Stationery brand Nu: launches photographic competition to find its 2018 notebook covers

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Stationery brand Nu: launches photographic competition to find its 2018 notebook covers

Creative photographers in London are being sought by British notebook brand Nu:, which has launched a nationwide competition to find three striking images to use on its 2018 collection.

Photography fans of all abilities are able to submit their snaps, both amateur and professional, to be considered for the front and rear covers of the brand’s newest notebooks, which will be stocked in high-street retailers across the country.

Pictures can be of any subject, whether that’s of local landmarks, skylines, landscapes or abstract still-life photography, however selfies are unlikely to make the cut.

Entries must be submitted by Monday 24th April, after which a shortlist of nine of the most impressive pics will be revealed on social media. Facebook and Twitter followers will then be asked to vote for their favourite picture, with the three most voted for being taken through to production and distribution - landing on store shelves in 2018.

Louise Spencer-Stevens, Product & Marketing Manager at Nuco International, said: “Every time we choose to update or introduce a new range to our portfolio, we first think about our customers and what they most want to see in a notebook. Whether that’s a bold new colour and pattern or improved paper quality, we aim to always better our products to suit their needs.

“When we decided we wanted to introduce a feature photography range, we initially struggled to decide on exactly what each should represent and which pictures we should choose. So we thought that it would be best to open the floor to our customers, let their creativity shine and encourage them to share their best photos with us. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then having your photo adorning the cover of notebooks in schools, offices and homes across the UK is no mean feat.”

Entries can focus on any subject, but must be in portrait orientation. As long as entries meet the minimum requirements, photographers are encouraged to submit images from any device, including smartphones and DSLR cameras.

Photographs should be emailed to socialmedia@nuco-int.com by Monday 24th April.

Terms & Conditions:

Images will need to be submitted as PSD, TIFF or PNG files and must be A4 (210 by 297 mm or W2480 x L3508 Pixels) in size.

Entries must be sent by email to: socialmedia@nuco-int.com

Deadline for entries is midnight on Monday 24th April 2017. The nine finalists will be revealed on Nu:’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) on Wednesday 26th April 2017. Voting for the three winners will open immediately and will close on Wednesday 3rd May 2017. The three winning pictures will be announced on the morning of Thursday 4th May 2017.

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Selfridges Birmingham marks a half a century of ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’

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Selfridges Birmingham marks a half a century of ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’

Selfridges Birmingham is celebrating 50 years since the iconic Heinz slogan ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’ was launched with an exclusive commemorative collection available this week in the Birmingham Selfridges Foodhall.

To mark 50 years, shoppers will be able to purchase the limited edition anniversary cans that feature 50 variations of the ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’ slogan, originally created by Maurice Drake in 1967.   

Selfridges’ Birmingham General Manager Sam Watts says: “We are so excited to celebrate a great  milestone for such an iconic brand. It is truly amazing to see how an effective and innovative marketing campaign can make such an everlasting impact on society 50 years on and we are truly honoured to be apart of it.”  

The limited edition Beanz Meanz Heinz can has been exclusively designed for Selfridges to showcase the brainz and boldness of the classic campaign. All of the artwork and variations were created in order to illustrate what the slogan means to UK households across the country.

Heinz Beanz spokesperson Francesca Mattiussi says: “Every day, two million people sit down to enjoy Heinz Beanz, whether that’s on toast, with a jacket potato or served alongside other dinner favourites. We wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the advertising slogan ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’ by offering up some modern twists that people can enjoy.

“We take huge pride in the production of Heinz Beanz, from the laser technology that scrutinises every single bean to the top secret spice recipe we use for the sauce. Maurice Drake’s slogan summed it up perfectly because, when you put that level of care and attention into every single can, only Heinz Beanz will do.”

The anniversary collection will be exclusively available in the Birmingham Selfridges Foodhall this week for £2.

For further information visit www.selfridges.com.

PR By Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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Magic Lantern Convention returns to Birmingham for forty years celebrations

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Magic Lantern Convention returns to Birmingham for forty years celebrations

The dazzling Magic Lantern Convention will be returning to Birmingham next month (April) to celebrate forty years of entertainment and history dedicated to the forerunner to the movie projector.

This will be the 10th international convention of the society, which will be held at the Birmingham and Midlands Institute over three days and feature shows, lectures, an exhibition, a collectors market and gala dinner.

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The Magic Lantern has a long history based within the city, and is part of the world of optical projection and stands alongside the Camera Obscura, Shadow Shows and the Magic Mirror. It has been used to educate and mystify audiences for hundreds of years and still draws attention whenever people see it in action.

