Oct 30th 2018

North West PA of the Year Awards

North West PA of the Year Awards

TLC was a proud sponsor of the inaugural North West PA of the Year Awards, where the region’s top PAs, EAs and EAs came together at an exclusive gala ceremony on Thursday 25th October at Manchester Cathedral to announce the winners of the North West PA of the Year Awards across 19 categories.

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North West native Sally Lindsay hosted the evening, with outstanding entertainment coming from DJ Live and Sax.

THE 2018 NORTH WEST PA OF THE YEAR AWARDS WINNERS:

RISING STAR AWARD
Sponsored by Executive Committee Member – Pitman Training

LAWRENCE ADLUM
KPMG
Lawrence joined as an apprentice in October 2016 and immediately started to make an impact by virtue of his hard work, enthusiasm and passion to learn. Since passing his apprenticeship in November 2017, Lawrence has been successful in securing a promotion to Executive Secretary, supporting an allocation of five senior stakeholders within our busy Restructuring team. Outside of work, Lawrence is continuing his studies by undertaking an AAT course, which he hopes will help to further his career upon completion.

FINANCIAL SERVICES PA OF THE YEAR – UK FIRM

ALEXA MARTINEZ
St James’ Place Wealth Management
Alexandra Maria Martinez, is an American born 31-year-old Events Coordinator for St. James’s Place Wealth Management. She is multilingual, and her hobbies include singing and playing softball. Working as a Personal Assistant to the Head of Business of a FTSE 100 company has given her the opportunity she had always hoped for. Passionate and enthusiastic, her constant drive and personable nature have yet to delude her.

FINANCIAL SERVICES PA OF THE YEAR – INTERNATIONAL FIRM

ANGELA DUGGAN
Santander
Angela has spent all of her 38 years career in the financial services industry. Supporting Executives both independently and remotely, she has gained valuable experience working across various business areas. Her last role was spent in Marketing with responsibility for budget management and delivery of key hospitality events, sponsorship and media planning.

LEGAL PA OF THE YEAR – UK FIRM

LEAH TAYLOR
Clarke Wilmott LLP
Leah Taylor is a Family Law PA/Legal Assistant for Clarke Willmott. Leah has worked for her current manager for over three years and loves her role; previously Leah worked within various sectors during her career including legal, retail and asset management. Working part-time is a constant challenge but her proactive and motivated approach enables her to successfully carry out her role and also raise a young family.

LEGAL PA OF THE YEAR – INTERNATIONAL FIRM

KATIE HOMER
DWF
With over 16 years’ experience in the legal sector, Katie currently supports several members of DWF’s senior leadership team, including the CEO of Insurance Services, CEO of Managed Services and Head of Connected Services. Katie is also a member of the Pro-Manchester PA Committee and can regularly be found at PA networking events.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT PA OF THE YEAR – GREATER MANCHESTER
Sponsored by Brand Addition

ANGELA DOWNEY
Manchester Metropolitan University
In the profession for over 28 years, Angela has worked in Civil Service, KPMG and Manchester Met University where she was Executive Assistant to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She is highly organised and skilled in planning, project management and event delivery. Angela holds industry recognised qualifications and combines administration experience with EA qualities to deliver high level customer service in her new role at the Information Commissioner’s Office.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT PA OF THE YEAR – MERSEYSIDE
Sponsored by Brand Addition

SANDRA WAINWRIGHT
Merseyside Fire Service
Sandra has been Executive Assistant to Merseyside’s Chief Fire Officer since 1997 and has supported the Senior Team in Merseyside through the biggest period of change in its history. Sandra is fulfilled by knowing that what she does makes a real difference to the communities of Merseyside. When not firefighting at work she can often be found dragging her husband and two children around the great outdoors!

MEDIA PA OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Media Partner – Manchester Evening News

SARAH MUENCH
Sky
Sarah is a highly dedicated PA of 7 years, striving for excellence in everything she does. Having a brilliant relationship with the MD she support, constantly seeking to make her life easier. Taking pride in her calm, reliable and organised approach, she works tirelessly to provide efficient and professional support. Sarah is also a passionate advocate of continuous development in order to remain at the top of her game.

PROPERTY PA OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by The Alchemist

ANDREA ROTHWELL
GVA
Andrea joined GVA in 2001 as PA to the Head of Agency and her role has since grown to overseeing several teams in the office, plus acting in a mentoring capacity to new secretarial staff. She has established herself as a key team member providing input on financial reporting, client liaison in addition to her core responsibilities. Andrea is the default reference point for numerous colleagues as a result of her proactive manner, organisational capacity and approachability.

