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Carol Fitzsimons - Young Enterprise Northern Ireland - #11

We caught up with Carol Fitzsimons, CEO of Young Enterprise Northern Ireland to chat about this amazing, empowering entrepreneurial charity for young folk in Belfast/our wee country, what a CEO actually does and what it takes to get an MBE.


David Linton - Madlug - #10

Hear how a one-for-one luggage company is making a difference to the lives of kids in care. In this episode, we chat with founder David Linton about what it was like to set up a social enterprise, have brunch with Richard Branson and why you should find your 'black bin bag story' Photos, links + written version at:


Gerry White - Jawbox Gin - #009

Last year Belfast went absolutely gin-sane for the old drink that has undoubtedly made a modern comeback. Hear: how he founded Jawbox Gin, where the name comes from, why 'gin is in,' his favourite street in Belfast and much much more. Gerry is incredibly passionate about our city and his story will get your fired up for the new year and all you want to achieve in it (I know it did for me!)


Samina Kauser - Kurrito, Botanic Avenue - #008

Belfast has gone absolute burrito-crazy over the last few years... On this week's show, we sat down with Samina Kauser to hear how Kurrito – a Mexican Pakistani restaurant on Botanic Avenue - is spicing up the local Burrito industry. Samina is a highly passionate, driven and entrepreneurial woman with a love of cooking, food and making the customer experience the best it can be. We caught up with her to hear her story of how she went from working at a strategic level in Chrysler to...


David Johnston - Outside In - #007

Hear the founder's story of OutsideIn, a street wear brand that wants to rewrite the story of homelessness here in Belfast and around the world through their unique 'wear on share one' model. After co-running HumansOfEdinburgh, David Johnston was blown away at the incredible stories from the homeless community and far from the truth public perception really is towards these individuals. Written story, photos and links over at:


006 - Brian Donnelly + Jenny Holland - Bia Rebel Ramen

On this week's show, we caught up with Brian Donnelly and Jenny Holland - the dynamic duo behind Bia Rebel - a food truck located outside The Big Fish that dishes out the best Ramen food in Belfast. Brian (from Tyrone) has a background as a Michelin chef and has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry such as Gordon Ramsey. He enjoys Ramen, running ultra marathons and breaking rules. Jenny is an Italian-New Yorker born in Belfast and has a background in journalism with the...


005 - Paul McMullan - International House Belfast

We sat down with language teaching legend Paul McMullan who traveled the world before opening a language school in the 'Holylands' in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In this episode we chat about leaving home/coming back, why Belfast is the perfect place to learn English and some revolutionary new ideas IH Belfast is experimenting with such as VR. This is a great insight for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in teaching English overseas or indeed going to learn one. For a written...


004 - Dean Kane - Visual Waste

Thousands of tourists come to Belfast each year to see and learn the history behind the various political murals scattered throughout the city. But in recent times there has been a dramatic shift away from the traditional political pieces to a new era of urban art. One of the folks at the forefront of this movement is Dean Kane, the street artist known as Visual Waste. We caught up with Dean hear his story and talk about everything from memes, Jon Snow, Game Of Thrones, starting a side...


003 - Danielle Morgan - Flax Fox

Meet Danielle Morgan aka Flax Fox. Danielle is an artist, entrepreneur, mother of '2.5' and a regular at St Georges Market. Her work is some of the most iconic in Northern Ireland and so is her story. Danielle has also kindly offered 10% her online store by using the promo code: 'bestofbelfast' at the checkout.


002 - Gareth Patterson - Belfast Coffee Map

We caught up with Gareth Patterson, founder of the Belfast Coffee Map, a paper publication that features the best cafes and coffee shops. This this episode of Best Of Belfast we discuss the coffee culture/scene in Belfast, what it's like to run a small business alongside a full time job and how coffee, creativity and culture are all connected. You can find a written version of this article along with photos, links, social media sites and upcoming events over at www.BestOfBelfast.Org


001 - Lyn Magill - Lover Of Life

For our first story on the Best Of Belfast podcast we caught up with Lyn Magill to hear her incredible story and what it means to be a 'lover of life.' To see a written version of this article as well as some photos check out


000 - Our Story (Preface)

Hear from Matthew about the story behind the Best Of Belfast Podcast, what you can expect and how you can get involved. For written stories, links, photos, social media info and upcoming events check out


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