Aspirational Autumn / Winter 2019

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Dominic Gomersall It is quite staggering to think that this will be our fifth Christmas on Leicester’s High Street. Fortunately, the move has been vindicated by sustained growth of the business over the period. One of the most gratifying parts of my family business is the long term service that many of my current team have undertaken. Martine, our goldsmith is the longest serving with over 30 years experience at Lumbers. But this coming year, 2020, we have Michelle, Lynn, Jenni and Susie all celebrating 20 years of working alongside me. We also have our valuer; Sarah, Jane, Delio and Raj coming up to, or well over, a decade within Lumbers. We have a wealth of long term experience that I feel is complemented so well by our ‘newer’ team members although some, like James and Angela have been with me since the old shop five years ago! I think it is proof of the progress of the business that we have managed to maintain the core of this team. I am hugely grateful for the loyalty shown and I hope that the employment Lumbers offers, along with the esteem the local community has for our business, gives a great sense of satisfaction in return. This year has seen us invest heavily in our diamond ring range, Love Lumbers. As I mentioned in the last edition, it is now the most keenly priced and highest quality product within our city, bar none. The flexibility has been hugely appreciated by clients and the awesome choice stands us apart from all other jewellery businesses. Equally we are delighted that Tudor watches visited and proposed to us with a request for us to stock their stunning and growing range. Tudor is a sister brand to Rolex with a heritage and provenance to match. However, the quality of the watches, for the price they are retailing at, is exceptional, with a price point of £1500 to £5000. We believe, at Lumbers, that we have created a Leicester brand and destination emporium and it is only a matter of time before other leading international brands request retail space within the stunning store. We have an exciting plan for a five year anniversary mini refit in February and I look forward to working with our great friends, the Addisons of shop fitters M2K on the project - it will be stunning and we show some teasers of the plans alongside this column.

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Lastly, with Christmas fast approaching, a huge thank you to all of you. The daily news of woe on the UK High Streets is painful. But your support as a client base has ensured that we have bucked the trend and worked tirelessly through these uncertain years. As I write this, we still see our fools in London continue to make the biggest mess of democracy in our country’s history. It is sad but we, in Leicester, will continue to thrive with whatever outcome awaits us - it is our community spirit and multi cultural heritage that sets our city apart. I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2020.


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Matthew Hayes Editor The colder weather is upon us and the long nights are drawing in, which can only mean one thing. It’s time for the Autumn/Winter edition of Aspirational Magazine. It’s been a busy six months since the last edition with us recently opening our brand-new state-of-the-art media centre which will help to enhance our digital offering. Back to this edition though and as I’m sure you’ve already noticed our cover star is none other than Hollywood superstar, Jessica Chastain. Well-known for her roles in huge blockbusters, we look beyond the fame taking a look at the story behind the star and find out what makes her tick. Elsewhere in the Fashion and Entertainment section we take a look at an exciting relaunch for Influencer Matchmaker, a multi-award winning influencer agency. The team tap into their extensive UK and global network of over 2,000 influencers and celebrities to match brands with the highest level of talent. Be sure to check out their brand new look. While the summer is now behind us 2019 certainly provided us with a sporting summer like no other. New heroes were born, and old ones reaffirmed their position as sporting giants in a wide range of disciplines, and we look back at the best bits as well as get the insight from a number of legendary sporting figures. Sticking on the theme of sport and this year saw us organise a brand-new golf event for the Staysure Tour – the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship. The event took place at Cornwall’s stunning Trevose Golf & Country Club and in our Sporting World section you can find out who came out on top. You can also hear from Olympic legend Sally Gunnell OBE who discusses how she helps businesses across the country achieve a happier and healthier workplace. As ever the Food and Drink section of the magazine features information on the region’s very best restaurants and you can also get to know some of the best businesses operating in the area in Business Matters.

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As ever at the back of our magazine you can find our social pages which include a rundown of all the events we have organised and attended over the last few months. This time around they’ve included everything from sporting occasions, to awards ceremonies and even a very special Oktoberfest event.

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FASHION AND ENTERTAINMENT Jessica Chastain .................................................................................................................... 10 Meet the Hollywood superstar making an impact on and off the screen

Influencer Matchmaker ......................................................................................................18 Leading influencer agency undergoes a fresh new rebrand

Women’s Style Guide ........................................................................................................24 The very best styles for the winter season

The Bespoke Tailor ............................................................................................................28 Suits tailored specifically for you

Adrenaline ..............................................................................................................................30 New performance wear to help you step out of your comfort zone

BEAUTY AND HEALTH Femi Health & Beauty .................................................................................................. 34 One of the region’s best salons expand their offering

Antonia Doyle Photography.............................................................................................35 Photographs that make memories for life

Winter Skincare Essentials...............................................................................................36 Keep your glow throughout winter




SPORTING WORLD Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship ..................................................................... 40 History is made at the 2019 event

Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship ............................................44 A new event for the Staysure Tour


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A Summer of Sport............................................................................................................. 56

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Interior Guide...................................................................................................................... 90 Make sure your home is on trend this winter

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‘THE NICEST WOMAN IN HOLLYWOOD’ Having earned the reputation of ‘nicest woman in Hollywood’, we take a look at the sparkling career of Jessica Chastain, and the impact she has made both on and off screen.

It’s hard to ignore the impact celebrity culture has on society, whether it is an international sports star, an awardwinning musician, or Hollywood superstar, every word a 21st Century celeb speaks, tweets, or posts on Instagram can have significant influence on the world.

Born in Sacramento, California in 1977 Chastain’s parents were both in their teens when she was born - her biological father is rock musician Michael Monasterio but the pair have been estranged since she was born and he’s not listed on her birth certificate.

Some use this power for personal growth to promote their latest projects and some use it to raise awareness of current affairs such as the fight against climate change.

With no support from Monasterio her mother Jerri struggled to make ends meet as Chastain explained in an interview with the Irish Times.

For actress Jessica Chastain, 42, it seems like there is no end to the positive movements in which she speaks out for.

“We did not have money,” she said. “There were many nights when we had to go to sleep without eating. It was a very difficult upbringing.

A mouthpiece for race, gender equality and mental health issues to name just a few, the star has been shaped by her own experiences – good and bad.

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“Because of my mother, I do always try to think about how something must be for someone else. I’m not so interested in myself. I’m interested in other people.”

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This experience made Jessica more desperate than ever to break the family’s mould and in 1996 she became the first female member of her family to go to college – and when she hit her early 20s she bagged another first as she also became the first not to have become a mother by this age. Here, she studied and pursued her passion of performing arts which she used as a coping mechanism to being a ‘misfit’ at school. Inbetween performing in college theatre shows, she gave her voice to the debate team. This stood her in great stead for her future, which now sees her speak out on a wide range of issues including the female gender in film and society. At the peak of her career, when others would be grabbing opportunities, Jessica turned down a major role in a Marvel film due to the salary difference between her and her male co-star. “It wasn’t even a situation where I was asking for equal pay to what the male actor was getting, because he was very famous,” she said, speaking to Variety Magazine. “But I knew that what I was being offered wasn’t appropriate, considering the amount of days they were asking me to work. “If there is a male actor who has the same level of experience as myself and he’s working the same amount of days, then we should be getting paid the same.

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“Of course, I understand that if I’m working opposite Leonardo DiCaprio then he will be making more money than me. And that’s fair; he has a lot more experience than I do. However, I’m no longer going to accept a situation where I am being paid a quarter of what my male co-star is being paid.” The role refusal sparked a motivating rage within her and led to her launching the all-female production company Freckle Films. Chastain, alongside a co-founder, develop and nurture the careers of rising female talent. Gender equality is not the only topic she publicly addresses. Influenced by a tragedy that shook her family – her sister took her own life just days before Chastain was due to graduate from Julliard – she supports a number of mental health and suicide charities. To Write Love on Her Arms is just one of these and supports high-school students that are of alternate sexual and gender identities in overcoming their insecurities. “When you lose someone, you never want to lose another person again, even a stranger,” she noted in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph. “That’s why I have so much empathy for people struggling with depression. Because society doesn’t really understand it, they’re made to feel like they’re being selfish. I noticed that with Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman.”

To a female superhero, her sexiness is not the most important thing about her, it’s her mind, her spirit, and when I look at that character, that to me is an example of characters that I like to play and I think it does a great thing for women.

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Chastain’s contribution to these causes has gained her a reputation for being one of Hollywood’s ‘nicest people’ and her off-screen story makes her onscreen one even more inspiring. The first-time audiences were introduced to the phenomena that is Jessica Chastain was through minor roles in television shows ER and Law and Order, which she used as a gateway into film. At age 31, which could deem her a latecomer in Hollywood, she landed her first film role in 2008 in the drama Jolene where she starred as the title character. However, her so called ‘big break’ came in 2011 when she starred in period drama The Help opposite Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer. Following the journey of black maids during the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 Chastain’s performance as Celia saw her nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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She may have lost out on the iconic golden statuette on this occasion, but awards successes would come for the actress. The following year she appeared in Zero Dark Thirty which focused on one of the biggest manhunts the world has ever seen. Jessica played Maya, a fictional CIA officer leading the search for Al- Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe for ‘Best Actress – Motion Picture’ helping her stock to rise as she climbed up through the industry. Other opportunities soon came her way including working alongside big name directors such as Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott in the science fiction blockbusters Interstellar and The Martian. Now at the stage where she has the luxury of picking and choosing the roles she wants to take on, 2019 has seen her mix things up with two huge, but very different film genres. In the summer she played protagonist Vuk in Dark Phoenix the latest instalment of the X-men franchise. Most recently in October this year, she tackled the much-anticipated horror sequel It Chapter Two playing the adult Beverly Marsh as members of the ‘Losers’ Club’ return to Derry to defeat killer clown, Pennywise. Jessica has plenty of work in the pipeline for the future too including the thriller 355 which features a female led ensemble cast. This film will be put together by Chastain’s Freckle Films production company as she continues to strive for equality in the industry. “With all of us having a sense of our own platform where we can amplify these issues, people can be called out. Audiences have really demanded inclusivity in their storytelling. I truly believe that if we keep seeding this inclusivity and flowering it into learning about the stories of others, not only does the industry change, but society in some way becomes more tolerant.”

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DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF PANTO WITH X-FACTOR STAR ANDY ABRAHAM With leading roles in Aladdin and Jack and the Beanstalk already under his belt, former The X Factor finalist Andy Abraham is no stranger to the panto limelight. This Christmas, he makes his Rotherham debut at the Civic Theatre in Sleeping Beauty, taking on the role as the heroic King Hugo.

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Ahead of his performance, we caught up with Andy to chat to him about rehearsing his lines, getting into character and his favourite panto moments from yesteryear.

Obviously singing is a great asset but what other skills have you transferred over from your day job?

What do you love about doing panto?

I would say stage positioning, speaking with confidence, and really connecting with the audience.

I love the uniqueness of panto. It’s quintessentially British and you can’t get that anywhere else in the world. Every show has a new comedy feel to it, and you get to revel in over-the-top characters. There’s always a little bit of you in there, but it’s really an opportunity to go outside your comfort zone and do something new, which is exciting to me.

How was your first experience doing panto? I had a fun time - I played King Crumble in Jack and the Beanstalk in Weymouth. It’s a really lovely place by the sea and the Pavilion where we performed is really historic. I also spent a fair bit of time with the cast prior to rehearsal, so it was a good way to relax any nerves and get to grips with what I was doing. I love audience interaction, singing and performing, so once I got on stage I was fine!

Do you spend much time with the cast and crew outside of the performances and rehearsals? Yes, when possible, but we’re with each other so much during the pantomime run anyway that you really get to know one another. It’s important because it makes it all the easier to move on, say if something goes wrong, or if there’s a chance for a bit of ad-libbing. It adds to the fun.

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When you’re singing, you might get the odd opportunity between songs to interact with the crowd and tell stories, but with acting and panto, you get to really pause and dig out those moments for an extra laugh or moment of tension. I’ve really enjoyed taking those extra few moments to soak up the spirit of panto.

Any tips for those thinking of getting involved in panto? I’d say do it - it’s fun, you make great friends, and you learn so much about the stage and entertainment. It’s much more than just being silly on stage for a few hours, which of course is fun, but you also get to experience a new side of yourself and learn some great skills along the way.

Do you hope to continue panto for the future? Music is my first love and I’ll always write and perform, but I’ll do panto for as long as I enjoy it. Right now I’m having a blast, so I certainly imagine myself doing it for the foreseeable future. Sleeping Beauty runs from Friday, November 29th, 2019 until January 5th, 2020 at the Rotherham Civic Theatre.

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Influencer Matchmaker mark industry growth with a colourful re-brand By the end of this year, influencer marketing is expected to reach its highest market worth yet as world leading brands scramble to feature the prominent stars in their marketing campaigns.

And during the re-brand, the team behind the agency kept the market’s promising future in mind, acknowledging the importance of creating authentic content which audiences can trust.

What this means, aside from being fantastic news for the economy, is that things are going to start getting a lot more competitive. The marketing industry has long been a case of shouting the loudest, but as demand rises for influencers, it’s going to be increasingly tougher, but equally much more important, for brands to be heard above the noise.

“By the end of this year, influencer marketing will become an $8 billion industry,” said Amelia Neate, the Senior Manager at Influencer Matchmaker.

This is why one of the leading influencer marketing agencies has undergone an exciting re-brand as its expertise in matching influencers and brands in genuine partnerships goes from strength to strength.

“That’s why it is vitally important that the relationships between brands and influencers are genuine and authentic. Our skills are in matching the two – which is what gave us the idea for our new name.”

Newly named Influencer Matchmaker, formerly Influencer Champions is based in Loughborough, boasts more than 120 members of staff and has built on its 15-year track record of forming successful brand partnerships with some of the world’s top businesses. The business goes beyond the industry norm by taking the heavy work out of campaigns for brands by handling all the contracting, legalities, logistics and fees that come with it.

The agency’s re-brand is the culmination of more than six months of hard work, with a fresh new website, logo and accompanying literature all branded in an eyecatching fuchsia colour scheme.

Thus far the agency has been the trusted campaign partner for brands such as Amazon, Cartoon Network, McDonald’s and eBay to name just a few.

“People love the influencers they follow on social media because they are engaged with what they post and trust their recommendations.

“We spend so much time investing in the brands and influencers we work with that we thought we should indulge in a little TLC ourselves,” explained Amelia. “We share their passions and are committed to helping brands to reach and engage with wider audiences. “We’re really excited about our fresh new look and

believe this will help us take the service we offer to the next level.” The agency will also continue to develop its management of top influencers including food blogger Recipes from a Pantry, globe-trotting influencer Travel Mad Mum and Silk Fred model Naomi Millbank-Smith, as well as having access to more than 2,000 other influencers and celebrities. “Our aim is to help the brands we work with to gain a core understanding of what defines tangible results – from the right audience and engagement, through to new followers and the ways in which you can capitalise on your investment. “We want to help them recognise how successful influencers can be in helping them to get the results they are after and to create that special ‘brand love’.”