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING PA OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Executive Committee Member – Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

ROSIE THOMPSON
AstraZeneca
Rosie has 30 years’ experience as a PA. For the last 20 years, she has worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry, where she has worked as a Senior PA, including 8 years as Team Leader in a Global Research department. Rosie is the founder of the Chester & North Wales PA Network and also enjoys coaching & mentoring PAs within and outside of her day to day role.

TECHNOLOGY & DIGITAL PA OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Executive Committee Member – KPMG

DANIELLE JENNINGS
IRIS Software
Danielle is honoured to be shortlisted for this award alongside so many wonderful candidates. Her nomination reflects how much she care about the people she works for, taking pride in every task she does no matter how menial. The key to Danielle’s success is understanding the importance of her employer’s role but more importantly, the importance of her role in make their job as easy as possible.

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR – AGENCY

JOANNE HAWKINS
Executive VPA
Self-professed ’Straight Talking Northern Woman’, Joanne is a passionate advocate for Entrepreneurs, Business Owners and VAs who just want to get on and do it. A typical left-brain worker with a right-brain personality, a background in all things ‘process, systems and structure’, she understands the need to surround herself with the right people and is always ready to brainstorm, challenge and get totally engrossed in businesses she works with.

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR – IN-HOUSE

GARETH ROBERTS-TIGHE
TalkTalk Business
Gareth is the Executive Assistant to Kristine Olson-Chapman, the MD of TalkTalk Business, Richard Thompson, Director of Partners and Ruth Kennedy – TTB’s Carrier and SI Director. Gareth provides EA support remotely to Kristine and Ruth (he is based in TalkTalk’s Manchester Office and Kristine and Ruth in London). Despite the distance they operate together seamlessly.

PRIVATE PA OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by GetChauffeured

LYDIA MCKAY
Pretty Little Thing
Lydia is a highly capable and experienced Executive Assistant working in both a private and business role. Her abilities and experience covers office management, exec office support, event management, research and reporting, project management, extensive diary management, and complex oversees travel. Her approach to her work goes beyond her job description, as she always looks for ways to improve efficiency and work to achieve goals in a very faced and unique work environment.

PA TEAM OF THE YEAR – UK FIRM
Sponsored by Executive Committee Member – Taylor Lynn Corporation

HALL BROWN FAMILY LAW
The Hall Brown Family Law PA Team have been brought together over the last two years by Joanne Wilson (Office Manager). The secretarial team mainly worked together previously at Pannone (Slater and Gordon), as did the accounts team and filing/archives manager and have also been joined recently by another experienced secretary and office assistant, making a team of nine.

PA TEAM OF THE YEAR – INTERNATIONAL FIRM
Sponsored by Taylor Lynn Corporation

CHIESI LTD
The Support Services team of 11 at Chiesi have a wealth of over 38 years of experience between them and support 8 Directors, 9 Departments and a Field Force of nearly 300. The inspiring team is built around commitment, integrity and getting results. Each team member plays an integral part in the success of the company, while ensuring they take personal accountability to uphold the Chiesi Values.

MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by The Range

JOANNE WILSON
Hall Brown Family Law
Until 2016 Jo spent her whole career as a legal secretary/support team leader at Pannone/Slater and Gordon. She left after 28 years’ to set up award-winning law firm, Hall Brown. She is the office manager, line manager to a team of nine and legal secretary and during that time the firm has grown from three people to 29 in two years. She is also undertaking her CIPD HR degree.

NORTH WEST PA OF THE YEAR AWARDS – BOARD LEVEL PA OF THE YEAR – GREATER MANCHESTER
Sponsored by Executive Committee Member – Robert Walters

HANNAH BATTY – WINNER
Whispering Smith Ltd
Hannah has worked as a PA for 5 years for a very successful couple in Manchester and Cheshire. Happy to tackle a new challenge, she now manages a team of people which has expanded from a solo role, allowing them to internally control many of the previously externally outsourced costly facilities. Her flexibility, versatility and communications skills have been recognised through her nomination.

TAMNSYN BELSHAW – HIGHLY COMMENDED
Manchester City Football Club
Tamsyn is a seasoned PA with over 10 years’ experience working at Director level, across multiple sectors and industries. A friendly and approachable team player, with polished and professional demeaner, she has the ability to manage differing personalities and working styles. Growing up in Nottingham, she is now a fully adopted Mancunian after spending nearly six years in the Northern Powerhouse city.

