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Get Involved To find out about how you could get involved with our next issue please call the Worcester BID team on 01905 731612 or email info@worcesterbid.com Contributors Sam McCarthy and Candice Pearson, CPPR 2

Photo: Redevelopment of Royal Porcelain Works Gallery and Studios


WELCOME from the Editor

2020 saw the most popular resolution to be more environmentally friendly. Worcester residents should find achieving sustainability easier than most as the city already has several local businesses, such as Be The Change on the Cornmarket and Pack It In in the Market Hall on The Shambles, established to help you reach this worthy goal. And as we welcome a new decade, Worcester BID also begins its third term at the helm of the city’s business community.

The year ahead is a particularly exciting one for Worcester, with investment and development regenerating areas of the city. Worcester’s cultural life is also about to experience a renaissance as we welcome four new Festivals to the city - we hope to see you at all four.

Sam McCarthy Worcester Business Improvement District

As voted for by our members, we have been given a new mandate to continue our work supporting and improving the commercial sector, helping to make Worcester the best city it can be.

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TECH TRENDS New Year, new gadget. But if you’re unsure what’s a fad and what’s a must-have, we’ve handpicked the top tech products to see you through 2020 and beyond.

The Smart Speaker Echo Show connects to Alexa to give you vivid visuals on a 5.5 screen with crisp full sound—all in a compact design that fits in any room, in any home. See on-screen lyrics with Amazon Music and never miss a deadline with its alarms and timers. You can catch up on news highlights and film trailers, as well as check the weather and traffic before you head out. You can manage compatible smart home devices on the simple interactive display, or use your voice controls. Argos, The Shambles.

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The Compact Camera

Future of Fitness

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III. This lightweight camera is the ideal companion for busy families or adventurers who don’t want to carry a large DSLR. Packing 20.4MP into it’s small but sophisticated Micro 4/3rds sensor it can shoot at 10 frames per second in continuous autofocus mode allowing you to keep pace with the kids. If small details are important to you then the ‘50MP High Res’ mode will impress while the 5 axis stabilisation will keep your shots sharp even if you don’t have the steadiest grip. Get it at London Camera Exchange, Pump Street.

Fitbit Versa 2 This water resistant smartwatch seamlessly takes your look from the gym to the office with its modern and versatile design. Use your voice to create alarms, set bedtime reminders or check the weather with built-in voice control. See your stats with an always-on display mode, plus get daily sleep-quality scores, apps, notifications, 4+ day battery life, 24/7 heart rate and store 300+ songs for an experience that re-

Wearable Tech

volves around you. Get it at Argos, The Shambles.

Samsung Watch Active as you’d expect, this has heart rate monitoring and fitness tracking, from running and swimming to HIIT and beyond. These watches are great for much more than just health tracking however, as they give users easy access to notifications right on their wrist - no need to get out your phone when a quick look down will do. This, alongside loads of other useful features like weather tracking, long battery life, Samsung pay, water and dust resistance, make it the perfect accessory for adventurers. Get it at O2, High Street.

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Picture Perfect Memories


IN A FAST CHANGING WORLD, PORTRAITS CAN MEAN POSTERITY. IN THIS AGE OF SMARTPHONES, SELFIES AND FILTERS, WE TAKE MORE PHOTOGRAPHS THAN EVER BEFORE, BUT OFTEN THEY GET ‘FILED’ IN CYBERSPACE, NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN. FAMILY PORTRAITS ARE HAVING A RENAISSANCE THOUGH, AND DAVID AND SARAH OF SUB STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY, COPENHAGEN STREET, TELL US WHY:

1. Time flies, record life’s most precious moments.

4. Family portraits make great home décor

Families are never the same, they are always

Give your house a pick-me-up by displaying your

growing and changing. You and your family

family’s portrait on your wall where you can see

will grow together and encounter many

it every day. All wall portraits we produce are

milestones along the way. Family portraits

done so to the highest standard using the best

are perfect for celebrating these moments,

professional labs in the UK. Each one is hand-

bringing you together and reliving memories.

finished, and we have a beautiful selection of

2. Family portrait sessions are fun We love capturing families just being themselves. Our sessions are relaxed, and we work with you

frames, mounts and products to suit every home.

5. Family portraits are an investment.

to ensure you make the most of your visit and get

Professional services do cost more than

exactly what you want from your time in the studio.

amateur but, as with most things in life, you

3. Involve the whole family Are you always the one taking the photos and never in them? Even if you use the timer to get everyone together, it can be a challenge to get a good quality photograph of the whole family. A visit to Sub Studio ensures a highquality portrait of your nearest and dearest,

usually get what you pay for. When you invest in quality portraiture you are investing in a memory that will last your lifetime and beyond. Our Family Portrait Sessions start from £50. Sub Studio Photography, Copenhagen Street. substudiophotography.com

and you can even include your beloved pet.

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Fuego Pizza & Grill is opening in February at 35 Foregate Street specialising in wood fired Neapolitan style pizzas & Mediterranean food. We make our dough on site daily

Neapolitan pizzas have a different

using just 4 ingredients; flour, water,

style to more traditional pizzas and

for 24 hours. Our Neapolitan pizzas

bases and delicious chewy crusts.

with authentic ingredients and

We also have a range of small plates,

in our Italian wood-fired oven.

from all over the Mediterranean.

salt and yeast, which is then proofed are stretched by hand, topped

cooked for less than 90 seconds

are renowned for their soft, light

main dishes & desserts inspired

Keep an eye on their Facebook or Instagram @fuegoworcester www.fuegoworcester.co.uk

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The Commandery LIVING HISTORY AT THE COMMANDERY Sat 15–Sun 16 February, 10.30am-4pm Experience 2000 years of history come to life with a weekend of living history encampments, military displays, vintage vehicles and more.

Visit one of the city’s heritage sites at the annual Love Worcester festival this half term and celebrate the city’s fascinating history. ‘Worcester Heritage Partnership’

Susan MaCleod said: “We are fortunate to have so many amazing historic places within Worcester which tell the story of

Greyfriars’ House & Garden

our community. Over 25 special events will be taking place including children’s

LIVING HISTORY AT GREYFRIARS

activities, tours, talks, adult workshops,

Sat 15–Sun 16 February, 11am-3.30pm

poetry, dressing up and trails.

