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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/

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Young Birmingham designer’s unique ‘coffee pod’ dresses displayed at Selfridges Birmingham

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Young Birmingham designer’s unique ‘coffee pod’ dresses displayed at Selfridges Birmingham

An up-and-coming Birmingham talent who is creating a stir in the fashion industry is showcasing his incredible designs in Selfridges - made out of redesigned coffee pods.

Rhys Ellis has created an inspiring, and unique, fashion collection which is on display in the iconic Birmingham store for the next three months.

The 25-year-old, who is originally from Kings Norton and now lives in Shoreditch, came up with the idea after moving to Milan to study at Politecnico di Milano design school alongside a world renowned tailor. It had been part of his three year BA in Fashion Design at Birmingham City University (BCU) but he decided to stay to continue his training.

He said: “That year in Italy was a great experience for me. Not only was I being trained by one of the world’s most distinguished and experienced bespoke tailors who, at the age of 74-years-old, teaches some of the most up-and-coming talent from brands such as Armani and Versace, but there is a coffee culture that I hadn’t seen before.

“It was while I was in one of the markets that I saw a lady making very simple jewellery from these coffee pods, and something just clicked and I knew that I could create dresses this way. I also liked the idea of using material that would otherwise be thrown away, and it was refashioned,” he said.

“I came away from this experience in Milan not only knowing so much about the industry, but also with an idea which I knew would translate into my fashion career and push it forward,” he said.

Each dress, which he creates and twists together by hand, is made with 6,000 repurposed coffee pods.  The Spring/Summer 17 collection, on display in Selfridges, is based on the theme of underwater, evolution and the effect the environment surrounding us can have on progress, and his dresses will be changed every few weeks.

His standout work forms part of Selfridges’ Material World project which looks at how materials are made and how to make them more sustainable.

“To see my work on display in Selfridges is just incredible. I used to work in one of the concessions in this store when I was studying, and now to see my work on display in my city, makes me so proud,” he added.

Selfridges began this year with a bright new look at sustainable innovation, through materiality, and the fascinating provenance of the fabrics of fashion. Rhys’s work is part of personal product stories on display in all four of their stores as part of the Material World scheme which encourages the use of sustainable fashion, innovation and ethical practice.

Despite his incredible eye for design and female fashion, Rhys’ first passion was football, and he hadn’t considered being a designer.

“When I was growing up I really wanted to be a footballer and that is all I wanted to do. But it was while I was in my second year of A Levels studying at Bishop Challoner I injured my back and that was my dream gone. I then started a foundation course with BCU in sculpture and textiles which made me decide this was the direction I wanted to go. My art teacher was incredible there. I didn’t have a clue about fashion but I was keen to learn. I knew how to draw, but not how to illustrate. And pieces I was creating were out of objects such as smashed mirrors, hoola hoops and card. Since then I haven’t looked back,” he added.

Rhys Ellis’ multi-disciplinarian approach to fashion is reflected in his varied experience, which includes working alongside ready-to-wear and couture designers like Iris van Herpen; photographers Juergen Teller or Bart Oomes, as well as contributing garments and designers for international exhibitions including the ‘Transforming Fashion’ exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and Le Bord des Mondes Exhibition in Paris.

Rhys is currently working on his next collection and is creating designs using other sustainable materials. He will have a number of his dresses displayed in the store for the next six weeks, and he can make bespoke dresses to order.

Beth White, Birmingham City University Lecturer in Fashion Business and Promotion said: “The spring/summer 2017 collection from Rhys Ellis demonstrates his commitment to sustainability and textile innovation. In line with the Selfridges Material World concept his collection addresses some of the fundamental environmental issues that are facing the fashion sector today.”

Sam Watts, general manager at Selfridges Birmingham, said: “The dresses have only been on display for just a few days and already many of our customers are stopping and noticing them. For us to be able to proudly display, and support the work of an upcoming and talented Birmingham Fashion Designer in his home store is an honour. His work fits in well with our the Material World scheme and We know that Rhys is going to be moving onto incredible things in his future, and we will be proud to have been able to help in our own way. "

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Pearl wedding truck couple still working together

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Pearl wedding truck couple still working together

When Dean Bradshaw joined Sheffield truck dealer Phillip’s Truck Services as an apprentice in 1979 he didn’t imagine that he would be promoted to general manager or still be working there nearly 40 years later.

The most important highlight of Dean’s career, which has centred around the Highfield Road site was meeting Dawn, who began working at the company as switchboard operator in 1982.

Love blossomed and the couple married in 1986. They both work for Sherwood Truck and Van, still in the same location where they met and Dean has become Dawn’s boss.

Dawn said: “I still remember meeting Dean for the first time. He was in the workshop in his overalls and I thought he was really nice. One day he plucked up the courage to ask me out and that was it.

“We have three children and the company has always been very supportive. I’ve left a couple of times when the kids were very young, but I’ve always come back.

“Things have changed a lot over that time. When I started it was a job in itself looking after the switchboard, now with technology, everyone can manage their own calls. I moved into admin a long while ago, so I see how technology is affecting the rest of the business too.”

Dean said: “There’s always been a family atmosphere at work, even though we’re part of a network of dealerships. Some people think it might be difficult working with your wife, but we’ve always got on really well and over the years it might have helped that we’ve worked in different departments.

