LEO logoAre you a start up entrepreneur or interested in leaving employment? Have you been unemployed and have a business idea and considering
starting your own business? This interactive workshop will focus on the essential elements required when starting a business, including what is required when approaching financial service providers.

 

  • The workshop will review business plan templates and outline a draft plan relevant to a specific business
  • Identify the high level financial requirements necessary for starting a business
  • Have clear objectives on the next steps that are essential to start a business.

The key elements of the workshop are:

  • What is the business idea
  • Create an Executive Summary
  • What are the human resources required
  • Who are the principal suppliers
  • Consider the financial supports required
  • Clarity on Product / Services and target market
  • Why Market Research should be completed
  • What is the route to market
  • How to complete a SWOT analysis
  • How to secure required funding

Date: Thursday 13th October 2016

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

Time: 10am to 2pm

Cost: €20

Tickets: https://bit.ly/29XpCa8

View Writing a Business Plan pdf >

LEO logoSo you’ve just completed, or are about to complete, your first year of trading as a Sole Trader. You’ve been putting it off for a while, but it can’t wait any longer – you must start preparing to file your first income tax return!

This course will provide an overview of all aspects of the process for completing your return. You will be guided through the sections of an income tax return form and the information you will need to complete it. In addition we will discuss timing of submission and payment and what happens if you miss the deadline or inadvertently submit incorrect information.

The course will address the following:

  • What period of trading do I include in my return
  • When do I need to file a preliminary tax return and pay preliminary tax
  • When do I need to file my tax return and pay the income tax
  • What forms need to be completed and by when
  • What information do I need to complete the form
  • Should I complete my own tax return
  • What happens if I’m late filing
  • What happens if I make a mistake

Attendee Outcome:

On completing this course, attendees will have gained a good understanding of the steps involved in filing an income tax return.

Date: Tuesday 6th of September 2016

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

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20

Book online at www.localenterprise.ie/louth or contact Local Enterprise Office Louth, Town Hall, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042-9324185 email: info@leo.louthcoco.ie

View Filing Your Income Tax Returns pdf here>

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Our 2nd e-Payments Conference will focus on driving Ireland as the EU Gateway for Payment firms.

CityNorth Hotel is on M1 Corridor and is exactly 15 minutes from Dubin airport.

– Find out how payments are changing and how that brings opportunity to your business

– Listen to & meet leaders from PayPal, IBM, Vesta, IDA, Bank of Ireland & more

– Learn more about how M1/ Drogheda could be the payments centre of Europe

– Understand the opportunities & threats caused by Brexit

 

“Ireland’s Payments industry post-Brexit – Real Opportunities, Real Challenges?”

8:30am: Registration / Coffee

Introduction by Thomas McEvoy, Louth LEO

9:30am: Welcome Address: Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement.

Chair: Thomas McEvoy (Louth LEO)

9:45:  “The Future of Money” – Louise Phelan, Paypal

Chair: Thomas McEvoy (Louth LEO)

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Louise Phelan is Vice President of Global Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, PayPal. She leads 2,600 colleagues in Dublin, Dundalk and Berlin.

 

 

 

10:15:  “Building a National Payments Cluster”

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Chair: Irene McCausland (DkIT)

Michael Wasserfuhr, Vesta CFO, and Board member at ATPC

The American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) represents the more than 70 Georgia-based companies that develop the products and provide resources supporting the financial service industry’s technology needs. More than 60 percent of the companies in this U.S. industry call Georgia home and 70 percent of all U.S. payments processed annually run through Georgia. The global payment processing (merchant acquiring) industry currently generates $50 billion annually, and the industry employs 40,000 people in Georgia.

Michael Wasserfuhr brings over 15 years of international C-Level financial experience to his role as Vesta’s senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Q&A – Chair: Padraic White (Inaugural Chairman Louth Economic Forum and former Managing Director IDA-Ireland)

11.00: Coffee / Networking

 

11:15 : Fintech/ePayments sector in Ireland: Challenges to be overcome- Panel discussion

Chair – Richard Hanlon, Vesta Payments

Drew O’ Sullivan (European Angel Fund), Keith Fingleton (IDA), Noel Moran (FPAI / PrePaid Financial Services), Garrett Cassidy (Abarta Consulting)

 

11:45 Keynote Presentation- Chris Skinner

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How FinTech is transforming payments”

Chair – Richard Hanlon, Vesta Payments

Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand, a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. His latest book, Digital Bank, provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the battle for digital banking and strategies for companies to compete.

