We're recruiting: PR Account Manager

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We're recruiting: PR Account Manager

One of the best small PR consultancies in Birmingham is looking to recruit a PR Account Manager with a nose for the news in an exciting new role.

Working in a team of five, you will be a vital cog in driving the company forwards and will have a wide-range of responsibilities to keep you on your toes.

With clients in the construction, manufacturing and automotive sectors, no two days will be the same. 

The successful candidate will have the confidence and ability to advise on, develop and execute communications plans for senior business figures. Strong writing skills and the ability to spot a news hook are crucial, as will the ability to build relationships with local and national trade and consumer media. You’ll need at least three years experience in a PR or communications role, and you’ll also need to have a flair for digital communications, with a strong understanding of social media, content management, and its importance in modern PR.

Getting out from behind the desk and travelling the country and sometimes Europe is part and parcel of the job.

There’s a respectable salary and some good benefits wrapped up in a package that make this probably the nicest regional PR Manager-level job in Britain.

Interested? Email your CV and a short letter (max 300 words) telling us why you’re the perfect candidate to pr@clivereeves.com
 

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Botanist to boost Barnardo’s funds with September charity events

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Botanist to boost Barnardo’s funds with September charity events

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The Botanist Birmingham is hosting three fun events this month as part of its September charity fundraiser in aid of Barnardo’s.

Musical bingo, a fashion and a beauty evening are all taking place at the Temple Street venue as it aims to beat last year’s £43,000 that was raised in a single month by its parent company New World Trading Company, in a series of events across the country for the children’s charity.

Gemma Meah, general manager at The Botanist, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming regulars and newcomers to our three fantastic events this month. We’ve been working closely with some leading brands in the city to stage our fashion and beauty evenings and all the proceeds from tickets sales will go to Barnardo’s.”

The first fundraiser on Tuesday, September 12, will see beauty fans enjoying a post-work pampering, with top brands such as Lancôme, Sisley, Molton Brown, Elemis, Toni and Guy, and Nails Inc. Guests can indulge in hand massages, facials, refreshed nails and hair styling while sipping on a complimentary gin cocktail. Tickets for the beauty event, which takes place 5.30-8.30pm, cost just £15 and also includes a packed goody bag.

Tuesday, September 20 promises to be a fashion lover’s delight when Topshop heads to The Botanist to stage a mini fashion show, showcasing four new looks for the autumn/winter season. Leading hair salon Bad Apple will demonstrate key styles to complement the clothing, while accessories specialist Stella and Dot will be dressing the season’s new styles with its range of jewellery. Make-up artists from Bobbi Brown will also be on hand to provide guests with 20-minute tutorials on the great looks that can be achieved with its new eye shadow palettes. Fashionistas can enjoy all this and gin tasting for just £10.

Regulars to The Botanist’s monthly musical bingo can also boost Barnardo’s coffers on Tuesday, September 26, with a £2 donation. This fun evening features live music and instead of marking off numbers on a bingo card, players listen out for songs. There will be nine chances to win a host of prizes, including a mini gin and tonic and a hand massage from Jo Malone.

Tickets for the beauty and fashion events must be booked in advance by calling 0121 600 7430 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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Exercise specialist for older people is recognised for its work

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Exercise specialist for older people is recognised for its work

Julie Robinson, founder

Julie Robinson, founder

A fitness business that devises exercise programmes to encourage older people to keep active in later life is celebrating after being recognised for its innovative work.

Move It Or Lose It, which provides gentle and low-impact classes that help to minimise age-related musculoskeletal decline and disease and enables older people to manage long-term conditions, has been named in the inaugural Mills & Reeve Innovation 50. Listed in the health and education category, it comprises the Midlands’ most forward-thinking companies, all chosen by an expert panel of the region’s leading business movers and shakers.

It has also been shortlisted in the Entrepreneur for Good category of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2017, which recognises businesses and charities that are pioneering ideas to drive positive social change.

Birmingham-based Julie Robinson, who founded the business in 2010 with the aim of helping older people to improve flexibility, aerobic health, balance and strength, said: “We are over the moon to have been recognised for our efforts in keeping older people fit and healthy in a fun way.

“We now have more than 100,000 people enjoying our classes and they are having an incredible impact on lives. Not only are they improving their physical health, their mental wellbeing is also benefitting.

“We already have a great network of trainers across the country but we’d love to see more instructors join us so that we can continue to increase the classes we host. I’d love to see at least one Move It Or Lose It class in every town.”

In addition to providing classes, Move It Or Lose It works with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at the University of Birmingham to create evidence-based programmes that improve muscle strength.

