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ASPIRATIONAL magazine AngelinA Jolie: A PAssionAte life gloBAl HeRitAge: CHinese DesiRe foR lUXURY CHAmPions: innovAtive BRAnD solUtions

AUTUMN/WINTER 2013

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British chic, Swiss excellence: Breitling for Bentley combines the best of both worlds. Style and performance. Luxury and accomplishment. Class and audacity. Power and refinement. Perfectly epitomising this exceptional world, the Bentley B06 chronograph houses a Manufacture Breitling calibre, chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the highest benchmark in terms of precision and reliability. It is distinguished by its exclusive “30-second chronograph� system enabling extremely precise readings of the measured times. A proud alliance between the grand art of British carmaking and the fine Swiss watchmaking tradition.

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BEAUTY, HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE

IT’S A MAN’S WORLD

HOME, HOUSE AND GARDEN

Angelina Jolie................................. 12

Lumbers.......................................... 54

Watermark ...................................... 70

Hollywood’s leading lady continues to shine

An extensive collection of the world’s leading luxury watches

Wedding Guide ............................... 22

The Renaissance Club ..................... 58

Matthew Hoggard MBE and his family visit the Cotswolds haven

Plan your perfect day with our luxury wedding guide

A sparkling jewel in the crown of Scotland’s golf courses

Plug Interiors ................................. 72

Stapleford Park ............................... 28

Tony Jacklin CBE ........................... 60

Innovative ideas in product and design from Europe’s leading brands

The perfect luxury hotel and English sporting country estate

Sporting icon still at the top of his game - we take a look at the continuing importance of the golf legend

Fenwick .......................................... 78

Royal Westmoreland........................ 34 Own a piece of paradise

Club Wembley ................................. 64

Gift Guide ....................................... 38

Premier sports and entertainment at the nation’s most iconic stadium

A selection of the most incredible gifts

Femi Health & Beauty Salon........... 47 Beauty treatment specialists visit the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship

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multiCIG ........................................ 68 Premier e-cigarette company

Leicester’s premier department store

Jean-Christophe Novelli .................. 80 The nation’s favourite French chef


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FINE DINING GUIDE

BUSINESS AND FINANCE

SOCIAL AND NETWORKING

Gino’s Pear Tree .............................. 83

Global Heritage; Chinese desire for luxury ................. 94

Socialising.................................... 135

Hotel Maiyango/The Lighthouse/ 34 Windsor St ................................. 84 Sapori............................................. 85 34 Windsor St ................................. 86 Fischer’s Baslow Hall/ Hambleton Hall/Perkins .................. 87 The Bingham.................................. 88 The Riverbank/World Service/ Iberico Tapas................................... 89 Bramleys Brasserie ......................... 90 Chino Latino/Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill/Hart’s ........ 91

An emerging marketplace in the East and the increasing power of the brand

Champions thank you night with Caspar Berry

Champions (UK) plc ....................... 96

Kudos Charity Celebrity Golf Day

Harnessing the power of global communication

Amplify ......................................... 104 Event hospitality taken to a new level

St. James’s Place .......................... 110 Experts in wealth management and financial advice

St. James’s Place Best of British Ball

Sir Ian Botham Tribute Evening Nottingham Post Business Awards Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship Aspirational Club Events An Evening with Neil Back MBE

Mattioli Woods .............................. 116 Expert pensions advice and wealth management, personally delivered

Shakespeares................................. 122 Exceptional legal services in the heart of Leicester

Glynis Wright ................................ 128 Leading family law and mediation solicitor

Hotel Maiyango .............................. 92

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It’s a man’s world

Editor in Chief Matthew Hayes Creative Editor Sarah Garner advertising manager Sophia Hayes Features Editor Victoria Marconetto

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advertising Editor Amelia Benskin advertising assistant Rebecca Edwards Features writers Christopher Brookes Megan Smith designers Jodie Barker Ewen Lewis Kristian Goodeve Maddie Smith Photography Maddie Smith Kristian Goodeve Antonia Doyle senior Production manager Sarah Pearson Production manager Alexandra Buist web development Julian Purser

Contributors Dominic Gomersall Michelle Dilley Eurojet Gillian Wesley Charlotte Sanders Rob Fothergill

James Warne Janine Edwards Simon Fleet Jason Yeomans Bob Woods Ian Mattioli

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In the last edition of Aspirational I spoke of the changing face of the retail High Street. The last 6 months has brought about more change where we have seen the sad closure of the popular toy shop, Dominoes, in Leicester. I think this, above many, highlights the necessity to continually invest in today’s modern retail world. I believe that today’s consumer still wants the choice to purchase locally – but wants exceptional service, friendly faces, innovative and quality products all at competitive prices. This is where Lumbers has excelled for nearly 150 years as the oldest Diamond Merchants, Goldsmiths and luxury goods purveyor in Leicestershire. The internet has brought its own competitive nature to retailing. However it is interesting to gauge the reactions of the consumer time after time when we are asked to value on-line purchases which are fake, over-priced or inaccurately described. I would think that there is not a single day that the Lumbers’ valuation team don’t have to advise someone that the lovely birthday present, bought with so much thought from the internet, is actually a piece of glass and worthless, or the watch, miraculously discounted online, is actually a fake from China! I think this unpoliced retailing can ensure that luxury goods will continue to thrive in an old fashioned High Street retail location alongside those retailers’ own internet sites. I am pleased to hear that many of you responded to my last Aspirational Column confirming that it is unthinkable that Lumbers would move from our current glamorous location. To this end I am working hard to try and secure making Market Street the Bond Street of Leicester by expanding our offering of luxury goods. We are delighted to add Hublot watches to our portfolio of watch brands. In 1980, Carlo Crocco created the Hublot watch in gold, fitted with the first natural black rubber strap in the history of watch making. It has now become the pioneering inspiration for a celebrated style of watch making on all levels. The fusion of unlikely materials such as gold and ceramic, tantalum and pink gold, and even magnesium and titanium make the brand an iconic and much sought after watch. Indeed members of royal families immediately showed their enthusiasm for Hublot and were soon followed by a large number of celebrities the world over. With Christmas fast approaching we are delighted to be able to show our new jewellery and watch ranges. My team has been busy throughout the year sourcing beautiful gem stones from around the world. We have designed and created exquisite jewellery for you, coupled with the most in depth stock of diamonds in the city and you will be able to choose the perfect Christmas gifts. I am certain there is something for everyone! As 2013 draws to a conclusion I would also like to touch on sadness that many of us seem to have experienced this year. There seems to have been a number of tragedies and family losses that have touched many households in Leicestershire and my heart has gone out to each of my family, friends, work colleagues and acquaintances, that have experienced grief this year. I do hope that we all enjoy Christmas and raise our glasses to absent friends and family on Christmas day. May the festive season and 2014 bring happiness and health to you all.

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letter from the

EDITOR It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our autumn/winter edition of Aspirational Magazine. This edition comes to you after a difficult time, however this edition is a great opportunity to share the very best that the East Midlands has to offer, from luxury lifestyle brands to great food and entertainment, giving us all plenty to look forward to this season. We look at one of the world’s most influential women, Angelina Jolie, and her incredible rise to fame. She continues to captivate audiences with her show-stopping performances, and is admired worldwide for her philanthropy and generosity. This season is always one of celebration for our readers and this edition’s winter wedding guide showcases the region’s very finest photographers, venues and advice for those looking plan their special day. For the keen golfer, we take a look at a true legend of the sport, Tony Jacklin CBE. Both an iconic sportsman and now star of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, he continues to be one of the nation’s most enigmatic and generous personalities. Moving from the ballroom to the kitchen, we take a look at one of the nation’s most respected French chefs. Jean-Christophe Novelli, winner of AA Rosettes and Michelin stars, is renowned across the industry for his delicious food and dedication to creating beautiful dishes that can be enjoyed by everyone. With the festive season fast approaching, this autumn/winter sees us explore even more of the East Midlands’ very best places to shop and dine, providing the perfect Christmas package. With so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, our fine dining guide is fuller than ever, matched by the exclusive items in our guide of this season’s hottest gifts. Luxury items are proving more popular than even and we look at the growing power established heritage brands in an increasingly global marketplace, as well as exploring the ways in which one of the country’s leading agencies is harnessing the power of international brand communications. We are sure you will enjoy browsing our images from the biggest events across the East Midlands in our social pages – there have been some truly fantastic days and nights, many of them for excellent causes and it is wonderful to see so many people enjoying the finest hospitality. Many events have been organised by the Aspirational Club, bringing together the region’s key businesses to build strong links and a great business community. As always, our online presence continues to expand and we produce some excellent features that are only available online. Make sure you visit www.aspirational.uk.com to discover our regularly updated features and blog posts. Our Facebook and Twitter pages offer daily updates on all things Aspirational and you can sign up online to our monthly e-newsletters online to ensure you are kept up to date with the latest news and updates from the East Midlands and beyond. I hope you enjoy our latest edition as much as we have putting it together and are looking forward to the luxurious fun that the festive season has to offer!

Matthew Hayes Editor in Chief

“We are not makers of history, we are made by history.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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AngelinA Jolie:

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As one of the world’s most influential celebrities, Angelina Jolie has had to adapt to life in the public eye. Her screen presence is widely celebrated, as is her philanthropy, humanitarian work and generous spirit.

Having emerged from a troubled background, she uses her fame to promote issues that she feels most passionate about. Aspirational Magazine charts her meteoric rise to fame and the work she does to help those in need. Angelina Jolie Voight was born on 4th June 1975 in Los Angeles and is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. Her parents separated when she was very young and she continually moved around to a number of different cities, never becoming entirely settled in one place.

Having emerged from a troubled background, she uses her fame to promote issues that she feels passionate about.

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Her passion for performing came very early in life when she appeared in her first film, ‘Lookin’ to Get Out’, which also starred her father. She entered acting school when she was 16 to develop her considerable talent. As her profile grew, so did her reputation as a ‘wild child’, working without an agent or publicist for the first decade of her career, her independence allowed her to provide a string of extremely honest interviews about her tumultuous life, giving her an engaging and much sought after place in the media spotlight. Despite problems in her private life, she still managed to put in fantastic performances on screen, winning numerous awards for her roles. The pinnacle of this growing recognition came when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1999 film ‘Girl, Interrupted’. Drawing on some of her past experiences, she stayed in character throughout the duration of the film. Her performance as a troubled but charismatic teenager who had ended up in a psychiatric unit was spectacular for an actress who was still so young, and testament to her outstanding ability.


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Her real breakthrough role came in 2001 when she played the eponymous heroine in ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’. Part of the movie was filmed in Cambodia, allowing Jolie to become aware of the humanitarian crisis in the country. This experience made her look at tragedies worldwide and would later drive her to campaign to provide support to those who needed it most. The film was a massive box office success and Angelina became one of the most sought-after actresses in the world. The media became fascinated with her personal life and she had to adapt to the fact that she would spend much of her time in the public eye. She continued to star in a string of films that gathered public and critical acclaim. In 2005, she appeared in another box office success, ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ with Brad Pitt. It has always been unclear when the pair began their relationship, as they were careful not to be photographed together in public so as not to spark too many rumours.

The media eventually found out and the relationship was widely reported on. They were dubbed ‘Brangelina’ by the celebrity press and became one of the most talked-about couples on the planet. Their relationship has lasted the test of time despite the obvious pressure that constant exposure in the media has brought. Continuing her high-profile acting career, Angelina appeared in a string of commercially successful films including ‘Wanted’, ‘Changeling’, ‘Salt’ and ‘The Tourist’. Angelina is a versatile actress who is able to adapt to suit a variety of different genres and her screen presence is increasingly sought-after, with some of the greatest actors and directors in the world queuing up to work with her. In 2011, she made her directorial debut with ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ which she also wrote.

Celebrated for its unflinching portrayal of the terrible events of the Bosnian War, Angelina showed an entirely different skill that demonstrates her considerable talent. Angelina is well known for adopting children into her family and she adopted her first son, Maddox, in 2001 from Cambodia. She has since taken in two more children from Ethiopia and Vietnam, along with having three children of her own with Brad Pitt. All of her adopted children are from orphanages and her decision to take them in further demonstrates her caring spirit and strong desire to help those in need. When she gave birth to her first biological child, she decided to sell the pictures to People and Hello! magazines for millions of pounds which she donated to African children’s charities. After years in the public eye, she became aware of how to use her celebrity profile to raise money for important causes.


Her real breakthrough role came in 2001 when she played the eponymous heroine in ‘lara Croft: tomb Raider’. Part of the movie was filmed in Cambodia, where she first became aware of the humanitarian crisis in the country.


Angelina is celebrated for her philanthropy and humanitarian work, travelling all over the world. As well as donating large amounts of her own money to charity, she has tirelessly campaigned to raise awareness for causes which she feels passionate about. She has visited refugee camps worldwide and was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Her main desire is to promote the causes of those who are in urgent need of support and she has established a number of charities herself, including the ‘Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation’ which aims to provide environmental conservation and community support to the north of Cambodia. She says about her work: “We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.” More recently, she has been in the media promoting another cause: the prevention of breast cancer. She took extreme preventative measures herself by having a double mastectomy after finding out the news that she was genetically predisposed to develop breast cancer. Her own awareness of the disease came when her mother suffered from it relatively early in life.

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She made the news of her double mastectomy public with the hope that more women would get genetically tested in order to find out if they are likely to develop the disease. She believes that many women could be living under the shadow of cancer and need to be aware of the options that are available to them if there is a chance that they may suffer from the disease.

all of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us. Images, clockwise from top left;

Angelina Jolie has emerged from a difficult background to become one of the most influential and inspirational women in the world. She has starred in some of the biggest films of the last 15 years and has done incredible work promoting the causes that mean something to her. Over the years, she has learnt to use her media image to try to benefit other people. She shows no sign of disappearing from the public eye and the world holds its breath to see what she will do next.

Angelina Jolie arriving at the Festival Palace in Cannes, southern France, for the premiere of US director Steven Soderbergh’s film ‘Ocean’s 13’; Angelina Jolie arrives at the UK premiere of “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” at the Empire cinema Leicester Square on August 19, 2003 in London; Angelina Jolie during the “Ocean’s 13” Los Angeles Premiere


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WE ARE FLYING HIGH Come and join us…

Over the past 25 years, Eurojet Aviation has grown to become one of the leading private jet charter and management companies in Europe. It is their job and their passion to deliver an unrivalled level of service and efficient travel solutions to a wide range of clients, including sports personalities, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and multi-national corporations. Now Eurojet have even more to offer… They have built their reputation on going that extra mile for their clients and they have been rewarded with long lasting, loyal relationships. When flying with Eurojet, clients can choose from a range of the highest standard aircraft available on the market today. This company is constantly looking at new ways to improve on the service they provide, which is why they have recently taken management of a new Cessna Citation XLS+. This fantastic addition to the already impressive Eurojet fleet offers even more flying options to their clients. Along with the largest cabin in its class, the Cessna Citation XLS+ brings first-class luxury to all eight passengers, including WIFI and fully reclining leather seats offer optimal comfort. Eurojet Aviation Managing Director Graeme Campbell said: “Private jet travel takes you away from the often stressful and restricted scheduled airline timetables. It isn’t surprising that increased check-in times, heightened security checks and privacy

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invasions have encouraged more leisure travellers to turn to private air travel as a hassle-free and flexible alternative. Our staff will ensure that you arrive promptly, ready to enjoy your romantic break, hit the slopes on a family ski holiday or prepared to take the lead in an important board meeting.” For those who are passionate about travelling in style, Eurojet has a Turnkey Executive Aircraft Management (TEAM) package that offers a one-stop option for potential owners of their own aircraft. The Eurojet TEAM service sources, negotiates, purchases, manages and operates any private jet on the behalf of clients - smoothly navigating through the complex procedures based on 25 years’ industry experience. Each aircraft is assigned an account manager to ensure the aircraft operates to the owners requirements. Crewing, accounts, administration, maintenance, co-ordination and 24/7 support are just some of the services taken care of from the company’s trained operations team. Eurojet Aviation operates over $100m worth of aircraft, flying their clients to thousands of destinations throughout the world. Recently they have opened the Business Aviation Centre at Birmingham Airport – a 41,000 sq ft facility, which includes a spacious lounge and hospitality area for clients. In the wake of this opening, their commitment to excellence has been recognised and they have just been shortlisted for a 2013 BACA Excellence Award.


Passenger cabin of the luxurious Cessna Citation XLS+

The XLS+ boasts the highest-quality finishings and materials

Client facilities at Eurojet are of the very highest standard

Eurojet Business Aviation Centre at Birmingham International

In addition to offering private jet charter services, the company also specialises in aircraft sales, acquisition, management and private jet maintenance.

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Experience something special.. My fondest childhood memories include many trips to our local tearoom with my favourite grandmother. I can still hear the chink of the silver teaspoons stirring sugar lumps into steaming hot tea poured from silver teapots, the hushed voices punctuated by laughter as friends and families exchanged stories over sandwiches and cakes, and the beautiful music playing quietly in the background.

The highlight of this very special treat was always the arrival of the cake trolley creaking with an abundance of freshly baked cakes as it was wheeled over by kindly waitresses clad in black and white uniforms. These precious memories were well and truly stirred on a recent visit to Gillian Wesley and the Catwalk Cafe in Knowle. This quaint business, sited in an old Victorian haberdashery shop, marries a fashion themed cafe with an in-house design studio and boutique. This unique cafe, complete with sweeping red catwalk carpet, is just the place to meet for coffee, catch up over lunch, or treat someone special to a divine afternoon tea. Unfamiliar with Knowle, I investigated the website prior to my visit and was delighted to find six free car parks all within easy walking distance of the Catwalk Cafe. Located just off the high street this unusual business was easy to identify by its corset image painted on the side of the cottage-like building. The shop windows were captivating with corset-clad mannequins sporting skirts of cascading chiffon. Vintage... with a modern twist! I bravely pushed open the shop door as an old fashioned tearoom bell announced my arrival. My hesitation was completely swept aside by a smiling

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waitress dressed in a traditional black and white uniform. Once inside the full impact of this jaw dropping venue hit me. The sweeping red catwalk carpet is complemented by vintage style black and white floor tiles. With exposed brickwork and vintage furniture completing the look. The cafe stood right infront of me, with an enticing boutique to the right. The warm welcome continued as I was guided to my table and I immediately knew this was going to be an enjoyable experience. I sat alongside what I can only describe as a Victorian style arcade shop. Peering through the glass into what must have been the original haberdashery shop, I could see a collection of wedding dresses that looked as if they had come straight off the set of Downton Abbey! Something else caught my eye in the reflection of the glass... a cake trolley! Loaded with home baked cakes this extravaganza was a sight to behold! My eyes couldn’t help but follow it as it was wheeled from table to table. I noted with interest that it was even possible to have a little slice of everything! Oh boy! I ordered a glass of Champagne and the daily special... Seafood Linguine, and continued to digest all that I saw


around me. A business meeting between two ladies was taking place on the table behind me. An elegant afternoon tea stood proudly in the centre of the table on a three tier cake stand. Mismatched vintage china and a silver teapot completed this very charming picture of British nostalgia. The beautifully presented staff were discreetly attentive. I asked what type of customers frequented the Catwalk Cafe. “Anyone” the waitress said, “from couples, friends, family groups, business associates to groups of girls holding baby showers or upmarket pre wedding celebrations. We even hire the venue out on Sunday afternoons for Christenings and family gatherings”. I should point out that whilst obviously being a popular choice for ladies, the men were well catered for too. At the time of my visit, several men, having no doubt secured considerable brownie points for their choice of lunch venue with their other halves, were now relaxing over a beer and the daily newspaper, while their ladies browsed the quirky boutique and gift shop. It struck me as the ultimate in stress free Christmas shopping! At three o’clock the background music and the black and white movies playing on the TV screen behind the counter were switched off, and a young lady dressed in

forties attire stepped up to the microphone. An hour of 1940’s classics followed, which was met by rapturous applause by those enjoying their afternoon teas. What a very special afternoon this was proving to be!