Experience history come alive as the

covers 15 heritage venues across the

Worcester Re-enactors return and the

city, including museums, churches,

“There's a lot to do for families over the

Tudors take over the house. Explore the

the archives and the cathedral.

festival, with it being half term, but there

house and garden in the company of

Each destination offers the chance

are also activities aimed at grown ups too.

our visitors from the past and find out

to discover more about the city’s

We’ve included plenty of free options too.”

what Greyfriars means to Worcester’s

past, as well as providing hands on activities and family friendly fun.

For more information visit Worcester Tourist Information Centre at The Guildhall, High Street, call 01905

heritage. Normal admission applies.

The Infirmary

726311 or email touristinfo@

THE INFIRMARY TOURS

visitworcestershire.org.

Wed 19 February, 11-11.45am & 3.30-4.15pm Free guided tours of the historic Worcester Royal Infirmary.

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George Marshall Medical Museum

The Guildhall Worcester

Museum of Royal Worcester

GUILDHALL’S HIDDEN TREASURES

FREE TOURS

Mon 17–Sun 23 February, 9.30am-4pm

LOVE WORCESTER FAMILY DISCOVERY TRAIL AND BACKPACKS

The Guildhall is a truly beautiful building

Mon–Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

which dates back to 1721 and has a

Find something you love in our

fascinating history. It was once the

newly-refurbished displays with

seat of justice throughout the city and

our family-friendly trail and fun

even housed a prison. Today it offers

interactives. Take a themed adventure

visitors a glimpse of Worcester’s rich

through the Museum with our family

and varied heritage showing off the

explorer backpacks. Museum entry

hidden treasures of the Guildhall.

£6.50, Children under 16 free.

St Swithun’s Church

LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS TALK AND AFTERNOON TEA PACKAGE

Mon 17 February, 11am or 2pm Learn about Victorian surgery and death masks on a free guided tour of the George Marshall Medical Museum at 11am or 2pm. Suitable for all ages. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Numbers limited, please call 01905 760738.

REMEMBERING POWICK HOSPITAL Tue 18 February, 5.30pm Ken Crump RMN opens the door to Powick Hospital. In his own words.

FIND OUT ABOUT SOUND AND ART AT ST SWITHUN’S

Sat 15 February,

PLAGUE AND POTIONS WITH MRS HISTORY: FAMILY DROP IN ACTIVITY

Sat 15 & Thu 20 February, 11am-2pm

Learn about the symbolism and folklore

St Swithun’s church is currently closed

behind the beautiful fruits and flowers

Wed 19 February, 1-3pm

to visitors while we undertake essential

painted on Worcester porcelain and

Come and visit the apothecary, purveyor

repair and conservation work as part

then enjoy traditional afternoon tea

of dubious medicines and incredible

of the Sound and Art at St Swithun’s

on Royal Worcester china. £19.95pp,

cures, the finest that the medieval age

project – we will be reopening in Autumn

includes Museum entry, book online.

has to offer! With an array of ingredients

2020. For the Love Worcester Festival

from the far reaches of the Silk Road,

we will be at St Martin in the Cornmarket

as well as many that can be found in an

explaining all about the project. There’ll

English garden, we can treat the victims

be family activities and entertainment

of the Plague, and those suffering from

and we’ll share the research our Heritage

coughs and colds. Adults £7.50, Children

Detectives have been doing. During the

£2.50, Concessions £4.50. Telephone

year we will also be running a number

01905 760738 for more details

of open days and hard hat tours, a

To book please call 01905 760738.

fascinating opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes’ conservation in action.

12noon-2.30pm

FAMILY HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: DECORATE A MUG WITH TRANSFERS Thu 20 February, 10.30am-12noon & 2-3.30pm Create a unique mug with printed transfers choosing from a range of Spring motifs and collaging these into your design which will be fired on to collect later. £8pp, includes Museum entry, book online, optional additional postage & packing charges.

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St Helen’s Church GUIDED TOUR OF ST HELEN’S Fri 14 & Fri 21 February, 10am-2pm Our St Helen’s Guides will welcome you

Worcester City Art Gallery &Museum MAYFLOWER 2020 – EXHIBITION Sat 11 January–Thu 31 December

Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service (The Hive) BEHIND THE SCENES

into the oldest church in Worcester

Exploring the voyage and legacy of

where you can learn about our rich and

The Mayflower through archaeology,

varied history. Coffee and cake served for

Come with us Behind the Scenes to see

costume and fascinating objects from

donations. Children’s craft table and toys.

the areas not normally open to the public.

the museum’s World Cultures collection.

See some of the ‘treasures’ we store in

SAIL AWAY WITH MAYFLOWER 400

Wed 19 February, 2-3.30pm

our strongroom. £6, booking required.

St Martin in the Cornmarket

Tue 18 February, 11am-3pm

GEORGIAN WORCESTER – THE SOCIAL CAPITAL OF THE WEST MIDLANDS

and the ocean beneath her.

Hands on History and archaeology

Plus enjoy Mayflower activities

Mon 17 February, 1pm

activities for children and families in the

trails throughout the week.

children’s library. Free, just drop in.

Create a 3D work of The Mayflower

A talk on Georgian Worcester.

Tudor House Museum

Worcestershire Museum of Freemasonry

ROARING FORTIES

FREE OPEN DAYS

Wed 12–Fri 14 &Wed 19–Sun 23 February, 10am-4pm Follow our rationing trail, dress up in 40s gear, pack your evacuee ‘suitcase’ and make your own gas mask box to take home.

ROARING FORTIES Sat 15–Sun 16 February, 10am-4pm Living History weekend. Travel back in time to visit our Home Guard, ARP station, Land Girls and others who kept the home fires burning during WWII.

HANDS ON HISTORY Thu 20 February, 10am-3pm

Worcester Tourist Information Centre TRAIL: PICTURE THIS Mon–Fri 9.30am-5pm,

Fri 14–Sun 23 February, 10am-4pm

Sat & Bank Holidays 10am-4pm

The museum will be open

Pick up a free Love Worcester Picture

during these times.

This Trail from the Tourist Information Centre. Fill in the missing details for your chance to win a prize.


