Move over dry January it’s time for the Ginuary sales

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Move over dry January it’s time for the Ginuary sales

January might feel the longest month after the holiday festivities but Birmingham gin lovers can discover a whole new menu of delights, thanks to the Ginuary sales at two of city’s most popular bars.

For the rest of the month, The Canal House, in Bridge Street, and The Botanist, in Temple Street, are celebrating the resurgence in popularity of gin with a specially selected menu of two-for-one offers from the New World Gin List, which features Masons, Whitley Neill, Bombay Sapphire, Liverpool Gin and the Scottish handcrafted gin Caorunn.

Liam Carney, general manager of The Canal House, said: “Our New World Gin List has proved very popular with our guests since its implementation, so we couldn’t wait to create an occasion to celebrate some of the finest examples of gin being produced across the country.”

Each selected gin will be paired with its perfect garnish to complement the characteristics and flavours of each spirit.

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Fiveways Hospitality sees rise in management contract enquiries  from family hoteliers

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Fiveways Hospitality sees rise in management contract enquiries from family hoteliers

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Hotel management company Fiveways Hospitality has seen a sharp rise in enquiries from private hoteliers who are struggling to attract the next generation into the family business.

Compared with last year, the Birmingham-based company has already seen a 25% increase in enquiries in the first weeks of 2018, from the owners of family-run hotels who want to keep their asset and benefit from a regular income but hand over day-to-day management.

Robin Ford, Operations Director at Fiveways Hospitality, which manages Pelham House in Lewes, Park Regis and nitenite hotels in Birmingham, and Holiday Inn Express in South Birmingham and Knowsley, said bringing in a management company provided the perfect solution for many businesses. It not only helps to safeguard jobs, the organisation is also able to access its extensive facilities and resources, which can save money.

“Already in January we’ve seen a marked rise in the number of second and third generation hoteliers who are reluctant to sell the business they have helped to build up over decades, but because their children have pursued careers in other sectors and have no desire to run the family hotel, they are left with difficult choices,” he said.

“It’s understandable they don’t want to sell up because of the emotional and financial investment they have made, so we are able to offer them the perfect alternative: we run the hotel on their behalf, maximising profit and reputation, and they retain the asset and income.

“It’s impossible to say why 2018 already seems to be a year when people are looking to make changes, perhaps they are challenging the general feeling of uncertainty that has gripped the nation recently, and are deciding to make their own big decisions.”

Fiveways Hospitality says the existing owners can be as involved or as hands-off as they wish within the business, and that special conditions - such as retaining staff, hiring seasonal staff and maintaining the hotel’s name and branding - can be agreed.

“We consider this arrangement to be a win-win for a family-run hotel because they can still maintain some control but they can step away from the business they have built and enjoy a welcome income from their asset,” explained Robin.

“Using our expertise enables us to review sales and marketing as well as put in place appropriate plans to develop the business and invest where necessary. Operating a flexible management contract package makes sense because what works for one hotel will not work for another.”

Family hoteliers who are thinking of future options for their business should contact Robin at Fiveways Hospitality on 07903 994 936. More information is available at 5wayshospitality.com.

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CliniqueFit launches in Selfridges Birmingham

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CliniqueFit launches in Selfridges Birmingham

If your New Year’s resolution is to work out after work - but the thought of having to remove the day’s warpaint before heading into the gym fills you with dread - an exclusive new skincare and make-up range from Clinique, now in Selfridges, is ideal.

CliniqueFit - exclusively available in Birmingham at Selfridges - is high performance skin care and long-wearing make-up that is designed to fit seamlessly into a busy lifestyle, taking the wearer from the office to the gym without smearing, fading or smudging.

Thanks to features such as sweat and humidity resistance and mattifying technology, wearers will have one less thing to worry about when hitting the treadmill or the weight room because the make-up will look as good at the end of the workout as the beginning.