He is also Chief Executive of Balatro Ltd, a research company, and a co-founder of the website Shaping Tomorrow, as well as a regular commentator on BBC News, Sky News and Bloomberg about banking issues.

“I can honestly say this is one of the best books that I’ve read on the subject matter around what constitutes banking in the present, past and future.”– David Brear, Digital Banking Director, Gartner Group

Q&A

 

12:30: Update on M1 Payments Corridor (Thomas McEvoy, Louth LEO)

Chair: Richard Hanlon and Alan Costello

 

12:45 pm: Light Lunch / Networking

 

 

13:40: Blockchain – Can Ireland take a leading position in Europe?

Chair – Keith Fingleton (IDA)

Stephen Moran (Bank of Ireland), Brendan Murray (IBM), John Mahon (Edgeverve)

 

 

14:20 Brexit: What does it mean for Ireland’s payments sector? – Panel discussion

Chair – Graham O’Rourke (Aphix Software)

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15:00: Conference Close – Graham O’Rourke

 

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TEDxDrogheda is coming to the North-East of Ireland. TEDxDrogheda is officially launched by Gavin Duffy, RTE’s Dragon’s Den, on Wednesday 8th June 2016. It will take place in the Droichead Arts Centre on 17th September 2016 and will provide a broad interpretation of the theme “FutureWealth”, with presentations by speakers from our local community and further afield.  A call out for speakers is currently taking place on TEDxDrogheda website: https://tedxdrogheda.com/ , deadline for submissions – 8th July 2016.

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The organizing committee consists of Graham O’Rourke – Chairman of The Mill Enterprise Hub; Anna Kurtisa – administrator at The Mill Enterprise Hub; Alan Costello – CEO of Ruby Consulting; Orla Moloney – Director of Droichead Arts Centre; and Orlaith Carmody – former RTE news reporter and Managing Director of Mediatraining.ie.

“We are interested in asking whether the concept of FutureWealth is related to money or whether it involves something much broader such as creativity, social equality, health or environment”, said Orla Moloney, the Director of Droichead Arts Centre. TEDxDrogheda represents technology, the arts, education, youth programmes, business and not-for-profit organisations.  Our common aim is to reach a diverse cross-section of our community and ensure a truly inspirational set of topics and talks.

“We will support speakers with some training and practice, so no one should be put off by the thought that doing a TEDx talk is out of reach” said Orlaith Carmody, who has spoken twice at TEDx events. “We are looking for speakers of all ages and backgrounds, who have a great idea worth sharing.”

Because TEDx events are intentionally small, designed to be intimate events that provoke discussion and promote connection, the seating at TEDxDrogheda will be limited to 100. “We are seeking an audience representing the broadest possible range of the community, including local residents and other members of the general public who are inspired by ideas and interested in connecting with others who share the same passion for knowledge”, said Graham O’Rourke.

Tickets will go on sale this month, priced at €30 for a Standard Ticket, and €15 for a Concession Ticket (students, unemployed, and senior members 65+). For more information, please visit https://tedxdrogheda.com/ or follow @TEDxDrogheda on Facebook and Twitter for instant updates.

TEDxDrogheda is a non-profit event and organizers would welcome any sponsorship or contribution from companies or individuals.

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Refresh-Boyne-Logo-300x196On Wednesday, 25th May 2016, Shane Breslin paid a visit to The Mill to give a talk on digital strategies. Shane Breslin is a digital consultant with over 15 years experience in online content, digital strategy, and marketing communications. As past-Deputy Editor and Editor of Joe.ie, he helped to build it into one of the largest lifestyle brands for Irish males, which currently has 3.1m unique users each month, 450,000 Facebook fans, and 220,000 Twitter followers. In the past few years, he has worked as a marketing and digital consultant for a range of clients, and also opened Blackbird Books, an independent bookshop in Navan in 2015.

He has shared a few tips on how to:

– choose the right advertising platform for YOUR business

– measure the cost effectiveness of your ad campaigns

– target the right customer, and much more!

