Liz Taylor, star of the Channel 4 TV show The Millionaire Party Planner, has worked with some of the most well-known celebrity names in the country and organised events for clients from the royals to Premier League footballers. Her company, the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), is one of the most successful event management companies in Europe, and her ethos is to be bold, ambitious and to push back the boundaries of the impossible.
It all started 30 years ago, when I was invited to organise a corporate client party for one of Manchester’s leading hotels. As I look back, I would never have anticipated starring in a TV show about my own company, sitting on the Business and Enterprise Advisory Board at MMU Business School, or being the recipient of a Legend of Industry Award; all of which I am very proud.
My management skills, developed on the M&S Management Training Programme, stood me in good stead with planning the party, and the event, as with all TLC events, was a huge success. Nothing is better than word of mouth, and news of my success spread. I soon realised that by building an invaluable network of contacts, both suppliers and clients, I could capitalise on the niche in this emerging market – events management was in its infancy then. Bold as ever, I decided to form my first events company and set to work. I was a divorced mother of two with £200 start-up investment, so this was a challenging time in my life and I worked tirelessly to build this TLC beast! Irrespective of the era, being a woman in business had its advantages and…
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