Barmy owner Eve Lodge was thrilled to attend Thursday’s keenly-anticipated Yorkshire Ladies Links conference at Pavilions of Harrogate – and she certainly wasn’t disappointed!
“A fantastic event, with fantastic people,” was her verdict.
At 17, Eve was one of the youngest business women in attendance, joining hundreds of like-minded Yorkshire ladies in a truly exceptional networking event put on by Melanie Malcolm, owner of The Social Link.
As well as numerous businesses displaying their company wares, Melanie had put together some terrific speakers, including journalist and former BBC Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd, Yorkshire Hour co-founder Angie Aspinall, TV business pundit Kate Hardcastle and Tracy Barraclough.
Reflecting on the day, Eve said: “It was a great experience for me to meet so many successful – and lovely – people.
“Barnsley-based photographer Amy Law had put on a mini-bus to take a few of us to the venue, which was very nice of her, and we had a great time.
“I knew one of the speakers, Angie Aspinall, from last year, when we she won the Yorkshire’s Got Talent business event and I reached the final. It was lovely to see her again and I’m proud to call her a friend. Her talk was truly inspirational, as were the others. It was great to meet Christa Ackroyd too.
“I also managed to meet many people who I regularly ‘talk’ to on Twitter and Facebook, which was nice – and I got to chat with a photographer (Kathryn) who had bought some of my hessian bunting a few months ago.
“I think Melanie (Malcolm, the organiser of Ladies Links) deserves so much praise for all her hard work in putting the event together. It certainly paid off! I hope it is the first of many such conferences where Yorkshire ladies and business women can get together.
Here are some of Eve’s pictures from a really enjoyable day:
Picture 1: The Old Pavillions at Harrogate, who hosted the event.
Pictures 2 and 3: Barmy owner Eve and good friend, the inspirational guest speaker Angie Aspinall.
Picture 4: Eve with another guest speaker, the well-known journalist and former BBC Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd
Picture 5: Kathryn (who runs her own business, Photography by Kathryn) poses for a ‘Barmy’ picture. She kindly bought some hessian bunting from Eve a few months ago.
Picture 6: Christa Ackroyd delivers her talk.
Picture 7: Another of the brilliant guest speakers, Kate Hardcastle.