It was first developed in the Netherlands in the 17th century, and has remained an enduring form of entertainment, even to the present day, with its main advantage being the performer could set up a show anywhere where darkness could be arranged. Entertainment has ranged from a simple diversion for children, to spectacular shows with a variety of special effects given in purpose-built magic lantern theatres.

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Unlike the more serious inventions such as the telescope or microscope, the magic lantern was used primarily for entertainment as well as education. The first lantern slide was invented by the famous scientist Christiaan Huygens, a humorous image of skeleton who reached off to ‘doff’ his hat, and instead removed his head.

Birmingham was also at the centre of the manufacturing of the lantern which were then shipped across the world. Prominent manufacturers included J Place in Bull Street, James Parkes & Son in St Mary’s Row, and Birmingham Photographic Co. in Stechford.

Magic lanterns were in regular use in Birmingham, even within living memory at Central Hall in Corporation Street, The Birmingham Midlands Institute, Digbeth Institute, Curzon Hall, Aston Hall and public libraries across the city.

Birmingham Library also has a collection of 60,000 slides which could be loaned up until 1955. It also houses one of the biggest magic lanterns ever built, known as the ‘Servant of Light’ - a giant triple lantern which was commissioned by wealthy hotelier Frederick Gordon to entertain guests.

The Birmingham Post and Mail also used to use the lanterns to project ‘live’ election results from their offices onto screens on the Midland Hotel, New Street of Town Hall.

Jeremy Brooker Chairman of The Magic Lantern Convention said: “We are always surprised when people tell us they have never heard of the magic lantern but as soon as they hear about the history and see how they work, they are always hooked and want to find out more.

“I have been giving magic lantern shows myself since the age of 14, and am also a professional musician, and this is my passion. So we are proud to be bringing the convention back to Birmingham, and many of our members will be bringing along their own collection to display and show some incredible pieces and films from a different era, and it’s well worth a visit,” he added.

The convention is held every four years in various sites throughout Britain and attracts members from around the globe.

The event is taking place between Friday, 28th April until Sunday, 30th April.

Tickets cost £120 for the three days,  with the Saturday gala dinner costing £20 per person. Registration is open now at www.magiclantern.org.uk 

PR By Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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Supercar rally to end in Birmingham

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Supercar rally to end in Birmingham

Birmingham cancer charity Help Harry Help Others (HHHO) has launched a car rally to coincide with its annual fundraising ball. Setting off in North Wales, the Harry’s Run event is for prestigious supercars, classics and high performance vehicles and takes a route back to Birmingham using roads that have been voted the best for driving in Wales. Vehicles already signed up include a Bentley GT, Lamborghini, Zonda and a ten wheeler truck.

Harry’s mom Georgie Moseley runs the charity, which provides support for people going through a cancer journey, following her own family’s experiences in 2011. She said: “I’m not a big car fan, but people are getting really excited about this. The launch photo was the first time I’ve been in an Aston Martin so I can see what the fuss is about, although I expect that I’m going to end up being a passenger in the truck.

“The route takes in the Welsh hills, the famous EVO triangle, which the car magazine uses for its road tests as well as the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia.

“Like many small charities, we rely entirely on donations and as well as providing support to our clients, we are constantly having to come up with ideas for fundraising. In the past year I have completed some pretty daunting challenges, including bungee jumping and being locked up in a police cell. This rally isn’t going to put me in peril, but it does give people the opportunity to enjoy their cars - and trucks - at the same time as raising money.”

The event begins with dinner and an overnight stay at the Quay Hotel and Spa and will conclude at the Park Regis hotel in Birmingham, in time for drivers and their passengers to get ready for the Help Harry Help Others Ball being held on Saturday 1st April at the nearby ICC.

Georgie added: “We spend our time giving day to day support to people with cancer from our centre in Stirchley, which can be very hard. I think that taking the time out to combine fundraising with a bit of glamour and fun will do us all good and I think that Harry’s Run with supercars and a black tie ball will make this the best weekend in Birmingham so far this year.”

The truck, which would more usually be pulling a 40 tonne load has been entered by Rob Spittle, the boss of West Bromwich based Guest Truck and Van. He said: “Some of my friends are joining the rally and I accepted the challenge to enter a high performance vehicle, so I chose a 570hp truck. Just for the fun of it.”

Harry’s Run begins on March 31s t and the entry cost includes two nights’ hotel, dinner and two tickets to the ball. Information and tickets are available online hhho.org.uk

PR By Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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See green this St.Patrick’s Day with Selfridges Birmingham  

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See green this St.Patrick’s Day with Selfridges Birmingham  

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with Selfridges Birmingham, which will be turning green on St. Patrick’s Day to mark the occasion.