NORTH WEST PA OF THE YEAR AWARDS – BOARD LEVEL PA OF THE YEAR – NORTH WEST
Sponsored by Executive Committee Member – Robert Walters

FARZANA KHAN
EG Group
Farzana Khan is the Executive Assistant to Directors, EG Group. Qualified in the field she brings to her role over 20 years PA experience. Previous responsibilities as PA/Office Manager includes managing: Administration & Events, HR, Finance and Project Co-ordination. Farzana supports the Board and Senior Executives to deliver both UK & International operations, inspiring many colleagues through her leadership.

Congratulations to all of the winners at the North West PA of the Year Awards. Already planning the next North West PA of the Year Awards for 2019!

For more details visit: https://www.tlc-ltd.co.uk/5th-annual-north-west-pa-year-awards-boosted-tlc/

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 Aug 17th 2018

Take That fans can win a lunch date with Howard Donald and meet-and-greet with Robbie Williams

Guests at a charity dinner will also be treated to an exclusive performance from Gary Barlow

Take That fans are in for a treat when a glittering event is held at the Victoria Warehouse in Stretford.

Gary Barlow at a tlc ltd event in the Autumn

Not only is singer-songwriter Gary Barlow performing at the black tie charity auction and dinner, attendees are in with a chance of winning a meet-and-greet with former Take That star Robbie Williams, and bandmate Howard Donald is offering one lucky guest the chance to win a lunch date with him.

The brainchild of event organiser Liz Taylor of the Taylor Lynn Corporation the charity night on Thursday September 27 is in aid of Child Bereavement UK and the Red Sea Pedestrians and it will be hosted by former Manchester United ace and football pundit Gary Neville.

Howard tweeted: “Delighted to be supporting @taylorlynncorp with her charity event in Manchester on 27th Sep… She’ll be auctioning a lunch date with me! Who’d like to get in on that?? In aid of @cbukhelp & @RedSeaPed who do incredible work… Get bidding!!!”

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 Apr 16th 2018

Simon Lycett Interview

Simon Lycett Interview with Liz Taylor

Simon Lycett Interview

Royal florist Simon Lycett speaks with Liz Taylor about royal engagements, floral feats and fabulous times.

How did you become a florist?

Since I was seven, I’ve always known that I wanted to earn my living working with flowers. After a year at Huddersfield Poly to do Humanities, I headed off to London to work as a junior in the shop of the great, Robert Day. After 18 months I was virtually running the shop. It was amazing. The 80’s were so OTT; we had clients who would send their pilots in to collect designs and fly them back!

Then I moved on to Pulbrook and Gould which was the best experience ever, even though I was told by one of the workroom manageresses I’d never make it as a florist because my hands were too hot! The shop was incredible… we changed the window displays twice a day and had the most amazing client-base, so the work was phenomenal.

Simon Lycett Interview

What inspires you?

I’m very lucky being an accredited supplier for so many unique London venues. I work in five historic royal palaces and being in such incredible buildings is really inspiring. Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Art are inspirational and as we set up for events once the public has left and the building is closed, it’s exciting and amazing to be able to stand within the galleries totally alone but for the iconic and incredible works of art.

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What was it like to design the flowers for HRH the Prince of Wales’ wedding to the Duchess of Cornwall?

I have been fortunate and privileged enough for the past few years to work for various members of our Royal family and it was been a particular privilege to decorate Windsor Castle for the reception of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. I have met HM The Queen a few times which is always very exciting and the highlight of my year. I love entertaining at home.

Simon Lycett Interview

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 Apr 16th 2018

Fun in the sun: taking your event outdoors

Fun in the sun: taking your event outdoors

With the ‘Beast from the East’ banished from whence it came, delegates will be longingly looking out their windows just hoping that their next conference or meeting will take place in a plush meadow, among the birds. So why venture outdoors?

Fun in the Sun
Liz Taylor, MD, Taylor Lynn Corporation says outdoor events open up a whole new set of options. She says: “It enables you to be especially innovative with your event content as you are not as constrained by the design of your venue, and have the luxury of large spaces to be creative with. Meeting outdoors seems to re-energise people. The natural daylight and sense of spring arriving gives delegates an extra boost of productivity.

RELATED TOPIC: Ideas for Keeping Your Meeting Green

“My belief is that you are either outside or inside for your event. There are no half measures, so incorporate the odd downpour into your plans from the beginning. You have to embrace the nature of the British outdoors. With the weather being the main issue, I plan for the worst with fun ideas. At a recent ‘festival’ themed event we used branded cagoules as place markers at the tables. Company branded wellies and umbrellas are a given. And branded thermos cups with a carb-loaded snack was a popular addition to a cold winter’s day.

