefits to students include an ideal way to build their business network; develop their social skills, step out of their comfort zone, work on self-motivation commitment and reliability, and attend free networking events”.

The Mill will also put students in contact with their business partners, such as Louth Local Enterprise Office and Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.

Application Form – DIFE Hotdesk Competition

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Ignyte avatarThis is a quick update on the IgnYte 3 Application deadline. We have moved the starting date to 16 October, so if you’re interested in joining, please submit your application forms to us by email in the next two weeks.

About Ignyte

IgnYte is a 6-week youth entrepreneurship programme run for unemployed young people in the Drogheda area. The programme wil focus on entrepreneurship skills for those wishing to start their own business or develop a career pathway for themselves based on their passions and interests. Course content will include soft skill development (problem solving, goal setting, leadership), creative exercises (brainstorming, idea development) and business skills (IT skills, project planning, business plans).


As part of each project, each participant will be assigned a mentor. These mentors will be arranged by the Mill and will offer 1 to 1 advice and guidance for each participant.

Application form for IgnYte  six-week course:

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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 6 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.


As part of each project, each participant will be assigned a mentor. These mentors will be arranged by the Mill and will offer 1 to 1 advice and guidance for each participant.

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

Application form for IgnYte  six-week course

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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.

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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