How I made my first £Im: ‘I started with £200 – now I plan parties for Prince William’

This is a new Telegraph Money series looking at how ordinary people made their fortune and how others can follow in their footsteps. It will be published on Mondays at 6am. You can read last week’s article here.

She is a party planner to royalty and the stars – organising birthdays, weddings and charity functions for the likes of Prince William, Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams.

But for Liz Taylor, 63, this is a world away from her first steps into business. In 1984, aged 28, she gave up her day job in fashion retail to take the gamble of a lifetime, attempting to turn her party planning hobby into a career.

With just £200 in the bank, Ms Taylor started organising events for friends and local…


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Cutting the costs on the big day

Northern Life article September 2019

Achieving the perfect balance between budget and ‘wow’ factor

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Creating a Dedicated Destination for the Northern Events Community


Following the success of its London exhibition, Venues and Events Live will introduce its inaugural Manchester event on 24th September at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

Over 1500 industry professionals are expected to attend the free-to-register event which is set to host over 120 industry exhibitors including hotels, venues, bars, restaurants and event suppliers.

Ahead of Venues + Events Live Manchester, Kane Thomas, Group Show Manager discusses the reason behind launching the Show.


Why did you decide to launch Venues + Events Live Manchester?

After speaking to the industry it was evident that there was a need for a show that was dedicated to the northern events community. Over 67% of our visitors to the 2018 London Show, reported they organise events outside London. Therefore when Ocean Media acquired the show last year, we made the decision to bring the Venues + Events Live brand to the North. We’re delighted to be supporting the industry and promoting a destination of the North.


What types of suppliers will be exhibiting at Venues + Events Live Manchester?

You’ll find a mix of suppliers at the Show this year, everything from hotels such as The Lowry Hotel, Malmaison, King Street Townhouse and the Titanic Hotel. Venues include Manchester United FC, Yorkshire Event Centre and Emirates Old Trafford. Then there’s bars and restaurants such as Be At One, 20 Stories, Cloud 23 and The Alchemist. Not forgetting our event suppliers Hawthorn, Wow Grass and Thorns. We’ve had a great response from the industry so far and over 100 brands are booked in for the Show. So, if you’re looking to reach an events audience outside of London then please get in touch and join us in September. 

Who will attend the Show?

In short, anyone who plans events! Venues + Events Live typically attracts a loyal audience of corporate event bookers and other event professionals including managers, directors, agents, partners, consultants, executives, PA’s/EA’s and many others working in the field. 

What is the Hosted Buyer programme and what are the benefits?

Our hosted buyer programme is for those who organise more than 10 events a year and have a budget of over £100,000. We aim to decrease the weeks they spend on research, online planning and phone calls by providing you with key, innovative information. Hosted buyers will have access to our exclusive networking lounge, a VIP lunch and complimentary accommodation or travel to the Show. 

Can you tell us a bit more about what visitors can learn at the Show?

Aside from saving the time on sourcing new suppliers, our visitors will leave with new tips and tricks to take back to the office! We fully understand that taking a day out to come to the Show can be tricky, if you’re busy event planner or PA, so we’ve tried to ensure visitors make the most of their time at the show by putting on an educational seminar programme and hands-on masterclasses.

Our sessions give you important face time with key industry experts to get top tips on how to improve efficiency when venue hunting and planning events. We’ve got some great names this year such as Liz Taylor from TLC and Mike Blake-Crawford, Social Chain.

Our masterclasses cover a range of topics, from what cocktails and wine to use at your events, to how to hack stress levels and confidence issues at work.

Guest speaker Liz Taylor, founder and MD of the Taylor Lynn Corporation commented that: “I am delighted to be joining the show’s debate panel of event industry experts from the north west. All with differing views and opinions, each with individual experiences and expertise to share.  It will no doubt lead to a lively conversation on the future of events management; we may even solve the BREXIT question!”

Liz added: “I am thrilled to also be hosting a masterclass session. Blending the attention to detail for which my company is known, with brand marketing, fun, innovative presentation … and one or two cocktails!”


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From Internship to organising celebrity weddings and parties

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Plan the Ultimate Christmas Party – Award winning event expert Liz Taylor presents at Whirlowbrook Hall

Event industry news article…

On 26th September, Whirlowbrook Hall will play host to the award-winning event planning expert, Liz Taylor, where in a two-hour complimentary afternoon masterclass at the Sheffield venue, Liz will unveil her secrets to planning a successful festive event.

In association with the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Vine Hotels, Liz Taylor will show businesses and event planners how they can push the boundaries of event planning, embrace theatrical production and retain a focus on that all-important attention to detail. The result: to deliver an event so unique that guests will be discussing it until next Christmas.

Liz Taylor is founder and MD of award-winning event planners, The Taylor Lynn Corporation, and has the production of hundreds of successful and memorable events under her belt. This includes planning business events and celebrations for clients such as AIG, Minster Law, ITV, Coronation Street, UEFA, BGL, plus a host of sports stars, music icons, celebrities – and one or two more Royal clients. Her experience makes Liz the perfect host, in an afternoon where she opens her little black book of party secrets, shares anecdotes of her successful events and offers tips and advice needed to help guests with their own festive planning.

Guests will arrive at noon and will be immediately immersed in the festive spirit, treated to an array of Christmas canapes and refreshments. Following will be Liz Taylor’s presentation and an opportunity for the audience to take part in a Q&A session with Liz. Guests can then enjoy informal networking and a light lunch, based on the delicious Christmas party menus designed by Whirlowbrook Hall Head Chef, Alex Fretwell.