“My advice with marquee events is choose the best quality with high performance flooring. Ensure paths are clear of ice or snow and gritted. Heat is important. Adapt the menu to suit a chilly day outside. Casual dining works particularly well with fish and chip vans serving Britain’s favourite food. Gourmet pizza ovens, Asian-inspired dishes or simply quality pie and mash served in branded trays are ideal.”

For more of this article and ideas for taking your event outdoors, click CONFERENCE NEWS

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 Mar 19th 2018

5th Annual North West PA of the Year Awards Boosted with TLC

5th Annual North West PA of the Year Awards Boosted with TLC

As the annual North West PA of the Year Awards opens for entries this month, Manchester-based event management company, the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), is announced as a key sponsor for the event taking place on October 25, 2018 at Manchester Cathedral.

The awards, held by Robert Walters in partnership with KPMG, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Pitman Training, are entering their 5th year and for the first time, have welcomed TLC as an event partner. Shortlisted nominees and finalists will be celebrated at an exclusive red-carpet gala, which the event management company is organising, and in addition, TLC is sponsoring the ‘PA Team of the Year’ award.

Liz Taylor, managing director of the Taylor Lynn Corporation added: “I have worked extensively with PAs across the north-west for over 30 years, and so recognise the considerable contribution that they make to their businesses. It’s our goal to make the North West PA Awards THE occasion that celebrates this contribution, with an incredible evening of recognition, entertainment and fun lined-up!”
Lucy Bisset, director at Robert Walters, comments: “Since launching the Support Professional of the Year Awards in 2014, we have seen the programme go from strength to strength as we expanded into the Manchester PA of the Year Awards from 2015 to 2017, with the most recent years seeing over 500 professionals come together to celebrate the region’s support talent. We look forward to repeating this success in 2018.”

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“We are delighted to welcome Liz Taylor and her team at TLC as sponsors of the awards. Liz has an enviable track-record of creating the highest calibre and most creative events, and we are delighted to have secured her involvement. She has invested both her time and creative energies into helping us make this 5th year the very best yet.”
The 2018 Awards have expanded the list of categories to twelve. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the executive partners as well as industry guest judges. The shortlist of finalists will be announced at the end of the summer. The full list of categories includes:

Board Level PA of the Year
Rising Star Award
PA Team of the Year
Virtual Assistant of the Year
Manager of the Year
Legal PA of the Year
Financial Services PA of the Year
Media PA of the Year
Manufacturing & Engineering PA of the Year
Technology & Digital PA of the Year
Not-for-Profit PA of the Year
Private PA of the Year

Applicants can submit their entries at www.robertwalters.co.uk/northwestPAawards. For further information about the awards, please contact Alan O’Doherty on alan.odoherty@robertwalters.com or 020 7509 8839

Full article at: https://huddled.co.uk/2018/03/5th-annual-north-west-pa-awards-boosted-tlc/

For more information about TLC and the North West PA of the Year Awards, visit: https://www.tlc-ltd.co.uk/press-room/

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 Mar 15th 2018

North West PA of the Year Awards open for entries

The annual North West PA of the Year Awards has opened for entries.

Previously focused on Manchester, this year’s awards have expanded to cover Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire.North West PA of the Year Awards

The list of categories has also grown to 12 and includes:
Board Level PA of the Year
Rising Star Award
PA Team of the Year
Virtual Assistant of the Year
Manager of the Year
Legal PA of the Year
Financial Services PA of the Year
Media PA of the Year
Manufacturing & Engineering PA of the Year
Technology & Digital PA of the Year
Not-for-Profit PA of the Year
Private PA of the Year

The awards – organised by Robert Walters in partnership with KPMG, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Pitman Training and Taylor Lynn Corporation, and with the Manchester Evening News as the media partner – is now in its fifth year.

The official launch party will be held at Manchester House on March 22.

Shortlisted nominees and finalists will be celebrated at an red carpet gala at Manchester Cathedral on October 25.
Entries will be reviewed by a panel of partners and industry guest judges.

Lucy Bisset, director at Robert Walters, said: “Since launching the Support Professional of the Year Awards in 2014, we have seen the programme go from strength to strength as we expanded into the Manchester PA of the Year Awards from 2015 to 2017, with the most recent years seeing over 500 professionals come together to celebrate the region’s support talent. We look forward to repeating this success in 2018.