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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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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit https://www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/TED

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DYI logoOn Thursday, 12th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators Competition Final for transition year students took place at East Coast Bakehouse’s new Centre of Innovation. Twenty-one projects were shortlisted from the initial 52 applications, and prizes were awarded in each of the three categories (Science, Business, and Social Enterprise) for both individual and team entries, and one overall competition prize. This is the third year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation.

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Geoff Fitzpatrick, the Founder of Drogheda Young Innovators; Photo by: Andy Spearman

Over 50 students heard businesswoman, and Dragon from RTE’s Dragon’s Den, Alison Cowzer, speak on Innovation, and the process of creating a new biscuit production facility. Alison is co-founder and Marketing / Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse, Ireland’s only large scale biscuit manufacturing business, based in Drogheda. Alison told the students that they should be proud of their achievements, and that, based on her conversations with them, she was confident that many of them will have significant achievements in the future, “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories. The standard is very high, and I’m not surprised that the judges found it so difficult to pick the winners. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”

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Alison Cowzer, Co-founder and Marketing/ Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse; Photo by: Andy Spearman

Organised by a voluntary group of teachers, and local business people, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise, or business.

The winners include:

  • “Flashdiscs” – Overall winner of DYI 2016, Drogheda Grammar School
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  • “Goaty Goodness” – Business Group Category, Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer
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  • “First Year Starter Pack” – Business Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Grenhills.
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  • “BMC Digital Workshop” – Social Enterprise Individual Category, Ballymakenny College
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Rosie Kelly, Laureen Ayson, & Brian Jackson of Ballymakenny College; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “How You Doin’?” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Ballymakenny College
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  • “Investigation of Glitter Paths” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
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  • “Puppy Planner” – Individual Science Category, St. Joseph’s CBS
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Ryan Sands of St. Joseph’s CBS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “A Comparative Study of invertebrates that inhabit tree bark at night” – Group Science Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills.
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Anna Savage, Charley McKenna of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has been a success over the past few years”, says Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being supported by some innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, Fitz Scientific, Paycheck Plus, and Mor Solutions. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda, and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community”.

This format of the competition changed this year which resulted in a higher number of applications, and greater support for local innovative companies. In March,  more than 80 students attended an Innovation Workshop organised by the Coca-Cola International Services team in Drogheda. The students availed of an opportunity to work on their ideas for the Drogheda Young Innovators competition, and to practice some divergent and convergent thinking as part of the brainstorming process.

Previous DYI winners Elle Loughran and Anna Mc Evoy of Our Lady’s College Greenhills have both represented Drogheda and Ireland abroad in various youth entrepreneurship initiatives. In January 2016 Elle Loughran launched her own website www.tigertunity.com which aims to help second and third-level students to find work opportunities, scholarships and competitions. She also attended the Outbox Incubator programme in London last August for females making a valuable contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

“At least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. He continued “We want to encourage them and reward their enterprise. In the future, they will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community.”

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Péarse Rice, Tadhg O’Reilly, Sean Rice an Christian Shaw from St. Joseph’s CBS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Cian Fitzpatrick and Darren Morgan of St. Joseph’s CBS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Ebipade Fufeyin, Momil Amante, Jesssica Odia of Ballymakenny College; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Conor Whearty and his team of St. Mary’s DS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Seoda Matthews and Jessica McGrane of Scoil Ui Mhuiri; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Refresh-Boyne-Logo-300x196 (1)Shane Breslin is a digital consultant with over 15 years experience in online content, digital strategy, and marketing communications. As past-Deputy Editor and Editor of Joe.ie, he helped to build it into one of the largest lifestyle brands for Irish males, which currently has 3.1m unique users each month, 450,000 Facebook fans, and 220,000 Twitter followers. In the past few years, he has worked as a marketing and digital consultant for a range of clients, and also opened Blackbird Books, an independent bookshop in Navan in 2015.

 

refresh boyneFor years every business has known they needed to invest in a web presence and social media, but many of them do so without a defined strategy? SMEs have concentrated on the figures (how many likes etc), when the most important things to focus on are: am I reaching my audience / Is my audience doing what I want them to do when I do reach them?

The talk will briefly focus on a number of issues (outlined below) and will provide an opportunity for group debate and input from other attendees.

  • Traditional Media on Life Support?

