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Chester Meet Up At Opera Grill

As we wind down from our 5th Concept North meet-up last Thursday, we are sitting here (*about to pass out from all the hard work!) reflecting about the amazing journey that we have been on over the past 12 months.

See the full May meet up gallery here

When the idea sparked for Concept North in this very month last year, Melinda and I always knew there was a whole bunch of talent up here…but never in a million years did we realise just how many of you would creep out of the wood work! It’s mind blowing how many new excited faces we have met through our little platform and it makes us want to burst with pride when we see the collaborations that are starting to surface off the back of what we're doing.

See the full May meet up gallery here

See the full May meet up gallery here

If you’ve been following along so far, you’ll already know there are two very important ingredients necessary to our meet-ups. One being good food and the other, a space with nice interior design! Those of you who came along last week, I’m sure you'll agree that Opera Grill in Chester ticked those two boxes perfectly! With an impressive grade 2 listed façade, bold orange booth seating and a classy, yet industrial feel, we just had to hold our Chester meet up here and give you an experience to remember!

See the full May meet up gallery here

At our most successful turn out so far (we had to release more tickets due to the demand this time!) we welcomed over 70 of you on the roof top terrace to join us for a relaxed evening of live music, food tasting, mingling and a live panel chat with four amazing women;

Karolina Barnes from ESTILA Magazine

Victoria Jackson from 4 Magazine and Apartment No 4

Kate Baxter from katedoes.co.uk and fabricofmylife.co.uk

Jennifer Williams from Môn Interiors

See the full May meet up gallery here

Our live chat included all things marketing related, how it’s evolved over time and what works when it comes to promoting yourself in our industry and we were amazed at the positive feedback from our discussion! A massive thank you ladies for agreeing to be part of our expert panel and for sharing your insight and experiences with us :D

We really can’t believe how many of you travelled from all over the UK just to come to our event and to see you all chatting, laughing, supporting,encouraging and sharing ideas makes us really happy! We had people come from London, Kent, The Lake District, Wales, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester to name but a few. Our dream was to put the North West on the map in our industry, and instead of us having to travel to London all the time to visit exciting events, we have to pinch ourselves when we realise that we have people all over travelling to us now!

Melinda and I have lots of exciting plans for Concept North and we’ve already started to put the wheels in motion, so make sure to stay tuned and sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know.

Before we leave you tonight, we want to say a few thank you’s to those involved in our May meet up:

Our amazing sponsors: Concept Bespoke Joinery, Tektura Wallcoverings, Versital

Our goody bag contributers: An artful life, Teapigs, ESTILA Magazine, Rose and Grey, Versital, Tektura, Concept Bespoke Joinery, EKA Scents.

Our competition contributers: Baa Stool, Opera Grill, Pantone, House Of.

Photographer: Robyn Swain

Live music: Josh Jenkinson

We'll also be releasing the deets of our Lakes event shortly so keep an eye out. Are we crazy sharing this event as a secret location? We thought it might get you a little excited ;) EEK!

Natalie and Melinda x Schedule

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