WE’VE GOT BIG LOVE FOR SMALL BIZ

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EAST VILLAGE. could not be more excited about being chosen as one of 2017’s SmallBiz100! A Birmingham-bred business that lives and breathes the second city, we’re proud to be reppin’ B-town on the list. As such, we’re using our place on it to shout about all the other independents doing their thing in the city too. We want to lead the campaign #SmallBizBigCity, collaborating with our fellow small businesses, and co-operating with organisations, shopping centres, BIDs and other PR agencies alike to collate the list and spread the word. To signpost people to Birmingham’s independents, we’re creating a foldable map, that starts off as A7

GIN DINNER SET TO SHAKE UP MOOR HALL HOTEL

Edinburgh Gin

It was announced as Amazon’s best seller this week, and now Edinburgh Gin is lifting the spirits of gin fans in the Midlands with the announcement of a special five-course dinner dedicated to Mother’s Ruin. On Friday 8 September, the team from Edinburgh Gin will bring their award-winning range to Moor Hall Hotel for a five-course feast set to tantalise the tastebuds. Prepared by the hotel’s new head chef, Nigel Parnaby, a special menu has been created to complement the range of gins on offer. Leading the evening will be the Edinburgh Gin team who will educate guests about a

ALL THE FUN AND FLAVOUR OF LATIN AMERICA ARRIVES IN THE HEART OF THE CITY CENTRE

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Las Iguanas is set to open the doors of its latest venture on 28 August, with its trademark carnival of Latin American food and culture arriving on Temple Street, Birmingham just in time for Bank Holiday revellers. As we get set to say goodbye to summer, Las Iguanas will bring the tropical styles and sun-kissed colours of Latin America to the heart of the Birmingham. Already known for its culinary adventure, this is a welcomed addition to the city’s foodie scene and its ideal location is perfectly placed for business lunches, after work drinks, weekend shopping, and special celebrations. The

COLMORE ROW OFFICE MOVE IS JUST THE BUSINESS FOR CURE LEUKAEMIA

Cure Leukaemia office move

Birmingham based cancer charity, Cure Leukaemia, has made the move from the Jewellery Quarter to set up its offices in the city centre. Marking a successful 14 years raising awareness and vital funds for blood cancer patients in the region, the charity is now located in Colmore Gate, further boosting its ties with the city’s business community. The move, which sees Cure Leukaemia’s five-strong-team now based at Colmore Gate, Colmore Row, brings the charity closer to the business community as it marks the half way point of its £1 million Appeal to expand the globally-significant Centre for Clinical Haematology, based

THESTUDIOGLASGOW REACHES NEW HEIGHTS AFTER FURTHER TEAM EXPANSION

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No longer the new-kid-on-the-block, thestudioglasgow is proving it’s already one of the city’s high-flyers with an ever-growing team. Since opening in September 2016, the venue has enjoyed tremendous success in its first Scottish location, leading to the appointment of new Sales Consultant, Tracey Morrison. Tracey will be joining the 8 other members of staff, which has increased from 3 in just nine months. Tracey’s new role will see her become the face of thestudio in the local area. Having previously worked in both retail and consumer hospitality, Tracey is the perfect fit for the position, taking thestudio’s “Customer First” motto

WOLVERHAMPTON FIESTA REVS UP THE FUN FOR GRAND RETURN

Wolverhampton Fiesta

Heading back to West Park for another year of summer fun, Wolverhampton Fiesta is returning with full force – and this time, it’s bringing monster trucks! The four-wheeled spectacles will be speeding, crashing, and crushing for the delight of the crowds. Better still, for one weekend only, the Wolverhampton Fiesta will even be offering revelers the chance to ride the giant trucks. Organised by Harry Jones Company, the Wolverhampton Fiesta will be back on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July. Both days will feature giant monster truck displays twice a day, as well as mini monster trucks, and quad bikes.

STARS ALIGN FOR PURNELL’S CHARITY BASH

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TV star Jimi Mistry and X Factor winner Sam Bailey have confirmed their return to the city later this year, for Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen. The duo join a number of supporters who are back for the 2017 event, including Birmingham Airport, who have signed up as Headline Sponsor for the third year running. The Friday night fundraiser, in aid of Cure Leukaemia, has big ambitions this year and is moving to The Vox, doubling its capacity from 400 to 800. Taking place on Friday 6 October, the event will see Glynn Purnell joined on stage by a host

SPACE CREATION PAVES WAY FOR NEW-LOOK CUSTARD FACTORY

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It is the largest hub of digital and creative talent outside of London, and now the Custard Factory has sought some innovation of its own, in the form of RIBA chartered Innovation Architecture. Looking for a complete makeover of its outside courtyard space, the Digbeth-based venue has now welcomed a flexible public events space as part of a 3-month construction project with the architects practice. Known as the city’s Creative Quarter, Custard Factory was previously home to a reflective pool feature, but after three months’ redevelopment, the pool has now made way for a paved area allowing for several adaptable

EAST VILLAGE. PROVIDES JUST THE TONIC FOR DRINKS BRANDS

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PR and marketing agency, EAST VILLAGE., is getting into the spirit of summer after a number of client wins across the drinks industry and an award win. The agency has been appointed by one of the world’s most respected Scottish independent distilleries, Ian Macleod Distillers, to generate media coverage for its brands across the Midlands. Through media engagement and a series of public and trade events, the Birmingham-based agency will represent brands including Edinburgh Gin, Glengoyne, Smokehead and Tamdhu in England. The team of communications professionals will work alongside Claire Sumner-Hughes, Regional Sales Manager (England Midlands) for Ian Macleod Distillers:

THE VOICE’S JASON JONES SET TO WOW AT WOLVERHAMPTON FIESTA

Jason Jones

This year, Wolverhampton Fiesta will welcome a famous face to West Park, with performances by singing sensation Jason Jones. Since appearing on The Voice earlier this year, Jason has gained celebrity status in the region, proving that the West Midlands has got talent. Jason will appear on the Wolverhampton Fiesta stage on both Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July, performing twice each day. Jason was picked to part of Will.i.am’s team on ITV’s much-loved talent show, The Voice UK, earlier this year and made it through to the semi-final stages. His blind audition, which now has over 2 million views