A popular day in Birmingham’s calendar, with the city’s annual parade always a huge success, Selfridges Birmingham will be getting in on the St Paddy’s craic by turning a vibrant shade of green for a week from Saturday 11th March until the night of Friday 17th March.

This is the third year running the store has turned emerald, however the first time it has been the lucky shade for more than a few days.

Selfridges’ Birmingham General Manager Sam Watts said: “Birmingham has a fantastic Irish community and we can’t wait to join in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities by turning our iconic building green. We wanted to make sure we incorporated both the parade and the day itself, so it seemed right to have the store in green for longer, while also giving our shoppers coming to us through the week, the chance to see the dazzling change for themselves.”

For further information visit www.selfridges.com.

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The Birmingham PA Forum kicks off with first event at Park Regis

Birmingham’s only forum aimed exclusively at PAs and Executive Assistants launched yesterday (Wednesday 15th February), with over 30 attendees coming together over lunch to expand their networks and hear from a keynote speaker.

Supported by the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, The Birmingham PA Forum aims to bring together Personal and Executive Assistants from across the West Midlands region through a series of free-to-attend events hosted at the Park Regis hotel.

Guests heard from business coach Dawn Adlam, who gave an insight into the power of LinkedIn as a tool for networking, and how to maximise your reach and visibility on the platform.

The Birmingham PA Forum’s next event is taking place on Wednesday 7th June between 5.30pm and 7.30pm and will include a talk by Jane Weaver, the Managing Director who joined her firm as a PA and went on to buy and run the company herself.

Places are limited for each event and you can register your interest by emailing daniel.skermer@parkregis-birmingham.com

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PAW Patrol to appear at Selfridges Birmingham for grrrr-eat half term event

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PAW Patrol to appear at Selfridges Birmingham for grrrr-eat half term event

The adventurous PAW Patrol gang will be giving shoppers a grrrr-eat start to the school holidays when they visit Selfridges Birmingham this half term.

Youngsters will be have the chance to have the paw-fect day when they meet their heroes Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol in the iconic store.

PAW Patrol is a popular cartoon series which originates from Canada. It follows the adventures of a boy named Ryder who leads the pack of rescue dogs called PAW Patrol.

The duo will be in-store on Wednesday 22nd February between noon and 5pm in the Kids section to give young shoppers the chance to take a selfie with Chase and Marshall and take part in an array of fun  activities.

Customers will be able to take part in a colouring competition, running throughout the February half term, for a chance to win their favourite cuddly toy pup.

Sam Watts, general manager of Selfridges said “We are really looking forward to having PAW Patrol into the store and we know that the hundreds of young children and their parents from in and around the city will be excited to come and meet the pair of pups.”

For more details, visit www.selfridges.com

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New Head Chef at top conferencing venue

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New Head Chef at top conferencing venue

Birmingham’s biggest residential conferencing venue, Conference Aston, has promoted its Senior Sous Chef, Lewis Preston, to Head Chef.

Lewis, who spent two years working at the Hilton London Olympia and three years at the 7* Emirates Palace Hotel in Dubai, will now oversee the whole kitchen operation, from deciding where to source its ingredients to changing its seasonal menus.

Born and raised in Chelmsford, Essex, Lewis’ passion for cooking started at University, where he studied Hospitality and Food Business Management, before working at London’s Claridges alongside Gordon Ramsay.

Speaking of his new responsibilities, Lewis, aged 34, said : “The kitchen has changed dramatically over the last six months. I’ve got a team of 14 staff behind me and I’m looking forward to developing them, and seeing them improve their own skills in and around the kitchen.

“Kitchen success ultimately comes as a team. I always think of a team’s achievements as like playing a game of Lemmings - if we don’t work together we’d all fall off the ledge.

“Working in a conference venue is so diverse. Every day we cater for the bar, the restaurant, room service, for VIP parties, meeting room buffets, large scale events and so much more. No two days are ever the same and it never becomes monotonous.”

Conference Aston, situated right in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, welcomes over 55,000 delegates every year. Its highly experienced kitchen team have worked across the globe, including places like Israel, Switzerland and Australia, all bringing hands-on experience for every type of cuisine.

Mark Firth, General Manager at Conference Aston, said: “Lewis’ career brings with him a wealth of experience in some of the world’s finest restaurants, alongside some of the world’s finest chefs. Since he joined, he has brought good stability, innovative thoughts, concepts and processes to the kitchen. We can’t wait to see his fresh, new approach to managing the kitchen.”

