New builders’ warehouse in Aston offers  professional trade a smarter supply solution

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New builders’ warehouse in Aston offers professional trade a smarter supply solution

A brand new builders’ warehouse stocking thousands of ready to load trade essentials, and offering a revolutionary digital concept for ordering and collecting supplies, has officially opened for business just outside Birmingham city centre in Aston.

‘BUILT/’, which is conveniently located on Bourne Road just off the A38, offers an efficient one-stop solution for tradespeople to click and collect their supplies at a time that suits them, as well as the convenience of having BUILT/ staff swiftly and safely load up their vehicle to get them back to site sooner.

Customers can buy materials direct from their van window too, while BUILT/ also offers scheduled deliveries direct to site – all across Birmingham and further afield to Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, Tamworth and across into the Black Country. Its smart online booking system only generates reliable delivery slots, calculated based on capacity and average drive-time – bringing an end to the frustration of missed, delayed and inaccurate deliveries.

“We’re really excited to see our first builders’ warehouse up and running in Aston, offering the Birmingham building trade a fantastic new way of sourcing and collecting high-quality materials reliably, conveniently and at clear-cut prices,” said Nick Thomas, Managing Director of BUILT/.

“Our click and collect service means tradespeople can order what they need online, drive to the warehouse to pick it up from as early as 6am, and have a van-load of materials loaded in minutes – getting them back to site quickly and saving them valuable time.

“We have a large 60,000 sq ft site with thousands of essential building supplies kept in stock, with high availability, ready to load seven days a week. Wasted journeys for materials that aren’t available are a thing of the past, because if it’s in stock online, it’s available in branch too.

“Builders can rest assured that we will have their order ready to load into their vehicle when they arrive - our system even recognises the vehicle and directs customers straight to the bay where their order is waiting.”

BUILT/ offers the trade a wide range of staple building materials, electrical goods and plumbing and heating supplies, not to mention kitchen and bathroom products, painting and decorating items, and tools, fixings and equipment - including workwear and PPE.

“Our supplies are competitively and transparently priced and come from professional trade brands. We only stock the best, high-quality materials - including slow grown, certified timber,” continued Nick. “Every member of staff is trained in the products we sell, allowing us to deliver excellent service and offer expert advice to our customers.”

BUILT/ Aston is located on Bourne Road, Birmingham, B6 7RD, and is open for collections and deliveries Monday to Friday from 6am to 6pm, Saturdays from 8am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. For more information visit www.built.co.uk or call 0121 392 2930.

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Help celebrate Harry’s 18th birthday with Ben Shephard at the brand new Birmingham Drop In Cancer Support Centre

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Help celebrate Harry’s 18th birthday with Ben Shephard at the brand new Birmingham Drop In Cancer Support Centre

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A special celebration to mark Harry Moseley’s 18th birthday is taking place at the recently-relocated Birmingham Drop In Cancer Support Centre - and everyone’s invited!

Cancer support charity, Help Harry Help Others (HHHO), is hosting an official open day on Thursday 22nd February at its new centre on Midland Croft off East Meadway, Stechford, and ITV’s Ben Shephard - who is an ambassador for the charity - will be there to cut the ribbon and welcome visitors.

“We have recently had to relocate our Birmingham Drop In Cancer Centre due to land regeneration of our old site,” explained Georgie Moseley, Harry’s proud mum and founder of HHHO. “It has been a really hard time but I’m delighted that we’ve been able to secure not only a new building but the future of our centre.

“This year would have been Harry’s 18th birthday so we thought there would be no day more poignant to open the new centre and Harry’s ambassador Ben Shephard will be coming along to do the honours.”

11-year-old Harry Moseley died in 2011 following an inoperable brain tumour. Before he passed away, he raised a staggering £750,000 for cancer charities by selling beaded bracelets.

Georgie carried on her son’s legacy by setting up HHHO and in 2015 the charity opened the Birmingham Drop In Cancer Support Centre in Stechford, which has already supported more than 400 families throughout Solihull and Birmingham.

“We offer a home-from-home environment for patients and anyone touched by any form of cancer,” explained Georgie. “Patients, families and carers can often feel alone and sometimes they need extra support outside of hospital treatment - that’s where we come in.”

Dedicated staff and volunteers at the centre provide counselling and professional advice for people of all ages affected by cancer - including careers advice, life coaching and one-to-one support.

The charity is also launching a new educational training programme, running six-week courses to help patients, carers and loved ones understand their journey following a cancer diagnosis.

“We’re here for everybody,” explained Georgie. “Whether that means simply popping in for a cuppa and a chat, meeting new friends who are going through the same thing, or seeking financial or emotional advice - we offer all services under one roof and there is no need for a referral.

“Our new educational training programme has been designed to help people cope with the challenges that come hand in hand with a cancer diagnosis and each course will be tailored to different groups of people to address different feelings and emotions they are likely to experience.”

The centre also offers an array of holistic therapies, including massage, reiki and reflexology, as well as bra and wig fittings and even microblading for cancer patients who may lose their eyebrows through chemotherapy.

What’s more, HHHO organises social activities at the centre while there is a crafts room and games room for visitors to enjoy some downtime.

The official launch event for HHHO’s new Birmingham Drop In Cancer Support Centre will take place from 11.30am to 1.30pm on Thursday 22nd February.

For more information about HHHO visit www.HHHO.org.uk.

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 65-tonne IVECO Stralis proves perfect for  transporting art around the world

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65-tonne IVECO Stralis proves perfect for transporting art around the world

An international logistics provider for art transportation has bought the first 65-tonne IVECO Stralis in the UK from leading dealer Guest Truck and Van.

MTec, which offers bespoke solutions for art handling, installation and transportation, has taken delivery of the brand new heavy goods vehicle, which is the first of its kind to be sold and delivered in the country.

“We work with leading artists, commercial galleries, public museums and collectors from all around the world, delivering and installing contemporary artwork that can often present demanding engineering and tight time frames,” explained David Williams, Managing Director for MTec.

“We needed a suitable vehicle to be able to deliver heavy sculptures and similar artworks and the 65-tonne IVECO Stralis ticked all the boxes. The team at Guest Truck and Van were extremely knowledgeable and were able to meet our requirements with the vehicle we eventually bought.”

The 6x4 Double Drive IVECO Stralis Hi – Way boasts a 13 Litre engine which delivers 570BHP from a 13 litre Cursor Hi SCR engine & is well matched with the new 12 Speed Hi – Tronix ZF Transmission.

“We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to offer MTec the first 65-tonne IVECO Stralis in the UK,” said Bal Singh, Key Account Director for Guest Truck and Van. “With such a large capacity and the nine-tonne front axle, this vehicle is the perfect addition to the company’s fleet and will enable them to carry more goods at once which means greater productivity and convenience for customers.”

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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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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