“The ways businesses and Governments have reached their audience for more than 100 years has changed, completely and forever, in less than a decade…”

  • What Platform are your customers using? Finding out where your customer is and focusing your energy there 

“Orwell’s 1984 is a reality – Facebook/Google are the Big Brothers. And we can hone our messages to zone in on specifics, for example, the twenty-something male in Louth who’s interested in learning guitar.”  

  • How to reach your customer at the right time – Social media, Search, Email.

“We can find people who have a problem that our business can fix. In real time.”

  • Digital Journey: Making the experience as smooth as possible for your customer.  

Think of your website as a ski slope. When your potential customer that you’ve worked so hard to attract there lands anywhere on that slope, you want them to find their way easily to the bottom. On many websites, in contrast, the destination you want your user to reach is often at the top of the next mountain!

  • Relationships – Translating one-time customers into repeat business.

“Three old maxims are true: 1. Word of mouth is powerful. 2. People buy from people. 3. It’s much easier to get another sale from an existing customer than it is to find a new one. And when it comes to online, all of these are possibly even more relevant than ever before.”

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, 25th May 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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Refresh-Boyne-Logo-300x196 (1)On Wednesday, 20th April, the author of “Productivity for Dummies”, Ciara Conlon has visited The Mill to give a talk on Productivity.

She gave a few useful tips on how to get work done, how to increase productivity and reach your goals.

Ciara Conlon is “The Productivity Coach”, a consultant and speaker who specialises in the areas of personal productivity and leadership development. Ciara is the author of two books on productivity; “Chaos to Control”, a practical guide to getting things done and “Productivity for Dummies”. Coming from total chaos, Ciara has developed strategies to help her find time to work, write, rest and play, all before breakfast.

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On March 3rd 2016 more than 80 students from Drogheda, Dunleer and Laytown, attended an Innovation Workshop organised by the Coca-Cola International Services team in Drogheda. The transition year students availed of an opportunity to work on their ideas for the Drogheda Young Innovators competition, and to practice some divergent and convergent thinking as part of the brainstorming process.

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Breanndan Casey (BDM at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Sean Mac Entee (Project Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Anna Keller (Coca-Cola International Services), Ellen Pender (TY student, speaker at Coca-Cola Workshop), Colin Guilfoyle (Nebula Interactive), Geoff Fitzpatrick (Organizator and Co-ordinator of the DYI competition)
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Students from St.Joseph’s CBS

According to Anna Keller, Business Systems Director, Coca-Cola International Services, “We hope that the workshop opened students’ eyes and minds to new ways of thinking, and will act as an idea generator for applying to the DYI Competition. “Innovation is crucial to the success of Coca-Cola, and after the workshop, all of the local Coca-Cola International Services team commented on the ingenuity, enthusiasm, and creativity of the students. Judging by the quality of material at the workshop, we’ve no doubt that the Drogheda region is producing future business and social leaders which we can be proud of”

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Breanndán Casey (BDM of The Mill Enterprise Hub), Sean Mac Entee (Project Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Geoff Fitzpatrick (organizator and co-ordinator of the Drogheda Young Innovators programme)

The guest speakers included Ellen Pender, a Transition Year student, who discussed the benefits of attending CoderDojo sessions and her interest in technology and science. She impressed attendees with her focus on how technology can be easily learned by teenagers, and used to further improve their lives. Colin Guilfoyle, the founder of Drogheda-based company, Nebula Interactive, gave a presentation on the games and apps which have been developed in Drogheda, his route to becoming self-employed, and how an interest in gaming and technology has benefited his career, and assisted in the innovation process that he has adopted in his day-to-day business activities.

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has allowed us an opportunity to develop the innovation mind-set amongst local transition year students ”, says Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being developed and supported by innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, Fitz Scientific, Paycheck Plus, and Mor Solutions. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda, and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community. This workshop was a great opportunity for students to hear how Coca-Cola has maintained, and developed it’s innovative thinking over the last 130 years”.

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“At least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Jack Codys Brewery. He continued “We want to encourage them and reward their initiative across the Business, Science, and Social Entrepreneurship categories. In the future, they will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community. The final of the competition will take place at East Coast Bakehouse’s new Innovation Centre in May”

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DYI volunteers from Coca-Cola International Services
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