It also works with the NHS, the Royal Voluntary Service, St Giles Hospice and Age UK and a number of studies it has undertaken have shown the benefits of the Move It Or Lose It classes. In one study, there was a 127% improvement in lower body strength and 100% improvement in mental wellbeing. Another showed that 96% reported an improved level of independence.  

Since it was launched, it has grown to have a network of 100 trainers across the country, which delivers classes in community centres, GP surgeries and residential care homes. There is also a range of award-winning DVDs and exercise products that people can use at home.

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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Inta appoints business and operations manager

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Inta appoints business and operations manager

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Inta, one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the plumbing and heating sectors, has appointed a new business and operations manager.

Neil Amphlett joins the Stafford-based company from International Piping Products, in Barton-under-Needwood, where he was warehouse operations manager.

The 41-year-old, who lives in Sandbach, Cheshire, said he was keen to join the company after being impressed with its ambitions to grow and he is now responsible for 50 members of staff, as well as looking for ways to improve Inta’s operational processes across the entire business.

He has spent more than 20 years working in the operations and warehousing sides of business, including the automotive and steel sectors, starting his career on the shop floor before progressing through the ranks to management.

Since starting at Inta, Neil has implemented changes within the warehouse greatly improving the Delivery Performance of overnight orders.

“This has had an immediate and positive impact on our customers because they receive next-day delivery as standard,” said Neil. “It’s also simplified the process in-house. I’m introducing measurable KPIs in each department to see what further improvements can be made that will benefit both staff and our customers.

“Inta struck me as a business that was keen to improve across all areas, so I knew this would be a great place to continue in the next stage of my career.”

Welcoming Neil to the firm, Director Cynthia Fisher said: “We were impressed with Neil’s experience in operations management and he’s made a great start in the business. We are working closely with him to make sure that Inta continues to provide an all-round excellent service to every one of our customers.”

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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Park Regis to host first Birmingham-only Gin & Tonic Masterclass

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Park Regis to host first Birmingham-only Gin & Tonic Masterclass

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1565 Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, located within Park Regis Birmingham, is hosting an exclusive G&T masterclass with gins produced locally in the West Midlands.

Working with the city’s leading gin raconteur 'The Gintleman', guests will sample five Brummie gins matched with their perfect boutique tonics.

The evening promises to weave together education and fun, showcasing a variety of gin styles representing the past, present and future all with a unique story and flavours, and most importantly providing a ‘made in Birmingham feel’.

Believed to be a first-of-its-kind event to only showcase local produce, complementing canapés will be paired with each gin and tickets cost just £30.

Tickets for the event, which takes place from 7pm on Thursday 28th September, can be purchased from http://parkregis.eventbrite.com

Follow 1565 Restaurant, Bar & Terrace on Twitter www.twitter.com/1565Restaurant

Follow The Gintleman on Twitter www.twitter.com/thegintlemanuk 

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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Construction company moves into new markets

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Construction company moves into new markets

The fast-growing Birmingham-based construction company, responsible for many of the most recently completed apartment developments around the Midlands and the North West, is to develop two new divisions to the business that will become part of the Colmore Tang Construction Group of companies. The two new divisions - Housebuilding and Office Fit Out and Interiors – will join Colmore Tang Construction to offer specialist services throughout the UK.

Originally launched in 2014 for a one-off build of the 253-bed Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham, Colmore Tang has gone on to complete more than 1,000 residential units. A further 3,000 are in the pipeline, with committed projects in a mix of new-build and office-to-residential change of use.

The company has grown from zero to a projected £100m annual turnover in four years, already transforming 15 disused office blocks and brownfield sites, breathing new life and opportunity into unloved parts of Birmingham, Worcester, Liverpool and Basingstoke.

Andy Robinson, who was managing director of Colmore Tang Construction at its launch, has been appointed as CEO of the combined businesses. He said: “Three years of rapid growth, building a team and delivering quality projects has helped us to identify some transferable skill sets that can be used to fill gaps in the market, where competitors either lack capacity or have a reluctance to deal with project sizes that would be ideal for us.

“The new companies, the new group, and my role as CEO have been created to make sure that we are able to concentrate on each specialism without detracting from the success we have built so far within the construction business.

“We have a very healthy pipeline of projects and with the team, skills and network of loyal local subcontractors and suppliers we have built up over the last three years, now is the right time to diversify and take advantage of the opportunities that there are within the market.

“Neil Walters will continue with his excellent work as Managing Director at Colmore Tang Construction, with senior appointments in the new businesses still to be announced.

“A number of new roles will be created and we expect to be recruiting key people in the very near future, including design specialists, project managers, quantity surveyors, commercial managers, contract managers, site and support staff, in the coming months.”

Neil Martin, Finance Director at Colmore Tang Construction, will now take the role of Group CFO, working with Andy Robinson across the group of companies.

