BIRMINGHAM WINE WEEKEND SET TO BE A CORKER AS FIRST VENUES ARE ANNOUNCED

Birmingham Wine Weekend

Birmingham Wine Weekend is set to be a corker when it debuts this spring, and with the first 18 venues confirmed, the festival looks to be an oenophile’s dream. Aimed at novices, connoisseurs and everyone in between, venues across the city will be showcasing their favourite vines from 23-25 March 2018.  Award-winning Hotel du Vin leads the line-up as the home of the festival, hosting the Birmingham Wine Weekend Hub where wine lovers will collect their wristbands before setting off to explore the city. Like all participating venues, Hotel du Vin will select two wines – a white, red and/or

ABCC AWARD WIN FOR WEST MIDLANDS’ GOLDEN GIRL

Alison Delaney's ABCC Award Win

Local entrepreneur, Alison Delaney, has had a tremendously successful year, but is now enjoying the icing on the cake after taking home the Outstanding People Development accolade at the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce Awards. Already a published children’s author, motivational speaker, behavioural development executive coach, global business owner and the founder of a women’s empowerment platform, Alison is now adding ‘award-winner’ to her long list of achievements. At the ABCC’s 30th Annual Dinner and Awards, Alison was presented with the accolade, honouring her dedication to ensuring that people make positive strides to recognise their own potential and achieve their

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR YMCA NURSERIES THANKS TO LITTLE BIRD

Alison Delaney at YMCA

Just before Christmas, local businesswoman Alison Delaney proved there’s no better time to engage in the joy of giving. The award-winning author, motivational speaker, and founder of Little Bird, paid a visit to three YMCA nurseries in Birmingham on Monday 18 December to gift each child a copy of her book, which builds self belief, confidence and resilience in children. This week’s visits saw Alison visit around 150 children at the three regional YMCA Birmingham nurseries: Billy Bear’s Nursery in Solihull; Kingstanding’s Sunshine Nursery; and Hand in Hand Nursery in Erdington. Just in time for Christmas and on the back

TARA TOMES JOINES COLMORE BID BOARD

Colmore-BID-Board

Five new board members have been appointed to Colmore Business Improvement District, who will have a say in running Birmingham’s main business district. They will focus on key projects such as marketing, promotion, public realm, connectivity and safety.  The new board members include our very own Tara Tomes, who is also co-owner of Midlands Business News. She represents small businesses on the Board, alongside Richard Guy, managing director of Simkiss Guy Recruitment. Marc Stone, chief financial officer for Catapult Energy Systems; Jaimon George, director of bar and restaurant Zen Metro; and Sandeep Shingadia, head of programme development and Transport for West

GLENGOYNE BRINGS A TASTE OF SCOTTISH TRADITION TO THE MIDLANDS IN BURNS NIGHT CELEBRATION

Glengoyne dinner

One of the world’s most respected Scottish independent distilleries, Glengoyne Whisky, has teamed up with city centre hotspot, Hotel Du Vin, to bring the brands’ Scottish heritage to the Midlands as part of the annual Burns Night celebrations. An exquisite four-course supper will be partnered with drams from the Glengoyne repertoire; including cocktail creations and classic whisky serves.  On Thursday 25 January, guests will be invited to celebrate the legendary Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns with a four-course feast at Hotel Du Vin, led by Glengoyne International Brand Ambassador Gordon Dundas. Diners will enjoy a traditional Burns Night supper with all the

MALMAISON IS JUST THE TONIC FOR EDINBURGH GIN DINNER

Edinburgh Gin dinner

Edinburgh Gin and Malmaison Birmingham have teamed up to host the ultimate juniper journey, with a specially created five course feast inspired by and paired with the distillery’s award-winning gins, taking place on Thursday 15 March. Known for its multitude of different flavours and infusions, from the fruity to the botanical, Edinburgh Gin will be used in all of the evening’s five courses, which will be lovingly handcrafted by Malmaison’s executive chef. Guests will be greeted with a welcome drink of (naturally) Edinburgh Gin, along with canapés including manchengo and iberico chorizo; all in the sleek and sophisticated setting of

LONELINESS IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS

Social isolation

In the lead up to Christmas, the headlines were dominated by age-related charities tackling loneliness amongst older people. However, the festive season has been and gone, and the loneliness epidemic remains across the UK. Not waiting until next Christmas to take action, local charity LoveBrum has stepped by funding a local project that is focused on combatting social isolation in Newtown and Aston.   Almost three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely and more than half of those have never spoken to anyone about how they feel. This is the shocking statistic that is a reality for so

PURPLE FROG SEEKS GREEN LIGHT FOR WORCESTER DEVELOPMENT

Purple Frog Worcester

Leading student property company Purple Frog is looking to leap across to Worcester, after signing a contract with PFHD Worcester, which has set in motion plans for a 149-bedroom Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) scheme. Due to complete in the summer of 2020, the project will see the reinvigoration of a Grade II listed building on Henwick Road, preserving the historic Gothic-façade, while revamping and extending the interior to include a gym, study facilities, communal spaces, en-suite rooms and studio flats, perfect for the city’s growing student community.  The project will add to Purple Frog’s impressive portfolio, extending its presence

LOVEBRUM BAGS £250,000 OF NATIONAL LOTTERY FUNDING

LoveBrum and Big Lottery Fund

Birmingham charity, LoveBrum, has been awarded £250,000 of National Lottery funding in a new partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. By sharing funding expertise, learning and networks, this new partnership will expand LoveBrum’s reach, and provide even more funding to projects in local communities.  Awarded to the charity at the end of another successful year, which has seen LoveBrum showcase over 120 projects and provide over £70,000 funding, this is a significant injection of cash into the charity.  Part of the National Lottery grant will enable LoveBrum to more than double

CHUNG YING GARDEN CELEBRATES THREE DECADES IN BIRMINGHAM

James and William Wong celebrate 30 years of CY Garden

This month sees one of Birmingham’s most popular restaurants, Chung Ying Garden, celebrate its 30th year of business. As one of the Chung Ying Group’s three venues situated in the city centre, it has a firmly established reputation as one of the UK’s best Chinese restaurants. The team are delighted to have just been recognised nationally; picking up a nomination in the upcoming British Chinese Food Awards. Chung Ying Garden has gone from strength to strength throughout the past three decades, as the team at Chung Ying offers everything from delicious dim sum to cracking corporate events, and even a