I spend most days on the phone or on my laptop but my real passion is product development so I love nothing more than being in top floor studio. I can be very messy and I have a habit of leaving half drunk cups of coffee around my desk with apple cores and banana skins. I would say that this probably does everyones heads in but screw them - I'm the boss 😉! I am mum to two girls, one wants to be a ballerina while the other wants to be a dragon. When I am not in Born and Bred I am thinking about Born and Bred… or drinking Prosecco with Laurie.
Linzi is my big sis and she convinced me to come work for her over 8 years ago as the Retail Manager. I am the team pessimist which annoys the hell out of Linzi and since I love annoying my big sis this works out quite well. We have a code word on the shop floor if a conversation turns into a sibling tiff! If you come into the shop and hear the word ‘pineapple' randomly being used, you know what it’s about. I love to wear black with a hint of flamingo and have worn the same leather jacket for at least ten years.
My role is the art of giftology - fancy I know! I look after all our corporate clients creating bespoke packages for organisations to keep their staff and customers very happy. I process orders from anywhere from 5 - 500 gifts for our clients, packing and posting it all from our Belfast city centre store. I'm currently in my final year of university completing my Communications &PR degree. When I'm not in the library or at work, you'll find me running the roads (or talking about it) probably training for my next half marathon.
I officially joined the team last year for Admin support and to keep Linzi on track with paperwork but I have been roped in during busy times in the shop for over 3 years now. I am mum to Lucie and Dylan and 3 fur babies, Alfie, Miley and Rocco. I love going for long walks with my dogs, camping with friends, paddle boarding and putting the world to right with Linzi over one or two glasses of Prosecco.
I first joined the team back in 2019. I currently help keep our website up to date with our latest products and take some of our product photography. I am the most accident-prone member of our team and when I am not falling down the stairs, I am normally debating what to get for lunch.
I am in my 2ndyear of studying fine art at Ulster University, where I am developing my own artist skills and hope to go on to become an art therapist. I am also an abortion rights activist, being the Belfast rep for UU Pro-Choice Society and working will Alliance for Choice to advocate for free, safe, legal, local abortion healthcare here and worldwide.
I joined the team in 2019 and I am involved with a lot of the creative work at Born and Bred. I spend most of my time on the top floor in our studio, framing, printing, designing and drawing. As well as being part of the team I also do freelance illustration work and you can even find some of my work in store. I love drinking tea and never sit down when I’m eating my lunch, much to the annoyance of Linzi.
If you catch me in the shop you’ll usually find me organising something. I started in Born and Bred 6 months ago after leaving hospitality after a whole decade - but I do still love the odd disco shift and I also have my own small baking business, Beccas Buns. I’m a big foodie so when Im not working I’m cooking or trying out new Belfast restaurants. I always love when customers ask for restaurant recommendations.
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