Karen Emanuel, Key Production (UK)
Karen is an award- winning entrepreneur (she won the 2018 NatWest Everywoman award and was listed on the She Said So Alternative power list) who started off her music and entrepreneurial journey as Events Sec at Leeds University, DJ-ing and booking Indie bands. Her love of music led her to a short career at Rough Trade Distribution where she started as a receptionist and ended up as head of production.
Karen started Key Production back in 1990. Through several acquisitions including Think Tank Media, Breed Media, Modo Design and Production and most recently Disc Solutions, Key has become the largest agency of its kind in the UK, a team of over 50 people across various sites, specialising in manufacturing Vinyl ,CDs, DVDs and Cassettes, bespoke packaging, global sourcing, project management and high-end promotional items for both music and other industries.
Karen has also set up a small property company, and whilst on holiday in Nicaragua, bought an island on which she built a small sustainable hotel - Jiraco Lodge.
Not content with just running her companies, Karen now mentors, as well as working with the business school in Leeds and various schools and colleges helping to inspire future entrepreneurs. She also provides a Women in Music Bursary for Tileyard education.