Mandy’s Blog: Edition 39 proves to be a “corker”


    I simply cannot believe how quickly time flies by at TopicUK magazine and that our 39th edition has caused such a stir!

    All thanks to our fantastic photography friends Roth Read Photography the front cover image of Ryan Sidebottom, complete with his bedazzled miniature cricket bat (turn to page 27 to read more about his career spanning three decades) has proved to be a real hit and we have been “bowled over” by the positive feedback, and indeed requests for additional copies from businesses across the Yorkshire region.

    The latest edition has welcomed an additional three new partners, all very different and highly regarded in their industry sectors Easy Fireplaces, Social Progress and Yorkshire Payments – I look forward to working with them all and championing their work in print and indeed across all the platforms we have available (the joys of social media and a diary packed full of events!)

    There is a terrific twelve page showcase of the Yorkshire Coast all thanks to our associate editor for this area, the award-winning Ed Asquith plus the introduction of a super new section ”TopicUK Businesswoman”. This regular section is something that our Group Editor Gill Laidler is particularly proud of, having already gained immense interest and incredible support from many recognised and respected businesses including John Lewis & Partners (turn to page 84 to read about my very own personal styling experience in the newly opened Style Studio in Leeds).

    Personal Styling at The Style Studio

    For those who know me well, I firmly believe that businesses should always try to “give a bit back” and demonstrate that they understand the importance of corporate social responsibility. In all honesty, it was one of the key reasons I joined the magazine and what a privilege it has been to work with our charity partners for 2019 The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract, and apt that their 30th birthday celebrations story appears on page 30!

    Additionally, we support the annual “Yorkshire Children of Courage” awards and I was delighted to be asked to become an official “friend” and host two of the group nominations roadshows in Leeds, in advance of the glittering event in October.

    “The Sunshine and Smiles Group” nominations launch

    I occasionally write reviews for the magazine and have had the pleasure of sharing my experiences with our readers on the impressive hotel The Grand, York plus Tattu restaurant and bar in Leeds (I am a very lucky lady!) – I really do hope you enjoy the read!

    Our next edition will be the final one of 2019 and will mark my first years service with the team. I will definitely be putting the Champagne on ice and getting ready to raise a glass to  the loyal partners, supporters and associates who have invested in the magazine and ensured that it continues to grow from strength to strength.

    Best Wishes