Ian Taylor: Villa Legend to Entrepreneur

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Ian Taylor will be remembered as the Stan Petrov or Ashley Westwood of his generation. Tayls commanded the Villa midfield after moving o his childhood club back in December 1994.  He will be remembered as one of the members of the 1996 League Cup winning squad.

Since his playing days finished, Ian’s reputation and charm have opened up many doors to new ventures for the former Villa man.

From commentating with AVTV to creating his own company in Stadia Sports with former Blues player Michael Johnson, he keeps going from strength to strength.

iT7 Was Born

Ian has also gone on to produce his own audio range with the help of BlueChip World, iT7. The iT7 audio range has been created by the former Premiership footballer and has been developed to bring the highest possible standards of manufacture, features and sound quality to the consumer. The key principles of the brand are to grow a strong portfolio of robust, fashion-driven Bluetooth products that have energy, vibrancy and innovation at their core.

AvillaFan had the honour of being one of the first sites to review his products and a meeting was arranged with the man himself. Tayls entered the room with a huge smile on his face, as did I: I was meeting one of my favourite Villa players and was a bag of nerves. Tayls, being the charmer he is, soon made me feel at ease; we soon got down to business and discussed how Ian and Stadia Sports came to create the iT7 range.

As you know, I went off to Hong Kong with the Villa for the Asia tournament. I went there to do a bit of business there for myself as well.

Ian with his first generation of iT7 headphones
Ian with his first generation of iT7 headphones

Whilst out there we bumped into some guys who were Villa fans. One gent had his own local business producing audio equipment and asked if I would like to come along to look at what he was producing.

We met up and he showed me what he had to offer. The quality of the stuff was amazing. The chance arose that we could do some business with Stadia Sports and Bluechip. All we had to do was go away and produce the logo. The logo which we came up with, is on all the iT7 range.

It was a great honour to meet the big guy himself and discuss what has turned into a great venture by the up-and-coming entrepreneur.

It has not gone unnoticed that a large number of celebs are getting their hands on the must have audio product, ranging from another Villa legend Juan Pablo Angel, England football team to the X-Factor finalists. Ian was also on Sky programme Soccer AM, where he discussed all manner of things from his beloved Villa to developments with his audio range .

Since then, Ian and BlueChip World have held a number of launches for his iT7x2 headphones which have been received in a hugely positive manner, producing an excellent status within the audiovisual industry. His audio range is one that competes with the likes of Dr Dre’s Beats.

The iT7x2 wireless headphones incorporate the latest technology with Bluetooth 4.0 and feature the Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) aptX® chipset which delivers a stable and crystal clear reproduction of your favourite tunes. Wonderfully comfortable over-ear cans plus truly breathtaking drivers mean that you can relax and get lost in your music.

Fast pairing through NFC technology means your NFC enabled handset can pair with one touch plus you can make and take calls too as they include a high quality built-in microphone. Ergonomically designed with well-placed audio controls, which include volume and skip track buttons along with quick pause, mean that the iT7x2s are a joy to use. They have a unique and stylish look with real fashion appeal: the headphones are available in matt cyan blue, matt hot pink, matt tangerine plus matt black as well as gloss finishes in both black and white.

iT7x2 headphones have a high-definition built-in microphone, a 20 metre optimum operating range and are powered by a rechargeable lithium battery offering standby time up to 400 hours and continuous usage up to 22 hours. There is the option to go wired too so in-flight listening is not an issue.

The iT7x2 joins the original iT7x headphones, iT7m speaker and iT7s sports earphones in the iT7Audio range and will retail at an MRRP of £169.99. iT7 recently launched their headphones with the help of Selfridges and the headphones are available to purchase in-store or you can view the iT7 range at iT7Audio.co.uk

Strong Partnership with Former Blues Legend

Ian and former Blues legend Michael Johnson, together with two experienced business people, Steve Jacques and Hazel Starmer went on to create Stadia Sports and Lifestyle.

They work with professionals in sports, music, film and entertainment, we provide professional commercial agency services, events, activities and corporate connection for organisations seeking to be associated with these sectors, brokering relationships to benefit all parties, including personal and business brand building, brand association, ambassadorial roles and a range of portfolio options including TV/media and the Third Sector.

They provide an unparalleled offering to their clients, including exclusive privileges, preferential rates and exceptional customer care. From heading abroad or buying a luxury car, they make the seemingly impossible possible.

From being a Villa legend to becoming club ambassador, creating his own audio range and director of a company, Ian Taylor has packed plenty in to his already busy schedule. Not bad, not bad at all.

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Dave Beeston has been writing for AVillaFan for over 2 years. He is a keen & loyal Villa fan & regularly attends home & away games. He is a season ticket holder who sits in the Lower North & would welcome safe standing to the club. Follow him on Twitter: @mini_beest

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