Afternoon tea gift vouchers available online

More questioning of the staff revealed that while the French trained chef produces all of the dishes and home baked cakes, upstairs in the studio seamstresses are creating unique one off Gillian Wesley designs to sell in the boutique. As I poured my tea from the silver teapot into the vintage china cup, my thoughts returned to my grandmother and our weekly trips to the local tearoom. It struck me that this little gem of a business is the perfect antidote for those who are weary of our copycat high streets and manufactured or mass produced goods. I cannot wait to bring my own grandchildren here. I have a feeling that in fifty years time, people will be fondly reminiscing about happy times at the Catwalk Cafe.

Kenilworth Road, Knowle, West Midlands, B93 0JA Opening Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm

www.gillianwesley.co.uk www.catwalk-cafe.co.uk

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After the initial excitement of engagement, planning a wedding can often be overwhelming with so many aspects of your big day to cover. Don’t worry; Aspirational Magazine is on hand with our fabulous wedding section. We have hand-picked a stunning selection of luxury products and spectacular services to give you as much help as possible. Award-winning and royally-commissioned photographer Martin Neeves is available for personalised wedding photographs. Specialising in natural shots that capture the carefree joy of the day, Martin’s years of experience make him an extremely reliable choice. Mudford Marquees offer complete control over the design, layout and timing of your special day with their range of excellent marquees and equipment. Magnificent venues Belvoir Castle and Stapleford Park both provide dream settings for a truly magical wedding. Belvoir is a fairytale destination, standing high on a hill overlooking 16,000 acres of woodland and parkland, while Stapleford is the perfect luxury hotel and English sporting estate, in the heart of Leicestershire. Enhance and Femi offer a wide range of luxury treatments that can help you relax before the big day and make sure you are looking your best. Leading jewellers Lumbers feature throughout the magazine and have a fantastic selection of wedding jewellery and engagement rings. Finally, when planning that dream honeymoon, the Barbados Royal Westmoreland is an exceptional Caribbean hideaway nestled in lush landscaped grounds with an exclusive five-star golf, beach and spa resort. Another option is Mahi Mahi, a luxury holiday resort on the beautiful island of Tobago with the beach on your doorstep.

We hope our wedding section inspires you with the range of features inside, so sit back and enjoy!

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An architectural gem on the borders of rural Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, Belvoir Castle is one of the country’s most atmospheric buildings, making it the ideal location for a wide range of events and activities.

From November until March we are offering a special day delegate rate of £50.00+VAT and reduced room hire for evening events - please contact us for details quoting ‘Aspirational’

www.belvoircastle.com Whether you are arranging a business conference, board meeting, product launch or team away day; Belvoir Castle provides an inspirational and thought provoking venue that will fuel the engagement and concentration of your guests or delegates.

The Ballroom and State Dining Room can accommodate up to 120 delegates theatre style with a choice of smaller break-out rooms also available. Our Shoot Room is fully equipped with data projector, electric screen full sound system and Wi-Fi, whilst the adjoining sitting room offers a 42” plasma screen and DVD player. For special occasions the Castle is the ideal setting for a memorable evening, whether hosting a private dinner for clients or celebrating an event with family or friends.

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Guests are always welcome to make a night of it and we have 14 beautiful and historic bedrooms that can sometimes be hired on an exclusive basis. We also have arrangements with several other local hotels to accommodate larger parties. At Belvoir Castle, each occasion is bespoke and tailored to the needs of our client, ensuring a successful event. The dedication of the events team and the sheer unrivalled beauty of the castle and grounds make it one of the most iconic destinations in the country.

For more information about private events or corporate days visit www.belvoircastle.com or contact Helen Himmons on Tel: 01476 871031 or email: hhimmons@belvoircastle.com


Tantalizing LEAH MARKS HOUSE, 10-12 MARKET STREET LEICESTER, LE1 6DP TELEPHONE 0116 255 1233

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bring the day back Royally commissioned, award winning and an acclaimed artist, Martin Neeves is one of the country’s most celebrated reportage wedding photographers. Creating beautiful images that capture the spirit and magic of your special day, he takes candid photographs that are unique to you and your wedding.

Martin Neeves has had a lifetime of experience in photography and for him, it has always been a passion as well as his full-time job. During his 26 year career, he has taken acclaimed photographs for the national media and was twice commissioned to photograph the Queen inside Buckingham Palace. His wealth of experience and unique photographic skill enables him to create stunning wedding photographs to remind the happy couple, and their friends and family, of their special day. Ideally located in Leicester in the heart of the East Midlands, Martin is able to travel any distance to provide his diverse clients with stunning photography, shot in his own unique style. He regularly works in Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland and Staffordshire as well as travelling to a variety of international locations. Martin is a member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) which only grants membership to the most esteemed photographers in the 26

business. Free Index, the fastest-growing business directory in the UK, ranks him 4th out of over 3000 photographers listed and he is proud that so many couples have been so delighted with their wedding photographs.

A fantastic mix of clever shots that tell the story of our day from start to finish - we would highly recommend Martin Neeves.” Philippa and Martin Beattie of Anstey, Leicestershire

Martin is accustomed to working quickly and effectively to capture even the most fleeting of moments throughout the day. Having worked as a press photographer, he is experienced in capturing what others miss – the unplanned and unexpected moments that make wedding days so incredible. His aim is to take as many photographs as possible without artificial intervention and create images that are natural, carefree and joyous. He is, of course, happy to take a small number of posed shots if required.

Many couples comment that their big day rushes by so quickly, but the intimacy and beauty of the images that Martin capture means that they can relive the special moments time and time again.

“Martin captured our wedding day perfectly with his reportage style of photography and expertise. On the day he was friendly and professional, quietly capturing moments unobtrusively - many of our guests commented that they didn’t even notice he was there! The photos are absolutely outstanding!

For more information about Martin Neeves, please visit www.martinneeves.co.uk


HAPPY DIAMONDS COLLECTION


The PerfecT WeDDING IN LeIcesTershIre’s MosT IcoNIc s TaT e Ly h o M e Surrounded by 500 acres of Capability Brown landscaped grounds, Stapleford Park country house is one of England’s most romantic venues for a dream country wedding reception. Nestled away in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, the beautiful venue hosts weddings with their own dedicated team ready to plan and cater to the guest’s every need.

Several stunning dining rooms are open for the wedding breakfast. The Grand Hall, with elegant crystal chandeliers and views of the formal gardens, is the perfect room for larger parties of up to 180 guests. For more intimate weddings, the Old Kitchen or the Harborough Room provides guests with a warm and elegant ambience.

Stapleford Park’s own dedicated wedding co-ordinators work with their clients to ensure that every part of their special day is expertly organised. They will be on hand from the moment the wedding is booked and can advise on colour schemes, menus, flowers, entertainment and much, much more. Ensuring that nothing is overlooked, the wedding co-ordinator can recommend a wide variety of entertainment to complement the day, from a lively band to a disco followed by a fantastic firework display to finish off the evening perfectly.

There are a variety of packages available to suit each wedding party’s individual requirements. Depending on personal preference and budget, the Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond packages cover each aspect of the wedding day including the reception, wedding breakfast, a stay for the bride and groom in one of the individually designed bedrooms and menu tasting for the bridal couple, presented by the head chef. Also available are the Winter Wedding Packages which are suitable for 80 guests.

Guests are invited to enjoy each luxurious aspect of the venue including the historic country house, exceptional Championship 18-hole golf course and Clarins Gold Salon, lifestyle club and spa facilities. Superb tennis courts, swimming pool, croquet lawn and Technogym are also all available for use. For the brides and bridesmaids, the fully trained make-up artist is on hand to put the finishing touches to their wedding outfit. For the groom, the challenging Championship 18-hole golf course, designed by Donald Steel, is one of England’s finest and is the perfect place to lose those pre-wedding nerves. Other available activities include clay pigeon shooting, archery and falconry.

Stapleford Park offers the house for exclusive use and allows the bridal couple to be Lord and Lady for the day. Ideal for creating a special occasion with loved ones, exclusive use guarantees a beautifully intimate affair. Larger weddings can be catered for with the use of a marquee within the beautiful grounds of the house.

The opulent surroundings provide an idyllic setting for moments to treasure for a lifetime. Stapleford Park’s own Church of St Mary Magdalene, built in the 18th century by the fourth Earl of Harborough, is available on site. Its tall, gracious tower and entrance carvings make for a majestic church and the ideal location for an intimate wedding service. Larger weddings can equally be catered for at The Orangery which is available for up to 150 guests.

Guests are invited to enjoy each luxurious aspect of the venue including the historic country house, exceptional Championship 18-hole golf course and Clarins Gold Salon, lifestyle club and spa facilities.

The team at Stapleford Park is dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of the wedding day is perfect for the couple and their guests. It is a truly stunning venue that provides magical weddings all year round and ensures a spectacular day and many wonderful memories.

For further information, please contact: Stapleford Park, Stapleford, nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 2EF Telephone: 01572 787079 Email: sales@stapleford.co.uk or visit www.staplefordpark.com

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specialist crew will erect a marquee on a range of surfaces in countless locations. As a result, from nationally known sports teams to media companies, Mudford boast a huge selection of high profile corporations as their clients. These clients call upon the marquee specialists for their conferences, Christmas functions and award ceremonies in order to create a profound and lasting impression on their guests.

With a wealth of experience behind the company, its specialist crew know exactly what the customer wants- a uniquely tailored experience combining their client’s requirements with the practical knowledge of marquee experts; this creates the perfect environment for a successful event.

Numerous county and agricultural shows have Mudford Marquees to thank for their attractive and practical storage, display and retail solutions as well as their floor coverings, trestle tables and furnishings. Mudford go the extra mile to satisfy customer needs; which is why they now have a number of “extra” finishing touches available.

Mudford Marquees frequently provide structures for house parties, giving customers the opportunity to transform their gardens into all manner of opulent settings. From night clubs to tropical rainforests to Las Vegas casinos to any other theme imaginable Mudford will cater their service to your every event need. Alternatively, for the larger party, Mudford can build frame extensions on homes to create extra space. As a result of the complete freedom they offer customers Mudford Marquees are extremely popular with wedding planners. Mudford understands that the special day belongs to the happy couple, so they readily submit control over layout, design and timing to ensure bride, groom and guests have the perfect setting for a truly unforgettable day. Their reputation for reliability and willingness to welcome the challenge of awkward spaces and tight corners makes Mudford a favourite amongst corporate event organisers. Proving their flexibility Mudford’s

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The additional services they now provide include a bespoke interior design option which brings venues to life, especially when combined with their range of furniture and furnishings. In just a few short hours Mudford can transform an empty space into a coordinated and stylish scene. They will make dreams a reality with their creative use of impact sails, themed backdrops, lighting and plush interior linings. As well as promising to provide a tasteful setting with charming interiors in virtually any location, Mudford tackles the obvious downfall of outdoor events with success and practicality. The eternal outside toilet dilemma is swiftly resolved with Mudford Marquees’ premier hygiene facilities. Certainly not typical examples of portable toilets, these facilities could easily exist within a five star hotel or restaurant. With their impressive history it’s difficult to see how Mudford Marquees will ever be anything less than industry leaders. With its continuous expansion, adaptable nature and apparent dedication to customer satisfaction this innovative company is certainly one to watch.

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In 2012 the UK’s most exciting new luxury spa retreat opened at Archerfield House in Scotland. Hidden away like a precious jewel, just a 30 minute drive from Edinburgh, amidst the magnificent 550 acres of Grade I listed Archerfield House and world renowned Archerfield Links Golf Club, lies the UK’s most exciting new luxury retreat Fletcher’s Cottage Spa.

Visited by some of the top beauty press and with fantastic reviews including Vogue and The Sunday Times, the spa at Archerfield has already cemented itself as one of the top 10 spas to visit in Europe. The spa features twelve uniquely styled, single and dual treatment rooms, including a healing Himalayan Salt Room and two intimate and private, standalone wooden bath huts where your personal spa butler will be on hand. The world’s finest and purest natural luxury products have been chosen to deliver the ultimate wellbeing experience. Guests are able to enjoy an array of nurturing and therapeutic body and facial treatments from Spiezia Organics; detoxing seaweed scrubs, wraps, baths and massage from Voya; whilst Aromatherapy Associates treatments harness the natural power of plant extracts to improve your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Guests can also indulge in a series of therapeutic experiences including; purifying Rasul Mud Cure Room, a Marine Steam Room and a Herb Aroma Sauna for deep detoxification and relaxation.

Guests visiting Fletcher’s Cottage Spa at Archerfield House can choose from a selection of accommodation including luxury rustic three or four bedroom lodges, the stunning pavilion suites or they could relax in the sumptuous luxury of Archerfield House itself; a fifteen double bedroom 17th Century Mansion House you can hire exclusively for you and your guests. Why not escape to Archerfield this winter and stay in one of the luxurious Pavilion Suites, with in room snacks and a bottle of wine, along with breakfast in the Clubhouse before you depart. You can even choose a 60 minute treatment at Fletcher’s Cottage Spa to complete your relaxing stay. All for £120 per person, based on two sharing, Monday – Thursday until the end of December 2013. To book please call our Reservations Team quoting ‘Aspirational Escape’ on 01620 897 050 or email res@archerfieldhouse.com The retreat also boasts two superb David J. Russell designed 18 hole golf courses, a clubhouse and restaurant where guests can relax in an environment free from usual clubhouse etiquette and make themselves at home.

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Having placed over 5000 implants, we have seen how they provide an ideal solution to the problem of gaps or poor fitting and uncomfortable dentures. For so many of our patients, dental implants have an overwhelmingly positive impact on their lives, restoring their smile, comfort and confidence.

Making you as comfortable as possible is our utmost priority and we view our relationship with you as a partnership. Through a combination of various treatments, and advice about your own dental health practices, we maintain an excellent standard of dental health for you.

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Dentique is conveniently located just off Leicester’s prestigious London Road (A6), on the corner of Knighton Grange Road. Our car park entrance is located on London Road. Just look out for our sign.

We are committed to making our discussions and planning with you as straightforward as possible. We offer free implant consultations to answer any queries you may have. The team of three dentists, two full-time hygienist and six highly trained support staff work, is headed up by Dr Ian Clift, one of the UK’s first dentists to receive a diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons. Alongside Dr Pieter Crouse, the pair have many years experience working in both NHS and Private Practice.

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The treatment cost is £75 per session, however, a course of treatments is always recommended and a 20% discount is offered to readers of Aspirational Magazine and this applies to a single treatment as well on presentation of the voucher below.

Botox injections for cosmetic purposes are designed to decrease deep furrows and lines on the forehead and around the face. Enhance Hair and Skin Centre has been established since 1994, launched to offer effective and affordable non-invasive treatments

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Femi Health & Beauty stars at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2013

This year’s Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, held at the stunning Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire, was a spectacular showcase of incredible golf, star celebrities and luxurious treatments. Record crowds gathered to watch the increasingly popular event and huge numbers stopped by Femi’s tent to enjoy a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure.

Femi have been leaders in the health and beauty industry for over 20 years and guests are consistently impressed by their professional and caring standard and service. Using only the highest standard of treatments available, their range of specialist products contain plant extracts and biologically active substances in a highly concentrated formula to achieve maximum results.

The Championship featured an exclusive tented village area where visitors could go to relax. Hosting a selection of top retailers including american golf, Mattioli Woods plc and Moët & Chandon, visitors could practise their golf swing or enjoy a glass of champagne. The Femi tent was booked out every day as guests were pampered with their range of luxury treatments. Visitors gave the beauty experts rave reviews and they proved to be one of the highlights of a trip to the tented village.

Their Decléor facials were particularly popular with the crowd. Each treatment begins with a specialised digit pressure back diagnostic massage and a hand and arm massage. This is carried out by Femi’s fully qualified beauty therapists who are trained to diagnose visitors skin type and advise them on their home skincare routine. They have just been awarded The National Inspirational Salon of the Year 2012 out of 900 UK salons.

Celebrity spotting was one of the main draws of the Championship and guests were delighted to see some of their favourite stars from the world of sport and entertainment enjoying Femi’s VIP treatments. Visitors strolling by the tent may have seen sights like Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman enjoying a Jessica Manicure or goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel MBE and West Indian cricketer Franklyn Stevenson relaxing with a massage.

Aromatic massages were also a firm favourite and offered a range of benefits to visitors including stimulating circulation, boosting the immune system, improving muscle tone and draining toxins. Many treatments used Decléor, with the exclusive range of products combining aromatherapy, the use of essential oils with phototherapy and the use of plant extracts which together help to treat the inner and outer body. Femi have been named Decléor Regional Salon of the Year for 13 consecutive years for achieving excellence and providing the highest standard of treatment and client care.

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The last edition of Aspirational saw the introduction of professional golfer Jason Palmer, and the effects of his full analysis and training at Nutrafit on his performance.

Jason’s comments on his season progress and his work with nutrafit

Jason was suffering from a range of mechanical errors relating to his golfing movement patterns and posture which included a leg length discrepancy and muscle spasms. Jason was also under-fuelling his sport which resulted in a low metabolic rate.

Six months on, Jason is coming to the end of this season which has shown a huge amount of improvement. His main aim this season was to secure a top five finish on the Alps Tour and compete on the Challenge Tour next season.

All of which would have had a negative impact on his performance, causing a detrimental effect on his concentration levels, fitness and technique.

With one event to go, Jason is presiding at the top of the Order of Merit by nearly 16,000 points; an unassailable lead. During a spectacular season, he has secured three tournament victories at the Friuli Venezia Giulia Open, Cervino Open and Citadelle Trophy International. At the latter tournament, Jason made the record books winning by 11 strokes, the widest margin of victory in Alps Tour history.

Nutrafit worked with Jason to correct many of the problems that were affecting his golfing ability and preventing further progression in performance. After three months Jason was already seeing signs of real improvement in his management of back pain, energy and concentration levels allowing him to perform at his optimum.

“My work at the beginning of the year with Nutrafit has undoubtedly been a big factor in my success this season. I have increased my energy levels through the fitness work carried out, and I am able to sustain my concentration much better during the course of a tournament thanks to this and my improved diet. In the past I have often fallen just the wrong side of the dividing line between success and failure. This year I have been successful in most of my events and my three tournament victories show that I now have the stamina and mental strength to go all the way! I have made small gains in physical strength due to the pre season schedule implemented at Nutrafit. As well as the benefits of being stronger physically, the work at Nutrafit also has a positive psychological impact. Anything which can be used to increase self confidence is critical for a golfer. So much of golf is in the mind, and by being fitter and stronger physically, I am also stronger mentally. I feel that my work with Nutrafit has given me the opportunity to unlock my true potential in the game. Although I have made giant strides this season, the work does not stop there and there are still areas which we need to improve.”

