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

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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
 

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New Guest Truck and Van sales director defends misdirected truckers

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New Guest Truck and Van sales director defends misdirected truckers

The newly appointed sales director at IVECO dealer Guest Truck and Van (Sherwood Truck and Van) has taken to BBC local radio to defend truckers who are falling victim to unmapped road layout changes in a village in Staffordshire.

Nick Pemberton said on BBC Radio Stoke that even with the best technology, truck drivers can only be guided by the maps available to the satnav system, and that in Norton Bridge, the Staffordshire hamlet, changes to its previously easily navigable straight road haven’t gone online yet.

He told listeners: “Commercial vehicle operators and drivers do not want to cause any problems, they want to get their cargo from A to B as quickly and economically as possible. Getting a vehicle into a position where it causes delay and inconvenience to traffic is usually even more annoying for them than it is for other drivers and residents. This is not the driver’s fault.”

Speaking after the interview he said: “I thought that in this instance someone should speak up on behalf of the professional drivers who had become the unwitting victims of road improvements.

“Truck satnav technology is being constantly developed to take into account routes that are suitable for large and high vehicles. This helps drivers to take the best routes and avoid obstacles such as low bridges and tight turns.

“Sometimes drivers do get themselves into trouble, but luckily it’s not often and it’s up to manufacturers and dealers to come up with built-in or add-on solutions that help prevent small slips in concentration from becoming big disasters.

“Office of Rail and Road statistics show that bridge strikes were down by 4.4% in 2015/16, compared to the previous period. There’s no way of knowing if this is because of new satnav technology or if it’s because of the professional training drivers are undertaking, but either way, it is a step in the right direction.”

Guest Truck and Van and Sherwood Truck and Van is the largest IVECO dealer in the UK and has a network of 13 locations across the Midlands, East Anglia and South Yorkshire.

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New sales director for Guest and Sherwood

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New sales director for Guest and Sherwood

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Guest and Sherwood Truck and Van have appointed a new retail sales director for its leading IVECO franchise.

Nick Pemberton joins the company working from its South Normanton branch, where he will develop the retail sales division across the whole range of the manufacturer’s award-winning vehicles.

Previously Nick has worked for IVECO at its head office in Basildon and prior to that in commercial vehicle dealers across the country, latterly in the south east. But the Sheffield born-and-bred Director decided he wanted to base himself in the north again.

He said the move to the Guest Sherwood Group gave him the opportunity to continue his career with a company that is the largest IVECO dealer in the UK and one of the largest in Europe, yet still maintains a “family business” feel.

“I didn’t have to think twice when I was approached about joining the company,” he said. “It has the ideal combination of being a large and forward-thinking business but it understands the importance of offering the personal touch, knowing your customers’ requirements and meeting their expectations.

“I’m looking forward to meeting our existing customers and introducing the IVECO brand to new clients.”

Speaking about the aftersales elements of the business he said: “It is important that vehicles are managed within a franchised dealership as they are sophisticated machines that require specialist technicians to look after them. This ensures they are safe and running to their best performance fulfilling all operator demands. Guest and Sherwood provide the complete package in sales, management and maintenance.”

Welcoming Nick to the business, Robert Spittle, Managing Director of Guest and Sherwood, said: “Nick has very impressive credentials across the commercial sales sector and we are confident that his expertise will bring us continued focus as we continue to grow the company.”

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Selfridges Birmingham awarded for its environmental efforts

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Selfridges Birmingham awarded for its environmental efforts

Selfridges Birmingham is celebrating after scooping a sustainability award for its achievements in improving environmental measures in store.

The department store’s Green Warrior Team was recognised in Birmingham City Council’s annual sustainability awards yesterday (July 18 2017) when it picked up the prize for the best recycling and waste scheme.

It was lauded for its continuous efforts in encouraging staff to adopt greener ways of working.

Not only has it installed recycling stations for glass, paper, plastics, tins and food waste in its offices and team restaurant, it also introduced ‘No Print Fridays’ and ‘Paperless Meetings’ to reduce the amount of paper it uses. 

