Kate Wickham, 35, heads up the UK division of Team Valley-based family business, Gate 7. The business has just been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise International Trade 2018.
Kate Wickham

As MD, Kate, who has been with the company since 2005, heads up a team of 44, supplying decals and vehicle livery worldwide to Bobcat, Volvo, Komatsu and JCB. Kate was brought up in Sunderland and is now based on the Quayside, Newcastle. We find out her ‘luxe things in life’…


My family! We love spending time together and we are always laughing and having fun. We are very close – they’re my favourite people.


For a weekend > My sister and I compete in endurance vintage car rallies in a 1948 MG TC known as ‘the little blue MG’. Spending the weekend with fantastic people, racing round the Alps on the Alpine Trial, or the Highlands in the Flying Scotsman, is a perfect adventure.

A long holiday > I have always wanted to visit Patagonia in South America. The beautiful mountains, glaciers and lakes have massive appeal, with tons of options for hiking, climbing, canoeing and biking. It has the makings of a true adventure.

A treat > I love London. I think it has something for everyone, from the shops, restaurants and nightlife, to museums, galleries and theatres. A weekend with the girls would be an amazing treat and, of course, we would throw in an afternoon in the Mandarin Oriental spa, followed by Afternoon Tea!


Best food > Of course, I have to say my mam’s food is the best – as long as she doesn’t burn it! No one can cook for our massive family better than she can. Her fillet of beef with dauphinoise potatoes is a real treat when shared together with the family.

Best wine > I like really dark reds. A family friend is a real wine connoisseur and he taught me everything I know and love about good wine.

Favourite restaurant > I think Peace and Loaf in Jesmond is a great restaurant for a culinary treat. The service is outstanding, with beautiful food and cocktails to boot!

Perfect weekend > Time spent with all my friends and family in the Lake District. The weekend would mostly consist of long walks, rock climbing and mountain biking. It’s a place I’ve visited many times, but never get bored of. Ideally the sun would be out, however that is wishful thinking!

Best telly > I’m a massive fan of Peaky Blinders. I love the 1920s fashion, the cars, the music and the attitude. It has it all!

Best book > A good friend lent me Lynn Hills’s ‘Climbing Free’ and, after five years, I still haven’t given it back. I must have read it ten times! Lynn Hill is a rock climbing legend, who has shown immense resilience and strength to push the boundaries and smash the glass ceiling in such a male dominated sport.

Best sounds > I love live music and have had the opportunity to see some great artists in great locations, like Beyonce at Glastonbury, Elton John at Raby Castle and the Rolling Stones in Pittsburgh.


Best shopping city > New York is the most amazing city for shopping. You can find some great brands that are not available in the UK and if the exchange rate is on your side, you can grab some bargains.

Favourite shop > Sephora in the USA is out of this world! It’s top of my list when I’m across the pond.

Luxe retail treat > I could lose hours in Liberty in London. It is the most beautiful department store. The beauty hall is home to some really unique products and brands and I adore visiting.

Best buy > In 2013 I bought myself a limited edition Belstaff leather jacket. It was an impulse purchase that spent up my whole Christmas bonus. It is really unique, but very classic, and I absolutely love it. It’s also really versatile and is getting better with age, – definitely an investment piece that I can dress up or down. I literally wear it anywhere and everywhere, from evenings out to endurance car rallies!


A memorable night out > My brothers were competing in the Snow Bike festival in Gstaad last year. Gstaad is an absolutely beautiful Swiss town in the mountains and probably the most glamorous place I have ever been. On the last night of the event we all went up to the Gstaad Palace for cocktails, fondue and champagne, then hit the cosy bars of Gstaad. It was an unforgettable night in beautiful surroundings.

Perfect party > My sister’s wedding was an absolutely epic party, in the beautiful setting of our parents’ garden, with everyone looking gorgeous. Her husband is Irish, so the party was big and lasted for four days – a big act to follow that’s for certain!

Best dress > As a finalist in the NECC National Business Award, we were invited down to London to the V&A for the awards evening. I wore a floor-length red Valentino dress that made me feel very special. I felt like a movie star!

Dinner date > Café 21 is gorgeous and I’d have cocktails at the Botanist first. Very relaxed, but great service and lovely food. They don’t rush you and it’s tucked away and comfy, too.


Pitching up at my mam and dad’s for a good catch up. There’s nothing more luxe than family.

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