LIVING WELL UK APPOINTS NEW CEO, BEN HOWELLS

Living Well UK, Ben Howells

At such a vital time for mental health services, Living Well UK is continuously expanding as an organisation, and it is taking its reach to new heights, with the appointment of new CEO, Ben Howells. Ben will be joined by two new trustees, Aftab Rahman and Lovemore Masiane, and together the trio hopes to further propel Birmingham’s largest mental health consortium’s objectives in 2020.  Having gained over 10 years’ experience at addiction charity Aquarius as Area Manager, Ben is already a prominent figure in the local mental health and wellbeing sector. He’s worked tirelessly to partner with companies in the

ROASTIE TOASTIE AND ASHA’S FILL CITY SOCIAL WITH FESTIVE FRIENDSHIP

Roastie Toastie, Asha's Birmingham

The season of goodwill is firmly upon us and there’s friendship in the air, with two stallholders at Birmingham’s alternative Christmas market, City Social, teaming up to serve festive cheer. Roastie Toastie and Asha’s are joining forces for the market’s final week to dish up a fusion feast: Asha’s Tikka dished up in a Roastie Toastie.  The two independent food-vendors have brought two of Birmingham’s best-loved cuisines together for an exclusive collaboration. Following the traditional Roastie Toastie approach, which sees a Sunday roast with all the trimmings, slapped between two fat slices of toast, this hybrid sandwich substitutes the filling

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST WILLARD PINS HOPES ON DISTANCE LEARNING COLLEGE

Willard Wigan MBE, Oxbridge Home Learning

Internationally renowned artist Willard Wigan MBE is painting a picture of a brighter future in education, announcing that he is joining forces with leading distance learning provider, Oxbridge. Having spoken publicly about his own experience of bullying at school, the world-famous artist has become an advocate for Oxbridge’s approach to making education accessible to everyone.  Now an ambassador for Oxbridge, championing its bespoke learning opportunities and culture of ‘learning without limits’, they are working together to challenge conventional on-campus learning, shifting expectations that education is a ‘one-size fits all’ system and giving students across the world the confidence to believe that they can reach

COUNCIL HOUSE IS PICK OF THE POLLS WITH JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN COLLEGE

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, Councillor Waseem Zaffar

As anticipation mounts ahead of the General Election this Thursday, one Birmingham College is voting to educate its students on the workings of the political system. Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College will be heading for the Council House on Wednesday, on the eve of the election, to meet with Councillor Waseem Zaffar and discuss why its students’ opinions are so important. With statistics showing two separate surges of young people registering to vote as the date to do so drew near, forecasts are predicting that first-time voters may be able to swing the results. Determined to demonstrate the importance of

FESTIVE FUN IN COVENTRY FOR CHARITY’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS QUIZ

Heart of England Community Foundation kicked off the most wonderful time of the year with its popular Christmas Quiz last week. The festive annual event, which the Foundation has hosted for the past three years, saw teams from across the region battling out, all for a good cause.  The festivities saw 15 teams head to HOECF HQ to participate, but only one team could be crowned the winner. Bright stars, HCB Accountants, wrapped up the battle having pipped last year’s winner, The Friendship Project, to the post. The charity raised over £800 at the evening, which will all be used

ENCORE FOR BIRMINGHAM’S BUSKING BATTLES

City Social, Busking Battles

Following on from Birmingham’s Busking Battles’ introductory airing this summer, which amassed a reach of 1.5 million impressions on social media, the crowd has gone wild for another round and the bar has been set high. Partnering with City Social, the alternative Christmas market located under the Mailbox underpass, hopefuls will battle it out again this festive season.  Acclaimed for bringing music to the streets of the city and crowning Brum’s best busker, Busking Battles took place earlier this year – in partnership with Birmingham Updates – and saw talented musicians go head-to-head in a live performance competition. The concept

LEADING LEARNING PROVIDER CLOSES 2019 WITH PRESTIGIOUS GOLD CLASS INDUSTRY AWARD

Oxbridge Home Learning, Learning Technologies Awards

Completing a lucrative year of wins for the distance learning provider, Oxbridge is closing 2019 with a Gold standard award for ‘Best Use of Blended Learning – Commercial Sector’ from the prestigious Learning Technologies Awards. Recognising the organisation’s Classroom Heroes programme, this week’s win follows the biggest year yet for the innovative online college, which has bagged a total of nine regional and industry awards this year.  Considered one of the most prestigious events in the education sector, the Learning Technologies Awards celebrates excellence in e-learning, and saw Birmingham-based Oxbridge beat off stiff competition from the likes of Jet2.com (Silver Award), Calex UK

LOCAL RISING STAR FIRES UP THE STAGE AT THE BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW

This week, the BBC Good Food Show returns for Winter and this year Maribel’s head chef, Harvey Perttola will be taking to the stage. Aged just 24, Harvey is one of the youngest head chefs in the city and will join the impressive line-up of celebrity chefs and cookery experts headlining 2019’s show.   This week the BBC Good Food Show will take over the NEC for the Winter show; four days filled with fabulous food, delicious cooking and opportunities to meet world-famous chefs from across the globe. Taking to the Festive Kitchen stage next Thursday, Harvey will be serving up a game-inspired

MALMAISON BIRMINGHAM MAKES ROOM FOR ALL-NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM

MalBox, Malmaison, Mailbox Birmingham

Malmaison Birmingham has appointed two new senior managers alongside the launch of its all-new Mailbox hot spot. The boutique hotel has employed Emma Morgan as General Manager and Luke Gallimore as Deputy General Manager, as well as launching a brand new F&B outlet at designer destination, the Mailbox. The past three years has seen phenomenal and sustained growth for Malmaison Birmingham, following the completion of its multi-million-pound redevelopment scheme in 2016, team recruitment drives, and 3% increase in revenue year on year. The award-winning hotel, which is owned by Frasers Hospitality and renowned for daring to be different, is continuing

THE FESTIVE MARKET SHOWCASING CITY’S INDEPENDENTS

City Social, Roastie Toastie, Birmingham Christmas Markets

Wild and chaotic, Christmas shopping is not for the faint-hearted. Tis’ the season for the high street to be hectic with festive shoppers; the big retailers going all out with Christmas cut-price deals and the online giants making all your festive favourites just a click away, but where are the independents? Meet the festive market proving that big isn’t always best, shining a light on Birmingham’s thriving independent retailers.  Birmingham’s very own festive hangout is back for 2019, City Social will transform Suffolk St Queensway underpass into a winter wonderland filled with festive cheer. With not a single bratwurst in sight,