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Khaki has been enjoying somewhat of a residency in the fashion industry for some time now as top designers have been implementing the military inspired colour into their designs. The colour might have originally been used to blend in, but now it stands out – versatile and easy to wear the khaki comeback is without doubt here to stay. It’s all about layering in winter and this statement shirt by MCQ Alexander McQueen is the perfect base. Pair it with black jeans and throw over a Polo Ralph Lauren jumper for a casual weekend look. Complete the outfit with an on-trend beanie by Canada Goose.

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£150.00 Cross at Peerless Translucent Blue Ballpoint Pen

£205.00 Montblanc at Starwalker Steel Emblem Cufflinks


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Step into a new season with Jimmy Choos on your feet and Chopard on your arm, as the rich tone of emerald has been injected into Autumn/Winter fashion. Embrace the hue with a fluted floor length dress or add it subtly to your day-to-day style with an elegant cuff or waist cinching belt.

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Every season sees a style staple sweep the fashion industry and for 2019 it was the headband. From gracing the heads of royals – The Duchess of Cambridge sported the accessory at many a royal engagement this year – to the High Street, the headband was the ‘it’ item of the summer. And the trend is set to carry into the months ahead so if you are yet to embrace it, make your debut with a stunning designer piece by Rosantica.

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ORIGINS OF STYLE – THE HISTORY OF BLACK-TIE EVENTS The tie began its life in seventeenth century France when Louis XIII stole the idea from the Croatian mercenaries he hired to fight for him in the Thirty-Year War. The king admired the piece of cloth tied around the Croatians necks so much that he made it a compulsory accessory at the French royal court and christened it a cravat (the French word for “Croat”) in their honour. However, exactly how the black tie or bow tie we now associate with the most prestigious social occasions and special events evolved out of a piece of rag round a Croatian solder’s neck is not quite clear. What we do know, however, is that it was in the late nineteenth century that the dinner jacket and corresponding back tie became popular amongst the British middle and upper classes who sought an alternative to the dress coat, which was an evening tailcoat that had begun to seem just a tad too formal.

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Then in 1886 it properly became a part of fashion history when a formal ball was held by the tobacco magnate Pierre Lorillard on his estate in Orange County in New York state. We know how much influence this event was to have by the name of the club at which it was held: The Tuxedo Club. So, not only was the dinner jacket introduced to America, but it was taken to the heart of American society and given a new name that would last to this day. The Evolution of the Black Tie As the twentieth century progressed, dinner jackets and black bow ties became less associated with regular evening wear and more associated with the special events that came to be characterised by the tie that was an intrinsic part of the uniform. In turn, “black tie events” became associated with glamorous events and people, and so in time they became synonymous with Hollywood and

the glitz of the film industry. Amongst its most famous advocates were Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire and Dean Martin. As time went on and the black tie lost some of its formality, other colours and designs began to creep in, but the bow tie was always a symbol of class and refinement. It would also later come to be strongly associated with intelligence, as various famous intellectuals, politicians and scientists began to favour it, including Sir Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Saul Bellow and Arthur Schlesinger.

In the decades after the end of the Second World War, black tie events have become increasingly less rigid in their protocol and today quite a lot of variation is permitted. However, it’s still important to realize that black is very much used as a gentleman’s uniform. It is the beautiful dresses of the females at a black tie event that take centre stage in terms of colour and overall splendour. The male’s ‘uniform’ should never over-shadow this. It would be ungentlemanly to do so.

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CHASE ADVENTURE WITH ADRENALINE CLOTHING A new range of clothing is being brought to market in the form of Adrenaline – performance wear that encourages people to step outside of their comfort zones and dive into the unknown. Have you ever really lived? Have you experienced a moment when you felt alive because ultimately you were frightened to death? For a split second, lightning runs through your veins, your pulse goes off the scale, your imagination catches fire and you engage with every element on Earth. And, in that moment, you cut the cord and let go. Life in free fall. Your mind stops wandering, your eyes stop rolling – fight or flight? It’s now or never. Have you ever had a moment like that? When everything you’ve seen before, everything you thought was real and every trauma, every naked piece of flesh fails to mean anything anymore. You emerge from the coma you called life, and finally, it hits you. Just because you’re breathing doesn’t mean you’re living. Feel the rush. These are the words and inspirational thinking behind brand new performance wear brand Adrenaline. The brand has a specific interest in extreme sports and is on a mission to encourage wearers to fuel their own adrenaline rush.

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“Adrenaline is commonly used to describe the physical symptoms that happen to us when our body goes into fight or flight mode,” said Stuart Crowther the brand’s Founder and Managing Director. “But when it comes to what engages that mode, it becomes far more individualised. For some an adrenaline rush comes when scaling great heights or jumping out of an aeroplane thousands of feet up in the sky. For others, it could take the form of racing around a track at high speed or quite simply stepping into a room full of strangers. “These varied and individual meanings behind an adrenaline rush is what inspired our clothing.” As part of that same mission to fuel everyone’s adrenaline rushes, Stuart and his team have developed and curated clothing that allows people, no matter what their chosen activity, to perform to their maximum ability. Their debut collection – they’re releasing clothing range by range – will be brought to market soon via their e-commerce website and is what Stuart describes as “athleisure”. It will feature t-shirts, long sleeved tops, sports bras, shorts, leggings and hoodies for men and women in a range of different colours which can be worn to work out, or day-to-day. Next to launch will be their ‘Junkie’ range which takes inspiration from street and urban fashion with slogan t-shirts, shorts, tracksuits and hoodies followed up by the innovative Energy Return Technology (ERT) range. ERT - a term coined by Adrenaline – is performance clothing made from a 6.6 microfiber yarn with built in FIR (far infrared ray) properties. The mineral additive found in the yarn converts the thermo energy of the human body

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into FIR and reflects it back to the skin tissues causing deep, gentle heating. The gentle heat emitted by the fibres energizes the body and helps to return energy back into the body giving the wearer the benefit of performing longer by reducing fatigue and helping the body to recover quicker. This FIR technology will shake the performance wear industry and be knitted into the base layer garments including tech hoodies, t-shirts, training bottoms and shorts. Adrenaline’s new e-commerce website where their debut range can be purchased is launching soon. Keep an eye out on or contact info@ for more information. Stuart’s top four things to fuel your adrenaline rush

1. Speed round a racetrack High speed is something that naturally gets our heart rate going and in turn releases adrenaline. To experience this at its peak supercar or motorbike track days are a must. For some though, adrenaline might actually come when letting go of control, in which case you might benefit from giving up the steering wheel and taking up a passenger experience.

2. Take up boxing It might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about adrenaline rushes, but boxing relies on reflexes and is very much a sport where you have to have your wits about you. The ‘rush’ in boxing not only comes when your arm is being lifted as the winner, but also when you’re ducking from your opponent’s flying punches.

3. Experience Snowdonia’s zipline Set 500 feet above an old slate mine, Snowdonia’s zipline in Wales combines adrenaline pumping height and speed in one go. The fastest in the world and the longest in Europe, the zipline reaches speeds of more than 100mph all while you are lying in a cocoon like bag unable to move.

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Skydiving is something that is on everyone’s ‘bucket list’ but how many of us actually tick it off is questionable. Why? Because the moment when you are peering over the edge of the plane, getting ready to tip forwards is a moment of sheer fear that many dread. But if you are one to chase adrenaline, then there is nothing quite like it.

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Award-winning Leicester city salon, Femi Health & Beauty has added to its offering by welcoming aesthetic doctors, Dr Jenny Mao and Dr Gary Lau. The husband and wife duo are launching the new CosmeDocs clinic in Leicester, at the salon.

The salon has also added some exciting new products to its offering thanks to Slow Ageing Essentials.

They have recently joined the CosmeDocs team, a network of highly qualified and experienced medical professionals, with several aesthetic clinics in the United Kingdom, including Harley Street in London.

The award-winning brand has created a variety of creams and moisturisers which are all designed to reduce the effects of ageing on your skin giving it a vibrant and radiant glow.

Dr Mao and Dr Lau are both senior doctors with a keen interest in non-surgical aesthetic treatments and have been trained by some of the leading experts at the Harley Street Institute. So when you come to Femi Health & Beauty for your aesthetic treatments, be reassured that you will be consulted by highly trained aesthetic doctors. They will tailor a treatment plan that will focus on your individual requirements to make you look and feel your best.

Each of their remarkable products, which include face wash, facial essence, moisturiser and face balm, have been tested to ensure it works for all ages and skin types.

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Femi Health & Beauty has been in business for over 30 years and offer the perfect combination of the latest advancements in aesthetic and beauty treatments, with a luxurious retreat and premium spa experience. Over the years they’ve won countless awards including being named Regional Aroma Gold Salon for 28 consecutive years.



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Make sure your skin transitions seamlessly into a new season with these six skincare products that will protect you from top to toe. Oh the joys of winter – dry hands, chapped lips, breakouts, dull skin the list of miserable cold weather side effects goes on… Short of migrating to warmer climates for the winter period – we’re strongly considering a trip to Australia how about you? – sadly there is nothing we can do to stop winter setting in on our skin. But if you go into battle armed with the right tools you might just come out on top.



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5 Darphin - Hand and Nail Cream With constant exposure to all the harmful and frosty surroundings, dry knuckles can be extremely painful and if you are prone to dry skin it might be something you dread when winter comes around. Darphin is the solution with its super hydrating rose water hand and nail cream. With a supportive moisture barrier, the cream also aids in conditioning the cuticles with a non-greasy finish. For £29.33, it leaves hands feeling and looking noticeably smoother.

6 Chanel - Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base Finally, we have the ultimate primer that prolongs your makeup hold all day. The iconic primer used by professional artists evens out imperfections on the skin and gives it a long-lasting illuminating radiance. The £38 multi-use primer can be used both as a base for perfect skin texture, or on top of your makeup to help reduce the appearance of pores and to radiate a subtle glow.

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HISTORY IS MADE AT THE FARMFOODS BRITISH PAR 3 CHAMPIONSHIP August saw some of the biggest names in golf descend on Warwickshire’s famed golf course for the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship. Here, we take a look back on a week of action. The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship has seen many a memorable moment over the years and 2019 was no exception. History was made at Nailcote Hall between 6-9 August as Jarmo Sandelin became the event’s first ever non-British champion. The Swedish star put in a stellar performance on the Cromwell Course to clinch victory and the €50,000 first prize that comes with it. As well as this, Jarmo was joined out on the course by a number of Major and Ryder Cup winners alongside some of the most high-profile celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment. If you missed out on the event, enjoy a full rundown of as-it-happened action.

Tuesday 6 August As is tradition the week got going with a Celeb-Am where a number of famous faces took to the Cromwell course. Among them, Manchester United legend Teddy Sheringham

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MBE, athletics star Kriss Akabusi MBE and former Wales international rugby star Tom Shanklin. Teeing off in the first group at 8:30am, it was ex-England cricketer James Taylor who took an early lead, scoring +5 (31), including five birdies. But it was former Manchester United footballer David May who came out on top putting in a stunning performance and winning with a score of +1. He fought off competition from the likes of Strictly Come Dancing stars Len Goodman and James Jordan who ended on +2 and +3 respectively. There was also a team aspect to proceedings with Champions Speakers edging out ‘Team Britvic’ and ‘Farmfoods 2’. Champions Speakers finished on -9 (81) just one stroke ahead of the competition. All the winners received their trophies at the evening’s prize giving ceremony and it was event host Tony Jacklin CBE and Nailcote’s owner Rick Cressman who were on hand to present them.

Wednesday 7 August The next day saw the Pro-Am get underway with a variety of big names out on the field, including 1991 Masters winner Ian Woosnam OBE, 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie, 2005 U.S. Open winner Michael Campbell, European Tour star Aaron Rai and the event’s first ever disabled professional, Mike Browne. But it was last year’s champion, Steven Tiley who ended the opening round as the overnight leader. The reigning champion got his title defence off to the perfect possible start scoring five consecutive birdies. With no player ever successfully defending their title, Steven had put himself into an incredibly strong position with a score of -5. Staysure Tour star Gary Wolstenholme MBE also put himself in contention with a stunning round which saw him score -3 scoring five birdies along the way.

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Tony Jacklin CBE and 2019 Farmoods British Par 3 Champion Jarmo Sandelin

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Tony Jacklin CBE and 2019 Norma C Herd Silver Salver winner Matt James

Thursday 8 August The professional championship came to an end on Thursday with overnight leader Steven Tiley and Gary Wolstenholme MBE soon finding themselves neck and neck. Wolstenholme scored three consecutive birdies but fell away after bogies on the 13 th and 18 th. Tiley put in a consistent performance and for some time it looked as though he may become the first ever player to successfully defend his Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship crown. However, it wasn’t meant to be and the momentum swung the way of Swedish player Jarmo Sandelin after he potted a remarkable hole in one on the eighth. He completed his round with a score of -8 meaning that Tiley needed two birdies in his final two holes to win the competition outright.

The Norma C Herd Silver Salver, which is presented to the event’s best performing amateur, went the way of Matt James who scored +6 - two better than last year’s winner David Nelson who finished on +8. In the team competition Jarmo Sandelin and Penny Dawson took the title with a score of -14 the same as second placed Paul Lawrie OBE and Farmfoods’ CEO, Eric Herd. Sandelin and Dawson were crowned winners on countback. The winner of the event’s Super Senior competition - open to those over the age of 50 - was Carl Mason who came out on top with a total of +2 a stroke ahead of Ian Woosnam OBE, and Costantino Rocca. This victory marks the sixth time Mason has won this prize, more than any other player.

Unfortunately for Tiley he wasn’t able to do so and finished with a bogey handing victory to Sandelin who made history as the event’s first ever non-British winner. 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie OBE put on a fantastic spectacle finishing on -7 in joint second place with Tiley. And, Austrian Markus Brier made six birdies to end a stroke behind on -6. Another of the day’s highlights saw European Tour star Lee Slattery record a hole in one on the fourth hole.

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Friday 9 August Warwickshire was hit by heavy rain overnight meaning there were changes to tee times for the Celeb-Am which marked the final competition of the week. Nine holes were played rather than 18 with the likes of Harry Potter actors James and Oliver Phelps, Irish boyband singers Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden, ex-Formula 1 driver turned pundit Johnny Herbert and Ashes winning cricketer Steve Harmison MBE all out on the course.

But it was former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes who reigned supreme with a score of -2. He overcame Scottish actor Craig McGinlay who ended on level par and Ex-Aston Villa footballer Lee Hendrie on +1. There was another team competition and ‘Team Bidfood’ ended on -11 overcoming ‘Typhoo Par Tea’ on -6. An evening dinner then took place where celebrities enjoyed some wonderful entertainment and the chance to raise money for charity.

