We Are Hiring! Administrative Assistant (Part Time)

We Are Hiring! Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)

We are in the process of recruiting an Administrative Assistant (Part-Time) to join our team at Ards Business Hub!

 

This credible role will provide key support to daily operations located in the modern Sketrick House. Their job will be to handle all administration tasks for the organisation!

 

Duties will include but will not be limited to:

  • Support the Property and Conference Coordinator with all aspects of room usage including bookings, invoicing, information displayed in rooms, set up and clear down, ordering catering and liaising with room users.
  • Responsible for issuing evaluations for business development programmes.
  • Issuing all evaluations for property queries, maintenance issues required, tenant requirements, etc.
  • Responsible for maintaining internal CRM, business Google drive and all info email accounts.
  • First point of contact for all internal and external visitors for both telephones and reception.
 
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Please contact: David McClure, Recruitment Consultant at Honeycomb on 028 9620 7050

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We Are Hiring! Property & Conference Coordinator

We Are Hiring! Property & Conference Coordinator

We are expanding our team at Ards Business Hub, by hiring a Property & Conference Coordinator.

 

This credible role will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of Ards Business Hub conference and meeting spaces currently located in Sketrick House and contribute to driving the sustainable growth for the business.

 

Duties will include but will not be limited to:

  • Responsible for handling all meeting and seminar room enquires ascertain client details, requirements and facilitate room booking venue.
  • Liaising with room users prior to, during and after usage while setting up and clearing down of room facilities.
  • Responsible for inventory control and ordering of catering requirements for the rooms.
  • Carry out required administration associated with room usage including invoicing and information displayed in each room.
  • Act as main point of contact for all property enquires.
  • Handling of all incoming and vacating tenants.
  • Providing support and holiday cover for Operations Coordinator.
  • Assisting with Front of House cover, i.e., telephones and reception, as and when required.
  • Assisting with the development of branded marketing materials for conference and meeting facilities.
 
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Please contact: David McClure, Recruitment Consultant at Honeycomb on 028 9620 7050

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Tenant Testimonial – Peter Magee ActionCoach

Tenant Testimonial - Peter Magee ActionCoach

One of our tenants at Sketrick House, Peter Magee from ActionCOACH Bangor had this to say about setting up his business here at Ards Business Hub…

 

“As soon as I walked in, I knew it was perfect for me. It’s very professionally run and has a lovely ambience that is very welcoming for my clients. In addition to the great office space, I needed conference rooms for seminars and other meetings and the space at Ards is truly first class.”

 

Thank you so much for the kind words, Peter! We are happy to have you with us at ABH!

 

To read the case study Peter completed with us, click here!
 

Find out more about ActionCOACH Peter Magee at: https://bangor.actioncoach.co.uk/meet-the-team/

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Our Tenant Case Study: Nordica Design

Our Tenants Case Study: Nordica Design

Ryan Irvine started Nordica Design in early 2022 and has moved into a unit at Strangford Park in Ards Business Hub.


Meet our business:

Nordica Design is an exciting new multi-faceted company with an amazing pool of creative talent spanning design, specialist joinery and shopfitting working on a range of projects across the UK and Ireland.

Started by Ryan Irvine who has 12 years’ design and joinery experience, the company designs and creates furniture, displays and other units for exhibitions, events, commercial and residential interiors, shops and television and movie sets. In just a short time, they’ve made a big impact and this year were shortlisted for two IDI (Institute of Designers in Ireland) awards for two projects for Singer Porsche and Copeland Distillery.

“It’s been an incredibly busy year and we are working hard to fulfil the many projects that have come in from a vast network of clients. Our industry was really hit during Covid, so it’s great to see things returning to normal again,” he said.


Why he chose Ards Business Hub:

“I was specifically seeking a starter unit of about 1000 square feet with a roller shutter but nothing was available. The team at Ards Business Hub took my details and promised to ring when something came up and I was delighted when it did.”

“I really like the convenient location with easy access to the motorways to get to both Belfast and Dublin. Plus, the units are secure and in good condition.”