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CHS invites you to kick back and chill at their Emerald Headingley Stadium Bar-B-Q this summer

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The CHS team will take immersive learning to a whole new level this summer when they share tips and ideas on planning a great outdoor event at their summer barbeque, on Thursday 8th August, in the auspicious surroundings of Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds.

Event professionals are invited to kick back and relax in the hallowed grounds of Yorkshire Cricket Club and attend this free, ultra-chilled networking event.  There’ll be time to discover 32 hotels and venues from across the UK so event profs can fill their little black book with details of some hidden gems.  Once the meetings and research are out of the way, there’s an opportunity to strengthen those relationships over the networking BBQ and drinks.

Emma Cartmell, CEO of CHS said:  “We want to share tips and ideas on planning a great outdoor event, surviving the great British weather and our eccentric taste for fetes.  We want to keep it fun and light-hearted sharing ideas and innovations in one focussed afternoon.

Guest speaker, Liz Taylor, Managing Director of Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), will share her insights gained over 30 years at the forefront of the events industry.  Liz is an advocate for events that push back the boundaries of design, technology and presentation.  An entrepreneur at heart, Liz took TLC from a fledgling business to a £4M turnover and remains entertaining, innovative and inspiring and CHS is delighted to welcome her as special guest.

With a reputation for hospitality, corporate or association event organisers, PAs and EAs and conference agents can spend a useful and productive afternoon of effective contacts and networking, in a relaxed atmosphere, in the knowledge that CHS will take care of business.

Spaces for this exclusive event are limited so contact Michelle Rennoldson or register online at

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Taking the Holistic Approach to Event Management

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Holistic events: we’re not talking acupuncture and herbal tea, but how every aspect of an event, from the invitation through to the carriages, can be an opportunity to reinforce a brand’s message, ultimately making your investment work harder.

In a time of economic uncertainty there’s a need for businesses to amplify the impact of every penny spent. And when budgets are under scrutiny, events – by their very nature elaborate, ‘showy’, often deemed expensive – are frequently first in line for the budget cuts.

What if there was an approach to event management that will not only maximise the potential of a corporate event, but even better, could result in you spending less and achieving more? The key is taking a holistic view, where every element works hard to promote the company message and meet the event objectives.

Thinking holistically keeps things focused and the first step of the process is creating a clear set of achievable goals. Consider the measurable outcomes– covering the who, what, why, when and how of what you are trying to achieve. You also need to think about the essence of your brand – what is the one brand message you want attendees to take away with them?

Of course, there needs to be room for creativity and improvisation within an event, but setting goals means it’s channelled in line with the overall strategy.


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10 of the Best Wedding Finger Foods

Are you ready to banish the banquet and buffet? There are so many exciting catering options for weddings now, the choice can seem overwhelming, so we ask award-winning wedding planner, Liz Taylor of the Taylor Lynn Corporation, to share her thoughts on the move towards more casual wedding catering, and asked her why finger foods are proving so popular.

“Where a traditional wedding breakfast is brilliant for those who want a formal structure to their day, it isn’t for everyone,” says Liz.

“In recent years, I’ve found more couples are breaking with formal traditions in favour of a more relaxed occasion. Often the wedding breakfast is abandoned in favour of one incredible party. The same can be seen in the couple’s choice of wedding dining experiences too, with the rise of options like food stations, sharing platters and innovative finger food.”
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“Bite-sized mouthfuls of creative foods encourage guests to mingle and chat whilst they eat,” says Liz. “All tastes and dietary needs can be catered for with ease, and there doesn’t need to be any compromise. You can create a multitude of small dishes to suit everyone’s tastes and include the couple’s favourite foods, too.”

Liz continues, “Imagination is crucial. Props, lighting, and a sense of theatre can enhance the dining experience, tying your catering into the wider theme of the day. This is where the culinary wow factor can be seen. I like to serve dinner with a side of melodrama!”

Here are Liz’s top ten wedding finger foods ideas.


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Liz Taylor – Manchester People Interview with BBC Radio Manchester

Liz Taylor discusses her early years, career, love of music and living with THAT name, on BBC Radio Manchester’s ‘Manchester People’.

Liz Taylor discusses her career, starting at M&S and how further education was not for her, on BBC Radio Manchester’s ‘Manchester People’.

Liz Taylor talks about the early days of her career and whether 3 husbands is all she has in common with the Hollywood Liz Taylor, on BBC Radio Manchester’s ‘Manchester People’.

Liz Taylor chats about life as the Millionaire Party Planner and planning celebrity parties for Gary Barlow, on BBC Radio Manchester’s ‘Manchester People’.

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Kym Marsh stuns in strapless scarlet gown as she holds hands with beau Scott Ratcliff at star-studded charity ball in Manchester
She revealed she was rushed to the hospital after experiencing an unbearable pain in her groin ahead of a charity run last month.

But Kym Marsh appeared to be well and truly on the mend as she attended a charity ball in aid of Child Bereavement UK and Red Sea Pedestrians Charity Ball with her new beau and Army Major Scott Ratcliff at Manchester’s The Victoria Warehouse on Thursday evening.

The Coronation Street star, 42, turned heads in her sizzling scarlet gown, embellished with a trendy asymmetric neckline and gold waist belt.

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