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Jason’s comments on areas to improve on for next season “I am still not 100% pain free at tournaments. The heavy stress on my body does show itself now and again in the form of aches and pains and also fatigue, although on a much smaller level than before I initially came to see Nutrafit. This winter and off-season, I plan to make significant gains in strength and fitness. I also think once I have made these gains it is important that we implement a fitness

regime which can be used to maintain my improved fitness level throughout the season. I sometimes find it is difficult to carry out my exercises whilst away due to time restraints, lack of facilities and fatigue. Next season I hope to stay on top of things not only when I am taking time off at home, but also during my season. Another potential area for improvement still lies with my diet. I have successfully cut out an excess of sugars from my diet which helps massively to keep my energy levels at a constant rather than fluctuating wildly.

But I still need to eat more on-course. I find it difficult to snack as I just simply don’t feel like eating but I know that on-course it is crucial that I keep refuelling my body. Off-course, I also need to eat better so I will consult with Nutrafit and come up with a plan to combat this problem. I am massively looking forward to continuing my work with Nutrafit and I know it can play a crucial role in my continued development. This year has been a huge step forward but the standard will jump up a notch next season and I have to be ready.”

nutrafit Plan of action - stage 2 With the season drawing to an end, Nutrafit’s Dan Senior is drawing up a plan of action for Jason to further progress his game during off season, starting with a full re-analysis and then using that vital information unique to Jason to develop tailored fitness, nutrition and biomechanic plans. Biomechanics - Jason’s hips are of upmost importance on the list of things to address. Both flexibility and function need improvement. This will increase his hip rotation and power through his swing. Follow up exercises will be easy for Jason to maintain with his tight schedule. Secondly Jason’s thoracic lateral flexion and rotation will be addressed. This will help him with posture and improve his form for strength work. Fitness - Jason will be doing short HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions to improve his ability to work at a higher heart rate for set periods. The HIIT training will enable Jason to do more volume in his strength sessions.

His main focus in the strength sessions will be his thoracic region. Securing correct form for big lifts like squats and deadlifts will help strengthen which in turn will help reduce his pain and aid his swing. Towards the start of next season Jason will go through conditioning and power phases to increase strength, endurance and speed through certain movement patterns to get him game fit for the season ahead. Nutrition - This is always an ongoing learning curve for all clients. We have merely scratched the surface with this subject. Through the winter Jason will have a more in-depth ability to fuel himself correctly for pre and post events. His overall knowledge of what and why to eat will be vastly improved. We will also be taking Jason through supplementation. What to take, when and why to ensure adequate fuelling throughout next season This action plan will not only help reduce Jason’s pain further, the new strength, fitness and better fuelling will ensure Jason is fully prepared and ready for bigger and better things next season.

whether you are a professional golfer or play Just for fun, you can benefit from nutrafits’ unique full body analysis nutrafit pro performance 3 month programme for golfers is the perfect way to improve your performance

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WHAT TO WATCH Never let it be said that Lumbers doesn’t move with the times. Always looking for innovative and exciting pieces, while never losing sight of a heritage that creates some of the best timepieces in the world. The new watch on the block is Hublot, causing a storm and creating a talking point. Breitling show that black remains timeless, but with a twist. The managing director’s choice is the Breguet Marine in rose gold. And for those who like vintage with meaning, the Jack Heuer 50th Anniversary watch,will be a must for all petrolheads. Not forgetting the ladies, the Chopard Happy Sport continues to evolve and is one of the most stunning ladies watch available. Just a taste of the amazing watches that are in store at Lumbers. Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot – Limited Edition Innovative yet legendary, this is a true aviator’s chronograph. The Transocean Unitime Pilot combines an ultra-practical worldtime system with its new Manufacture Breitling calibre B05. The ultra readable dial with white markers, have been long been recognised as the best definition for pilots, and harks back to the first Breitling chronographs of the 1930s. Adding the black steel case and trend setting mesh black steel bracelet, creates a watch for the future, while never forgetting its heritage. The entirely crownadjustable worldtime system, is perfect for those who juggle timezones around the world. The 1000 piece limited edition is perfect for the man who wants to stand out from the crowd.

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Hublot King Power Unico Lumbers is delighted to welcome a new and rising star to our business. Hublot watches have established themselves in a short space of time, relatively speaking, creating a brand that is distinctive and contemporary. Best known for their Big Bang watch, the King Power is a bigger, stronger, more powerful and further evolved design. The timepiece has a complex skeletonised dial made of several layers and housed in a case specially designed for the Unico calibre. The Unico movement is entirely produced by Hublot’s watchmakers, and they have created a practical flyback chronograph which can be reset at any time, and has a 72 power reserve. The titanium satin finish case adds a point of difference to other brands and means that this 48mm case is lighter than expected, and ultimately wearable.

Jack Heuer Carrera 50th Anniversary Tag Heuer Honorary Chairman Jack Heuer is celebrated in a distinctive edition inspired by the two part construction Heuer stop watches that he once used on the pro racing circuits around the world. The innovative asymmetrical case design is based on the Carrera Mikrogirder – slightly rising at an angle at the top where the crown and chronograph pushers are located in a design often referred to as Bull Head. The technical details are leading edge with elements borrowed from Formula One and aeronautics: black titanium carbide steel bezel, polished, fine brushed and sandblasted steel and titanium cage, and tachymetre and pulsometre on the dial. Jack Heuer’s coat of arms and signature adorns the sapphire crystal caseback, so that every part of this historic watch can be appreciated.

Chopard Happy Sport The Happy Sport Square watch in 18-carat rose gold and diamonds is a concentrated blend of sporty style and femininity. This watch’s perfect proportions display a potent combination of power and style. Within the structured form of the square cut diamond-set bezel, the moving diamonds floating over dial add a touch of delicacy, making this a sports watch that is all Chopard. Set with 5.39cts of diamonds, for the ultimate in sparkle.

Breguet Marine If Breguet holds a special place in watchmaking heritage, it is because its founder, Abraham Louis Breguet, set the standard by which all fine watchmaking has since been judged. And his legend, skill and passion lives on in the timepieces created today. The Breguet Marine collection is based on the traditional Breguet values, yet creating a sporting watch for contemporary living. Shown here in 18ct rose gold, this stunning watch is the watch for a gentleman.

LEAH MARKS HOUSE, 10-12 MARKET STREET LEICESTER, LE1 6DP TELEPHONE 0116 255 1233

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Bespoke Tailoring from Adrian Barrows

A champion of British tailoring at its finest, Adrian Barrows is one of the country’s most highly skilled creators of modern, simple and traditional menswear, fashioning garments that allow each individual to benefit from his exacting attention to detail, keen sense of finesse and dedication to crafting the highest quality garments. Using only the very best British cloth, Adrian’s 18 years in the industry have allowed him to hone his own skills and knowledge to source beautifully crafted fabrics to work with at his studio, based in his home. His clients range from actors to musicians, to high profile sportsmen and a wide array of influential business people and every part of the tailoring process is completed in the UK to ensure that each garment is supplied and executed to the finest standard. Based in the heart of Staffordshire, Adrian is able to work with a huge range of national and international clients, taking his innovative designs and truly personalised service to clients in London’s financial district to New York’s Wall Street, Miami, Los Angeles and beyond. Renowned for his impressive approach to customer

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satisfaction, The Bespoke Tailor has been known to travel all over the country just to amend a small part of the garment and make necessary alterations. Hailing from a creative family, it seems that Adrian was destined for his career path. His uncle was a chief tailor, forging an impressive career with some of the country’s most desirable and exclusive fashion houses. Adrian’s mother has also been a source of artistic inspiration, crafting bespoke celebration cakes for celebrity clientele, including a commission to create a birthday cake for Princess Diana, among many others. Completing a creative heritage too strong to ignore, the tailor’s father is also an engineer and has clearly influenced Adrian’s attention to detail and strong design aesthetic. Providing his clients with the vast breadth of his experience, Adrian has a selection of around 5000 different cloths for each season, ensuring that each of his different clients are able to select something

that is a perfect match to their own preference and style. Talking to each individual, the tailor is able to build up a picture of their taste and requirements, bringing them just a small but expertly selected choice of fine cloths and a clear idea of the design that would best suit them. Combining traditional techniques with a cutting edge approach, Adrian then uses his own self-developed pattern software to create the blue print for the finished garment, creating a piece of bespoke tailoring and working together with his client as a ‘team’ to create truly exquisite clothing. Adrian tailors a selection of individual garments, including business suits, shooting attire, jackets, trousers, waistcoats, overcoats and a wide range of bespoke items to provide his clients with everything from single items to complete wardrobes and only ever performing alterations on his own creations to ensure that they remain a perfect fit for many years to come.

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The Renaissance club Offering its members one of the finest golfing experiences in the Scotland, The Renaissance Club provides a truly world class golf course, located on 350 coastal acres of celebrated golfing terrain on the Firth of Forth. Buffered by the drifting sand dunes that protect the historic course from the North Sea, this private members club provides golfers with a unique experience in a breathtakingly beautiful location.

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The Renaissance Club in Scotland has been lauded by critics and pros for its breathtaking, windswept links and stunning landscape. After its opening in 2008, it was awarded the title of ‘Best New Course in Great Britain and Ireland’ by Golf Monthly and today can proudly stand alongside the best courses the UK has to offer. Beginning with an ambitious plan to open a course next to one of the most iconic existing golf courses in the world, the Renaissance Club proved to be a truly special project. Sitting side-by-side with Muirfield, the views across the Firth of Forth are unparalleled and the course has been hailed for its layout which provides a challenge to golfers of all ability levels. The world-class course attracts incredibly positive reviews from everyone who is lucky enough to play on it. The Renaissance Club was the vision of its dedicated and passionate founders, the Sarvadi family, and acclaimed course architect Tom Doak. With the minimalist design of Renaissance, Doak has harnessed the rugged elegance of the coast’s sweeping dunes, tall pines and magnificent views,

transforming them into a truly exquisite golfing challenge. Sections of a centuries-old stone wall have been included within the course, sometimes dissecting the fairways for an even more challenging experience. Some of the world’s finest golfers including Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker and Vijay Singh have walked away from the course mesmerised. Locals call the area “The Gold Coast” with three of the most historical courses in the world – Muirfield, Gullane and North Berwick – within a five mile stretch of land.

The world-class course attracts incredibly positive reviews from everyone who is lucky enough to play on it.

Created out of 300 acres of Pine Forest, the hard and fast fairways of the course rise and fall like waves in the North Sea. This year has seen the addition of several new holes following a successful land swap with near neighbours, ‘The Honourable Company’. The new holes have been positioned on a particularly beautiful part of the East Lothian coast and received substantial coverage throughout 2013’s Open Championship. Amongst the members, there is a great feeling of camaraderie and friendship that comes from the timeless elegance of the course, its world-class facilities and exceptional service. A lavish new three-story clubhouse was opened in 2013 featuring six luxury bedroom apartments, a gym, spa, treatment rooms, private dining rooms, wine cellar and business centre. The impeccable service at the club is unobtrusive, yet is everything you would expect from a full concierge. The Renaissance Club has proved to be a fabulous addition to the East Lothian golf community and Scotland as a whole.

For more information about The Renaissance Club, please contact the club on 01620 850901 or at membership@trcaa.com The Renaissance Club, Cowden Hill Drive, Dirleton EH39 5HS. www.trcaa.com

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TONY JACKLIN CBE In the world of sport, it takes a truly special individual to inspire a generation and spark off change to the established order. Tony Jacklin CBE is one of the world’s most legendary golfers who almost single-handedly propelled European golf’s development and inspired a generation of champions. Though his rise to success can be traced back to the late 60’s, he continues to be a significant presence in golf and - as his recent appearance on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing shows – the nation.

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Tony first gained international recognition at the Jacksonville Open, Florida in 1968. In an era when American golfers traditionally dominated on their home territory, Tony became the first European to win on the PGA Tour since the 1920s. Suddenly people stood up and took notice of the young man from Scunthorpe and so began one of the greatest series of events the golfing world has ever seen. At Royal Lytham and St Annes in 1969, Tony stepped up to the 18th tee at The Open Championship. Playing the hole perfectly, he won his first major in 1969 securing the title by two strokes. Even more momentous was his 1970 US Open victory on a windswept Hazeltine National Golf Course. While the Americans struggled for any consistency, the blustery conditions reminded Tony of home. He won by an incredible 7 strokes, the widest margin of victory in 50 years.

He won his first major in 1969 securing the title by two strokes


Tony at The Concession Golf Club which he helped design with Jack Nicklaus in recognition of their great match in the drawn Ryder Cup matches at Royal Birkdale in 1969.

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In good company - Tony pictured with: Top Row l-r, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara, Ben Curtis, Sandy Lyle, Tony Jacklin, Ernie Els, Ian Baker-Finch, Mark Calcavecchia, Paul Lawrie, Tiger Woods, David Duval and Justin Leonard. Front Row l-r, Bob Charles, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, Peter Thomson, Captain of the R&A Richard Cole-Hamilton, Todd Hamilton, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros and Nick Price. Past champions photocall during the second practice round for the 134th Open Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews Golf Links, July 11, 2005 in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Tony’s incredible success continued into one of golf’s flagship contests – The Ryder Cup. One of the most influential figures in the tournament’s history, he played on seven consecutive occasions, including his memorable singles match against Jack Nicklaus which included the famous ‘Concession’ to tie the series 16-16. Tony achieved even more success when he captained the team on four separate occasions from 1983-1989. During this time he became the most successful Ryder Cup Captain in the history of the championship. During the pinnacle of his playing years, he became a hugely influential celebrity figure and is credited with boosting golf’s popularity in Britain and the rest of Europe. His profile and success played a huge part in the establishment of the European Tour which continues to be the premier circuit for top European golfers and develops countless champions. Tony’s achievements have been recognised as ground-breaking in the history of golf and the list of golfers he has inspired reads like a who’s who of the golfing elite - Sir Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle MBE, Seve Ballesteros, Peter Oosterhuis and Ian Woosnam OBE to name a few.

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His achievements were recognised in 1990 when he was named a Commander of the British Empire and in 2002 when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Since his professional retirement, Tony has remained very much in the public eye. He said: “Most people play a lot of golf after they retire but for me, golf has been my whole life and I have so much enthusiasm to try different things.” His drive and commitment are two of the qualities that have kept him in public focus for so many years. Tony is valued by major broadcasters in the sporting world including Sky Sports and talkSPORT for his engaging personality and golfing expertise. Recent high-profile media appearances include featuring as a guest on ‘The One Show’ and performing on the eleventh series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Tony was the first golfer to ever appear on the show, trained by his professional dance partner Aliona Vilani. During his time in the competition, Tony’s level of commitment was unparalleled and he spent hours in training to make sure he gave the best performances possible.


One of his other great passions is golf course design, creating iconic courses around the world. The knowledge and experience gained from his playing career ensure that his courses offer a challenge to players of all abilities in the true spirit of the game. As Tony himself put it “Jacklin courses are created to seduce the player and keep them engaged over every hole.� Tony has a constant influence throughout the entire end-to-end design process, from the first pencil line, right through construction. Travelling across the globe for various engagements, Tony is committed to the causes he promotes. He is a patron of the English Deaf Golf Association, a cause that is particularly close to his heart as he has been hearing impaired for over 25 years, as well as recently joining Rainbows Hospice as their newest patron. He makes appearances at golf clubs around the world, encouraging young professionals and aspiring golfers alike to reach the top of their profession. His years of experience have helped young golfers including 17-year-old Charley Hull, Solheim Cup team member, who is a fantastic prospect for the future. As a transatlantic icon, Tony is ideally placed as an ambassador and his recent involvement with leading Scottish whiskey Glenmorangie has brought unmatched success. He was appointed as an Ambassador to Glenmorangie to promote shared values of excellence and heritage. An accomplished after dinner speaker, Tony draws on events from his glittering career to entertain guests at the functions he attends. Tony Jacklin is a modern sporting icon who has spent nearly half a century in the public eye. Few sporting stars can boast the same kind of relevance and long-lasting appeal that Tony emanates. His list of accolades is incredible and he continues to be a truly inspirational figure to millions.

A respected sporting expert, Tony Jacklin CBE is available for after dinner speaking, question and answer sessions and personal appearances.

Tony with his Strictly Come Dancing partner, Aliona Vilani

Contact Lloyd Bailey at Champions (UK) plc on 08453 31 30 31 for more information or visit www.champions-speakers.co.uk

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E NJ OY WO RL D CL A SS E XCLUSI V E S IN A WORLD CL A SS VENUE If you are among those who enjoy the finest things in life, it may be time to become a Club Wembley member. Be there as all major trophies are won, and experience world-class entertainment, unrivalled hospitality and a guaranteed seat to all the biggest events until 2017*. You can also enjoy exclusive members’ opportunities such as England training, breakfast with the England Manager, FA Cup Legends Dinners, members’ golf days and much more. From your arrival via dedicated member entrances to your comfortable premium seat, everything is designed to make your visits more pleasurable, more memorable and more rewarding. For more information on one of the UK’s most exclusive clubs, call Huw Graham on 020 8795 9527 or email huw.graham@wembleystadium.com

*Club Wembley membership entitles the member the option to purchase one ticket/hospitality package per licensed seat held (subject to terms and conditions specified by Club Wembley). Member events are usually offered on a ballot basis, are not guaranteed, and may be subject to change. Excludes: Rugby World Cup; Rugby League World Cup; any association football match staged at the Stadium where the event holder is not The FA or the Football League; and any bid event including the UEFA Champions League Final and the UEFA Cup Final. We will try to secure tickets from the event owner wherever possible.


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In the year of its birth – 2007, the Caparo T1 smashed BBC Top Gear’s lap record setting a new lap record time of 1:10.6. A colossal seven seconds quicker than a modified Koenigsegg CCX... a performance that remains unbeaten even today. With its power to weight ratio twice that of a Bugatti Veyron, the T1 delivers over 1,000hp per ton in a heartbeat. An ultra lightweight carbon and aluminium honeycomb monocoque chassis combined

with extensive use of carbon fibre for structural components and the highest spec race equipment, it finally tips the scales at an unbelievable 550kg. The T1’s slick aerodynamic shape isn’t just for carving its way through the earth’s atmosphere. It generates more down force than it weighs, resulting in cornering forces of up to 3.5g, similar to the face contorting forces experienced by aerobatic pilots. So in theory, you could

drive upside down in a tunnel, defying even more of nature's laws! The Caparo T1 braking system, manufactured by Caparo AP Braking, provides awesome stopping power, bringing the vehicle to standstill from 100mph in under three seconds. Huge brake disks at 14 inch (35.6cm) diameter and 1.3 inch (3.3cm) thick front and rear, gripped by six pot (front) and four


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engineers designed and developed the vehicle, which is manufactured 100% in the United Kingdom.

As the Top Gear presenters aptly put it; “You couldn’t stop any quicker if you hit a tree.”

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premium electronic cigarette brand multiCiG have developed a high quality range of devices that allow existing smokers to enjoy nicotine based products, free from harmful smoke and chemicals present in traditional cigarettes. manufactured to the highest standard, the devices have been created to provide a similar sensation to smoking, however the vapour released does not contain any of the harmful chemicals produced by tobacco. multiCiG’s e-cigarettes are stylish, satisfying, easy to use and permitted in a huge range of public spaces.

multiCIG’s e-cigarettes offer a truly premium alternative to cigarettes, available in a wide range of flavours and offering disposable, trial and starter kits. multiCIG is the leader of the premium e-cigarette marketplace, offering a product that helps smokers cut down on traditional tobacco products and switch from smoking to ‘vaping’.

