Meet your wholesale food supplier team

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James Laws

Director of Business Development

James has over 23 years’ experience in the food and drink industry mainly gained while working with Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd where he held senior roles in both retail and buying, as part of this he lived in Northern Ireland while setting up the local sourcing team.

Post Sainsbury’s James was appointed as Trading Director for Musgrave Retail Partners NI where he looked after the integration of the Mace brand into the business.

For the Last 7 years he has worked in consultancy roles concentrating on the development of MSME. He has been part of the senior management team at the Food and Drink Hub since inception.

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Steve Wallace

Business Development Consultant

Steve has over 26 years’ experience in the food and drink industry, including 15 years retail buying experience with Sainsburys, Waitrose & Dobbies. Within this, he has bought a wide number of product areas across grocery, alcohol, fresh foods and non-food for both national UK markets and regionally within Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England.  This has given Steve extensive knowledge of both the premium supermarket and specialty fine food retailing sector.

Steve has been utilising this knowledge as a business consultant with the Hub since 2014 and has a particular industry expertise within the beer, cider and spirits industry.

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Helen Wallace

Business Development Consultant

Helen has valuable experience as a buyer and product developer for Waitrose.

Helen has also experience in the independent retail sector and worked as a commercial manager for a brand before forging a career as a consultant to support food producers hoping to find opportunities in new markets.

Helen is our expert in product development and short-life product.

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Kim Rutherford

Retail Account Manager

Kim has 5 years of retail experience in the Fashion Industry previous working for the Hub in January 2015 after graduating with a BA Honours in Business with Risk Management.

She is working alongside DC Thomson in relation to the Maw Broon’s range to create their own lines and hampers. With this she is working towards identifying further opportunities for the brand and strengthening the core product range. 

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