Selfridges Birmingham General Manager Sam Watts said: “I’m so pleased that our green team’s hard work has been recognised in these awards, because we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously.

“Sustainability is at the top of our agenda across the business, including our offer to customers, and it is always part of our daily discussions to ensure it remains at the forefront of our minds. 

“We have management and store briefs to look at how we can further improve, and our green warrior teams are encouraged to come up with new ideas and share best practice, enabling us to implement environmental schemes that can inspire further change within our teams.”

For further information visit www.selfridges.com 

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Guest Truck & Van in £1.2m fashion truck deal

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Guest Truck & Van in £1.2m fashion truck deal

A West Bromwich headquartered commercial vehicle dealer has supplied 14 new customised trucks to a global freight company in a deal worth over £1.2m. Transmec, which is responsible for transporting a large proportion of Britain’s fashion and automotive freight around the UK & Europe, has chosen high specification Iveco Stralis models.

Imran Mohammed, financial controller at Transmec said: “We chose this dealer and manufacturer combination because of the flexibility, value and good customer service they have offered. We always get a good deal with Guests.”

Managing director at Guest Truck and Van, Robert Spittle said: “Transmec have taken the time to look at exactly what they need from a truck for the sort of operation it is running.

“Modern commercial fleets are about efficiency, performance and maximising productivity. That means intelligent engineering and designing the cab around drivers who want a high level of comfort, infotainment and an excellent working environment. The Transmec trucks have sleeper cabs and are even equipped with a high capacity fridge.

“It’s always satisfying and impressive to see a convoy of vehicles leaving our forecourt to begin a life as part of a hard-working fleet.”

Three of the fourteen Transmec trucks preparing to leave Guest Truck & Van's West Bromwich HQ

Three of the fourteen Transmec trucks preparing to leave Guest Truck & Van's West Bromwich HQ

The 480hp IVECO Stralis trucks are fitted with the latest height intuitive satnav and road safety systems including driver attention support as well as driver comforts like fridges and infotainment system.

Transmec operates more than 180 latest-generation tractor units and handles more than one million shipments each year.

Guest Truck and Van has a network of 13 locations across the Midlands, East Anglia and South Yorkshire. The company employ more than 200 staff in its servicing and engineering operation, with a total staff count of 460.

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Birmingham’s iconic landmarks to be celebrated in The Big Sleuth

A Birmingham artist promises to celebrate the city’s most iconic landmarks when he produces his artwork for the Big Sleuth, the free public art event taking place this summer in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Slobodan Topalovic, known as Bobby, will transform his Sun Bear sculpture into Brummie Bear, which will include a number of Birmingham’s architectural gems such as Selfridges Birmingham, the Rotunda and St Martin’s Church, for the charity event.

The Big Sleuth - the follow-up to the Big Hoot, which saw 85 colourful giant owls on display across Birmingham in 2015 - is a 10-week art trail presented by public art specialists Wild in Art in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital. It is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity.

32-year-old Bobby has been commissioned by luxury department store Selfridges Birmingham to create an eye-catching design.

The artist, who is undertaking a PhD at Coventry University in coach design and road safety and has a Master’s degree in transport design, has a keen interest in visual identity, architecture and design research. It’s why his design features road and rail networks, as well as landmark buildings in the city.

He said:“I got together with Selfridges because the design I submitted initially included an overview of different architectural themes of Birmingham city centre, and this included the Selfridges 'silver discs' that cover the façade of the store. Selfridges saw the design and felt that this fitted in with its brand.

“I was absolutely thrilled to have been chosen, especially because my Sun Bear will be a tribute to Birmingham’s architecture, celebrating the most visually arresting and instantly identifiable parts of Birmingham’s visual identity.”

The artist, who lives in south Birmingham and whose brother Milan will also be producing an artwork for the Big Sleuth, added: “I love the fact I have had the opportunity to paint some of my favourite buildings on the bear and that my favourite building, Selfridges, features so heavily on the design. I’m also really keen to help raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital and this is a really fun way to do it. I made a point of really putting extra effort into the design as hopefully this will make people dig deeper into their pockets at the final auction and raise as much for the hospital as possible.”

