East Coast Bake­house get be­hind the Girl Guides

Mid Louth Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

GIRL Guides all around the coun­try are sell­ing 30,000 pack­ets of cook­ies dur­ing Novem­ber as part of the in­au­gu­ral Ir­ish Girl Guides’ Na­tional Cookie Month.

Girls from age five-plus will hone their en­trepreneurial skills by sell­ing choc-chip cook­ies to their fam­i­lies, friends and neigh­bours. By de­cid­ing how many pack­ets to or­der, how to go about sell­ing the bis­cuits and how they will spend the pro­ceeds of their sales, the girls will de­velop money man­age­ment and busi­ness skills.

Ali­son Cowzer of Dragon’s Den is part­ner­ing with IGG for the ini­tia­tive and the choc-chip cook­ies are be­ing made in the fac­tory that she co-founded -East Coast Bake­house, Drogheda, which is the big­gest bis­cuit-mak­ing fa­cil­ity in Ire­land. Ms Cowzer is de­lighted to lend her sup­port, given that “it could take cen­turies to achieve equal­ity with­out se­ri­ous ef­forts to bring women into male-dom­i­nated spheres such as busi­ness and pol­i­tics.”

She said the #Fu­tureCEOs ini­tia­tive will help fos­ter a spirit of en­trepreneur­ship among Ir­ish girls and young women.

Mem­bers of Boyne Val­ley Brown­ies, Drogheda, and Dun­dalk Se­nior Branch (Brown­ies is the sec­tion of IGG for 7-10 year olds and Se­nior Branch is for 14-30 year olds) were lucky enough to visit East Coast Bake­house on 1 Novem­ber to see where the Girl Guide cook­ies were made. Ms Cowzer gave them en­trepreneurial tips to help them sell cook­ies. “You have to get out and talk to peo­ple about the cook­ies … and give them a taste!” she said.

LEFT: Ir­ish Girl Guides mem­bers pic­tured at the launch of Na­tional Cookie Month at East Coast Bake­house, Drogheda. From left: Nicki Cu­miskey, Ali­son Cowzer of Dragon’s Den, Ni­amh Walsh, Keri Rus­sell, Lau­ren Col­lier, Chris Cu­miskey, Is­abella McGaughey, Chloe Judge, An­gela Kelly and Grace Duffy

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