20 Stories to Host International Women’s Day Event

20 Stories to Host International Women’s Day Event
It is time to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

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Join 20 Stories this International Women’s Day for a buffet breakfast and live panel Q&A with some of the most influential women in Manchester, in collaboration with women’s charity Elle for Elle.

From running event companies to heading up large firms, charities, festivals and more, it is time to hear from our businesswomen of today about what qualities they believe make a real leader, the challenges they have faced in their industries and how they would like to impact women’s rights today.


The Confirmed Line Up for the event is below:

Host – Lisa Morton – Founder and CEO of Roland Dransfield

Panel:

Elizabeth Bisby – Chief Operating Officer at OBI Property

Liz Taylor – CEO and Creative Director of Taylor Lynn Corporation

Bryony Shanahan – Artistic Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Gaynor Rigby – Managing Partner at Equilibrium Asset Management


Who are Elle for Elle?

Started by two friends, Lynette Page-Collin and Rachel O’Hare, Elle for Elle collects body-care, haircare and cosmetics from public donations and donates these to women’s refuges, and shelters across the North-West of England.

Currently, there are 305 female refuges in the UK, housing on average 12 women per site. In most cases, bathrooms are shared per 3 women offering 4 bathrooms per site. That’s potentially 1,220 bathrooms to fill in the UK and 132 being in the North West.

Elle for Elle ensures each woman has a welcome pack with basic toiletries, un-used cosmetics and food vouchers. They also make sure all bathroom cupboards are stocked with basic necessities so women who have fled their homes with nothing don’t feel demeaned having to ask for basic products.


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Choosing an event management company

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LTC LTD Meet the team Liz Taylor – CEO and Creative Director

Finding the right event planner is like playing the dating game.  It’s not just what’s on the surface that counts, but the deeper connection that will maintain the relationship.

From ensuring your company philosophies are aligned to examining their portfolio with a fine-tooth comb – the process shouldn’t be just about seeking out the company that ‘looks good’ or puts the right figure on a tender document – but finding the perfect fit for your event and your company values.

Set your objectives

Events come in all shapes and sizes – so do event management companies. Whether it’s an employee recognition event to celebrate achievements, a staff Christmas party to boost morale or a customer event to generate sales or launch a new product, the first step in any event is to define why you’re holding it in the first place. Draw up with a list of measurable objectives covering exactly what do you hope to achieve and why.  Only then can you begin to hone your list of potential suppliers and see how they hold up against your aims.

Go by word of mouth

I’m a firm believer in recommendations.  It’s how I’ve grown my business and built my reputation. Reach out to individuals and organisations within your professional network for their advice, introductions and honest opinions. You can also do this via LinkedIn and via other social media outlets. If you’ve attended a particularly memorable event, then contact the organisers to see who was behind it.

Unpick their Portfolio

Once you have a shortlist, research a company’s testimonials and case studies. There’s no harm in contacting some of the companies they’ve worked with to gauge their experience. If they’ve done repeat business with recognisable brands, it’s a good indicator you’re on to a winner.

On the other hand, don’t just opt for the company that shouts the loudest, that’s always appearing in the media or who has scooped all of the top awards.  Accolades may highlight that an event management company has achieved great things, but they can’t tell you if it can do great things for you.  Which brings me to the next point.

 

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Businesses prove they have staying power

Liz Taylor Launches New Company

Some of the North West’s best known companies celebrate special years in 2020. In order to thrive after 10, 15, 25 or 50 years they explain how they have evolved, what their challenges have been and what’s next. Simon Keegan reports Insider Magazine.

25 YEARS – TAYLOR LYNN CORPORATION
When you can count Prince William among your clients, it’s a pretty good indication that you’ve made it. But the path hasn’t always been smooth for the Taylor Lynn Corporation which celebrates 25 years in business this year.

Founder Liz Taylor started in the corporate events industry in 1986 and co founded Taylor Lynn in 1995.