Sam Watts, general manager at Selfridges Birmingham, said: “We’re really pleased to be supporting the Big Sleuth this year and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. We can hardly wait to see what Bobby produces because the preliminary drawings look amazing in their own right. We’re looking forward to unveiling it when the trail opens in July and playing our part in raising thousands of pounds for a brilliant cause.”

The Big Sleuth is a 10-week public art trail that launches on July 10 and will see up to 100 165cm tall sculptures of Sun Bears, the world’s smallest species of bear that is threatened with extinction, located across the city, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Sandwell and Resorts World.

Later this year, the sculptures will be auctioned off in aid of Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital. In 2015, sale of the owl sculptures raised more than £500,000.

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner launch collection at Selfridges Birmingham

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner launch collection at Selfridges Birmingham

The world has watched them living their jet-set lifestyles on Keeping Up with The Kardashians, witnessed their modelling careers reach stratospheric heights and now we can emulate the Jenner sisters’ style as the Kendall + Kylie collection heads to Selfridges Birmingham.

While Birmingham is no match for the glamour of Calabasas, the trendsetting Jenner sisters’ collection means that women can still capture the California look with a range of cool basics for the perfect capsule wardrobe, plus statement dresses for a special occasion.

With prices starting at £70 for an asymmetric, stretch-cotton top right up to £420 for a cotton twill and leather bomber jacket, the collection caters for a wide variety of occasions and price points. 

The collection features on-trend, versatile bodies, cropped high-rise twill cotton trousers, cute jersey dresses and summery crepe playsuits.

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It’s the latest collection from the Kardashian clan to hit the leading department store in the city centre.

Good American, sister Khloe Kardashian’s collection, launched exclusively in Selfridges in autumn 2016, to huge acclaim. The inclusive brand is designed to fit all body types and empower women of different shapes and sizes, celebrating curves and confidence. Its entire size range makes use of leg and butt-sculpting fabric, high-rise fits and a gap-proof contour waistband.

Yeezy, the clothing range from their brother-in-law Kanye West - also available in Selfridges Birmingham - is also going down a storm with men and women who love urban styling. The collection features cotton hoodies, sweatpants, shearling jackets, plus boots and trainers for that distinctive minimalist street vibe.

And while Kim Kardashian West doesn’t have her own collection out (surely it’s only a matter of time) you can head to Level 4 to find one of Kim’s favourite brands,  Balmain in the store. The latest collection includes a range of fantastically wearable pieces, from foiled-logo cotton tees to smart wool and silk blend blazers.

It’s definitely getting easier to keep up with the Kardashians’ style. For further information visit www.selfridges.com

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Work experience lad promoted to Service Manager

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Work experience lad promoted to Service Manager

A Wolverhampton schoolboy who chose to go into the workshop of his local truck dealer for his work experience assignment in 2003 has been promoted to the role of Service Manager.

Dainer Taylor, now 30, was a pupil at Deansfield High School in East Park when he thought he might want to become a motor mechanic, and after two weeks working at Guest Truck and Van he decided that commercial vehicles were what he wanted to work on.

The father of two said: “My dad was in the army and he’s a very practical chap. I learned from him at a very early age that gaining a skill such as motor engineering would put me in good stead to support myself and to bring up a family. I was always fascinated with mechanical stuff and I love to work with my hands.”

Dainer Taylor, Service Manager

Dainer Taylor, Service Manager

“Guest Truck and Van took me on as a trainee straight from school and I have worked my way up through the workshops with various levels of responsibility until my recent promotion to service manager. Our workshop looks after all sorts of trucks and vans. Today in the workshop we have a variety of delivery vehicles, two ambulances, a street sweeper and a horse box, so there’s always something different and interesting to work on.

“The biggest difference in my new role is having to deal directly with customers, which is a big change after spending so much time on the tools. I’m pleased with how my career is progressing and working within a company that has locations right across the region, there is always the opportunity for more development. I’m making sure that I keep up to date with the latest truck technology and help out with training the younger team members where I can.”

