ViDERE DIVES INTO 2020 WITH THE UNVEILING OF ITS SECOND LIFE GALLERY

ViDERE aquariums

ViDERE, the Birmingham-based specialist aquarium design and installation company, is set to make a splash at The Senator Group this month with the launch of its second Life Gallery. The one-week exhibition will take a deep-dive into nature aquariums and natural art at the Jewellery Quarter venue from 9 – 14 March.  Linking nature, interiors and wellbeing, the one-week event has been curated to inspire and showcase how aquariums can incorporate nature into your business and homes. Each piece is entirely unique and brings together aspects of architecture, horticulture and interior design all in the form of an aquarium.  ViDERE will also be hosting a

ACCESS ALL AREAS: INSOMNIA GAMING FESTIVAL LEADS THE WAY FOR ACCESSIBILITY

Insomnia Gaming Festival

Having brought gaming fanatics together in one place since 1999, Insomnia Gaming Festival has levelled up its accessibility policy to ensure that no gamer is left behind. Welcoming over 45,000 players each year, Insomnia has created a hugely diverse community hailing from all walks of life, ages and abilities. Seeing first-hand the haven that online forums can provide those with additional needs, Insomnia’s organisers have created an entirely accessible four-day extravaganza IRL.  Every aspect of accessibility has been taken into account: from removing physical barriers to making mental health provisions. Whether it’s ensuring that there are wheelchair-accessible stages, so stairs

POP-UP FOR POSITIVITY: LIVING WELL UK LAUNCHES FIRST WELLBEING SPACE IN CITY

Living Well UK

From feeling under pressure to careering out of control, studies reveal that we need to get in tune with our mental health. In the latest report from Mind, research shows that poor mental health in the workplace is increasingly costing UK employers, to the tune of more than £43bn in 2018. Eager to address this, the West Midlands’ leading mental health consortium, Living Well UK, is launching the nation’s first ever wellbeing pop-up shop in a bid to give people the help they need. Opening its doors from 6 February to 4 March 2020, the Living Well UK pop-up space

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

THE COMPANY PROVING THAT PUTTING PURPOSE BEFORE PROFIT PAYS

For purpose to have meaning, businesses need to put it before profit; this is the stance that local start-up PRPSFL is pushing. However, in the hard times we find ourselves in, the list of companies proving unwilling to stick to their purpose statements when it comes to the bottom-line is ever-growing, particularly with the likes of Brexit on the horizon. That’s why PRSPFL is leading the charge across Midlands, advocating that businesses prioritise purpose as part of their overall strategy now, and reap the rewards of it later. The Birmingham enterprise is shaking up the way we do business by

STRETCH WITH YOUR SUPPER AS CLOSET YOGA CLUB COMES TO WORCESTERSHIRE

Closet Yoga Club

Next month, West Midlands Safari Park will play host to a special Yoga Supper Club, hosted by Herefordshire-based pop-up yoga events business, Closet Yoga Club. Taking place on Thursday 18 October, the event will bring together yogis for an evening of rejuvenation and relaxation in the surroundings of West Midlands Safari Park’s Spring Grove House and Cellarz venue. The Yoga Supper Club will begin with ashtanga flow yoga and handstand practise led by expert yoga teacher, Robin Aurora. Having practiced yoga for over 20 years, Robin is considered one of the UK’s leading instructors and he embarks on an annual

SPRING INTO SUMMER WITH THESE UP-AND-COMING TREATMENTS AT EF MEDISPA EDGBASTON

We’ve had the snow, the rain and the unbearably cold weather, but now that spring is here, it’s time to shed some layers and get ready for longer days and warmer temperatures! Thanks to the experts at EF MEDISPA Edgbaston, here are the top aesthetic treatment trends that are sure to fight fat, reduce wrinkles, and leave you feeling fresh to soak up some sun this year. With the warmer weather settling in, you’ll most likely be cutting down on the amount of make-up you wear, but with that comes the worry of revealing more fine lines and wrinkles. With

ALISON DELANEY SHARES TOP TIPS TO ENCOURAGE OUR CHILDREN TO LOVE LITERACY

  A recent study found that the UK has one of the lowest literacy rates in the developed world, ranking 23rd out of 23 of the OECD nations, with the National Literacy Trust stating that ‘lacking vital literacy skills hold a person back at every stage in their life’. Because of this, it’s more vital than ever to introduce our children to the importance of reading and reading for enjoyment. We spoke to award-winning author of Little Chick Has Lunch On The Moon and founder of Little Bird, Alison Delaney, to ask her for some top tips for helping parents

YOGAHAVEN CELEBRATES A DECADE OF SUCCESS IN BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham’s yoga hotspot, yogahaven, is celebrating ten years of success in the city centre. Situated in a prime location, adjacent to the old railway arches, the business has grown from strength to strength since it was founded in 2008 by expert yogi, Allie Hill. yogahaven has graced the pages of Grazia, OK! Magazine and The Sunday Times; and as yoga- particularly hot yoga- and its insurmountable health benefits remain a hot topic in the UK, yogahaven’s success can only continue to soar.  The first of its kind in Birmingham, yogahaven was set up by Allie Hill, who noticed a need

“NO, WELLNESS IS NOT JUST ANOTHER FAD” SAYS SALLY BEE

It’s seemingly impossible to open a magazine without seeing something about mindfulness, natural remedies and expensive retreats: our national fixation with ‘wellness’ has led to it becoming a buzzword, in personal, professional, and public spheres. Its popularity peaked at the close of 2017, continuing to be a hot topic in 2018. The concept of wellness culture has become so ubiquitous, that we are receiving a watered-down interpretation of what the power of positive thinking actually does and the impact it can have on our daily lives: but is it truly going to stick or is it the 5:2, paleo, or