Worcester Cathedral

THE ARRIVAL OF THE TUDOR LEGACY LADIES

A CELTIC PILGRIMAGE: CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

A WRITING JOURNEY: WRITING WORKSHOP

Mon 17 February,

Sat 22 February, 10am-4.30pm

11am-12.30pm & 2-4pm

Join a calligraphy workshop suitable for

Sat 15 February, 10.30am-1.30pm

Rub shoulders with royalty when

all ability levels (over 18). Follow in the

Find inspiration at a creative writing

you meet the Tudor ladies, in their

footsteps of the great Celtic missionary

workshop with Sue Johnson, poet, short

stunning outfits on your visit around

saints by exploring the letterforms of

story writer and novelist. The workshop is

the Cathedral, find out about their

the Lindisfarne Gospels, The Book of

for all fiction writers from experienced to

lives more than 400 years ago and

Kells and other poetry and prose text

those who have been afraid to try so far!

don’t forget to ask for a selfie! Free.

from the early medieval period with

Tickets £20 from www.eventbrite.co.uk

AN URBAN PILGRIMAGE

local artist Elizabeth Beattie. Tickets £20 from www.eventbrite.co.uk

AWESOME ADVENTURES: FAMILY WORKSHOPS

Fri 21 February, 10am-1pm

Mon 17 & Tue 18 February,

and learn about faith and the heritage

THE DRESSING OF A TUDOR QUEEN: TALK

10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4pm

of four city centre churches – Old St

Sat 22 February, 12noon-1pm

Join in a range of adventurous crafts!

Martin’s, St Swithun’s, St Helen’s and

An invitation to Queen Katherine Parr’s

Make an origami boat to take you to

the Cathedral. Download the free

wardrobe. A talk featuring the six wives

far-off lands, create a map to lead

trail www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

of Henry VIII. Hear from the royal Tudor

you to terrific treasure troves, and discover the stories of adventurers and explorers through art and craft. Free.

Follow a pilgrim trail through the city

AWESOME ADVENTURES: POETRY WORKSHOP Fri 21 February, 11am-12noon & 2-3pm Join in the journey of creativity across the world of words in a spectacular ship of imagination and fun. Workshops with Poet in Residence Amanda Bonnick for families and children aged 7 to 13. Free. Win a chance to read your poem at an event in the Summer.

ladies about the clothes they wore and see their stunning reproduction outfits. Tickets £5 from www.eventbrite.co.uk


REIMAGINE ROMANCE

this Valentine’s Day Supper à deux is a tried and tested way to

spend Valentine’s Day, and who doesn’t like

chocolates and flowers. But, if you really want to make memories for your significant other this February 14th, stay away from the traditional tropes and why not try something new. Why

not try a workshop that you can do together, or visit one of the city’s tourist destinations, or even go on a romantic minibreak.

D RI NK IN THE COMPANY

Head to Piston Gin, Severn Street, to try your hand at making your own bottle of spirits. Arty types will particularly enjoy creating their own labels. If mixing is more your thing, head to Tonic, Foregate Street, for a cocktail making masterclass.


F O OD FOR THOUGHT

Couples who cook together stay together’ and Cookmate Cookery School, Broad Street, offers lessons in everything from knife skills and quick suppers, to pastries and preserves. For a delightful day out, why not visit the cathedral and then enjoy a meal in one of Cathedral Square’s many restaurants.

LOVE TO ESCAPE

If you fancy making a night of it, treat yourself to a stay in a local hotel, or if you’d like to go further afield then call into Hays Travel, High Street, or arrangeMY Escape, Mealcheapen Street to book a minibreak. For this year's stunning swim-wear visit Embrace Boutique, Reindeer Court.

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YOUR GUIDE TO

WORCEST ER M OV I N G ESTATE AGENTS

MORTGAGES

SOLICITORS

PLANN ING

Let’s start with Estate Agents.

Before you put an offer in for a

As soon as you put an offer

When buying a house, it’s

Worcester has several excellent

house, arrange a meeting with

in to a house you like and the

essential to look at planning

estate agents, including Andrew

a bank or building society to

offer’s been accepted it’s time

permission on any building

Grant, Alan Morris, Knight Frank,

get a mortgage in principle. Just

to get everything in place.

work, or extensions. You will

Martin & Co., and CJ Hole.

because you have a mortgage in principle it doesn’t mean

Finding a good solicitor should

this is all approved, especially

Your estate agent will be

that you have to go with this

be on the top of your to do list.

when it comes to you selling

speaking on your behalf so don't

lender, it will just show the

It’s useful to find a reputable

on to another buyer down the

be afraid to throw questions

sellers that you have the means

local solicitor, as you will

line. If the sellers can’t provide

at the seller. The important

to purchase the house.

need to go into their offices

these documents, then your

one is the age of the boiler.

need to see evidence that

throughout the buying process,

solicitor will be able to help

This is commonly the first

The High Street has plenty

so choosing one miles away

source an indemnity insurance

thing that needs replacing, so

to choose from, including

may hinder your process.

policy to cover the work.

make sure you budget at least

HSBC, Skipton, Barclays,

£1000 to get this replaced.

Lloyds, Natwest, Santander

In Worcester, try Parkinson

and Nationwide.

Wright, HCR, Scaiff or Waldrons and if you want to get your own chartered surveyor then why not use Firmingers.

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TH EY SAY THAT MOVING HOUSE IS ONE OF T HE MOST STRESSF U L TH INGS THAT PEOPLE WILL DO IN L IFE , CLOSELY FOL LOWED BY GETTING MARRIED AND HAVING A BABY. WE CANNOT H ELP WITH THE LAT T ER, BUT WORCEST E R BOASTS MANY BUSIN ESSES TO E ASE T HE ANGST OF MOVING.

TIME

RENOVATIONS

THE MOVE

FINISHING TOUCHES

Moving house isn’t a quick process, and depending on the

If you are thinking of buying

Once you have the keys.

Once you’re in and feel ready

‘a project’, we recommend

Keep in mind that it’s much

to add the finishing touches,

length of your chain you could

talking to Greenwoods

harder to decorate with

try Purple Granite, That Carpet

be waiting months to exchange.

Project Limited - Worcester’s

furniture in place. Don’t try

Place, Aladdin’s Cave, The

Even if there isn’t a chain the

construction and property

and arrange too much on the

Furniture Centre, Hallowood for

process can take on average

consultancy professionals.

same day; getting white goods

various soft furnishings, furniture

three months. The wait is all

delivered at the same time as

and objects d’art, and Insitu has

to do with paperwork, legal

carpet fitters and locksmiths

the latest in stylish lighting.

requirements, surveys being

can cause a headache.

carried out and negotiations, so prepare for a wait.

