About Michelle Lestas

I am a business leader and serial entrepreneur. I grew up in a family business, and this, coupled with the fact that I have been a business owner for many years, means entrepreneurship and business leadership are part of my DNA. An experienced public speaker, I am also a member of the NIABT – the policy influencing forum for the NI Assembly at Stormont. My business leadership book will be published November 2020 https://orpenpress.com/books/in-business-with-yourself/ and is the result of 20 years as a business leadership executive coach, working with CEOs in large organisations and small business. I am the founder of identity-led business growth and use this throughout my work. I have worked across all disciplines in the UK, Ireland and Europe. I have specialised in leadership, ownership, innovation, strategy, funding and investment – including significant work on accessing grant funding and tender bids. In the past 5 years I have spearheaded the development of two significant brands. Glenstall Enterprise Hub – a business hub for business space, training facilities and a state of the art production kitchen. As the co-founder of the Good Food and Wine Company brand I have been successfully growing this into an important food production and retail business with product sales across the globe. I am qualified as an assessor for psychometric testing and I am also leading on some key research with the Ulster Business School into artisan entrepreneurship. Over the years I have been a Board Member on numerous Boards across Enterprise Agencies, FE Colleges and Post Primary Education. I have also gathered a few qualifications on the way – Bsc (Hons); MBA; AHEA. Specialties: * Leadership * Entrepreneurship * Finding Investment * Business Development and Growth * Inspirational Public Speaking

Causeway Cookery School

We are releasing dates for Cookery Courses in the autumn for Friendship and Family Bubbles of 6-8 per class. we want to enable groups of friends and family members to come together in a fun way and learn a new cookery skill at the same time. you can work together in a friendship or family bubble to decorate a number of cupcakes, or make hand rolled truffles and all helped along with a glass of Prosecco! During COVID restrictions we are introducing cookery classes that are just for you and your group. We require a minimum of 6 people but can accommodate up to 8. Book through these links –

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Try it out! – COVID-19 Start Up Support for Individual Food Producers.

Glenstall Enterprise Hub is offering a very attractive start up package to support chefs, cooks or other sole traders who wish to “Try It Out” at producing food for the exponentially growing food demand. We are offering a fully commercial Kitchen for production as well as Food Grade Incubation Units for post production requirements. Based between Ballymoney and Coleraine, we will offer these on a short term basis to enable you to see if your business idea has traction. If you are interested just email directly to info@glenstallenterprisehub.comcropped-cake-decorating-class.jpg