What we say:

Nichola Lockhart, Chief Executive of Ards Business Hub, said: “Nordica Design is an exciting new company that takes the ideas expressed by their clients and then turns them into a reality whether that’s for the domestic or commercial market. Their skills in design and building are second to none and we were delighted that just the right unit came up at the right time for them.”


Find out more about Nordica Design go to www.nordicadesign.ie

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Our Tenant Case Study: Uniform Store NI

Our Tenant Case Study: Uniform Store NI

Meet our businesses: Uniform Store NI

Uniform Store NI is a growing business that has been well established in the Ards area for many years. Previously known as Crawford Embroidery, Business owner Stephen McVeigh has a shop on the High Street in Newtownards but has taken a unit in Ards Business Hub’s Strangford Park in order to develop the embroidery and online sales sides of his business.

An increasing number of customers buy school uniforms online and Uniform Store NI supplies both uniforms and PE kits for approximately 40 schools. In addition, the company provides embroidering, not only for school uniforms but for many other local businesses.

“Once a child has tried on their first uniform, parents know how to go up the sizes as their children grow. During the pandemic, customers got used to buying everything online and this has led to a huge increase in sales for us. We plan to take on an additional three full-time people as well as casual summer staff during the peak buying periods so this dedicated space will give us room to grow,” Stephen McVeigh said.


What they say about Ards Business Hub:

Uniform Store NI needed a space large enough for its embroidery machinery and the extensive stock of uniforms, PE Kits and leavers’ hoodies. Stephen explains that he was keen to keep the company in the local area and was delighted when a unit became available at Ards Business Hub.

“The unit had everything we needed with a partitioned office and enough space on the floor for the machinery. It also has easy access for deliveries and handy parking. I really like the friendliness here and the team have been so helpful,” he added.


What we say:

Ards Business Hub Chief Executive, Nichola Lockhart said: “Uniform Store NI is a recognised brand on the High Street in Ards and we are delighted to be part of their journey as they expand their online business. By focusing on this area of growth, they have the potential to create new jobs and build the business even further.”

 

Find out more about The Uniform Store NI at www.uniformstoreni.co.uk/

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Our Tenant Case Study: People HQ

Our Tenant Case Study: People HQ

Meet our business: People HQ Ltd

 

Greg Quinn started People HQ, a consultancy offering expert Human Resources and Recruitment solutions, in 2019. Greg wanted to share his 25 years of HR leadership experience working in industry and has been adding value to clients such as Linden Foods, Dale Farm, Downeys Cars, On Track Technicians and Avondale Foods.

 

People HQ take a holistic approach to business and people strategy, helping their clients by providing ‘HR Solutions’ that support business owners and senior management teams. Services offered include Fractional HR Director Support to help develop and deliver a HR Strategy, Retained HR Support to support day to day HR matters, Management Development Programmes and HR Best Practice Workshops to help build capability across teams. Recruitment support is offered for key salaried roles.

 

Greg and his team know that its ‘people’ that makes a business great, hence the name People HQ!

 

“People are at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to help businesses achieve their goals by offering a full service that supports the team. Each client has a different requirement; be it recruiting the best talent, providing on-going support to businesses that don’t have an HR department or developing a growing management team. We look at what each business needs and see how we can help them get the best for and from their people.” he said.

 

What they say about Ards Business Hub:

 

People HQ originally had an office in the centre of Newtownards but wanted a larger space to give them room to grow. “We had been searching for just the right location. When a unit came up in Sketrick House in Ards Business Hub in October 2022, I was delighted. It is exactly what we need as the business grows,” Greg said.

 

“I particularly like the meeting and conference rooms, which are ideal for our training work. The centre is very professional; it creates a strong impression for our clients and enhances our own brand,” he added.

 

What we say:

 

Nichola Lockhart, CEO of Ards Business Hub, said: “Greg and his associates have a wealth of experience in the HR and Recruitment industry.  They take a people-centric approach and adapt to the needs of their clients. Their expertise and understanding of how to support teams and develop talent are invaluable to their clients.”