Tony Jacklin CBE , Michael Campbell, Ian Woosnam OBE, Paul Lawrie OBE

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Interested in being part of next year’s event? For more information on this, as well as sponsorship and hospitality opportunities, get in touch with Benoit Lawrence at event organisers Champions (UK) plc. Call 08453 31 30 31 or email

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The iconic fourth green at Trevose

2019 saw a brand new event land on the Staysure Tour in the form of the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship. Taking place on the stunning Cornish coast the event truly had it all, so we take a look back at all of the week’s best bits. Stunning views, one notoriously tricky course and an unexpected winner were the talking points of the inaugural Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship.

which along the way threw up plenty of twists and turns culminating with a spectacular win from Frenchman Jean-François Remésy.

The event well and truly made its mark on the Staysure Tour calendar back in June as the championship debuted in spectacular fashion at the stunning Trevose Golf & Country Club in Cornwall.

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Here, European Tour legends, Ryder Cup winners and enthusiastic amateurs gathered for four-days of golf,

A team Pro-Am eased players into the event and saw amateur teams of three joined by one Staysure Tour pro.  With state-of-the-art golf equipment, Magnum Champagne, designer apparel and experience prizes on the line, competition was rife out on the Championship Course. ‘Team Trevose’ clinched the prize thanks to an impressive 94 point victory. European Tour winner Miguel Angel Martin was the pro leading the team to its success with Lee Cunningham, Matt Gunn and Ben Treleaven. They finished three points ahead of second placed ‘Team Champions (UK) plc 3’ who were headed up by six-time European Tour winner David Gilford and the three amateur players, Ivan Knezovich, Greg Van Laun and Glyn Rowett. The day ended with a black tie gala dinner which saw ‘Team Trevose’ presented with their prizes. On top of this, guests were treated to a fascinating Q&A with 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie OBE and French star Jean van de Velde which gave a unique insight into their successful careers.

2019 Farmfoods European Legends Links Champion Jean-François Remésy.

Friday 21 June The following day was where the action really got underway. The Alliance element of the tournament saw one amateur pair up with one Staysure Tour professional for a truly unique experience. With €50,000 on offer for the winner, the Alliance contributed to the professionals’ overall score, so it came as no surprise that competition was fierce. And, after the opening day it was Swedish star Jarmo Sandelin who was riding high on the top spot shooting -6. This included a remarkable eagle on the fourth and two consecutive birdies. His lead was only slight though as five-time European Tour winner Barry Lane, South African star Chris Williams and former European Tour player Stuart Little all concluded their opening round just one stroke behind on -5. One of the event’s biggest stars, Paul Lawrie OBE sadly had his day cut short when he was disqualified after just five holes for mistakenly hitting Carl Mason’s ball instead of his own. Carl too lost out on his place as a result.

Saturday 22 June Sandelin continued to set the standard on the final day of the Alliance, scoring another eagle on the fourth. Finishing the day on -5, he was joined at the top of the leaderboard by three-time European Tour winner Jean-François Remésy. A steady round for the Frenchman saw him par every hole on the front nine, consolidating his position as joint leader. Truro-based professional Mike Reynard finished the day on -1, meaning the Trevose member was very much in contention going into the final day. After receiving one of the three available invites for the event he lined-up alongside a stellar list of golfing icons. In the Alliance team event, tournament host Ian Woosnam OBE and his playing partner Farmfoods CEO Eric Herd were victorious holding off the challenge from Mike

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Reynard and his amateur Tony Murtagh as well as Mauricio Molina and amateur Simon Harding. The pair finished with a total score of -16 over the two day’s play one shot ahead of the teams in second place.

Sunday 23 June On the final day the amateurs stepped aside as the professionals battled it out for that all-important title. In what turned out to be a scintillating final round, Remésy closed by shooting -5, giving him a final score of -10. This was enough to claim victory one stroke ahead of Barry Lane. This win marked Remésy’s first ever victory in the UK to which he commented: “It was my dream to win in England. After 40 years I finally managed to do it. It’s never too late to achieve a dream. I’m just past 55 years old and here we are, so I’m very delighted with this moment.” Another stand-out moment of the day saw Markus Brier hit eight birdies and an incredible hole in one on the eighth. This earned him a magnum Moet & Chandon which was presented to him by John Hayes, CEO of the event’s organisers Champions (UK) plc.  The dates for next year’s championship have now been announced and it will return from the 18–21 June 2020. Playing places for the Pro-Am or Alliance event are now available.

For more information on this, as well as sponsorship and hospitality opportunities, get in touch with Benoit Lawrence at event organisers Champions (UK) plc. Call 08453 31 30 31 or email

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GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP LEADS THE WAY WITH ICONIC CORNISH PARTNERSHIP The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree as Jack Stein shares an unwavering passion for seafood with his famous father. And now the chef is fronting an exciting new partnership with Cornwall based golf event the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship. There’s no doubt that the inaugural Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship was a huge success when it arrived on the Staysure Tour in June. Testament to its successful, the 2020 tournament will see a brand-new partnership take place. Jack Stein will be supporting the event in 2020 bringing his passion for food to the championship at Trevose Golf & Country Club. In 2013 Jack took on the role of Executive Chef for the Rick Stein restaurants, pub and cookery school in Cornwall. He was promoted to Chef Director in 2017, to support the growing family business with restaurants outside of Cornwall. This fantastic new relationship will see the combination of Jack’s passion for food and golf with him overseeing the introduction of his own style of street food for the public to enjoy on the course for the duration of the event. As well as the food on the course, Jack will be working with the catering team at Trevose to create a specially designed menu for the Pro-Am dinner which takes place following the opening day’s play on the 18th June 2020. Here, Staysure Tour players and their amateur teams will be treated to a wonderful meal as they enjoy the night’s prizegiving and entertainment.

2019 Farmfoods European Legends Links Champion Jean-François Remésy.

Jack, born in Cornwall worked as a kitchen porter during school holidays at his parents’ Seafood Restaurant in Padstow. Following his studies, Jack travelled the world experiencing food in Paris, Australia, Japan and the Far East. When he returned to Padstow he quickly rose through the company holding several high-profile roles before his appointment as Chef Director in 2017. In recent years Jack has launched his own cookery course, filmed two TV series - Jack Stein: Born to Cook and Jack Stein - Inside the Box and has released his own cookery book.

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Rick Stein has many restaurants close to Trevose Golf and Country Club in Padstow and St Merryn, as well as in Fistral, Porthleven and Falmouth. The business also has 40 guest rooms across Padstow as well as their world renowned cookery school. Readers can also enjoy Rick Stein restaurants in London, Sandbanks, Marlborough and Winchester.

To book your Rick Stein Experience There are several fantastic Rick Stein restaurants near to Trevose so why don’t you book in whilst you’re visiting for next year’s tournament: The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall Rick Stein’s Café in Padstow, Cornwall St Petroc’s Bistro and Ruby’s Bar in Padstow, Cornwall The Cornish Arms in St Merryn, Cornwall

For all bookings call 01841 532700 or visit

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Amazing eagles, a debut winner and a surprise weather turnout, the 2019 Farmfoods European Senior Masters certainly looks set to live long in the memory. From 3–6 October this year’s Farmfoods European Senior Masters took place at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Warwickshire. And, all eyes were on Spaniard Santiago Luna to see if he’d be able to successfully defend his crown and once again scoop the €50,000 first prize. But it wasn’t to be, as Frenchman Thomas Levet put in a stunning performance to clinch his first ever Staysure Tour win. And if you weren’t lucky enough to see the six-time European Tour winner lift the trophy in person, then our rundown will fill you in on the full four days of golfing action.

Thursday 3 rd October – Pro-Am team event gets championship underway

The team finished ahead of second placed Margetts who were fronted by Joakim Haeggman. Farmfoods 2 led by Paul Lawrie and SecureAUTH headed up by Philip Price both tied for third. Following all the excitement on the course, an evening dinner was held where prizes were handed out to Mike and his team which included a signed piece of Tony Jacklin memorabilia, a magnum of Moët, a foldaway golf trolley and a pair of Duca del Cosma shoes. The evening also provided an opportunity to raise money for the event’s official charity, the Lord’s Taverners. The UK’s leading youth cricket and disabled sport’s charity put on a range of programmes across the country to engage disadvantaged and disabled children in sport.

As has been the tradition with this event since it was inaugurated three years ago, a Pro-Am kicked off the weekend with 28 teams heading out onto the Forest of Arden course. Each team was made up of one Staysure Tour player and three amateurs with the overall champions claiming a team prize. It was Reynard’s Raiders, featuring professional Mike Reynard and amateurs Steve Reynard, Louis Sanders and Tony Murtagh, who came out on top clinching victory with a score of 93 points.

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Friday 4 th October - Event host Peter Baker leads the way Friday was the first day of the tournament proper where a whole host of Major, European Tour and Ryder Cup winners took on the course to get their bid for glory underway. For much of the day it was PGA Tour star Dan Olsen who looked like he would end the opening day on top of the leaderboard, but following a stunning back nine it was the event’s host Peter Baker who finished top of the pack. Baker ended his round by shooting -6 which included a remarkable eagle on the 17th. This performance meant he finished one shot ahead of Olsen. Next came a number of players in third place including Argentinian Mauricio Molina, European Tour winner Markus Brier, Staysure Tour star David Shacklady, Swedish player Jarmo Sandelin, and 2017’s champion Stephen Dodd.

Jarmo Sandelin

2019 Farmfoods European Senior Masters Champion - Thomas Levet

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Iain Carter, Des Smyth, Thomas Levet and Phillip Price

Thomas Levet holing the winning putt on the 18th green

Saturday 5 th October - Tournament heats up as Broadhurst takes the lead Attention remained on Peter Baker going into the second round with spectators eager to see if he could maintain his lead at the front. Sadly, for Peter this was not the case as he fell down the leaderboard after an unsuccessful round which saw him drop a number of shots, including a double bogey and three bogies. However, the Forest of Arden was instead treated to a tussle between some of the event’s biggest names. It was British golfing legend and two-time Senior Major winner Paul Broadhurst who lead the way scoring -4, on a day which also saw him putt a superb eagle on the 4th, to bring his total score up to -7.

James Kingston. They walked away with a Burridge glass trophy, a pair of Duca del Cosma shoes, a Magnum of Moët & Chandon Champagne and a two-night stay at Castillo Hotel Son Vida Mallorca.

Sunday 6 th October – Levet clinches debut win on final day Despite heavy rain overnight delaying tee off times by 30 minutes, spirits couldn’t be dampened on the final day of the tournament. And the action certainly didn’t disappoint. In what was widely regarded as ‘anyone’s game’ due to the hugely competitive and ever-changing leaderboard it turned out to be one of the most exciting final days yet.

This gave him the lead going into Sunday’s final day. Closing in on him just one shot behind was a prolific pack including 1991 Masters winner Ian Woosnam OBE, 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie OBE, Australian star Peter Fowler, former European Tour player Gary Evans, sixtime European Tour winner Thomas Levet and Argentine Mauricio Molina. Saturday marked the end of the amateur championship with Team Wilson taking the win – comprising amateur Jeremy Wilson and two-time European Tour winner

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It was Thomas Levet who took charge quickly flying through the leaderboard. His near flawless round faltered on the tenth when he scored two consecutive bogies giving his competitors the chance to strike while the iron was hot. A third bogey on the 16th put him in a vulnerable position but he kept his cool and managed to maintain the lead taking victory by one stroke. He finished on -10 one shot better than Austria’s Markus Brier who had shot -9.

Further down the leaderboard was three golfing icons in the form of 1991 Masters winner Ian Woosnam OBE, 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie OBE and five-time European Tour winner Jarmo Sandelin. The trio all ended on -8 as the tournament came to a close and Levet lifted the silver trophy.

Paul Lawrie OBE on the 18th tee

Thomas Levet with tournament host Peter Baker

The 2020 event will take place from 15–18 October with preparations already underway.

For more information on this, as well as sponsorship and hospitality opportunities, get in touch with Benoit Lawrence at event organisers Champions (UK) plc. Call 08453 31 30 31 or email

Peter Baker, Louis Sanders, Tony Murtagh, Steve Reynard, Mike Reynard and Stuart Davis

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HOW A SUMMER OF SPORT CAPTIVATED A NATION Whether it is convincing ourselves that the England football team will end more than 50 years of hurt at the World Cup, or rooting for the next British hopeful at Wimbledon, sport has a way of bringing a nation together. Read all about how 2019 has done just that, featuring highlights from some familiar faces too. It’s July 2018 - the UK is enjoying one of its best summers in recent history and the England football team has reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, their best performance in the competition for 28 years. Football may not have ‘come home’ as we had all hoped it would but thanks to Gareth Southgate OBE and his now famous waistcoat, the country fell back in love with the spirit of national football. At this point it seemed hard to imagine how the summer that followed could top this. But we scored lucky again as we were once again treated to a remarkable sporting summer with a whole host of Brits becoming sporting heroes.

England become world champions Cricket fever officially hit the UK as the Cricket World Cup took place in England and Wales between May-July. Despite the weather not playing ball during some of the games, the tournament was a huge success and culminated in one of the most dramatic finals in World Cup history. On Sunday 14 July England faced off against New Zealand at Lord’s with the game ending in a draw as both teams

scored 241 runs. This meant an unprecedented Super Over had to take place to determine the winner. Each team faced six balls and again it was a tie with the sides both managing 15 runs. England’s superior boundary count saw them clinch World Cup glory for the first time ever.

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As well as England becoming world champions of cricket and Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton MBE winning the British Grand Prix on his home turf at Silverstone, ‘Super Sunday’ as it is now hailed also included another iconic sporting event. The men’s Wimbledon final came to an end with two of the event’s most successful former champions facing off. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic went head-to-head on Centre Court in what turned out to be the longest final in Wimbledon history. At four hours and 57 minutes long, the pair couldn’t be separated and for the first time ever a final set tie break was introduced. Djokovic was able to win the tie break 7-3 and lift the famous trophy for the fifth time.

The Lionesses roar again A testament to the progression of the game, the Women’s World Cup dominated front and back pages this summer. When the USA’s Megan Rapinoe wasn’t at the centre of the media’s attention, Phil Neville’s England team were making an impact on the pitch. Equalling the achievement of the men 12 months prior, they made it to the semi-finals. Here, they faced the USA and despite losing 2-1 courtesy of American superstar Alex Morgan (and the ever divisive VAR) the Lionesses left France with their heads held high.

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Off the back what was a legendary summer, we spoke to four British sporting icons on what moments they have enjoyed in 2019.

