Tara Gillam (Enterprise Europe Network SW)
|Last online||12th Aug 2010|
|Member since||27th May 2008|
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|Number of posts||1048|
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This year I am celebrating 20 years working in the Hotel and Hospitality Industry (I know I don't look old enough! ), and started as many did back then working for Trusthouse Forte Hotels.
I went to college studing Sports Science and decided after my first year that it was the wrong path, so managed to get a full time position at the hotel I had been working at part time. With THF then, they had over 400 hotels in the UK, and to transfer to other hotels was pretty easy, so within 3 months I had left my home town of Bristol and moved up the M4 to Newbury at the tender age of 17 on a trainee receptionist position (Annual Salary of 6K).
I moved to several hotels with them over the next 4 years, and then moved back to Bristol, where I made my first venture into the Conference and Events market. I stayed with that hotel group for 5 years, and had the pleasure of managing the Events for the 1999 Rugby World Cup for their hotel in Cardiff.
From there I decided I wanted to move into larger events and went back up the M4 to Newbury, where I managed their conference business for 3 years (52 function rooms and a capacity to hold meetings for up to 1000 delegates).
I then decided to move into Account Management and a more Strategic Role, and moved over to the Heathrow Market, where there is so much competition and thrived on the challenges that were faced there.
I was then approached to move back into racecourses, and went to set up and manage a central sales office for Jockey Club Racecourses, to promote and manage events for their 14 Courses which included Aintree, Cheltenham, Epson and Newmarket Racecourses.
In 2008, I decided I wanted to move back to Bristol and work at a more independant venue where I can influence the business with all my experience along with getting a stronger work/life balance.