 

Find out more about People HQ here: www.peoplehq.co.uk

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Our Tenant Case Study: Nightcap Event Group LTD

Our Tenant Case Study: Nightcap Event Group LTD

Declan Holmes and Dean McFarland are joint owners of Nightcap Event Group Ltd.

Meet our businesses:

Nightcap Event Group Ltd provides drinks and cocktail services for weddings, corporate events, private parties and hospitality businesses as well as providing highly trained hospitality and events staff for venues.

Lifelong friends Declan and Dean came up with the idea to make and serve cocktails at events in 2013. Over the past nine years, the business grew, expanding to a wider range of drinks events – including a bespoke gin bar where people build their own cocktails – but also creating an agency providing highly trained people for hospitality venues.

“After Covid, staffing became a huge issue for so many venues but we have on our books 150 people who are trained and skilled casual hospitality and events staff who we can send to prestigious venues across Northern Ireland affected by shortages in the labour market,” Declan said.

Why they chose Ards Business Hub:

Ards Business Hub is very convenient and provides a great arterial route into Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland. In addition, they were looking for a space with a ground floor for their equipment and a mezzanine level for offices.

“Ards Business Hub is perfect for us. We have a great space at Strangford Park which provides an office and stores plus we can use the conference rooms for staff training, which is very important. We’ve also had excellent support and advice from the team at Ards Business Hub, which will help us continue to grow,” said Declan.

What we say:

Nichola Lockhart, Chief Executive of Ards Business Hub, said: “Nightcap Event Group Ltd is a dynamic, inventive and growing business, which is meeting the challenges of a difficult economic climate by diversifying and changing its business plan.  Declan and Dean quickly saw that the hospitality industry was suffering from staff shortages and set up an agency to meet that need.”

To find out more about the Nightcap Event Group Ltd go to: https://nightcapeventgroup.com/

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Our Tenant Case Study: Hara at Home

Our Tenant Case Study: Hara at Home

Meet our business: Hara at Home

Hara at Home is a new gourmet delivery ‘meal at home’ business created by Roz and Andy Turner, chefs who have worked in some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants.

Each month, the pair create special menus serving two people. The meals, which are devised to take as little preparation by the customer as possible, are then placed in specialist packaging designed to keep the food chilled while in transit and delivered right to your door on a Friday.

The couple met at two-Michelin Star restaurant Chapter One in Dublin but both have worked at many prestigious restaurants in their careers. Andy was a chef for Marco Pierre White and also at The Bennelong, the fine dining restaurant at Sydney Opera House. Roz started at Shu in Belfast before joining Paul Flynn at The Tannery in Dungarvan, and has worked in London Michelin star restaurants Texture and The Clove Club. The pair spent several years at an upscale restaurant in Barbados before returning to Northern Ireland where they ran Hara in Hillsborough. Post Covid, they sought a change and decided to take their luxury dining at home business to a new level.

“People had become accustomed to collecting restaurant meals to serve at home but we felt there was a gap in the premium market for food that is delivered right to your door,” Andy explained.

What they say about Ards Business Hub:

To build their business, they moved into a unit in Strangford House and have set up a professional kitchen that can cope with their growing orders.

“We wanted to locate the business near our home and when we saw Ards Business Hub, we knew it would be perfect. It’s ideal for a start up as there was no real outlay and they offer a short-term lease. At the moment we have one member of staff but plan to grow so we have the space for that. The team at Ards have also been amazing and really looked after us. Nothing was too much trouble.”

What we say:

Ards Business Hub Chief Executive, Nichola Lockhart said: “Hara at Home is a new business that is really meeting a demand for gourmet dishes prepared by top chefs and delivered to homes throughout Ireland. It is very exciting for us at Ards Business Hub to see a company reacting to market trends and delivering an innovative product.”

