Managing Director of TH Entertainment which includes The Speakers Agency and womenspeakers.co.uk Sylvia Tidy-Harris started out as an air stewardess for Monarch Airlines at age 18.

A former personal and business manager to the cartoonist Bill Tidy, a programme researcher for Granada, Central and BBC TV & Radio, she also spent many years as an international tour manager leading tours to over 50 countries around the globe

Sylvia started up her businesses in 2001 (with £1000 for a website only) hitting and overcoming many hurdles from the onset – particularly in the area of seeking official advice from the various business links and enterprise agencies. As a result she has taught herself to act on instinct, identify the fine line of when to take a risk and when not to, and to fly for the most part by the seat of her pants. With no formal business training it was her only way forward.

She didn't realise that the first hurdle she would come up against was the fact that her business, not a run of the mill everyday start up, would flummox most of the advisors and bank personnel she met.

A rising entrepreneur Sylvia story is not of a multi million pound dream but a hugely successful and ever expanding “this really could happen to you” story. From the ubiquitous back bedroom, the four agencies are employing five people in two offices.

She maintained her international tour managing job until May 2003 taking The Speakers Agency's first booking on the Yangtze, the second whilst touring Graceland in Memphis and the third on a swamp tour outside New Orleans.

The Speakers Agency and subsequently womenspeakers.co.uk, menspeakers.co.uk and STH Management have far exceeded her expectations in growth and turnover and they have attracted so much interest that she is now often asked to contribute on a number of business issues. She has been featured in all the broadsheets, appeared on BBC Breakfast, most of the 5Live programmes, BBC New 24, C4 News at 7pm, ITN news, Woman’s Hour etc, etc. She wrote the bi weekly column Viewpoint in the Daily Telegraph 2005 – 3007 and has written for the Sunday Express Business Supplement and Leicester Mercury on a number of occasions.

Sylvia is not scared of voicing her thoughts on business red tape and the detrimental effect these often ridiculous rules have on businesses large and small. She is passionate about start ups, SME successes and introducing business leaning into schools.

Leading business woman and highly respected agent Sylvia Tidy-Harris is known for speaking her mind and she does frequently on various TV and radio programmes as well sharing her inspiring story.

How the hell did we ever make it?

A rising entrepreneur Sylvia story is not of a multi million pound dream but a hugely successful and ever expanding “this really could happen to you” story. From the ubiquitous back bedroom, the four agencies are employing five people in two offices.

Her story is an inspiration to anyone who is about to embark on a similar journey or indeed already has and her understanding of what most people go through in their quest to start up, whether they be one man band or a large manufacturing unit. She can identify with the hurdles they face as they grow their businesses and her success story which also includes the problems and disappointments she has encountered along the way as well as the mistakes she has made is both amusing and thought provoking.

Testimonials

Bennett Design @bennettdesign24
@SylviaTidyHarri great speech at HBA. Honest and frank, why can't everyone be like that

Sarah Higgins @SarahHigginsCC
@SylviaTidyHarri Loved listening to you last night. So honest & down to earth - very refreshing. Sorry didn't get chance to meet you after.

PracticalLeicester @pcvrleicester
@SylviaTidyHarri Thank you for your talk @#HinckleyBusiness Dinner last night.Certain comments you made"hit home"with me. Excellent.

Just a note to thank you for your excellent talk at the Hinkley Business Association dinner. It was an excellent evening.
Brealey Foster & Co

Sylvia Tidy-Harris at Thespeakersagency.com

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