(L-R): Andy Robinson (Group CEO), Neil Walters (Managing Director, Colmore Tang Construction), and Neil Martin (Group CFO)

(L-R): Andy Robinson (Group CEO), Neil Walters (Managing Director, Colmore Tang Construction), and Neil Martin (Group CFO)

In its first four years Colmore Tang Construction has won six awards, including the prestigious On the Tools Contractor of the Year and West Midlands Business Masters fastest growing business of the year. This year the company is nominated in the Construction Enquirer Awards.

Current projects under construction include office-to-residential and new-build residential developments in Basingstoke, Slough and Birmingham, with distribution warehousing units in Northamptonshire as well as two new sites for major food retailers.

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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Inta braves the shave to raise over £600 for Macmillan

Two employees at Hixon-based heating and plumbing manufacturer Inta braved the shave and had their hair cut off to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support today (Friday 25th August).

Raising just over £600 - and still counting - Sales Administrator Emma Domanski and Warehouse Operative Ian Squires took to the hairdresser’s chair to have their heads shaved live on the firm’s Facebook page.

The colleagues donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs to children suffering from hair loss.

Emma, whose initial fundraising goal was just £250, said: “It’s fantastic to have smashed our target. A lot of people close to me have been affected by cancer, and seeing the effects of my mum losing a close friend of over 30 years, and having friends still battling the disease, really brings it home.

“Macmillan is a charity that’s close to my heart and I’m a little bit nuts, which definitely helps when shaving off all your hair. I’ve got a few wigs and novelty hats, none of which are work appropriate, so I’m just going to embrace it. It’s something to be proud of.”

Emma is also the driving force behind the firm’s other charity events, with her organising awareness days such as Wear it Pink and Children in Need.

Inta would like to thank NVS Studios in Stafford for carrying out the shave.

You can re-watch the live shave on Inta’s Facebook page at

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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Dyslexia students celebrate GCSE success

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Dyslexia students celebrate GCSE success

There were smiling faces and screams of success at specialist dyslexia school Maple Hayes Hall in Lichfield today, as pupils enjoyed GCSE exam success.

School leavers at the acclaimed Staffordshire school have had more cause to celebrate than most, as many entered Maple Hayes without being able to read or write.

What has made the journey even more amazing is that 100% of pupils passed English, with 38% of them achieving at least a grade 4- a standard pass that is equivalent to a C - in the subject that has proven to be one of the biggest stumbling blocks throughout their academic career.

Pupils have also conquered Maths, with a 100% pass rate and a staggering 54% obtaining a grade 4 or better. All pupils are also planning to go on to further education this September.

In total this year, 31% of Year 11 pupils scooped five A*-C / 4-9 grades, while 23% achieved five A*-C / 4-9 grades including English and Maths.

Dr Daryl Brown, headteacher at Maple Hayes Hall, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with these results, as they are a true testament to not only the hard work of our pupils, but to our dedicated and committed staff who go above and beyond to giving these youngsters the education they deserve. It gives us great pride to see the smiles on each of their faces as celebrate the fruits of their labours. We wish each of them the best of luck as they embark on their next academic chapter.”

Sonny Moore, student at Maple Hayes Hall, said: "I am really happy with my results and excited to head into my public services course. I could not have done this without the help of the teachers at Maple Hayes. I was prepared and wasn't nervous for my exams, which is why I got the grades I needed. I will miss the friends I made here and can't wait to come back and visit.”

Cody Moore, Sonny’s younger sister added: “I am so proud of my older brother!”

(Left to right) Cody Moore (11), Sonny Moore (16)

(Left to right) Cody Moore (11), Sonny Moore (16)

Adelle Jenkins, mother of Sonny Moore, said: I am so beyond proud of my son for his GCSE results. He worked tremendously and tirelessly to beat the odds and get to where he is today. When he first came to Maple Hayes, he was not able to read or write. He is prepared for this next chapter thanks to the dedication and support of the incredible teachers. I am so excited for his bright future!"

The school, which was founded in the 1980s by educational psychologist and principal Dr Neville Brown as a lifeline for young dyslexics failed by mainstream education, steers away from the widely-taught phonics approach, instead using a unique morphological teaching method that uses icons to indicate meanings of words.

Year on year, Maple Hayes beats the odds with competitive GCSE results. Alumni have gone on to study at college and university - with some going on to gain PhDs.

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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Long-stay accommodation providers team up to promote Birmingham as the ‘city of change’

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Long-stay accommodation providers team up to promote Birmingham as the ‘city of change’

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A group of extended stay accommodation providers have joined forces to form a strategic partnership designed to boost the region’s appeal to relocating national corporates and long-stay visitors.

The Birmingham Extended Stay Apartment Partnership (BESAP) consists of nine of the city’s top long-stay providers and has been created to showcase the vast array of alternative accommodation options that it has to offer.