“I’m pleased that I took the apprenticeship route into work. It’s been very rewarding, and of course I met my lovely wife. Every time we take a new apprentice on, I do wonder if they’ll meet their future partner at work and still be together more than 30 years later.”

Sherwood Truck and Van sells and maintains commercial vehicles and camper vans.

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Students buying more notebooks than ever after research reveals handwriting beats typing

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Students buying more notebooks than ever after research reveals handwriting beats typing

Students are reaping the rewards of using a notepad and pen when studying in comparison to their laptop-tapping contemporaries, with eager learners buying more notebooks than ever before.

To mark National Handwriting Day (Monday 23rd January), British stationery brand Nu: has revealed that sales of its nu Craze range of notepads, designed specifically for students, grew by more than 30% in the year 2015/16.  This reflects the findings of research carried out in 2014 which revealed that those who take study notes with a pen and paper retain more knowledge than those who use a computer.

Research by Princeton University and University of California1 revealed that students who took longhand notes using a notepad retained more conceptual knowledge than those who took notes using a laptop, despite writing fewer words than their computer counterparts. In a number of studies, those who used a laptop were more likely to take notes word-for-word, ‘mindlessly’ typing what they were seeing and hearing, than those who wrote longhand. The research also showed that even after a week’s delay, those who took notes by hand still retained more knowledge.

Dr Daryl Brown, head teacher at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School, one of the country’s leading establishments for pupils with dyslexia, also believes that handwriting helps students retain knowledge.

“Handwriting pulls spelling patterns out of people’s kinaesthetic memory, where the learner can feel each letter as they write it. Letters typed into a keyboard are pulled from a locational memory or by visually locating each correct key.  Typing is not as closely linked to spelling patterns and memory as is the kinaesthetic movement of the pen in writing. Writing by hand means the student plays a more active part in processing what to write and how to write it. This makes the key facts more memorable than what could be an almost mechanical process of hearing a word and typing it on a page,” he said.

Keith Matthews, Managing Director at Nuco International, said: “It’s fantastic to see that students are increasingly seeing the importance of taking notes by hand and keeping hold of what they’ve learned by doing so. We designed our nu Craze range with students in mind, with bright colours and striking designs that allow them to let their individuality shine through.”

National Handwriting Day was created to remind the public about the importance of handwriting and to re-introduce people to pen and paper.

 

1 Mueller, Pam and Daniel Oppenheimer. The Pen Is Mightier Than The Keyboard: Advantages Of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking. Princeton University and University of California, Los Angeles, 2013. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.

Report available for download: https://sites.udel.edu/victorp/files/2010/11/Psychological-Science-2014-Mueller-0956797614524581-1u0h0yu.pdf

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Park Regis extends commitment to CBSO following cuts to arts funding

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Park Regis extends commitment to CBSO following cuts to arts funding

Park Regis has extended its support of the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) following the recent announcement that the orchestra will receive a 25% cut in funding from Birmingham City Council from April 2017.

The gold partnership, which was formed in September 2016, has seen Park Regis provide valuable support to the CBSO by hosting a series of corporate and pre-concert events, as well as providing hotel clients with opportunities to enjoy the CBSO in action at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Robin Ford, general manager at Park Regis Birmingham, said: “The CBSO is one of the country’s finest arts institutions, here on our doorstep. It is more critical now than ever that businesses in the region come forward to form commercial partnerships with organisations such as the CBSO, allowing them to continue to deliver world-class performances in our city.”

Bridget Blow, CBSO Chair, said: “There is global excitement about the CBSO’s future with one of the world’s most exciting young conductors, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, at the helm. Given reduced public funding, we are grateful for the generosity of Park Regis, which recognises the importance of art and culture to the local economy.  We both have an opportunity to continue to boost the city’s reputation as a great destination for visitors.”

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Paint & Wine with your Valentine

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Paint & Wine with your Valentine

Paint the town with someone special this Valentine’s Day with Birmingham’s latest craze, ‘Paint & Wine,’ next month on Tuesday 14th February.

Park Regis Birmingham will be mixing wine, paint and love at the unique event, where couples can get lost in the clouds and let their creative juices flow in the romantic and chic Skybar on Level 16.  

Inspired by the increasingly popular trend in America, the hotel’s second Paint & Wine party boasts a romantic twist. Hotel guests will follow a step-by-step painting guide provided by the teacher - although freestyling is encouraged - while enjoying wine and a ‘painter’s platter’ of delicious aphrodisiacs that will get more than just your taste buds going.

Whether it’s your first time painting or you’re art enthusiasts, couples will work intimately to create one masterpiece fueled by passion and paint. Guests of all abilities are welcome as the teacher talks through each brushstroke.

Robin Ford, general manager at Park Regis Birmingham, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting our second Paint & Wine evening. Our first event in September was so successful that we knew we needed to do something to top it. This romantic evening is the perfect way for city couples to spend their Valentine’s Day. Lovers will be able to gaze into their partner's eyes while overlooking the beautiful Birmingham skyline. It won’t matter if you are a seasoned painter or an amateur artist because love will be in the air.”

Park Regis Birmingham will be hosting its ‘Valentine’s Paint & Wine’ on Tuesday 14th September, 7-9pm. Tickets cost £60 per couple and include all art materials, two glasses of wine and a painter’s platter. Tickets can be purchased individually and singles can be matched with a partner for £30 per person.


Tickets are available from: http://parkregis.eventbrite.com

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