She says: “This industry has totally changed. It was a fledgling industry then. There were very few people doing it so I was a big fish in a little pond. I had the city to myself”

Since then, it has evolved worldwide as an industry and significantly in the North West. “We offer a relatively exclusive, unique creative service that has not necessarily been price-driven historically, because there weren’t a lot of options here.”

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H&E North explores the nation’s most ambitious transport infrastructure upgrade: HS2’s impact on the northern events industry.

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The largest (and perhaps most controversial) single public infrastructure project of modern times, HS2 rail is capable of the highest speeds in the world and aims to connect eight of Britain’s 10 largest cities: London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow. But the question on every event planner’s lips is: will the investment bridge the north-south divide that still looms large over the industry? While northern venues will be waiting with bated breath in the hope the scheme will attract more events to their doors, there’s widespread fear it could just as easily draw existing business down south. In this article, H&E North talks to industry experts, exploring HS2’s impact on the northern events industry.

Liz Taylor, CEO of Taylor Lynn Corporation, is positive about the potential impact for northern event planners: “If it does come to fruition, then the more efficient and speedy service, combined with the unique venues we offer, should encourage more events to take place here. If nothing else – it will place us on a more level playing field and ensure that it is a far more attractive option for event planners. If HS2 flies the flag for a better, more modern rail service, ensuring that companies think seriously about holding more events outside of the capital, then a growth in events will follow.”

ster, like many planners and suppliers, Liz’s work takes her across the whole of the UK, proving the north-south connection a vital network for transporting both event goods and delegates. But just as crucial a factor, is the lack of transport infrastructure within the north itself.

Thousands of rail commuters endure unreliable services prone to delays and cancellations on a daily basis. Last summer, a timetabling debacle plunged Northern Rail into chaos, all the while passengers were forced to contend with weekly strikes. An unreliable and underfunded rail network undoubtedly disincentivises planners from taking advantage of the wealth of northern event spaces, while attendance numbers inevitably take a hit from the reluctance of delegates to travel further than their nearest major city.

For Liz, this current lack of connectivity coupled with skyrocketing fares affects where she recommends events should take place: “Transport from London to the north tends to be reasonably good, however the poor state of local trains doesn’t help when attracting clients to hold their events past Birmingham.

“We want everyone attending the events to be able to get to their destination as quickly, easily and cheaply as possible. At the moment, the rail infrastructure is riddled with problems – not least the cost of travel and the journey times. When companies are scrutinising event budgets, offering a transport option that is both cost effective but also time efficient is crucial.”

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Princess Beatrice wedding: The real reason Bea wants her royal wedding in spring

By FREDERICA MILLER
PRINCESS BEATRICE will tie the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi next year and while an official announcement is yet to be made, insiders claim it will take place in June. This is the real reason Beatrice will want a spring wedding, according to a wedding expert.

Princess Beatrice, 31, and Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 36, announced their engagement in October. While details about their royal wedding are being kept under wraps a date is expected to be announced in January. The couple is said to be planning a royal wedding for June when the weather is finer.

The Queen’s favourite week of the year is Royal Ascot which starts on June 16 and it is understood the royal wedding will be held before this to avoid a clash.

A source told the Mail on Sunday: “Bea and Edo will finally announce their wedding date in the second week of January.

“The date has been described as ‘early summer’, just before the summer social season kicks off.”

Spring is an extremely popular time of year of weddings and with good reason, according to one expert.

From flowers coming into bloom to the “renewed energy” of the season there are dozens of pros to getting married in June.

Wedding planner and CEO of Taylor Lynn Corporation (www.tlc-ltd.co.uk) Liz Taylor told Express.co.uk: “Spring is a wonderful time to get married.

“There is a renewed energy in the season after the dark winter months– with a shift to bright garden flowers such as tulips, hyacinth, peonies and daffodils.

“They bring a splash of colour to wedding bouquets and yet, a delicacy that is a nod to the romance of the day.”

