Business First 40 under 40 Networking Lunch

Clive Jones (Precept IT), pictured alongside former Grosvenor Grammar schoolmate Gary Coburn

Clive Jones (Precept IT), pictured alongside former Grosvenor Grammar schoolmate Gary Coburn

Precept IT’s Business Development Director Clive Jones was recently named in Business First 40 Rising Stars of the Business Community in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s most accomplished ’40 under 40′ gathered at the Academy Restaurant in Belfast to enjoy an outstanding opportunity to meet and do business together.

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Clive obtained a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Biology, then MSSc in Organisation and Management from Queens University Belfast.  After a number of years working in the financial/insurance market locally, Clive recognised the growing importance of IT and undertook a conversion course on the LEDU RAP programme at BIC Systems. Initially working as a software developer for Almac Sciences, Clive moved onto working for 2 of Northern Ireland’s leading hotel chains directing their IT operations.

This gave Clive the basis from which to launch his own IT company Precept IT.  In addition to IT support, the highly skilled team that Clive assembled at Precept guided SME’s across the UK and Ireland to find their feet with emerging cloud technologies.  Precept have subsequently developed a number of their own cloud based solutions, selling these globally to Energy Corporations as well and some of Northern Ireland’s leading companies eg household name retail chains.

Clive is very engaging and professional in all his interactions.  He is a creative and logical thinker and highly motivated.  Outside work Clive enjoys cherished family time with his two daughters and lives in East Belfast.

Clive says “the assets of a start-up business that determine whether it is to be a success or not are vital and should not be forgotten as the company begins to grow and develop.  I like to think of Precept as an eternal start-up in that we are efficient, agile and determined in business practises and in pursuit of our goals”

Sponsored by Willis Insurance and Risk Management and in association with Ulster University Business School, the 40 under 40 event is in its second year and is proving to be a very popular addition to the business diary.

Business First publisher, Gavin Walker, added that “this event is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland. It’s not a competition but rather a celebration of everything that is positive about our business community. Many of the Business First’s Rising Stars – 40 Under 40 have only experienced business undertaken in adverse economic times.

“They represent a resilience that we will all have to embrace if we are to rebalance our economy for the future and encourage our young people to look to business as a career and retain their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm in Northern Ireland rather than take flight across the Irish Sea.

“That’s why Business First is leading in this celebration and it is a pleasure to have the Ulster University Business School and Willis Insurance & Risk Management as our partners in this event.”