Noel Allen, founder & owner of Noisy Nuts

Noel Allen, founder & owner of Noisy Nuts

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF After deciding it was time to move on from my long-serving role at a very successful energy drink brand, I was doing research for two interviews – one with a craft beer distribution company and the other with a peanut brand manufacturer. Sitting in my house... View Article

Karl McCrum, Sales and Marketing Manager at Neill’s Flour

Karl McCrum, Sales and Marketing Manager at Neill’s Flour

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’ve been working in the grocery trade for almost 20 years from van sales to national accounts manager to, now, sales and marketing manager. I’ve worked for some of the largest food manufactures/suppliers in the world such as Unilever, General Mills and now Neills Flour which... View Article

Rhonda Geary, Operations Director, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society/Eikon Exhibition Centre

Rhonda Geary, Operations Director, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society/Eikon Exhibition Centre

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF After university, I started my working life as an estate agent but, after a few years, I changed my career path and commenced my employment with the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society as a management trainee. I am still here after 26 years and now hold the... View Article

Gerard McAdorey, Managing Director, Free’ist

Gerard McAdorey, Managing Director, Free’ist

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I was brought up in Belfast and have built my career here working for FMCG companies including C&C and Jacobs. I felt there was an opportunity to connect great brands with new routes to market and, in 2000, decided to combine my experience and connections to... View Article

Kelly Neill, Managing Director, Panacea Drinks

Kelly Neill, Managing Director, Panacea Drinks

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I run my own small business, Panacea Drinks, which is currently based in Saintfield and specialises in a range of healthy water kefir drinks, naturally sparkling drinks that are dairy- and gluten-free and packed with gut-friendly bacteria. The range comprises five flavours and is also vegan-friendly.... View Article

David Givan, Director of meat wholesaler James Givab

David Givan, Director of meat wholesaler James Givab

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I joined the family business at 17. I am very proud to be fourth generation in the company. I started on the factory floor and worked from the ground up, learning the ropes along the way. I am now company director. My main role is product... View Article

Susie Hamilton Stubber, owner ,Burren Balsamics

Susie Hamilton Stubber, owner ,Burren Balsamics

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I have an extremely diverse background. I was brought up in Fermanagh, taught to cook by my mother and, while working as an admin assistant in London, I used to cook at parties and lunches. After marrying, we came home to Northern Ireland, where I have... View Article

Will Taylor, Managing Director of Glastry Farm

Will Taylor, Managing Director of Glastry Farm

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I am MD of Glastry Farm on the Ards Peninsula, where I have lived all my life, in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, dairy farmer, ice-cream manufacturer. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY INVOLVE? My day starts with a round of the dairy cattle,... View Article

Simon Toye, Group Development Chef with The Mount Charles Group

Simon Toye, Group Development Chef with The Mount Charles Group

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF My background is very much kitchen based, starting as a trainee chef with the Europa Hotel when I was 16, before moving to London when I was 18 and working at the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane. Locally, I worked at Nick’s Warehouse in the early... View Article

Alan McCulla, chief executive of Sea Source in Kilkeel

Alan McCulla, chief executive of Sea Source in Kilkeel

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I live in the Kingdom of Mourne. I was born into the fishing industry. My father was a fisherman and I am reliably told that my first word was not ‘mummy’ or ‘daddy’, but boat. So, the odds were high from an early age that I... View Article