Out and about with new arm candy!

I love the Summer, so much is going on. I have noticed that despite Brexit and everything else that is going on, Yorkshire business seems to be booming, everyone is busy and businesses are thriving.

Things are no different at TopicUK. With each issue we continue to expand, reaching up to 50,000 business leaders across the region, and we don’t expect this to slow down as demand for TopicUK continues. More new partners have joined us this issue, University of Law Leeds, Yorkshire Payments and Easy Fireplaces and Mandy and I love working with them and all our other partners, helping to promote their businesses across the region.

This also means that we are lucky to get out and about, visiting lots of places and meeting lots of new people. We attended the Unsung Heroes event in Wakefield as media partners, as well as the Institute of Directors, Director of the Year awards. As media partners, I presented the best family business award, whilst picking up another for our client Penny Appeal Chairman Adeem Younis, who won best Third Sector award. It was here where I last saw and spoke with Terry Hodgkinson, who sadly passed away a few days ago. I had known Terry for about ten years. He was a well respected businessman who led Yorkshire Forward for many years and he will be sadly missed by many.

My partner Rob and I were delighted to attend Chadwick Lawrence Summer BBQ at their Dock Street office in Leeds, (thank you Neil Wilson) what a turnout they had.  It was lovely to catch up with so many people, some I hadn’t seen in quite a while. We were guests at the launch of the Yorkshire League of Angels at Dakota Leeds, met with Peter Andre at Leeds City Varieties and attended the press night for Grease at The Grand Theatre, enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Bibis when they hosted Yorkshire’s answer to Royal Ascot and were lucky enough to be asked to review Tattu in Leeds and The Grand Hotel in York, all of which you can read about in our current and forthcoming editions.

There are still so many more events yet to take place. Children of Courage Awards in October, Yorkshire Day in Whitby with the Yorkshire Society, Tears for Fears concert at York Racecourse, Maxwell Scott new collection launch in York and of course Forward Ladies awards in November.

It’s great to be out and about meeting people, but all the while we are still working and need to take with us iPad, iPhone, notebook, pens, etc etc so we do need a good practical but attractive bag to carry everything in. Now for those who know me, know that I am an absolute bag snob and in recent years have mostly carried Mulberry or Maxwell Scott for work. However, I have been introduced to Sarah Haran (thank you Rachel Rowling) and I am now the proud owner of my new Dahlia bag. Absolutely exquisitely made, just the right size for during the day with lots of pockets in the right places, but genius, attached is a smaller evening bag, so when the business day concludes, you can take off the smaller bag and either use as a clutch or attach the chain that comes with it and off you go to that evening event! What’s not to love and here’s the clever bit, you can design your own bag by choosing the colour of both so I have a black Dahlia and also a fashionable leopard print evening bag. You can even choose the furniture colour, silver or gold. You can read all about Sarah in our forthcoming edition but do check out her website where she is currently having a sale www.sarahharan.com