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Deli Lites founder Jackie Reid on staying curious and finding your ‘secret sauce’ in business

Personable is the word to describe Jackie Reid. From the moment we sat down at Deli Lites HQ in Warrenpoint it was clear from both Jackie’s demeanour and the carefully-curated team spaces within HQ that Deli Lites is a people-centered organisation.

Our ensuing discussion only served to reinforce that notion. Hard work, determination, curiosity and ingenuity play a huge part in the story of Deli Lites. And, as we spoke, it became clear that these characteristics are not only abundant in Jackie but in the company as a whole.

Jackie – who left school age 16 and went on to SRC Newry to study Media Studies – had her first taste of entrepreneurship when she began working within her sister’s business; the first of the Deli Lites sandwich bars.

Jackie said: “As a young girl, I was working there part-time and studying as well and that’s really how I got involved in the shop. I loved the customers and the food and I didn’t know what I wanted to do but you have to try all these things out.”

This little sandwich bar not only gave Jackie a love for food and customers – it gave her the love of her life and partner in business – husband Brian.

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