The founder of The Speakers Agency Sylvia Tidy-Harris is a successful speaker and business woman. She is also a leading and highly respected exclusive talent agent who is known for speaking her mind (in a kindly fashion). This she does frequently on various TV and radio programmes as well sharing her inspiring story with her audiences.
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Founder and MD of the Speakers Agency, Sylvia Tidy-Harris started out as an air stewardess for Monarch Airlines at age 18. She was also the former personal and business manager to her father the cartoonist Bill Tidy MBE and a programme researcher for Granada, Central and BBC TV & Radio. Furthermore she spent many years as an international tour manager leading tourists on tours to over 50 countries around the globe
Sylvia started up her businesses in 2001 with a mere £1000. She quickly taught herself to act on instinct, identify the fine line of when to take a risk and when not to. She also learned to fly for the most part by the seat of her pants for the most part. With no formal business training it was her only way forward. And it wasn't long before she identified the first hurdle she encountered; 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.
An entrepreneur at heart
Sylvia’s 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 two agencies are employing five people in two offices.
What's more, she maintained her international tour managing job with Titan Tours until May 2003. This meant that some of the first agency's booking were taken on a brick sized phone whilst over seas. The very first on the Yangtze, the second whilst touring Graceland in Memphis and the third on a swamp tour outside New Orleans.
Ever aware that women weren't being paid the same as men on the speakers circuits, Sylvia established womenspeakers.co.uk in 2004. 13 years on and having ensured women were now paid the same as men, she amalgamated womenspeakers into The Speakers Agency in August 2017 . Sylvia also launched her exclusive talent agent Tidy Management (formerly STH Management) in 2006. Both have far exceeded her expectations in growth.
Sylvia and her businesses have attracted much interest from the press and she often asked to contribute on a variety of business and lifestyle issues. She has been featured in all the broadsheets. And she has appeared on BBC Breakfast, most of the 5Live programmes, BBC New 24, C4 News at 7pm, ITN news, Woman’s Hour etc, etc.
One of Sylvia's greatest personal achievements was being asked to write a bi weekly column Viewpoint in the Daily Telegraph 2005 – 2007. In addition she has written for the Sunday Express Business Supplement and Leicester Mercury on a number of occasions.
Sylvia is is half Italian and speaks Italian. She has lived in Madeira and Spain, she has visited 26 US States and 50 odd countries around the world and is an Ambassador for Child Bereavement UK.
She caught Cholera in Oman in 2016, married at the age of 37, has two step daughters Mandy and Kirsty, and an 13 year old granddaughter called Olivia Pearl. Her favourite places on earth are Zuma Beach CA, Calvi in Corsica and Capri at night when the last ferry has departed.
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 two 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.
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.
Just a note to thank you for your excellent talk at the Hinkley Business Association dinner. It was an excellent evening.
Brealey Foster & Co