“With the geographical footprint of the awards having grown, we are excited to engage with businesses from across the North West and celebrate the outstanding achievements of PAs and EAs across the region.”

For the full article about the North West PA of the Year Awards, visit NW PA AWARDS

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 Mar 14th 2018

Gary Barlow is heading to Manchester for an exclusive performance

Pop superstar Gary Barlow is heading to Manchester to perform at a charity concert.

The Take That singer-songwriter will give an exclusive performance at an event to raise money for Child Bereavement UK and The Red Sea Pedestrians in support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

The black tie evening held at Victoria Warehouse in Stretford will be hosted by Manchester United football legend Gary Neville.
As well as a live performance from Rule The World hitmaker Gary organisers are flying in the Swan Band from France to perform throughout the event on Thursday September 27.

Gary Barlow Charity Performance

Event planner Liz Taylor of the Taylor Lynn Corporation, said: “I wanted to create a truly unique night and this is it.
“Gary and I have both supported Child Bereavement UK for many years now. He was also made an ambassador for the charity in 2016, so when I asked him to help with this event, there was an instant yes.

“We both appreciate the incredible role of the charity in supporting young people and their families in times of loss and bereavement. Their work in the north west, and across the country, has touched many lives, but they need valuable funds to continue this incredible work.”

On the night there will be a fund-raising auction by Selfridges including a Bentley Continental car donated by Bentley Manchester.
There will be a champagne reception followed by three-course dinner and entertainment.

Gary Barlow Charity Performance

Liz Taylor added: “For the last 18 months Emma Neville has played an active role in supporting Child Bereavement UK, and as a result Gary Neville has agreed to host the night.”

Tables for 10 people cost £5,000 and VIP tables for 10 people cost £10,000.
Anyone wishing to book should email taylor.lynn@tlc-ltd.co.uk

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 Jun 19th 2017

TLC develops consultancy service

This new service runs in parallel with its events business and is part of the agancy’s strategic development plan for 2017 and 2018. To assist with driving its strategy forward, the agency has appointed Ellie Barnes to the post of operations director.

Formerly a senior event producer for the company, Ellie became a shareholder in TLC in 2016. She has worked for TLC for five years, and now takes over responsibility for managing the TLC events team and day-to-day event planning, managing venue and supplier relationships and overseeing all event operations. Barnes’ new role will also allow Taylor to invest time in developing TLC’s venue marketing consultancy.

Company founder and managing director, Liz Taylor, will take responsibility for strategic development and spearheading sales and marketing at TLC, and remains involved in the company’s events work by overseeing the major events schedule…. C&IT – Conference & Incentive Travel.

Ellie Barnes and Liz Taylor of TLC LTD

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 Jun 14th 2017

Development Plan For Event Company TLC Includes Appointment Of Operations Director HOTEL BUSINESS

As part of its strategic development plan for 2017-18, event management company, the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), has appointed Ellie Barnes to the post of operations director. Formerly a senior event producer for the company, Ellie became a shareholder in TLC in 2016 and this week took up her new role managing TLC’s busy day-to-day operation.

Ellie Barnes has worked for TLC for five years, and now takes over responsibility for managing the TLC events team and day-to-day event planning, managing venue and supplier relationships and overseeing all event operations.

“I am delighted” says Ellie Barnes. No two days are ever the same at TLC. We work at a lightening pace and our clients demand the highest quality and a great attention to detail. And, I thrive on it. The new role will give me greater responsibility within the business including management of our amazing team, and the creative scope to push our conference and event production values and expectations even further.” HOTEL BUSINESS…

Ellie Barnes and Liz Taylor of TLC LTD

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 Jun 14th 2017

Leading Event Company, TLC, Appoints Operations Director

As part of its strategic development plan for 2017-18, Manchester-based event management company, the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), has appointed Ellie Barnes to the post of operations director.
Formerly a senior event producer for the company, Ellie became a shareholder in TLC in 2016 and this week took up her new role managing TLC’s busy operation. Ellie Barnes has worked for TLC for five years, and now takes over responsibility for managing the TLC events team and day-to-day event planning, managing venue and supplier relationships and overseeing all event operations.

“I am delighted” says Ellie Barnes. No two days are ever the same at TLC. We work at a lightening pace and our clients demand the highest quality and a great attention to detail. And, I thrive on it. The new role will give me greater responsibility within the business including management of our amazing team, and the creative scope to push our conference and event production values and expectations even further.” entirelyrecruitment.com

Ellie Barnes and Liz Taylor of TLC LTD

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