Seven Questions...with Suzie Reynolds

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Suzie Reynolds is the owner of Leighton Hall

What was your first job?

Working for the BBC World Service

How do you relax after a hard day’s work?

I love to sit in the garden with a glass of wine. The garden at Leighton is a passion of mine. I’ve tried to encourage a garden that isn’t too formal and with lots of flowers. There are rose covered walls, a fragrant herb patch and overflowing herbaceous borders which are attractive to bees and butterflies as well as humans! Whatever I’ve been doing during the day (house tours, the garden itself or Leighton’s administrative duties) if the weather is kind, it’s lovely to just be able to sit in the garden and take it all in.

Proudest moment in business?

Winning Great for Groups award last year at Marketing Lancashire’s Tourism awards.

Our team of 10 core staff were invited to a wonderful dinner at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom in November. We realised that we have 188 years service at Leighton Hall between us! After a lovely meal we were presented with the winning trophy.

It’s the first time we’d been presented with an accolade of this calibre, and such an honour to be representing Lancashire in this category in the national finals next year.

Most embarrassing moment at work?

We get lots of foreign visitors to the hall so I always try and enunciate slowly and clearly. One day I was doing just this asking a group of VIP Japanese visitors if they understood English, only to have them tell me that they were English teachers!

What is your biggest vice?

I’m not a smoker or a big drinker so I’d say my worst vice is doughnuts.

Who is the biggest influence on your life?

In a long lifetime, it’s impossible to name just one person, but anyone who demonstrates moral or physical courage is always inspirational.

Word of Business Advice?

When it comes to client meetings, talk less and listen more.