Sam Watts, general manager of Selfridges Birmingham, said: “Many of us start the new year with good intentions, but these soon tail off because we find too many excuses. Thanks to CliniqueFit, we can no longer claim that taking off our make-up is a reason we can’t be bothered to work out! I’m delighted that we have yet another exclusive range in store and I’m sure both existing Clinique users and new ones will want to try it.”

The CliniqueFit Workout Make-up SPF 40 (£29.50) is a lightweight foundation that wears for 12 hours and provides broad spectrum sunscreen protection. Providing a natural matte finish, this sweat- and humidity-resistant foundation evens skin tone and conceals the appearance of pores.

CliniqueFit Workout 24-Hour Mascara (£20) separates, lengthens and curls lashes for 24 hours without flaking or clumping. Sweat and humidity resistant, the product is cold water proof, yet easily removed with warm water.

CliniqueFit Post-Workout Mattifying Moisturiser (£26) is a double-action lightweight moisturiser that hydrates skin for up to eight hours while keeping surface oil in check, while the CliniqueFit Workout Face + Body Hydrating Spray (£13) is a water-based, on-the-go spray that instantly refreshes and hydrates parched skin. The non-sticky, oil-free formula absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling soft and comfortable with a healthy glow.

Other products in the range include the CliniqueFit Post-Workout Neutralising Face Powder (£28), which is a yellow colour-correcting loose powder that neutralises the look of redness and reduces shine.

CliniqueFit Lip + Cheek Flush (£20) is an oil-free, sheer gel in one universally flattering shade that tints lips and cheeks with a fade-resistant stain.

CliniqueFit Post-Workout Face + Body Cleansing Swipes (£16) are suitable for all skin types and remove excess dirt, oil and debris, while also gently exfoliating and moisturising skin for a smoother surface.

For further information visit: www.selfridges.com

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Park Regis Birmingham celebrates key partnerships in the city

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Park Regis Birmingham celebrates key partnerships in the city

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Since opening its doors nearly two years ago, Park Regis Birmingham has established itself as a key member of the city’s business and charity communities.

The prestigious four-star hotel has partnered with more than 30 organisations and network groups since March 2016, and has raised in excess of £100,000 for local charities during that time.

Mark Payne, General Manager at Park Regis Birmingham, said: “From day one we have always been passionate about working with and getting to know key businesses and influencers in the city; be it a corporate partner or a local charity. We are especially proud of the amount of money we have raised in the short time we’ve been open - it is a great indicator of just how passionate we are about supporting worthwhile local causes.”

Park Regis Birmingham has chosen Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice as its charity partner for 2017/2018, helping the Hospice to continue its work providing vital care and support to local families living with terminal illness across Birmingham and Sandwell.

The hotel is also a keen fundraiser for national charity Sense - which provides support services for children, young people and adults living with sight and hearing impairment - and in 2017 it was the main sponsor for Vélo Birmingham, a 100-mile closed road sportive in the centre of the city.

Meanwhile, in August last year, Park Regis became a patron of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) - the region’s largest business support network.

“The Chamber is the voice of Birmingham’s professional community and since joining we have had the pleasure of meeting some fantastic people from various sectors in the city,” continued Mark. “That’s the beauty of networking and staying connected - you build great relationships with key players which enables you to continue learning and growing as a business.”

Among other partnerships, Park Regis is proudly affiliated with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre - for which it will be sponsoring the multi-award winning production of ‘Matilda The Musical’ this year.

Not forgetting, the hotel has also recently joined forces with Birmingham Updates to offer MyBull keyring holders exclusive offers - including 20% off food in 1565’ Restaurant, Bar and Terrace and 10% off accommodation.

For more information about Park Regis Birmingham visit www.parkregisbirmingham.co.uk.

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Conference Aston kicks off 2018 with healthy eating menus

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Conference Aston kicks off 2018 with healthy eating menus

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Conference Aston - Birmingham’s largest residential conferencing venue - will be feeding its delegates’ minds as well as their stomachs in 2018 with the introduction of a new menu this month.