Guest Truck and Van Managing Director Robert Spittle said: “We have a long history of apprenticeships, training and nurturing young talent. Dainer is doing a great job and is a great example of the sort of opportunities that are available to youngsters who are keen and are prepared to work hard.”

The West Bromwich headquartered family business is the largest IVECO dealer in the UK and employs 458 people in 14 locations across the Midlands, North and East Anglia.

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It’s clear that Selfridges wears the Birmingham coffee crown

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It’s clear that Selfridges wears the Birmingham coffee crown

When you need that cup of morning coffee - or a pick-me-up to deal with the afternoon slump - Selfridges is THE place to head to for Birmingham’s best selection of caffeine-rich hits.

With a plethora of cool coffee goodies, the leading department store has everything a coffee lover needs – including the world’s first colourless coffee - to make it through the day, from breakfast right up to that after-dinner espresso.

Coffee on toast for breakfast? Why not? Selfridge’s exclusive Flat Brew espresso spread - a world first -  is an irresistible alternative to jam, marmalade or chocolate spread. Dark-roasted Arabica beans are combined with cocoa butter, cream and sugar to give a real kick to your morning toast, bagel or croissant.

Fancy a mid-morning latte or cappuccino? Selfridges is the only retailer in the city that sells genuine grand cru Nespresso pods. Whether you like intense, balanced or fruity/flowery aromas - or like to mix it up, depending on your mood - you can enjoy the unique flavour of Nespresso blends. Just add a dash of frothy milk.

If you love the flavour of coffee but want to keep those pearly whites bright, Selfridges Birmingham sells Clear Coffee, the world’s first colourless coffee drink. Made from high-quality Arabica beans and water, Clear Coffee does not contain preservatives, artificial flavours, stabilisers, sugars or sweeteners. The concept was developed by London-based brothers who were in search of a coffee alternative that did not stain their teeth. The totally transparent caffeinated creation is said to have a the rich taste of a 'potent cold brew.'

 

Sometimes, you want a little je ne sais quoi to make that coffee a little more exciting. If you crave extra flavour, it’s time to try Little’s, American-style flavoured coffee with its roots in Finland. Launched by American Henry Little and his Finnish wife Leila 25 years ago, the pair when were inspired by speciality coffee roasters in California who added natural extracts to coffee beans. When they returned to Finland, they began their own enterprise and by the early 1990s were among the top coffee roasters in Scandinavia. The couple moved to England with their children in 1995 and Little’s has grown, now selling a range of ground and instant coffees infused with flavours such as coconut, amaretto, spicy cardamom, and Havana rum.

Grumpy Mule makes coffee with a kick - and a conscience. Its range of ground Fairtrade coffees is sourced fairly and sustainably, ensuring that their growers share in the business’s success. Its smooth Rwanda Musasa is distinctive, with a clean, lemony flavour, while its organic Sumatra Gayo Highlands is smooth, full bodied with underlying herbal notes.

Prefer a refreshing cup of tea? Selfridges Birmingham has it covered. Forget your bog-standard dusty bag, elevate the tea-drinking experience by indulging in a pot of Williamson tea. Renowned for its sustainably managed farms in Kenya, Williamson is a fifth generation tea farmer and producer  with 140 years’ experience. Each tea is grown on a single farm and its range includes Earl Grey, Duchess Grey and a range of rich black teas.

Teapigs has one mission - to get this tea-loving nation enjoying a proper cuppa of real tea. Since it was launched in 2006, it has used whole tea leaves, herbs, berries, spices and flowers to guarantee maximum flavour. Teapigs are a real favourite among the discerning Selfridges Birmingham clientele.

Combining wellbeing with luxury, Niche Tea comprises six teas, each of which is presented in an elegant tea tube. Its natural ingredients are said to improve your skin, digestion, hair, mind, boost your energy levels or get a better night’s sleep.

Whatever your preferred drink - get the kettle on; we fancy a brew.

For further information visit www.selfridges.com

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