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  • Exciting opportunities available in Atherstone at upcoming property auction Exciting opportunities available in Atherstone at upcoming property auctionAn exciting development opportunity will go under the hammer this month at the by-monthly Loveitts auction. Situated in the southern outskirts of Atherstone, the 0.08-acre parcel of land is positioned within a quiet cul-de-sac location and holds planning permission for the erection of two detached dwellings. Located within close proximity to the towns of Nuneaton, Hinckley and Tamworth, the Atherstone land opportunity also benefits from excellent road links to both Coventry and Birmingham – meaning any future development will be both ideally positioned and situated in a highly sought-after area. With a modest guide price of between £90,000 and £110,000, experts at Loveitts consider this development opportunity highly profitable and one that is expected to generate considerable interest on the night. Also in the line-up is a one bed mid terrace with attic room in Richmond Road. Although in need of some decoration, the property is fully double glazed and has gas central heating. Within easy reach of the town centre and a highly competitive guide price of £60,000 – £70,000 it is a highly attractive investment proposition. Prospective buyers will get their chance at capturing these exciting opportunities when they go under the hammer on 26th September at the Village Urban Resort Hotel, Coventry. Sally Smith, Director and Auctioneer at Loveitts commented: “Whether you are a first-time developer or a seasoned pro, both lots are an attractive proposition for investment or development opportunities. “Given the competitive guide price of the land at Ambien Road, in particular, we anticipate that this lot will receive a significant amount of interest on the night – so we urge those with a sharp interest in development not to miss out ...
  • Actress Annette Badland returns to hometown to be honoured by Birmingham’s The Old Rep Actress Annette Badland returns to hometown to be honoured by Birmingham’s The Old RepLast week, Birmingham’s The Old Rep welcomed their brand new patron Birmingham born actress Annette Badland to present her with a dedicated seat plaque to honour her remarkable career and achievements in the arts. She has joined The Old Rep’s list of iconic patrons including Brian Cox, Toyah Willcox, June Brown and most recently Brian Blessed. Badland is an Olivier and SAG award nominated actress, she trained in acting at London’s East 15 Acting School and after drama school joined Sir Ian McKellen’s Actors’ Company before eventually moving on to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Best known for her roles in Doctor Who, Cutting It and most recently Aunt Babe in long running soap opera EastEnders. In 1993 she was nominated for an Olivier award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Jim Cartwright’s play ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’. Welcomed at Stage Door by The Old Rep team, Annette was taken on a tour around the building to reminisce about her time here. Badland used to attend The Old Rep as a young girl and was an avid fan of attending Shakespeare plays here. “The Old Rep was so important to me when I first fell in love with theatre and acting, so I’m utterly delighted, surprised and honoured to be a patron. I used to enjoy Shakespeare because of the feeling of a company which I enjoyed very much, and then I just found it a magical place to be so I used to just come whenever I could, I guess Shakespeare was my first love.” We sat down with Annette to talk about her outstanding career ...
  • Free advice for businesses at employment law event Free advice for businesses at employment law eventBusinesses will get the chance to be updated on the very latest employment law changes at a series of seminars in October. Employment law seminars are held regularly each spring and autumn by Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors and the events being held this October will be taking place in Shropshire and Hereford. The events are free to attend, although there is a charge of £25 for HR professionals. Guests will have the chance to hear about recent and forthcoming developments in employment law, network with fellow delegates and speak to members of Lanyon Bowdler’s vastly experienced team about any points they would like to raise. The Shropshire events will be held at Oswestry Cricket Club on October 16, Lanyon Bowdler’s Telford office on October 17 – both will run between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, starting with networking and a buffet lunch – and Shrewsbury Town Football Club on October 24 between 8.30am and 10.30am, where breakfast will be provided on arrival. A further seminar will take place at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford, on October 22 between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, and will start with networking opportunities and a buffet lunch. John Merry, Head of the firm’s Employment Law Team, said: “These events are always popular and are extremely useful for keeping businesses up to speed with employment law, which is ever-changing.. “We will be discussing changes to requirements for written statements of terms and conditions of employment, and recent court/tribunal decisions regarding working time, rest breaks, minimum wage record-keeping requirements, restrictive covenants and discrimination and harassment claims. “We’ll look at harassment claims in more detail, including the impact of the #metoo movement on workplace relations, and how employers can minimise ...
