The Mill are seeking to recruit an Administrative/Marketing Assistant via the JobBridge National Internship Scheme.

The intern will gain practical experience in administration, office management, marketing skills, social media and economic development. He/She will work directly with the Business Development Manager and should display self-initiative and the ability to manage projects independently.

See application process here.

The successful candidate will be working with start-ups and small businesses and should have a genuine interest in Business/Entrepreneurship. This internship will provide an individual with an opportunity to put into practice the skills they have learned, during prior training or education, in a workplace setting. The role will enhance these skills, while providing an understanding of the workplace environment and will allow the intern to benefit from a mentor or supervisor’s experience and advice.

The Mill will provide practical tasks to enable the individual to apply the particular skills that they wish to learn.

Skills Requirements:

  • Self-initiative
  • Strong practical administrative skills
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Basic knowledge of Marketing/Social Media
  • Enthusiastic
  • Genuine interest in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Development would be beneficial

The deadline for applications is August 13th 2014.

Please Note:
This is an internship. An allowance of €50 per week will be paid in addition to your current Social Welfare payment. Only eligible jobseekers can participate in this scheme.  Eligibility must be confirmed by the Department of Social Protection before the internship can commence (learn more at www.jobbridge.ie).

 

“It’s the support, the understanding, the atmosphere” – Bronagh Conlon, CEO of Coomara, the first company to locate in The Mill, summarised our aims very well when she spoke at our recent official opening.

Take a look at this fantastic video from Reel Focus Films that captures the excitement of the event. The great atmosphere and the desire from attendees to celebrate and encourage entrepreneurship in the Drogheda region is obvious.

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The Mill, Drogheda’s new Enterprise Hub, was officially opened by the Mayor of Drogheda, Councillor Richie Culhane on Tuesday, May 20th. The Enterprise Hub has been named ‘The Mill’ in recognition of Drogheda’s proud commercial and industrial heritage dating back to the early 1800s.

The opening of The Mill is a positive declaration of Drogheda’s commercial flair and of the serious intention to develop entrepreneurship within the region.

According to Chairman of The Mill, Graham O’ Rourke, “The Mill has lofty ambitions to increase the number of start-ups in the region, encourage innovation and support a number of key initiatives such as the Digital and Food sectors, Youth and Female Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship”.

Already home to nine businesses, The Mill provides a base for twenty full-time employees, including the US e-payments firm, Yapstone International and a number of small companies from a myriad of business sectors, who are availing of modern office facilities, state of the art technology, hot desks, and a number of networking and training opportunities. There is capacity for an additional forty people in The Mill.

Fergus O'Dowd, Graham O'Rourke, Richie Culhane, Ged Nash & Eugene Kierans
Fergus O’Dowd (TD, Minister of State), Graham O’Rourke (Chairperson, The Mill), Councillor Richie Culhane (Mayor of Drogheda), Ged Nash (TD), Eugene Kierans (Board Member, The Mill) cutting the ribbon at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda

The opening included a panel discussion from companies using the facilities, so-called “Mill-ers”, and local entrepreneurs which focused on how Drogheda must continue to innovate in the 21st century, develop new business sectors and embrace an entrepreneurial and inquisitive spirit. This was especially evident when local student, Anna McEvoy, winner of the Drogheda Young Innovators competition, discussed her project that investigated the aetiology of bleeding canker disease in chestnut trees, which also recently won a Young Scientist 2014 Award.

Bronagh Conlon, CEO of Coomara, the first company to locate in The Mill, spoke about the need for entrepreneurs to embrace the assistance available from local support organisations including The Mill. Ann Reilly, MD of local firm, Paycheck Plus said that starting a business can be a lonely exercise, and it’s crucial that entrepreneurs are encouraged via networks like The Mill.

Local man, Gavin Cooney, arrived direct from Dublin Airport where he had just landed from Seattle. As CEO of Learnosity, an award-winning education technology company with bases in three continents, he spoke of the challenges and rewards of targeting a global digital business. He added that, given the support available, there is no reason why start-ups in The Mill could not develop a global business.

Private sector funding has proven to be vital to the project with over €250,000 coming from private donations and local companies, including CRH, State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, Flogas and a number of smaller businesses in the region.

