- Eve Yankah, founder of BEPPS, reveals what she would change about the industry plus favourite parts of the job
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WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU WEREN’T IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY?
I’d probably be working in advertising and branding. I love working in a creative environment – I get a real buzz from it!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
My first real role was interning for Stella McCartney. I got such an insight into how a business works.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
My children and my husband. I’m at my most creative when I’m pregnant – I came up with the idea for Bepps when I was expecting my first son, Ozzy.
WHAT’S THE WORST JOB YOU’VE DONE?
Working on a shop-floor as a teenager. I used to do 12-hour shifts standing on my feet all day – not fun!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR JOB?
Building a brand that has a positive impact on people around me, whether it’s customers who enjoy the snacks, the great talent we’re able to hire, the farmers who because of Bepps are growing more blackeyed peas for their next crop or the charities we donate 10% of our profits to every year.
AND YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE?
Financials and bookkeeping!
TEA OR COFFEE?
I’m definitely a coffee girl – I probably have three or four cups a day.
HOW ABOUT THE FOOD INDUSTRY – IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO CHANGE?
I would love to see more women in the industry and more female-orientated talks and conferences where female food and drink entrepreneurs can meet, empower and inspire each other.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LAST SUPPER?
Probably steak and chips with a stack of American pancakes and syrup for dessert.
WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
You only have one life to live, so happy yourself!
WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING YOU’VE EVER EATEN?
Probably escargot when I was last in Paris. I enjoyed it, but I doubt I’d make it a regular option.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It’s a great book about how your mindset ultimately affects the energy you bring into your life.
SWEET OR SAVOURY?
Savoury – I try and limit my sugar intake.