HEART OF ENGLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS £3.1M TO THREE REGIONAL CHARITIES

Heart of England Community Foundation, Tina Costello

The Heart of England Community Foundation has pledged over £3m to support a trio of charities across the West Midlands. The charity distributes on average around £2.7m per year to hundreds of grassroots projects across the West Midlands so to award over £3.1 m to just three organisations is a monumental step change for the Foundation.  Thanks to incredible anonymous donors the funds will be shared between YMCA Birmingham, St Basil’s and Black Country Women’s Aid. The grants are being awarded through the Heart of England’s ‘Building Better Lives’ Programme, which focuses on the need for purpose-built housing for vulnerable people

CENTRICK TEAMS INTEGRATE TO WELCOME A ‘NEW DAWN’ IN PROPERTY SERVICE

Centrick, Centrick Property

Following a period of significant growth, leading property specialist, Centrick, has announced the launch of a brand-new customer experience centre. Based at its new headquarters, in the heart of Colmore BID, this innovative new hub sees the centralisation of Centrick’s core services in a unified location. A first for the company – and for the property sector as a whole – this move aims to open the door to Centrick’s customers, offering a transparent and friendlier service.  Having recently moved into a new 8,000 sq ft office in The Exchange, located on Newhall Street, Centrick has now announced that it will be bringing both of its city centre

CHARITIES UNITE TO MAKE JOB OPPORTUNITIES THAT WORK

Evolve Cafe, Blakesley Hall

Shocking statistics have emerged showing that unemployment amongst young people in Birmingham is twice as high as the national average, stating that around one in five millennials in the city is currently out of work. Determined to show these stats the door, Aquarius and Birmingham Museums Trust have joined forces to roll out new roles for 18-24-year-olds facing barriers to employment. Designed to provide young people with opportunities to get onto the career ladder, the partnership between them will see the creation of two follow-on work schemes at Blakesley Hall’s Herb Garden Café. These will be for those progressing on

OXBRIDGE STUDENT PAVING THE WAY FOR ACCESSIBILITY IN EDUCATION

Tom Kirby, Oxbridge Home Learning

At a time where the education sector is being challenged on providing diverse accessibility options, student Tom Kirby ischampioning distance learning provider Oxbridge for its bespoke learning opportunities. Diagnosed with dyslexia and dyscalculia, Tom has found education to be an uphill battle. However, since enrolling on Oxbridge’s Nutrition Consultant course in 2019, he’s gone from strength to strength.  From having a near death experience, which resulted in three surgeries, to beating bullying and winning hockeytournaments, Tom’s overcome numerous obstacles. Now, he’s gone from adversity to advocacy, promoting the adaptability of Oxbridge’s courses and encouraging the rest of the education industry to follow suit.  Tom enrolled

SUCCESS FOR INTERVENTION ARCHITECTURE AT WEST MIDLANDS PROPERTY AWARDS

Intervention Architecture

Birmingham-based Intervention Architecture is building its national reputation and its trophy cabinet, having been named the ‘Architects Practice of the Year’ at the West Midlands Property Awards. The RIBA chartered architecture and design studio received the prestigious accolade on the back of a terrific 12 months, which has seen team growth, increased turnover, and the signing of its biggest project to date. The five-strong interdisciplinary team took home the award for its depth and breadth of knowledge, experience, and implementation across the region. This ranged from highly design-focused projects including the design and fit-out of both The Whisky Club and

ROASTIE TOASTIE SET FOR A TASTY RETURN AFTER LAST YEARS SUCCESS

City Social, Roastie Toastier

After a very successful debut last year, Roastie Toastie is returning to the City Social this winter. A traditional Sunday lunch upgraded to be enjoyed every single day, the Roastie Toastie is your nan’s roast slapped between two slices of toast.  Combining the nation’s most-loved dinner with everyone’s favourite quick dish, the Roastie Toastie became a City Social staple in 2018: a hit amongst many, the debut saw the team serve up 150 litres of Little Nan’s special gravy and over 1,000 roast potatoes! Complete with all the traditional veg and stuffing, this mouth-watering mountain is toasted a beautiful golden

Tara Loves… Steve Bartlett

Sometimes business is tough… really tough… and running a business on your own can feel like the loneliest place on earth. Don’t get me wrong, I have the most incredible support network; not just my amazing team here but family, fiancé and supportive friends. But when the buck stops with you and you alone, it’s hard for other people to truly understand how difficult it is.  Most people say that year three is a milestone, which gives you a false sense of security that surviving those initial 1,095 days means you’re destined for an easy life. Anyone else who owns

CITY SOCIAL SET TO SHAKE UP THE CITY THIS CHRISTMAS

City Social Birmingham, Mailbox

Back and bigger than ever before, Birmingham’s favourite festive hang-out is preparing to take the city by storm this Christmas. Transforming Suffolk St Queensway underpass, City Social will bring together local independent traders, festive food, bars and live music, as well as a of festive cheer to the heart of the city centre.  Back for the third year running, City Social returns on 28 November and will run for five weeks until 21 December. The ultimate alternative to the traditional Christmas markets, the event will take up residence in the underpass located in front of the Mailbox, transforming the space with wooden

BIRMINGHAM COLLEGE TOP OF THE CLASS FOR TEACHER DEVELOPMENT

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

In an educational landscape where pressure is mounting around teacher recruitment, retention, results, there has never been a more important time to invest in staff development.Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College has announced this week that it has been awarded the prestigious CPD Quality Silver Award by the Teacher Development Trust, proving its dedication to nurturing not only student talent, but striving to support its teachers in its professional careers.  Joseph Chamberlain is continuing to demonstrate its status as the only college in Birmingham and Solihull rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED by adding this impressive gong to its trophy cabinet. The CPD

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN SHAKES UP LONGBRIDGE TOWN CENTRE

Halloween, Longbridge Town Centre, Colliers

Calling all witches, werewolves, and warlocks: something spooky is set to seize Longbridge Town Centre on 31 October and it wants you to join in! The Spooktacular Halloween event will be filled with franken-fun for all the family and, best of all, it’s completely free. From 3.30pm to 6.30pm, the town centre will be packed with Halloween activities, featuring tonnes of tricks and treats to get little ones in the spooky spirit. With a range of creepy craft workshops, including slippery slime and monster-mask making, pumpkin decorating, and spell-writing classes; through to spookifying stations to take your costume to the