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New tax year = time to get ahead It’s almost the start of a new tax year and you’re probably thinking, so what? Well, while this isn’t the most exciting calendar event, it’s an important time to get ahead of your financial plans – and take full advantage of valuable tax opportunities. Doing so could help you improve your plans in the long run. Not least make a positive difference to your financial future.

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So what do you need to think about right now? YOUR ISA ALLOWANCE

TOPPING UP YOUR PENSION

LOOKING AFTER YOUR FAMILY

An ISA is one of the most tax-

If you have a pension,

If you have an inheritance tax

efficient ways you can save and

you can pay a maximum

liability, don’t worry. There are

invest. So, if you already have

amount into it every year

options to help your loved ones

one, that’s great. But there

and benefit from tax relief.

– for example, you can make

are things you can do to make

tax-free gifts each year. Using

the most of its tax benefits.

The more you contribute, the

Such as using your brand-new

more tax relief you can add to

could significantly reduce the

Isa allowance – as early as

your pension pot. And over time,

overall liability your family may

possible – in the new tax year.

this could make a big difference

have to pay. And mean they

to your retirement plans.

receive a bigger inheritance.

DON’T FORGET YOUR CGT ALLOWANCES

If you’re paying more tax than

– to help your money grow

If you don’t know much about

your ability to achieve your

even further over time.

CGT (Capital Gains tax), this

longer-term goals – and reduce

is charged at up to a certain

your loved ones’ inheritance.

If your savings and investments aren’t in an ISA wrapper, it’s worth considering one

percentage on any gains when assets – apart from your home – are sold. It resets every tax year. So, if you plan to sell any of your investments, it’s important you make use of your allowance.

these allowances over time

you need to, it might affect

To find out more about the allowances and start boosting the tax-efficiency of your financial portfolio, why not speak to Skipton today.

Through a straightforward, no obligation review, we can help you discover ways to make the most of the tax benefits available – and strengthen your long-term plans.

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Be Your Own Boss FORMER RUGBY PLAYER SAM SMITH TOOK SIXWAYS BY STORM WHEN HE ARRIVE D IN 2016 AND HE IS STILL CREATING A STIR ACROSS THE CITY, QUITE LITERALLY…

That it’s located near the train

Sam is the powerhouse behind

as families staying for a long lunch

Wayland’s Yard, Worcester’s

- not to mention a rugby player

coolest coffee shop, selling

or two refuelling after training.

brunch, lunch and cakes all day.

station and boasts the city’s chicest yoga salon upstairs, has also helped cement Wayland’s lauded position. Everyone is welcome and you’re as likely to see a commuter calling in for their morning caffeine-fix,

Sam describes himself as

The insta-friendly cafe was

‘extremely lucky’ to have enjoyed

kickstarted by a crowdfunding

his hobbies as careers, first

initiative that was supported

in rugby and now coffee.

city wide, including a donation from the ever-loyal Warriors Supporters Club.

started making a profit. “I work hard to get where I want to be, but I find that when I reach that goal then I want to take it to the next stage.” And Sam has already reached the next level, having opened his second branch of Wayland’s Yard, this time in Birmingham near Colmore Row and Snow Hill Station. In the heart of the business district, the Birmingham branch mainly caters for office workers and creatives

“Both careers taught me not

during the week, and a more

to take no for an answer, not

diverse crowd at weekends.

to be scared of failing, to be

Wayland’s Yard’s welcoming

excited by what’s ahead and

environment, quality coffee and

to work hard. I always want

delicious meals made the trendy

to improve; there’s no such

cafe an almost instant success.

thing as overnight success.”

Quality food and drink is at

Though Wayland's was popular

the heart of what they do, with

from day one, behind the

speciality grade coffee served by

scenes it took a lot of time

highly-trained, friendly baristas.

and effort before the business

Understanding your customers and giving them what they want is, he says, the secret to success. “Stop trying to please everyone. If you can please 50 per cent of people then you’re doing a great job. Find your niche and make them happy.”


WHAT OTHER ADVICE WOULD HE GIVE TO ANYONE CONSIDERING TAKING THE PLUNGE AND STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS?

“Don’t listen to the people who tell you you’re mad. I believe that if you know you’ve got an idea for something that people want, you are passionate about it and willing to work hard, then you can make it a success.”

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Realise your professional ambitions IS 2020 THE YEAR YOU ARE GOI NG TO CHANGE YOUR PRO F ESSIONAL LIFE? WE SAY ‘THINK BIG’ BUT SET REALISTIC GOALS AS BEING OVERLY AMBITIOUS FROM THE OFF CAN BE OVERWHELMING. Setting small but achievable goals that contribute to your bigger ambition is the more reliable route to satisfaction and long term success. This rule applies to your processes as well, so give yourself specific actions rather than huge goals. For example, don’t think ‘I want to run my own business by Spring’, instead set weekly or monthly targets such as completing your market research, buying a domain name, or writing a business plan. If you know you are held back by poor results from your school days, why not sign up with Kingsway, Foregate Street, and revisit those qualifications.

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Pitman Training, New Street, also

Alternatively, try First Personnel on

provides training for professional skills

Sansome Street, or Step by Step

like typing and bookkeeping, and Heart

Recruitment, St Nicholas Street.

of Worcestershire College, can help with academic or vocational qualifications.

If you’re thinking about a big change, why not see what degrees the

If you’re already on the right

University of Worcester can offer

track professionally, you might

you, or if you want to set up your

just need to step up your game

own business, visit The Hive (more

a little to see big gains.

information on page 26)

For example, you probably already use LinkedIn, but are you using it? Try commenting on a few more posts, this could help build your network and potentially bring you to the attention of new employers or clients. If it’s an apprenticeship you’re looking for, then LMPQ, Queen Street, should be your first call. If you just want a career change, why not visit one of Worcester’s recruitment firms. Foregate Street is a good place to start as it boasts Headturner and WorkForce Recruitment and Staffing.

FI NALLY, WRI T E DOWN YOU R GOALS . RESE ARCH SHOWS WE ARE 42 % MORE LI KELY TO ACH I EVE OU R GOALS I F WE WRI T E T H EM DOWN .


