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An Interview with Tyra Leeming: Our In-house Photographer

Pouring over Tyra Leeming’s work makes you realise the extraordinary extent to which she has created what Signature Living looks like.

As we start to chat, it’s clear to see that our in-house photographer is passionate about her work – although she did begin our interview by showing me “the boring side of her job.”

As she sits at her desk, the photographer remembers her first forays into photography, shares her aspirations for the future – and reveals why she loves what she does.

Tyra Leeming – Photographer

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First and foremost, “I helped scrub the floors before The Shankly Hotel opened. I started by taking Breakfast up to Lawrence and Katie Kenwright‘s room, then I was promoted to hostess – that built my confidence.” There is a hint of a smile on Tyra’s face when she speaks of how far she has come in such a short space of time. You know talking to Tyra that she was never going to leave her career to luck; although she is quick to acknowledge just how lucky she was that Lawrence and Katie “got wind” that she was “into photography.”

“They asked to see my work, they liked it – and then they asked me to be the photographer.” Prior to this, however, Tyra was studying photography – the ‘Photography Higher National Certificate’ to be exact, which enabled her to work and study at the same time. Suddenly we dial back, and she relates how her workmates once came to her aid:

“I had to write a 5,000-word dissertation and I lost my USB stick the day before I needed to submit it. The next day, I came in to work and told Paul Ashcroft who set me up in a room with a computer – he kept checking on me to see if I was okay and helped me write the whole essay.” She turns suddenly nostalgic and adds: “It was amazing. Everyone said don’t work, just get the essay done.”

It’s Not Corporate, It’s Family

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Tyra describes a dream of almost epic proportion when asked what she loves about photography and what the future holds for her: “I want to launch a company that hires young, aspiring photographers and teaches them how to work in the industry and not with fine art.” She passionately continues: “You’re not taught how to work in the real world, they don’t teach you how to take a picture of a bottle of Coca Cola or how to style flowers properly – nothing that makes you money. I want to team up with companies like Signature Living and train young photographers.”

What comes across so prominently as our conversation develops is just how much Tyra loves her job, although she did say she “didn’t know” why she loved it at first, before exclaiming: “I find it quite therapeutic, I like being creative; it’s nice – I like that part.”

As for Signature Living, Tyra is keen to praise the company and its ethos: “It’s not exactly what you’d consider corporate, it’s family; they take care of the staff like family,” a sentiment Claire McGinnis – the new General Manager at Shankly Preston – echoed when we last spoke.

As our chat drew to a close Tyra, despite her reluctance to answer what she said was a “cheesy question,” described Signature Living in one word: “Fun.”

A Career With Us

If you think you’re ready to take that leap of faith just like Tyra did, then make sure you don’t miss any of our latest vacancies. Also, why don’t you check out our article which explores what it’s like to work here, with us.

To enquire further about our latest events and deals, contact our friendly and successful team on 0151 588 0017 or head over to our Facebook.

We hope you enjoyed our interview with our in-house photographer Tyra Leeming.

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5 Things Successful People do Every Day

If you want to be successful, one of the best ways to do so is to emulate other like-minded, successful people. While everyone is unique, there are a lot of common patterns, tropes and behaviours that are sure to make you more successful if you were to adopt them.

There are no secrets to success. Whether you’re a business person, parent or student, take a look at what it takes to be successful – no matter how you interpret success.

1. Set Boundaries

The word “no” is as powerful and important as the word “yes.” Successful people quickly realise that they cannot say “yes” to everyone and every venture – they know they sometimes need to take a break or, vice versa, need to work harder. If you want to be a successful person then set boundaries and know when to say “no.”

Of course, if you can say “no” in a creative manner that leaves the door open for future opportunities and doesn’t annoy your friends, then you’re onto a winner.

In essence, if you say “no” just as much as you say “yes,” be sure to watch your success rate rise.

2. Keep Failure in Perspective

Not to sound like a corny Facebook post from an account with a lion as its profile picture but, you learn more from failure than you do from success. Success is built on a series of failures and lessons learned. Successful people learn from failures every day and they certainly don’t let failure hold them back. Take a leaf out of our very own Lawrence Kenwright’s book who bounced back from bankruptcy to build Signature Living. 

Provided that you address your failures, keep them in perspective and ultimately learn from them, then you’re on the road to success; so much so that C. S. Lewis once said: “Repeated failures are the posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”

Wannabe successful people take note.

3. Exercise

Some of the most successful people wake up early and exercise. Former-president Barack Obama exercises for 45 minutes every day. Richard Branson, when asked how he stays productive answered: “work out.” While editor-in-chief Anna Wintour plays tennis at 5:45am every day. These people are successful people.

So, if some of the most powerful and successful people in the world can find the time to exercise, so can you.

4. Take a Leap of Faith

The main reason why people don’t succeed is because they don’t try to; they find comfort in the ordinary and banal and criticise those who don’t. Don’t be one of those people who never take a leap of faith. Start that business, leave that job you hate and work harder than you’ve ever worked before, it may transform your entire life.

Successful people fail – we’ve established that. But what successful people don’t do is entertain people with tales of what could have been. Don’t be that person.

5. Focus on Productivity

Time does not equal success. If you are always busy but never productive, then you are not successful. We live in a ‘pay by the hour’ world, however, if you want to be a successful person, you need to use your time wisely and, more importantly, productively.

