CENTRICK OPENS THE DOOR TO NEW DIRECTOR

Centrick has continued to cement its place in the property industry with the expansion of its team; the property specialist is welcoming two new members, including most notably Sarah Hammond as it new Estate Management Director. With over 20 years’ experience working in the residential property industry – including director level roles at Mainstay Residential – Sarah already feels at home with Centrick. Her latest position will involve overseeing its portfolio of more than 250 estate management properties, focusing on bringing the highest level of customer service to its 10,000 plus residents. One of the leading managing agents in the

INTRODUCING THE BIRMINGHAM WINE STAYCATION: THE ULTIMATE WINE EXPERIENCE

Pack your suitcase: the wine-retreat of your dreams is heading for Birmingham. ‘The Wine Staycation’ will blend the finest wines, expert sommeliers, and stunning food pairings, for a full-bodied event that is set to be unmissable. Taking place on Saturday 17 October, the experience will feature an overnight stay at the iconic Rotunda in Staying Cool’s stunning serviced apartments. As they take in the panoramic views of the city, guests will be invited to sit back, relax, and un-wine-d for the evening. Joining them live from the venue’s Penthouse via Zoom will be wine-aficionado Tony Elvin, of The Wine Events

RECRUITMENT FIRM DIRECTOR NAMED AS OUTSTANDING GREAT BRITISH ENTREPRENEUR

Entrepreneur; recruitment expert; charity advocate; executive coach; and – now – national award finalist; there’s no stopping Rebecca Simkiss, even amidst a global pandemic. This week, the co-founder and joint managing director of SimkissGuy Recruitment is celebrating being named as one of the region’s outstanding business leaders in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The office support and graduate recruitment specialist has spent the last 16 years working in Birmingham; nearly eight of which she has been at the helm of her own multi-award winning company. As testament to her hard-work and tenacity, Rebecca has been recognised as a finalist for

COVID-19 CLIENT WINS PUT EAST VILLAGE. IN GOOD HEALTH

Birmingham PR agency EAST VILLAGE. is celebrating a raft of new client wins across the health and wellness sector, including one of the UK’s leading e-liquid manufacturers, a premium CBD start-up, and an award-winning cosmetic dentistry practice. EAST VILLAGE. – which specialises in PR, social media, marketing and events for the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors – has been appointed by Zeus Group to manage its national PR activity. Headquartered in Birmingham, Zeus Group manufactures some of the UK’s leading e-liquids from its Erdington base, and has brought the PR agency on board as part of its expansion plans. The

CENTRICK MOVES IN TO COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SECTOR WITH ACQUISITION OF ANDREW GRANT COMMERCIAL

The region’s leading residential property expert, Centrick, is making a home for itself in the commercial property sector with its buyout of Andrew Grant Commercial. Creating a new branch of the business operating under the title Centrick Commercial, the team will oversee an extensive portfolio of property lettings and sales instructions, alongside numerous rent reviews, lease renewals, and Red Book Valuations. Following the introduction of the deal by Ben Ackrill at Strava Consulting, Centrick acquired Andrew Grant Commercial, a division bought out of the Andrew Grant LLP, which entered administration in June. The deal sees its full team move across to Centrick Commercial, including three chartered surveyors and commercial property consultant with a combined 120

IDENTITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS COMPANY KIS GLOBAL™ GMBH MAKES WORLDWIDE DEBUT

Uniting cutting-edge processes, a combined century of experience, and a presence in six continents, today KIS Global launches into the market, establishing itself as one of the largest players in the digital identity credential industry. Pioneering print technologies that are rooted in years of expertise, KIS Global is setting out on a mission to revolutionise the card personalisation and identity management solutions industry, supported by quality Japanese engineering and a knowledgeable team of industry experts. Headquartered in Germany, but with a base in both the UK and Japan already, KIS Global is intent on bringing security and efficiency to businesses

POST-LOCKDOWN PROPERTY INDUSTRY: HOW DO WE UNLOCK THE NEW NORMAL?

Centrick - The New Normal for Property post-lockdown

With the latest government guidance signalling that the property industry can start transitioning into the next phase of operating during Covid-19, residential property expert Centrick has started to build what the ‘new normal’ looks like. Putting the focus on the safety of its customers and its employees, Centrick is instigating a way of working that it hopes will keep the market moving. Ensuring that the members of its team that can work remotely remain at home, this latest move will see the likes of site inspection staff and estate agents transition back to work. Phasing this in by allowing by-appointment-only

LIVING WELL UK LAUNCHES MENTAL HEALTH LIVE CHAT

Living Well UK - Live chat Mental Health Support

With social distancing and self-isolating now forming our new norm, so too are meetings over Zoom, hangouts on HouseParty, and FaceTime chats with family. However, whilst this provides us with ways to stay connected, it’s presenting a rising challenge in the form of ‘phone anxiety’. Recognising this as a barrier preventing people from asking for help, Living Well UK has today debuted its first live chat function: connecting people to trained therapists via instant messenger. The chat box – which has been funded by the Tesco Bags of Help grant, administered by Groundwork UK – can be found on the

ESPRESSO-DELIVERY: EVOLVE LAUNCHES COFFEE DOOR-DROP SERVICE

Evolve Delivers - Coffee to your door Birmingham

Having seen normal life grind to a halt almost five weeks ago, the UK is missing many things: family gatherings; get-togethers with friends; and shop-bought coffee being just three of them. However, social enterprise café Evolve is aiming to address the latte, with the launch of ‘Evolve Delivers’: an at-home drop-off service that will bring coffee beans direct to your door. Brewing the idea since the city went into isolation, Evolve has now brought its deliveries to life, offering three hamper options. Filled to the brim with the bestsellers from its Digbeth and Selly Park sites, each aims to bring

TIPS ON TAKING CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING LOCKDOWN

Living Well UK - Mental Health Tips

As the country prepares for at least another two weeks of lockdown, there’s never been a more important time to focus on not just our general health, but our mental health and well-being, too. Being shut inside our homes and unable to spend time with our family and friends, alongside worries about the future might be starting to take their toll, so it’s key that we carry out and utilise exercises and key tools to maintain a positive state of mind during these uncertain times. Qualified in integrative psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, Holly Beedon, clinical lead at Living Well