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Instead of using tobacco, e-cigarettes contain a mechanism that heats up liquid nicotine, turning to a vapour for users to inhale and exhale. multiCIG’s devices contain a battery, an atomiser and a replaceable cartridge. The cartridge contains nicotine and one of a range of flavours including cherry, vanilla and golden tobacco. A sensor detects air flow and begins a process of heating the liquid in the cartridge so it evaporates to form water vapour. Providing the same sensation of smoking and releasing a virtually odourless vapour, smokers are able to make the simple transition from smoking to ‘vaping’ with the help of the great product range. With the use of all electronic ‘vaping’ devices in a wide range of public spaces permitted, users can enjoy multiCIG without the inconvenience of having to move outside. Great for travelling or for use in your favourite restaurant or bar, multiCIG’s fantastic range of devices can be enjoyed almost anywhere.

The range of luxury devices are perfect for a variety of lifestyles and the great range of flavours allows mutiCIG users to enjoy the great taste of golden tobacco (100% tobacco free), classic, menthol, cherry, vanilla or cinnamon. What’s more, a single multiCIG disposable e-cigarette equates to 40 traditional cigarettes and offers savings of around £2000 per year when compared to a 22 cigarette per day habit. multiCIG’s range of e-cigarettes do not contain tar, tobacco or harmful smoke and are a healthier alternative traditional tobacco products. They also provide minimal irritation to others making them the ideal social companion, avoiding the risks of passive smoking associated with cigarettes. A business leader, most recently multiCIG has been awarded the prestigious Company of the Year award by Business and Industry Today magazine.


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The publication aims to promote high quality products and services from reliable and trustworthy companies and decided to recognise exceptional quality of multiCIG’s products with this great accolade. Business and Industry Today is circulated nationally to people across a range of key industry sectors. multiCIG’s nomination for Company of the Year reflects the high esteem in which their products are held. With their range of practical and health benefits over traditional tobacco products, multiCIG are fast gaining recognition and their latest nomination establishes their products as the viable alternative to smoking.

For more information about the future of smoking and to access multiCIG’s great product range, please visit www.multiCIG.co.uk

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HOME, HOUSE AND GARDEN

Matthew Hoggard MBE

enjoys an action-packed getaway at Watermark Ashes-winning cricketer Matthew Hoggard MBE travelled to Watermark, a unique resort of luxury lakeside holiday homes in the heart of the Cotswolds, for a world-class break with his family. The lakeside rural retreat offers a superb selection of attractive waterside holiday lodges set in 40 square miles of lakes and countryside and offering a variety of different exciting outdoor facilities that are fun for all the family. The stunning location combines water-skiing, wakeboarding, spa, golf, relaxation, beautiful views and great local dining. Boasting six separate lakeside communities, the whole area is beautifully manicured, with elegant landscape parks maintained by the expert gardeners. Matthew was joined by his wife Sara and their 6-year-old son Ernie. The family loved their trip to Watermark and Matthew was eager to tell us all about it.

Friday As soon as we arrived and saw the breathtaking surroundings, we knew we were in for a fantastic weekend. We began with a delicious lunch provided by Gusto Deli which was a great way to start the holiday off! With such an array of different activities, it was difficult to know where to begin but we decided to enjoy some waterskiing on Spring Lake. It is both challenging and invigorating to be out on the water with the scenery whizzing by at a rapid speed. What a fantastic experience it was and we all had a great time.

After that, the three of us were taken round on inflatables, trying desperately to cling on! Ernie had a brilliant time and couldn’t wait to have another go. After the action-packed day, we returned to our stunning detached lodge on the water’s edge and looked forward to making it our home for the next few days. Gusto Deli provided our evening meal and we all went to bed full and looking forward to tomorrow.

“ The combination of activities, beautiful scenery and welcoming atmosphere made Watermark the perfect destination for us and I would thoroughly recommend visiting.”

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Saturday Beginning bright and early, we were excited to go back out onto Spring Lake for an introductory course to cable skiing. We were trained by the friendly fully-qualified instructors, who made us all feel at-ease, pulled by an electronically-driven cable, we whisked around the lake and loved every minute of it. Ernie and I were keen to stay out on the water for as long as possible, so while we continued water-skiing and having fun on the inflatables, Sara went to enjoy an ultimate-relaxer full body massage at the nearby Four Pillars Hotel. She loved the truly tranquil setting and really didn’t want to leave! In the afternoon, the whole family enjoyed using the excellent swim, steam and sauna facilities at the hotel which gave us a good opportunity to relax. For dinner we visited the fantastic Wild Duck pub in Ewen, enjoying the world-class food and lively Saturday night atmosphere. The traditional Cotswolds country pub was the perfect place to unwind and reflect on a great day.

Sunday On our final day, we enjoyed a walk around the Watermark estate, taking in the country air and idyllic setting. Finally, we rented bikes and took a short relaxing ride around the lake before heading back for a late lunch. After an ideal weekend, it was sad to be heading home but we were all certain that we would be coming back to visit again. The combination of activities, beautiful scenery and welcoming atmosphere made Watermark the perfect destination for us and I would thoroughly recommend visiting. Watermark has something for everyone and lodges range from £175,000 to £1,750,000. Alternatively, lodges are available to be rented for a short break, so that everyone can enjoy a taste of the wonderful Cotswolds. For more information about Spa 6 at the Cotswolds Spa Hotel visit www.cotswoldwaterparkhotel.co.uk

For further information or to arrange a visit to experience Watermark’s luxury lakeside properties for yourself, please contact Jules Miller-Cheevers. Telephone: 01285 869031 Email: jules@watermarkcotswolds.com or visit www.watermarkcotswolds.com www.thewildduckinn.co.uk www.thevillagepub.co.uk www.gusto-deli.com

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Benscliffe Hay, Newtown Linford A breathtaking country house of immense size and character, built with great attention to detail and designed by Internationally renowned architects Janine Stone. Benscliffe Hay has been built using a unique stone, mined in Durham at Ladystone Quarry. The matching roof tiles are mined from the same quarry thereby making it a unique property on the Forest. This outstanding property offers numerous impressive features to include stone mullion windows and the house is equipped with the very highest quality fixtures and fittings throughout. Offering incredible panoramic views, the property offers stunning accommodation over three floors including two reception halls, five reception rooms and a magnificent kitchen by Chalon. The property also offers four superb luxury bedroom suites, with the master bedroom having six rooms. In addition is a ten car subterranean garage space, together with a full leisure complex to include a superb swimming pool, sauna, steam room, cinema and fitted wine cellar. In all, a spectacular property in an amazing 3.7 acre hillside location. EPC - C

£4,500,000

Wisker Hollow, Ulverscroft A substantial, stylish and lavishly appointed five double bedroom detached family home with over 6,000sqft of accomodation and 5.5 acres of garden, paddocks and wood in the heart of the Charnwood Forest. Constructed of stone elevations with oak and glass providing light and spacious accommodation designed for entertaining and family living, the property offers numerous high tech features and the very highest specification of fittings throughout. With outstanding open views to front and rear, triple detached garage and four reception rooms and a superb 36’6” x 18’ living/dining/kitchen, the property offers a degree of space, quality and light, impossible to appreciate without inspection. Energy Rating C.

£1,825,000


Charnwood House, Newtown Linford

£1,300,000

Situated within one of the County’s most prestigious residential locations - a stylishly presented 5/6 bedroom detached family home within approximately 3 acres of gardens and paddocks with menage, stables and triple garaging. Offering 3/4 reception rooms and a superb re-fitted dining/kitchen, the property offers 5 bedrooms on the first floor, 3 stylish re-fitted bathrooms and outside delightful informal garden grounds, spinney and lawns. The property benefits from gas fired central heating, uPVC double glazing and electric gated approach and alarm system. EPC - E

Grange House, Botcheston

£795,000

Paddock Views, Rothley

£POA

Situated within this most favoured residential location - a considerably extended, remodelled and lavishly appointed five/six bedroom detached family home featuring a bespoke dining kitchen (46’5” x 13’2”) by Lewis & Hill, split level master bedroom suite with mezzanine gym above, sealed unit double glazing, gas central heating and good sized private gardens. Three reception rooms plus an entertainment room with plasma TV and hi-fi off the kitchen, the property offers stylish contemporary accommodation with refitted family bathroom and two shower rooms and a games room, gym and storeroom on the second floor. Delightful gardens and double garage. Energy rating C

Woodman’s Cottage, Newtown Linford

£765,000

Situated on the edge of Forest Hill Golf Course with outstanding elevated views to the rear over paddocks, gardens and the National Forest Tree plantation of Ratby Burroughs, a well presented four bedroom detached family home within approximately 3.51 acres of paddocks and rolling gardens together with a lake and excellent equestrian facilities including sixteen stables and two paddocks.

Situated within approximately 0.75 acre of delightful landscaped gardens with outstanding open views over Charnwood Forest and just outside the desirable village of Newtown Linford, a rare opportunity to acquire a highly individual four bedroom detached family home, immaculately presented and offering a refitted en-suite shower room, family bathroom, three reception rooms including a superb garden room plus 6.2m x 5m fitted dining kitchen.

With gas central heating and sealed unit double glazing, the property is situated on the very edge of Botcheston village and viewing is highly recommended to appreciate the spectacular views and outstanding setting of the property. Energy Rating F

Gas fired central heating, sealed unit double glazing and detached double garage, the property offers outstanding landscaped garden grounds and numerous design features including al balcony off the guest bedroom, fitted bedroom furniture to three bedrooms and attractive stone elevations. Viewing is essential to appreciate the position, size of plot and quality of the accommodation. EPC - D


Kinross, Kinoulton

£765,000

This beautifully presented detached property in stunning hilltop position stands in approximately 5.4 acres and boasts some of the finest views in the county.

The Dower House, Wymeswold

£750,000

This substantial period home with superb gardens and tennis court enjoys a highly sought after central position within the village.

The property offers particularly spacious accommodation to include four reception rooms, large breakfast kitchen, three double bedrooms, en-suite shower room and family bathroom and further benefits from oil fired central heating, double glazing and triple garaging. The property offers potential for further development and would be ideal for those looking to develop an equestrian centre (subject to the necessary approvals).Energy Rating D

Standing in over half an acre this Grade II listed family home with range of brick outbuildings is believed to date back over 300 years. Enlarged over the centuries the property features a blend of Georgian grandeur with high ceilings, multi-paned windows and beamed ceilings. The property with vaulted cellars offers accommodation to include a large drawing room, two further reception rooms, farmhouse style breakfast kitchen with Aga, five double bedrooms, en-suite bathroom, family bathroom, newly fitted wet room and large first floor games room 29’5” x 14’9”. The property is well presented throughout and represents a unique and exciting opportunity. Energy rating F

Manor Farm House, Rotherby

Stone Villa, Somerby

£749,950

A beautifully presented and refurbished period detached family home situated on the edge of this desirable Wreake Valley village with a wealth of original features including high ceilings, restored open fronted fireplaces throughout, vaulted cellars and original doors etc. With new double glazed windows throughout, the property offers five reception rooms, superb refitted kitchen with granite work tops, three luxury new bathrooms, a further shower room and seven double bedrooms over two floors. Outside are west facing walled rear gardens with views over the Wreake Valley towards Hoby, tandem double garage and extensive parking. In all, a fine period home with extensive accommodation demanding internal inspection. Energy Rating F

£650,000

Situated on the edge of this desirable village on the Leicestershire/ Rutland border - a substantial stone built detached family home with four large reception rooms, a Shortland Craft fitted kitchen, four bedrooms, two shower rooms and family bathroom. Situated on a large corner plot of approximately 0.5 acre with delightful gardens, the property also offers two large outbuildings including stone outbuilding with garaging and playroom/potential annex above and further garaging and work shop. EPC -E


The Chestnuts, Long Clawson

£575,000

A detached double fronted four bedroom period home, occupying an established plot extending to 0.7 of an acre, situated within this highly regarded Vale of Belvoir village. The property has undergone a complete programme of sympathetic renovation and offers accommodation comprising entrance hall with original staircase, cloaks/WC, three reception rooms, superb re-fitted dining kitchen with bespoke conservatory and utility off, four bedrooms and re-fitted bathroom. Outside, the property enjoys delightful gardens extending to three sides, triple garaging and workshop. Viewing is essential to appreciate the location and spacious stylish interior. EPC - D

Meadow View, Walton On The Wolds

£495,000

Meadow View occupies a stunning position within the village with uninterrupted views over rolling countryside. Standing on a large plot extending to just over 1/3 of an acre this beautifully appointed detached bungalow with three double bedrooms offers spacious accommodation to include a superb bespoke kitchen and garden room with large lantern roof light, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, luxury five piece family bathroom and established south/east facing gardens. The property benefits from sealed unit double glazing, gas central heating, extensive gravel driveway and double garage. EPC - D

The Old Vicarage, Great Dalby

£535,000

Delightfully situated opposite the village green and war memorial within this desirable village - an immaculately presented detached former vicarage dating back to 1843 and situated within 1 acre of outstanding garden grounds with open views to the rear. Offering a wealth of original features, four reception rooms, four generous bedrooms, dressing room, two bathrooms and separate shower room together with delightful hall and landing. The extensive gardens are well stocked with wild flower meadows and planted borders and have featured in the village open garden event. EPC-D

Cornclay Cottage, Queniborough

£420,000

An immaculately presented substantial character property having been sympathetically restored and upgraded by the present owners, situated within the centre of this highly desirable conservation village. Having flexible accommodation comprising three reception rooms, open plan living/dining kitchen, utility, cellerage, five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Whilst retaining original features, the property benefits from sealed unit double glazing, gas central heating, double garage/converted home office and south facing garden to rear. Viewing is essential to appreciate the size and stylish interior of this delightful family home. EPC - D


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Jean – Christophe novelli a multi Michelin star award winning chef, with a multitude of awards under his toque, Jean-Christophe novelli is bringing out another book full of classic French recipes, with an updated 21st century touch. We look at how he’s got to his Michelin star status… Jean Christophe’s new book ‘simply novelli’ gives his fans a guided tour of France’s regional cooking. all the dishes are based on classic French recipes, with novelli adding a contemporary spin to them.

Novelli says “In this book I have simply thought about how French classics have evolved over the centuries and brought them into the 21st Century for the modern culinary culture and given it my own twist and tried where possible to make quick and easy to prepare”.

restaurants in London with only £500 in his pocket. His next venture was over in South Africa, where he launched Novelli at Cape Town’s leading five star Relais et Chateaux Hotel. Not content with this, he opened another at Moulin de Jean in Normandy and became Chef- Consultant on Sea France ferries.

Jean-Christophe Novelli is a 5 out of 5, AA Rosette and multi Michelin Star award winning chef, who has won the AA’s Chef’s Chef of the Year, the European Chef of the Year and was a finalist in the European Chef of the Year.

Being a passionate Frenchman who is proud of his country’s culinary heritage, Novelli wanted to pass on his wisdom of cooking as well as his dishes. So, he opened The Novelli Academy, based out of his personal kitchen at his 14th century farm house in Hertfordshire.

“In this book I have simply thought about how French classics have evolved over the centuries and brought them into the 21st Century for the modern culinary culture and given it my own twist and tried where possible to make quick and easy to prepare” He has also been named “The Nation’s Favourite French Chef”. Novelli’s career began at the young age of fourteen where he made pancakes in a baker’s shop for the people of his home town Arras. From here he became the private chef of Elie de Rothschild, where he furthered his culinary learning. When Novelli moved to Britain his career progressed dramatically. Christophe’s life changed completely when he arrived in Great Britain in 1983 having spent a year in charge of Keith Floyd’s pub, ‘The Maltsters’ as Head Chef whilst Keith was filming his famous TV shows. The next positive step Novelli made in his career path was to begin his mini empire by opening four

Jean-Christophe Novelli is available for personal appearances, private dining experiences, brand endorsements and much more.

The academy proved to be so popular that it was voted amongst the ‘Top 25 Cookery Schools in the World’ before being awarded ‘One of the Top Ten Cookery Schools in the UK’ by The Independent. Jean-Christophe has also been privileged to receive an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Bedfordshire University for his 30 years of dedication to his craft and outstanding achievements in cooking. JeanChristophe is only the 3rd Chef in history to achieve such recognition! With his love of food and a passion for sharing his culinary wisdom, Jean – Christophe Novelli looks set to continue on his successful road to inspiring fellow chefs.

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For a free copy of our new brochure please call 0116 269 5915 To read testimonials from our clients and see more examples of our work please visit our website at www.moirwade.co.uk or call our Leicestershire workshop on 0116 269 5915 and we will be happy to speak with you.


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Gino’s PEAR TREE, PizzERiA, WinE bAR & REsTAuRAnT Woohouse Eaves, Leicestershire

Evoking the atmosphere of the Italian countryside, Gino’s Pear Tree is celebrated for its authentic Italian cuisine and excellent wine list. The brand new pizzeria is a superb addition that would not be out of place in the historic streets of Naples. Renowned for the quality of their pizzas, the Albiniano family work closely alongside their expert pizza chef, Davide to create delicious results. Davide comes from a rich culinary background; his father is a celebrated pizza chef while his mother is a master baker specialising in mille feuille. He has moved across from Italy to offer Gino’s diners the incredible opportunity to sample authentic pizzas from a renowned chef. Following the tradition of true Neopolitan pizzas, the dough is proved and developed before being stone baked in the oven which was imported directly from the Albiniano family’s home town of Campobasso. Only the very finest aged and cured prosciutto and salamis are used on the topping which complement the secret tomato sauce, made using sun ripened calabrian tomatoes. Gino’s now offers their loyal customers the chance to enjoy some of their delicious pizzas at home, cooking pizzas to order and sending them out in creatively branded boxes.

Open for lunch and offering an earlier opening time for pizzas, Gino’s is the perfect place for a relaxed meal with friends and family. With stylish yet casual surroundings, Gino’s are proud that so many customers are delighted with their experience. Gino’s Pear Tree also host live jazz nights every Friday, bringing together fantastic food and great music for their delighted visitors. The restaurant continues to offer a full à la carte menu. Representing the very best of true Italian gastronomy, diners find themselves transported to the rolling foothills of the Tuscan countryside. The wine list is extensive, featuring the best wines from around the world and perfectly suited to the delicious dishes. Seasonality is extremely important at Gino’s, and the dishes are created using fresh produce and the very best ingredients. With a beautiful dining room, alfresco dining area and spectacular ambience, Gino’s continues to entice visitors across the East Midlands and beyond. Gino’s Pear Tree 8 Church Hill, Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, LE12 8RT Tel: (01509) 890 243 www.ginospeartree.net

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HoTEL MAiyAnGo

THE LiGHTHousE

34 WinDsoR sT

City Centre, Leicester

Kibworth, Leicestershire

Burbage, Leicestershire

Boasting an AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence and recognition by The Good Food Guide 2013, the Hotel Maiyango restaurant is part of the celebrated hotel in Leicester city centre. The stylish interior has an informal feel and allows diners to relax and enjoy the atmosphere while the bar area has a snug lounge giving diners the chance to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine before their meal.

It’s been a bright first year at the Lighthouse Kibworth, we opened our doors with a completely new culinary vision and haven’t stopped to look back.

34 Windsor St is the ideal venue for lazy afternoon teas with a full selection of finger sandwiches, homemade cakes, pastries and scones. It can be taken in the lush patio, bright conservatory or main restaurant.