For more information about Conference Aston, visit

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Birmingham restaurant to host mayoral debate

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Birmingham restaurant to host mayoral debate

Opus restaurant in the Colmore business district has gathered four out of five of the candidates for West Midlands metro mayor to join in a panel debate to discuss the post and its influence on the region in March.

The restaurant has teamed up with Birmingham Press Club to present the first conversation of 2017 in its new series of ‘Opus in Conversation’ which will be held throughout the year. Previous events have included a pre-Brexit debate with leading campaigners and an environmentally-focussed discussion on the future of bees.

Ann Tonks, director at Opus, will host the event and has personally persuaded the candidates to take part. Birmingham Press Club director and Trinity Mirror Midlands publisher Marc Reeves will chair the debate.

Ann Tonks said: “We were inspired to launch our ‘in conversation’ series because of the range of business people and influencers we get to converse with at the restaurant.

“I’ve spoken individually to most of the metro mayor candidates, but I think that the best way to get an idea of what they stand for is to ask them all the same questions together.

“Restaurants are great places to get conversations going and after our panel discussions, the participants have stayed with us for dinner, along with many of the audience, so the discussions can continue.”

Llewela Bailey, Birmingham Press Club chairman, said: “We are developing our programme of events to embrace some of the more serious subjects facing the region. Getting candidates for this new role together is important and in the neutral setting of a restaurant and under the chairmanship of Marc Reeves I think we are going to be far better informed than we would at individual hustings.”

The metro mayor will be elected in May to represent Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, and Wolverhampton.

Candidates already confirmed include Andy Street (Conservative candidate), Beverley Nielsen (Liberal Democrat candidate), James Burn (Green Party candidate) and  Pete Durnell (UKIP)

Opus in Conversation: Mayoral Debate will be on Tuesday 21st March from 5:30pm.

Tickets are free and can be booked on www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/opus-in-conversation-mayoral-debate-tickets-31635510664  

For more information on Opus, visit www.opusrestaurant.co.uk

 

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Birmingham Young Professional of the Year kicks off for 2017 with special launch event

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Birmingham Young Professional of the Year kicks off for 2017 with special launch event

BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship event, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) 2017, has officially launched, with nominations opening across six categories ahead of the region’s most prominent awards celebration.

At a VIP event at Malmaison yesterday evening (Tuesday 7th February), prospective contenders were given an insight into BYPY; the best methods of nominating and how important the awards are to the region. Past winners, including BYPY16 overall winner Abby Corfan, shared how the title has escalated their professional and personal development, and described what the judges are looking for in the next Birmingham Young Professional of the Year.

Mike Colledge, Committee Chair for BYPY 2017, said: “Not only does BYPY celebrate the sector’s finest talent, it’s also recognition for the future. The title goes beyond just the awards evening and each year continues to bolster the careers of some of the city’s most successful young professionals. If you’re thinking about entering then just go for it. The process alone is a fantastic experience and you never know, you could end up taking the title.”

The awards celebrate and recognise rising talent across the finance, HR, legal, marketing and communications, property and construction, and technology industries, with one candidate being named ‘Birmingham Young Professional of the Year’. The awards also recognise a stand-out individual aged between 16 and 24 as the city’s ‘Aspiring Talent’, and honour an ‘Inspiring Leader’; someone who has shown unwavering commitment to the city, from across the professional services community.

Now in its 17th year, BYPY is one of the city’s most highly regarded accolades, celebrating talent aged 35 and under from the city’s professional services sector. The event celebrates and recognises rising talent across the finance, HR, legal, marketing and communications, property and construction, and technology industries.

The awards have seen winners go on to achieve significant business success. Sean Sales, Acquire Talent Lead at Deutsche Bank, says that taking the title enabled him to grasp opportunities that were previously unavailable, including working internationally.

“BYPY raised my profile at work immensely and enabled me to build my brand across the organisation in a way that just wouldn’t have been possible without it. As a result I was able to take part in projects and take on responsibilities that enhanced my network even further. The end result being a chance to work on global projects that opened the door to the international assignment in Florida that I am on right now,” he said.

This year’s event is being supported by Headline Sponsor BMet and Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Cleaves said: “As a long-standing supporter of BYPY, we are thrilled to be this year’s headline sponsor.  We feel the event represents the importance of the future generation and reflects BMet’s aim to inspire and realise the dreams of emerging professionals.”

Entry for nominations closes on Monday 6th March at 5pm and the awards celebration takes place on Thursday 18th May at the ICC Birmingham.

Nomination forms and tickets can be found at: http://bpsbirmingham.co.uk/bypy/

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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