Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Last week I had a whistle stop tour of the UK: London, EdinburghManchester and Leeds to be precise.  Over 3 days I hopped from one city to another, where I networked with leading businesswomen at the Forward Ladies Annual Forum in the City, had a product brainstorming meeting with Customworks, who are one of my licensees in Edinburgh, carried out a live Cityscape at Manchester Airport and then on the same day attended an Advisory Board Meeting at Leeds University Business Management School. Phew!


It also meant that I got to pop into many stores on route including the super Selfridges, which had a great display of my Royals: Love & Happiness Collection. The Harry & Meghan Collection were sold out but the resident corgi stood guard over my Queen Liz and Prince Philip mugs.



One of the most exciting parts of my trip was that I got to go on the Caledonian Sleeper: the overnight train from London to Edinburgh.  I travelled first class, which meant that I had my own compartment complete with a little goody bag of luxury Arran Aromatics toiletries, complete with sleepy pillow spray.  It worked! I slept like a baby in the arms of the big, old Caledonian train, gently rocking me to sleep along the tracks from south to north. 


I woke up in the Scottish Borders and to a wonderful breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. I would show you a photo of both but an intense Scottish mist obscured the view and an even more intense hunger meant that I wolfed down my breakfast faster than a bullet train! So here’s what I would have seen has the mist cleared …



Having spent the morning at the wonderful and creative world of Customworks I then flew down from Edinburgh to Manchester Airport (checking product displays at both on the hoof).  A Live Cityscape at World Duty Free in Manchester Airport beckoned. And here’s how it evolved …



My final destination was Leeds, where I am a member of the Divisional Advisory Board for the Management School at the University.  Meeting students and feeding back into the University’s programme in order to make it more relevant for the world of entrepreneurship is all part of my working day before I head home on the slow train to Devon.


For 3 days I was buzzing about Britain like the little bees that I included on my Manchester Live Cityscape, being very productive in my own little way.