LIFE UPDATE: January 2020

Born and raised in Cambridgeshire, this is where my passion for the countryside started from a young age. As a kid, there was no stopping me from spending hours at the stables, playing in the muck heap and making new pony club friends. School was difficult for me, I did enjoy exams and I certainly didn’t enjoy being nagged by my parents when I hadn’t got those A grades like everybody else. However, at A-Levels, everything changed… I packed in having horses and I focused on my future. The grades didn’t get much better but I knew I wanted to start my own business one day. Being told what to do was already not for me (considered it aged 16, confirmed when I resigned from my final full-time job aged 24!).

In 2012, I visited Kenya on a volunteer project, little did I know 8 years later I would be supporting an orphanage with 70+ children and sponsoring 2 boys through University in Nairobi. I’ve returned 4 times since, a cause very close to my heart and Malindi will always be my second home.

Off to Manchester Metropolitan University I went in September 2013, soon caught that dreaded fresher’s flu and the skiving of lectures started (sorry Sehar if you’re reading this!). I felt far more driven to find myself a job, gaining some office experience and to start earning some money (after all, country attire isn’t cheap!). From nightclub promotions to Manchester City Football Club’s hospitality support, it was my 3rd year of University that I knew what industry I wanted my business to fall into.

I don’t advise this on anyone in their 1st year of University but I ran the London Marathon in April 2014 raising a huge sum of money for the NSPCC.
In March 2015, I successfully hosted Hotel Football’s launch weekend gala dinner in aid of Manchester Children’s Hospital with a huge help from my friends, family and a true career inspiration to me Gary Chaplin.
During this period, I also joined the Femme Fatales, an all ladies shooting club, met some friends for life and others that have helped set me up for life.

From June 2015, I took a year out to do a placement with a Global Exhibition Company. I moved to Leamington Spa in Warwickshire and met lots of friends (an ex boyfriend!) and clients along my journey. I got stuck in with every opportunity thrown my way, executing million $$$ exhibitions in Orlando, brand activations in Barcelona, Berlin and many more. I truly loved living out of a suitcase and the buzz of the event venues. It became second nature to me, so much so, that I carried on working throughout my final year of University, commuting from Manchester to Warwickshire once a week when I wasn’t in lectures.

I resigned from my role in March 2017 to focus on my final year at MMU with an upcoming dissertation and exams. I ran the Manchester Marathon in April 2017, this time raising money for Home of Hope Children’s Centre in Kenya.
In May 2017 (around the same time as my dissertation deadline), The Gin Kitchen was born! A converted horse trailer, now mobile gin bar that I intended taking out no more than 6-8 times throughout the year for some pocket money. Fast forward a couple of years and it’s now a full-time job for my wonderful business partner (Mummy Bucknell) and most weekends for me. Our little hobby business has now taken us across Europe with a highlight in 2019 being a Corporate bar in Paris!

In June 2017, I started my next full-time role at a Manchester based exhibition company. I progressed from a junior telesales personnel to Business Development Director within 2.5 years. I increased my salary from when I started by over 260% within 28 months by hard work and determination!
In November 2018, I finally bought my dream barn conversion in Cheshire which I have slowly been renovating over the last 14 months. However, the frustration of working in the corporate world, seeing what I was capable of bringing into that business and not for myself full-time still haunted me and it was time I took the next move. I resigned in October 2019 and in January 2020, my latest business venture was born… Engage Events & Exhibitions.

It’s time to really challenge myself as an individual, to hit those 6 figure goals I’ve set for the first year and to empower the women and younger generation within the industry. Follow my journey and I can’t wait to support any of you wanting some advice on making your next move!

Love Chloe x

Born and raised in Cambridgeshire, this is where my passion for the countryside started from a young age. As a kid, there was no stopping me from spending hours at the stables, playing in the muck heap and making new pony club friends. School was difficult for me, I did enjoy exams and I certainly didn’t enjoy being nagged by my parents when I hadn’t got those A grades like everybody else. However, at A-Levels, everything changed… I packed in having horses and I focused on my future. The grades didn’t get much better but I knew I wanted to start my own business one day. Being told what to do was already not for me (considered it aged 16, confirmed when I resigned from my final full-time job aged 24!).

In 2012, I visited Kenya on a volunteer project, little did I know 8 years later I would be supporting an orphanage with 70+ children and sponsoring 2 boys through University in Nairobi. I’ve returned 4 times since, a cause very close to my heart and Malindi will always be my second home.

Off to Manchester Metropolitan University I went in September 2013, soon caught that dreaded fresher’s flu and the skiving of lectures started (sorry Sehar if you’re reading this!). I felt far more driven to find myself a job, gaining some office experience and to start earning some money (after all, country attire isn’t cheap!). From nightclub promotions to Manchester City Football Club’s hospitality support, it was my 3rd year of University that I knew what industry I wanted my business to fall into.

I don’t advise this on anyone in their 1st year of University but I ran the London Marathon in April 2014 raising a huge sum of money for the NSPCC.
In March 2015, I successfully hosted Hotel Football’s launch weekend gala dinner in aid of Manchester Children’s Hospital with a huge help from my friends, family and a true career inspiration to me Gary Chaplin.
During this period, I also joined the Femme Fatales, an all ladies shooting club, met some friends for life and others that have helped set me up for life.

From June 2015, I took a year out to do a placement with a Global Exhibition Company. I moved to Leamington Spa in Warwickshire and met lots of friends (an ex boyfriend!) and clients along my journey. I got stuck in with every opportunity thrown my way, executing million $$$ exhibitions in Orlando, brand activations in Barcelona, Berlin and many more. I truly loved living out of a suitcase and the buzz of the event venues. It became second nature to me, so much so, that I carried on working throughout my final year of University, commuting from Manchester to Warwickshire once a week when I wasn’t in lectures.

I resigned from my role in March 2017 to focus on my final year at MMU with an upcoming dissertation and exams. I ran the Manchester Marathon in April 2017, this time raising money for Home of Hope Children’s Centre in Kenya.
In May 2017 (around the same time as my dissertation deadline), The Gin Kitchen was born! A converted horse trailer, now mobile gin bar that I intended taking out no more than 6-8 times throughout the year for some pocket money. Fast forward a couple of years and it’s now a full-time job for my wonderful business partner (Mummy Bucknell) and most weekends for me. Our little hobby business has now taken us across Europe with a highlight in 2019 being a Corporate bar in Paris!

In June 2017, I started my next full-time role at a Manchester based exhibition company. I progressed from a junior telesales personnel to Business Development Director within 2.5 years. I increased my salary from when I started by over 260% within 28 months by hard work and determination!
In November 2018, I finally bought my dream barn conversion in Cheshire which I have slowly been renovating over the last 14 months. However, the frustration of working in the corporate world, seeing what I was capable of bringing into that business and not for myself full-time still haunted me and it was time I took the next move. I resigned in October 2019 and in January 2020, my latest business venture was born… Engage Events & Exhibitions.

It’s time to really challenge myself as an individual, to hit those 6 figure goals I’ve set for the first year and to empower the women and younger generation within the industry. Follow my journey and I can’t wait to support any of you wanting some advice on making your next move!

Love Chloe x

Outfit in featured cover image includes Fairfax & Favour‘s Regina tan boots & the Loxley tan backpack.