CASTLE FINE ART MARKS 25 YEARS OF SHOWCASING ART ON THE HIGH STREET

Castle Fine Art 25 years

The UK’s top retail art company, Castle Fine Art, is celebrating 25 years of success on the high street and will be marking its landmark anniversary with a look back on some of its finest artists and collections. Over the last quarter of a century, Castle Fine Art has showcased a portfolio of limited-edition prints, original artworks and sculptures from the best contemporary artists around the world.  Launched in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1995, the brand has gone on to establish itself as experts in the accessible art market and now boasts 40 prime high street locations across the UK, including London, Edinburgh, and its flagship store in Birmingham. From

AWARD-WINNING CHOICE CBD LAUNCHES NEW VITAMIN RANGE

Midlands-based CHOICE CBD has unveiled two new vitamin products, just a few months after its online launch in June earlier this year. Following a successful start in the e-commerce world, CHOICE CBD has expanded its product range and has been awarded ‘Best CBD Distributor’ at the Cannavist Magazine Awards.  The new products include two tablet-based supplements: ‘Recover’ vitamins, suitable for those who suffer from aches and pains or are currently undertaking sports training; and ‘Unwind’ vitamins, which are formulated to help manage and improve sleep quality and stress levels.  The new products will be on sale on the CHOICE website,

COFFEE MACHINE SUPPLIER SERVES UP NEW ONLINE SERVICE

Leading coffee machine supplier, So Pure, has launched a new tech-led quoting and buying solution that aims to bring the retail experience into the e-tail ‘new normal’. With Covid-19 restrictions and the second lockdown posing ongoing challenges for retailers, So Pure has debuted its new online system that puts quality customer service at the heart of its offering. Focused on the speed, efficiency and problem-solving seen in a showroom visit, the new online quoting system allows customers to select a bespoke set of requirements for their new tabletop coffee machine collections.  With an extensive range of commercial choices, showcasing a

THE RISE OF THE SIDE HUSTLE: NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE MONEY AS AN ARTIST

Due to the financial impact caused by COVID-19, thousands of people across the UK are having to retrain and mobilise new skills, to ensure that they can continue to work during the pandemic. Many sectors are facing huge uncertainty and loss of jobs, which in turn has seen as many as 1 in 4 people look to their side hustle for financial security.  Gita Joshi, the founder of The Curator’s Salon, is an independent art curator, writer, and podcast host, but more importantly a coach to artists looking to establish themselves and sell their art. Gita, who published ‘Show Your

NIC JOLY’S LATEST WORK “WE CAN BE HEROES” LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVELY AT CASTLE FINE ART

Renowned sculptor Nic Joly has unveiled his latest work, created to help raise much-needed funds for NHS charities. The limited edition piece, which will go on display at Castle Fine Art galleries across the UK, is called ‘We Can Be Heroes’, and carries the message “Who Cares Wins”; a play on words of the famous SAS motto Who Dares Wins. Nic, who put his time in lockdown to good use making plastic visors for critical workers, says this opened his eyes to the bravery of those people, and their true heroism in battling on all of our behalves. He explains: 

POP-PUNK TURNED POP-UP: NEW COLLECTION ILLUMINATES FINE ART GALLERY

This month will see London’s St Christopher’s Place become home to the ‘Illuminati Neon’ exhibition, as the Castle Fine Art gallery hosts the high-lauded collection by artist, Mark Illuminati. The collection will be exhibited until 27 October and will include pieces starring Bowie, John Lennon and even, HRH Queen Elizabeth II.  Rooted in the birthplace of Punk, Illuminati Neon takes inspiration from the vibes of West London to create artwork that lights up and enlightens the whole world. The highly detailed artwork uses vintage flags, distressed wood, neon flickers and each features hand-placed gems. Each piece of the Illuminati collection is bespoke, and

REGION’S HIDDEN HOMELESS SUPPORTED BY £3M GRANT

With World Homeless Day (10 October) tomorrow, the stark reality of the winter months is upon us and a leading charity is reminding people of the need to support the region’s “hidden homeless”. As it reveals the latest updates on three major projects, Heart of England Community Foundation wants to demonstrate the immediate housing needs facing society.  Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that unemployment rose by 62,000 in the three months leading up to July and Payroll data showed that 695,000 less people were employed in England, when compared to March. These statistics serve as a

VIDERE OFFERS DEEP DIVE INTO THE BENEFITS OF BIOPHILIA FOR MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Aquarium design company, ViDERE, is offering a deep-dive into how positive, flexible workspaces will be key for employee retention in the new normal. As businesses plan ahead for what the future holds for office spaces, the one thing that seems for certain is that building wellbeing solutions into them is crucial. With the office as we once knew it now a thing of the pre-pandemic past, now is the opportunity to reimagine the places that we work in, according to ViDERE’s founder Akil Gordon-Beckford. In order to explore the need for nature in office spaces, Akil’s studies measured its impact on key

WHY CBD COULD BE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

With World Mental Health Day (10 October) looming, statistics are emerging about the UK’s huge shift in mental wellbeing since last year. Almost one in five adults have experienced depression since the pandemic hit the UK back in April, and more people are reaching out for support than ever before. As the increase in people suffering from the likes of anxiety, stress and depression continues, people are searching for the best products to help ease their mind and are now turning to alternative healthcare products, such as Cannabidiol (CBD). The product has begun to take the UK by storm, with the market value expected

NEW FUND OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES TO CITY’S HOMELESS CHARITIES

As Birmingham lives through a local lockdown and people are once again urged to stay at home, the city’s charities, hostels and soup kitchens continue to rally together in order to help those facing homelessness. To help alleviate the pressures being felt, Heart of England Community Foundation and Deutsche Bank have launched a new joint grant in order to help the city’s vital homeless charities. The Deutsche Bank Opportunity Fund, created alongside Heart of England, will support charities and voluntary organisations that are working around the clock to address and reduce homelessness across Birmingham. With grants up to £5,000 available,