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

Tourism & Food

Like most other consumers who eat three plus times a day we all value food in the context of the experience. We not only consume it, we are consumed with the pursuit of finding it, buying it, creating it, and eating it. Then we do it again and again and again.

The fastest growth in tourism is the culinary sector. Farmers markets, taste tours, agri-entertainment, glamping, restaurants, farm shops, wineries, and boutique food retailers … food tourism has become an important part of holiday and business travel as well as a purpose in itself.