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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Watch our latest video of the DYI workshop in The Mill on Wednesday, 11th April. Excellent projects, very inspiring! The best of luck to all candidates, final on 11 May in Coca-Cola (Southgate). pic.twitter.com/sYAC3gg5ag

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Transition year students in the nine Drogheda-based secondary schools (including Dunleer and Laytown) will have a chance to put their innovation skills to the test and win the 2018 Drogheda Young Innovator competition.

08/02/2018 Pictured at the Launch of the Drogheda Young Innovator’s Programme, 2018, at The Mill – Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub were girls from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (from left) Last year’s winner Blathnaid Murphy, Olivia Butler, Victoria Fabijaniak, Ellen Hickey, Emma O’Brien, Louisa Keller, Eleanor McHugh and Alicia Boland. Behind are Ruth Savage the Enterprise teacher at Greenhills, Adele Ryan and Steve Rees of Bricks4Kidz, Cormac Bohan of State Street, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and Patrick Dermody of Coca-Cola International Srevices. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Now in it’s 4th year, the 2018 competition was launched on Thursday February 8th, in the new conference facilities at The Mill; Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub.

Organised by a voluntary group of teachers and local business people, the competition challenges Drogheda’s 2nd level students to think about an innovating career in science & technology, social enterprise, or business. The competition is supported by local innovative companies such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse and Fitz Scientific.

Applicants will attend an Innovation workshop on April 11th in The Mill Enterprise Centre, where they can get real time feedback on their projects from the judges and other students. The final will take place at Coca Cola’s Southgate office.

There are 3 main categories – Science / Technology, Enterprise / Business, and Social Enterprise. There will be cash prizes for group and individuals in each category, and one overall winner. Applications for the Young Scientist and the Student Enterprise competition will be eligible to apply.

Blathnaid from Our Lady’s College in Greenhills scooped the top award in 2017, who impressed judges with her business, “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties”. Blathnaid, at twelve years of age, is the youngest winner of the DYI competition.

“Recognising & rewarding our young innovators is a big deal. We want to encourage and reward Drogheda’s best young innovators. We want Drogheda to be proud of its science, business and social innovators”, said Breanndan Casey of The Mill at launch. “I fully expect some of these students to be establishing businesses in The Mill in the next decade, and building on our rich heritage of innovation”

Winners will be announced in May 2018.

Further details are on www.droghedayounginnovators.com .

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As part of Local Enterprise Week 2018, The Mill and the Local Enterprise Office Louth are delighted to invite you to the upcoming Refresh Boyne talk in The Mill Enterprise Hub.

As Managing Director of eir Television and eir Sport, Glen’s responsibilities include the strategic, operational and commercial direction of the eir Television platform, channels and apps. Prior to joining eir, Glen was Managing Director of RTE Television from 2010 -2016 where he was responsible for the commercial, editorial, operational and strategic direction of all of RTE’s Television channels. He was a member of the RTE Executive Board and was President of the EBU Television committee which represents the interests of over 70 public service television channels across Europe and North Africa.

Traditional TV has changed dramatically in the last 5 years, with increased use of the internet and social media. Increased competition may see Technology giants such as Amazon, Netflix and Facebook all weighing up the possibilities of getting involved in Premiership football. Amazon have already netted the rights to show 37 ATP tennis tournaments in the UK and Ireland, with Facebook beginning to broadcast Champions League matches thanks to an agreement with Fox Sports. Amazon Prime is now livestreaming NFL games. A recent report revealed that the average U.S. Wi-Fi–enabled household streams an average of one hour and 40 minutes of Netflix content directly to their television on a daily basis. In August 2017, the Social media giant Facebook made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks. Facebook Watch will be personalised so that users can discover new shows, based on what their friends are watching, and viewers will also be able to see comments and connect with friends and dedicated groups for shows.

Refresh Boyne and The Mill Enterprise Hub are delighted to have Glen speak on the future of TV and how technology will affect our viewing habits, and access to sports.



Date: Wednesday 7th March
Time: 7.00-9.00pm
Location: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda
Speaker: Glen Killane, Managing Director, Eir Television And Eir Sport.

Book your ticket here: https://futureinteractions.eventbrite.ie



Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS

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.


As part of the M1 Payments Corridor initiative, The Mill and partners has been working with local teenagers on a Digital Payments Dojo for the past year. It is a fun and exciting project relating to payments and payments technology that allows the group to develop their skills in Coding, Project management, and Digital communication (graphics, video & social media).

Impacts to date include:

– Development of Digital Payments Info website, https://bit.ly/DigitalPaymentsInfo

– Fortnightly meetings where teenagers work on projects

– Visit to MasterCard Centre of Excellence

– Presentation at Paypal on Blockchain as part of Louth LEO Enterprise week in March 2017

The next stage is to create and develop an App related to digital payments. However, we need additional support from mentors to realise this ambition. The Dojo-ers have the raw talent, but need some assistance from experienced app developers.

The Dojo-ers will make a short presentation outlining their achievements to date, and what they plan to achieve in coming year. Please register to attend, and find out more about becoming a mentor: https://bit.ly/2BPkrGT.