Wilson Vale, the catering team at Conference Aston, has launched Nourish, which focuses on health-conscious menus - from homemade tasty fruit and vegetable smoothies to Thai chicken curry with cauliflower rice, and baked lemon pudding.

It has produced a 70-page booklet, filled with recipes that chefs can use as part of their healthy eating promotions, and the comforting dishes have been planned with health benefits in mind. All include the nutritional elements you ideally need in each meal: protein from meat or plants, seasonal fruits or vegetables, leafy greens, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats.

Samantha Brown, Head of Conference Aston, said: “It’s important for us to produce attractive meal plans for our guests that are nutritious, healthy and vibrant; it’s not just about filling people up and sending them on their way.

“After the excesses of the festive season, this is the ideal opportunity to get back on track and enjoy healthy dishes that are satisfying and tasty. The Nourish campaign has given us real food for thought and our chefs are looking forward to rolling out a range of new dishes and drinks to be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

Because the conferencing venue and hotel, part of Aston University, only uses local suppliers, chefs will only select dishes from the Nourish campaign that support their ethos, she added.

Throughout January, as part of the Nourish campaign, Conference Aston will showcase two seasonal ingredients - rhubarb and kale - in a range of dishes.

Conference Aston is not just committed to producing healthy food - it’s also committed to eco practices and in April last year attained a TripAdvisor gold GreenLeader award for its environmentally friendly practices.

To find out more about Conference Aston, visit www.conferenceaston.co.uk

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You’re Hired! Colmore Tang Construction takes on its first degree apprentice

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You’re Hired! Colmore Tang Construction takes on its first degree apprentice

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Colmore Tang Construction (CTC), the fast-growing Birmingham-based contractor, has hired its first degree apprentice following the completion of an innovative mentoring programme to link schools and employers.

A-level student Zaidan Khan, aged 17, was offered the post after completing a 12-month mentorship with Roland O'Connor, CTC’s Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality Manager, as part of the Career Ready scheme, which supports teenagers at school and college.

As well as having regular monthly meetings with Roland, the Washwood Heath Academy student completed a four-week internship with CTC’s commercial department.

Zaidan’s hard work and appetite for learning impressed Alex Pack, Commercial Manager, and Assistant Quantity Surveyor Chloe Cox, so much that when CTC directors were approached to see if the teen could be offered a degree apprenticeship - they endorsed the idea and quickly agreed.

When he has completed his A-level studies, Zaidan, who lives in Birmingham, will start his four-year Quantity Surveyor traineeship, when he will work four days a week and spend one day a week studying at university.

Zaidan said he was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to begin his career at CTC.

“When I signed up for the Career Ready programme, I never dreamed I would be offered the opportunity to do a degree apprenticeship,” he said. “I’m really proud because not only will I be gaining on-the-job experience with a really good company working on exciting development projects, I’ll also be studying for my qualifications.”

Roland O’Connor said: “In the last three years we have grown incredibly fast and that has been down to experienced people who have worked in the industry for years. Now we have the opportunity to  to build on these strong foundations and bring in fresh talent.

“It’s a great opportunity for Zaidan because he will get excellent support during his apprenticeship from some of the best in the business and it’s also great for Colmore Tang because it demonstrates that we are committed to finding local talent. It's important for us to employ local people to work on local projects.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Zaidan on board and hope that this is just the start of us working closely with local colleges and schools.”

Jonathan Griffiths, Key Stage 5 Achievement Leader at Washwood Heath Academy, added: “I think it is fantastic that Zaidan has been able to have hands-on experience at Colmore Tang as it has allowed him to experience what it's like to work in a successful company and this has undoubtedly filled him with aspiration to achieve.”

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Builders’ merchant Logmoor reaps the benefits of brand new IVECO Stralis from Guest Truck and Van

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Builders’ merchant Logmoor reaps the benefits of brand new IVECO Stralis from Guest Truck and Van

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Birmingham-based builders’ merchant Logmoor Ltd has taken delivery of a brand new IVECO Stralis 26-tonne rigid truck, thanks to leading UK dealer Guest Truck and Van.

