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  • Opus restaurant to host discussion panel on homelessness Opus Restaurant in Birmingham is to host its fourth ‘In Conversation With’ event focusing on the growing issue of homelessness in the West Midlands. An expert panel, including Jean Templeton, chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s homeless taskforce, and Birmingham GP Dr Judith Yates, founding member of the Independent Consortium on Drug Consumption Rooms, will discuss how the region can tackle the rise in homelessness in the region. Homelessness in the West Midlands – it’s time for systemic change is the latest Opus In Conversation event hosted by the city’s most sustainable restaurant. Previous events over the past 18 months have been a panel debate with candidates for this year’s West Midlands mayoral elections; an EU referendum debate with campaigners; and discussion on the future of bees. The discussion has been prompted by the rise in rough sleeping around Birmingham city centre, which is only tip of the homeless crisis iceberg. Opus director Ann Tonks said: “There is far too much homelessness in our region. There are people visibly sleeping rough around the city centre and I know many businesses want to contribute to the big efforts that are being made to help the homeless, but beyond charitable donations are unsure on the best way to help. This is such an important and challenging subject to focus on, and we expect the audience members to ask hard-hitting questions during the evening. “We are keen to ensure that the audience goes away far better informed about the multiple issues that contribute to homelessness in the region, have a clear sense of how they might be able to help, and direct their support fruitfully.” The panel discussion ...
  • Charity’s sweet success as chocolate fun run raises £10k Solihull’s tastiest fun run, the Chocolate 5k, has raised over £10,000 for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice – its biggest chocolate run in the area to date. Over 320 sweet-toothed runners took to Elmdon Park Nature Reserve last week to help raise vital funds for the local charity. The unique event blended exercise with indulgence, allowing participants to snack on sweet treats as they tackled the 5k challenge. Runners were handed bars from a number of chocolate stations and received support on the sidelines from Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, to give them that extra boost to reach the finish line. This is the third time the local hospice has hosted its Chocolate 5k in Solihull and this year was its most successful yet – with more participants raising more money than ever before. The previous two runs took place at Dorridge Village Hall in 2015 and 2016. All funds raised from the run will go towards Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, which provides vital care to individuals and families living with terminal illness across Birmingham and Sandwell. Lucy Watkins, events manager at Birmingham St Mary’s, said: “This year’s Chocolate 5k in Solihull was our sweetest yet and it was fantastic to see even more runners join us to help raise crucial funds for our Hospice. “£10k is an incredible amount of money and will allow us to continue to provide expert care and support to over 1,200 local families. All of our services – whether they are provided at the Hospice, in people’s homes or in the local community – are completely free of charge and so we rely on the generosity of others to keep our ...
  • Golfers raise more than £18,000 for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions The Donna Louise’s 13th Annual Golf Day took place at Trentham Golf Club on Friday 8th September and thanks to the generosity of the players, the day raised more than £18,000 – a record-breaking year. The day began with a bacon butty and a cuppa for the 120 players, before the first teams teed off at 11.30am. In total 30 teams of 4 players completed the course on what turned out to be a day of lovely Autumn weather. Following a successful day on the course, many of the players returned to the Club House for an evening dinner of pie & chips and an auction and raffle, which helped to boost the amount of money raised on the day. Finally the Dad of one of the children who regularly spends time at The Donna Louise spoke about his son’s condition and how supporters of The Donna Louise make a real difference to his family’s life through their generosity. Zoë Gregory, Events Manager at The Donna Louise, said, “Our annual Golf Day was a great success and although the weather was a bit mixed everyone had a great time. “I’d like to say a big thank you to the Golf Committee, the Golf Club, our main sponsors – Red Industries Limited, Motiva and Churchill China and all of our hole sponsors. And, of course, a big thank you to all the players who took part and helped to make this our most successful golf day so far. “The money raised by this record-breaking Golf Day will pay for a nurse, to care for children and young adults at The Donna Louise, for 6 months so ...
  • Education & Development Zone Launches for MACH 2018 As well as being the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies showcase, MACH 2018 plays host to an Education & Development (E&D) Zone specifically designed for students aged 11-19. The E&D Zone will bring together some the leading advanced engineering companies and educational institutions from across the UK, with the aim to shine a light on the vocational education and training that is imperative to closing the skills gap around the world. The E&D Zone is once again supported by Sandvik Coromant, which is one of the world’s leading suppliers of tools, tooling solutions and know-how to the metalworking industry. Kim Olander, Marketing Manager at Sandvik Coromant, said: “Engineering knowledge and skills are in short supply and we need to secure enough skilled people in the future to meet demand. Sandvik Coromant is proud to partner with the Education and Development Zone once again. We hope to enthuse young people about the vast range of careers engineering can offer them.” Laura Pickering, Education and Development Co-ordinator at the MTA, said: “We are really pleased to have Sandvik Coromant partner with the E&D Zone for the fourth show running and that some of their young engineers will be on-hand to help inspire visiting students.” The E&D Zone will be manned by a team of apprentices and graduates from exhibiting companies at MACH. The apprentices and graduates will be giving guided tours to the students around the entire exhibition. There will be a range of hands-on, interactive activities and educational seminars throughout the week in the E&D Seminar Theatre. MACH 2018 provides a unique opportunity for students to interact with industry and engage in peer-to-peer networking, to find out ...
  • Leading caterer scoops two awards at the SLC Awards 2017 Amadeus has scooped two prestigious awards at the SLC Awards 2017 held at BAFTA in London yesterday evening. The awards celebrate sports and leisure caterers taking food and beverage to new heights in this fast-paced and inventive industry. The Amadeus team were awarded the SLC Caterer of the Year title following a record breaking year for the company. The award-winning caterer delivered an impressive year of growth which saw it secure a record amount of new contracts totalling over £30m. New clients for the company include the East of England Arena and Events Centre and Compton Verney art gallery while the team also secured two major contracts in Northern Ireland to provide catering and hospitality services for Belfast Waterfront and sister venue Ulster Hall and a further four visitor attractions in the city. Neil Ashton, Executive Chef for Amadeus at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) also took home the Chef of the Year Award. Since joining Amadeus in 1998, Neil has not been afraid to take on risks to make Amadeus stand out as a challenger brand. In the last year, he has pushed his team to new heights, completely revitalising the in-hall catering offer available at the NEC. His major success has been the development of The Edge, boasting four different restaurant concepts for visitors to choose from when attending exhibitions. Kevin Watson, Managing Director at Amadeus, said: “Winning these prestigious awards further cements Amadeus’ reputation as a leader in the catering sector. At Amadeus, we are constantly changing and improving, driving food innovation and creativity across our diverse portfolio of venues and events. Last year, Amadeus experienced its most successful year to date ...