Stephanie Anne Lloyd
Stephanie Anne Lloyd (née Keith Lloyd) is a British business woman and hotelier, based in the Welsh town of Llangollen, where she lives with her husband David who runs a food chain.
She starred in the reality television series about her businesses Hotel Stephanie for BBC Wales in 2008 and 2009.
Born Keith Hull her parents were Jehovah Witnesses. Based with her family in northwest England, she began gender reassignment through a specialist psychologist at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, and surgery at Charing Cross Hospital, London.
Lloyd decided in 1984 to create a business catering to the transgender and tranvestite community. She was persuaded that a massage service that offered prostitution services was both legal, and could quickly solve her financial difficulties. She was arrested for running a bawdy house and pleaded guilty.
Unable to open a shop in Scotland due to Scottish law, the company opened a site in Newcastle upon Tyne. They also expanded their mail order business to cover both Germany and mainland Europe, and the United States.
She founded the Albany Clinic as a centre for transsexuals to seek specialist medical advice and guidance on their condition.
In 2008, Mentorn Cymru began production of reality television series Hotel Stephanie for BBC Wales. The series focused on Lloyd and her running of her hotel chain, based mainly on activities around Llangollen. The programme was commissioned for a second series in 2009, which focused on the couples takeover and refurbishment of The Wynnstay Arms hotel in Wrexham.
On 7 July 2011 Lloyd's hotels went into administration Administrators closed the Wynnstay Arms, the Anchor in Ruthin and The Bridge Hotel, Chester with immediate effect and the funhouses in Mold, Wrexham and Oswestry as these premises were rented and default on rent payment could not be avoided. All four hotels, which had been trading well, were put up for sale.
In 2011, Lloyd announced her intention to take over Wrexham F.C., with an interest-free loan to save it from going into financial administration and the plan to raise £5 million to purchase the club in a community-based venture.
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