Jack Gordon of CRH plc, on behalf of the Private Funders, spoke about CRH’s long association with Drogheda through its Irish Cement plant, and of how they had no hesitation in assisting the project when he was approached by Eugene Kierans of Drogheda Chamber.

In addition, Enterprise Ireland, Louth Leader Partnership, Drogheda Borough Council, Louth County Enterprise Board and Drogheda Chamber of Commerce provided valuable financial and advisory support. Drogheda Borough Council donated the site to The Mill, and Joan Martin, Drogheda Town Clerk and Director of Services, was of great assistance as an active Board member of The Mill. Tom Hayes, of Enterprise Ireland, outlined the need for developing an entrepreneurial spirit in the community, and how The Mill will give future start-ups and SMEs a real head-start with their expansion plans.

Finally, Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub, The Mill, has recalled Drogheda’s proud commercial tradition by naming each office suite after a local 19th or 20th century enterprise, for example Casey’s Brewery, The Linen Hall and Preston Distillery.

 

Anne Reilly, Minister Brian Hayes TD
Anne Reilly & Minister Brian Hayes TD

Paycheck Plus, the multi-award winning Irish payroll outsource provider for national, UK and international clients, has opened a branch in Manchester, adding to the company’s existing presence in Ireland and the UK. The new Manchester office was officially opened by Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works as part of a Trade Mission to Manchester on 7th / 8th May hosted by Fingal Dublin Chamber and South Dublin Chamber.

Anne Reilly, founder of Paycheck Plus has been a big supporter of The Mill project from inception. She has also given great support to the Drogheda Young Innovator project. Graham O’Rourke of The Mill welcomed the news, saying “Paycheck Plus are a great role model for all companies in the Drogheda area to follow. They have grown organically under the expert and dedicated leadership of MD Anne Reilly. The business is a great example of how service companies with the right ambition & approach can export those services to new markets.”

Established in 2005, Paycheck Plus saves clients time and money by streamlining their payroll process. From salary calculations and payslip distribution to international fund transfers, Paycheck Plus ensures each client is totally compliant with ever changing payroll legislation. The company, which structures each payroll for optimal outcomes for both the employer and employee, works with Irish, UK and international clients operating in a host of sectors and locations who have staff numbers ranging from one employee to several thousand.

Paycheck Plus is expanding its presence in the UK to meet the increasing demand for payroll services for companies who have operations on both sides of the Irish Sea. The dedicated office in Manchester will complement the activity already conducted by the UK team who process payroll for businesses who have employees working in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. Clients that will benefit from the new Paycheck Plus presence in the UK include  Eurolink, Caffe Nero, Ecocem. Phase Eight, Romaqua, BCF Technologies, McKesson, Avvio, Easivo, Grays of Cambridge, Welspun, and Larsen Water Management.

Paycheck Plus, which is based in Dunleer, Co. Louth, currently employs 11 people and plans are in place to expand the team further in the coming months. Every member of the payroll team is qualified in payroll from the Irish Payroll Association (IPASS) or the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals in the UK (CIPP). The company utilises secure encryption services and accredited back-up systems and works in state of the art ‘clean room’ payroll laboratories to protect and ensure confidentiality of critical data.

Launch of Paycheck Plus Manchester Office
Launch of Paycheck Plus Manchester Office

Anne Reilly, Founder and Managing Director of Paycheck Plus, says:

“With more and more Irish companies expanding into the UK and, likewise, UK and other overseas companies opening operations in Ireland, we are finding increasing demand for our services. Our strength is that we understand the legislation in both countries and ensure our clients are compliant with employer obligations and employee entitlements.

In recent years, there has been extensive legislative changes in the UK around taxation and pensions that have had a significant impact on payroll. As with our Irish operation, we take the time to understand our UK clients and provide a trusted advisory and consultancy service to ensure they are totally compliant and in control of all aspects of payroll. We contribute to a clients bottom-line by increasing efficiency and offering them peace of mind, which allows them to concentrate on their core profit-making activities.”

Minister Brian Hayes launched the new Paycheck Plus office, saying:

“Companies like Paycheck Plus demonstrate the innovation and determination of Irish entrepreneurs. Anne Reilly and her team have taken on global leaders in this sector and are capturing valuable market share. The Paycheck Plus office in Manchester will help them to reach a larger client base, grow the business and create jobs. It’s not enough these days just to be innovative or to deliver excellence in service. In today’s marketplace entrepreneurs need to be tenacious, determined and driven to succeed. I see these qualities in Anne Reilly and the Paycheck Plus team and wish them great success as they move further into the UK market.”

