Sunday, 4 February 2018

Sara Tye presents Business of the Year Award and Key Note Speaks at The Whitewed Awards 2018

Creative wedding photographer Elizabeth Donovan was presented with the Business of the Year award in The Whitewed Directory Awards from industry expert, and keynote speaker of the evening, Sara Tye.

Elizabeth Donovan’s entry was chosen as the winner by an independent judging panel, made up of three highly respected industry professionals, including Sara Tye. She received her award on 1 February 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton Swindon.

Sara Tye is an award-winning business and organisational development expert, a top 500 international PR, and serial entrepreneur. She is the founder and managing director of redheadPR, chair of Swindon Triathlon Club and a top business development mentor.

The Whitewed Directory is a definitive directory of recommended and trusted wedding suppliers designed to help customers plan and organise their wedding day. The Whitewed Directory Awards were launched in June 2017 to highlight and support the best wedding service suppliers working in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

As keynote speaker of the evening, Sara shared her own experiences and her "life long journey". Sara spoke of her inspiration and drive from 15 years old until now, her ups and downs and how she manages her life and achievements.

Sara explained: "I was most impressed by Elizabeth's entry. She single-handedly runs every aspect of her business. Not only is she running a successful business, she is also a mum.  I know the difficultly of juggling all this and the discipline needed to remain focused and grow a business. Elizabeth has demonstrated that she always goes the extra mile and has an exceptional eye for attention to detail."

Elizabeth Donovan’s approach during her six years of trading has been photographing weddings in a natural way. She initially built her customers from wedding fayres but now gets around half her bookings simply through her fantastic reputation among past couples and suppliers she has worked with over the years.

Elizabeth has been fully booked for the past four years. Her bookings are boosted by enquiries from online channels and referrals from her professional and information-paked website. This reflects her creative and open approach, including regularly updated blog pieces, supplier connections and search engine optimisation.

Elizabeth Donovan’s award was one of four to be presented on the night. Winners were announced for Business Person of the Year 2017, as well as recognition for the Most Inspiring Business Person of the Year 2017 and the region's Start-up Business of the Year 2017.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

A double milestone celebration for renowned businesswoman Sara Tye

Sara Tye, a guru of business development and entrepreneur, was proud to celebrate two massive milestones this at the end of 2017 and raise £100 for the British Skin Foundation charity. 

As the founding and managing director of redheadPR, 2018 marks the company's 15th year in business, as it continues to go from strength to strength. Sara also celebrated her 50th birthday on the 10 of December. She chose to celebrate both of these milestones by spending time with her friends and family, and reflecting on all she has to be thankful for when it comes to her success in business and in life.

Sara Tye is one of the leading businesswomen in the UK, standing amongst the top 500 experts in public relations and business development. Across her ever-growing enterprises, she's seen the unstoppable growth of her own business, become the chair of Swindon Triathlon club, and developed an impressive multi-million-pound property portfolio.

Celebrations for Sara's recent double milestone took place at Marco Pierre White's Bardolino restaurant in Swindon, and brunch at the exquisite restaurant was certainly a fitting way to celebrate a spectacular 50 years for the businesswoman.

Sara took the opportunity at this double celebration to raise awareness of skin disease, asking guests at her birthday to donate to the British Skin Foundation - a charity very close to her heart. Over 60% of people in Britain are suffering or have suffered from a skin condition. Sara Tye has chosen to bring attention to this charity with the same passion with which she approaches everything in life, and managed to raise £100 at the brunch.

Sara said "It's important to celebrate these milestones. As my 50th birthday coincided with redheadPR turning 15 years old, I thought it appropriate to celebrate. It's been a tough few years, from fighting to keep my business going through the recession, to moving back to Swindon after over 20 years in London. It's important to reflect. To look back as well as forward, and be thankful for what you have. To me, that is my family, friends and business."
Acting as a mentor to countless start-up companies across the UK and internationally through redheadPR, Sara has helped businesses increase their revenues, reduce overheads and use better working practices – to this end becoming more profitable.

The 15th birthday of redheadPR was an opportunity for Sara's hardworking team to celebrate their successes past and present. They've been providing online strategies and business development techniques to deliver spectacular results for quite a while now, and looking at their trajectory, it's no question that this success will continue long into the future.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

TriMark Club Bronze Accreditation for Swindon Triathlon Club

As the chair of Swindon Triathlon Club, I'm immensely pleased and proud to say that we've achieved the TriMark Club Bronze award. Not only that, but we're the first club in the South West of England to do so! 

I’ve been involved in quality and best practice since I started my career.  Thames Water was a quality management business and being one makes a difference. My business, redheadPR is also a best practice business achieving 93% in the consultancy management standard. Quality means: no waste, good practice, smart working, quality output and continuous refinement and improvement.   

That’s why it’s important for a great and growing club, like Swindon Triathlon Club, to be run along best practice lines, and to be recognised for it too. 

