Time to celebrate 2019

As the year draws to a close many are already in full party spirit, but here in the TopicUK office, we have another edition to send to print before we can finally put up our feet and enjoy a glass or two of something sparkling with our families. So it’s all hands on deck for the next few weeks. That said, we have found time to party with many more to squeeze in over the coming weeks.

I was lucky enough to be at the White Rose Awards on Monday evening, thank you Welcome to Yorkshire and what a spectacular event, celebrating the great and good from our fabulous county. I have to congratulate the teams from Welcome to Yorkshire and the First Direct Arena, with almost 1000 people attending, the whole thing was slick and professional.

A few days before, Mandy and I had attended Oulton Hall for the Prince of Wales Hospice annual fundraising ball, which sadly concluded our partnership with them this year, as they celebrated 30 years since they first opened their doors. They have a superb team who work extremely hard and we hope that we can continue to support in some ways going forward.

In 2020 we will be working with Wakefield Hospice as they celebrate their 30th anniversary.

Later this week, I will be heading to Dock Hall in Leeds to the Forward Ladies National Awards Finals. This is a superb event celebrating women, not just from the Yorkshire region but from the whole country. Fingers crossed for a few national winners from Yorkshire.

Concluding and celebrating a fabulous year, I will be joining partners Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors at the Kirklees Calderdale Christmas Lunch (KACCL) next week and attending Leeds Grand Theatre to see the fabulous Band of Gold, written by Kay Mellor, who incidentally features in the current edition of TopicUK, along with her daughter Gaynor Faye, who stars in the production.

I will then head to the University of Huddersfield where I have agreed to talk to second year journalist students, on how we put TopicUK together from sourcing editorial to final print.

I will, in-between find time to sit and write our next edition which will feature the fabulous Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess, who I interviewed recently. We will have updates from our regular contributors, actress and TV presenter Natalie Anderson and House of Coco editor and founder Laura Bartlett in our businesswoman section, who will be joined by new columnist entrepreneur Nicky Pattinson, who not only tells her own amazing story, but explains to readers how they can improve their sales.

Gill x