COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND REOPENED TO HELP COMMUNITY PROJECTS SURVIVE

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The region’s leading grant-giving charity, Heart of England Community Foundation, has revived its Coronavirus Resilience Fund, just 10 months after its inception. With the UK in nationwide lockdown once more, Heart of England will again be awarding grants from the emergency fund to organisations helping vulnerable communities across the West Midlands and Warwickshire who are affected by the ongoing pandemic.   Launched in March 2020 as an emergency appeal, the Foundation and its donors came together to award almost £1.6m to over 480 charities and community organisations in the region. Now as the country faces its third lockdown, the Foundation has

CASTLE FINE ART PUTS TOP NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE FRAME

Alfie Bowen

Leading art retailer Castle Fine Art has signed renowned artist, author and activist Alfie Bowen and will be showcasing his work across its network of high street galleries throughout 2021. The Call of the Wildcollection is set to launch in spring and will feature a selection of Bowen’s striking wildlife photography.  Bowen’s work – which graces the walls of homes and venues across the world – has been shown by BBC Earth and his first single-man exhibition sold-out in just a few hours. He credits his talent for having saved him from a decade of bullying due to his diagnosis of

CREATE THE PERFECT BARISTA EXPERIENCE WITH THE INNOVATIVE NEW IVORY

Industry leader, So Pure Beverage Technology, has launched the latest most advanced fresh milk tabletop coffee machine on the market, offering a unique barista experience at the touch of a button. The So Pure Ivory is shaping the future of fresh milk coffee machines with its latest milk foam temperature control technology.  Drawing on years of experience crafting the perfect espresso, So Pure’s state-of-the-art Ivory edition boasts the very latest milk foaming technology to offer the ultimate fresh milk tabletop barista experience and taste. The Ivory option uses 100% fresh milk, giving it that unrivalled barista taste every single time. 

THE SECRET TO A HEALTHIER 2021? IT’S CBD

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There is no denying that 2020 has been turbulent for many, and with COVID-19 still playing a huge role in our lives as we move into the new year, more and more people are making health-conscious decisions and lifestyle changes. Studies show one in five of us will make new year resolutions centred around our health, and with the rise of CBD, there is no doubt that 2021 will see more people turning to natural products. CBD oil has taken the UK by storm, with a 50% increase in sales on last year; and it’s only expected to become more

CARTOONS BROUGHT TO LIFE WITH CASTLE FINE ART’S EXCLUSIVE HANNA-BARBERA COLLECTION

Castle Fine Art has unveiled its new collection comprised of rare animation cels from the studio of Hanna-Barbera. The iconic compilation includes original pieces, which were first released in the 90’s and early 00’s, but have never been available to buy until now.  These exceptional, hand-painted animations are the creations of William Hanna, Joseph Barbara, Bob Singer and Iwao Takamoto, all of which were creators and designers of some of the most iconic comics and cartoons. All of the pieces within the collection come with a certificate and are each hand signed – the majority by Hanna and Barbara themselves.

CURATOR HELPING ARTISTS BE SEEN ALL OVER THE WORLD

When it comes to creative ways of getting through the pandemic, it’ll come as no surprise that one award-winning creative is trailblazing new ways to highlight the work of fellow artists. Gita Joshi, host of the podcast The Curator’s Salon and writer of the book Show Your Art, is well known in the industry as a mentor and coach for those looking to showcase their art without having to rely on a gallery. Having worked on more than 30 ‘real-life’ exhibitions across the UK, she is now joining forces with Create! Magazine to curate an inaugural global online event. The virtual show will feature

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES TO SECURE HOPE FOR THE REGION’S HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

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The Midlands’ hospitality industry has launched a campaign calling on the Government to deliver urgent support to venues affected by the latest tier three restrictions. ‘Hope for Hospitality’ sees local business owners come together with Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, and Downtown in Business Birmingham, to secure the sector’s survival. Restaurant owners including Alex Claridge, Aktar Islam, and Glynn Purnell are amongst the names to feature in a new video urging Rishi Sunak to extend his provision for the hospitality sector. As venues struggle to cope with mounting rent, rates and staffing costs, more financial support is needed

FIRST OF FOUNDATION’S £3.1M HOUSING PROJECTS UNVEILED IN COVENTRY

St Basils Coventry’s Lorna Esien Court has opened its doors this week, ready to support young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Built following a £1M grant by Heart of England Community Foundation’s housing project, Building Better Lives, the 32 newly completed service-managed apartments will be ready to welcome their first guests this month. Fitted out with cutting-edge equipment, a community garden funded by construction firm, Engie, and energy-efficient and sustainable materials, the Lorna Esien Court is St Basils Coventry’s first site in the city.  After receiving an anonymous donation in December 2017, Heart of England chose St Basils

TeamEV’s #SmallBiz Christmas Gift Guide

As you know, TeamEV are big fans of #smallbiz and love to find ways to support small businesses. This year has seen incredibly passionate and hard-working founders step into the spotlight, with the pandemic showing us all the importance of shopping local and supporting small. This week kicks off what should be the busiest time for retailers – both on and offline – with Black Friday and Cyber Monday starting that busy ‘Christmas rush’. But, with England still in lockdown and retailers facing daily challenges to adhere to guidelines, are we all doing enough to ensure that we keep these

FOUNDATION LAUNCHES APPEAL TO IMPROVE WELLBEING OVER WINTER

With another national lockdown in force and a ‘long, hard winter’ on the horizon, charities and community projects alike are set to face more devastating months ahead. To help ease the pressure, Heart of England Community Foundation wants to offer a helping hand, launching its new campaign, ‘Winter Wellbeing’, not just to raise money but to encourage people to give back to their community.  Heart of England Community Foundation raised over £400k through the Coronavirus Resilience Appeal earlier this year and is now targeting a £1m milestone by raising a further £600k.  Thanks to that appeal, and support from the