The restaurant prides itself on its exceptional hospitality experience, including superb service and an innovative seasonal menu providing a range of delicious choices. Food is purchased from independent farmers, fish is always from sustainable sources and the restaurant takes its commitment to the local community very seriously. Full tasting menus are on offer to give diners the chance to get an experience of what the season has to offer. With the Glass Room and the Gallery available for private hire, guests can hold their own private event or function while enjoying the panoramic views across the historical Leicester city centre. Ideal for friends and family, full lunch and dinner menus are on offer and the restaurant is perfect for celebrations of all kind.

Early supper from 6pm or full on evening extravaganza, our Bill of Fare is all about enjoyment, big, bold flavours and generous servings. Nibbles are the perfect start to your Lighthouse experience, think exquisitely tasty potted brown shrimps on award winning Hambleton Sourdough, luxuriously smooth chicken liver paté or slow baked camembert with fresh made garlic toast - when these arrive the restaurant seems to come alive with laughter and conversation.

For individual celebrations or parties, the staff at 34 Windsor St are able to design a bespoke menu based around personal preferences and seasonal ingredients. A huge variety of occasions are catered for including birthdays, christenings, wedding brunches and anniversaries. Sit down meals are available for up to 70 people or the whole venue can be hired exclusively for up to 200 people.

Main course sees an exciting array of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes including the amazing Hake with broccoli, chilli & lemon or griddled Swordfish with puttanesca sauce to our juicy medallion of pork fillet & black pudding with spelt pea risotto. Our emphasis is on great quality, sustainable fish, but we’re more than happy to whip up something special for you - this has been a real hit with vegetarians, Lino makes one of the best risottos outside of Northern Italy. We like sides with everything, generous helpings of delicious homemade chips and creamy mash to the most divine buttered spinach or broccoli with chilli. But leave room for our homemade puddings, Lemon treacle tart with clotted cream and raspberries, Chocolate roulade and black cherries. The perfect plate of British cheeses served with homemade chutney and Hambleton bread finish things off nicely. Our wine list is fresh and exciting - new and old world gems chosen with love to complement and enhance our Bill of Fare, with a few bin end treats for our best customers. We’ve arranged some amazing private parties too, from weddings, birthdays and anniversaries to food and wine tastings, we’ll open at lunch on request, so do feel free to ask anything.

Food Served: Monday to Saturday: 12:30pm – 3:00pm & 6:30pm-9:30pm Sunday: 6pm-9pm. Open for cocktails and drinks till late 7 days a week. Hotel Maiyango 13-21 St Nicholas Place, Leicester, LE1 4LD Tel: 0116 251 88 98 www.maiyango.com

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Mini Morning Tea for Two Thursday’s & Friday’s 10:30am-12:00pm 2 x scones, 2 x cake of the day, 2 x pastry of the day, tea or coffee each £9.95

Open for Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm The Lighthouse No 9 Station Street, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leics., LE8 0LN Tel: 0116 2796260 www.lighthousekibworth.co.uk

Tastes Set Lunch Menu: Served 12-3pm Evening A la Carte: Served 6-9pm Afternoon Tea - Served 12-5pm 34 Windsor St Burbage, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 2EF Tel: 01455 234342 www.34windsorst.com


FinE iTALiAn FLAvouRs in THE HEART oF LEicEsTERsHiRE sAPoRi REsTAuRAnT & bAR Anstey, Leicester

Situated in the heart of Anstey, one of Leicestershire’s thriving villages only 10 minutes away from the city centre, Sapori offers modern and elegant Italian flavours whilst maintaining the family values and traditions that the owners have built their business on. Everything served in the restaurant is made from scratch by the professional kitchen team, from the bread to the delicious desserts and ice-creams. The menus and the Chef’s specials, changed regularly and designed to satisfy every palate, are created by using only the freshest seasonal ingredients. There is plenty to choose from: top-quality seafood and meat dishes, homemade pasta and the authentic Neapolitan pizza. The restaurant offers a great lunch deal Tuesday to Saturday with two courses for £10.95 and three courses for only £13.95; an Early Evening set menu until 6.30pm Tuesday to Thursday; and an exciting Sunday lunch from 12pm until 4pm where you can enjoy not only some of the Italian dishes but also the classic Sunday roast with homemade Yorkshire pudding. Sapori has a stunning setting across two separate rooms: the restaurant, which can accommodate up to 65 people, and the bar, where you can enjoy superb cocktails and quality wines, spirits and a good beer selection. This unique venue can be hired for special events, where you can entertain up to 70 guests with a great food buffet, your own bar and your own music or DJ (FREE room hire for parties above 40 people if the food buffet is required). And for truly unique events such as wedding receptions, charity events and more it is possible to hire both the restaurant and the bar, enjoying a specially designed menu that complements the celebration perfectly. Since opening in May 2011, Sapori has already hosted several private events with great success!

Unlike many others ‘Sapori’ does not have only the ‘Italian name’ but it is indeed a truly authentic Italian family business, run with passion, dedication and professionalism. The sublime food served together with its warm and friendly atmosphere makes for the perfect dining experience and sees people returning time and time again to sample the fine flavours of their ever-changing menu. Food served: Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12.00pm - 2.00pm Dinner: Tuesday to Thursday 6.00pm - 10.00pm Dinner Offer: Tuesday to Thursday until 6.30pm Dinner: Friday to Saturday 5.30pm - 10.30pm Sunday Lunch: 12.00pm - 4.00pm OPEN MOST BANK HOLIDAYS Sapori Restaurant and Bar 40 Stadon Road, Anstey, Leicester, LE7 7AY Tel: 0116 236 8900 info@sapori-restaurant.co.uk www.sapori-restaurant.co.uk

Open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Also join us for live music in December and salsa classes every Thursday evening. Please call us or visit our website for more details and to view our event menus. Grazie!

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34 WinDsoR sT Burbage, Leicestershire

34 Windsor St is a new restaurant in the picturesque village of Burbage in the heart of Leicestershire. Opened in May 2013, it is already attracting incredibly positive feedback from customers for its fabulous creative menu and warm, friendly service. In a relaxed atmosphere with comfortable surroundings, importance is placed on the overall dining experience and providing great food, wine and good times. The setting can best be described as contemporarily styled with a hint of vintage. Head Chef Sam Owen has a strong ethos of using quality locally sourced produce and ingredients from their own Secret Garden to create “British food done well”. For the team, it is absolutely essential to create menus which are individual, memorable and of the highest standard. The central aim is to be as self-sufficient as possible, creating home-grown and homemade dishes where the extra effort is immediately appreciated by their customers. That effort has recently been recognised by Visionary Dining, a dedicated service that discovers menus with seasonal balance, appealing flavour combinations and a diverse range of cooking techniques. Restaurants across the country are closely examined and 34 Windsor St won the prize for ‘Menu of the Month’ in August and is up for the overall ‘Menu of the Year’ award. Great menus can be measured by the amount of trouble diners have deciding what to have and the chefs at

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34 Windsor St have certainly created a menu provides a vast array of choice. 34 Windsor St is always aiming to surprise and delight their customers and they host tasting evenings once a month to showcase new creations from the kitchen. The daily ‘Tastes Set Lunch Menu’ is served from 12-3pm and is designed to highlight their commitment to local suppliers and growing of their own produce. The evening à la carte menu is innovative and original, offering a superb selection of starters, mains and desserts. The cocktail list is extensive and each one is prepared by one of their highly trained bartenders. Aiming to support the community which it is fast becoming an integral part of, the restaurant supports local charities Hope Against Cancer and Keep the Beat. Tastes Set Evening Menu £28.95 for five courses and served Tuesday-Thursday 6-8:30pm. Tastes Set Lunch Menu: Served 12-3pm Evening A la Carte: Served 6-9pm Afternoon Tea - Served 12-5pm 34 Windsor St Burbage, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 2EF Tel: 01455 234342 www.34windsorst.com


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Baslow, Derbyshire

Hambleton, Rutland

Plumtree, Nottingham

Michelin starred restaurant, Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, is one of Derbyshire’s finest culinary offerings. Listed 29th in the Sunday List Food List and 29th in The Good Food Guide 2014, the restaurant places huge importance on seasonal produce, grown in their own garden.

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Perkins has twice been named the Good Food Guide’s East Midlands Restaurant of the Year for good reason. Set in the rolling Nottinghamshire countryside, just ten minutes from Nottingham city centre, Perkins is committed to locality, seasonality and responsibility.

With such fresh and delicious ingredients, it’s not hard to see why the restaurant has been recognised for their fantastic contribution to the region’s gastronomic reputation. Fischer’s has developed strong relationships with local suppliers, ensuring that each and every one of their dishes is created using locally reared meat and produce. The culinary team create modern British dishes with emphasis placed on traditional techniques and flavours. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day, and diners have a choice of wonderful dishes, including Tempura of Quail Breast with confit leg, teriyaki jelly and toasted seeds or Goosnargh Duck & Fig with hazelnut dumpling and Swiss chard. Baslow Hall also offers great accommodation, with a choice of 11 bedrooms. They also hold a civil ceremonies licence for small weddings and can accommodate 38 guests.

OFFER ENDS APRIL 2014 This discounted offer is available for a limited period only, on any day except Saturday. £187.50 per person, per night, to include: Standard double bedroom, 3 Courses from our A La Carte dinner menu Full Hambleton breakfast & newspaper Enjoy our 7 course Tasting menu on one night if you stay 2 nights or more. Limited availability, based on a couple sharing a room, excludes bank holidays & Valentines.

Favourite English Country Hotel Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2013

‘As Good As It Gets’ Harden’s Guide 2013

Head Chef Sarah Newham leads a talented, innovative kitchen using ingredients sourced from the outstanding regional butchers and bakers, farmers and dairies that surround Perkins’ rural idyll. The restaurant recently celebrated thirty years serving its loyal local diners, so there’s never been a better time to sample what’s on offer at the beautiful former Plumtree railway building. Perkins’ Prix Fixe Menu, Sunday lunches, afternoon teas and Saturday morning breakfasts are particularly special. The restaurant’s Prix Fixe is excellent value, often including wonderful slow braised beef from nearby Clipston-on-the Wolds, Belvoir game and home-cured gravadlax. For Perkins’ wine list, the comparison couldn’t be more stark: co-owner David Perkins works hard to reflect the most diverse international offering possible. Every Saturday morning between 10 and 11.30am, Perkins opens up for the perfect start to the weekend: think newspapers, fresh coffee, locally-sourced and freshly-cooked sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes et al while Sunday lunches are hearty, family and friendly affairs featuring pork, beef, chicken and vegetables sourced within ten miles of the kitchen. If you have something special to celebrate, or just fancy a much needed get-together, Perkins’ Old Waiting Room is ideal, housing up to thirty guests. If your party is even larger, Perkins’ Carriage Hall can hold 200 guests and is ideal for weddings.

Food Served Everyday: Lunch: 12.00pm - 1.30pm Dinner: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Spectacular surroundings A warm welcome Supremely comfortable and stylish rooms Dining heaven

Food Served: Monday to Saturday: ALL DAY from 12pm Sunday: 12 - 5pm (last order 3.30pm) Breakfast: served on Saturday mornings À la carte: Every day EXCEPT SUNDAY

Fischer’s Baslow Hall Calver Road, Baslow, Derbyshire, DE45 1RR Tel: 01246 583 259 www.fischers-baslowhall.co.uk

Hambleton Hall Hotel & Restaurant Hambleton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8TH Tel: (01572) 756 991 hotel@hambletonhall.com www.hambletonhall.com

Perkins Restaurant Station Road, Plumtree, Nottingham, NG12 5NA Tel: 0115 937 3695 www.perkins-family.co.uk

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THE binGHAM Bingham, Nottinghamshire

The Bingham is a fantastic addition to Nottinghamshire’s restaurant scene. Situated in a superb location between Nottingham and Newark, the restaurant has been elegantly finished and is already attracting attention for the quality of its food and outstanding service. Though only recently opened, it has been visited by ‘The Great British Cookbook’ who has been inspired to create a two-page feature on its cuisine. The historic building dates back to 1779 and is a key part of Bingham’s heritage while the wooden floors, panelling and exposed beams give the interior an opulent feel. The venue comprises of a restaurant with champagne & cocktail bar and terrace, function room and public house. The premises have been extensively refitted to a high standard with a mixture of Yorkstone, carpeted and hardwood floors and a Yorkstone summer terrace.

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One of the central aims of the restaurant is to produce top quality cuisine at affordable prices. Their internationally renowned chefs deliver a wide selection of delicious dishes, innovatively fusing European and British cuisine to spectacular effect. The menu features a selection of British favourites, uniquely prepared to mouth-watering effect and there are also plenty of original dishes for people looking for a more adventurous option. Their Sunday lunch menu is particularly celebrated with a selection of roasts with all the trimmings. Already attracting the attention of big names, they have received visits from renowned chefs including Michelin star chef Kevin Thornton from Dublin. The majority of visitors to tripadvisor.co.uk have ranked the restaurant ‘excellent’, an incredible achievement for a restaurant that is still so new.

Customers have particularly highlighted the outstanding service delivered by friendly and well-mannered staff, the exceptional quality and presentation of the food and the warm and welcoming atmosphere. The Bingham is set to be a key part of the East Midlands, bringing in guests from the region and beyond.

Opening times: Mon - Thur : 9:00am - 11:00pm Fri & Sat: 9:00am - 12:30am Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm The Bingham - Bar, Restaurant and Terrace The Bingham, Long Acre, Bingham, Nottingham, NG13 8BG Tel: 01949 358 008 www.the-bingham.com


THE RivERbAnK West Bridgford, Nottingham

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ibERico TAPAs Nottingham

Nottingham The Riverbank Bar and Kitchen provides diners with a range of different options, with sophisticated dishes in the beautifully designed restaurant, simplified but equally delicious light meals in the bar area and a range of great foodie produce. The outside dining space offers a chic, year round area complete with wild-flame heaters and cosy sunken areas, allowing visitors to the restaurant to while away a few relaxing hours surrounded by great food and drink. The culinary team is headed by Mark Osborne, a chef who places a great deal of importance on creating amazing food that celebrates the great variety of seasonal and local produce available in his innovative menus. The brasserie-style food covers everything from the very best fish and chips, to exquisitely crafted seafood dishes, gourmet burgers and an ever changing selection of seasonal creations. Indulgent food and a fantastic atmosphere is very much the order of the day and guests can relax in the bar area, entertained by live music on an almost daily basis. The venue offers a dedicated function room available for private hire, perfect for wedding receptions, Christmas parties, conferences, dinner dances and lively drinks receptions.

The perfect combination of heritage, tradition and modern elegance, World Service is one of Nottingham’s most innovative and elegant dining offerings. The restaurant and lounge bar are given their own personality, using unique furniture and decoration to reference both traditional and contemporary design, as well as different cultures from all over the globe.

Iberico Tapas offers wonderful Spanish cuisine in the heart of Nottingham. Creating a wide range of tapas style dishes with the very best ingredients, Iberico offers its diners delicious and varied food drawing inspiration from a range of different cultures, including diverse Moroccan and Japanese flavours, all delivered in their stylish restaurant.

Focussing on fresh, seasonal produce and an ever changing menu of eclectic global dishes, the restaurant is characterised by the outstanding quality of its food. Diners benefit from the choice of set menus, the variety of the à la carte selection and specially designed celebration menus.

The atmospheric vaulted restaurant is the perfect place to provide with diners a taste of the culinary team’s exciting flavours and the tapas dishes make for a great way to sample some of the most delicious cheeses, cured meats, fish dishes and classic Spanish creations.

The historic setting of Newdigate House boasts a traditional English walled garden, perfect for alfresco dining and offers a tranquil escape from Nottingham’s busy centre. The lounge bar provides the ideal accompaniment to a delicious meal. With a range of traditional and modern cocktails, a wide range of spirits and over 200 different wines, the lounge bar has seen World Service recognised as one of the city’s best destinations for both great dining and drinks. World Service also offers private dining spaces, available for a wide range of events and allowing guests to celebrate their event in style and comfort.

The restaurant, in the city’s atmospheric Lace Market, is the perfect place to spend a relaxing evening, surrounded by the delightful sights and smells of wonderful food, great wine and the very best customer service. Diners typically order a selection of dishes, enjoying the chance to taste so many different culinary creations at once. The dishes can be shared and enjoyed by the whole party, promoting the warm and lively atmosphere of the underground eatery and ensuring that the restaurant continues to be acclaimed by patrons and critics alike. Iberico is also the county’s only Bib Gourmand entry in the 2013 Michelin guide. In November 2013, Iberico will be opening their second restaurant, located at 9-11 Bold Lane, Derby DE1 3NT. Tel: 01332 345 456. The new restaurant is in a superb location as part of the city’s Cathedral Quarter and is surrounded by historical landmarks and boasts fantastic transport links.

Food Served: Monday to Friday: 12.00pm - 2.30pm & 6.00pm - 9.30pm Saturday & Sunday: 12.00pm - 3.00pm & 6.00pm - 9.30pm

Food Served: Monday - Friday: 12.00pm - 2.00pm & 7.00pm - 10.00pm Saturday: 12.00pm - 2.00pm & 6.30pm - 10.00pm Sunday: 12.00pm - 3.30pm CLOSED Sunday night except for bank holidays and throughout December

Food Served: Monday - Friday: 12.00pm - 2.00pm & 5.30pm - 10.00pm Saturday: 12.00pm - 2.00pm & 6.00pm - 10.00pm

The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen Trent Bridge, Nottingham, NG2 2GS Tel: 0115 986 7960 Email: info@riverbanknotts.co.uk

World Service Restaurant Newdigate House, Castlegate, Nottingham, NG1 6AF Tel: (0115) 847 5587 Email: info@worldservicerestaurant.com

Iberico Tapas The Shire Hall, High Pavement, Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1HN Tel: 0115 941 0410 Email: info@ibericotapas.com

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Serving up delicious dishes, Bramleys Brasserie, located in the De Vere Venues Orchard Hotel provides diners with a hugely enjoyable culinary experience in a dynamic and modern space. The Bramleys Brasserie chefs place huge importance on sourcing local, fresh produce and their menus reflect the seasonality of the great dishes they create. Taking its name from the iconic Bramley apple and the orchard that grows the fruit nestled behind the hotel, the restaurant maintains a strong emphasis on the importance of using as much locally sourced produce as possible. The new à La Carte menu features a range of innovative choices with delicious seared scallops, chicken liver parfait and Bosworth ash goat’s cheese. The main courses reflect classic British influences with foreign styling and the roasted chicken with pomme anna and braised shallots is just one of the dishes that showcase the culinary team’s skill and invention.

The Moroccan spiced braised lamb shoulder with Israeli cous cous has quickly become a firm favourite amongst diners. Many of the dishes on the tantalising menu have been influenced by the abundance of the traditional apple variety in the area and diners can enjoy a variety of starters, including a Bramley apple, lentil, Bosworth ash goat’s cheese, mint and smoked nut oil salad. The main courses continue to reflect the classic British influences and the pressed pork belly with truffle pearl barley and wilted spinach is just one of the many delicious dishes that epitomise the culinary team’s attention to gastronomic detail and innovative take on classic British ingredients. The perfect way to unwind after a conference or meeting, or simply an opportunity for guests to enjoy a great modern restaurant set in a delightful parkland setting, Bramleys Brasserie is a welcome addition to the thriving Nottingham restaurant scene.

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Quote voucher code ASPI50BB to redeem this voucher at: Bramleys Brasserie, The Orchard Hotel, Adjacent to the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ To make a booking Email: bramleys@deverevenues.co.uk or call: 0115 876 0881 Terms and conditions: Valid until 14th March 2014. Pre-booking is required, mentioning the voucher and this must be given on arrival. 50% off the food bill is valid for up to 6 people when all ordering a three course meal. Valid for lunch and evenings. Maximum bookings of 6 people. Discount off food only. Voucher can be used once only. Voucher has no cash value.