Through marketing activity and familiarisation (fam) trips, the partnership’s committee aims to promote Birmingham as a ‘city of change’, further encouraging projects that will see individuals located in the city for extended periods of time.

“Birmingham currently has a huge requirement for extended stay accommodation both from regeneration and last-minute projects and we believe that we’re the first region in the country to set up a partnership and take it to this level. We have organised our first fam trip and we’ll be welcoming some of the biggest serviced apartment agencies in the UK to Birmingham,” said Krishna Pastakia, Sales Manager at Staybridge Suites.

“When people are staying somewhere for a long time, they don’t want to stay in a hotel. Serviced apartments provide a home away from home. They are significantly larger than hotel rooms, provide the ability for guests to cook for themselves, have access to their own laundry facilities, and many have access to a gym.”

In serviced apartments VAT drops from 20% to 4% on the 29th night of a continuous stay. This provides organisations with a significant cost saving over the hotel alternative for extended stay.

Daniel Skermer, Group Sales Manager at Park Regis and Nitenite, said: “There has been a surge of bookings coming into the city since the start of the year and there are some exciting projects going on; we’ve got HS2 coming to Birmingham, the city’s pitch for the Commonwealth Games, and HSBC’s relocation growing nearer.”

Liz Devaney of The Apartment Network - a leading serviced apartment agency - said: “Birmingham is a unique market; since the regeneration of the city centre over a decade ago, the number of serviced apartments has been growing and they are now far more known to both leisure and business travellers. Demand is very strong - as business in the city grows, so does the growth for serviced apartments.

“The city now attracts a high calibre of talent, and they do need temporary accommodation to get them started in the city. If we have that kind of accommodation, then we’ll attract the best of the best.

“By creating a partnership that brings together the main suppliers, BESAP is able to raise the profile of the industry and makes it very clear to potential guests and clients who the key players in the city are - and anything that promotes Birmingham is fantastic.”

BESAP’s first fam trip is taking place on 16th and 17th September. Serviced apartment agents will be welcomed to each of the organisation’s venues, taken on a barge cruise along the Birmingham canal, enjoy food and drink at the Park Regis hotel and top it off with an escape room game at Escape Live.

BESAP members are also present on the Alternative Accommodation Committee of the HBAA - the trade association for the hotel booking agency, apartment and venue community - as well as being members of The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP).

BESAP is currently represented by Staybridge Suites, Park Regis, Nitenite, Adagio, Premier Suites, Staying Cool, Staycity, The Spires and BridgeStreet, with the committee keen to bring new suppliers to the table.

Follow BESAP on Twitter @thisisbesap

Watch an introduction to BESAP here: https://goo.gl/SBJHif

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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Inta introduces Trade-tec shower collection

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Inta introduces Trade-tec shower collection

Leading manufacturer Inta has added the Trade-tec collection to its comprehensive range of showering products - making it perfect for professional installers who want superlative quality at affordable prices.

The range comprises of two thermostatic bar showers, a concealed shower, and a bath shower mixer.  All come with Inta’s proven built-in anti-scald technology - the failsafe function that prevents scalding in the event of water supply failure on either the hot or cold feeds.

And like all Inta showers, the Trade-tec range comes with a five-year warranty and is WRAS approved.

Trade-tec TR10032CP bar shower is a highly stylish ‘fit and forget’ product that does not compromise on quality. Available in boxes of four, the newest thermostatic bar shower comes with a flexible slide rail kit and fast-fix brackets.

The Trade-Tec Coolflow ST20017CP comes with a flexible slide rail kit, multi-function handset, safe-touch body and fast-fix brackets, while the Trade-Tec Concealed Shower TR40014CP has 15mm direct inlet and outlet connections and single function handset. The Bath Shower Mixer TR30024CP has adjustable fixing points for the riser, a flexible riser kit and deck-mounted legs.

Coolflow and BSM (bath/shower mixer) are also TMV2-approved for domestic, leisure and hotel applications.

The range has been designed to enable easy installation with set fixing centres, while fast-fix brackets provide wall mounting, compression joint and shower connection in one convenient solution. Direct compression connections reduce the number of wet connections to be made when fitted with 15mm pipework.

Stuart Gizzi, Director at Inta, said: “We’re very pleased to unveil our latest range, which has been specifically engineered to meet the exacting demands of the professional installer.  Each of the products performs exceptionally well and offers the superlative performance and reliability that all our customers expect. Each is easy to fit, but we offer a dedicated technical helpline for installers in case of queries.”


Inta is giving away a Trade-tec TR10032CP bar shower (RRP £95.24) on its Facebook page. Visit www.facebook.com/intatec for details.


For more information about Inta’s showering collection, visit www.intatec.co.uk
 

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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