Staff Profiles

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    Jonathan McAlpinChief Executive

    Responsible for strategic leadership of the organisation:

    • Planning and Budgeting
    • Business Development / Networking
    • HR Matters
    • Quality Assurance
    • Serving the Board

    Favourite Thing About Your Job:

    • Developing new Business opportunities

    Favourite Things Outside of Work:

    • Family, Crusaders FC and Skiing (I make no comment if these are in the correct order…)!

    Entrepreneur that you admire and why:

    Allen McClay, because he was from Northern Ireland, remained humhbe and down to earth, always stayed true to his roots and gave back to society!

    1 Golden rule for being successful in business:

    "Network to Get Work"

    Jonathan McAlpin
    Chief Executive
    Responsible for strategic leadership of the organisation: Planning and Budgeting Business Development / Networking HR Matters Quality Read More.
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    Kenny RodgersBusiness Development Manager

    My Role at EBE:

    • Lead the Programmes Team
    • Secure new programmes work for the agency
    • Ad hoc training, mentoring and advising
    • Project Management
    • Designing and developing new programmes

    Favourite Thing About Your Job:

    • That we help to support around 500 clients per year to explore their dreams of self-employment

    Favourite Things Outside Of Work:

    • Family
    • Tennis
    • Liverpool FC

    Entrepreneur that you admire and why:

    David Beckham – Brand Beckham has been a steam train for several decades. From kicking a ball around a field to the celebrity status and reach his brand now has, is an unbelievable story of hard work, determination and getting the right people around you to create success.

    1 golden rule for being successful in business:

    The more people you help, the more money you will make. To be successful in business you need to sell something that people want or need…it’s a basic fundamental rule but one that’s often over-looked by start-ups.

    Kenny Rodgers
    Business Development Manager
    My Role at EBE: Lead the Programmes Team Secure new programmes work for the agency Ad hoc training, mentoring and advising Project Management Read More.
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    Allen A McKeeTenant & Property Facilities Executive

    My Role at EBE:

    • Handling enquiries for Office and Unit Space
    • Ensuring the smooth operation of both sites
    • Acting as Liaison between Tenants and EBE
    • Project Planning to Ensure the progression of the company

    Favourite Thing About Your Job:

    • The opportunity to assist start Up and existing business to progress

    Favourite Things Outside Of Work:

    • Getting out and about with our dogs
    • Assisting at Motor Sport Events to ensure public safety
    • Helping with Fund Raising at Local Animal Sanctuary

    Entrepreneur that you admire:

    Richard Branson

    1 golden rule for being successful in business:

    Plan how to reach your goal

    Allen A McKee
    Tenant & Property Facilities Executive
    My Role at EBE: Handling enquiries for Office and Unit Space Ensuring the smooth operation of both sites Acting as Liaison between Tenants and Read More.
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    Lucy BarfootFinance and Office Manager

    My Role at EBE:

    • Is to manage the Finance Department and produce a set of monthly management accounts
    • Manage the office and Administrative Team
    • To maintain quality systems in order to improve efficiency and productivity within the company whilst retaining company accreditations with professional bodies

    Favourite Thing About Your Job:

    • I joined the company in 2008 and generally no two days are the same. I have met a diverse, eclectic mix of people meaning life at work is never dull

    Favourite Things Outside Of Work:

    • Family
    • Cinema
    • Listening to Music
    • Cooking

    Entrepreneur that you admire and why

    Duncan Bannatyne for his no-nonsense, can-do attitude.

    1 golden rule for being successful in business

    Know your finances. As Sophie Cornish is quoted as saying: - “no-one is too creative to understand a balance sheet”

    Lucy Barfoot
    Finance and Office Manager
    My Role at EBE: Is to manage the Finance Department and produce a set of monthly management accounts Manage the office and Administrative Team Read More.
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    Lisa KennedyBusiness Advisor

    My Role at EBE:

    • Project Management of DEL Funded Steps to Work programme, mentoring clients through Initial Start- Up Stage
    • Initial Meetings with clients for the “Go For It” programme giving advice to clients who are seeking support with Self – Employment
    • Creation of Clients Business Plan supported by the “Go For It” programme
    • Provide Start – up Business training to individuals wishing to explore Self Employment
    • Pre and start up business Training
    • Start-up Mentoring
    • Project Management
    • Female Entrepreneurship

    Favourite Thing About Your Job:

    • The Range of people I meet each day, no two days are the same

    Favourite Things Outside Of Work:

    • Spending time with my husband and son
    • Shopping, shopping and more shopping
    • Playing at the beach with my Chocolate Lab (Miss Penny)

    Entrepreneur that you admire and why:

    Pete Boyle (CEO of Argento) such an inspirational man with a funny story to tell on how the business was started on a stall and through his determination has grown to what it is today.

    1 golden rule for being successful in business:

    Attend as many networking events as possible, as you never know who you may meet.

    Lisa Kennedy
    Business Advisor
    My Role at EBE: Project Management of DEL Funded Steps to Work programme, mentoring clients through Initial Start- Up Stage Initial Meetings with clients Read More.
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    Kirsty ElliottProgrammes Administrator

    My Role at EBE:

    • Dealing as a first point of contact for client enquiries
    • Providing support & administration for a range of EBE programmes

    Favourite Thing About Your Job:

    • Seeing clients flourish with their new businesses after initially thinking it was not achievable

    Favourite Things Outside Of Work:

    • Spending time with family, socialising & listening to music

    Entrepreneur that you admire and why

    Bill Gates who quit Harvard to pursue his business start-up and became a billionaire at 31 through hard work & perservation

    1 golden rule for being successful in business

    Build something you believe in.

    Kirsty Elliott
    Programmes Administrator
    My Role at EBE: Dealing as a first point of contact for client enquiries Providing support & administration for a range of EBE programmes Read More.
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    Wendy RodieReceptionist

    My Role At EBE:

    • I job share Reception which is front of house; we are the first to greet visitors
    • Is to provide comprehensive administration support across City East
    • Is to interact with Tenants and their clients with day to day needs
    • Is to oversee conferencing and training facilities
    • Is to create the East Belfast Enterprise Newsletter
    • Most importantly is to ensure the office is always in good supply of tea and coffee!

    Favourite Thing About Your Job:

    • No two days are ever the same
    • Meeting new people each day (not just due to senior moments)
    • There is always a new challenge which helps make life interesting
    • Welcoming people (they may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel)

    Favourite Things Outside Of Work:

    • Travelling – at home and abroad
    • Trying new venues for afternoon tea
    • Skyping with my grandchildren at weekends

    Entrepreneur that you admire and why:

    OPRAH WINFREY - because she has a great work ethic, she overcame adversity to become a benefactor to others, and to have consideration for others is so important in this life

    1 Golden rule for being successful in business:

    For success, attitude is equally as important as ability

    Wendy Rodie
    Receptionist
    My Role At EBE: I job share Reception which is front of house; we are the first to greet visitors Is to provide comprehensive administration support across Read More.