The Kiln is Worcester's first coworking

Startups within the space will

space based right in the city centre

benefit from the support offered

on Copenhagen Street. It's the

by sponsors and other members,

ideal place for startups that need a

offering drop in clinics and

flexible, affordable place to kick off

workshops almost daily covering

their business. The space is home

a variety of topics such as IP Law,

to a friendly motivated community

Bookkeeping and Business Support.

of freelancers, small business owners and remote workers. Every member gets a hotdesk, excellent

Kiln member and photographer James Greenoff explained ‘I love the Kiln’s central location, coffee and

THE KILN meeting spaces. The community rooms and event spaces, and an WiFi, free coffee, access to meeting

opportunity to work and collaborate with like minded people. Regular meetups and seminars are held within The Kiln, focussing on subjects such as Social Media, Founding a company, and various inspirational talks.

is growing quickly and it’s a great place to spend time, attend events and to work alongside others. Find out more or book a trial day on our website thekiln.co or call 01905 675179


Be Your Own Boss ANJA POTZE IS THE NAMESAKE FOUNDER OF ANJA POTZE FINE JEWELLERY IN FRIAR STREET, WHO RECENTLY CELEBRATED 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS, A REAL MILESTONE FOR THIS INDEPENDENT JEWELLERY RETAILER, WHO MARKED THE OCCASION IN STYLE WITH CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS AT THE MUSEUM OF ROYAL WORCESTER.… Anja moved to the UK from her

Over the last 25 years there have

Anja is also a member of the

native Netherlands when she was

of course been highs and lows,

Worcestershire Ambassadors and

just 21 after perfecting her craft

and a few stand out moments

an active Worcester BID Director.

at Amsterdam's respected Vak

which Anja remembers with pride,

She enthusiastically supports

School of Edelsmeden. At first

such as receiving the ‘Heart of

The Haven, Worcester Hospital's

she worked for a small number

Gold’ award in the national Small

Breast Cancer Unit and regularly

of reputable luxury jewellers,

Business Awards, for her ongoing

holds and supports fund-raising

including five years with London

commitment and generosity to

events for this worthwhile cause.

based Asprey & Garrard Group,

the community of Worcester

In 2016 Anja became a Patron

where her customers included

and Worcestershire causes.

of CG5, a Worcestershire non-

the late Baroness Thatcher amongst other notable names.

Anja herself takes great pride in being one of Worcester's

profit making organisation whose aim is to help as many young people or disabled participants as

In 1994, Anja struck out alone and

independent traders and has

founded Anja Potze Fine Jewellery

immersed herself in all things

(starting with a small cabinet of

Worcester, and finds this is

jewellery in a ladies clothing shop!)

crucial in a small City, where

Anja’s top tip for small business

specialising in jewellery made

recommendations and word-

owners is to Think Big; there are so

from certified ethical diamonds

of-mouth make up a large

many resources available to extend

and the finest Tahitian, South

proportion of business.

your opportunity beyond your bricks

Sea and cultured pearls, which she now buys from reputable suppliers all around the world.

She is a proud sponsor of Worcester Warriors, and Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

possible reach their full potential through inclusion in sport.

and mortar shop, including website sales, social media marketing, shopping events, networking and more. Use these resources to grab as many opportunities as possible.

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“I started the business with a small cabinet in a ladies clothing boutique, and now here I am in my own shop! I’m very proud of the last 25 years, and I look forward to many, many more.” 25


The Hive Guide to Good Business 1. Join the library, obviously!

2. Do your research

Joining the library is free and membership gives you free access to books, e-resources and databases. You can also use library computers PC or bring in your own device and use the free WiFi. Make sure you sign up to the business newsletter and follow The Hive on social media to get information about free courses, events and workshops organised at The Hive to support business start-up and development.

4. Use our free courses and workshops

5. Write your business plan

COBRA (Complete

3. S peak to a member of staff

Business Reference

Tell the team that

From social media

helps you to identify

you're thinking about

workshops to drop

starting up and they

in advice clinics and

can signpost you to our

networking events

partners, tell you about

– there is a lot going

the business support

on at The Hive. Our

available and can refer

partners deliver great

you to Worcestershire

quality, interactive

Business Central to

content to help you

make sure you get

grow the knowledge

on a free Start-up

and confidence you

Masterclass. This is

need. Tip: If you want

a two day course led

to improve your digital

by an experienced

skills (such as digital

Blue Orchid Business

marketing or online

Advisor, covering

user experience), we

everything you

can enrol you on free

need to know from

online courses thanks

what it means to be

to our partnership

self-employed, to

with Accenture.

Adviser) is available at The Hive and is a free and easy to use database that gives you vital details about any potential business. For example, if you're thinking of opening up your own VA business, type in 'Virtual Assistant' and you'll get verified information, such as required skills and qualifications, market trends, legal information, necessary equipment, costs, data protection facts, key sources of work and much more. Tip: You can download all the information you need in pdf format and revisit it later.

understanding startup costs and raising finance, to branding and promoting your business and merging your ideas into a business plan.

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Your business plan your goals and how you plan to achieve them, giving you a clear framework to build your business. Use your research from COBRA,and make use of other resources in the library. The Hive is open from 8:30-22:00 every day.


Most people have dreamt about becoming their own boss at one point or another. Worcester Hive has put together a step by step guide explaining they can help you achieve this professional goal.

6. Consider grants available

7. Protect your brand and your ideas

8. Find a mentor 9. Get out and about One of the fantastic

10. Use our space

programmes run by

One of the most

A change of scenery

Come and talk

You're probably

Worcestershire County

terrifying things

might go a long way to

to Enterprising

thinking that it's too

you will have to do

helping you organise

Worcestershire who

early for that, but

if you're setting up

your thoughts and get

are based at The Hive

actually you need

your own business

things done. You can

every Friday and find

to plan ahead. Not

is getting yourself

find quiet corners or

out how much money

sure what this means

out there, talking to

busy areas at The Hive,

you could get to help

or what intellectual

people who could be

as well as comfy seats,

your business. Tip:

property you have? You

your peers, partners,

computers, WiFi and

Think B2B. If you will be

can book a personal

or even possible

a great cafĂŠ. Tip: The

trading more than 70

appointment with a

clients. Friendly library

Business Centre on

% business to business,

trained member of

staff can help make

level 2 is the perfect

there is a lot of support

staff at The Hive to talk

introductions for you.

place to do some work

and grants available for

about your intellectual

you in Worcestershire.

property and how to protect it. We will go through it step by step and will help you fill out any forms you may need to.

