Fe­males are en­cour­aged to grow busi­ness

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

THE Mill En­ter­prise Hub in part­ner­ship with DCU Ryan Academy and the M1 Drogheda Cham­ber Skill­net launched the Boyne Val­ley / M1 ‘Il­lu­mi­nate’ Fe­male En­trepreneur­ship Pro­gramme in Drogheda.

The pro­gramme will be de­liv­ered by spe­cial­ists from DCU Ryan Academy and is a FETAC-ac­cred­ited course aimed at en­trepreneurs seek­ing to de­velop their busi­ness. Guest speak­ers on the day in­cluded Anne Reilly from Pay­check Plus, and Alma Jor­dan from Agrikids who spoke of the need to build up re­silience, net­work ef­fec­tively, and stay mo­ti­vated.

The Il­lu­mi­nate pro­gramme was cre­ated by The Mill En­ter­prise Hub in 2015, with as­sis­tance from DKIT and DCU Ryan Academy, to em­power early stage fe­male en­trepreneurs to de­velop and ex­pand their busi­ness.

The Mill have also part­nered with M1 Skill­net which will be able to of­fer ad­di­tional train­ing sup­ports to the at­ten­dees. The lat­est pro­gramme also in­cludes free ac­cess to The Mill’s hot­desks dur­ing the pro­gramme and one-on-one fi­nan­cial ad­vice ses­sions with AIB. The pro­gramme is spon­sored by Coca-Cola In­ter­na­tional Ser­vices, AIB, M1 Skill­net, and the Louth & Meath Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fices which re­duces the costs for at­ten­dees by 50%.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open, with a clos­ing date of 31st Jan­uary 2019.

At­ten­dees at the launch were able to hear how Anne Reilly grew Pay­check Plus from her garage to nine­teen staff mem­bers sup­port­ing pay­ments across eigh­teen coun­ties. Anne’s ad­vice to the at­ten­dees in­cluded prac­tis­ing ‘ser­vant lead­er­ship’, hire the right peo­ple, net­work, con­tin­u­ally pri­ori­tise key ob­jec­tives, and to take some time­out to think strate­gi­cally. Alma Jor­dan from Agrikids spoke about defin­ing your value propo­si­tion, main­tain­ing a can-do at­ti­tude, and de­ter­min­ing your mar­ket. Alma con­tin­ued “I com­pleted the Il­lu­mi­nate pro­gramme in 2017 and the Busi­ness Model Can­vas that I com­pleted as part of the course was in­stru­men­tal in how I de­vel­oped my busi­ness. The sup­port of the other par­tic­i­pants was very wel­come and it was great to be able to bounce ideas and gain valu­able feed­back. The top­ics cov­ered and more im­por­tantly the speak­ers and course in­struc­tors were ex­cep­tional in that they were ex­perts in their in­dus­tries, and in­spir­ing driven women who were ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples of suc­cess­ful fe­male en­trepreneurs”.

Ac­cord­ing to Linda En­nis of M1 Drogheda Cham­ber “We saw this as an ideal part­ner­ship as Il­lu­mi­nate fast-tracks fe­male led busi­nesses to de­velop their busi­ness and lead­er­ship skills, achieve scale, and cre­ate em­ploy­ment. Par­tic­i­pants are given the knowl­edge, skills and un­der­stand­ing to com­mer­cialise sus­tain­able and prof­itable prod­ucts by com­plet­ing 12 study mod­ules in­clud­ing Sales Strat­egy, Project Man­age­ment, Busi­ness Risk Man­age­ment, Sus­tain­ing & Grow­ing Your Busi­ness, Mar­ket­ing, and Lead­er­ship”.

Bre­an­ndán Casey, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager at The Mill En­ter­prise Hub, stated that “I’m de­lighted that we can have an­other Il­lu­mi­nate pro­gramme start­ing in Fe­bru­ary. The feed­back from par­tic­i­pants in the first and sec­ond Il­lu­mi­nate pro­grammes was ex­cep­tional, and it’s great to see the lo­cal spon­sors com­ing on board again. This keeps the price ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive, and the course is an op­por­tu­nity to step back from day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties, and to care­fully con­sider the long-term strat­egy and goals of their busi­ness, as part of the Busi­ness Model Can­vas ex­er­cise. In ad­di­tion, two of the com­pa­nies suc­cess­fully ap­plied to be­come part of Ryan Academy’s High Fliers pro­gramme after com­plet­ing Il­lu­mi­nate.”.

To ap­ply for the course, please visit https:// themill­drogheda.ie/cat­e­gory/news

Guest Speak­ers Anne Reilly from Pay­check Plus and Alma Jor­dan from AgriKids at the Launch of the Il­lu­mi­nate Fe­male En­trepreneur­ship Pro­gramme at the Mill En­ter­prise Hub, Drogheda.

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