The second half of the session will include a facilitated workshop amongst Dojo-ers and attendees on how we want the Dojo to develop, and a look at some of the technical opportunities of developing a Payments App.

M1 Payments Corridor is a key part of the Government’s NorthEast Action Plan for Jobs which proposes the creation of a ‘digital payments hub’ along the M1 economic corridor with the potential to create hundreds of sustainable new jobs. It is an industry grouping of ePayments / Fintech companies, and allied stakeholders (IDA, EI, DCU, DKIT, Louth Economic Forum), promoted by The Mill, that serves the wider geographic M1 corridor in a Fintech vertical known as ePayments. Industry members of the M1 Steering Group include Vesta, PayPal, State Street, Aphix Software, Yapstone, and Coca-Cola International Services.

Date: Saturday, 10 February

Time: 11:00 – 14:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Greenhills, Drogheda

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GastroGays are a blogging duo consisting of Drogheda native, Patrick Hanlon, and Russell James Alford. Originally from Ireland and having spent four years in London growing all things GastroGays they’rere now based back in Ireland, where it all began…

“Though our blog found its feet in the tough times of austerity Dublin, it flourished in London and we really found our voice there. But all good things come to an end and in mid-2017 we relocated back to Ireland, packed in our jobs and decided to turn GastroGays into our main job as we entered our fifth year of blogging

So what is GastroGays all about? Well, three things: Food. Travel. Eurovision. Our raison d’être is food in all its various forms and our passion and expertise is food-led travel.”

This will be a great opportunity to hear how Russell and Patrick developed an award-winning blog, and discuss the future challenges and opportunities in blogging and social media.

Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

More info on Gastrogays: https://gastrogays.com/

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/blogging-with-gastrogays-tickets-42355559619

finance and bookkeeping

 Whether you are planning to start a business or if you already run a small business, you need to be aware of the basic 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.

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Date: Thursday 7th June 2018

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Centre, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda.

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Cost: €20

Cancellation Policy

A full refund is made for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to the course / workshop commencement.  No refunds will be given to cancellations made afterwards.  Substitutions are permitted.

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Financial forecasting

Whether you are trying to predict the short-term cashflow requirements of your business, or are about to compile a business plan or even apply for a bank loan, you are going to need to prepare some financial projections. In order to do this, you will need to understand the basics of financial forecasting. Typically businesses will prepare a set of financial projections (forecasts) for a 3 year period.

The main components of a set of financial projections are:

  • Profit and Loss Account
  • Cashflow Statement
  • Balance Sheet

This course will provide participants with an overview of the key aspects of financial forecasting for a start-up or existing small business. Participants will be taken through a case study that will show them how to build a basic financial forecasting model in Microsoft Excel that can be used for their future requirements.

The fundamentals of financial forecasting will address the following questions:

Participant Outcome:

On completing this course, participants will have gained a good understanding of the basics of financial forecasting. A template for assisting participants in the preparation of their own financial projections will be provided.

  • What are my expected revenues?
  • How much Profit Margin do I expect to make?
  • How much inventory do I need to carry?
  • What are my operating costs?
  • How soon can I expect my customers to pay me?
  • Can I secure credit from my suppliers?
  • What CAPEX (capital expenditure will I have?
  • How much funding will my business require?

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 Date: Thursday 3rd of May 2018
Venue: The Mill Enterprise Centre, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda
Time: 7pm to 10pm

Cost: €20

Cancellation Policy

A full refund is made for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to the course / workshop commencement.  No refunds will be given to cancellations made afterwards.  Substitutions are permitted.

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Marketing img

 This is a practical and interactive workshop that will explain, explore and outline what you need to know to market your business effectively. It aims to introduce you to a number of practical marketing concepts and techniques and provide you with tools and techniques to help you build a good marketing foundation for your business.

The principles and techniques are applicable to a manufacturing or service business; and whether you are in business already, or are thinking of starting a business, this workshop will provide you with useful insights and techniques to help you promote your business effectively and efficiently. No previous experience is needed, and the workshop provides plenty of time to answer questions and discuss and explore real life marketing examples.

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Date:    10th April 2018

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Centre, Drogheda.

Time:    10pm to 1pm

Cost:     €20

 Cancellation Policy

A full refund is made for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to the course / workshop commencement.  No refunds will be given to cancellations made afterwards.  Substitutions are permitted.

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Social Media

A practical hands-on half day workshop on setting up & using social media for your business, tools covered include Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin etc.

 Overview of social media

 What tools to use & why

 Generating content for social media

 Creating & Using a Twitter Account

 Setting up a Facebook page

 Using your Facebook page

 Generating engagement

 Overview of LinkedIn & YouTube

*You are welcome to bring along your own laptop to this Workshop*

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Date: Wednesday 21th March

Time: 10am to 2pm

Location: The Mill Enterprise Centre, Newtown Link Rd., Drogheda

Cost: €20

Cancellation Policy

A full refund is made for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to the course / workshop commencement.  No refunds will be given to cancellations made afterwards.  Substitutions are permitted.

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