This latest addition to the company’s fleet features a drop-side body with a rear-mounted crane, making delivery and collection of construction materials much easier and less time-consuming.

James Taylor, Group Retail Truck Sales Manager for Guest Truck and Van, explained the benefits of this vehicle.

He said: “Attaching a rear-mounted crane is a major plus for a builders’ merchant because it means offloading on site can be much easier and lead to less heavy manual handling.

“The fixed-grab crane is very agile and is moved using a remote control, and because it’s situated at the rear rather than at the centre, the reach is further so materials can be delivered directly to where they need to be.

“With a superb payload, productivity is increased generally as less time is spent making return trips to collect materials and this means greater time and fuel efficiency.”

As well as a reduction in labour costs and fuel consumption, there is also potentially less wastage on site as materials can get damaged during the initial shift from the kerbside into the site.

Tom Warren, Director at Logmoor, said: “IVECO and Guests have always been good, giving the right combination of vehicle and deal. A rear-mounted crane is a bigger investment, but pays off with improved flexibility and customer satisfaction.”

Guest Truck and Van and Sherwood Truck and Van form the UK’s largest IVECO dealer group with 14 locations across the country, covering the Midlands, South Yorkshire and East Anglia. For more information visit www.guesttruckandvan.co.uk.

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Opus looks forward to future after appointing two new directors

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Opus looks forward to future after appointing two new directors

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Opus, one of the top fine-dining restaurants in Birmingham, has signalled its intentions for future growth by appointing two directors.

Pawel Skrzypinski, who has worked at Opus for four years, and executive chef Ben Ternent, who has just celebrated his 12th anniversary at the Cornwall Street restaurant, will join directors Irene Allan and Ann Tonks on the board.

The promotions come as the independent restaurant puts in place exciting plans for 2018 and beyond to build on the past 12 years of success. Not only are there plans to invest significantly in the Cornwall Street restaurant, the team will also expand with the appointment of a new head chef and a sales manager, both of whom are expected to start next month (December).

Ann Tonks said: “Since Irene and I opened Opus in 2005, we’ve guided its growth and it is now one of the leading restaurants in the city. We are now in the right position to strengthen our management team with the appointment of Pawel and Ben, who have long been incredibly supportive and creative members of staff.

“It heralds a new and exciting period for Opus, which is playing its part in the dynamic growth of the city centre hospitality sector and more specifically in the Colmore Business District and Cornwall Street, which is undergoing a transformation.

“As an independent business, we are able to make decisions quickly so that we are always working to enhance the customer experience in what is a very competitive market. Adding Pawel and Ben to the board of directors allows us to recognise their talent and put them at the very heart of our collective decision-making. We’re incredibly optimistic for the future.”

Thirty-year-old Pawel Skrzypinski, who has 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, re-joined Opus four years ago as restaurant manager after having worked there as head waiter.

He said: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to play a central part in the strategic plans for Opus because we are all incredibly ambitious for its success.

“Birmingham is a brilliant place in which to be involved with the restaurant sector because it is growing all the time. This competition pushes us to be better across all parts of the business. We already pride ourselves on being innovative. This year we’ve built good relationships with other independent businesses and have showcased local artists, so we’ll continue to do that.”

Ben Ternent, aged 32, joined Opus as a commis chef 12 years ago and was promoted to executive chef two years ago. He said he will remain in charge of the kitchen and will use his new role to strengthen the team.

“It’s a real privilege to be appointed director and it’s an opportunity for me to focus more on the direction in which the restaurant will go and how we can continue to grow it,” he said.

“There’s a very strong restaurant scene in Birmingham, so it’s never been more important for us to develop fresh ideas, making sure we stay true to our ethos of cooking with the best, seasonal ingredients we can source, and working closely with our suppliers.”