Council is WINN. They believe that great things happen when people get together. They are developing a free community of inspirational individuals and brilliant businesses to help the region grow and become recognised nationally as a hub of innovative ideas and projects. So, whether you want to connect, find a mentor, collaborate, co-ordinate or just be inspired, WINN should be on your radar.

as you have a collection of business books and the COBRA database computer nearby. We also have a range of rooms equipped with the latest technology which you can hire for presentations or meetings.

Since 2012, The British Library has partnered with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), a partnership that has given birth to a network of Business and IP Centres (BIPCs) across the UK. The Hive and Worcestershire libraries are working towards becoming a member of the BIPC network later this year and we already have a great range of resources and support in place. We have written this step by step guide for you in the hope that we can answer some of those questions and be there for you in the exciting journey that is starting your own business.

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making the Sun Shine

John and Irene Hays saved more than 2300 jobs when they stepped in and took over the entire retail portfolio of Thomas Cook at the end of last year. By January 2020, Hays Travel will have reopened 470

Julie said, “After being with Thomas Cook for 17 years,

former Thomas Cook stores on high streets across

I along with the rest of the team were devastated. The

the country, making a total of 660 Hays Travel and

thought of not being able to do what we love with our

over 5000 employees working around the UK.

own team was heart-breaking, so we are thrilled to

One of the first to re-open was the branch on Worcester High Street. Branch manager Julie Kyriacou, has been

“We are all very excited to be open and trading ready

working in the travel industry for 25 years. She and

for the busiest time of our year. We are delighted

two other members of her team lost their jobs with

to be welcoming back our customers, old new.”

Thomas Cook when the company went into compulsory liquidation. Now Julie, Gemma, Debbie and Andrew are delighted to be back doing the job that they love.

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have opened the Worcester High Street branch.


40-year-old Sunderland-based

John said: “We are really humbled

Irene Hays, joint owner and chair

company, Hays Travel, had humble

at the fantastic response there has

of Hays Travel said: “Thomas Cook

beginnings. John Hays, joint owner

been from our wonderful staff,

was a much-loved brand and a

and managing director, started

our customers, suppliers, friends

pillar of the UK and the global travel

the business from the back of his

and many complete strangers who

industry. We will build on the good

mother’s children’s wear store

believe in what we’re doing.

things Thomas Cook had – not least

in County Durham in 1980.

“There’s a huge will to see our

its people – and that will put us in even better stead for the future.

Today, the company has reached

high street shops thrive and we’re

sales of more than £1bn, is one

determined that we will be doing our

“We all share a passion for the travel

of the Sunday Times Best 100

bit for the travel industry with the

industry and we will continue together

Companies to Work For, and is the

help of everyone in the now extended

to build on our own reputation for

Investors in People UK’s Best Large

Hays family. We’d like to thank

first class service and being a great

Company for Apprenticeships.

everyone who has helped make this

place to work and develop a career.”

happen - we know the hard work is just beginning for our brilliant teams.”

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The benefits of management information Every limited company must file a set

tailored to the business, therefore it is

Another advantage of management

of accounts with Companies House

important to identify the essential data

accounting is its capacity to present

following the end of each financial

that management needs to review as

the financial picture clearly to funders

year. This is statutory requirement,

part of the decision making process.

and potential investors. If information

and is seen by some as a necessary evil, however far from being just a box ticking exercise, a set of accounts can provide you with valuable information about your company and its performance, allowing you to make better decisions and plan for the future. Whilst your bookkeeping records tell a numerical story about how your business earns and spends money, comprehensive management accounts present this information in ways that

Benefits of accurate management information can include:

• Effective cash management.

will show the overall profitability of

• Identify areas where the company may be incurring regular or unusually high spend. • Providing information on trends. • Identifying key customers by

decisions about company operations.

customers are actually the most

management information prepared and presented periodically (e.g.

to generate growth, but also the likelihood of paying back the sums you

turnover and understanding which

of summarised accounting and

the ability not only to use capital

• Real time decision making.

will be useful for making strategic

Management accounts are a set

is clear and current, it will show

borrow. A profit-and-loss statement your business model. A balance sheet will show how well the business has invested the capital available to it. A cash-flow statement will demonstrate how a business manages its cash and will support important analysis such as Return on Investment and debt servicing capability.

profitable. This could be used to

The better a business understands

target selling efforts, thus increasing

it’s finances, the more effectively

turnover and profitability.

management will make informed

• Highlighting the payment terms from

decisions about the business.

weekly, monthly or quarterly) which

both customers and suppliers to

If you have any questions or

can be used proactively as a tool to

improve cash flow. This is a key area

would like advice on management

support and inform key decisions

as poor cash flow can really hinder

information for your business,

making practices. When it comes to the

a business from growing and also

please contact Julian Carroll at

information they include, there’s no

result in unnecessary finance costs.

jcarroll@bishopfleming.co.uk

one-size-fits-all approach. To be most effective, the information should be


Meet the Stylist S T E P H A N I E C H I NG AT DAV ID JO N H A IR DR ESSING

Former model turned hairdresser

“I love all aspects of hairdressing,” she

Even the most damage locks can be

Stephanie Ching likes to make her

said.“My buzz is to make people look

saved by Olaplex. This miracle multistep

clients feel good about themselves.

and feel better about themselves.”

product is essential for anyone with

She knows that if people look good, then they feel great. After retiring from modelling, Stephanie started her own modelling agency. One of her main jobs was spotting talent and developing their look. Blessed with a natural eye and honed by years in the industry, Stephanie can see everyone’s natural beauty and knows how to help people maximise their potential. And ‘making people feel fantastic’, she says, is the most rewarding part of her job as a stylist at David Jon Hairdressing, Reindeer Court.

“Right now, the trend is for big hair

parched or chemically treated hair.

with lots of movement. I always lift the

“It’s bloody marvellous,” said

roots when I’m drying hair to create

Stephanie, who always uses this saviour

volume. If your hair is very straight,

product every time she does a colour.

spray volume products straight onto the roots to help with the volumising.” So what are her go-to products? ‘Revlon Number One’ treatment is a must-have as it conditions, protects, detangles and adds volume. For those with fine hair she recommends ‘Bedhead Queen for a Day’ to help you fake

Stephanie has a March special offer: Full head foils including cut and finish and Olaplex treatment (£60) or full head colour, including cut and finish and Olaplex treatment (£50). To book an appointment ring David Jon Hairdressing, Reindeer Court 01905 613 200

a more fulsome mane.

