It’s the end of another year and time to reflect on not just the year but perhaps the decade.
I’m lucky for many reasons, blessed with two amazing kids, a wonderful husband and loyal friends and family and also to work in the events and hospitality industry, for all of the hard work, no two days are the same and the variety of projects is endless.
As I look towards 2020 and a new decade, I reflect on my highlights of the last ten years.
2010 was memorable for me as I returned to employment after having a few years at home with my young family. With both of my boys at school, I returned to the industry I knew and loved, hospitality. Assistant to the Director of Sales and Marketing for Cotswold House Hotel in rural Cotswolds responsible for MICE business development. As you can imagine, a lot had changed in that small amount of time and I had to quickly regain knowledge and up skill to feel on top of my game, but the transition back to employment was much easier once I got over my working mum guilt. I loved it, much aided by a very inspirational manager at the time.
In 2011 I moved to a bigger role at the Farncombe Estate, Broadway, an interesting time of much investment and rejuvenation emerging as the shiny, new luxury Dormy House Hotel, Foxhill Manor and The Fish Hotel. I instantly fell in love with the amazing views and tranquillity that the estate offers.
In 2014 I made the leap from employment to being self-employed, offering freelance sales support. It was a scary time, but I felt brave enough and have never regret the decision and loved being in control of my own destiny, making my own choices and decisions.
February 2015 my family and I moved into a new home, just a stone’s throw away from the last but provided more space for us and the office I had craved where I could develop my business.
January 2018, I launched my new sales representation service for hotels and venues wanting to extend their venue reach with the UK event buyers’ market to generate new business, which over two years generated £5.2 million worth of event enquiries.
November 2018 I was elected on to the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors by the members and am thrilled to participate and contribute to the local and regions business and economic growth.
January 2019 was kick started with my first guest speaking appearance at a Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Lunch, attended by around 70 delegates. I was a nervous wreck, but the feedback was amazing.
Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce also invited me to join the British Chambers of Commerce Global Business Network Communications Workgroup to maximise opportunities for the Coventry & Warwickshire International Trade Hub and be Vice Chair on the Destination Partnership Sub Group for Visitor Economy and Skills for Coventry, both of which offer valuable and interesting insights and opportunities.
2019 has been eventful for sure and highs have included hosting conference buyers and agents at a number of venue familiarisation visits, which has been great fun and is an excellent way to build and develop relationships and the piece de resistance was winning ‘Highly Commended’ Best Sales Representation of a UK Hotel/Venue in the CHS Awards in March. Very proud and great to hard our hard work recognised.
2020 looks to be just as exciting with the launch of ‘Hello Hospitality’ with a comprehensive range of services for event venues and event bookers. Supporting Warwickshire’s WCG Moreton Hall Hotel project and continuing to take on new challenges as they arise.
So, remember, life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so I for one, welcome 2020 and all of the new challenges it brings.
What were your decade highlights and what are your #brave plans for #2020?
Thank you to all those that have believed in me and supported me along my journey so far.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.