Meet Our Property & Conference Coordinator

Meet Our Property & Conference Coordinator

New team member at Ards Business Hub supports local businesses


Ards Business Hub has appointed a new Property and Conference Co-ordinator to support its mission to develop the local economy.


Helen Graham, who is originally from Montreal but now a long-time resident of Donaghadee, brings a wealth of knowledge to the role.


She will be looking after tenants at the three sites – Sketrick House, Strangford Park and Nendrum Park – as well as the meeting rooms and conference facilities.


As a social enterprise, Ards Business Hub aims to deliver real social results and impact to the community.


Nichola Lockhart, CEO of Ards Business Hub, said that Helen will be a real asset to the organisation and to the Ards business community.


“Helen has tremendous energy and is such a people person; she really cares about helping others. At Ards Business Hub we feel we have a great offering – superb commercial and industrial units, spec office space and free on-site parking but it’s also our team that make such a tremendous difference to our clients,” Nichola said.


Helen is looking forward to working with the diverse and exciting range of businesses that make Ards Business Hub their home.


“I love working with people and want to make sure that I’m adding value to everything I offer the local business community. Ards Business Hub is so much more than just the fabulous offices and commercial units. It’s the wealth of free business advice and support that makes it truly special,” she said.


With years of experience in sales and customer service, including locally with Green Man Packaging in Bangor, she also has first-hand knowledge of running her own computer gaming business, Good Game, from 2019-2022 in the centre of Newtownards.


“I understand what it’s like for entrepreneurs and business owners who are having to do all the work and make all the decisions themselves. The pressure is enormous but having a community of supportive professionals and being surrounded by other like-minded businesses can make all the difference,” she said.


Having moved from Canada in 2003, Northern Ireland is now firmly home.


“I love living here. And while I have just joined the team at Ards, I feel immediately like one of the family,” she said.


In her spare time, Helen sells craft items she makes herself on Etsy and is studying Business Management at the Open University.


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Pictured above (left to right): Nichola Lockhart, CEO, and Helen Graham, Property and Conference Coordinator. 

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