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Princess Beatrice’s ‘Low-Profile’ Wedding Will Reportedly Be Held In Italy; ‘York Brand’ Facing Difficulty

By Camille Heimbrod
12/28/19 AT 3:38 AM

Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was previously rumored to take place in Italy because the latter is from Bergamo. Now, there’s another reason why their nuptials will most likely take place outside London.

While speaking with Express, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said that the Yorks are a very difficult brand at the moment. As such, they should consider staying out of the spotlight for as long as possible.

Before Prince Andrew’s sexual abuse scandal came to light, Princess Beatrice already announced her upcoming wedding and said that it would take place in the spring of 2020. It is unlikely for the 31-year-old royal to cancel her big day.

But Fitzwilliams said that Princess Beatrice’s wedding will most likely take place in Italy because this is what’s best for her and the royal family.

“The public has not found the issues surrounding Andrew edifying… it will only be very sensible to keep it low profile and keep taxpayer expenditure at an absolute minimum,” he said.

Fitzwilliams added that Princess Beatrice and Mozzi’s wedding won’t be televised like Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

“There is no question that Beatrice’s will be nothing like a high profile as her sister’s. Eugenie’s wedding was shortly after Meghan and Harry’s – when the royals were riding high. But the Yorks are a very difficult brand at the moment,” he said.

Meanwhile, Liz Taylor, the CEO of Taylor Lynn Corporation, told Express that Princess Beatrice’s wedding will most likely still take place in the spring.

The season is reportedly ideal for weddings because there is a renewed energy in the season after the dark winter months. Flowers also come into bloom in the spring.

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Dynamo Works His Magic As Business Comedy Event Raises £160,000 For Beechwood Cancer Care

ManManchester Dynamo wows guests
Magician Dynamo wowed a sell-out audience of more than 500 people at an event which raised a bumper £160,000 for the Beechwood Cancer Care charity.

Dynamo was the headline performer at the sixth annual Man@Manchester comedy lunch, which was attended by businessmen and women from all over the north west.

Also on the bill were comedians Gary Marshall and Mick Ferry, along with acoustic band The London Essentials.

The event, staged at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, featured an auction and raffle, with prizes including a football match against the Class of 92 on the roof of Hotel Football near Manchester United, a golf trip to Gleneagles in Scotland, a box at Emirates Old Trafford for the England-Pakistan cricket test match next August, and a dinner with England cricket legend Michael Vaughan.

Portraits of United legend George Best and City boss Pep Guardiola by speed painter Dave Sharp sold for more than £30,000.

Beechwood Cancer Care is a Stockport-based charity that supports people from across the north west affected by cancer or other life-limiting illness such as motor neurone disease.
It costs £4,000 a day to run Beechwood, which provides emotional, psychological and practical support for patients and their families, friends and carers.

The charity will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year.

Man@Manchester was sponsored by Manchester-based Pareto Financial Planning and Brown Shipley. In its six years, the event has raised more than £500,000 for Beechwood.
John Stevenson, managing director of Pareto and chairman of Beechwood’s board of trustees, organised Man@Manchester in partnership with Taylor Lynn Corporation.

John said: “We had a fantastic line-up of entertainment which made for another great occasion.

“The event continues to go from strength to strength thanks to the amazing support we receive from businesspeople across the region and the dedication of volunteers who give up their time to help make it such a huge success.

“The vital funds we raised will once again support the tremendous service that Beechwood provides to individuals and families in their time of need.”

Linda Steggles, chief executive of Beechwood, said: “The generosity of the local business community, through the support given to this event and ongoing support throughout the year, is overwhelming.

“I’d like to thank all the guests who came along to support the event and also those people who gave their time freely to help plan and deliver what was a fantastic afternoon for a fantastic cause.”

The proceeds will be spent on refurbishing therapy rooms and other areas Beechwood, and on adding extra capacity to the family support team by funding a finance and welfare officer who will offer support on matters relating to the financial worries of patients and their families, and the benefits for which they may be eligible.