The Trade Mission to Manchester was also attended by the Mayor of Manchester, Cllr. Naeem ul Hassan and representatives from Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Exporters Association, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and Midas, the UK Government inward investment agency which works to encourage companies to locate in the Greater Manchester area.

Paycheck Plus has been recognised with a host of awards over the years including Best Exporter 2012 and Best High Growth SME 2012 from Louth Chamber, Best Training Initiative, Best Service Provider and Overall Winner 2009 from Louth County Enterprise Board as well as winning the Business Practice Excellence and Customer Service Excellence awards for Fingal Dublin Chamber. Paycheck Plus has also been named Payroll Outsource Provider of the Year for the Small and Medium Sector from the Irish Payroll Association. Anne Reilly was selected as the Louth/Meath Network 2012 Businesswoman of the Year.

Check out the Information Centre on the Paycheck Plus website – www.paycheckplus.ie – to access the latest data on ever changing aspects of the payroll process in Ireland and the UK

In this its first year, the Drogheda Young Innovators competition attracted a diverse and wide range of projects from secondary schools located in Drogheda.

Judging was held over two days and culminated in an Expo last Saturday in the Laurence Shopping Centre.

The Mill was keenly involved as the competition closely matches with its mission of supporting & promoting Innovation & Enterprise – especially to young people.

Click here to find out who were the competition award winners.

Drogheda Young Innovators logo logo

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.

 

St. Joseph's CBS students

2nd year students from St. Joseph’s CBS attended The Mill this week, where they received their awards for winning a Business Profiling competition. The two winning teams did an excellent job on researching ‘Jameson Whiskey’ & ‘Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream’. They were accompanied by their Business teacher Brian Lynch. They also participated in a workshop at The Mill – ‘So You Want to Start a Business’?

Entrepreneurial talent was very much in evidence. Watch the Class of 2018 !!

Spring has really ‘sprung’ at The Mill.

Bookings for 3 offices have been confirmed (taking up residency in late May).

Also we had a very busy day exhibiting at Business Expo 2014 yesterday where several interesting enquiries for hot-desking were received. Congratulations to Drogheda-based Hugh Thornton, a final year IT student at DkIT, who won the prize of 3 months free hot-desking at The Mill plus free mentoring & training. The ‘So You Want to Start a Business’ seminar presented by Sean at the Expo was very well received.

Hugh Thornton & Sean MacEntee
Hugh Thornton, winner of 3 months free hot-desking at The Mill, with Sean MacEntee
Sean MacEntee presenting seminar at Business Expo
Sean MacEntee presenting seminar at Business Expo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next week sees the installation of our long awaited fencing, gates & entry control system. We won’t miss the departure of all of the temporary fencing & gates.

A new Business Development Manager has been appointed – further details to follow next week.

Finally, a date for your diary :

  • 15th May (morning) ‘Let’s Do Marketing’ workshop

Booking details will be posted next week.

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So You Want to Start a Business…?

10am on Tuesday 8th April at the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda

People start businesses for many different reasons – because of their desire to be their own boss, unemployment, by accident or for no particular reason at all. For many, the choice of business type is obvious because of their training, experience & market knowledge. However for others the choice is not so clear. Sean MacEntee based at the Mill, Drogheda’s new Enterprise Hub – will outline a simple structured approach which sets out a criteria to evaluate & rank different new business ideas.

Following this seminar Gillian Moore, founder of Fuschia Cosmetics, will speak about how she built her own respective company and fulfilled her dream of owning her own make-up business. Fuschia was set up in 2005 in Drogheda. It opened its second store in Swords in 2013 and in September 2013 acquired a 3,000 square foot warehouse in Drogheda to deal with the increasing trade business. The brand is now stocked in over 350 premises across the country and shipped its first exports in March 2014.

Visit www.droghedachamber.com for more information or call 041 9833544

Attendees to this seminar have the chance to win 3 month hot-desking at The Mill plus mentoring to the value of €1000!!*

*subject to meeting the criteria of The Mill

Register now for free at Eventbrite

 

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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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