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The innovative design, mouth-watering menu and great location make for an ideal combination. An express menu is also available for those on tighter time frames with two or three courses guaranteed to be served within an hour. Bramleys Brasserie welcomes diners, delegates and hotel guests to spend some time in the comfortable setting, promoting great food and the very best service typical of De Vere Venues throughout the country. OPEN dAILy FOR LUNcH FROM: 12-3pm for lunch and from 6-9pm for dinner.

For more information Orchard Hotel, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ Tel: 01158 760 881 Email: bramleys@deverevenues.co.uk


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Pan Asian restaurant, Chino Latino, is giving guests the chance to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with the unique restaurant and bar’s ‘One Night in Bangkok’. Offering a bespoke fusion between pan-Asian flavours, a Latin vibe, multi award winning cuisine and music to dance the night away. The chefs have created a special Thai street food menu for the evening that will allow diners to welcome in the New Year with the very best flavours. The evening will take place in the eleventh floor Vista Suite at the Park Plaza. With stunning panoramic views over the city, it really is one of the best locations in the East Midlands to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. The four course menu has something for everyone, from an appetizer of delicious prawn crackers, to Thai street food, a variety of Thai dishes served on a platter. The Chino Latino ‘One Night in Bangkok’ has the ideal recipe for a magical event: irresistible flavours, wonderful music and an evening to remember. For those who love the atmosphere of the Chino Latino restaurant, they can celebrate New Year’s Eve in ground floor restaurant at the Park Plaza. Priced at £65.00 per person, diners will enjoy a special menu that brings fine dining to the fantastic Pan-Asian flavours.

One of the most stylish restaurants in Nottingham, the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill provides a lively ambience and modern dining experience. Part of the critically acclaimed chef’s spectacular selection of restaurants, the menu has been personally chosen to provide diners with a delicious range of meals created from the very best locally sourced produce. Part of the city’s Alea Casino conveniently located in Nottingham city centre, the vibrant interior is striking, and the contemporary furnishings add to the atmosphere. The restaurant has received fantastic reviews from diners and critics alike, especially for its choice of premium steaks which are mouth-wateringly excellent. Complementing the food is a fantastically diverse champagne and wine menu, as well as a cocktail list that guarantees something for everyone. The focus of the restaurant is on the complete dining experience and Marco’s own mission statement is to “feed people at the right price within the right environment and with the right level of service”. The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill certainly goes above and beyond this and is not to be missed.

Hart’s in Nottingham is the city’s most successful up-market eatery. With over 15 years experience providing a flawless service and stunning British cuisine Hart’s possesses a calming and peaceful setting so difficult to find in a city, truly setting the standard for diners and guests. With a menu selection to intrigue even the most seasoned diner, Hart’s has something for everyone. The stunning Gourmet Corner served on Friday and Saturday night’s à la carte menu, is perfect for that extra special occasion. Situated above the restaurant is Hart’s Upstairs, catering for the needs of larger parties. Accommodating up to 100 guests, it is one of the finest venues for your private party or wedding. Located next door is Hart’s Hotel, boasting award-winning architecture design by Julian Marsh and opened in 2003. Each room is individually designed by Mrs. Hart, bespoke and designed to cater to your every desire, the hotel exhibits luxury at its best. Combined with the quaint garden and serene surroundings which mimics the countryside, yet situated only a short stroll from the city, this hotel is in an idyllic location where guests can relax in true style.

Overnight accommodation is available at the Park Plaza itself, including a New Year’s Day Brunch and 2.00pm late checkout. Alternatively, you can sample fine dining at Chino Latino on New Year’s Eve, priced at £65 per person (based on two people sharing), call for more information.

Arrival: from 7.30pm Dinner served: 8.00pm Carriages: 2.00am £49 per person, or £79 per person including unlimited house drinks (house beer, wine, spirits and mixers)

Mon - Thur : Lunch 12:15pm - 3pm, Dinner 5pm - 10pm Fri & Sat: Lunch 12:15pm - 3pm, Dinner 5pm - 10:30pm Sunday: Lunch 12:30pm - 8:30pm

Food Served: Lunch: 12.00pm - 2.00pm Dinner: Monday to Saturday 7.00pm - 10.30pm Dinner: Sunday 7.00pm - 9.00pm Pre-theatre supper 6.00pm Afternoon Tea served in the Park Bar, Hart’s Hotel 3-6pm daily (pre booking essential)

chino Latino 41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6GD Tel: 0115 9477 444 www.chinolatino.eu

Alea Nottingham 108 Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 6LF Tel: 0115 8720 602 www.aleacasinos.com

Hart’s Nottingham Standard Hill, Park Row, Nottingham, NG1 6GN Tel: (0115) 988 1900 www.hartsnottingham.co.uk

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HOTEL MAIYANGO celebrate in style at Leicester’s finest boutique hotel and restaurant

A popular venue for a range of celebrations including weddings, parties and Christmas festivities, the hotel can host up to 80 seated in the Gallery and up to 160 at its twin venue, St Martins House Conference Centre. Originally built in 1877, the stunning Grade II listed former Grammar School has been refurbished to an exceptional standard. Hotel Maiyango is organising two fantastic New Year’s Eve celebrations that promise guests bring in the new year in style. At the hotel, the ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ party is set to be a lavish affair featuring a five-course meal and live entertainment. St Martins House is hosting the New Year’s Eve Loros Charity Ball which will be another stunning event. Offering panoramic views of the city from its rooftop terrace, the hotel provides its guests with a magical stay. Inside, the décor is elegant with bespoke wood furnishings, rich fabrics, intimate lighting and commissioned artwork. Each of the 14 rooms has been thoughtfully designed with a modern and stylish finish. The spacious interiors and comfortable surroundings ensure that every guest’s stay is restful and relaxing. The hotel features include stunning event space, an intimate restaurant and cocktail lounge and a celebrated kitchen deli. Independently owned and operated, Hotel Maiyango has a strong commitment to support the local community through a number of different measures. Wherever possible, they source local seasonal produce and purchase organic products from independent farmers. They take an active role working with colleges in the region to develop young talent and are regularly involved in community action programmes. Their active ‘green team’ ensure that the hotel is as environmentally friendly as possible, reducing energy consumption and waste and identifying places where greener products can be used. The chefs’ commitment to quality locally sourced food has seen the restaurant earn an AA Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence and gain recognition from ‘The Good Food Guide’, which seeks out

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the best places to eat in the UK. A selection of the local produce on the menu includes Wye Valley asparagus, new season crab, organic lamb, shire beef fillet, Cotswold white chicken and Paddington pork, all sourced from local butcher Joseph Morris who works very hard to only bring the best of Leicestershire livestock. The Kitchen Deli stocks a range of high quality cooking ingredients, homemade produce and personally selected hampers for the perfect dinner party. In the centre of historical Leicester, Hotel Maiyango is a beautiful contemporary 14 bedroom boutique hotel. Ideal for both business and pleasure, the hotel is renowned for its exceptional service, warm hospitality and its ability to create memorable experiences for all of its guests. Hotel Maiyango is ideally suited for weddings and provides guests with everything they need for their special day, including exclusive hire of the hotel if desired. Nothing is too much trouble for the dedicated team who understand the stresses that wedding New Years Eve Event days can bring and are experienced in Diamonds are Forever making sure everything runs exactly as £65 per person • 7:30pm until 1am the couple want it. Package deals are Cocktails & Canapés available for the beginning of 2014 5 course meal • Live entertainment including a three-course wedding At Hotel Maiyango breakfast, room hire of the Gallery and a suite for the Bride and Groom. New Years Eve Loros Charity Ball £75 per person • £675 per table of 10 As well as this, the small aspects that Cocktails & Canapés finish off the day like place cards, candle 5 course meal • Live band • At St Mart ins House centre pieces and white table linen are all 7:30pm until 1am included. Hotel Maiyango is a haven in Leicester and a dream venue for weddings and parties that guarantees excellence every time.

New Years Eve at Maiyango Rest aurant Cocktails & Canapés 8 course tasting menu £65 per person


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We discover the power of Britain’s heritage brands as they continue to find their way into some of the world’s most exclusive homes.

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In a global economic slowdown, China’s consumer sector continues to grow and so does their desire for luxury products. Increasing numbers of Chinese people are travelling overseas to Europe and the UK to get their hands on the latest jewellery, watches, clothing and accessories at a much lower price than they would pay in their home country. They are the world’s highest spending tourists and it has been estimated that in 2014, the Chinese tourist market could be worth as much as £1.4 billion to the UK economy. The question remains: what is the best way to utilise the fastest-growing highest-spending consumer market the world has ever seen?

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The Chinese middle class is still rapidly growing, as is their disposable income. In China, the luxury market is worth an estimated $35 billion, second only to the US. Luxury products are highly sought-after and consumers are increasingly using online forums to discuss the latest luxury goods. In China, it is vitally important for overseas brands to be strong in order to develop status and respect and gather a committed following. According to The Economist, from 2007-2011 many luxury goods firms enjoyed double digit annual growth in China. Though this has begun to slow recently, firms like Burberry still experienced a sales growth of 20% in 2013 so far. Travel is a luxury afforded to only the richest Chinese people, and when they visit foreign countries, they like to spend big. Many big businesses are calling for less tightly controlled visa restrictions in order to encourage Chinese people to visit the UK. The statistics speak for themselves; at Heathrow airport, Chinese people account for less than 1 per cent of the total airport traffic but account for nearly a quarter of all luxury goods sales. Michael Ward, managing director of Harrods has said “Chinese shoppers represent the most significant and rapidly growing proportion of our international customer base.” While Chinese tourists can travel across Europe on a single visa, they must apply for a separate one for the UK which is more expensive and complicated than its European counterpart. There are a number of factors for UK luxury brand companies to consider when appealing to Chinese shoppers. Most come as part of a large tour group so VIP rooms can provide a welcoming atmosphere and Mandarin-speaking assistants will certainly help them choose the right product. Payment systems that can handle Chinese credit cards are also an important consideration and have already been adopted by

the ranks of Harrods, the Ritz and Selfridges. Quintessentially British gifts are particularly popular choices for Chinese visitors and are something to take home as a memento of their trip.

Dominic Gomersall, Managing Director of Lumbers Jewellers comments: “We have enjoyed a marked increase with chinese tourists. some of our brands, chopard, Longines, Tag Heuer and breguet are very strong in the eastern markets and we have been pleasantly surprised by the chinese student and tourist spend.” Xu Jing, UTWTO regional director has said about Chinese tourists, “When they travel abroad they want to bring home a lot of souvenirs for relatives and friends, so shopping remains high on the agenda.”

Jewellery is one of the top purchase items of Chinese visitors to the UK, and Chinese women are a particularly important target market as their spending power increases. Watches and jewellery display wealth, prosperity and social standing which are highly regarded attributes in Chinese culture. Hong Kong jewellery firm Chow Tai Fook is the world’s largest jewellers with over 1800 stores across China and the surrounding area. For jewellery and watch firms across the UK, utilising the ever-growing Chinese tourist market is the key to driving up their high street profits. Rolex, Cartier and Tiffany and Co are particularly popular brands for visitors and can be obtained 20-30% cheaper in the UK than China. The typical Chinese visitor to the UK spends £1600, three times the average of other tourists. Luxury brands especially benefit from this spending and many believe it is important to make our country more accessible to Chinese tourists in order to compete with other countries in the Eurozone. Regardless, in the last year Chinese spending in the UK shot up by 31 per cent and shows no signs of slowing down. China is on the move, now more than ever and luxury brands and the UK economy can only benefit from this surge.

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With a brave new consumer world before us, the need for global brand expertise is key to creating a sustainable future for the world’s leading organisations. With so many products, brands and individuals clamouring to be recognised the world over; establishing a positive and sustainable public perception is becoming more important than ever. Recent years have seen a gradual change in the brand sphere, with traditional advertising replaced by innovative and concept led campaigns, reacting to the trends created and perpetuated by the global consumer, a clear inversion of the market’s longstanding power relationship and a reflection of increasing levels of independent information available online and via social media. Communication channels are also largely uncensored, controlled at will by anyone who is able to harness the power and reach of social media platforms. A Twitter feed has become as influential as front page news, a YouTube video more widely watched than 2011’s Royal Wedding. The world’s largest media bodies are running to catch up, eager for a piece of the restless communications machine that is able to reach huge areas of the world’s population each and every second of the day.

But what does this mean for the world’s brands? Far from confining more traditional brand strategies to history, our high speed information interchange has allowed brand strategists the opportunity to reach more consumers than ever, targeting them in their homes, allowing them to create strong brand loyalties and develop key followers and fans that help to promote their brand with their own online recommendations.

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business and finance Branding experts Champions (UK) plc are ideally positioned at the forefront of the global brand phenomenon, working with their own clients to look at the different ways in which new and innovative communication is becoming a huge part of everyday life, sourcing the very best opportunities and providing their leading capability to ensure that they are able to position their clients at the forefront of their respective industries. As Champions (UK) plc has already recognised, perhaps one of the most startling industry changes is embodied in the increasing move to mobile communication. Both smartphones and tablets continue to grow in popularity, creating a world-wide network of users able to consume huge amounts of information throughout the day, regardless of location or situation. In essence, this has effectively provided a vast increase in the potential reach that brand messaging can have, building upon the strength of the consumer and creating an expanding group of informed brand ambassadors taking the world by storm through their Pinterest page or Tumblr account.

So influential is the empowered consumer that the world’s leading brand experts have expanded their offering, creating entire teams and departments dedicated to positioning and reacting to online forums of information to ensure that their clients continue to be at the forefront of the consumers’ mind. Champions (UK) plc continue to build upon their own team of industry leading experts, ensuring that their market leading strategies have a strong focus on achieving tangible results from market insight and trend led campaigns, as well as generating measurable bottom line results for their clients. A great way to support and increase the impact of more traditional print or broadcast media campaigns, the online world has a truly international audience with huge numbers of target consumers providing a vital supplementary brand support on an international level and the Midlands brand agency have taken their clients to an international consumer group, allowing brands such as Heat Holders to emulate their UK success in both North America and all over the world.

For more information on the ways in which Champions (UK) plc can boost the power of your brand, please call 08453 31 30 31 or email info@championsukplc.com

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Brands now need to be even more reactive to the fickle nature of consumer trends, providing products and concepts that tap into the modern consumer psyche. The global mind set is a product of the recent economic climate with the majority of consumers continuing to be price conscious, regardless of their budgets, ever more responsive to and reliant upon to the power of online forums, recommendations, blogs and videos to inform the choices they make. Champions (UK) plc continue to work at the forefront of the market to ensure that their array of clients are able to benefit from their industry leading campaigns and continue to thrive within an ever more competitive global environment. A different approach to many national and international agencies, Champions (UK) plc combine years of expertise in their five in house departments, offering a cohesive range of services that include creative, public relations, marketing, events and celebrity management teams, all working together to provide their clients with an ideal brand management package.

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WINTER HOSPITALITY At De Vere Venues East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel The De Vere Venues East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel provide a range of state-of-the-art facilities, only 2 miles from the city centre. Set in 330 acres of The University of Nottingham’s landscaped parkland and with over 25 years’ experience, the East Midlands Conference Centre has the flexibility to accommodate between 10 and 850 delegates. It is a stunning modern venue, with a stylish, contemporary look, providing inspirational surroundings away from the office.

Guests will find state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, free Wi-fi throughout and friendly staff that will help plan the event and make sure everything runs smoothly.

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The Orchard Hotel is positioned on the University of Nottingham’s main campus, alongside the East Midlands Conference Centre and represents one of the region’s most stylish and eco-friendly accommodation options. Having opened in 2012, the hotel now welcomes a huge array of different guests who are also using the nearby conference facilities, or those who have simply been drawn to the hotel for its fantastic design, sound environmental credentials and great hospitality offering. Boasting 202 bedrooms, the hotel has a range of executive suites, standard bedrooms and specifically designed accessible rooms. To add to the location’s already substantial offering, the hotel also houses four board room style meeting rooms, with scope for around 20 delegates in each.

With a range of Christmas dinner and party options, the EMCC and Orchard Hotel are the perfect choice this festive season. There are a range of options including joiner parties and private celebrations. The events team have years of experience and are on hand to bring any ideas and suggestions to life. Celebrations include welcome drinks, superb three course meals and plenty of festive fun. Bramleys Brasserie, located in the hotel provides a great destination to enjoy modern British food whilst overlooking the beautifully landscaped parkland of the University of Nottingham. The Brasserie is also available for fantastic Christmas lunches with colleagues, friends and family – the perfect way to kick-start the party season.


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Festive Lunches from only The Orchard Hotel has been designed to adapt to the various needs of its guests, a place for work, relaxation or celebration and perfectly placed to accommodate all of these requirements with ease. The contemporary architecture allows the hotel to nestle into the surrounding landscape with external finishes chosen to complement the setting perfectly. Both the East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel provide guests with the perfect blend of business and leisure. The flexible conference spaces and dynamic visual impact of the venue continue to identify it as one of the region’s best facilities and the Orchard Hotel offers their guests a wonderful stay in engaging and modern surroundings.

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For more information East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RJ Tel: 0115 876 0900 or email: emcc@deverevenues.co.uk www.deverevenues.co.uk

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One of Nottingham’s finest complete entertainment venues, the Alea Casino offers its visitors excellent conference and banqueting facilities, two glamorous bars providing guests with the opportunity to enjoy a range of delicious cocktails and flexibility that guarantees the success of a wide range of events.

The casino itself adds an alternative and hugely enjoyable finishing touch to the venue, allowing guests to choose from a range of different activities at their leisure. Evoking the luxury and glamour of some of the world’s best casinos, Alea has brought together entertainment, fine dining and stylish luxury in a winning combination.

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MARCO PIERRE WHITE SteakhouseBar&Grill Nottingham The venue also benefits from the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, allowing diners the chance to sample some of the city’s best casual dining in the informal yet stylish restaurant, enjoying the lively ambience with friends, family or colleagues. Alea Casino also offers a variety of entertainment packages to their visitors, allowing them to make the very best of their time at the venue. The ‘All In’ Experience Package includes a drink on arrival, a decadent three course meal in the MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill and complimentary bet to start the evening’s entertainment in style. For visitors wanting a more in-depth casino experience, however, Alea Casino has a ‘Learn to Play’ Package, providing 30 minutes tuition with a qualified dealer to help them hone their skills. Alternatively the ‘Cocktail Master Class’ experience package includes a 90 minute tutorial with an expert mixologist for a lesson in creating the most delicious and exciting drinks.

The venue is available for a wide range of private events, offering the perfect space for celebrations, corporate bookings and events. The venue has a range of different spaces and self-contained areas, including the Face-to-Face events space and the Casino Suite, offering access to the Hidden bar as part of the extensive event package.

The team are able to cater to the requirements of all their guests, offering the flexibility of the unique venue and the benefit of being conveniently located in the heart of Nottingham, ensuring that the Alea Casino will continue to be the city’s most exciting and diverse event venue for a wide range of different visitors.

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Mercedes-Benz of nottinghaM ViP PrograMMe The VIP Programme at Nottingham’s Mercedes-Benz dealership provides its high-end clients with an extremely professional and personalised service run by manager Jaimie Laws.

