Fundraising business platform makes international debut

As the first of its kind for the international Third Sector, a unique online community platform has launched this week: Fundraisrs is set to provide specialist fundraising and income generation support for charities, schools, clubs and community projects. The membership platform is the brainchild of Birmingham-based firm, Oaks Consultancy, and has been brought to fruition following local investment from partners including Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP). Making its debut this week, the online community platform aims to connect, inform, and advise those looking to bolster their organisation’s income. Fundraisrs will give members access to in-depth resources, expert-informed

Residential property expert Centrick secures £400k grant for cladding

Centrick's Group Managing Director Phil Johns in front of Birmingham city centre's buildings discussing cladding

Residential property expert, Centrick, has become one of the first in the region to secure remuneration as part of the government’s cladding £1billion building safety fund. Receiving £400k on behalf of its client – a 227 unit development in Birmingham – the money negotiated by Centrick will cover the costs of replacing the building’s cladding to updated safety specifications, as well as recovering legal, professional and survey fees for the leaseholders. The money secured will be put directly into replacing the external façade on the building with Euroclass-A rated materials, in a process that involved removing the current render and

Foundation opens support for Edgbaston and Northfield

The West Midlands and Warwickshire’s leading grant-giving charity, Heart of England Community Foundation, has launched a new fund, specifically for Edgbaston and Northfield. The ‘Emergency Assistance Food and Essential Supplies Grant’ has been funded through Birmingham City Council and the Foundation has partnered with Gateway Family Services, Age UK and Northfield Community Partnership, to help the area’s projects weather COVID-19 and continue their life-saving local provisions. The fund – which is now open for applications – will be awarding grants to the community organisations within Edgbaston and Northfield that are equipping the area with social support, food banks, essential supplies,

New study finds Covid could be final whistle for Sport for Development sector

A report released by the leading third sector consultancy firm, Oaks Consultancy, today has revealed that the pandemic has left more than a fifth of those in the Sport for Development sector fearing for their future. The statistics collated paint a worrying picture, as both a lack of funding and ongoing lockdown legislations continue to weigh heavily on what’s in store for the industry. The latest study by Oaks Consultancy – whose headquarters are in Birmingham, the city that will play host to next year’s Commonwealth Games – has been completed in partnership with three sector leaders: Laureus Sport for

Lockdown launch of sustainable jewellery retailer offers silver lining for eco-conscious consumers

Offering a range of affordable and environmentally friendly jewellery, a brand new British-based start-up has launched its e-commerce store during a national lockdown. Providing a sustainable alternative to fast fashion for eco-conscious consumers, every piece of Influenstar jewellery is made from recycled 925 silver and hand-finished in Europe. Founded by Birmingham-based mother of two, Ruth Morris, last summer the eco-conscious brand was inspired by her passion for accessories and growing efforts to shop more consciously. Ruth saw a gap in the market for a middle-range jewellery brand that was stylish, yet sustainable; moving away from the detrimental effects that fast

West Midlands property entrepreneur builds success with national recognition

Hayley Andrews, the co-founding director of property training company, Your Freedom Empire, has been named as one of the UK’s 100 most inspirational female entrepreneurs by Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign. Having launched Your Freedom Empire in 2006, Hayley and her co-founding husband Paul Andrews have grown the business into a pioneering training platform, recognised the world over. Now, Hayley is being showcased alongside 100 female entrepreneurs from across the UK, as part of the campaign’s recognition of the multi-achievements of women that have proved critical to society during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now in its fourth year, f:Entrepreneur was launched


Heart of England Community Foudnation - Martineau Gardens

The region’s leading grant-giving charity, Heart of England Community Foundation, has revived its Coronavirus Resilience Fund, just 10 months after its inception. With the UK in nationwide lockdown once more, Heart of England will again be awarding grants from the emergency fund to organisations helping vulnerable communities across the West Midlands and Warwickshire who are affected by the ongoing pandemic.   Launched in March 2020 as an emergency appeal, the Foundation and its donors came together to award almost £1.6m to over 480 charities and community organisations in the region. Now as the country faces its third lockdown, the Foundation has


Centrick's Chairman James Ackrill and Centrick's newly appointed Group Managing Director Phil Johns stood outside the company's headquarters

Midlands-based property specialist Centrick has started 2021 by getting the house in order, with the announcement that Phil Johns has been appointed as Centrick’s Group Managing Director. With extensive experience in strategic leadership, tech solutions and business development, Phil’s appointment is set to accelerate the independent firm’s growth plans for this year and beyond. With over 16 years’ experience working in the property industry, including 13 months as Centrick’s Group Operating Director, this appointment sees Phil Johns step into a new role focused on strengthening and diversifying the businesses offering. Building on Centrick’s success during the pandemic, this will initially

Planning your PR calendar 2021 – when to pitch to media

PR calendar, PR planning, long lead, short lead

If you’re planning your PR calendar for 2021, I have a bit of bad news for you… you might be up to six months too late. Sorry to be a party pooper, but I don’t make the rules. The media does. I’m always really keen to labour the point that PR isn’t a quick win but, instead, something that you have to invest time into. There are those wonderful moments when a story just happens to land with the right journalist at the right time, or when you suddenly go viral and get more press coverage than you bargained for.


Woman calling the NHS one-stop 24/7 mental health phone-line in Birmingham and Solihull

The NHS has joined forces with Living Well UK and Birmingham Mind, to launch the region’s first one-stop mental health call-line for Birmingham and Solihull. Designed to make accessing mental health support as easily as possible, the 24-hour telephone number will allow callers to get immediate help over the phone from trained staff, as well as bespoke plans for aftercare assistance, all remotely. The one-stop mental health call-line for Birmingham and Solihull is part of a suite of early intervention methods, which also includes a Live Web Chat instant messenger service and an email address operated by trained staff to