Each month we talk to a new character in town to discuss living and working in Birmingham. This month it’s Charlotte Harper from Lotty Harper PR
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I was born and bred in Birmingham and now live, work, eat and play in Edgbaston. I specialise in corporate events, special celebrations and hospitality – from organising fashion events with Harvey Nichols to corporate hospitality at the Aegon Classic tennis tournament. Lotty Harper PR is my new events management and brand awareness business.
HOW DO YOU GET INTO TOWN?
Luckily I don’t have a commute to speak of. As I live and work in Edgbaston if I need to be at a meeting in the city centre it’s just a quick stride from there.
IS BRUM A GOOD PLACE TO WORK IN?
It’s fantastic – full of creative, driven and go-getting individuals who love to work hard and play hard which is great news for those of us in events and entertainment. However, we Brummies don’t throw our money about easily. We’ll pay for quality but we won’t settle for second best!
The Deli Bar in Edgbaston is a great place for coffee. It overlooks St George’s Church so you can sit and watch the world go by. The coffee is delicious and comes from a small roasting house in Grenoble, France.
For a special occasion it has to be Simpsons. The food is exquisite and the service excellent. Head chef Luke Tipping devised a delicious menu for an event I organised earlier in the year and he was brilliant to work with. On a more typical day I’ll head to The Deli in Edgbaston.
I live on the golf course and love to power walk around the edge of it – it’s great thinking time for me. I also train at Edgbaston Priory Club. The new gym is just fantastic. I ran the New York marathon in 2011 and I did all my preparation at the club.
FAVOURITE PART OF THE CITY?
Edgbaston of course! It really is a great place to live and work. Where else would you find such wonderful Victorian architecture, fantastic green spaces and sporting facilities plus superb eating and drinking holes all in the middle of a city? Calthorpe Estates are building on this with The Village development which will create a retail and leisure focus for the area too.
I’m more of a Prosecco than pint girl. And I’m partial to the odd delicious cocktail at The Edgbaston in Highfield Road. I also enjoy an occasional tipple at The Blue Piano.
HOW CAN THE CITY BE MADE BETTER?
I wish people would believe in the city a bit more and stop harping on about being Britain’s second city. We are Birmingham and we should be proud. Oh, and 52 weeks of sunshine per year would be fabulous too!