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A year of lockdown: 27 great North West businesses that launched during Covid

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The past year may not have seemed like the best time to start a business – but these entrepreneurs from Liverpool, Manchester and further afield have defied the odds.

A global pandemic may not seem like the best time to start your own business.

But that didn’t stop entrepreneurs from right across the North West taking the plunge and launching new products and services – and making a great success of it in the process.

As we reach a year since the UK was put into lockdown by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, BusinessLive is running a series of features on how the world of business has changed, analysing what’s happened, and speaking to leaders to discover what they’ve learnt.

As part of that, BusinessLive North West has rounded up a list of 27 companies from across Liverpool, Manchester, Chester and further afield that were established despite the constant economic uncertainty.

They include everything from a mobile pizza business, to an axe throwing venue, to a firm putting on luxury cruises.

Liz Taylor Consultancy

Event industry leader Liz Taylor, CEO of the Manchester-based Taylor Lynn Corporation, took the opportunity of unexpected time on her hands during the lockdowns to develop a consultancy company offering business development to the hotel, event venue and hospitality sector.

Liz said it turned out to be a “wise decision”, with Liz Taylor Consultancy securing in excess of £150,000 worth of new business in the last year and projecting to double this in 2021-22.

Running parallel to her successful event company, Liz provides brand consultancy to hotels, restaurants, event venues, catering and hospitality operators.

The client portfolio has boasted a mix of independent and branded businesses, including GG Hospitality’s Hotel Football and Stock Exchange Hotel, owned by football player turned entrepreneurs Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, Victor’s Restaurants, Tom Kerridge’s Bull and Bear, Lone Star Boutique Hotel & Suites – Barbados, and Feast Kosher Catering.

She said: “The idea of a consultancy was conceived in 2018, but the business was certainly born in lockdown. My labour of love!

“I had time on my hands and wanted to remain positive and focussed, so invested my energy into fully launching the company. Using my 35 years’ experience as a luxury event planner, and having worked within the wider hospitality sector, I felt that I could provide a unique insight into how an event venue or hospitality company could develop new revenue ideas to target the discerning buyer. Thankfully, clients loved the concept, and the business took off.”