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Maple Hayes Dyslexia School rated ‘outstanding’ across the board by Ofsted

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Maple Hayes Dyslexia School rated ‘outstanding’ across the board by Ofsted

Delighted staff and pupils at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School in Lichfield are celebrating after receiving a glowing Ofsted report that rated the school as ‘outstanding’ in all areas.

Lead inspector, Sandy Hayes, praised the school for its unique approach to teaching and the staff’s commitment to making sure pupils thrive regardless of learning ability.

She wrote: “Inspectors agree that pupils benefit tremendously from their time at the school. The success of the school is due to the vision, expertise, determination and hard work of the proprietors and headteacher.

“Parents describe Maple Hayes as ‘an answer to prayer’. They say that, from the moment they start at the school, their children’s lives and those of their families are turned around.”

The school was deemed ‘outstanding’ in the four main categories which include; effectiveness of leadership and management (including governance and safeguarding), quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for pupils.

The report reads: “Pupils do, indeed, thrive at Maple Hayes. They grow quickly in self-confidence and become self-assured learners who are, rightly, proud of their achievements.

“A real community spirit exists in the school. Pupils are proud to belong.”

Headteacher Dr Daryl Brown said: “We are really pleased to be recognised once again as an outstanding school. We have a long history of receiving ‘outstanding’ results and this latest report is testament to the tremendous work by both our staff and pupils who always strive for excellence.

“The report highlights the importance of providing the highest standard of education for children with dyslexia and special learning needs and shows that our unique teaching method is vital to ensuring young people can achieve their full potential.”

Maple Hayes was founded by Dr Neville Brown, the school principal, who today works closely alongside his son Dr Daryl Brown, who is the headteacher. Together, the doctors have created a unique approach to teaching literacy called the ‘morphological approach’, using icons to make a visual link between meaning and spelling instead of pupils being taught using phonics.

To read the report in full visit: www.reports.ofsted.gov.uk. For further details about Maple Hayes Dyslexia School visit: dyslexia.school.

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Park Regis Birmingham to ‘Pound Match’ funds this Christmas for local hospice

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Park Regis Birmingham to ‘Pound Match’ funds this Christmas for local hospice

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Park Regis Birmingham will be pound-for-pound match funding this Christmas, to help raise vital funds for its charity partner, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.

The four-star hotel – which is the brand’s first in Europe – is launching ‘Pound Match’, a simple fundraising initiative that asks guests to donate £1 to their bill which the hotel then matches.

Taking place between Friday 1st December and Sunday 31st December, all funds raised will go towards the Hospice, which provides vital care and support to local families living with terminal illness across Birmingham and Sandwell.

Mark Payne, general manager at Park Regis Birmingham, said: “Birmingham St Mary’s provides an incredible service to local people, which is why we partnered with the charity earlier this year.  

“With Pound Match, we’re offering our guests a simple way to support the Hospice over the festive season. Together, we hope to raise as much money as possible for the charity, so that it can continue to provide such an essential role in our community.”

Susan Newcombe, director of income generation and marketing at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: “Pound Match is a brilliant initiative that will help raise vital funds for our Hospice over the Christmas period.

“Every pound collected really will make a difference, helping us to continue to provide our expert care at the Hospice, in people’s homes and in the local community. All of our services are free of charge and so we rely on the generosity of local people – including Park Regis’ kind-hearted guests – to ensure that the best experience of living is available to everyone leading up to and at the end of life.

“Thank you to Park Regis for its continued support – with its help, we can continue to support even more local people living with terminal illness.”  

Park Regis Birmingham chose Birmingham St Mary’s as its corporate charity partner in April 2017. So far, the luxury establishment has hosted a number of fundraising activities throughout the year, including its ‘Fright of Flight’ challenge which saw local business professionals abseil 48 meters down the hotel or run up its 16 flight of stairs.  

To find out more about Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, visit: www.birminghamhospice.org.uk.

For more information about Park Regis Birmingham, visit: www.parkregisbirmingham.co.uk.

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