Former cafe chain owner to head Enterprise NI
The co-founder of coffee chain The Streat has been named new chief executive of Enterprise NI.
Michael McQuillan succeeds Gordon Gough in the role, which involves leading 28 enterprise agencies around the province.
Mr McQuillan is the former director of the Business Institute at the Ulster University Business School. He co-founded The Streat coffee chain in 1999, expanding it through franchising until it was acquired by Henderson Foodservice.
Nicholas O'Shiel, chairman of Enterprise NI, said: "Michael brings with him the experience that comes with the real-life challenges of being an entrepreneur which is essential in understanding the needs of start-ups and growing businesses.
"We know that Michael has the vision and ambition to sustain and grow the number of new businesses we are assisting through our local enterprise agencies, who in turn are working with thousands of entrepreneurs enabling them to succeed."
Mr McQuillan said: "Throughout my career I have been passionate about the development of the Northern Ireland skills agenda and the importance of local businesses being the bedrock for economic stability and growth.
"Along the way, I have had the privilege of mentoring an extensive list of SMEs, helping them to grow and develop."