INTERNATIONAL E-BIKE BUSINESS ON TRACK FOR UK EXPANSION

Calamus team receive place on Birmingham Enterprise Community accelerator scheme

Successful start-up Calamus – an e-bike company founded in India – is making its journey into the UK market, thanks to a place on the Birmingham Enterprise Community (BEC) FORWARD accelerator scheme. Calamus is now in line to receive full support and backing to help establish a base in Birmingham, operating its UK HQ from the nation’s second city. Calamus is the first business to be welcomed onto the third cohort of the innovative FORWARD programme, which was launched back in 2019. The start-up has been selected for the FORWARD programme to build on the success it has notched-up overseas,

NEW SOCIAL ENTERPRISE JUMPS INTO ACTION TO HELP VULNERABLE WOMEN ACROSS THE CITY

A brand-new social enterprise has launched in Birmingham, bringing women together to empower one another through fitness, wellbeing and group support. SheBeasts Limited sees fee-paying clients sign up for one-to-one personal training sessions, with profits re-invested into funding group activities for women in refuges across the city. Whilst helping women improve their fitness across the board, SheBeasts Ltd will also work with women recovering from trauma, ranging from substance misuse through to domestic abuse. These private sessions will focus on the importance of physical and mental wellbeing, providing advice and support on a range of skills, including nutrition, fitness, health,

HOTEL DU VIN STRETCHES INTO SPRING WITH WELLNESS EVENT

Hotel du Vin Stratford-upon-Avon, The Loft, yoga

Faced with the external pressures of the day-to-day, more Brits are looking inward towards our spiritual, physical and mental well-being. Experts are urging us to place wellness firmly on the agenda, so Hotel du Vin is following doctors’ orders; the boutique hotel will be hosting its first Nourish event, bringing balance to your mind, body, and soul. Taking place on Saturday 30 March, Hotel du Vin will be inviting guests to a one-stop wellness retreat. The event will combine a yoga session from renowned local yoga studio The Loft, followed by a delicious brunch by Hotel du Vin, before finishing with

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

EXPANSION PLANS SWING INTO ACTION AT DARTMOUTH GOLF COURSE

Dartmouth Golf Club, The Lewisham

West Bromwich’s esteemed Dartmouth Golf Course is set to open a brand-new restaurant on its grounds in September. Set within idyllic surroundings, the bar and restaurant, named The Lewisham, will be the latest addition to the successful, family-owned golf course, heightening the experience of the site for both members and newcomers alike. The Lewisham will be open to the public, welcoming guests and golfers for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails in the new 60 cover space. The site has been tastefully renovated and boasts stunning interiors which look onto magnificent panoramic views over the Sandwell valley, which can

FROM CONVERSIONS TO COFFEE CUPS: WHY THIS RUGBY PRO SWAPPED THE BALL FOR BEANS

Birmingham’s independent coffee scene has been kick-started once more with the arrival of Wayland’s Yard on Bull Street. Already established in Worcester, the café’s second branch opened in the city last month to huge acclaim. However, just as impressive as the Instagrammable cappuccinos and the hearty brunches, is the story of the brains behind the brand. Sam Smith founded Wayland’s Yard back in 2016, but those in the know will recognise him from his professional rugby career; playing for both Harlequins and Worcester Warriors, as well as the England under 21s. A rugby player might not be everyone’s first thought

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

GORILLA COFFEE RECEIVES WARM WHEEL-COME

Gorilla Coffee, Birmingham’s first fully-licensed cycle cafe, has opened in Kings Heath following a successful launch last week. Whether it’s watching cycling events on the big screen, using it as a handy stopping point on your favourite Strava route, or  having your ride serviced or repaired in the fully-equipped bike workshop, Gorilla Coffee is set to be the place to push your pedals. Opening its doors for the very first time to those who are barmy about bikes, Gorilla Coffee’s launch party brought in the city’s cycling VIPs; with everyone from Birmingham’s sustainable transport consultants to BAFTA-award winning directors of ‘BICYCLE’ in attendance. The

UK’S FIRST PADEL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD IN BIRMINGHAM

World Padel Club Birmingham

The UK is getting ready to host its first ever Veterans National Championship, and Birmingham has been chosen as the city to host the event. Taking place at World Padel Club Birmingham on 26-27 November, the tournament is open to all men and women over the age of 45 – the only criteria is a UK passport and a love of the game. British Padel, which aims to develop the recognition of the racquet sport across the UK, is leading the event. The recognised acting governing body of the sport, working alongside the International Padel Federation (IPF), has chosen World