In December 2012 the sod turning ceremony for The Mill Enterprise Hub took place. The Mill Enterprise Hub sets out its ambition to become a national leader in delivering effective regional growth and promoting best practice supports for entrepreneurs including mentoring, training in a collaborative and nurturing environment.
The Mill opened its doors to start-ups in 2014 and has since become the main Hub for the accelerated creation & growth of healthy new enterprises in South Louth, East Meath and the wider Drogheda area region. It currently houses companies ranging from startups to emergent FDI’s as well as remote workers.
The ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme, delivered by the DCU Ryan Academy, was launched at The Mill Enterprise Hub in October 2015
Aphix Software, a Mill start up wins the Leinster and Connacht Regional Award for Inter Trade Ireland’s Seedcorn awards.
The ‘sod-turning’ ceremony for Phase 2 was held in January 2016 to mark the commencement of construction of the Phase 2 building at a cost of circa €800,000. This enabled The Mill to build on the success of Phase 1 and meet the strong demand for startup’s and expanding businesses in the south Louth, Drogheda, and East Meath region.
Footage of the foundations for the 750 sq m extension of Phase 2 of The Mill Enterprise Hub gets underway. The extension will provide a mix of integrated office and hot desk space to help grow startup’s and ambitious SME’s.
2017 saw the opening of a 750m2 extension of The Mill which was the culmination of a ten-year project that successfully merged the best of public and private support for entrepreneurs. Louth County Council were instrumental in getting the project off the ground, and Louth LEO, Leader, and Enterprise Ireland contributed to start-up costs. Critically, The Mill were supported by Drogheda Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses who contributed circa €350,000 in philanthropic donations to the project.
In September 2018 The Mill unveiled its action plan for 2018 to 2020. The strategy places particular focus on highly skilled commuters, who often spend hours traveling to and from Dublin every day.
September 2020, saw the launch of The Fintech Corridor. The Fintech Corridor which was formed by The Mill Enterprise Hub before spinning out was designed to create a Fintech Corridor between the Dublin and Belfast region. The Fintech Corridor was supported by InterTrade Ireland and Louth County Council.
2021 saw the upgrade of several areas of the building thanks to funding from Enterprise Ireland & Connected Hubs. Upgrades included a 20% increase in hot desking spaces, plus air purification systems added to all common spaces. The Mill also took receipt of 4 fully sound proofed Framery Meeting Pods to facilitate Zoom calls and private meetings.
In late 2021, the current Tánaiste and Minister Enterprise Trade & Employment, Leo Varadkar visited The Mill. During his visit he toured the facility and spoke with many of the businesses located here to better understand The Mill and our future plans as well as listening to four companies presenting their exciting business plans for growth in the region.
In November 2021, Morning Ireland recorded their full Morning Ireland Show live from The Mill Enterprise Hub. Members of the Mill were then interviewed on their businesses.
In early 2022 we introduced the Studio 92 Media Centre at The Mill. The new studio provided users with access to podcast, camera, recording, greenscreen, lighting, sound and photo equipment.
The equipment is used to not only podcast but as a way to create material to generate leads and awareness for businesses at The Mill and for those who hire the venue.
The Mill Enterprise Hub hosted the launch of Connected Hubs www.connectedhubs.ie in February 2022. The event was launched by Minister Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural Development. Speaking at the launch the Minister Humphreys announced that with 200 hubs located on connected hubs at the time of the launch, remote working was now truly accessible to thousands of people. The Minister also announced an additional €5M in funding to support the further growth of the hubs.
By summer 2022, The Mill’s continued growth saw us break 100 residents located here for the first time in our short history.
In October 2022, as part of Six One News, RTE recorded an extended live news segment on the business communities reaction to the budget live from The Mill with local businesses.
In January 2023, PMCA Economic Consulting launched their findings on The Mill Enterprise Hub Economic Impact Report.
The reports findings highlight that Mill based companies contribute over €37.7M on an annual based to the Irish Economy in the form of Gross Value Add, whilst supporting 231 jobs in the local economy and contributing over €6.6M per annum to the Irish Exchequer. You can access the full report here: Mill Economic Impact Report