Kathy Tayler and Alison Keenan

18 years of memories, and an offer from Joules

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Hello!

Happy Birthday QVC! We’re celebrating our birthday as I write this, can you believe we are 25 years old today?!

I’ve only been here for 18 of those years, but it still feels as though I’m part of the furniture! There have been some changes over that time, but I think essentially we remain the same. We feature a massive range of diverse, useful, indulgent, fun, fashionable and great value products for you and your family, home and garden. We try to bring you everything with an honest and clear description of what it is and how to get the best from it, and we deliver that information with a smile.

The list of what I’ve bought from QVC is almost endless, I’m not a keen high street shopper but I’m great at it when I can do it at work! But the most important thing I’ve gained isn’t something I’ve bought – it’s the company and friendship of the most incredible bunch of people I’ve ever known. The teams I work with are all professionals and great at their jobs, but it’s the support and camaraderie with everyone behind the scenes that make this the best job, and the reason I’ve been here so long.

Of course, some have become friends outside of work too. Ali Keenan and I joined the company together in August 2000. As we worked to learn the skills needed for the job (although we were both presenters on ‘normal TV’ this was harder than anything either of us had done before…) little did we know that QVC would become such a large and important part of our lives, or that it was the start of a wonderful and life long friendship between us.

Kathy Tayler and Alison Keenan

Ali and her husband Colin now live only a few miles from my husband Olley and I, and we try to get together for a meal when we can. Or sometimes it’s just me popping in on my way home from work for a cup of tea and a quick chat. Our busy lives mean we don’t manage it often enough, but I know that Ali is always there if I ever need a mate.

And I hope we feel like friends to you too. I’ve been at home alone for the last few days nursing a chest infection while Olley is away. It’s made me realise how long the day can feel when it stretches ahead of you with no one to talk to (probably a good thing though, as talking makes me cough!) So even if you’re not buying anything, do tune in to us if you feeling in need of some company.

If you enjoy your fashion, though, I think you might be buying this week! Fashion Day is back, bringing the first of our winter looks. It starts today (Tuesday 2nd October), with a gorgeous Radley handbag as the star of the day. But it’s our Today’s Special Value offer tomorrow that I’m really looking forward to.

Joules coat

From fabulous British brand Joules, we’ll be featuring a cosy padded coat that has its own special quirkiness unique to Joules – beautiful prints. The long jacket is available in Joules stores but only in plain colours so check the stunning nature inspired prints that they’ve made especially for us from midnight on Wednesday. Cough permitting, I’ll be there with it, and a big smile, at 9am. I hope you can join me!

Best wishes, and take care

Kathy x

6 Comments

  1. Susan October 2, 2018 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Hope you’ll feel better soon as chest infections are so unpleasant. I think you hit the nail on the head saying days can drag when you’re alone. Luckily most of you presenters all have spouses and children but for a lot of your viewers they don’t. You are the company they have. You’re always so cheery so that’s lovely. Whether you’re off work sick or just like the channel you’re there! Enjoy the week and all I can say is you’re a great presenter with a wonderful friendship with Ali, Simon etc. Well done on 18 yrs and hope you don’t leave!x

  2. Alison Keenan October 2, 2018 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Kathy, I remember so well our first few months at QVC and how different it was to all that we’d done before, but I also remember what a great support you were then too! All these years of sharing a dressing room, our lives and our families… It’s been lovely to get to know you and you’ve always been there for me, through some of the hardest times in my life. Friends for life most definitely. We’ll have to get our Joules coats on and head out for that long promised walk 🙂 Love Ali x

  3. June cassanell October 2, 2018 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Lovely photo of you both. Get well soon xxx happy birthday qvc xx

  4. Antoinette Browne October 3, 2018 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kathy, I hope that you are feeling much better. I just loved all of the svc. I am always laughing. You are all inspirational people. God bless you all. Lot’s of love.
    Antoinette

  5. Maureen Huggan October 3, 2018 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Love qvc been a customer since 1995,you and Ali Keenan are my favourite presenters

  6. Linda BRERETON October 7, 2018 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon. You need to look after that chest of yours. Miss your lovely smile

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