Peter Barrett, Managing Director, Buchas Dog

Peter Barrett, Managing Director, Buchas Dog

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I’ve just launched a new small drinks company so I’m pretty much every role going in the company at the moment. The company is called The Bucha’s Dog, Craft Tonic Brews, and makes a fermented tea drink, known as kombucha. BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY... View Article

Emily McCorkell, owner of Lo & Slo, Derry

Emily McCorkell, owner of Lo & Slo, Derry

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I launched Lo & Slo in 2018 at the Slow Food Festival in Derry with two sauces, Sweet & Smoky Barbecue Sauce and Sweet & Spicy Vinegar Mop. I had been active on social media and blogging prior to launching.  WHAT ARE THE BEST/WORST PARTS... View Article

Alice McIlhagger, Owner, Brambleberry Jams

Alice McIlhagger, Owner, Brambleberry Jams

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am the founder and owner of the Northern Ireland artisan food brand Brambleberry Jams, making my own recipe sauces, jams and chutney. BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE I was a geography teacher and then a DoE town planner before starting my own... View Article

Mervyn Kennedy, Kennedy Bacon

Mervyn Kennedy, Kennedy Bacon

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am currently the owner of Kennedy Bacon in Omagh, as well as a full-time farmer. BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE I was born into a farming family and that has always been my main occupation. I had a factory producing dry cured... View Article

Gareth McAnlis, Fresh food Development Manager at Henderson Wholesale

Gareth McAnlis, Fresh food Development Manager at Henderson Wholesale

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? As fresh food sales continue to grow, and the way it is consumed continues to change in Northern Ireland, my role is to ensure own-brand products and local supplier partnerships are continuing to meet demand and continuing to be innovative and improved.  BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR... View Article

Conor Toland, marketing manager for Henderson Retail

Conor Toland, marketing manager for Henderson Retail

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR BACKGROUND After graduating from University of Ulster in 2012, my first full-time job was working as an events assistant for Belfast City Marathon. This was a fantastic first rung on the employment ladder – working for Northern Ireland’s largest participatory sporting event was a great way for... View Article

Simon Layton, head of region for M&S Northern Ireland

Simon Layton, head of region for M&S Northern Ireland

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? I started in retail at 16, working for Boots, and loved the interaction with real people – especially as I worked on the photo counter, processing customers’ memories. I joined M&S through the Business Placement Programme in 2003, as part of my university studies, and found... View Article

Franck Brétéché, chef/owner of Mange Tout Café, Deli & Patisserie

Franck Brétéché, chef/owner of Mange Tout Café, Deli & Patisserie

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR BACKGROUND I lived in Nantes, France until I was 19, where I trained as an apprentice in Patissier, Chocolatier, Glacier, Confiseur (pastry chef, chocolate maker, ice cream maker and sugar work). I moved to Ireland with my parents and brother in 1989. During this time, I have... View Article

Helen Porter, Co-owner of Ann’s Pantry in Larne

Helen Porter, Co-owner of Ann’s Pantry in Larne

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? Partner and owner of Ann’s Pantry, running the business in collaboration with my brother, John Agnew. BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE I moved to London in the 1980s and worked for Harrods. I started out as a retail assistant and was promoted to... View Article

Alan Dorman,Trading Director, Savage & Whitten Wholesale (Today’s Group NI)

Alan Dorman,Trading Director, Savage & Whitten Wholesale (Today’s Group NI)

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY I joined J&J Haslett (Mace & Holmes) within the buying department in the early 1980s, and worked within Haslett’s wholesale, retail and foodservice divisions as trading manager through all the various product categories over the years. In 2005, with the integration of Musgrave Group buying... View Article