 

Find out more about Hara at Home at www.shophara-food.com/

Follow them on Instagram @hara.at.home and Facebook @hara.at.home

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Our Tenant Case Study: Inspiring Yarns

Our Tenant Case Study: Inspiring Yarns

Meet the business:

Inspiring Yarns is so much more than a wonderful shop selling hand-dyed yarns, embroidery supplies, craft kits, looms and spinning wheels. The company ethos is to reduce social isolation and improve mental health and well-being through group knitting and crochet projects.

The social enterprise started in February 2021 when Claire noticed the impact of isolation during the lockdowns. She believed knitting with friends could have a huge impact on the lives of people in Northern Ireland. The three directors moved into Ards Business Hub in November 2021 and held their first course in the new shop.

“Arts can bring people together and the simple activity of knitting or crocheting with others while you chat can decrease social isolation and improve mental health. The social enterprise has grown more quickly than any of us could have imagined and we are now running courses right across Northern Ireland,” Claire said.

 

What they say about Ards Business Hub:

Inspiring Yarns – which employs five people – has just taken a second unit in Strangford Park. In one unit, they have their shop and run workshops while the second unit allows for storage and a work space trying new techniques in fibre production for spinning and weaving. It will also be home to a new, innovative digitally automated knitting machine – possibly the first in Northern Ireland.

“Ards has a great history in the textile industry so we were really keen to be based in this area. In fact, many of our clients used to work in the large factories here so it gives us a chance to hear their stories and to preserve these craft skills. We really like the spirit of Ards Business Hub; it’s very friendly and we’ve got to know the other tenants near us. The free parking appeals to our customers and we’ve recently received a grant to install a disabled toilet into our unit.”

 

What we say:

Nichola Lockhart, Chief Executive of Ards Business Hub, said: “Ards Business Hub is also a social enterprise so are delighted that Inspiring Yarns chose to locate in Strangford Park. They reinvest all their profits from sales in the shop back into the work they are doing in the community.”

 

Find out more about Inspiring Yarns at: https://inspiringyarns.co.uk/

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New Staff Appointed at Ards Business Hub

New Staff Appointed at Ards Business Hub

Two new staff members have been appointed to key positions to help boost our mission to deliver expert business support to the Ards and North Down area.
 
Iain Simpson is the new Facilities, Health and Safety Co-ordinator, while Tasmin Parkinson is Marketing and Administration Executive.
 
Ards Business Hub Chief Executive Nichola Lockhart said their skills would bring a mix of experience and energy to the centre’s management team.
 
She said: “These are two really key appointments as we continue our work in stimulating the local economy by encouraging people with ideas and drive to start their own businesses. We want to ensure that these entrepreneurs have the best facilities and support possible to flourish in the business world.”
 
Iain had previously worked for 12 years in Facilities Management for Deloitte in Belfast. A trained plumber, Iain became interested in facilities management and was able to use his technical skills and knowledge in his new profession. A large part of his job is in managing all of Ards Business Hub’s Health and Safety regulations, making sure that contractors working on projects at the centre’s three sites –Sketrick House, Strangford Park and Nendrum Park – have the right qualifications and skills to work for an ISO Accredited Company. “It’s fantastic to join this team. I am really enjoying it, every day is different and you get to meet so many people and that’s one of the things I love about it,” he said.
 

Tasmin, from Dundonald, studied Marketing at Ulster University. It is the 23-year-old graduate’s first full-time job since leaving collegeand she is relishing the challenge. She said: “I’m so excited that Ards Business Hub has given me this fantastic opportunity. Marketing touches on all areas of the business and I’m looking forward to making a real impact.” Tasmin is responsible for running all of the Hub’s social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and TikTok. She will be working to reach a wider demographic to encourage younger people to consider a career in business. She will also be involved in expanding the centre’s already busy conferencing and room hire service, getting out the message to businesses that Ards Business Hub has excellent facilities for running all kinds of events.

 
She said: “I grew up in a generation that is always on social media and my role will be making sure we are paying attention to marketingtrends and that everything we post is relevant. I will be making a big push to let people know what is available here.”

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