The TriMark award is part of an accreditation scheme designed to help triathlon clubs offer a consistent and safe environment for triathletes. The aims are to increase the standard of triathlon coaching and regulation across England and attract more people to the sport. It was developed by Triathlon England in conjunction with Sport England. 
The scheme has been running since April 2017 and is aimed at all community clubs promoting and running triathlons. To join the scheme we had to have an established committee, a recognised constitution and offer membership to all. We also had to show that we could offer a high level of regular activities, run by qualified coaches. 
Clubs who've gained this level of organisation can prove they offer a safe and rewarding place where people from all walks of life can be involved in triathlons. People can try out the sport, the different disciplines and take part as much or as little as they like. 
Gaining the TriMark Club Bronze Accreditation is a fantastic achievement for Swindon Triathlon Club and shows how well the club is run. We've got a great team of volunteers on the committee, putting a massive amount of effort into supporting over 100 members. We're involved in all forms of triathlon, from sprints to long-distance ironman events and have a wide variety of members from all ages and walks of life. 
Swindon is a great place for triathletes, with fantastic running and cycling routes along with excellent lake venues. Club members range from novices to international ironman competitors and we have a wide range of membership options to make it easy for anyone to join. At the moment the membership split is nearly 50:50 between male and female. 

Swindon is also a great place to do best practice business.  Win Win 

If you want to try out this exhilarating sport, find out more about Swindon Triathlon Club at and come along. 

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Don't drop any baubles when juggling this Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, I wanted to take a step back and look at how you can effectively manage your time and have a fun and productive period. For me personally, I have a business to run, kids to please, as well as Wimbleball middle distance triathlon to train for!

Mastering the art of juggling

Managing to keep on top of everything and provide a memorable Christmas for all of your family means being able to juggle multiple tasks at once. Here are some of my top tips that I use and which you can try as well.

Be organised ahead of time

As a global award-winning PR, I understand the need for preparation. It helps you stay organised at busy times and keep on top of all tasks. This means preparing not just your business schedule, but also all other tasks of running a household, and any other passions you pursue.

Set expectations

This means managing everyone's expectations of what you will be able to get done. What is actually achievable in the time given? This includes any clients, you have, as well as kids who are expecting to get to see their mother more over the holidays. There are only 24 hours in a day and you have to be realistic in terms of what you can deliver.

Take some time off

This comes down to great preparation and is crucial to avoiding burnout. The Christmas period is a time to see your family and actually take some time off. So, even though you will still be busy, do schedule in some much needed time to switch off. It also means putting in the extra effort for the first two weeks of December. Four weeks' worth of work needs can be squeezed into two, and it will be worth it in the end, trust me.

Online shopping is great!

I wonder how much time it would be if you calculated the hours spent queuing in department stores and sitting in traffic. Shop online and spend a little bit more for gift wrapping and you can get 90% with the click of a button. I actually buy gift throughout the year too so that there isn’t as much to do in December.

Where’s the proof?

Well, I’ve been doing exactly this, and much more, for years now, and Christmas 2017 will be no different! My triathlon in Exmoor takes place next June and I’m already well into my training schedule. My plan over Christmas is to get up early so I can still see my family in the daytime, as well as training with my daughters and the dog, who are also passionate triathletes – LOL. To top it off, I will be hosting Christmas day this year!

As a final tip, if you are also cooking Christmas dinner, why not save a little time by roasting all vegetables, rather than spending hours preparing and cooking four (or more) varieties. Also, why fill the entire oven with a whole turkey that takes hours to cook, when you can just by for a crown, which is far less effort and cooks twice as quick!  I also get a lot of the items in foil trays.  To reduce washing up!

Have a happy, productive (and cost effective) Christmas.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Unmissable business workshops

Serial entrepreneur and PR guru, Sara Tye, and successful businesswoman, Natalie Lovett, have joined forces to create an incredible series of workshops aimed at businesspeople with a desire to grow their business, boost their marketing and increase their profile.

Sara Tye is an award-winning top 500 international PR, business and organisational development expert. She’s also a passionate and engaging motivational speaker. Natalie Lovett is an entrepreneur and CEO of the hugely successful Love To Plan wedding and event planning business. 

Together, they are planning to help businesses and individuals grow with a series of workshops with a series of big name presenters.

“We’ve seen so many enterprises with great prospects struggle because they don’t necessarily have the skills or the time to market their business,” said Sara Tye.

“It’s a changing world. Social Media, blogging, SEO and PPC are essentials now to any business. We want to share our experiences and our expertise.”

The first workshop took place on 1 November, where Sara Tye offered ten top tips on how to create and develop a successful brand. She was joined by Data Protection consultant Cathy Brode, who spoke on what the requirements of the GDPR are and how to meet them.

Following the this workshop, there will be more inspirational speakers sharing their expertise:

Wednesday 10 January 2018 – Natalie Lovett delivers '10 top tips on how to gain business from consumer shows and maximize B2B trade shows' and Gel Studios will have lots of advice on 'SEO Tips'.

Wednesday 7 March 2018 – Sara Tye will speak on 'How to get coverage in the Press' and Emma De Maio from redheadPR will present 'Social media expert - Instagram vs Facebook vs Pinterest vs Twitter etc. - what to do and make it work hard for you'.

Wednesday 2 May 2018 – Angie Petkovic from APT Marketing will present 'How to develop a marketing strategy' and Sara Tye will discuss 'How to write a great blog/vlog'.

Wednesday 4 July 2018 – Tom Davenport from Digital Marketing Specialist Ltd will talk about 'Social media targeting and paid advertising' and Emma De Maio from redheadPR will present a masterclass in Photography and mobile devices.