Jun 20th 2017

Greater Manchester’s top 5 corporate venues

Greater Manchester’s top 5 corporate venues

Corporate event organisers in Manchester are spoiled for choice these days, with so many terrific venues in the centre of the city. We’ve chosen five of our favourites to give you a little taste of what this exciting city has to offer in our list of Greater Manchester’s top 5 corporate venues:


Hilton, Deansgate

Never feel concerned that your guests will get lost finding the Hilton, Deansgate. Beetham Tower, which houses this luxury five-star hotel, is a striking landmark on the Manchester skyline. Standing at a magnificent 168.87m high, it is the city’s tallest building and the tallest building in the UK outside of the capital.

The building is a mix of hotel and apartments, the hotel owning the first 22 of 47 floors, as well as the penthouse bar, Cloud 23, which offers unparalleled, panoramic views across the city.

For corporate event organisers in Manchester the hotel offers a range of versatile spaces. When fully open the Deansgate suite caters for up to 600 guests, but can be split into three for smaller functions or different spaces for a conference. All meeting rooms offer natural daylight; the Boardroom being particularly airy, with its floor-to-ceiling windows making the most of the Hilton’s unique setting.

Top 5 corporate venues in Greater Manchester

Lowry Hotel

It’s often the case that venues are flavour of the month one minute and out of favour the next. Not so with the Lowry Hotel. This was Manchester’s first 5-star venue and since its opening in 2001 it has been a solid favourite with celebrities and corporate clients alike. Its name has become synonymous with luxury and is part of the prestigious Leading Hotels of The World.

As you’d expect from a luxury venue, it is used to dealing with bespoke events from a boardroom meeting for 10 to a 600-guest reception. The hotel, situated on the bank of the River Irwell, has a self-contained floor dedicated to meetings, conferences and events, with a separate entrance at street level. For large conferences they will even offer exclusive use of the entire hotel. Although handily located for public transport, it has the added benefit of an onsite car park for up to 103 vehicles. A contemporary choice, that is both welcoming and vibrant, incorporating the essence of this exciting city.

Top 5 corporate venues in Greater Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery

Corporate event organisers in Manchester, looking to add some culture to their event need look no further than the city’s art gallery. The striking Victorian stonework is both contrasted and complemented by a spacious, contemporary glass atrium, added as part of an expansion under architect Sir Michael Hopkins’ scheme, to link the new wing with the former City Art Gallery and Athenaeum.

The gallery’s space can cater for events of up to 120 for a seated dinner and 500 for a drinks reception. In addition to purpose built meeting rooms, both the gallery spaces and the atrium are available for event hire, as well as the grand entrance hall and the gallery’s restaurant.

For those with an interest in art this venue is a must see, with collections spanning six centuries and an outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite works.


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Town Hall

Situated in the heart of the city, facing both St Peter’s Square and Albert Square, Manchester Town Hall is a venue like no other. This seat of Manchester’s political power has been used to recreate scenes from British Parliament in such films as The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep. And its famous neo-gothic architecture can be seen in Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jnr and Victor Frankenstein starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.

The Grade I listed building was designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse and contains many grand ceremonial rooms, such as the Great Hall. This magnificent space is decorated with murals by Ford Madox Brown that illustrate the history of the city, and is the perfect choice for corporate event organisers who are looking to add an air of authority and grandeur to an event. This space is ideal for large receptions, banquets and evening events, holding up to 500 guests. Other rooms within the hall are available to host smaller meetings.

Old Granada Studios 

Corporate event organisers in Manchester looking for a large versatile space with a nostalgic pull need look no further than Old Granada Studios, on Quay Street. This huge space, in the city centre, was where programmes such as Coronation Street, Cracker and The Royle Family were born. It is also the site where Sir Laurence Olivier filmed, King Lear; Jeremy Irons took on his famous role as Charles Ryder in the serial of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited; and where the Beatles gave their first ever television performance in the 1962. With so much entertainment history, no guests will be short of something to talk about.

The working TV studios have now closed and ITV Granada and ITV Studios have moved to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays and Trafford Quays. However, that is good news for corporate event organisers, who have access to both private indoor and outdoor spaces for a range of events holding up to 3000 people. If you are looking for an outdoor stage, a large indoor concert, or a space for corporate filming, then this venue is a top choice.

We at TLC love our selection of Greater Manchester’s top 5 corporate venues – all tried and tested to deliver incredible events….with the support of a little TLC!

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 Jun 15th 2017

Celebrate Chocolate 5 Scrumdidilyumptious Ways

Celebrate Chocolate 5 Scrumdidilyumptious Ways

In case there was anyone who doubted just how much chocolate means to us, the nation’s favourite sweet treat has now got its very own day. 9-15 October is Chocolate Week, and this year marks 467 years since our naughty but nice friend was first introduced to European shores.  So the team at TLC has come-up with our top-choc-chip ideas to inspire you to Celebrate Chocolate 5 Scrumdidilyumptious Ways!