Alex Gregory MBE, two-time Olympic champion rower. “I’ve really enjoyed watching the new Sail GP this year. It’s a brand new event involving refined catamarans all sailing on hydrofoils at speeds of over 50 knots! Six teams are involved in racing in some of the world’s most iconic sailing locations. “However my favourite sporting moment of 2019 is not a traditional ‘sport’ as such but I’ve loved watching it progress. Mountaineer Nirmal Purjar (an ex-British special forces member) has been attempting to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000m peaks in seven months. Which is seven years faster than the previous record. It’s truly unbelievable physically, psychologically and logistically. Most people will never climb one of these peaks and those that do may only do one in their lifetime!”

Sharron Davies MBE, former Olympic swimmer and BBC Sport presenter “For me it has to be the World Swimming Championships in South Korea. It gave us a good rehearsal for Tokyo next year and my favourite race was the men’s 4X100m relay which saw Great Britain beat the USA. “Adam Peaty MBE put in a great performance and Duncan Scott performed an amazing final freestyle leg.”

Matthew Hoggard MBE, former England Ashes winning cricketer “A lot of my favourite sporting moments this year have involved the heroics of Ben Stokes! He has provided some truly inspirational sporting moments this summer. “However, for England to be named World Champions playing the sport I love the most is my key highlight of 2019. Watching Eoin Morgan captain our team throughout the tournament and to see him raise the World Cup trophy, at Lords has to be my moment of the year!”

All of the sports stars featured in this article are available to book through Champions Speakers Agency. If you want to add a special touch to your next event, contact 0207 1010 553

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Fuel economy and CO2* results for the Maserati Levante V6 range in mpg (l/100km) combined: 20.6 (13.7) to 31.0 (9.1). *CO2 emissions: 272 - 208 g/km. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption and CO2 figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. *There is a new test used for fuel consumption and CO2 figures. The CO2 figures shown however, are based on the outgoing test cycle and will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first registration.

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CHAMPION EMPLOYEE WELLBEING WITH OLYMPIC LEGEND SALLY GUNNELL OBE Create a happier and healthier workplace with Olympic legend Sally Gunnell OBE It was the 5 August 1992 in Barcelona and Sally Gunnell OBE was less than one minute away from achieving a lifelong dream. Crossing the finish line in 53.23 seconds, Sally won gold in the 400m hurdles, joining the legendary list of British Olympians before her who had their name etched in history for their success on the biggest stage of all. During her incredibly successful sporting career she also won gold medals at the World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games. To this day she remains the only woman in history to hold the four major track titles concurrently. Now the British athletics legend is using the lessons she learned during her sporting career to support businesses across the UK and internationally. Since hanging up her spikes in 1997, Sally has become one of the country’s most sought after keynote speakers providing insight on a variety of topics including resilience and corporate wellbeing. As well as this, she has created Sally Gunnell Health and Wellbeing which works with companies of all sizes and from a number of sectors creating bespoke programmes

that explain the link between organisational health, performance and results. Dedicated to creating a healthier and happier workplace Sally and her team offer a range of solutions including wellbeing consultancy, wellbeing initiatives, trainers and coaches. Some of the aspects of wellbeing Sally helps to address include: · Physical wellbeing · Mental Health · Sleep · Nutrition · Financial “Each day you must have a purpose,” she said explaining why she made the transition into keynote speaking and how her wellbeing programme aims to help businesses around the world. “You can’t just sail through life and when I was running, I knew what I wanted to accomplish on that day, whether it was a training session or a race. “It is the same in business, you need to know what gets you out of bed in the morning. You want to be the best you can be as a person and it’s all about finding ways of dealing with any forms of stress that is affecting you. “It might be about thinking about what you eat, sleeping better, exercising and what you do to relax as well. Everyone has good days and bad days but it’s all about how you pick yourself up and move on and our programme helps with this.” Sally Gunnell Health and Wellbeing organisation understand that every business is different which means everything they do is completely bespoke.

To book Sally Gunnell OBE for your next event get in touch with Champions Speakers Agency. Call 0207 1010 553 or visit For more information on the services Sally can provide your business visit

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THE GREAT WINTER ESCAPE With a little help from Travel Beautifully, who specialise in bespoke Caribbean holidays, we have your next holiday in hand. The Caribbean islands are always a temptation, but their blue waters and much needed dose of sun becomes ever more alluring when the weather in the UK makes its inevitable transition. With so many islands to choose from, all offering their own quirks and experiences, it can be a challenge to know where to go, what to do and where to stay. We enlisted the expert guidance of Travel Beautifully, who have worked in the Caribbean for 20 years. Together, we have focussed on Saint Lucia, and Saint Kitts and Nevis bringing together all the best places to eat, sleep and play.

Saint Lucia Eat The Hi Tide restaurant is a must visit at any time of the day – although evening is recommended for a more serene experience – if you are looking to complement delicious food with unparalleled views. The restaurant is perched over the picture-perfect Reduit Beach and has a menu which boasts the best of Caribbean cuisine as well as some world favourites. If you want to truly immerse yourself in Caribbean culture staring with Saint Lucian delicacies, then add SeaGrapes bar and restaurant to your list. In a relaxed atmosphere you can enjoy the freshest seafood while taking in the breathtaking views of Pigeon Island National Park.

Sleep Bay Gardens Resort’s new five-star luxury villas, Waters Edge, is a stunning choice of stay. Located along a beautiful marina, close to the island’s famous Rodney Bay, the venue is enveloped by tropical gardens and long views. A perfect place to indulge in a little tranquillity and elegance, Waters Edge comes complete with a virtual concierge which outlines dining options, shopping recommendations and guidelines of the attractions the island has to offer for guests.

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Waters Edge Villas also offer a complimentary private catamaran tour – the best way to drink in all that Saint Lucia has to offer. You can find out more about these two venues in the later pages of our Travel & Lifestyle section.

Play You won’t grow bored of things to do in the area as there is plenty to explore in Saint Lucia. Spend a day uncovering the beauty of the Sulphur Springs & Drive-In Volcano in Soufriere, or get in amongst the bustling Castries Market where you can enjoy the sights and smells of a traditional Caribbean street market. And when the sun goes down, Rodney Bay Village’s nightlife comes alive with authentic beach shack bars serving up fruity cocktails.

For when the holiday guilt kicks in – the pesky overindulging feeling we all get at some point on our travels – Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, situated on the west coast of the island, puts on unique fitness classes three days a week. The aptly named AbSoLucian, has been created by the resort’s resident fitness guru and includes all kinds of classes including Pilates, power walking, and hill climbing in the bay.

St Kitts & Nevis Eat If searching for the finest island restaurants, venture outside of St Kitts’ resorts. Reef Bar and Grill, in Dieppe Bay, is a seafood lover’s dream boasting the best lobster on the island – a big statement to make but it has the reviews to back it up. Sprat Net in Old Road, the Caribbean’s first British settlement, is another one for the foodies. Some of the island’s best fishermen work for the restaurant who, in the 1990s made the decision to cook the fish they catch. Time it right and you can even watch as your fish is caught our in the sea before being prepared in an open kitchen. The restaurant is a live music regular too so you can get yourself settled for the whole night.

Lavish and chic, the resort is situated on the mountainside, so you can take a stroll through the hills of Mount Liamuiga or dive straight into the sea which is just on the doorstep.

Play Saint Kitts has history to boot with much of the island’s architecture from the 17th and 18th Century. This includes the Brimstone Hill Fortress which is certainly worth a visit. The site is of both historical and cultural significance in the region and the views you can take in from the top really need to be seen to be believed. Saint Kitts is also famous for its Vervet monkeys that roam the island. So be sure to get some snaps of the cheeky primates as you will certainly come across them in all areas of the island. Watch out for your food and drink though as they have a particular taste for fine cuisine and cocktails!


So bring your suitcases back down from the loft, unpack your summer wardrobe and leave winter behind you.

Belle Mont Farm, with its luxury villas, cottages and farmhouses is one of the island’s best hotel resorts. All accommodation has been designed by award-winning architect Bill Bensley who has drawn inspiration from the natural landscapes that surround the resort.

This is just a small handful of recommendations from Travel Beautifully, for more information from the experts visit:

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ECOTOURISM – MAKING TRAVELLING MORE SUSTAINABLE As climate change is on everyone’s mind, we take a look at ecotourism and its mighty impact on the environment. People all over the world are starting to stand up and listen to the harsh realities of our world’s future, influenced more by protesting efforts and prominent public figures such as Leonardo Dicaprio and Sir David Attenborough raising awareness. The latter national treasure shared in April a shocking truth that has been heard across the world. In the BBC programme Climate Change – The Facts, Attenborough stressed that “If we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies.” The sheer journey that lies ahead cannot be understated, but we can only hope that with signs such as the UK enforcing a zero emissions law and increased awareness of our own environmental impact, action will be taken. Tourism is undoubtedly an area of particular focus which sees many of us making small but mighty steps to reduce our travelling footprints. Within the industry this is defined as ‘ecotourism’. Defined by the International Ecotourism Society, it refers to “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the

environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.” This can be done through building environmental awareness, providing financial benefits for conservation, local people and the private industry, and recognising the beliefs and culture of indigenous people in the community. And while it’s more commonly done by those dedicating large amounts of time to travelling and conservation work, there is increasing behaviour changes, small though they may be, that are actually making a big difference.

Offset your flights International flights account for around 60% of aviation emissions with a return flight from London to New York generating 986kg of Carbon Dioxide per passenger – more than the average person generates in a year in 56 countries around the world. When you consider that 4.5 billion passengers took nearly 45 million flights worldwide last year, it’s clear to see that the amount of CO2 produced is exponentially high. But there is a way to give back. You can now offset flights to make up for the emissions produced by air travel. Carbon offsetting is a voluntary process whereby purchasing an offset contributes to ongoing projects that reduce greenhouse gases. Some of these projects help to restore forests, increase the efficiency of transport and make factories greener.

Don’t take public transport You’re enjoying a city break and need to get to the other side of town. You have no idea of how to get there so jump in an Uber. We’ve all done it but much like aeroplanes most public transport options also release harmful emissions. While the likes of trams and underground rail systems are much better for the environment than cars or buses a simpler solution is to walk.

We’re not suggesting trekking for hours on end across a city but for small to medium size journeys this is the best solution for the planet. In the modern age almost all of us has a map on our phones which can easily help you get from A to B. Plus en route you may discover some hidden gems that you might have otherwise been oblivious to. And, it is a simple way to sneak some exercise into your holiday. A win-win right?

Buy and eat locally Immersing yourself in a new country’s culture is one of the best parts about going on holiday. And you can take this one step further by ensuring everything you buy and eat comes from a local source. Transporting food and goods to many of the world’s tourist destinations has a negative effect on the environment with more emissions being generated in the process. Therefore, it is better to consume goods that have a low carbon footprint. You can do this by ditching the chain restaurants for local delicacies and staying away from the global brands in favour of local stores. Doing this does not only help the planet but also gives back to the local economy and gives you the chance to have a more authentic experience while away.

Use a responsible tourist board Before booking your getaway it is always worth checking out the tourist board of the country you’re going to. A great example of a responsible tourist board is Visit Rwanda – the tourist board for the central African country – who help maintain Rwanda’s reputation as the cleanest country in the continent. For example, since 2008 plastic bags have been banned in the country and if you take one with you it will be taken off you at the airport. They also invest a significant amount of their tourism income back into local communities. Visit Rwanda is also dedicated to conservation, particularly when it comes to the country’s gorillas. Thousands of people go gorilla trekking each year hoping to catch a glimpse of the endangered animals. And, Rwanda is one of just two countries where these spectacular creatures can be safely viewed in their natural habitat with Visit Rwanda organising trips and safaris for visitors to see them up close. As a whole, Rwanda is committed to being environmentally friendly and on the last Saturday of every month it is mandatory for Rwandan citizens to participate in ‘Umuganda’. The practice runs from 8:00am– 11:00am and sees businesses close and traffic come to a stop as people head to their neighbourhoods to sweep the streets and dig drainage ditches.

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Nottingham City Centre Hotel

Nottingham City Centre Hotel

Yew Lodge Hotel

Nottingham City Centre Hotel

Situated in the heart of the village of Kegworth and just two miles from East Midlands Airport, the Yew Lodge Hotel has unrivaled facilities and offers the very best customer service and attention to detail. The hotel has 113 bedrooms, 17 meeting/ function suites seating up to 330 delegates Marco’s New York Italian Restaurant – Kegworth, Reeds Health Club & Spa and NOW Houdini’s Escape Room Experience – Kegworth. Whatever type of event you are looking to host we have something for you, this is truly an ASPIRATIONAL venue and we would be delighted to arrange a show round for you to view this delightful hotel. Yew Lodge Hotel, Packington Hill, Kegworth DE74 2DF

Tel: 01509 672518

This gem of a city centre hotel now offers a stunning welcome thanks to its redesigned reception, bar and lounge area. A bright and vibrant style entices guests down from their rooms to relax and enjoy a drink or a light snack overlooking the city, whilst deciding how best to enjoy their time in Nottingham. With 100 bedrooms and five meeting/ function rooms including a bespoke 100-seater lecture theatre the hotel offers great facilities for their corporate guests. Whilst our Conservatory Restaurant is an ideal space for dinners and weddings right at the heart of the city and it’s great transport links. This hotel really deserves a visit so do please contact us to arrange your show round; we look forward to seeing you. Nottingham City Centre Hotel, Wollaton Street, Nottingham NG1 5FW

Tel: 0115 912 8000

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THE PINNACLE OF LUXURY IN ST. LUCIA The Bay Gardens Resorts properties are located on the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Whether you’re looking for accommodations overlooking the Rodney Bay Marina, an extraordinary island retreat in the heart of the Rodney Bay or a beachfront walk-out on the stunning Reduit beach, the resort chain provides the ideal location for an exciting, fun and relaxing atmosphere on the island. Guests can now stay at Bay Gardens Resorts new 5-star luxury villas, Waters Edge Villas. Surrounded by tropical gardens and the incredible views of the Rodney Bay Marina, a popular attraction when visiting the northern part of the island, Waters Edge Villas sits ideally along the marina and comprises two private villas. A perfect place for those seeking refuge in a world of tranquility and elegance, these four-bedroom vacation-rental villas are fully airconditioned and offers custom designed amenities. With the addition of Virtual Concierge powered by Alexa, guests now have a new way to access Bay Gardens Resorts’ amenities and services during their stay. It provides dining options, shopping selections and guidelines to explore the island’s most magnificent attractions. Relish in luxury with our in-villa catering option by indulging your palate in an array of island flavours from an award-winning private chef. We bring the finest

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culinary tastes from our Bay Gardens Beach Resort& Spa’s SeaGrapes and Hi Tide Restaurants right to your villa. Pair this with your fully stocked fridge of fine wines. Get the ultimate rest and relaxation retreat at the nearby Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa’s La Mer Spa. An allencompassing spa experience awaits as La Mer Spa, in collaboration with the TripAdvisor top-rated Ojas Spa and Wellness, introduces Ayurveda therapy as part of its health and wellness package. Or indulge in authentic Caribbean experiences right in the comfort of your villa with our invilla massages which are available upon request.

such as concierge service, daily housekeeping, room service upon request and numerous recreational amenities including unlimited Splash Island Water Park passes, unlimited non-motorised water sports activities and much more. Uniquely designed with their own private deck, Water Edge Villas by Bay Gardens Resorts offers guests booking with us a complimentary private catamaran tour collecting you right on your private berth, offering the very best of the Bay Gardens brand!

