What a year it’s been – how many times have we heard that?

But it’s not been all doom and gloom – here is a round up of the best bits of the year – with a few of the challenges thrown in because without the challenges how can we have the achievements?

  • Appearing in Cheshire Live March edition as part of the Time To Shine feature
  • Appearing in Living Edge April edition as part of the Women Mean Business feature
  • Nominated as Cheshire Business Woman of the Year 2020
  • Planning a 2020 international conference for a corporate client – now moved to September 2021
  • Planning on a champagne charity dinner for over 100 guests at the prestigious 5-star Chester Grosvenor – now moved to November 2021
  • Running six client events before mid March!
  • Planning a VIP private viewing of an art exhibition
  • Numerous invitations to be part of corporate hospitality – it’s so nice to be on the receiving end of fun
  • Growing the reputation of JK throughout Cheshire with well-planned marketing and lots of coffee meetings!
  • Working with a fantastic PA to grow the business – this may not sound like an achievement but it took me a long time to have the confidence to share the workload with another professional.
  • Planning and writing press releases for business focussed journals
  • Growing the JK Business Club – the excellently run networking community for like-minded business people.
    We had 7 face to face events before mid March, we then moved to free Home Front Online networking which was inspirational networking to keep attendees motivated, before going back to JK Business Club networking being run online with structured networking, guest speakers, breakout rooms…as well tons of positivity and motivation!
  • Working with a fantastic PA to grow the business – this may not sound like an achievement but it took me a long time to have the confidence to share the workload with another professional.
  • Planning and writing press releases for business focussed journals
  • Growing the JK Business Club – the excellently run networking community for like-minded business people.
    We had 7 face to face events before mid March, we then moved to free Home Front Online networking which was inspirational networking to keep attendees motivated, before going back to JK Business Club networking being run online with structured networking, guest speakers, breakout rooms…as well tons of positivity and motivation!
  • Attending live networking events before mid March including the Institute of Directors, Chester Business Club, Real5 & Cullimore Dutton’s networking lunch.
  • Receiving a special award as Chairman of The Zodiac Musical Theatre group for +++++
  • A surprise visit to hospital following a heart attack during the first weekend of lockdown!
    This was waiting to happen as my stress levels went through the roof after the announcement that everything was to close. I ignored all the warning signs of chest pains and hurting limbs. Luckily it was only a mild heart attack and I was actually walking around and packing my bag whilst waiting for the ambulance.
    The positive about this is I had another attack whilst in hospital, got blue-lighted to Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, had an emergency angiogram and was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, which is now managed with mediation and I’ve been fine since. Who knows how much damage my heart would have sustained from a dangerously high blood pressure before my diagnosis if all of these events hadn’t happened.
  • Learning to run networking, meetings, and events online!
    I much prefer face to face as I miss the energy we all share with each other, and it’s easier from an organising point of view to be on the ground to minimise any issues that occur, but thank goodness for the delights of Zoom! I’m not positively a techie whizz!
  • Running an online artisan market on Facebook Live – what a challenge that was! Especially the time Facebook decided it didn’t like us and stopped the feed after about 5 minutes transmission!
  • Running my first client event online for 100 guests – this included planning, creating and delivering 100 gift boxes! I loved every second of it!
  • Running a Christmas event online – again with pre-planned party packs being sent out to the 50 guests.
  • Running a surprise party online – the poor recipient thought he was joining just a couple of friends online to celebrate his birthday and as he logged on he was greeted with an enormous cheer and 30 of his happy smiling friends all watching his shock, surprise and emotion!
    I even managed to create a 12 minute video of good wishes from his friends and family!
  • Supporting various charities at no charge to help them turn their planned ‘live’ events into online successes!
  • Creating the new offering of JK Business Support – business development, business planning and training sessions to help business owners progress.
  • Writing the press release that led to a client being interviewed by the BBC.
  • Showing resilience that I didn’t even know I possessed! And the support I’ve received has been overwhelming at times…what a year it’s been!
  • Starting a Psychology course with Home Learning College
  • Adopting my 14 year old staffie – who has changed my life! This is probably the best thing I did all year!

And all of this with three bored teenagers in the house who ate approximately every 17 minutes!

What a year…and what an achievement to still be here, still smiling, still planning and still excited about JayKay Events as it enters its fifth year.

Cheshire Life article
Networking with JK Business Club
JK smiling after heart attack
party boxes