aMANDA gRIFFITHS - eDITOR OF BRIDE mAGAZINE
Journalist Amanda Griffiths, a recent bride and bridesmaid herself, edits Archant’s portfolio of wedding magazines – titles that range from Yorkshire Bride, Lancashire Bride and Cheshire Bride in the north to South West Bride, London Bride and Norfolk and Suffolk Bride – and many more in between. Amanda is here to talk about how your business can work with the media to build your brand.
Hazel parsons - Wedding biz consultant
Hazel is the leading consultant to Cornwall’s wedding industry, offering effective and practical wedding business advice based on an in depth knowledge of the market. Drawing on 17 years of experience within the industry to deliver results. She works with businesses throughout Cornwall and the South West driving sales marketing campaigns, managing public relations, supplying demand focused wedding & event staffing, and acting as professional wedding business support.
madeleine jones - making your business shine
Maddy will be speaking about the benefits of using Pinterest for your business and how it's essentially The Search Engine for the Wedding Industry. She provides marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) services for wedding and creative professionals in the UK and internationally. She presents regularly at industry events, and is often affectionately referred to by clients and colleagues as the “SEO Queen”.
Mark Godfrey - DEER PARK COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL
Mark has 30 years’ experience and knowledge of the hospitality industry, starting at De Vere Hotels to his current position as MD and shareholder of the Deer Park. Mark set up Godfrey Adamson Associates, Consultants to the Hospitality Industry. In 2013 Mark took charge of the Deer Park, first writing the marketing plan, an investment proposal and feasibility to take the hotel towards a wedding and events venue before embarking on what has been the most rewarding project to date.
AMBER LEACH - LIBERTY PEARL PHOTOGRAHY & FILM
Amber Leach launched Liberty Pearl Photo & Film Collective in 2013.To cope with demand she has since expanded the team and now works with five female Associate Photographers. She has been nominated for The Guardian’s Best New Start Up Award 2014, has captured over 120 weddings, organised a successful sell-out workshop series, been widely published in over 40 magazines and blogs. She also inspires like-minded creatives through her Women in Photography Networking conferences.
MARK WORDEN - MIHI DIGITAL
Mark is an experienced and award-winning digital marketing specialist. Having quit his job at a regional law firm in order to set up MiHi Digital four years ago, he has now worked with more than 250 business across 18 countries, assisting them with all areas of online marketing including website design, social media strategy and email marketing. Within the wedding industry he works with a number of venues and a wide range of suppliers to increase enquiries and bookings.
CARMEN CROXALL - THE PROP FACTORY
Carmen runs The Prop Factory in Exeter making props for 90% recycled materials and hiring them all over the UK. The idea started as a graphic design project at university 6 years ago. It developed into a hire company, and then also a manufacturing company that sells bespoke products all over the world. It has turned over nearly £1.5 million since it began.
SIMON NICKELL - SIMON NICKELL DESIGN
Simon Nickell Design is a leading wedding and special event florist working throughout London, the South East and beyond.
KIRSTEN BUTLER - THE LITTLE WEDDING HELPER
Kirsten is an award-winning venue stylist, working with couples who want their wedding to be as unique as they are. She won the 2012 Regional Wedding Industry Award for Best Special Touch, and in 2013 went on to win the national award for this category and took the business full time. Kirsten has formed part of the Wedding Industry Awards judging panel and won the Venue Styling category at the Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards for 2014 and 2015.
ELISABETTA WHITE - INTERNATIONAL WEDDING PLANNER
As an international wedding planner, Elisabetta specialises in intimate destination weddings & elopements for what she likes to call “sunset chasers.” Over the years she’s built a network of suppliers that operate at both national and international level, so she can fulfill her couples’ needs wherever their day might be. Elisabetta's understanding of the destination market has led to being commissioned the planning and styling of commercial wedding photo-shoots for destination venues, as well as being featured on countless UK and international wedding publications, including Elle Sposa Italy.
DEBBIE MACLEOD - BRIDE MAGAZINE
Debbie Macleod has a wealth of experience in publishing and events management and in her role as Events Director, Archant Weddings and France, is responsible for some of the UK’s leading two-day regional bridal shows, at venues. She works with hundreds of businesses across the country who exhibit at Archant events and knows exactly what it takes to get the most out of exhibiting at a wedding event.
YVONNE MORRIS - CLOUD LEGAL
Yvonne Morris LLB (Hons), LLM, CIPP/E holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Law and is a certified Privacy Practitioner. Yvonne has worked inhouse as a Commercial Lawyer for non-ministerial government departments at the Office of Fair Trading and OFGEM. She has consulted for various law firms and is the CEO and founder of CloudLegal which is an online legal support platform enabling professionals and micros and SMEs to access affordable legal support from a network of sector-specific, collaborative and ethical legal professionals.
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