For a truly authentic experience, enjoy the best of both worlds by taking advantage of our resort-styled privileges

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Living space at Port Ferdinand

FAMILY, FUN, ADVENTURE Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences delivers an exceptional experience combined with all the amenities and services expected of a coveted, world-class destination resort. Across 2,200 sq ft of living space, guests are treated to year-round sunshine, tropical breezes and turquoise seas, everything else just falls perfectly into place. Whether you’re living here or simply vacationing at our awardwinning resort, it will be a life-changing experience marked by adventure, relaxation and a chance to recharge and reconnect. Our two, three and five-bedroom luxury villa-style accommodations and penthouses display traditional Barbadian architecture and finishes, with floor plans that maximize open living spaces, breathtaking views and privacy. Generous terraces with spa pools, fully equipped kitchens, and beautiful en-suite bedrooms are accented with marble tiles, whitewashed cedar joinery and coral

Beach and Marina at Port Ferdinand

mouldings. Beach elevators take guests from residences on higher floors to the pool and beach. We offer an array of bar and dining options including our poolside restaurant, The Gazebo Bar & Grill and our inhome or on the beach private dining experiences. You can also enjoy casual or fine dining at our sister property, Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences, a short 10-min drive away or complimentary water-taxi. There is plenty to do at Saint Peter’s Bay with a large selection of on-site facilities and off-site options at our sister resort. Lounge beside our beautiful 160-ft lagoon style pool that wraps and winds alongside the beachfront of Barbados, visit the Fitness Centre, enjoy an in-room Yoga, Pilates or Zumba session, snorkel with the turtles, or take up any of our complimentary water sports activities including paddle boarding, kayaking, scuba diving, wakeboarding, sailing and more. There is always something for the kids too - our youngest guests may spend indoor playtime at The Kids Zone. For a more interactive and educational experience, kids can enjoy classes in Arts & Crafts, Sea Turtle Education and Fitness Fun. We also offer in-suite Babysitting and Nanny services. No matter the type of vacation, Saint Peter’s Bay is one of the best luxury resorts to choose from in Barbados as it offers an array of world-class amenities and services, coupled with luxurious accommodation and authentic ‘Bajan’ hospitality.

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Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences delivers an exceptional experience combined with all the amenities and services expected of a coveted, world-class destination resort. With year-round sunshine, tropical breezes and turquoise seas, everything else just falls perfectly into place. Whether you’re living here or simply vacationing at our award-winning resort, it will be a life-changing experience marked by adventure, relaxation and a chance to recharge and reconnect. At Port Ferdinand, you’ll find a stunning selection of one to three-bedroom villa-style accommodations designed to allow maximum enjoyment of the unique experience that the waterfront resort has to offer. Each beautifully designed villa features over-sized living spaces and relaxing areas, allowing a peaceful yet luxurious haven for a Caribbean family vacation, romantic getaway or a special event.

Tucked away on the eastern end of the property and framed by the tree from which Barbados got its name - the bearded fig tree, the spa has extra special garden views. The resort also offers an array of bar and dining options including a fine-dining restaurant, Dockside at 13°/59° led by internationally acclaimed Chef Larry Rogers, an alfresco pizzeria and in-home or on-the-beach private dining experiences. You can also enjoy additional dining options at our sister resort Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences. A large selection of on-site facilities supplemented by additional off-site options at our sister resort, Saint Peter’s Bay, provide options to suit everyone. Visit Nikki Beach Club at Port Ferdinand, an intimate and vibrant lifestyle

Complementing its tranquil natural surroundings, The Sandbox Tree Spa at Port Ferdinand provides the ideal retreat to nourish and replenish the mind, body and soul. Pool at Saint Peter’s Bay

Pool at Saint Peter’s Bay

beach club set on our beachfront with access to a restaurant and pool, snorkel with the turtles, or take up any of our complimentary water-sports activities including paddle boarding, kayaking, scuba diving and more. Our youngest guests may spend playtime at either The Buccaneer HideoutOutdoor Kids’ Park or The Pirates Den- Indoor Kids’ Club. For a more interactive and educational experience, kids can enjoy classes in Arts & Crafts, Sea Turtle Education and Fitness Fun. We also offer in-suite Babysitting and Nanny services.

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The Sand Box Spa and Port Ferdinand

Whether your Barbados dream is a couple’s romantic escape, a wellness retreat or a family vacation, Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences are sure to check all the boxes, combining privacy with exceptional service and stylish living with world-class amenities.

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HOLIDAYPA - TRAVEL EXPERIENCES LIKE NO OTHER Holiday time is precious so it’s natural that when we jet off, we want to make the most of the adventure. At times booking your dream holiday, can become a logistical nightmare. This is where HolidayPA come in. Whether you are planning on sunning yourself on the glorious beaches of the Dominican Republic, taking a rare opportunity for a romantic getaway in Venice or chancing your luck at seeing the Northern Lights, HolidayPA act as a travel concierge to a whole host of clients. The business creates bespoke travel experiences for all of their clients, working alongside some of the world’s leading travel brands they ensure the trips their clients embark on live long in the memory. HolidayPA will handle every aspect of your holiday including: • Travel schedule • Flights • Accommodation • Activities Helping holiday dreams come true they guide you through every step of the process. Whether you have your heart set on a particular destination or simply want some recommendations on where to go, HolidayPA will use their vast network of industry contacts to deliver something for everyone. Sandie Lehal, travel director at HolidayPA is an awardwinning travel expert who has coordinated trips for a number of high-profile clients in her career so far. She explained what makes HolidayPA different: “The level of service we offer depends solely on what the client wants. We will take into account a number of factors including budget, weather and the month they wish to travel. Everything is tailored to them.

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“It’s very personable. Typically, I will meet them for a cup of coffee and then I will go to my suppliers and match them with the best deal for my client. I can also coordinate with the hotel and make sure everything is in place for when they arrive. As well as this we can book restaurants, theatre tickets and meals on the beach.” Holiday PA is celebrating a successful year so far with recognition at several award ceremonies. Holiday PA has recently been presented with the Highly Commended Award at the Nachural Awards June 2019 for Best Start-Up business, and was selected as a finalist at the Midlands Asian Wedding Awards - Best Honeymoon & Destination Weddings Provider 2018; and a finalist at the Signature Awards - ‘Entreprenuer of the Year’ 2019. They are part of the biggest independent buying groups in the UK with access to over 450 leading brands and tour operators.

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MARGARITAVILLE RESORT ORLANDO: VISIT ONCE OR STAY FOREVER Alistair Brown International Real Estate help people find their perfect home abroad and among his extensive portfolio of resort properties lies the stunning Margaritaville. With its world-famous theme parks, alluring year-round climate and welcoming residents, there is little wonder why Orlando is one of the most visited destinations in the world. Last year the Sunshine State hit record-breaking tourist figures as it welcomed 75 million people – more than one million of which were Brits. And on some occasions, what starts out as ‘just a holiday’ captures hearts and spurs the desire for something a little more permanent. Enter Alistair Brown International Real Estate (ABIRE). ABIRE is a boutique real estate consultancy that brings together the most distinguished properties from around the world.

Headed up by Alistair Brown himself, the business has years of experience in selling properties in global locations such as London, Paris, Tuscany and Spain but places onus on Florida and the Caribbean. As an international brand ambassador of One Sotheby’s Miami group, ABIRE has unprecedented access to unique homes which include current offerings from One Thousand Museum in Downtown Miami, Aventura Park Square in Florida as well as Grove Resort & Water Park and Margaritaville, both of which are in Orlando. The latter resort, Margaritaville, is the most recent addition to ABIRE’s expansive Florida-based portfolio. Spread across 300 acres, hugged by Walt Disney World Resort and encapsulating a sense of community, it’s easy to see why it is a popular destination among holiday goers and property investors alike. A little slice of paradise, the resort boasts an 184-room luxury hotel, vacation cottages and cosy timeshares all of which have been thoughtfully designed to incorporate the comforts needed when away from home. Margaritaville’s incredible range of leisure facilities include entertainment venues, a spa, kids’ club, swimming pools and Sunset Walk – the resort’s outdoor shopping district – which means there is always something to do. And if neighbouring Disney is not enough entertainment, then perhaps the resort’s own 14-acre water park will deliver. Island H20 Live features a wave pool simulator, nine different thrill rides and adult-only areas scattered around the park.

Beyond the bustling atmosphere of the hotel is where the vacation cottages can be found – a colourful community of two to eight-bedroom cottages available for short trips or permanent holiday homes. Designed by renowned interior company Ethan Allen, the cottages are just a few steps away from the sandy beach and echo the laid-back lifestyle that Margaritaville is known for. With the vacation home rental market becoming a hugely popular alternative to hotels, there has been no better time to invest in Margaritaville. The ability to truly understand their clients is at the heart of ABIRE’s offering, as Alistair points out: “From the very first

conversation, I am thinking about the client; their family, their likes and dislikes and those subtleties and emotional triggers that are important to their lifestyle. “Before we think about a property we need to know why they have made the decision to start the search,” he added. “Everything I learn about them creates a vision, which I then use to hand pick properties for their unique circumstances.”

To discuss your requirements, or to find out more about Margaritaville, or any of the resorts in ABIRE’s property portfolio, contact the team on 0141 483 8484. Alternatively, email

So, turn your favourite place into more than just a holiday destination by contacting the ABIRE team today.

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FOOD AND DRINK At Aspirational Magazine we have compiled some of our favourite eateries from across the East Midlands, so you can read up before you dine out. For a gastropub experience that truly surpasses anything else, The Pear Tree in quaint Woodhouse Eaves offers an outstanding country dining experience. Whether it’s a Sunday roast with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients or a wood-fired pizza from the stone oven, every dish is crafted with excellence to create exceptional flavours. If traditional Italian cuisine is more your thing then you’ll love Marco’s New York Italian restaurant located within Kegworth’s Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel. Renowned chef Marco Pierre White has created the ultimate dining experience for lunch, dinner, snacks and afternoon tea. Whether it’s mouth-watering sharing platters, homemade pizza or the freshest seafood there’s something for everyone. If you’re in the city and looking for something sweet to take home for dessert, then a visit to the renowned chocolatiers Cocoa Amore is a must. Using the finest Colombian chocolate, they are committed to taking customers to another level with their high quality, handmade products. And for the nights when nothing but some home comforts will do, we have provided you with a recipe sure to warm your cockles this winter.

400g plain flour 1 tbsp English mustard powder 100g lard 100g butter

2 eggs beaten (1 for the pastry and 1 for egg wash) For the filling 1kg braising steak such as brisket or skirt, cut into chunks, any sinew and fatty bits discarded 50g plain flour 1 tbsp English mustard powder 3 tbsp rapeseed oil or vegetable oil 250g bacon lardons 2 carrots, cut into small chunks 2 onions, chopped

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2 bay leaves 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp tomato purée 600ml beef stock 6 thyme sprigs 150g strong crumbly blue cheese, such as stilton 1 piece marrowbone, about 10cm depending on the depth of your pie dish (optional)

1. First, make the pastry. Put the flour, mustard powder, ½ tsp salt, the lard and butter in a food processor and pulse until combined. Add 1 egg and pulse again. Add 1 tbsp cold water, if needed, until it forms a short pastry. Knead into a ball, wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 mins. 2. Season the steak and toss with the flour and mustard powder. Heat half the oil in a large pan. Brown the meat in a few batches, adding more oil as you need to and making sure you don’t overcrowd the pan. 3. Fry the bacon until beginning to crisp. Tip in the carrots, onions and bay leaves and cook until the veg is soft. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and tomato purée for 1 min, then add the stock, thyme and browned beef. Season, cover the pan and simmer gently for 2½ hrs, stirring now and again to prevent the sauce from sticking. Remove the lid for the last 30 mins to thicken the sauce. 4. Transfer the beef to a pie dish and crumble the cheese over the top. Place the marrowbone in the centre, nestling it into the meat. Roll out the pastry on a floured worktop until large enough to cover the pie and about ½cm thick. Brush the beaten egg over the edges of the pie dish, drape the pastry over, trim the excess and pinch around the edge to seal. Cut a hole for the marrowbone or pie funnel to poke through and brush the top all over with beaten egg. Chill for about 30 mins while you heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. 5. Bake for 45-50 mins until the pastry is golden.


Many will remember the establishment fondly as Gino’s Pear Tree: a charming, Italian infused eatery ran by Gino Albiniano and his three sons. Today, the pub is spearheaded by Riccardo, Gianni and Marco who have been keen to combine their father’s passionate original vision with a modern update, fusing influences of the warm Mediterranean and urban chic. Whether stopping by for a lazy Sunday brunches or exquisite wood-fired pizza, all dishes on offer are nothing short of exceptional. Seasonal ingredients are brought to life across a vibrant and varied menu that is perfectly accompanied by the beautifully curated wine and cocktail selection. However, for a truly extraordinary experience, The Pear Tree offers a private dining option that is simply perfect for any intimate function or dinner. Designed with dramatic blue, wooden cladded walls and parquet floor, the room also features a hidden ‘speak easy’, ideal for welcome drinks and toasts. Whether hosting a baby shower or corporate meeting, the experience entails a sumptuous three course dinner for up to 30 guests. Informal gatherings are also catered for, as pushing through an antique bookcase leads guests to a secret bar that undoubtedly adds a theatrical element to any special occasion. Of course, the usually remarkable standards of The Pear Tree are upheld to the highest degree, with guests also welcome to venture downstairs for lunch in the main restaurant. A remarkable yet welcoming experience that is sure to measure up to even the most discerning of requirements. Food served: Open over 7 days lunch and evening. The Pear Tree 8 Church Hill, Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire LE12 8RT Tel: (01509) 890 243


Perkins Bar & Bistro, located at Plumtree’s beautiful former Victorian railway station offers the perfect balance of fresh quality food and outstanding service. Whether you’re popping in for a pint and a sharing board, a light lunch or a delicious three course dinner, the award winning front of house team will ensure you have a dining experience to remember. An ever-changing Prix Fixe lunch and daily specials run alongside a seasonal a la carte menu. The bistro also hosts afternoon tea, Saturday morning breakfast and a hearty Sunday lunch offering. Whatever the occasion, Perkins commits to using the highest quality ingredients, local where possible. The menus are not restricted to food – alongside an extensive wine list, there are cocktails, gin and tonics, aperitifs and draught beer. In terms of interior, the rustic tables and brass light fittings offer a relaxed countryside bistro feel. There are monthly ‘Taste The Season’ evenings, live music on a Friday night and sell out Perkins Gastronomic taster events taking place throughout the year. If you are looking for a private party, Perkins Bar & Bistro offers a dedicated 26-cover dining room, or alternatively, the whole venue is available for private hire. If you are looking for something even more grand, Perkins’ sister venue ‘The Carriage Hall’ is one of the region’s most prestigious event venues able to host up to 120 guests seated – perfect for any occasion!