Many of the clients are from the world of sport and entertainment including Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard, British athlete Richard Whitehead MBE and Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter.

world-class service that ensures that the clients drive away happily with the car of their dreams. One of their central aims is to create a friendly personal relationship and establish trust with each one of their clients so that they feel comfortable returning to the VIP Programme time and time again.

Primarily serving the East Midlands but with clients across the country, the service has become hugely popular over a short space of time. Cars are leased over 12 months in return for a small deposit and affordable monthly payments, allowing clients to drive away with some of the world’s best cars at outstanding leasing rates. Clients are able to come into the store to have their new car unveiled to them or alternatively have them delivered to suit their convenience. Each client can acquire two cars a year as part of the scheme and continually upgrade to acquire the latest models as they are released.

Footballers make up a big section of their client list and players across all four divisions have made use of the service. They have supplied multiple cars to Premier League players from clubs such as West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur. Jaimie has always had football in his life – he is the son of Nottingham Forest legend and current Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws – so is able to establish fantastic relationships with his clients from the world of football.

The VIP Programme was originally initiated by Regional Sales Director Adrian Beaumont at the beginning of the year. Jaimie Laws, and colleague Matt Woodgett, are committed to providing a

Jaimie is extremely proud of the service they provide and said: “It’s essential that our service is second-to-none and that we meet the individual needs of each of our clients.

For further information on Inchcape’s VIP Programme, please call Jaimie Laws on 07702 420 056

Our orders are increasing rapidly but we strongly believe in making sure each client drives away satisfied. One of the best aspects of our programme is that clients only have to keep the car for 12 months before upgrading to a newer model.”

Each of the cars can be customised to suit the client’s every desire whether black wheels, tinted glass or vinyl wraps in spectacular colours. Popular models include the GL 350 AMG Sport, SLK 250 Sport and C63 AMG Coupe which can all be leased with a range of package price offers are available exclusively to VIP customers.

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The venue ThaT works for you Leicester’s leading conference and events venue, College Court, has seen a huge transformation over the last 18 months, redeveloping the Grade II listed former Halls of Residence into the state of the art Conference Centre. After an investment from the University of Leicester of £17.5m, the opening will mark the beginning of an excellent addition to the University’s portfolio and will see all profits re-invested into the future development of the University. Steve Crawford, Centre Director said “I am truly delighted that we have been able to bring College Court back to life. In its new role as a professional and dedicated conference centre it will be a great asset to the University of Leicester, and indeed the city in bringing business to Leicester. “We have gladly embraced the architecture of the 1960’s and as a Grade II listed building we take our role as the current custodians very seriously. “From my first visit to College Court when it was very much a building site, it is truly exciting to see the end product we have created. As much as the journey of developing the centre has been great, by far the greatest joy has been the building of a brand new team. We have created 55 new positions with many of staff local to Leicestershire.

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“We look forward to developing a strong repeat customer base and as the only dedicated conference centre in the city, will complement our colleagues in other venues across the city and I believe a welcome addition to the cities offering when bidding for national, international and large conferences.” With a great range of facilities, tranquil setting and excellent transport links, College Court is Leicester’s premier conference and events venue. Guests are able to benefit from a wide range of different conference spaces, perfect from two to 160 delegates, fine dining in the College Court Restaurant and a restful and relaxing stay in one of the 123 bedrooms, all designed with the business visitor in mind. Located just minutes from Leicester’s vibrant City Centre on Knighton Road, College Court is a haven of tranquility, surrounded by established trees, landscaped gardens and quiet residential streets. Inspired by the surroundings, each of the conference rooms has been named after the many different varieties of tree on the site and the restaurant boast dishes that echo the iconic sixties design of College Court itself.


Charlotte Sanders, Business Development Manager says “I am overjoyed to be welcoming our first clients to College Court and look forward to welcoming many more guests in the future. I feel that the business we have achieved on our books so far is testament to the outstanding offering that College Court provides, with £1.2m of enquiries whilst in build stage with people committing to business off plan. The team here is what sets us apart and I am confident that their attention to detail, passion and dedication will continue to provide an outstanding venue for our guests. “We want each of our guests to get the very most from their time with us and we are happy to discuss the different conference packages and options we offer. Please contact a member of our dedicated team to book your conference or event.”

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Meet the dividend aristocrats an elite band of companies have not only paid out dividends continuously for decades, some have also managed to increase them every time. they are called the dividend aristocrats, the companies that have established a long history of growing their dividends. it is an elite group: in the us, index provider standard & Poor’s lists 51 companies that have increased their dividends, year on year, for a quarter of a century or more in its s&P 500 dividend aristocrats index. Meanwhile, in europe, the s&P europe 350 dividend aristocrats index of companies with at least a decade of dividend growth has 40 members.

a 5% dividend yield, which is currently available from uK dividend aristocrats such as vodafone and royal dutch shell, provides a healthy annual return even in itself; if that dividend is growing, and vodafone’s pay-out has risen by an average of 7% a year over the past five years, then the annual return on your investment will also be increasing. With base rates stuck at 0.5%, shares that can offer a decent yield and a consistent annual growth are particularly valuable.

the lists include some companies with phenomenal records. emerson, the us manufacturing and technology company, started to increase its dividend back in 1956; the healthcare group Johnson & Johnson has a 50-year record of dividend rises; sysco Corp, one of the us’s biggest food distributors, claims a 42-year record; and health and hygiene group Kimberly Clark has paid a dividend for 78 years, and increased every year for the past 40. for european companies, the record is generally shorter, but still impressive:tesco has increased its pay-out by an average of almost 14% each year since 1984, while pharmaceutical group roche has a 25-year growth record.

a commitment to growing dividends also imposes a discipline on the company that can also be good for shareholders. Wyckoff says:

aristocrat is an appropriate sobriquet for the indices of consistent dividend payers: over the past five years, both the us and european aristocrats have produced a performance well above that of the relevant wider stock market. as Bob Wyckoff, a managing director at us-based fund manager tweedy, Browne, says: ‘Empirical studies from both the academic and the professional community show that stocks with aboveaverage dividends tend to produce better returns over time.’ that is not surprising because dividends are crucial to investment.While we may all aim to buy shares that will increase in price, the dividend offers a reliable return while you wait for that capital gain. that is particularly so in periods like the present, when economic growth is subdued.

‘Companies across the world, as a group, do not have a great record of investing retained earnings. You often see companies engaged in empire building, getting involved in ill-judged acquisitions. If they are paying out a good proportion of their earnings in dividends, they can do less harm.’ the dividend aristocrats come from a range of sectors although, in both the us and europe, companies from consumer, healthcare and financial sectors are predominant. that reflects the fact that they tend to be mature businesses with dependable income. Wyckoff says these dividend aristocrats tend to be companies that do not have excessive debt, are globally diversified, with multiple products or a diversity of customers. these factors tend also to make them steady businesses, with some resistance to recession. ‘if you have the opportunity to buy into one of these when prices are attractive, it should be a good investment,’ he added.

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One Of the biggest breaking business news stOries in the east Midlands this year was the annOunceMent that six partners Of the fOrMer rsM tenOn accOuntancy firM had elected tO jOin Mazars. 112


The announcement was quickly followed up by the news that a seventh partner was to join them. Since October 1, well known East Midlands faces Chris Darlington, Alistair Wesson, Bob Johnson, Steve English, David Hoose and Julian Clough have been working within Mazars’ central region team.

“This is part of our broader strategic plan to grow Mazars nationally and gives us tremendous resources out of our Nottingham office and the chance to open a new Leicester office where Chris, Bob and Steve are well known and recognised for their work with Leicestershire businesses” he said. Chris Darlington said: “We recognised that Mazars is a global business with a strong international reach but which prides itself on delivering a personal local service which is partner-led.

In January renowned corporate finance expert Paul Bevan will have joined them, and at the same time Mazars is to launch a new office in the East Midlands. Chris Darlington, Bob Johnson and Steve English will be making a return to Leicester with an announcement of the new office location due to be made before the end of 2013. Mazars’ East Midlands managing partner Martin Rogers said they were delighted that such a well known multi-disciplinary team had chosen to work with him and fellow partners Philip Lyon and Simon Chandler at Mazars in the East Midlands.

“My collegues and I were attracted to Mazars by the firm’s clear ambition, core values around client service and broad business offering, with particular emphasis on owner-managed businesses and medium to larger sized companies and specialisms such as the not-for-profit and the education and academies sectors.

“When the Leicester office opens it will be really be a return to ‘business as usual’ for Bob, Steve and me, and we are in the process of recruiting a local team,” he said. It was the three Leicester-bound partners who first opened an office in the city in 1999, announcing they were “here to make opportunity, not just take it”. Chris Darlington said: “The accountancy market is seeing more and more consolidation as a lot of our competitors seek to grow by acquisition and attack the market of the Big 4. “We don’t believe in size for size sake and remain focused on our core markets, believing that this guiding principle will prove attractive to the quality business we aspire to act for in the East Midlands. “Those who know us will recognise that we are not typical accountants, but all round business advisers and our aim is to advise more widely and help clients achieve their goals.”

The decision to grow the Nottingham office and establish a new Leicester office, albeit with some well known faces at the helm, comes against a background of many professional services firm shunning city centres and a place at the heart of the business and professional community.

“we believe that the cOncept Of the ‘regiOnal super Office’ has nOt wOrked and clients in the east Midlands are nOt cOnvinced, preferring lOcal advice frOM lOcal advisers whOM they knOw and recOgnise as having the grOwth Of the lOcal ecOnOMy at heart.” said Mr darlington.

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“Alistair Wesson, for example, has been advising Nottinghamshire businesses for nearly 30 years, and we all have similar pedigrees in our own localities and specialisms.” Mazars’ central region will now include the Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Milton Keynes and Gloucester offices, with services and support available across the region.

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PENSIONS & WEALTH MANAGEMENT

The world of wealTh managemenT By Bob Woods, Group Chairman, Mattioli Woods plc

Today, a fast-expanding financial services sector, with players including banks, insurance companies, investment houses, and advisers, has become one of the most important contributors to the UK economy. Against this backdrop of growth, many advisers in the UK are reinventing themselves as wealth managers. However, the wellintentioned implication behind ‘wealth management’ has often been used as a smokescreen by many to sell products, whether or not wholly in the best interest of the customer. As a consequence, good advisers sadly tend to be tarred with the same brush. The industry as a whole has simply not been good at delivering sustainable investment solutions. Most people have had bad experiences at some stage in their lives; be that poor performance, high charges or ill-considered advice and the enormity of the credit crisis, which has affected all of us in some shape or form, will take years to resolve.

So whaT Should you look aT when managing your wealTh? Considering all these factors, the customer needs to proceed very cautiously. Therefore, to make sense of what is an important process for most of us, I believe there are four fundamental areas to address when managing your wealth:

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1. SeT clear goalS This is the easy part – or is it? Competing demands for investable income and assets include home ownership, holiday home ownership, school fees, retirement planning, and estate planning. Establishing a minimum income requirement at the latest (oldest) target retirement is helpful – the ability to maintain a certain minimum lifestyle in retirement, not surprisingly, turns out to be a very high priority for most once this issue is raised.

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Advisers are required by their regulator to establish their clients’ risk profiles. Each of us will have tendencies to be either a lower or higher risk investor. However, when investment markets are romping away, our appetite for risk is enhanced. The reverse is also true. Furthermore, many low-risk investors still like to deploy a small part of their wealth on which they are happy to take higher risk.

Against the backdrop of hard-won investment returns, it is doubly important to ensure that taxation is minimised, because without tax-efficient investment, taxation will usually erode investment returns to a point where savings may devalue.

But what does risk mean? It is often confused with volatility. Equities are incredibly volatile because of the underlying pricing mechanisms, but they can produce the goods over the long term. Banks are now vulnerable to the very different risk of banking failure. British government debt (gilt-edged securities) were named gilt-edged because they were regarded as the safest investments in the world but is this still true? In the post-credit crisis world, the safest home for money may now be achieved by investing in a well-diversified portfolio of the world’s biggest companies. The ‘mega-caps’ are a modern phenomenon and these new businesses have become the powerhouses of the world economy, enjoying stronger balance sheets than Western banks and governments. So how can risk be minimised? Firstly, being in the right asset class at the right time is vital, as is being out of the wrong asset class early. This can be quite challenging for the larger investment houses as they may not be able to sell substantial holdings without upsetting the market – so, small is beautiful. Investment managers are often criticised for encouraging clients to buy when markets are rising, but not being so proactive when markets are falling. But, taking profits early will substantially reduce risk and volatility over time. Diversification within investment portfolios is also important. It can take time to build a well-positioned and diversified portfolio and sometimes investing monthly for six months or more provides a pragmatic solution.

For a 40% taxpayer, investment in approved pension arrangements will broadly double your wealth compared with investing in a taxed environment. Even for a basic rate taxpayer, there is an enhancement. Stocks and shares ISAs can also be expected to enhance wealth, as would utilising annual CGT exemptions. VCTs are incredibly tax-efficient, but great care needs to be taken. There is so much to consider!

concluSion Wealth management is not rocket science but, without good advice over some difficult issues, there are plenty of potential pitfalls. A clear focus and a disciplined approach are needed by both client and adviser. Managed well, it will enhance lifestyles and help in the achievement of personal aspirations. Done badly, it is just another way of losing money!

3. underSTand your adviSer’S Terminology Many people are often impressed by an adviser but did not really understand what had been said. It is dangerous for the client to proceed with a recommendation which they do not really understand. A good wealth manager needs not only to avoid jargon, but be able to present ideas clearly.

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Executive Advancement Cherie Concannon is a leading Global Executive Advancement Specialist who uses unique and dynamic methods when working with high performing individuals-driving career success through the acceleration of professional development and the obtaining of career goals. Cherie’s management development and executive performance programmes are based on over 20 years’ experience providing individuals with the necessary skills and techniques to achieve their corporate objectives. Cherie Concannon’s approach to Executive Advancement goes far beyond any traditional form executive programme.

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LEADING DIVORCE FIRM IN MIDLANDS EXPANDS Glynis Wright Solicitors is a leading niche firm for family and matrimonial law based in Leicester City Centre, specialising in offering advice to high net worth clients in the Midlands area. Its founder, Glynis Wright, set up the practice in 2010 and has enjoyed spectacular success in establishing her boutique practice. She now employs six members of staff having recently recruited another family law specialist, Sushma Kotecha, to join her team. Glynis states that the success of her practice is due to the strong reputation that she has built up over the years as a divorce lawyer and the fact that her practice specialises only in divorce and family law matters. Much of the expertise of the firm lies in financial settlements on divorce where the practice has gained an impressive reputation for dealing with complex assets within divorce proceedings. In addition, the firm specialises in family mediation. Glynis trained and qualified as a family mediator in 2010 recognising that mediation is often a preferable medium for husbands and wives to use to resolve the disputes that can arise on breakup whether that be relating to finances or the future care of the children. Glynis states: “Given the choice between fighting it out in court or, alternatively, trying to work out a settlement together with the help of a mediator, most people would prefer the mediation route. When it works, it is hugely rewarding and can be a fraction of the cost. It has also been proven that children can benefit significantly if their parents are able to work things out in mediation since the impact of a long drawn out divorce or custody battle can impact on the family as a whole for years to come.” Following the rapid growth in her client base, Glynis has decided to add to her team by taking on another highly regarded family law specialist and mediator namely Sushma Kotecha.

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Sushma has years of experience having qualified as a solicitor in January 1991 and having specialised almost exclusively in family law since that time. Sushma went on to qualify as a family mediator in 2010 and received an outstanding evaluation from her assessors who considered her mediation skills to be superb. Like Glynis, Sushma has built up her own following locally as a much sought after divorce lawyer and mediator. Sushma states “I pride myself on my commitment to encouraging a nonconfrontational approach to resolving family disputes. I take the view that court should always be the last option and am looking forward to working at Glynis Wright Solicitors where I know that vision is shared.”

In addition to divorce and mediation matters, Glynis and Sushma also handle the drafting of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements which are particularly important where there may be substantial family wealth to protect. They also handle civil partnership dissolutions, disputes over contact or residence of children after breakup, living together agreements (for those moving in together) and legal advice for those experiencing a cohabitation breakup.

Sushma works hard to negotiate a fair and sensible agreement in her capacity as a solicitor or mediator and seeks at all times to minimise the emotional and financial costs of divorce or family break up. Past clients of Sushma have commented: “I have absolute faith, trust and respect for Sushma in her professional ability, skill, knowledge and integrity...” “I have found her to be knowledgeable, professional, responsive, accurate, fair and compassionate.” “If only all family law solicitors could be like Sushma, I expect that the world would be a happier, less confrontational place.”

Whatever the family law matter, Glynis Wright and her team have the in-house expertise to provide the specialist guidance needed. The team are also happy to offer initial advice sessions for those who may want to confidentially test the water to see what their rights are on divorce before making any final decisions about their future. For an appointment concerning any family law matter, telephone Glynis or Sushma on 0844 225 2790 or send an email to enquiries@ glyniswright.co.uk. Further information is also available on www.glyniswright.co.uk


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“I wish we had found Rainbows years ago” Occasionally, staff at Rainbows will spot a car drive on to the car park. The car will come to a stop, and a pair of eyes - sometimes two, occasionally three or more - will look the building up and down, before reversing out and driving away. This odd routine happens regularly four or five times a year, says chief executive Geoff Ellis. Geoff knows exactly who these people are and what they are doing. “They’re new parents,” he says. “Parents with poorly children, parents who have heard about us, but are plucking up the courage to come in.” Kate Watts was one of those parents. Coming to Rainbows was like crossing a boundary; an admission that her daughter was seriously ill. It takes a while to reach that point, says Kate, 48, of Barrow- upon-Soar, but it was one of the best things she ever did. Laura, now 12, was a normal, healthy baby, says Kate. Or that’s what they thought. She had her first fit at six months. It was a “febrile convulsion”, the doctors said, a type of seizure more common in slightly older children, unusual for a six month old. “Don’t worry too much,” Kate was told. “They’re quite 130

common. It’s unlikely she’ll have any more.” Kate, and her husband Mick, felt reassured by that.

“She reaches for me sometimes. as if she wants me to make it go away”

A week later, Laura had another one. This one lasted for two and a half hours. It was terrifying, says Kate. Laura stopped breathing and ended up in intensive care.

And of course, she can’t. It’s awful. Soul-destroying. “She wants me to help. But I can’t. It makes you feel so... useless.”

Doctors suspect she suffered some sort of brain damage - how much they don’t know - as a result of this seizure, which Kate was told probably wouldn’t happen again.

Laura now has seizures every day. It’s been a journey, the past decade. Kate is a different person. “I was quite materialistic,” she says. “But all this took me away from that, the treadmill of life. Now, it’s all about Laura. I just want her to be happy.”

“I don’t feel angry about that,” says Kate. “I feel sad, really. No-one knew what was wrong.”

Kate knew all about Rainbows. Yet it took her five years to go there.

After all sorts of tests, it was Kate who discovered Laura’s problem on the internet: a genetic condition called Dravet Syndrome, an ailment so rare it affects just one child in 40,000. The condition was discovered in 1978.

“That’s one of my biggest regrets,” she says. “She could have been here earlier.”

“It seems like a long time ago,” says Kate, “but it’s nothing in medical terms.” It was discovered by French neurologist, Charlotte Dravet. She confirmed Kate’s worst fears. The two are still in touch. Laura continued to have seizures. The worst bit, says Kate, for her and for Laura, is the anticipation; knowing a seizure is imminent and knowing they can’t stop it.

