20 November 2018

It’s been an incredibly busy month and looking at the calendar, next month will be even busier as we approach the Christmas party season!

I am delighted that we now have a new member of staff. Mandy Taylor has joined the team as Business Development Executive. If we can help you spread the word about your business, please do let me or Mandy know. We also welcome James Longbottom who no doubt many of you will meet when he is out and about delivering TopicUK to the many outlets and businesses.

This year I attended the Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards at John Smith’s Stadium, hosted by Harry Gration. Thank you to TopicUK partners CityFibre who invited me. This was a fun night and congratulations to all the businesses who were nominated, shortlisted or winners. TopicUK editor Alex Mason was one of those shortlisted on the Young Entrepreneur category and although sadly he didn’t win, he made it to the final three from many entries and still in his first eighteen months of business.

I have been lucky enough to take part in two restaurant reviews, one for the newly opened Ivy in Leeds and the other Matt Healy x The Foundry. You can read all about my experience at The Foundry in our next edition, where I sampled the Sunday roast, recently voted the best roast dinner in the country! Well done to Matt and the team.

I enjoyed a thoroughly pleasant night at The Yorkshire Awards as a guest of Sir Rodney Walker. This is the third time I have attended and it is always a wonderful event with many Yorkshire folk honoured for their achievements. A particular mention to Ben Davis who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement for his feat of walking the perimeter of Yorkshire to raise funds for charity. You can read Ben’s story in our edition due out at the beginning of December. We also partnered the Children of Achievement Award dinner taking place on the same evening, where Mandy attended in my place. Again well done to all the worthy winners. Staying with the dinners, it was also the Yorkshire Young Achievers at Leeds United. Again this was a venue I had never been to and I can say what a fabulous place for an event. Hosted by mum friend Christine Talbot and her co-presenter Duncan Wood, young people from all walks of life were honoured for their achievements. Thank you to Richard Stroud and Peter Wilkinson for involving TopicUK.

Finally, I was honoured to be asked this year by Morley and Outwood MP Andrea Jenkyns to represent her in laying a commemorative poppy wreath at the newly built Stanley war memorial. I was amazed at the number of people who turned up for the 30 minute ceremony in the grounds of the former Stanley St Peters Church. It was a real honour to be able to pay respects to those fallen.