SPOKES COFFEE HOUSE & RESTAURANT Nottingham Tucked away on campus within the University of Nottingham’s De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre, Spokes is a hidden gem that offers great food and drinks in a stunning lakeside setting. Their menu includes mouth-watering stone-baked pizzas, a delicious noodle bar, flatbreads, pastries, and for guests who prefer healthier dishes, tasty super salads. As well as these eat in and takeaway options, Spokes also offers a full evening menu where diners can enjoy a widerange of dishes. These include perfectly cooked beef and chicken burgers, a range of delicious steaks cooked exactly to the diner’s liking and their own take on the British favourite fish and chips. For those with a sweet tooth their dessert menu comes complete with steamed toffee sponge served with sticky toffee sauce, a stunning chocolate & orange tart with crème fraiche, a lemon posset served with cream and shortbread and a fruits of the forest cheesecake. Built on the same manufacturing site responsible for producing the renowned Raleigh bicycles, much of Spokes’ interior design has a cycling theme. This includes a Raleigh racing team image on the wall, a cake stand made out of bicycle wheels, and an original Raleigh racer bike on show. Staying true to their local heritage, Spokes source the majority of the ingredients for their dishes from the local area including their local artisan 200 Degrees coffee, now a staple for any coffee loving connoisseur in Nottingham. With free parking and free Wi-Fi it is a great spot for a morning cuppa, an engergising lunch or relaxing dinner.

And why not end your meal with an overnight stay in one of the luxury Shepherds huts? With a full English breakfast the following morning.

Food Served: Monday – Saturday Lunch 12 - 2.15pm Afternoon tea 2.30pm - 3.30pm* Dinner 6 - 9.15pm (Friday/Saturday 9.30pm) Sunday 12 noon – 6pm (last orders 4.30pm) Breakfast: Saturday mornings from 10am Pre Fixe Monday to Saturday 12-2.15, 2 courses £13.50, 3 courses £16.95 * Please provide 24 hours notice.

Perkins Bar & Bistro Station Road, Plumtree, Nottingham NG12 5NA T: 0115 937 3695

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Located at one of the country’s most iconic cricket grounds, Six is a Michelin Star restaurant based at Nottinghamshire’s Trent Bridge stadium. The 6th floor restaurant offers an eating and drinking experience that features great views across Nottingham, West Bridgford and Trent Bridge. And their food is also pretty special. Dedicated to cooking the highest quality modern British food, Six offers a menu that comprises of six starters, six mains and of course six desserts. Put together by renowned chef Tom Sellers, the menu has something for everyone whatever your taste and whatever your dietary requirement. Just some of their wonderful dishes includes rabbit terrine with tarragon and pickled carrot, roast pork loin with apple and Yorkshire pudding and salt aged sirloin of beef, roast bone marrow and Yorkshire pudding with a selection of sides. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and stylish décor throughout and if you prefer a quiet drink rather than an entire meal, they can cater for that too. Six’s bar lounge features wonderfully crafted cocktails as well as a selection of premium beers and wines. If you want to drink spirits, then they have a very impressive collection that is so big they’ve even had to build a ladder. Having only opened their doors earlier this year, they’ve certainly had an impact on diners so far receiving rave reviews. On Mondays and Tuesdays they only take private bookings and host events. Some of the events they host include tasting sessions with celebrity chefs, seasonal events and wine courses.

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Sunday 17:00 – 22:00

Monday & Tuesday Open for special events and private bookings Wednesday 5.00pm - 11.00pm Thursday 12.00pm - 2.30pm / 5.00pm - 11.00pm Friday 12.00pm - 2.30pm / 5.00pm - 12.00am Saturday 12.00pm - 12.00am Sunday 12.00pm - 7.00pm

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Six 6th Floor, The Radcliffe Road End, Trent Bridge, Nottingham, NG2 6AG Tel: 0115 671 7666

Food Served: Open daily to residents and non-residents. Monday to Saturday: 7.00am - 9.30pm Sunday: 7:30am – 10am; and 6.00pm – 9.30pm

With beautiful views across the River Thames, we bring the freshest f ish and shellf ish straight from the Cornish coast to London. Enjoy some of Rick’s most iconic dishes such as Dover sole à la meunière, fruits de mer and Indonesian seafood curry inspired by his travels around the world. BREAKFAST | SET MENU | SEAFOOD BAR 0208 878 9462 | Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High Street, Barnes

RICK STEIN’S COOKERY SCHOOL Our cookery courses offer the perfect balance of demonstrations by our chefs and hands-on cooking as well as plenty of time to enjoy the fruits of your labour whilst overlooking the Camel Estuary.

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This Christmas at The Queen's Head Our cozy country pub is the perfect place to be this festive season – snuggle up by the fire with a drink, tuck into a tasty 3-course feast or get your toes tapping at one of our special party nights!

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Guide Price £1,500,000

Located within this premier location in the Charnwood Forest, is this highly individual and executive detached home offering approximately 5,000 sq. ft. of family accommodation and being located on a plot extending to approximately 0.5 acre.

Grey Roofs is a highly individual detached property built of Swithland stone elevations under a graduated Swithland slate roof. The property has been considerably improved and extended over the years.

The property has been lavishly appointed throughout including a hand crafted and bespoke Shortland kitchen with an extensive range of integrated appliances, a split level master suite consisting of a bedroom, luxurious en-suite bathroom and a upper floor dressing room, there are four further double bedrooms, two first floor rooms over the garage previously used as a home office with its only WC, which would make an ideal annex. On the ground floor is a double height entrance hall, living/dining kitchen, lounge, sitting room, large utility/boot room, recently constructed detached gym/studio located within the garden. The property enjoys delightful private grounds and is offered for sale with no upward chain. Viewing is highly recommended. EPC - E

Grey Roofs offers extremely versatile split level family accommodation with bedrooms on two floors. With a wealth of character, the accommodation has been designed to take full advantage of the views over the spectacular gardens and grounds to front, side and rear. Due to the size of the plot and position of the property, there is ample potential for further extension into the roof space or conversion of the integral garage subject of course to any necessary consents/approvals. The gardens are extensively stocked and feature extensive Rhododendrons and a professional hard tennis court. With nearby Bluebell woods and elevated views towards Bradgate Park, Grey Roofs is a rarity on the open market and demands internal inspection to appreciate the position, quality and size of the property which is not immediately apparent from the roadside. EPC - F

Paudy Farm, Barrow Upon Soar

The Old Barn, Great Dalby

Offers IRO £1,475,000

Guide Price £875,000


Paudy Farm is a substantial luxury family home considerably extended and improved by the current owners with a stylish contemporary extension blending with the original architecture of a three storey traditional farmhouse. Situated in approx. 6.1 acres of magnificent planted gardens and paddocks, it enjoys spectacular uninterrupted views over the Soar Valley and benefits from a considerable number of buildings. These include a delightful separate two bedroom cottage, a new triple garage block with guest suite above, a superb 14’ x 5’ professional barn ideal for luxury cars or hobbies etc. and a further magnificent two storey traditional detached barn with a suite of hobby rooms/offices off. Offering the latest in security systems, the property is ideal for large and extended families and particularly those seeking a property to run a home business/ entertaining/hobbies etc. Features include a magnificent luxury master bedroom suite, a 39’ drawing room, a luxury kitchen, two further reception rooms, six bedrooms and three bathrooms over two floors. The property demands an internal inspection to appreciate the quality, size and position of the property. EPCs House F/Cottage D

Enjoying a private secluded setting yet close to the centre of this desirable village, a detached barn style family home situated within 0.7 acres of superb gardens together with excellent equestrian facilities including a Hancox American barn, professional floodlit manege and 5.83 acres of paddocks. Offering a luxury living/dining kitchen by Philip Dowse and three good sized reception rooms, the property also offers two family bathrooms, en-suite shower room, gas fired central heating and sealed unit double glazing. In all, a substantial equestrian property offering first class facilities enjoying a superb setting. EPC – D

The Laurels, Wymondham

Guide Price £825,000

Stafford House, Bradmore

Guide Price £750,000


A substantial individually designed and built brand new detached property situated on a quiet lane close to the edge of this highly desirable and well serviced village. Constructed of natural ironstone and hand thrown bricks, the property offers extensive five double bedroomed accommodation with two en-suite shower rooms and a five piece family bathroom and finished to the highest quality with oak doors throughout, fully carpeted accommodation with gas fired underfloor central heating to the ground floor and conventional radiators upstairs. With extensive parking and a two and a half size integral garage with electric doors, the property also features a 28’ x 13’ luxury dining kitchen with marble worktops and extensive built-in quality appliances. To the rear is a sunny west facing private rear garden with full width terrace with 10 year NHBC guarantee, the property features a large reception hall with galleried first floor landing over, a 24’ x 19’ drawing room and all brand new fitted carpets are included throughout. EPC - B

Hall Farm House, Waltham on the Wolds

Guide Price £750,000

A substantial and stylish family home of considerable period integrity and character offering five double bedrooms and situated within a conservation area of one of south Nottinghamshire’s most desirable villages amongst an impressive street of substantial period properties. Having been extensively modernised and remodelled with a contemporary theme, the property offers four en-suites, three reception rooms and a luxury breakfast kitchen. With a range of period features including heavily beamed ceilings in all reception rooms and bedrooms, original stripped pine doors and attractive fireplaces. With accommodation over three floors, the property also offers a private mature rear garden with views towards the village Church, parking and a brick double garage to the rear. Viewing is essential to appreciate the stylish and contemporary presentation blended with fine period feature within this substantial and atmospheric property. EPC - E

Martinshaw Lodge, Ratby N

An exceptional period home constructed circa 1865 and boasting a wealth of magnificent original character features throughout including hints of Gothic architecture and having been extensively upgraded in recent years to provide the stunning family home we see today. The deceptively proportioned living accommodation is set over two floors in the main house with a separate annexe which can provide short term or holiday rentals. This ideal family home benefits from oil fired central heating and has a range of versatile rooms centred around a truly stunning entrance hallway with impressive feature staircase rising to the first floor. There is a large breakfast kitchen with island unit, dining room/music room, formal living room, garden room, utility/WC and first floor giving access to three large bedrooms, master en-suite shower room and separate luxury family bathroom. There are outstanding views across the Vale of Belvoir to the front and with two separate garden areas including a delightful courtyard setting between the house and annexe. There is a large in/out driveway completing the imposing and impressive look of this magnificent country home. EPCs House D / Annex D

Guide Price £575,000


An exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire a delightful Grade II listed former Bradgate Estate gamekeepers lodge constructed in 1876 and situated within 14.54 acres of delightful gardens, paddocks and surrounded by National Forest land, Martinshaw Woods and outstanding open countryside, yet only a few minutes from Ratby village centre. With sealed double glazing and a wealth of original features, the lodge also offers a separate self-contained cottage annexe, a two storey stone barn and offers an ideal opportunity to acquire two historic properties in an outstanding setting with considerable potential.

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INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS UNVEIL LATEST COMMISSION WITH ARTIST, ALEX HALL With one of his eye-catching art installations being seen around the world and the recent unveiling of a major new commission, it’s been a good year for artist Alexander Hall. A new luxury hotel in the historic French city of Lyon is the setting for the latest ambitious project by upcoming British artist Alexander Hall. Two of his eye-catching paintings have taken pride of place in the foyer of the InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu, one of the city’s most iconic buildings. The artwork was unveiled during a five-day celebration in September to mark the official opening of the opulent hotel following major renovation works. And the London-based artist was at the five-star venue to talk about his work. “It has been a really exciting commission and I couldn’t wait to see what they have done to the building and to see my own work in there,” he said. “The hotel is absolutely stunning – they have done an amazing job with it. It was great to be there and to see my paintings in such a lovely setting.”

The Hotel Dieu is housed within a former hospital, on the tree-lined banks of the River Rhône. A hospital has operated on the site since the 12th century, with the current building dating from the 18th century. Its renovation took four years and was the largest private transformation of an historic monument carried out in France to date. Landing the high-profile double commission was a thrill for mixed-media artist Hall. He’s the founder of the fastemerging creative brand Haut de Gamme – an appropriate name, as it is French for “upmarket” or “high-end”. The 29-year-old came up with the idea for the hotel’s paintings after imagining opening a suitcase in a luxury hotel in a beautiful city and asking room service for a bottle of celebratory champagne. One of the paintings is a metaphor for exotic travel: an ancient leather suitcase, of the type usually found in attics but which can nowadays fetch a fair bit at bric-a-brac auctions. The other is a symbol of celebration: a work featuring three bottles of champagne. Champagne bottles, splashed and dripping with paint, have become one of the artist’s signature images which have won him many fans. His work features on the walls of celebrities including Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones, TV personality Denise Van Outen, Formula One racing driver Daniel Riccardo and Hall’s close friend, former Made in Chelsea star Binky Felstead. The commission in Lyon, a city once described as the gastronomic capital of the world, came after he took on an ambitious project for InterContinental Hotels and Resorts.

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He was asked to create a piece of work to mark the company’s 200th hotel acquisition last year. His head-turning installation of 200 individually painted champagne bottles has been seen at InterContinental hotels around the world. Hall travelled to Shanghai – the home of the new InterContinental Wonderland Hotel - where the installation was suspended from the ceiling. He continued on to Singapore, Dubai, Australia and the US to showcase and talk about the life-changing work. “The paintings for Lyon are a spin-off from that commission,” Hall added, “so it’s been a chance to continue my work with InterContinental.