It’s not just Laura who benefits when she stays at Rainbows. “It means I can get a night of unbroken sleep.” she says. It rarely happens at home. In a life that has changed dramatically - Kate gave up her job as teacher, saw good friends fall by the wayside Rainbows has kept them going. “Laura can’t speak, so I’m her advocate,” she says. “I want to tell people about her and about Rainbows because I want people to know. “It has been a journey I just wish we’d have had Rainbows with us on that journey much earlier.”


Duchess of Cambridge Supports Children’s Hospices In April, we welcomed Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge’s first ever video message expressing support for Children’s Hospice Week. Her Royal Highness, as Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), talked about her personal experience of seeing first-hand the remarkable work that children’s hospices do for children and their families. She said: “Children’s Hospice Week is a time to recognise, celebrate and support the inspirational work of those hospices, and those who provide palliative care to these children and families. Children’s hospices provide lifelines to families at a time of unimaginable pain. The support they give is vital. In order to carry out this wonderful work, our help is needed. With our support, those providing children’s palliative care can continue to offer these extraordinary services.”

Hollywood Me Rainbows nurse, Jenny Maine, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 23 tasted the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown by starring in a new hit TV show. Jenny was nominated by her Rainbows colleagues to take part in Channel 4 show Hollywood Me. In March, she was whisked away to LA where she was met by actress Tori Spelling before embarking on outrageous shopping sprees and experiencing the latest Hollywood beauty treatments. While she was gone, interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard and his team were on a mission to bring a flavour of Hollywood style to Jenny’s home. Jenny’s ordeal began in 2008, when she felt pins and needles in her legs and feet while working a night shift at the hospice. Putting it down to tiredness, Jenny was shocked to find that when she woke, she had no feeling from her waist down. After months of medical appointments and tests, Jenny was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. Just before her honeymoon in January, Jenny had a relapse and spent more time trying to regain her ability to walk. Jenny is a fighter and battled to be back at work, where she says being with the children at Rainbows puts her problems into perspective. Jenny said: “I don’t even know how to put it in to words how I felt when I found out I had MS. It was an incredible blow for myself and my husband, Adam.

A Children’s Hospice is There for the Journey Haroon Seedat was the first young person to ever come through the doors of Rainbows in 1994 and in May, he celebrated his 21st birthday. Haroon contracted meningitis when he was seven weeks old and was given 24 hours to live. His condition left him with spastic quadriplegia, the most severe type of cerebral palsy, caused by extensive damage to the brain. He is blind, unable to walk and talk and is fed through a tube. He also suffers from asthma and epilepsy. Haroon needs care 24/7 and his condition can deteriorate at any time. Doctors can’t have told his parents, Hajra and Mohamed, their son is a “miracle”. Hajra said: “On a regular basis, Haroon shuts down. He suffers from low body temperature and his heart rate and blood pressure goes down. When this happens, we just have to ride it out. Doctors don’t know what causes it and they say it is like a light switch and it is up to Haroon to turn it back on. Although I know my son inside out and this happens regularly, it is enough to cause me to panic.”

It was such a shock and the last thing that I ever expected it to be. “But for me, working somewhere like Rainbows really puts things in to perspective. It gives me a level of understanding and it makes me feel very grateful that I can live my life every day. “I couldn’t believe it when I discovered my colleagues had nominated me for this TV show. I am so touched and overwhelmed by their support. Taking part in Hollywood Me was incredible. I was treated like a superstar and I loved every second of it. It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity and an experience I will never forget.”

Haroon first visited Rainbows in 1994 when he was 19-months-old and stayed for the weekend. He now visits twice a week for day care, as well as having medical appointments. Hajra added: “When I first heard about Rainbows, I thought it wasn’t the place for Haroon. I thought it was a place for end of life. I didn’t realise what Rainbows was about and how much Haroon would benefit from the services. “Rainbows is like home from home for Haroon. Everything he has at home, he has more than that at Rainbows. The care is really good and they have great facilities as well as the one to one care he needs. With Rainbows I can pick up the phone and take him in if needed or have someone from the family support team to come over or talk to. “Haroon loves going to Rainbows. We tell him he is going to Rainbows and he has a big smile on his face. He knows where he is. “Now Haroon is older, he is doing more social things too. He enjoys the things a 21-year-old does like staying out late. The staff at Rainbows make sure that he joins in with every activity regardless of his needs. It is fantastic that he can socialise with other young people who have similar needs.”

There are lots of ways to support Rainbows. To find out more, visit www.rainbows.co.uk or call 01509 638 000 131


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Beth has been passionate about music from an early age, taking piano and singing lessons when she was younger. Entering competitions nationwide, she performed in world-class venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham NIA and MEN. Inspired by Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears, her sound is full of edgy lyrics and attitude. Starting off with lyrics, she quickly adds the melody, using the piano to sound out any ideas. Beth’s most recent single is instant dancefloor classic ‘Overload’. The video was shot in Alicante at some of the most scenic locations and beaches around the local area. The team behind the video were the same behind mega-budget videos from the likes of Kelly Rowland, Pitbull and Will.i.am. ‘Overload’ comes hot on the heels of her huge club anthems ‘Feels Like I Can Fly’ and cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Ordinary World’.

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Champions Thank You Night with Caspar Berry 2nd May 2013

Hamish Munroe, Chris Darlington, Paul Pownall with the Poker dealer

Taking place at Cathedral Quarter in Derby, the evening was dedicated to the supporters of Champions (UK) plc, celebrated local businesses and those who have helped the brand agency.

Naomi McGuinn, Carolyn O’Sullivan, Maurice Addison

Entertainment during the evening was provided by singers Leanne Foth and Laurence Robinson, and poker star and after dinner speaker Caspar Berry, who gave an inspirational speech. Everyone was greeted with a Champagne reception, before enjoying a fantastic three-course meal. The evening ran smoothly and guests loved the quality of the music and Caspar’s motivational speech.

Rebecca Deaville, Christopher Maloney, Leanne Fotheringham

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Mark Hands, Nigel Jemson, Rebecca Deaville, John Hayes

Lisa Cawdron, Muhesh Bulsara, Emma Hanson, Paul Pawnall

Louisa Hayes, Richard Lambourne, Chris Pacey, Jo Jackson

Laurence Robinson

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Emma Hyslop, Cherie Concannon, Sharon Sparano

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Charlie Ross

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27th September 2013 Guests at the Best of British Ball

A special charity ball took place on Friday 27th September to celebrate the very Best of British with St. James’s Place Wealth Management. The glittering evening showcased all the great things to have come from Britain and also offered an excellent opportunity to raise money for the St. James’s Place Foundation and the hospice charity, Rainbows.

Champions (UK) plc- Matt Hayes and Guests

Music and food complimented this, as guests were encouraged to ‘twist and shout’ to The Upbeat Beatles, the UK’s leading tribute band to the Fab Four, before Laurence Robinson, widely heralded as classical music’s most exciting rising star, performed classics of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, ‘Jerusalem’ and the national anthem. Culinary favourites of fish & chips and Eaton Mess completed the mood as part of a fantastic three course meal of British classics.

Peter and Janine Edwards- St. James’s Place and Guests

The evening was hosted by Willie Thorne, who entertained the guests with his charming style and witty repartee, before being joined by Charlie Ross, of the BBC’s Flog It!, who held a memorabilia auction to raise funds for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

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Willie Thorne with George Herd winner of Lumbers gilft

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Nigel Spink & Winner from MGC Hayles

St James’s Place, Mr S McKillop & guests

Upbeat Beatles


Sir Garfield Sobers and Ian Mattioli

Gordon Greenidge, Pete Cohen, Neil Back, Peter Shilton, Matt Elliott, Criag Phillips, Bob Champion, Graham Cross, Shel MaCrae, Ian Marshall, Gerry Taggart, Sir Garfield Sobers, Tony Currie, Willie Thorne, Peter Baker, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, Tom Ford, Liam O’Kane, Basha Hassan, Alan Mcinally

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Kudos Charity Celebrity Golf Day 20th June 2013 Gary Wolstenholme MBE and Pete Cohen

Jack Hayes, Basher Hassan, Maurice Addison

At the marvellous Rushcliffe Golf Course, one of the Midland’s finest courses, Kudos hosted a day of strong drives and accurate putting over 18 holes. Guests played alongside a star studded line-up, including goalkeeping hero Peter Shilton OBE, rugby World Cup champion Neil Back MBE and Big Brother winner Craig Phillips. Players were then indulged with a Champagne reception and luscious three course dinner back at the clubhouse, with further opportunities for guests and stars to mingle.

Willie Thorne

This was accompanied by wonderful entertainment from musicians Beth Sherburn and Shel Macrae and comedian Brendan Healy. The evening was hosted by snooker legend and experienced after-dinner speaker Willie Thorne.

Tricky Rob entertaining guests

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Ken Blacklock, Peter Shilton OBE, Ian Mattioli, John Double

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Brendan Healy

Matt Elliott, Ian Marshall and Gerry Taggart

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Basher Hassan and John Hayes

Geoff Miller and Sir Ian Botham

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England Cricket Legend Sir Ian Botham Honoured 6th June 2013

Chris Darlington and Neil Back MBE

One of the all time cricketing greats, Sir Ian Botham was honoured at a spectacular event at Leicester’s King Power Stadium. Guests were welcomed with a Champagne reception and enjoyed a delicious three-course meal.

Sarah and Graham Bell

The evening celebrated one of England’s all-time sporting heroes and was an incredible experience for everyone involved. Sir Ian was a true all-round cricketer in his playing days in a Test career that spanned 15 years. He quickly rose to become England captain and his wicket-taking and powerful batting cemented his place in sporting history. The highlight of the evening was a speech made by Sir Ian, who detailed his fascinating life and electrifying career in cricket. This was followed up by a QandA session delivered by fellow cricketer, and ECB chairman of selectors, Geoff Miller. Sir Ian Botham

Willie Thorne and guests

Champions (UK) plc organised the event, which saw an auction hosted by charismatic snooker great Willie Thorne. A range of items were auctioned off including iconic memorabilia from the world of sport and entertainment and once-in-a-lifetime getaways. Sir Ian is a big supporter of charities, and his fundraising has seen him raise more than £12 million for good causes. The money raised from the evening was donated to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People to help them continue their vital work. ASPIRATIONAL

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Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Ian Botham, Willie Thorne and Geoff Miller

Rainbows speaker David Donegani


East Midlands Today’s Anne Davies

John Hamnett, Roger Galbraith and TJ Moir

TV and radio personality Paul Ross

Headline Sponsors Richard and Sangita Tryner with Nik Tooley and Jonathan Lawson

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23rd May 2013 The county’s most prestigious recognition of business success, the Nottingham Post Business Awards took place on 23rd May at the East Midlands Conference Centre. Bjorn Jones, of Blusource, third left, presents the Services Award to Sukhi Ghuman and his team at Octavian Security

The evening provided the perfect chance to celebrate the achievements of local businesses – large and small, creative and technical. It honoured great entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the success and innovations of Nottinghamshire’s businesses.

Laura Saidani, Mark Hands and Rebecca Deaville

Organised by Champions UK (plc), the ceremony was generously supported by a collection of the region’s key companies. The evening was hosted by BBC East Midlands’ evening news anchor Anne Davies and ITV presenter Paul Ross. Entertainment was provided by mind-reader and illusionist Graham Jolley and the evening also included a fabulous three-course dinner. The awards celebrated businesses in a number of different fields including science and technology, sales and marketing and notfor-profit organisations. The Notts County Council team left back James Fountain, Celia Morris, Rachael Coombs, Trevor Davies, Jayne Francis-Ward, Joyce Bosnjak, Nick Gostick

The Browne Jacobson team back Richard Hamblin, Keith Pickering, Craig Parkin, Nigel Blackwell, Rob Gawne and Nick Holloway; front Simon Peacock, Paul Lynam, Sarah Warnsey, Iain Blath

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RSM Tenon Mr J Salt and guests

Vivienne Saunders and Sharon Bamford with Jonathan Salt

Liz Hobbs with Councillor Diana Meale


Not-For-Profit Organisation Award HOPE NOttiNgHam

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Gillian Hibbert presents the award to Nigel Adams, flanked by Paul Ward and David Cavanagh

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Iain Blatherwick, of Browne Jacobson, presents the Nottinghamshire Company of the Year award to Alan Morris and team

Retail Business of the Year dElilaH FiNE FOOds

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Nottinghamshire Company of the Year rEtail assist Rachel and Malcolm Hall, of Hall-fast, receive their award from Sally Swan, of sponsor JLT


Dean Saunders, Brian Close CBE, Clayton Blackmore

Gary Wolstenholme MBE, Willie Thorne

BRITISH PAR 3 CHAMPIONSHIP Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire 6th-9th August 2013 Tony Jacklin CBE, Champion Tommy Fleetwood

Dan Walker

The 80th anniversary edition of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship was an incredible few days of golf which saw a host of top professionals and celebrities take to the stunning Cromwell Course at Nailcote Hall. Some of the star golfers to appear at the event included Ian Woosnam OBE, Sam Torrance OBE and host, Tony Jacklin CBE. Par 3 golf is a growing discipline which provides golfers with a supreme test of control, accuracy and short game ability.

Franklyn Stephenson

The Championship also attracted some of the country’s biggest celebrity names including Peter Schmeichel MBE, Matthew Hoggard MBE, Peter Shilton OBE, Willie Thorne and Jasper Carrott OBE.

Peter Schmeichel MBE

Champions (UK) plc organised the event and it was sponsored by frozen foods specialists Farmfoods. The prize fund for the event increased to a massive ÂŁ100,000, making the event the biggest par 3 tournament in Europe. As well as providing a showcase of golfing talent, there was a tented village area where visitors could enjoy a range of leisure activities like relaxing with a massage or practising their golf swing. The event was televised on Sky Sports and Challenge TV and covered extensively in the national media including The Daily Telegraph, Talk Sport and Golf Monthly. Tony Jacklin CBE

Dean Lovett, Kim Davenport, Jack Hayes, Ivan Knesovich, Mark Murphy

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Louisa Hayes, Robert Johnson, Peter Schmeichel MBE and team

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Len Goodman, Jasper Carrot OBE

Sam Torrance OBE, Ian Woosnam OBE, Tony Jacklin CBE

Matthew Hoggard MBE and team

Steve Backley OBE and team

Ian Woosnam OBE, Sam Torrance OBE

Tony Jacklin CBE and team

Alan McInally and team

Brian Barnes and team

Crowd at the BP3

Peter Shilton OBE

Gordon Strachan, Rick Cressman

David Nelson, Tony Jacklin CBE, Eric Herd and Ian Woosnam OBE

Larry Laoretti

Sam Torrance OBE

Graeme Storm


Aspirational Dynamic Drive Donington Park 24th June 2013 The Aspirational Club organised a day at Donington Park where the guests were able to drive some of the world’s best and most luxurious cars. The aim of the club is to bring together the East Midlands’ most prestigious businesses in order to build strong links and support the organisations that add to the region’s strengthening economy. With the assistance of driving consultants, the guests drove on both track and road surfaces in a collection of top cars. In between laps around the track, the guests enjoyed a delicious gourmet lunch from Finesse Hospitality. Just one in a series of diverse and exciting events held by The Aspirational Club each year, these events prove to be a great way to build strong business links in the region, promoting and supporting the organisations that continually add to the East Midlands’ strengthening economy.

James Blick

Aspirational Polo Day 30th June 2013 The East Midlands’ most prestigious business group, The Aspirational club, held an exclusive VIP event at the Berkeley Insurance Group Assam Cup. The day was a great opportunity for professional and like-minded individuals to meet and enjoy great hospitality, as well as a chance to build ever stronger business links for the benefit of the East Midland’s strengthening economy. Just one of the many exclusive events on The Aspirational Club’s annual calendar, the day allowed guests to enjoy all of the polo action taking place at one of the strongest six goal tournaments in the country, as well as delicious food served by the award winning chefs of Hambleton Hall. This was followed by a charity auction in aid of Loughborough based children’s hospice, Rainbows. The dedicated unit has been created for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening illnesses, ensuring that they receive the support and care that they need.

Adam Khudayir, Rebecca Morrell, Rainbows Fundraiser, Joe Rigby, Duchess of Rutland, Sarah Moseley, Rainbows Fundraiser, Matthew Hayes, Paola Winch, Jo Clarke, Tim Clarke

Aspirational Shoot 11th September 2013 In the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, the members of The Aspirational Club enjoyed an action-packed Country Pursuits Day. Held at Noseley Hall which boasts exceptional panoramic views of some of Leicestershire’s finest countryside. During the course of the day, guests competed in a number of different disciplines including fly fishing target practise, muzzle-loader and flintlock shooting, archery, clay pigeon shooting and GNAT shooting. Lunch was provided by Finesse Hospitality and the day concluded with afternoon tea and a prize-giving ceremony. The Aspirational Club, run by specialist brand agency Champions (UK) plc, regularly organises spectacular events for its members. The club was established to provide an environment in which elite professionals can network with members and potential clients at various events throughout the year. The Country Pursuits Day was a fantastic opportunity to encourage interaction and forge links between some of the region’s key local businesses. Dominic Gomersall - Lumbers

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Tony and Jan Spacey with Bentley Professional

Janine Edwards, Jason Hathaway, Colin Baldwin, Lisa Cawdron

Tim Maxted with Anthony and Sarah Cresswell-Black, Andrew and Suzy Hamilton-Jordan, Nigel and Jill Spooner, Sarah Maxted, Neil Williams and Mandy Black

Janine Edwards and Sarah Maxted

Tim Maxstead and the Berkeley Insurance team

James Warne and the Bentons team

Janine Edwards and Simon Fleet with the St James’s Place team

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Jason Yeomans and guests

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Neil Back MBE, Ben Kay MBE and Jonh Robertson

Rugby Dinner Evening with Neil Back MBE and friends 17th October 2013

Mark Stancer and Jack Hayes

On Thursday October 17th stars and supporters gathered together to celebrate the spectacular career of rugby legend Neil Back MBE. The evening, which took place at King Power Stadium in Leicester hosted by East Midlands based brand agency, Champions (UK) plc, was a truly memorable night for all in attendance.

Alan Upton

Guests were welcomed with a champagne reception, with the chance to enjoy highlights from the 2003 World Cup Final, of which Neil was part of the famous back row. A truly British four course menu was then served, with guests enjoying Beef and Ale Pie with a miniature pint of lager to start and Eton Mess for dessert.

Sophia Hayes - Aspirational table

Scottish broadcaster and former international rugby player, Ian Robertson and snooker legend Willie Thorne guided guests through an evening of fantastic entertainment. They kicked off with a QandA session with Neil Back MBE, prompting ripples of laughter throughout the room as he relayed stories from his successful and momentous career and spoke about that winning match ten years ago.

Jason and Alan Upton and guests

An auction hosted by popular television auctioneer and antiques expert, Charlie Ross, then took place, with an array of extraordinary prizes donated by various companies and individuals up for grabs. This was just one of a number of events that took place during the night to help raise vital funds for the chosen charity; Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. John Robertson and Neil Back MBE

To end the fabulous sporting evening, former international rugby player Ben Kay MBE took to the stage to treat guests to stories and memories of his exciting and impressive career.

John Hayes, Paul Addison and Charlie Ross

The evening was a great success, partnered with Aspirational Magazine and sponsored by Lumbers, Mazars, Mattioli Woods, Baker Tilly, Upton Steel, Qdos, Christopher Scotney, Plug, Moir Wade, PMGC and M2K Services. ASPIRATIONAL magazine

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