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Jacqui Pope: 'It's been amazing to watch my team grow'

This Week: Jacqui Pope

Jacqui Pope is heading to Canada for her next holiday
Jacqui Pope is heading to Canada for her next holiday

Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A: The best piece of life advice would be to always believe in myself and follow my heart and dreams. The best piece of business advice is that without challenge there is no achievement.

Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?

A: Have a clear plan, find the right people to support you with it, then execute it. Allow for bumps in the road as it is all part of the journey and you can adjust accordingly, but believe in yourself and your plan.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: To invest quality time within my team. Watching them grow has been amazing.

Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?

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A: I would coach kids and practise reiki more often.

Q: What was your last holiday and where are you going next?

A: Spain was my last holiday destination with my family and Canada is next on the list.

Q: What are your hobbies and interests?

A: I am a competitive powerlifter and I'm heading to Canada for the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships to represent Northern Ireland in the masters one category in September.

I also enjoy CrossFit. In my spare time I'm a reiki master and when I'm taking it a bit easier I love to read. Martina Cole is a particular favourite.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: Power-lifting and Team Northern Ireland.

Q: And have you ever played any sports?

A: I played netball and hockey and competed at sports acrobatics, cross-country and javelin in my school days. I am now a competitive powerlifter.

Q: Since you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A: The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: I had a loving home and a close bond with my brother and sister. I worked from the age of 14 to support mum and dad. I loved to play in the street and ride my BMX.

Q: How would you assess your time in business with your company GLL?

A: I absolutely love working for GLL - their ethos is exactly what I want in an employer. I have amazing support from my colleagues and we have a one-team approach to everything. Giving back to Belfast and working towards supporting people in getting more active more often is always at the forefront of what we do.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: I believe in adapting to my surroundings rather than trying to predict what's coming. Be ready to be agile and change.

Q: How do you sum up working in the leisure sector?

A: Since a young age this has been my passion. When you see the difference you can make in people's lives, it is priceless. I've worked in the private sector for the bulk of it and every part of that journey has been great and the experience so valuable.

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