“I was inspired to take, as one of my subjects, an old-school leather 1940s suitcase as InterContinental was founded in 1946 by Juan Trippe. I used logos like Pan Am which the founder had previously worked at for example. “I wanted something that would convey the romance of travel to faraway places; something that spoke of the things you expect to find when you go on holiday, and what you don’t expect. “In the champagne triptych, the three bottles could represent breakfast, lunch and dinner.” Hall worked on the paintings this summer. They are substantial pieces – one metre by one and a half metres. Fifteen limited-edition reproductions of the two originals were created and personalised individually as hand finished prints, these were pre-sold to VIPs of the IGH brand. Hall and other VIPs and guests at the event found themselves at one of the most historic hotel locations in France. In medieval times, it was a resting place for beggars and Rome-bound pilgrims. The site served as a hospital for 800 years and the current building, more than 375 metres long, was started in the 18th century. The hospital closed in 2010 and, following a massive restoration project, opened this year. Guests will find the lobby, and Hall’s paintings, under the building’s stunning Grand Dome, which stands 32 metres high. The hotel’s 143 beautifully designed rooms and suites occupy the eastern façade, with views across the Rhône.

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Patient Cpl Matt Edwards, Royal Marines.

The big-hearted people of the East Midlands can help Britain’s injured armed servicemen and women on their road to recovery. We report from the new Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre on the Notts-Leicestershire border. The stream of casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan may have receded in the collective civilian memory but you don’t need a war for soldiers to get hurt. British armed services still patrol volatile regions overseas and even when training in the UK, they run risks. Take Corporal Matt Edwards of the Royal Marines. Training in Wales on assessment for Special Forces, he suffered a serious foot injury. Such were the complications that his left leg was eventually amputated below the knee.

A range of therapies embraces everything from exercise in a gym funded by the Royal British Legion to the greenhouses where Andy Wright and Jane Taylor offer horticultural projects. Whatever the context of the injury or condition, DMRC’s objective is to get the patient back to his or her unit; if not achievable, to prepare them for an active-as-possible civilian life.

Confined for now to a wheelchair, he is a patient at the new Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, built for £300m on the Stanford Hall estate near Loughborough. The marine - known to his mates as “Nutty” - is impressed with his surroundings. “It’s big, it’s shiny and it does what it says on the tin,” he says after lunching with fellow patients at the complex created thanks largely to the generosity of the late 6th Duke of Westminster, a major-general in the Army Reserve. The centre is currently helping 150 men and women including complex trauma cases like 33-year-old Matt, neurological cases and other conditions like repetitive strain injuries. “Accidents and strokes happen to our personnel as well as to civilians,” says DMRC’s physio lead, Lieutenant- Colonel Tim Clarke.

10 0 / / Lt- Col Tim Clarke, physiotherapy lead at DMRC Stanford Hall.

The £300m Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre is based on the Stanford Hall estate, near Loughborough.

In Matt’s case, there will be no return to the Marines, although he is hopeful of work in the Royal Navy. There remains the challenge of coping with his change of circumstances – from physical training instructor in an elite combat corps to, soon, life with a prosthetic leg. He has the mental toughness. He also has the positivity to commend the organisation that has done so much to help him and his comrades: the DMRC Benevolent Fund. While sharp-end services at DMRC are paid for by the public purse, the extras, so vital for morale and recuperation, are down to the benevolent fund and its supporters. Extras like trips to Ascot. Lifts into Loughborough for a pint. Seats at the Army v Royal Navy rugby match at Twickenham, or the programme of films shown in the private theatre in Stanford Hall itself – in the 1930s the stage was the plaything of the estate’s flamboyant owner Sir Julien Cahn. The fund provided the money to connect Sky boxes, donated by the telecommunications giant, to patients’ TVs. “It also bought an Apple watch that gave the user prior warning of seizures,” says Lt- Col Clarke. DMRC and its benevolent fund are also attracting backing in their East Midlands hinterland. They were supported at Southwell Ploughing Match and a dinner is planned for Prestwold Hall. “We have had a positive response from the community,” says Lt-Col Clarke of a fund that is not a bolt-on extra but central to the mission and supported by volunteers from

DMRC staff. Lt- Col Clarke is a trustee as well as officerin-charge; each successive commanding officer is also a trustee. The benevolent fund does not have an annual target but is currently raising the £300,000 requested by the outgoing CO, Group Captain Teresa Griffiths, for passing on to her successor to provide a financial cushion for what a spokesman described as the “stabilisation post-transition phase”. DMRC Stanford Hall has replaced the old defence rehabilitation centre at Headley Court near Epsom. What hasn’t changed is the willingness of ex-patients to support the cause. Just as Luke Wigman, from Selston, convalesced at Headley Court after bomb injuries in Afghanistan and became a potent ambassador for the DMRC construction project, so Matt Edwards is an eloquent supporter of the benevolent fund. “The facilities here are second to none,” he says. “But it’s good to get out into the civilian community. It helps clear your head. Rehab is not just physical. It’s about keeping the grey space upstairs healthy.”

For more about the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre visit and for more on the benevolent fund, and a chance to donate, visit

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PATTONAIR’S COMMUNITY EFFORTS REACH NEW HEIGHTS The past year has been a rewarding one for Pattonair, the leading global aerospace company, with a busy round of events which have reflected its commitment to the local community. Pattonair’s successful year began with the launch of a major sponsorship deal with one of Derbyshire’s top sporting teams. Its partnership with Derbyshire County Cricket Club (DCCC) in a four-year plan gave the Derby-based company naming rights over its ground, with crowds flocking to the Pattonair County Ground for a season of exciting games and events. The move bolstered the firm’s support for the community and celebrated its local roots. One of the highlights of the year was Pattonair’s involvement in Derby’s biggest fireworks extravaganza at the ground. This year’s event saw a local community hero, an inspirational dad who has devoted hours to helping children play cricket, invited to set off the fireworks display. Martin Forster, who uses a wheelchair after suffering chronic spinal injuries in a workplace accident nearly 20 years ago, had been encouraged by family and friends to volunteer at Wirksworth and Middleton Cricket Club. The father-of-three, who spends up to five hours a week coaching youngsters, was recently presented with the 2019 Derbyshire All Stars Activator of the Year award by the Derbyshire County Cricket Board.

Pattonair was delighted to invite Martin, 53, to start the display, said Chief Executive Officer Wayne Hollinshead. “It’s fantastic to see how much his time spent volunteering at the cricket club means to him,” he added. “This underlines our commitment to building strong ties with the community and celebrates the efforts of local people for their work in serving their communities.” As the DCCC’s principal partner, Pattonair also supports its affiliated clubs in various initiatives to encourage youngsters to get involved in the sport. In July, the company invited more than 300 schoolchildren to celebrate the BRM Solicitors’ Chesterfield Festival of Cricket at the town’s Queen’s Park. Drawing inspiration from England’s dramatic win against New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final, the clash exemplified how true grit and determination can lead to success – something which Pattonair encourages young people to aspire to. In addition to cricket, the company is a proud sponsor of the Derby County Ladies’ Football Club Academy Team which promotes the talent and careers of budding sportswomen. In other community-focused initiatives, Pattonair’s employees took part in the T20 Walkathon organised by the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, trekking the 20 miles from Trent Bridge in Nottingham to the Pattonair County Ground in July. The event’s proceeds went to the Derwent Ward Holiday Hunger scheme and after-school programme. The company also devoted significant support to the business community. In June, Pattonair was a sponsor of the cricket club’s 1870 Business Club ‘This Girl Can’ event, a campaign developed by Sport England to promote sport among women. The guest of honour, the former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies MBE, gave an inspirational talk to 170 businesswomen where she shared her life experiences and recounted her distinguished sporting career. Beyond the sporting arena, some of Pattonair’s communityled activities reflected the company’s business values while addressing challenges that future industries face.

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In June, Adam Cooper, the company’s quality and excellence director, shared his insights into the world of international business in a talk to 300 students from Littleover School in Derby. He urged them to learn foreign languages to help them succeed in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, describing how his own language skills had offered real opportunities for him to further his career. It came at a time of increasing concerns over a national decline in the number of pupils studying modern foreign languages at GCSE and A Level. In addition, the firm regularly promotes a wide range of graduate schemes with opportunities across the business. These initiatives contribute towards creating stronger ties with its community and identifying potential future employees. Another huge success on the Pattonair calendar was its Autumn Ball in October at The Roundhouse in Derby, attended by more than 300 guests.

The glamorous event raised more than £57,000 for the charity Dementia UK. The condition, described as the biggest health challenge of our time, is a cause that resonated with many members of the company’s staff. The money will pay for one of the charity’s Admiral Nurses – the first in Derbyshire. Pattonair, which has seen another successful year in its role as a major global aerospace supply chain service provider, said its commitment to its corporate social responsibilities (CSR) will continue to go from strength to strength into 2020. “Prioritising CSR as part of Pattonair’s strategic vision demonstrates the organisation’s values and serves as a strong base for engaging employees and the local community,” explained Wayne. “It is vital that we underline our commitment with clear and visible involvement. In the long-term, the challenge will be to increase our strategic ambitions for CSR by reinforcing our values through continuing employee involvement and building additional global relationships based on various initiatives.”

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THE FOUR REASONS WHY PACKAGING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF GIFT GIVING When it comes to giving a gift, is it still a case of what is on the inside that matters most - or is there something much more exciting about the packaging it comes in? We all know the thrill of receiving or buying ourselves a luxurious gift – and these days the experience is enhanced by the array of creative packaging it comes in. Companies are increasingly aware that they need to ‘woo’ their customers not only with a fabulous product, but the way it is wrapped must also live up to expectations.

1. Beautiful packaging creates an element of ‘theatre’ Pretty Woman is an example I always refer to when people ask me why I believe packaging trumps the gift itself.

Whether it’s an item bought in a shop or online, how those goods are presented can be crucial in ensuring the consumer’s experience lives on, as well as the beginning of customer loyalty.

Everyone remembers the iconic scene in the film when Julia Roberts’ character Vivian steps out in her red dress and Richard Gere presents her with a navy suede necklace box. It’s in that moment, when she sees the luxury finish of what is in front of her, that she knows something special is about to happen.

And, as shown by the huge rise in people sharing their exciting gift-opening – or “unboxing” - moments on social media, how a product is packaged can be a powerful marketing tool.

And it is this ‘something special’ that good packaging creates. An element of ‘theatre’ needs to be created because it builds an anticipation that is often more exhilarating to experience than the product inside.

Delta Global, a business which specialises in delivering luxury packaging solutions, has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Tom Ford, Coach and Radley.

If you’re not yet convinced, ask yourself this: would you be genuinely excited to open something that is wrapped in a plain black bag as oppose to something presented to you luxuriously?

Its CEO and founder, Robert Lockyer, gave us his four reasons why he believes that packaging plays the biggest part in the gift-giving process.

2. It creates an emotional connection with the consumer Similarly, to that feeling of theatre, packaging is one of the few ways in which brands can build emotions with their consumers. No brand has the resources to hand-wrap and personally deliver its products to customers, which means this personal experience needs to be replaced in other ways. For luxury clothing company Ted Baker, it’s as simple as a small rectangular branded card included in all purchases signed ‘With love, Ted x’. It’s a small touch which makes an otherwise giant business feel like a local one. It’s effect? Consumers remember the

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little things and will be much more likely to re-purchase from them again. For Tiffany & Co, just one of the many luxury brands that excel at creating emotions, it’s their iconic duck egg colour box which customers love, becoming as coveted as the gift inside.

3. Re-usability Sustainability is something we at Delta Global consider in every single one of our packaging designs, which means we always think beyond the presentation of the gift. Brands need to constantly look at the re-usability of their packaging so that it remains within the person’s home and isn’t just thrown into the bin after being opened. If brands do it right, then it’s not uncommon for those receiving the product to hold on to the packaging and display it as proudly as they would the gift inside – plus they are helping the environment if they find it another use.

4. Marketing Don’t just assume that because someone has bought from you once that they will again – you need to use your packaging as a way of building your brand. It’s about ensuring zero brand dilution and guarding your brand values through everything you do, right through to how it’s packaged. Think post-sale how you produce even less waste. By ensuring your product looks gift-worthy from the off – that way customers will not want to wrap it further. Try to create something memorable that, if put into a lineup of other brands, is picked out every time without fail. And there is another means of marketing which makes it even more essential to get your packaging right – the rise in ‘unboxing’ videos on social media. The world is infatuated with watching their favourite online celebrities unbox their gifts on YouTube or Instagram. People have literally built careers around unboxing products from brands and filming the process. It’s a simple concept that quite literally starts with the package being held up to the camera. What does it mean for the brands featured? Everything – if the packaging excites viewers. If not, it means that watchers will tune out, or even skip ahead to other, more ‘exciting’ brands.

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BESPOKE CORPORATE DRIVING EXPERIENCES FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM Everyman Racing is the go-to track day experience for adrenaline junkies and petrol heads looking for their next high-speed fix. Dunsfold Park (Top Gear Track), Brands Hatch Kent, Goodwood Race Circuit (Home to the Revival etc), Prestwold Hall Driving Centre, Elvington Circuit are just a few of the venues that the business has across the country. Nothing feels more exhilarating than channelling your inner self on a racetrack as you test out one of Everyman Racing iconic supercars.

The next day breakfast will be provided before a member of the professional team will host the day’s briefing. Then your experience can really begin.

With Everyman Racing’s corporate team building events, you can do just that with your friends and colleagues.

Your instructor will give you a day to remember with expert tuition what more can you ask for – how often can you do that in a world-famous supercar?

Whether your team are Ferrari fiends or Lamborghini lovers, Everyman Racing has more than 150 supercars to choose from which means you can create a truly tailored experience day.

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Each track day is open to 10 to 100 drivers, everyone is invited for a delicious gourmet meal the night before taking to the wheel, during which an after-dinner speaker will get you motivated for the day ahead.

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Each and every corporate day can be made bespoke to your team with everyone at Everyman Racing committed to giving you a memorable and thrilling experience.

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THE TURNAROUND CEO – THE CONSULTANCY THAT PUTS YOUR BUSINESS FIRST Running a successful business is no easy task, there’s a whole host of challenges that business leaders have to deal with day-to-day but even some of the biggest moguls need support. This is where The Turnaround CEO comes in. An inspiring conversation on a retreat three years ago led Amanda Daly to start a company which would go on to help businesses grow and develop in a unique way. Drawing from her extensive business experience Amanda has created a new way of assisting businesses on their path to success. By working closely with business leaders from an ‘outside looking in’ perspective, The Turnaround CEO looks at ways in which a business can grow, develop and prosper through the evolution of the leader at the heart of the company. Amanda’s extensive experience and varied experience as a Managing Director within a highly successful company puts

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her in the perfect position to be able to share her knowledge in a bid to help leaders address limitations that they themselves may be unwittingly applying to their business. Her perspective is the driving force behind changing the company culture for good. Her work is a true passion for Amanda, who thrives on watching a company and its leader evolve. “Working with the leaders in the way that I do is incredibly rewarding for me. Through what can often be subtle changes, we can see a snowball effect of positivity which can make a big impact.”

