The founder of a Birmingham PR firm is retiring - as the business she set up comes of age.
Haslimann Taylor this month celebrates its eighteenth birthday and says goodbye to Patzi Haslimann who launched the operation.
The company was as set up in 1987, with a secretary and two clients.
The company now employs 30 at its Sutton Coldfield offices.
In 1999, Patzi appointed Bron Eames as managing director, and she herself became chairman, gradually releasing her day-today role in the management of the company.
In 2003 Patzi sold the business to global PR group Huntsworth plc, and she continued in a parttime role, most recently as a non-executive director.
She said: "There have been many changes. When we started we didn't even have computers but relied on typewriters and 'cut and paste'.
It's not only technology that has changed, the PR business has matured and is now a vital part of business success. "I have been lucky to work with some of the best people at all levels.
"I think I had a reputation for being a bit of a rottweiler, but even the people who I didn't see eye to eye with taught me something.
"I can only say thank you to everyone, because noone can do it alone"
Haslimann Taylor held a Champagne reception where current and former staff toasted the last 18 years and bade farewell to Patzi who will start her retirement with an extensive trip to Chile travelling from the Atacama to Patagonia.