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  • A day full of fun at first Brindleyplace Family Festival The first ever Family Festival is coming to Brindleyplace this summer with a host of free activities taking place across the estate for visitors of all ages to enjoy, including street dance workshops and penalty shootout challenges with the Birmingham City Football Club mascot Beau. Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, the inaugural Brindleyplace Family Festival will take place on Saturday 16 June, raising vital funds for blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia with fun for the whole family. Visitors will be able to learn a new skill and get creative at various workshops throughout the day with DanceXchange and Ikon Gallery. Adding a touch of magic to the day, as well as a number of spellbinding performances magicians from The Magic Circle will be sharing tips and tricks to try at home to impress friends and family. Nathan Sanghera, Marketing and Events Executive at Brindleyplace, said: “We’re counting down to our first ever Family Festival at Brindleyplace this summer and we’re excited to be able to announce some of the free activities we’ve got planned. “There’ll be face painting, balloon modelling and traditional Punch and Judy shows, perfect for anyone with young children as well as a giant ‘James and the Giant Peach’ inspired story corner – an inflatable giant peach in Central Square, you won’t be able to miss it! – while football fans can test their footwork and take on the Birmingham City Football Club mascots. There’s even an Adult Crèche in Oozells Square with manicures and beauty treatments – so there really is something for everyone and, with more to be announced, it’s definitely worth putting the date in your diary now!” For the ...
  • Shropshire cycling team heads to Italy to compete in six day race A Shropshire cycling team is travelling to Europe this weekend to take part in the Giro Sardegna road race – a six day event taking place in Sardinia from April 22. Four members of the Rhino Velo Race Team, run by Chris Pook of Estate Agents Cooper Green Pooks and Ben Lawrence of Beaumont Lawrence Chartered Insurance Brokers, will take part in the Gran Giro event – six stages over six days covering both flat and mountainous terrain. The Giro Sardegna team will be made up of former professional rider and now coach Liam Holohan, 30, from Shrewsbury, brothers Tom Pook, 30, and Chris Pook, 35, both from Shrewsbury, and Matthew Davies, 35, from Minsterley. Chris Pook, who recently took part in Ireland’s Ras Mumhan race, said: “Sardinia is a beautiful island and is a road cyclist’s paradise. “We wanted to take part to present new challenges to the team. Our aim this year isto offer our riders an opportunity to take on more interesting races and racing in Sardinia certainly reflects that. “It’s the first time the team has entered this race and we are hoping to place highly in every stage and of course target the overall.” The Giro Sardegna’s first stage will start in San Teodoro, ending in Budoni and taking in some spectacular views. Day two of the race, which starts in Concas, is entirely flat but with very fast riding. Mr Pook said: “It will be very challenging as you will also need to be very controlled. The third stage will see us reach Capo Comino, a working lighthouse, while the fourth stage, is the decider or the ‘Queen Stage’ taking in Monte ...
  • Coventry company to host Frank Bruno at star studded charity golf day   One of Britain’s most loved sporting personalities will be helping a Coventry company to hit the £100,000 fundraising target for Support Our Paras from its annual star-studded golf day. Frank Bruno MBE, former WBC Heavyweight Boxing World Champion, will be the special guest and dinner speaker at the sixth Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner taking place on Thursday, July 19. The event will raise money for the Wigley Support Fund, an initiative launched by commercial property and construction company The Wigley Group in 2017 to retrain soldiers identified by the Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras. It netted £17,000 for the Wigley Support Fund last year, taking the total amount raised over five years of the event for Support Our Paras to more than £80,000. The special guest announcement comes as the Wigley Support Fund joins forces with Support Our Paras on a new opportunity for soldiers to take the first step towards becoming a boxing coach. The first 12 wounded, serving and veteran Paratroopers will be signed up for the England Boxing and Police Community Clubs of Great Britain’s Boxing Leader course in June. Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Frank Bruno. He is a national treasure and more than two decades on from becoming World Champion, is still regarded as one of Britain’s most loved sporting personalities. “We are planning for this year’s event to be the best ever and with his presence, hope to attract a bigger crowd and take our fundraising total for Support Our Paras to over £100,000. “It is fitting that we are embarking on a new collaboration with Support ...
  • JLT Specialty and Eversheds Sutherland launch construction insights forum   Risk management and insurance broking advisers, JLT Specialty, who have offices in Birmingham and Nottingham, are launching a quarterly Midlands Construction Insights Forum, with international law firm Eversheds Sutherland. The aim of the forum is to attract members from the region’s construction, property development and advisory communities who want to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the construction and development industry, as well as discussing potential risks to businesses in this fast-paced sector. The first in a series of breakfast seminars is due to take place on the 22nd May 2018 at JLT Specialty’s offices on Church Street in Birmingham and will focus on main contractor insolvency. Commenting, Henry Gallacher Development Executive at JLT Specialty, said: “The forum will provide a network for like-minded individuals, to share experiences and best practice. We aim to cover current topics about potential risks to businesses in the construction sector, as well as updates on legal issues. Businesses in the supply chain can be directly impacted by the larger contractors, and we have seen this in the recent demise of Carillion. Having a clear understanding of potential issues and risks, and how best to protect against them or avoid them altogether is key for the future success of these businesses.” Thomas Taylor, Senior Associate for Construction and Engineering at Eversheds Sutherland in Birmingham, added: “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with JLT Specialty to deliver a number of informative construction seminars over the coming the months. The topics will be of relevance to the current construction market and should allow those who deal in the construction sphere to better appreciate the risks and challenges which the sector faces on ...
  • The school-led system – getting down to business at the West Midlands School Leaders Conference 2018   On Friday 18th May school leaders from across the region will once again gather for the West Midlands School Leaders Annual Conference: The School Led System – Getting Down to Business, #WMschooled. Launched in 2015, and now the most anticipated West Midlands school leaders event of the year, #WMschoolled will attract the cream of senior educational leaders and decision makers, all keen to tackle the burning issues surrounding the school leadership system. Last year was all about empowering delegates to get involved and shape the evolving educational landscape. This year is different. Change IS happening. Therefore, leaders need to be fully equipped to manage the latest developments. For senior school staff, finding real solutions to make positive differences in the classroom environment is crucial. Organised by the Teaching Schools Council (TSC), #WMschoolled will once again be hosted by BBC Midlands Today presenter Mary Rhodes and will be chaired by Richard Gill, CEO of The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership and TSC Member for the West Midlands. The Keynote Speeches will be delivered by Geoff Barton, General Secretary for the Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL), Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching and Sir Christopher Stone, Chief Education Officer, MENASA and Deputy Chairman, Academic Council. In addition, Professor Mick Waters will deliver his reflections on the day – summarising the key takeaway points and highlights that delegates will leave with, to help propel them into action. #WMschoolled is designed to educate, encourage and motivate primary and secondary school leaders, educationalists, governors and local authority leaders from across the region. The Conference itself is also moving up a gear. At this year’s ...