What did our ancestors do to celebrate without it? Thankfully, that’s not something we’ll ever need to worry about.  There are plenty of scrumdidilyumptious ways to say it with chocolates.  Here are our suggestions on how to Celebrate Chocolate 5 Scrumdidilyumptious Ways:

1-The Golden Ticket

Firstly, be honest. Who didn’t read Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kid and secretly wish they’d find a Wonka’s Golden Ticket hidden inside their next chocolate bar? Whatever our age, there is a child in all of us who would still beam at reaching under the wrapper and pulling out a shimmering invitation that reminds us the chocolate indulgence we are about to enjoy is only a taster of better things to come.

There are plenty of companies who will create your very own Wonka Bars.  With as many Golden Tickets as you care to give away. Or would you like to have a go at making your own? Jodie Peterkin of Peterkin Premium Paper Merchants has a DIY guide to help.

2-Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Party

If Wonka inspired your tickets then why not throw yourself into the fantasy theme for a Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight of a time. The secret here is that just like Dahl’s Wonka factory, everything, as far as possible, must be edible. Anything which is not bursting with flavour, must be a riot of colour. So, choose chocolate trees, coconut grass, a raspberry river chocolate fountain, colourful candy canes and bright swirling lollipops. But don’t be surprised if your guests turn into Augustus Gloop, “the great big greedy nincompoop!”

3-Your very own chocolate factory

If you are someone who could eat, sleep and dream chocolate then the Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth’s fashionable Soho quarter is chocolate heaven. These people are serious about chocolate, and the team has nationwide team building events to bring out the passion for creating chocolate in everyone. In this 2.5 to 3-hour workshop you’ll learn about the chocolate making process from bean to bar. As well as getting your hands sticky to produce your own take home treats. Catering for teams of 10-400 people this is a fun choice for corporate event organisers.

4-A warming wedding favour

When the temperature drops nothing quite does the job of warming our hands and our hearts than a steaming mug of chocolate. For those planning autumn and winter weddings the passion we have for this simple cuppa can work to your advantage with an inspired wedding favour your guests will savour.  Click here for other unique WEDDING FAVOUR IDEAS

There are plenty of companies who will personalise mugs or jars, Fill with luxury chocolate sticks or cocoa powder, handmade marshmallows and white chocolate snowflakes. Or, have a go at creating your own.  There are plenty of options to buy jars or mugs in all shapes and sizes; fill with your favourite ingredients, and decorate with ribbon to match the colour theme of your big day.

5-Drink to love

Finally, Nana Frimpong Abrebrese, a farmer representative on the Ghana Cocoa Board, says: “Those who impact positively on the lives of others shall forever live in the memory of the heart.” She is one of 85,000 farmers who co-own the FairTrade company, Divine chocolate. As you can imagine, with this much love for cocoa between them, there are plenty of ideas to enjoy it at its best. The website has several chocolate cocktail recipes to tantalise the taste buds. Like this Chocolate Bourbon Milkshake. Which like most things in life is best when shared.

Celebrate Chocolate 5 Scrumdidilyumptious Ways and make the most of Chocolate Week!  Diet starts tomorrow 🙂

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 Jun 13th 2017

Development Plan for Event Company TLC Includes Appointment of Operations Director



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.”


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.  Ellie’s new role will also allow Liz to invest time in developing TLC’s latest service; venue marketing consultancy. 


Having secured clients last month such as Lonestar Boutique Hotel & Suites, Barbados, a luxury hotel in Jersey and one in the north-west of England, Liz is utilising her 30 years of experience in conference and events management to advise venues looking to grow their luxury wedding, meeting and special events markets.


Liz Taylor commented: “I was approached a few months ago by a venue and asked if I would offer advise on how to develop their product and service to attract a high-quality wedding clientele.  I was genuinely excited by the idea of taking all our knowledge as event and wedding producers, and using it to help the client to make their service more relevant.  I know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to venues!”


She added: “After one client, more followed and it really became an organic growth – and a brilliant opportunity emerged.  Next came a new-build venue looking to plan their meeting spaces, a hotel wanting to grow sales in the conference market and other clients who are getting their business ready for Brexit – by wanting to explore the potential of the MICE sector for additional revenue streams.”


“It’s an exciting time for TLC. With Ellie taking a greater management role in the business, I am in a strong position to develop our additional services such as designing festive decor for commercial spaces and venues, and the venue consultancy.  I am also working on a number of media and entertainment projects that will come to fruition later this year.  It’s non-stop!”


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