EP 02 – Bronagh Conlon of Listoke Distillery & Gin School and Nigel Woods of Amstrow
Our guest speaker for the second episode is Bronagh Conlon, the co-founder and MD of Listoke Distillery and Gin School, located in Drogheda, Ireland. Since the launch in 2016, Bronagh proved to be one of the most innovative distillery owners in Ireland: she launched the first Gin School in the country, started selling (and giving away) hand sanitisers to organisations in need the day before the actual pandemic was announced in Ireland! And last but not least, Listoke was the first distillery to offer 5% of company shares up for grabs in a public raffle. In this episode she reveals where she plans to export Listoke products, what the newly released gin flavour is, the secret ingredient to the famous gin, and of course – the five tips for for growing a business!
In our ‘Meet The Miller’ section, Colm speaks to Nigel Woods of “Amstrow” – an Aviation Corporate Services provider. Nigel has been a resident in The Mill for a little over 3 years now, in this episode he shares his experience on managing the transition from being an employee of a big corporation to starting up a business on his own, as well as revealing some of the biggest challenges and surprises he encountered on the way. Nigel highlights the importance of having a wide network of contacts as the key element of growing a business. Listen to the end to find out his top tips for taking the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship and keeping your business afloat.
The Mill Enterprise Hub’s ‘Helping Your Business Grow’ Podcast brings together practical business tips from established entrepreneurs, alongside stories of new Startups in the Drogheda and Northeast region. Hosted by Colm Hanratty, Chairperson of The Mill and Founder of SixTwoDigital, each episode focuses on practical advice on starting and scaling a business.
EP 01 – Gavin Cooney of Learnosity and Michael & John McKeown of Carpe Omnia
“Understand your business model – cost per acquisition Vs lifetime value”. Gavin Cooney, CEO and Co-Founder of Learnosity, a company that creates online education assessment and teaching software, talks to us on his top 5 business tips, and how Learnosity has scaled from initial startup in 2007 to providing solutions to 40 million annual global users. It is apt that Gavin is our first interviewee as he was a guest panelist at The Mill’s official opening in May 2014. Gavin updates us on the critical importance of cashflow, and the need to truly identify your market and develop domain expertise that can offer real value to clients.
In our ‘Meet The Miller’ section, Colm speaks to John and Michael McKeown, two brothers who created Carpe Omnia in 2018, and have grown their fashion company from select pieces to a whole lifestyle range with sales across the globe. Carpe Omnia is the Latin for ‘Seize it all’ which the funders have taken to heart as they continue to create new products and develop International customers.