When your productiveness outshines the busyness of those around you, then you are truly indispensable and, ultimately, a successful person.

A Career With Us

If you think you’re ready to take that leap of faith we spoke about earlier, then make sure you don’t miss any of our latest vacancies.

Also, why don’t you check out our article which explores what it’s like to work here, with us.

To enquire further about our latest events and deals, contact out friendly and successful team on 0151 588 0017 or head over to our Facebook.

We hope you enjoyed these five pointers on how to become a more successful person.

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Don’t Miss Our Drop-In Day for Apprenticeship Opportunities

At Signature Living Careers, we’re celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with an unmissable recruitment day this March. The event will take place on the 21st March at The Shankly Hotel.

We’re a company that’s proud to create opportunities for young people, so we’re working with Liverpool Ways to Work (ESF) Programme to support disadvantaged groups into employment.

National Apprenticeship Week

The 12th year of National Apprenticeship Week is set to run this week, from 4th March to 8th March 2019. Coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the week celebrates the positive impact of apprenticeships across the UK.

This year’s theme is “Blaze a Trail”, which is set to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships to individuals, employers, communities and the economy.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said:

“Blazing a trail is what being an apprentice is all about and will be our theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2019. Because that’s what’s happening up and down the country – apprentices and employers blazing a trail

I want everyone to recognise the change that apprenticeships can bring – for employers blazing a trail to new markets, apprentices to new career opportunities and for colleges and training providers raising the skills levels for everyone.”

Signature Living Apprenticeships 

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Signature Living has grown at an impressive rate over the last 10 years, and apprenticeships have proven to be a wonderful asset to the business. We’ve taken on apprentices for a wide range of roles, from marketing and accounts to design and construction roles.

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As a company passionate about creating new opportunities, we felt National Apprenticeship Week was the perfect time to come up with something new, while combining the work we do to raise awareness for foster care.

Our Managing Director Sue Wright has been fostering for a number of years and has hosted some fantastic events promoting the rewards of being a foster carer.

Our Drop-In Recruitment Day

Date: 21st March 2019

Time: 13:00pm – 18:00pm

Location: Baby Eden at The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool

Our drop-in recruitment day is set to welcome disadvantaged groups to find out more about employment opportunities and apprenticeships.

We hope this will be an encouraging, motivational and inspiring day for attendees, offering a chance to ask questions, network and discover pathways to employment.

We encourage families and friends to come along to show support and hope to see you all on the 21st March at The Shankly Hotel!

Please head over to our Facebook page with any enquiries about the event or for more updates on Signature Careers. 

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Network with Local Businesses this March at Our Connect Dinner

If you’re looking to grow your business and network with other businesses in Liverpool, join us on 12th March at The Shankly Hotel for our Signature Works Connect Dinner!

Come Along and Get Connected

Over the last decade, the power of technology has seen global networking become much more accessible. We can now reach out to businesses around the world with a simple message, like or comment. But when it comes to connecting with local businesses, it’s a different story! At Signature Works, we still believe that the art of conversation can propel your business to the next level.

With that in mind, we decided to launch a series of Connect Dinners, bringing businesses together to meet face-to-face. Hosted by Signature Living’s Stakeholder Relations Manager Roger Jonas, you’ll have the chance to meet people with a similar mindset, expand your skills and build relationships that will help you connect and collaborate.

Not forgetting, our Connect Dinner is a step towards getting your business on Signature Living’s preferred supplier list, opening up the opportunity to bid for over £100 million worth of contracts in 2019. So, if you’re ready to give your business a boost, why not come along this March and enjoy a delicious two-course meal and great conversation over a glass of wine?

Seize this great opportunity and be one of only twelve, at this intimate and diverse business dinner. We look forward to meeting you!

Arrival is 6:00 pm, and all guests must be seated by 6:30 pm, please do not arrive late.

Book your seat at the table to avoid disappointment.

Details for Your Diary

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Date: 12th March 2019

Time: 6:00 pm arrival

Location: Baby Eden at The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool

Introducing Roger Jonas

Following a 12-year stint in design, production and technical management in professional theatre, Roger relocated from Chester to Liverpool. Over the past 20 years, he has worked alongside several significant business and political leaders from across the North of England, and London.

He is driven by business and economic development, supporting business growth through connectivity and communications. As Stakeholder Relations Manager for Signature Living, he maintains a conduit between the business and its public and private sector shareholders and is instrumental in strategy and logistics as the business grows. To distract him from his corporate duties, Roger spends his weekends hiking with hangovers, camping in places he shouldn’t, and riding horses with bad attitudes!

A Big Year for Signature Living

Signature Living is one of the fastest growing companies in the UK. Over the last decade, Signature Living has branched out across the UK, taking on large-scale development projects. From 30 James Street to Cardiff’s former Coal Exchange, Signature Living have become leaders in restoring listed buildings.

This year is set to be a big one for Signature Living. Hotels including The George Best Hotel in Belfast and The Dixie Dean in Liverpool are set to open their doors later in the year. Meanwhile, Signature’s next big venture is also getting ready to set sail. The Funchal floating beach club will welcome its first guests this summer in Ibiza.

To find out more about Signature Living’s latest projects, head over to Signature Capital for more information.