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  • Are you ready to Step Up?   Back by popular demand and following success of last year, The Donna Louise has launched “Step Up” – the one million step challenge! From 1st April (or any other date you choose), you’ll walk, run, dance or skip your way to one million steps. Whether you walk 10,000 steps a day for one hundred days, celebrate 20 years of The Donna Louise by doing 20,000 steps a day or come together with family, friends or co-workers to get the steps in, you’ll do it at your own pace, in your own time, getting sponsored for every stride. The face of Step Up is Six-year-old Oscar who has CHARGE syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which affects his heart, growth, eyes and ears. He’s undergone two bouts of emergency surgery over the last few years alone. The bubbly character has been coming to The Donna Louise since he was just one-year-old. His Dad said, “Oscar loves coming to The Donna Louise, it makes a real difference to him. Even for a few moments we can forget about the challenges and difficulties and have some fun. For us it gives us a bit of respite and is an incredible help.” However you choose to Step Up, with the well-documented health benefits of moving more, you’ll not only be stepping up for Oscar, you’ll be stepping up for you. Whether it’s one person who wants to make a difference, or a business looking to get their whole workforce involved, by taking part in The Donna Louise’s one million step challenge, supporters will be making sure that the charity can be there for families like Oscar’s every step of the ...
  • Young professionals chase £30,000 prize as Future Faces achieve record growth   Future Faces will celebrate another record year – during which it has doubled in size – at the ICC in Birmingham in September. The young professionals’ arm of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce is staging its fifth annual awards and dinner on Friday, September 20. A move to the ICC, one of the largest conference and event venues in the city, reflects the organisation achieving record growth in the past 12 months. Future Faces helps businesses support young colleagues during their career development and its membership profile now spans across multiple sectors, comprising professional, financial and IT, manufacturing and construction, charity and public sector, marketing and events, leisure and business hospitality, technology, engineering and entrepreneurial and creative. Mark Hipwell, Future Faces president, said: “Now in our seventh year, the Future Faces network has grown from strength to strength. Our numbers have grown exponentially and we are excited that our awards dinner is graduating to one of Birmingham’s biggest event spaces. “I can’t wait to see the awards applications coming in over the next few months – particularly as Birmingham continues to hit massive highs with entrepreneurs, small businesses and with its ever-changing skyline. “I’d highly recommend any young professional who is keen to develop their career or promote themselves beyond their own business sector to apply for the awards.” At the 2018 awards, marketing expert Rebecca Halbert from commercial property consultancy Avison Young was crowned the Future Face of Greater Birmingham, having also won the Future Faces of Sales Marketing and Communications sector award. The winner of this year’s overall Future Face of Greater Birmingham award will also receive a fully-funded Executive MBA scholarship from Future Faces patron ...
  • Stride out over Malvern Hills for hospice care Families and friends are being invited to stride out across the Malvern Hills for a hospice’s 35th annual fundraising walk. The St Richard’s Hospice Malvern Hills Walk takes place on Saturday, May 18 – with two, five and 11-mile routes available. The walk is a popular fixture in the hospice’s events calendar and has been running every year since St Richard’s was launched in 1984. Last year’s walk raised £32,500 – the most the event has ever raised for the Worcester-based hospice. Jayne Sargeant, Hospice Fundraiser, said: “We can’t wait to welcome everyone along for a great day out on the Malvern Hills. “This event is so well-loved by our community and we thoroughly enjoy seeing everyone out on the hills, walking in support of our hospice care. “Last year’s walk was absolutely incredible and we were so thrilled with the amount raised. We hope you can join us to raise even more this year!” Both the two and five-mile walks are circular, starting from 10am at Black Hill Car Park. Admin fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. The 11-mile walk will see participants trek the length of the hills from Chase End. Those taking on the 11-mile route will be transported to the start by coach, leaving from North Quarry Car Park at 7.30am. Admin fee is £14 for adults and £7 for under 16s. The hospice is asking participants to raise £50 or more. All those who do so, will be entered into a prize draw to win a family meal for four at Ask, Great Malvern. The Malvern Hills Walk is sponsored by Astons Coaches and is supported by the Malvern Hills Trust. To sign-up ...
  • How to make the most out of upcoming business events Whatever sector you’re in, there will be trade events that are perfect for you and your business. Even if they are a little thin on the ground in your sector, there are still loads of networking clubs all around the midlands that meet regularly and allow companies and individuals to try to drum up new business. However, tweaking your approach can reap massive rewards. The Midlands is home to top class venues that cater to all the needs of both exhibitors and visitors. The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is one of the best-known venues in the country. There are dozens of suitable hotels, like The Belfry, and several football grounds such as Aston Villa, the King Power stadium, and The Ricoh Arena, it soon becomes apparent there are no shortage of choices for venues. Keep an eye on all upcoming trade shows Just because you operate in a particular sector doesn’t mean this is where your main focus should be. For example, a marketing agency is relevant to anyone in business who advertises, which means you can literally attend any trade shows you choose and still be relevant. In fact, you’ll often find you have far less competition than at marketing related shows. Offer something specific Even though you might have a specific offering, try to tailor it to suit the sector of the show you’re attending. For instance, if you are a professional translation company attending an event aimed at a specific type of manufacturing, why not consider offering help and insights on how to start exporting? This will not only add a great deal of value to attendees but will also be beneficial ...
  • Bullseye for Mosaic Pub & Dining with darts bar launch National food and beverage operator, Mosaic Pub & Dining, has announced the launch of a brand new concept bar in Birmingham. Opening in the city’s Jewellery Quarter location next month, 180 Club is a late-night destination bar specialising in darts. Following the group’s acquisition of The Rectory last September, alongside two other Birmingham pubs for a total of £1.3 million, this is the latest investment in the city from Mosaic Pub & Dining. The 2000 sq ft basement space, located on st Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter, will undergo an extensive refurbishment to create this brand-new concept bar. 180 Club will be home to six darts lanes, including a private room, and will be able to host up to 14 players per lane. The electronic darts boards showcase the height of technology, giving the city’s experience-seekers a place to showcase their skills. Aiming to reposition darts to a new demographic, 180 Club will also be a late night hot spot, offering shots, sharer cocktails and New York-style snacks. Peter McDonald CEO , from Mosaic Pub & Dining, comments: “This is a new concept for Birmingham, but also for Mosaic Pub & Dining, but we know that this new underground darts experience can really work and we’re proud that Birmingham is going to be our pioneer city. Since our acquisition of three pubs last summer, we now have six sites in the city; all of which are thriving, so it was a no-brainer to choose Birmingham as the location for the first 180 Club. “The concept is simple; we’re making darts cool; bringing the fast-paced competitive nature of the sport into the 21st Century ...