Beechwood is planning a host of fundraising events throughout 2020 to mark its 30th anniversary.

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Event Company Employees Share in its 25 Year Success

In preparation for its 25th anniversary in 2020, events management and production company, the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), has made key changes within its team structure this month, which include the introduction of a new profit-share scheme for employees.
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The north-west based event management company, which produces both corporate and private events across the UK and Europe, celebrates its 25th anniversary next year. Ahead of celebrations, TLC company founder Liz Taylor has introduced changes to the roles of key personnel. The move establishes a stronger and more flexible framework for future growth. This sees Liz moves to the role of chief executive officer and creative director, whilst Ellie Barnes returns to TLC from maternity leave in her capacity as operations director. Jess Randall has been promoted to the post of events director and Lauren Worsley to business development director. The entire team will also benefit from the launch of a new performance related profit-share scheme.

Liz Taylor, CEO of Taylor Lynn Corporation, explained: “The team has demonstrated a high level of skill, creativity and passion for our events, and I felt that the time now was right to invest in their immense potential by offering them more responsibility within the company, and a share of the rewards.”

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Event Company Employees Share in its 25 Year Success

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In preparation for its 25th anniversary in 2020, events management and production company, the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), has made key changes within its team structure this month, which include the introduction of a new profit-share scheme for employees.

The north-west based event management company, which produces both corporate and private events across the UK and Europe, celebrates its 25th anniversary next year. Ahead of celebrations, TLC company founder Liz Taylor has introduced changes to the roles of key personnel. The move establishes a stronger and more flexible framework for future growth. This sees Liz moves to the role of chief executive officer and creative director, whilst Ellie Barnes returns to TLC from maternity leave in her capacity as operations director. Jess Randall has been promoted to the post of events director and Lauren Worsley to business development director. The entire team will also benefit from the launch of a new performance related profit-share scheme.

Liz Taylor, CEO of Taylor Lynn Corporation, explained: “The team has demonstrated a high level of skill, creativity and passion for our events, and I felt that the time now was right to invest in their immense potential by offering them more responsibility within the company, and a share of the rewards.”

“In spite of difficult economic conditions post-recession, and with uncertainty around Brexit, the business is continuing to grow. Retaining great talent is a hallmark of a great company, and a constant challenge in our industry. The profit-share is TLC’s way of both rewarding the team whilst also motivating them to be an active partner in securing future business and expertly delivering our events.”

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Event Entrepreneur and TV’s ‘Millionaire Party Planner’ Launches New Company

Liz Taylor TV’s ‘Millionaire Party Planner’ Launches New Company
With 30 years of events management, entertainment industry and business experience, Liz Taylor – company founder and MD of Manchester-based event planners the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC) – has now embarked on a new business challenge. This month she launches her personal management company, Liz Taylor Consultancy.

During a successful event management career, Liz has planned thousands of business and private events across the UK and Europe. She has worked with some of the country’s top business leaders, showbusiness icons, world-class brands, Royal clients, sports personalities, media giants, music legends and high-profile entrepreneurs, in addition to appearing as Channel 4’s ‘Millionaire Party Planner’. And from her success, has evolved a series of additional roles and projects which she will now bring together under the umbrella of her new business.

Liz Taylor Consultancy combines Liz’s growing UK and international public speaking engagements, media work as an expert contributor to TV and radio programmes such as ITV This Morning and BBC Breakfast, and music management for exclusive bands and individual artists. This sits alongside a growing portfolio of marketing consultancy for clients such as the luxury Lone Star Boutique Hotel in Barbados and the Renovatio Clinic in Cheshire.

Liz commented: “This is a hugely exciting development for me personally. Over the last two years I have been asked to provide marketing advice to a range of hospitality and luxury brand projects such as hotels, retail businesses and restaurants, as well undertake as a calendar of public speaking engagements to business and professional groups. It’s a chance for me to share my knowledge and skills with other businesses, and I love it.”

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