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Get the green light

UNDER BONNET

TYRES

WINDSCREEN

LIGHTS

EMERGENCY

Flat batteries are the

Check your car’s tyre

To help avoid smearing,

Check all your exterior

Always carry an

biggest cause of winter

pressures (including the

clean the wiping edges

lights are working and

emergency kit in your

breakdowns so don’t

spare wheel) at least

of wiper blades with a

keep them clean. If any

car which includes jump

wait for your battery to

once a week and before

tissue dipped in neat

bulbs aren’t working,

leads, torch, shovel and

fail, replace it in good

you set off on any long

screen wash additive

they’re usually pretty

de-icer. You might also

time. And you make

journey. Also check the

and you can stop them

straightforward to

want some bottled water

things easier for the

tread depth – 1.6mm

freezing to the screen

replace or you can

and non-perishable

battery by not switching

is the legal minimum

by propping them up

usually pay a small fee

food in case you get

on headlights, blowers or

but for good grip on

on slices cut from a cork

to have this done at a

stuck. Some extra warm

heated rear window until

wet roads, it’s best to

when you park for the

garage or service centre.

clothing and blankets are

the engine is running.

replace tyres once the

night. Regularly check

tread depth is 2.0mm.

the condition of your blades and replace

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them if necessary.

worth adding as well.

Visit Halfords, ETB, The Car Refurb Centre found on The Butts


PE TROL HEADS U NITE ! Bikers believe in freedom. Bikers

Ducati, which was opened by special

Skellerns sits at the heart of the city

believe in fun. Whether you’re buying

guest Carl Fogarty last year, offers

and have been selling motorbikes in

your first bike or are looking for your

new and used sales, as well as service,

Worcester for over forty-five years.

dream wheels, Worcester boasts

repair, parts and accessories. Now a proud part of the Completely

two specialist motorcycle shops. Ducati Worcester is the newest dealership

Motoring Group, Skellerns was originally

There’s new arrivals, Ducati, which

in the Ducati Manchester family, which

based on Friar Street before they

can be found on Castle Street, and

already includes DMC Moto Preston, DMC

moved to the Sidbury in 1986.

the longstanding Skellerns, which

Ducati Stoke, and Ducati Manchester. They have built up a fantastic customer

can be found on the Sidbury. Both Ducati and Skellerns boast

base over the years, as well as some

friendly and knowledgeable staff

great friendships along the way.

and highly trained technicians.

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S PR I NG TR E ATS AT THE MU S E U M O F ROYAL WORC ESTER Discover some Spring inspiration at the Museum of Royal Worcester, Severn Street, this New Year, with colourful displays and fascinating stories of Worcester’s rich porcelain heritage.

With hands-on interactive activities

Learn about the meanings and

and family explorer backpacks, a

history of the exquisite flower and

free audio guide with entry, and free

fruit painting on Worcester china and

entry for under-16s, the Museum

enjoy a traditional afternoon tea on

makes a great day out for all ages.

Royal Worcester china for £19.95 per person, including Museum entrance.

Adults can also book a special grown-up treat with friends or their

Families can get creative at the

valentine on Saturday 15th February

February half-term workshop ‘Decorate

at the ‘Language of Flowers’ talk

a mug with transfers’ on Thursday

and afternoon tea experience.

20th February. Visitors choose from a range of Spring motifs to collage a unique design onto a mug, which will


be fired for collection later. £8 per

You can also visit the Museum shop

person including Museum entrance.

to find a unique and high quality gift from their range of vintage Royal

Make Mother’s Day 2020 memorable

Worcester china or Hannah Dale’s

by bringing your mum to the Museum

charming new Royal Worcester

for a day out on Mothers’ Day weekend,

Wrendale designs for Portmeirion.

22nd – 23rd of March. Mums get in free with at least one fee paying adult. GoodRoots next door at Royal Porcelain Works will have a special Mother’s Day menu and are inviting mums to enjoy a cup of tea on them (Sunday 23rd only).

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WHAT’S ON

There is so much to see and do in Worcester but here is a small selection of great events coming up...

Museum of RoyaL Worcester

DECORATE A MUG WITH TRANSFERS FAMILY CREATIVE WORKSHOP

‘FIFTY SHADES OF CLAY’ TALK BY JOHN SANDON

‘LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS’ TALK AND AFTERNOON TEA PACKAGE

Thursday 20th February 10.30am12noon and 2-3.30pm Create a unique mug with printed transfers choosing from a range of Spring motifs and collaging these into your design which will be fired on to collect later. £8pp, includes Museum entry, book online, optional additional postage & packing charges.

Thursday 27th February 7 for 7.30pm John Sandon retired in 2019 as Bonham’s International Director of European Ceramics and Glass. In this talk he reflects on fifty pieces of Worcester porcelain he has encountered in his long career and relates experiences and anecdotes associated with them. This event is presented by the Friends of the Museum of Royal Worcester, £8pp, £5 for Friends, includes tea and coffee on Royal Worcester Porcelain and the galleries will be open, book online.

Saturday 15th February 12 noon – 2.30pm Learn about the symbolism and folklore behind the beautiful fruits and flowers painted on Worcester porcelain and then enjoy traditional afternoon tea on Royal Worcester china. £19.95pp, includes Museum entry, book online.

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‘THE DOCTOR ORDERED CLAY’ FILM SCREENING OF DIGITALLY REMASTERED ORIGINAL Thursday 26th March 7 for 7.30pm in Henry Sandon Hall In 1951 the Worcester Porcelain Company commissioned John Stuart to make a film about their ceramic manufacturing process from the mining of the raw materials to the decoration of the final product. In 2020 The Friends of the Museum of Royal Worcester have sponsored a high-resolution digital remastering of the original production material. Join us for the premiere screening in the Hall at Royal Porcelain Works with an introduction by Martin Stewart, the filmmaker’s son. £8pp, £5 for Friends, includes tea and coffee, book online.

The Arches ATMOSPHERE Saturday 25th April, City Centre Atmosphere is a one-day festival in April with a strong focus on the environment and the world we live in. It is designed to spark discussion about all things eco through a mix of discussions, talks and live performances either inspired by the environment or with a clear message about the environmental and natural world.

The HIVE

LIVING KNOWLEDGE NETWORK EVENTS

SUSTAINABILITY TRAIL

Friday, 06 March These talks take place at the British Library in London and are streamed live at The Hive. Each event is FREE to attend but booking is essential.

