Staff

Karyn McNiece

Job Role
Business Development Manager
Date Joined
March 2022

What does your role entail ?

Being innovative, working to identify new opportunities to support local entrepreneurs.

 

Describe a typical day for you ?

Speaking to entrepreneurs about their wins, challenges and hopes for the future. Planning and creating novel support systems for local entrepreneurs. Researching funding opportunities which encourage business start-up and growth.

For anyone considering starting up what advice would you have for them ?

Thoroughly research your market and identify your target customer base. Understand your costs and spend time working out a sustainable pricing model for your product/service. Share your passion for your product/service.

What are the main issues and barriers facing developing businesses today ?

Northern Ireland has a skilled workforce however there are skills gaps in many industries. It is important for industry and education bodies to work together to ensure people are learning and developing the necessary skills to meet employers’ needs.

Rising costs and supply chain challenges are issues which require businesses to be innovative to ensure sustainability.

Life outside current job ?

Long walks with my border collie. Member of Ballyclare Badminton club. I became an amateur vegetable grower during the first lockdown. I thoroughly enjoy being out in the garden attempting to grow my own vegetables with some success so far, all advice is gratefully received.

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