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Meeting new faces within inspiring spaces

Concept North's first event

When we first met over a cup of tea we dreamed of creating a community up North; a platform where interior designers, architects, interior brands, property developers and design bloggers could connect, inspire, collaborate and support one another through events within inspiring spaces. We chatted excitedly about how amazing this would be, but we never realised it would actually become a reality.

Fast forward three months and we are overwhelmed with how far we have come, the outpouring of support we have received on Instagram and the success of our first event last week!

Venue The Florist Liverpool. Photography Credit: EMCE Photo

It was really important for us to create a place where it focused more on positivity, support and collaboration, instead of competition, discrimination and negativity. We set out on a mission to do just that at our first event, bringing creative people together in a relaxed and informal setting.

Venue The Florist Liverpool. Photography Credit: EMCE Photo

The Florist

Our first Concept North event was held in The Florist, a sensory world where you can discover an arrangement of culinary delights, fragrant cocktails, daily beats and nightly DJ's. The beautiful restaurant and bar opened this year within the grade 2 listed Neo Classical building in Liverpool, formerly home to the School for the blind.

“Last night was very special, good vibes with great like-minded, career focused, creative people from the North. I will certainly be at the next event in November. Thank you soooo much @concept_north bloody fabulous! x“

- Emily Bartlett Art

Photography Credit: EMCE Photo

This impressive venue has breath-taking architecture, beautiful interior design and provides a sensory experience for every visitor. It was an inspiring space providing the perfect setting for our first event and our guests seemed to agree!

“ The relaxed atmosphere made turning up alone comfortable, gorgeous venue, great food & drink, and so lovely meeting up with like-minded people. Would definitely go again! Well done ladies! “

- Jennifer, Mon Interiors UK

Photography Credit: EMCE Photo

Our First Event

Our first ever meet up brought together a mix of 42 talented individuals from all over the North West, some travelling as far as Anglesey, Preston and Manchester. It was so nice to have a friendly variety of interior designers, architects, bloggers, artists and interior brands for an evening of food tasting, live music, food and drink, guest talks, networking, competitions and goody bags. The overall vibe was relaxed, friendly and informative and a big thank you to our guest speakers Laura Cockett from A Bigger Conversation and Andy from The Jones Boys for their informative and inspiring talks.

“ Great night, lots of great conversations had and connections made, looking forward to the November event with panel discussions. X “

- Sinead, The Knot Collective

Guest Speaker Laura Cockett, Business Coach, A Bigger Conversation. Photography Credit: EMCE

Guest Speaker Andy Jones, Commercial Illustrator, The Jones Boys. Photography Credit: EMCE

Competition winner

We held a competition on the night for a chance to win a Gin Tasting Masterclass for a party of 5, courtesy of The Florist.

The winner is…

Robyn Edwards from Pop Up In The Palm House

Photography Credit: EMCE

Concept North Dream Team! Natalie Holden and Melinda Kiss. Photography Credit: EMCE Photo

Future Events

We have started planning our future events so watch this space and please help us spread the word!

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