  • Best Birmingham Hospitality Award for Staying Cool Best Birmingham Hospitality Award for Staying CoolStaying Cool at Rotunda won the Best Hospitality Business award at the 2019 Birmingham Post Business Awards last Thursday night against two stalwarts of the sector – The ICC (International Convention Centre) and Edgbaston Cricket Stadium – for its Creative Heights events programme. The judges were looking for businesses that facilitate exceptional events and/or corporate hospitality. To celebrate its 10th anniversary at Rotunda, Staying Cool ran a year-long series of cultural events under the Creative Heights banner, which appealed to the judges. In the past year, Staying Cool’s serviced apartments hosted activities as diverse as Poetry in the Penthouse with Writing West Midlands, pop-up restaurants with The Wilderness, a film screening of High Rise with The Electric, an acoustic set with Songwall and a press interview with Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai as well as a Santa’s Grotto for Birmingham Children’s Hospital among others. Managing Director, Tracey Stephenson said, “Our win is testament to the fact that a small serviced apartment business can successfully compete against big companies. We have a very creative, talented team and they relish the challenge of coming up with exciting events that fit with our brand and location. We would like to thank all of the businesses and charities who have partnered with us. Special thanks go to Independent Birmingham who nominated us for the award.” The awards ceremony on September 12th was hosted by broadcaster Daisy McAndrew and keynote speaker Lord Andrew Adonis. The judges were Marc Reeves and Sarah Pullen of Reach PLC, Lucy Fardy of Barclays and Neil Philpott of PWC. Chair of the Judging Panel Marc Reeves commented, “Our finalists come from an incredibly wide range of sectors and from ...
  • UK machining cell ‘firsts’ set to be unveiled at ETG’s ‘Discover Turnkey Excellence’ Open House UK machining cell ‘firsts’ set to be unveiled at ETG’s ‘Discover Turnkey Excellence’ Open HouseThree new ‘UK’ machining cell launches and the first showcase of HK Technologies’ latest 3D printing, EDM and laser marking technology will be the main highlights of the Engineering Technology Group’s Open House in October (2nd-3rd). Over 150 industry delegates are expected to attend the two-day ‘Discover Turnkey Excellence’ event at its Wellesbourne Headquarters, with the emphasis on highlighting new advancements in CNC machining and additive manufacturing as more manufacturers explore bespoke production solutions. They will be able to get a first-look at live production demonstrations on the new Quaser UX500 twin pallet machine (with 15k to 24k rpm spindle), the Nakamura MX100 (a fusion between a 5-axis machining centre and a lathe) and the bavius TR80 Machining Centre, which offers dynamic 5-axis simultaneous machining on steel and titanium. Following the recent acquisition of HK Technologies, ETG has added several new ranges to its portfolio and these will also be on display, including Markforged and 3D Systems for 3D printing/additive manufacturing and Mitsubishi and OPS Ingersoll with their latest EDM offerings. “This will be our biggest Open House yet and a perfect way to celebrate 25 years in business,” explained Martin Doyle, Managing Director of the Engineering Technology Group. “Over the last twelve months, we have seen demand for turnkey solutions hit record highs, with customers choosing to ‘bespoke’ their machines through additional automation, high-performance probes and CAD/CAM software.” He continued: “Discover Turnkey Excellence puts all of the technology we offer under one roof, including three new UK firsts and HK Technology’s extensive range of 3D printing/additive manufacturing and EDM solutions. “It’s important that we get the message across that ETG is more than just a supplier ...