The Hive is full of sustainable design features and we have developed a self-guided Sustainability Trail so that you can discover them. Borrow a trail map and supporting notes from the pod in the children's library and find out more about The Hive's sustainable features. There are stickers on the windows/walls at each numbered point around the building. The trail starts in the café on Level 1. SPOKEN WORD EVENTS Tuesday, 03 March All of the spoken word events are FREE to attend but booking is essential. Doors open at 7pm, events start at 7:30pm. Poetry Reading with Luke Kennard and Isabel Galleymore Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 7pm Tricksy, acerbic and laugh-out-loud funny, Cain, is the dazzling new collection from Next Generation Poet Luke Kennard. Isabel Galleymore’s debut collection, Significant Other, is a vividly detailed poetic chronicle of some of the world’s most fascinating species.

FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES ON ISLAMIC SACRED TEXTS Friday 6th March 2020, 7-8.30pm Feminist engagement with Islamic sacred texts is rich and diverse. But how do feminist scholars make space for multiple visions of gender equality in Islam? And how does their work filter into communities and mainstream religious spaces? Renowned academics Amina Wadud, Ziba Mir-Hosseini and Suhraiya Jivraj come together to discuss for International Women’s Day. Chaired by the Inclusive Mosque Initiative. In partnership with Maslaha and the Inclusive Mosque Initiative.

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BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK Science for Teachers: Continuing Professional Development by the Royal Institution Monday 9th March 2020, 4.30-5.30pm Using examples from their ExpeRimental video series, the RI will demonstrate how teachers can bring the ideas of Play, Look and Ask into their classroom. Focusing on presentation tips, investigation of ideas and interactive demonstrations, this session aims to get any teacher not just confident, but excited about bringing science to life in the classroom. Suitable for primary school teachers. Adults £3

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Library STEM Laboratory Revealing Fingerprints Tuesday 10th March 2020, 4.15-5.15pm Bring science to life in our Library STEM Laboratory. Learn how every person’s fingerprints are different and how they can be used to identify people, in particular those who have left fingerprints behind at a crime scene. FREE but booking is essential. Bringing Science to Life - Family Show Tuesday 10th March 2020, 5.30-6.45pm This fun and energetic family show from the Ri is a fantastic opportunity to engage in science education. Get ready to be amazed with surprising experiments, shocking science facts and some big demonstrations combined with versions that families can do at home to encourage learning outside school. Specifically designed with a broad audience in mind this show is an ideal introduction to science for all the family. Adults £4 | Children £3.50

THE BATTLE OF WORCESTER SOCIETY PRESENTS A WINTER SEASON OF HISTORY TALKS Wed, 18 March 2020 ‘Battle of the Baltic’, 7.15 pm A vivid account of the Royal Navy’s battle to secure the freedom of the Baltic states and save the region from Bolshevik terror and German hegemony. One hundred years ago, British sailors died to protect Baltic independence from Russian invasion, a threat they still face. Then, as now, politicians cavilled, but the navy’s intervention saved the cause of liberty. Steve Dunn: a local author who has published at least four history books and another is due out at the end of January 2020. His books include The Coward? and The Scapegoat. Steve has a special interest in the British Navy of the early 20th century and World War One. He has seven published works to his credit with another two commissioned for 2020 and 2021. When not writing Steve plays tennis and cooks. He lives in Worcestershire and South West France. Tickets to all events are £3 students, £5 member and £7 guests (or non members) can be purchased on the door on the night or from the Tourist Information Centre or from Christine on 01905 358640.


LIVING KNOWLEDGE NETWORK EVENTS

SPOKEN WORD EVENTS

Fri, 20 March These talks take place at the British Library in London and are streamed live at The Hive. Each event is FREE to attend but booking is essential. Simon Armitage: The Laureate’s Library Tour Friday 20rh March 2020, 7.30-9pm This year the UK Poet Laureate embarks on his A-Z Libraries Tour. Using the alphabet as a guide, each spring for the next decade Simon Armitage will give readings across the UK. It’s a journey that will celebrate the library as one of the great and necessary institutions of human civilisation. In the first week of his ten-year adventure, join us for this headline reading at the British Library.

Tue, 07 April All of the spoken word events are FREE to attend but booking is essential. Doors open at 7pm, events start at 7:30pm. Poetry Reading with Helen Ivory and Martin Figura Tuesday 7th April 2020, 7pm Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. She has won an Eric Gregory Award and her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection, the semi-autobiographical Waiting for Bluebeard was short-listed for the East Anglian Book Awards (2014). She received an Arts Council of England Award to work on her fifth collection for Bloodaxe The Anatomical Venus, which centres on women and otherness and was published in May 2019. Martin Figura’s most recent collections Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine (Cinnamon Press) and pamphlet Shed (Gatehouse Press) were both published in 2016. The spoken-word show of Dr Zeeman began touring in 2016. He was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the Best Spoken Word Show Saboteur Award for his previous show Whistle. A new edition of Whistle was published by Cinnamon Press in 2018.

ONLINE COURSE Grow Your Career Tuesday 31st March 2020, 1-2pm Learn about how digital is changing the world of work and how you can successfully grow your career in the digital age. Join us for this FREE online Accenture course available via futurelearn.com. Make a start at The Hive with library staff on hand to guide and support you and then finish the course at home. FREE but booking is essential. Free drink provided.

ROYAL PORCELAIN WORKS MOTHER’S DAY POTTERY PAINTING 14th-15th March 9am-11am, 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm We have a range of different ceramics to paint including some Mother’s Day themed pieces. So whether it is a love heart for mum or a mug for granny we have something for everyone. Prices range from £7-£30 (pay on the day). Booking essential to reserve a place HERITAGE, PRIVATE AND PUBLIC IN TOMORROW’S WORLD 25th March 6:30pm-7:30pm In this launch lecture for Arts Worcestershire we look into the challenge of our heritage - the art collections, buildings and historic sites that shape our national and local identity and add inestimable value to our economic, social and cultural life. £15 Adults. Booking essential THE DOCTOR ORDERED CLAY FILM AND TALK 26th March 7pm-9:30pm In 2020 The Friends of the Museum of Royal Worcester have sponsored a high-resolution digital remastering of the original production material. Join us for the premiere screening with an introduction by Martin Stewart, the filmmaker’s son. £8 Adults, £5 Friends of MoRW. Booking essential.

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