Changing a company culture isn’t plain sailing though: “Change can be uncomfortable to start with, and for many the very beginning stages of implementing change can be the toughest part of the journey. Sometimes there will be things that leaders bring to the role and company which they won’t see as detrimental to the business and their employees. Helping them to realise this can be difficult especially in companies where leaders have been doing what they are doing for a long time. It’s during these changes where the good things will emerge though, change is vital, nothing good can come from standing still.” Now, at three years since the company’s inception, Amanda has helped a wide range of SME’s and large businesses take their business to the next level, to create strategies when in a period of difficulty or to create a succession plan. In the time since its birth, The Turnaround CEO has worked with a wide variety of businesses in varying industries and at different stages of their business path. Looking to continue to provide unique and interesting networking opportunities in addition to one on one support, Amanda flourishes when creating platforms for leaders to grow. Hosting unique roundtable networking events, and with a range of exciting opportunities to gather leaders together to help each other soar, Amanda is keen to create environments which enable the local business community to share experiences and knowledge. “The roundtable events consist of hand-picked guests. They are all people that I know will bring their expertise and the right tone of interest for each of the guests attending. It’s a valuable opportunity to form rewarding and lasting relationships in a real and active business community.”

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A SEASON OF CELEBRATION WITH DE VERE Need a place to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year? Then look no further than De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre and De Vere Orchard Hotel. Whether you need a space to celebrate Christmas with your colleagues or are looking for a place to welcome in the New Year with your nearest and dearest, Nottingham’s premier event spaces has you covered. Dedicated to creating the ideal environment for all their clients in both social and corporate settings, you can now celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in style with the festive offerings at De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre and De Vere Orchard Hotel.

Host a private party with all the trimmings Christmas is all about getting together and having fun. And the two locations want to help you do just that. With their private party offering you and a group of friends or colleagues can welcome the festive season in style. You’ll be greeted with a festive cocktail on arrival before enjoying a three-course Christmas meal with all the trimmings you’d expect. Then a night of music as you dance the night away to all your favourite Christmas hits. If you need accommodation, then this can be catered for too and there is a number of optional extras to choose from including mince pies and drink packages. If you prefer more of a party, then there is also a package available that includes a resident DJ.

Enjoy a festive lunch with your nearest and dearest If afternoon lunch is more up your street, then De Vere has that covered too. Served in their contemporary Bramley’s Brasserie you can enjoy a selection of seasonal favourites that will certainly get you excited for the big day. These include a turkey escalope, honey glazed duck breast, roast fillet of cod and a mushroom & chestnut suet pudding. For dessert you can choose from a christmas pudding

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cheesecake, chocolate & orange tart and Colston Basset Stilton. The venue will also be decorated with all your traditional Christmas decorations and table settings for you to enjoy with your friends and family.

Welcome in the New Year in style It’s the movie phenomenon that swept the world and this New Year’s Eve The Greatest Showman is heading to De Vere. From the moment you arrive you’ll be given a cocktail to get the night started. Then you’ll enjoy a three-course gala dinner followed by coffee and Champagne truffles. Once the food is over, the party ramps up with live entertainment and a resident DJ who you can be sure will play all the hits from the film. As the clock edges ever closer to midnight the countdown will begin as you welcome in 2020 in style.

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Atlantafest 2019

Betley Court Farm Saturday 22nd June 2019

Multi-award winning Autonet Insurance went above and beyond for its employees earlier this year when it hosted a private festival for them.

Atlanta Group staff enjoying the festival

Fleur East’s incredible DJ Set

Headline Act - Tinchy Stryder

One of the local bands performing on the AtlantaFest Stage

Pixie Lott getting the crowd dancing

Snapshot of Ian Donaldson CEO of Atlanta Group, joined by some famous faces in the VIP tent

AtlantaFest - named after the business’ parent company Atlanta Group - took place at Betley Court Farm, near Wrinehill and brought together colleagues from across the group as well as insurer partners and community representatives.  The entire event was put together by Champions Events and they certainly didn’t scrimp on the acts as award-winning singer Pixie Lott, The X Factor runner-up Fleur East and rapper Tinchy Stryder all headlined. Tribute artists Kaiser Monkey Killers and Queen Symphonica also brought more entertainment to the festival alongside DJs Nick Sheldon and Deborah Allen who hosted the event.   Away from the stage was henna, glitter, face painting and hair braiding stations to get everyone into the festival spirit. Meanwhile Bears Street Food were fuelling festival goers with their flame grilled burgers and pizzas.

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Evening dinner - Maurice Addsion of M2K Services, Andy Abraham and Tony Jacklin CBE with wife Astrid

Team photo before the shot gun start

Q&A hosted by Dominic Holland with Tony Jacklin CBE

Eric Herd and the Farmfoods team


Doubletree by Hilton Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort, Scunthorpe Wednesday 24th July 2019 One of golf’s most iconic players, Tony Jacklin CBE’s successful career saw him win two Major Championships and become Europe’ most successful Ryder Cup captain. And, earlier this year a very special event was put on to celebrate one of his greatest achievements. A charity homecoming event was organised by Champions (UK) plc at Forest Pines Golf Club to mark 50 years since Tony’s historic win at the 1969 The Open Championship. Amateur golfers and celebrities including Brian McFadden, Neil Back MBE, John Inverdale, Kriss Akabusi MBE and Matthew Hoggard MBE were invited to join Tony in celebration of his monumental win by enjoying a day out on the course. 24 teams took part throughout the day but before the action really got underway they were treated to a professional masterclass from David Edwards who demonstrated how to play trick shots.

Team Moët and Chandon joined by celebrity Rory Underwood MBE and Tony Jacklin CBE

Following the day’s play, which saw Team Champions and its celebrity team member cricketer Dean Headley reign supreme, a gala dinner took place inside the spectacular venue. Here, comedian Dominic Holland hosted the night with Adrian Dixon, Andy Abraham and comedian Martin Gold on hand to provide the entertainment. A charity event, the day was all in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People who benefitted from funds raised during a charity auction hosted by renowned Olympic athlete Derek Redmond. First place team


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The Ballroom, The Dorchester, London Friday 31st May 2019

The annual Rainbows Celebrity Charity Ball returned to London’s luxurious Dorchester Hotel this year, raising money for charity and welcoming a whole host of celebrity guests. This year a masquerade ball theme was in place with guests displaying all manner of glamorous masks. Hosted by former British Olympian Derek Redmond, the main purpose of the event was to raise money for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Sponsor Elegantes table, with celebrity guest Sinitta

The hospice provides vital care for children who are suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and they rely on charitable donations from events such as these to do their work. Some of the biggest names from the world of sport and entertainment were in attendance as renowned television auctioneer Charlie Ross oversaw two auctions. A raffle game also took place with all funds going to the hospice. Various acts took to the stage over the course of the evening to provide entertainment. This included The X-Factor winner Sam Bailey, party band MadHen and a surprise act in the form of Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Rosie and Adam who put on a fantastic skating performance.

David Moorcroft OBE and his wife

Manish Bhasin and wife

Welcome Note from John Hayes, CEO of Champions (UK) plc

Entertainment from Sam Bailey

Chico and guests

Shaun Wallace and Graham Bell

Rosie and Adam, BGT Semi-Finalists 2019

Mark Dolan and Nina Wadia

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Guests enjoying the Champagne reception

Headline sponsor ITV and Gail Emms MBE

East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Recognising business excellence throughout the region, the Nottingham Post Business Awards returned earlier this year bringing together a whole host of companies for a night of celebration. Across 15 different categories, companies of all sizes and from across a number of sectors were acknowledged for their success over the last 12 months.

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Taking place at the city’s East Midlands Conference Centre, the night was hosted by badminton ace Gail Emms MBE and comedian Mark Dolan. Undoubtedly the night’s stand-out award was Company of the Year which went the way of property services business SDL Group. The firm was rewarded for their dedication to the community which saw them raise £150,000 for charity and creating a number of jobs. New businesses were also acknowledged at the ceremony with the Start Up of the Year Award being presented to Link3 Recruitment who are specialists in finding staffing solutions to the education sector.

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Air IT were also recognised in the Employer of the Year category for the fantastic benefits they offer employees.

Winner of the charity game, stand-up bingo with sponsor and generous donator of the prize Lee Hall from Alea Casino


The evening’s entertainment, Belle Voci





Company of The Year Winners, SDL Group





SME Business of The Year Winner, Mansfield Sand Co Limited




Start-Up Business of The Year Winner, Link3 Recruitment





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The Roundhouse, Derby College Wednesday 5th June 2019

From businesses who operate on a global level, to those who are just starting to make an impact in the region, the Derby Telegraph Business Awards returned this year celebrating business success on all levels. Taking place at Derby College’s The Roundhouse venue, the night saw a number of high profile businesses and entrepreneurs in attendance as they went head-to-head across 16 different categories.

Evening entertainment, The Voice Semi-Finalists; Belle Voci

Not only were companies rewarded for their proven track record of business success, but also for being fantastic employers and treating their staff well. The Employer of the Year award, which celebrates a particular company who has demonstrated a strong investment in their staff, went the way of Ward Recycling. The company offer complete metal and waste management solutions which ensure minimal waste goes to landfill. And, it was a double celebration for the company who also walked away with the night’s biggest prize of all. The Company of the Year award is presented to one business who has performed outstandingly throughout the year and Ward left the ceremony with this most coveted of prizes.

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Other winners on the night included White Peak Distillery Ltd for Start-Up Business of the Year and Amanda Strong from Mercia Image for Business Entrepreneur of the Year. The night was hosted by comedian Mark Dolan and badminton legend Gail Emms MBE with entertainment coming in the form of The Voice finalists Belle Voci.

Adrian Dixon entertaining guests at the drinks reception


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Ward who won both the Employer of the Year and Company of the Year award







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Winners of Sellick Partnership Not-For-Profit Organisation Award - Headway Derby

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Event sponsor; Upton Steel with rugby legend David Campese


Entertainment for the evening from Adrian Dixon



King Power Stadium, Leicester Thursday 12th September 2019

Two of rugby’s biggest names were in attendance at the King Power Stadium for the Champions Annual Charity Rugby Dinner. Arguably the greatest rugby union player of all time David Campese was joined by England Rugby World Cup winner Kyran Bracken MBE at the event which saw the pair share a whole host of fascinating stories from their respective careers.

Paul Bresnihan of Growth Partners and guests

David is best known for his international career with Australia where he played 101 times and helped them to World Cup glory in 1991. Similarly, Kyran also experienced victory at the Rugby World Cup playing an important role in England’s historic 2003 winning campaign. Entertainment on the night came in the form of renowned pianist Adrian Dixon and there was also a charity auction on the night which was overseen by popular BBC auctioneer Charlie Ross.

Winner of the evening’s charity game, heads or tails - with prize donator Dominic from Lumbers Jewellers

All proceeds of this auction went the way of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People whose invaluable work sees them support children who are suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

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Host; Kyran Bracken MBE with rugby legend David Campese



Charity speaker from Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People; Sarah Wilson

Champions Annual Charity Rugby Dinner 2019

Q&A with Kyran Bracken MBE and David Campese

Evening sponsor; Cambridge & Counties Bank with host Kyran Bracken MBE

A variety of items available in the silent auction

Evening auctioneer; Charlie Ross in action

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Caroline Warne

Nat, Molly, Rob and Emma

“You’re the One That I Want!”

Janine Edwards and guests

Dominic and Kim Gomersall and Donna Barney

Lumbers “Grease Lightening” VIP room

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Grease the Musical – Live at Lumbers Lumbers Jewellers, Leicester Thursday 5th September 2019

Summer Nights were full of song on Wednesday 5th September as Lumbers hosted singers from the Curve. The night was Hopelessly Devoted to You, but it went like Grease Lightening! Clients were entertained throughout the night with all the best songs from Grease, the iconic musical of the 1970’s. Live from the Curve were Emma Williams, Molly Lynch, Rob Green, and Nathaniel Landskroner, who belted out the best rendition of “You’re the One That I Want” ever heard! The exclusive night enjoyed Surf and Turf, with a fabulous American Sundae, created by the Finesse Collection. And the Pink Ladies indulged in North 42 Pink Gin!

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An Evening with Paul Karslake

Paul Karslake and guests

Paul Rivers and Sue Thompson

Janine Edwards and guests

Barrie Stevens, Luke Mott and Ian Marriott

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“Laugh now, but one day we will be in charge”

Janine Edwards and Paul Karslake

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Lumbers Jewellers, Leicester Wednesday 9th October 2019

Lumbers Jewellers were delighted to host a fabulous charity fundraising night, with the launch of Paul Karslake’s latest collection. The celebrity artist’s newest collection is based on Banksy’s work, creating fine art from street art. The evening started with North 42 Gin Cocktails, of Rhubarb and Blood Orange Gin, with Ginger Beer, absolutely fabulous! The evening continued in Lumbers hospitality VIP room, serving street style food from Finesse Collection, while the guests were encouraged to create their own artwork, all in aid of Alex’s Wish. Alex’s Wish raises much needed awareness and funds to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a life shortening condition that affects one in 3,500 boys. The level of artistic talent around the room was exceedingly high, with one or two notable exceptions, (you know who you are). But the spirit of raising funds for such a worthwhile charity transcended the artistic efforts of all involved. Sparkling Diamonds were also part of the charity raising efforts with guests having to guess the values of some exceptional pieces of jewellery. Bad Art owner, Sara Lovatt commented “It was a Stunning evening. Lumbers was perfect setting to launch the collection in Leicestershire. A highlight of my art career, and Paul’s.” In total over £4,000 pounds was raised with the help of Alex’s Wish business supporters Janine Edwards Wealth Management Ltd, Bad Art, Finesse Collection Catering, Lumbers Jewellers and North Bar. From all those involved we would like to thank everyone who purchased tables and individual tickets for this event. Your constant support to Alex’s Wish is much appreciated.



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Derek Redmond conducting the auction

Champions Annual Charity Cricket Dinner King Power Stadium, Leicester Thursday 13th June 2019

Two of the biggest names in cricket headed to Leicester City’s King Power Stadium for Champions’ annual charity cricket dinner. Former England head coach Andy Flower OBE and ex-South Africa captain Shaun Pollock were in attendance at the event giving guests an insight into their incredibly successful cricketing careers. Andy is best known for leading England to three consecutive Ashes victories, an achievement that saw him named Coach of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in 2011. Likewise, Shaun has also excelled at the highest level playing more than 400 times for South Africa over the course of his 14-year international career. Joining the pair as the night’s host was England cricket legend Geoff Miller OBE. He spoke to Andy and Shaun about some of their remarkable career highlights as well as getting their insight on the state of the game in 2019.

Charity speakers from Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

As well as giving guests the chance to hear from two cricket legends, the night also provided people with the opportunity to raise money for charity. The evening supported Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People who are dedicated to supporting children who suffer from life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. The hospice relies on the donations to continue its great work. British Olympian Derek Redmond was on hand to host a fantastic auction full of great prizes. Geoff Miller OBE interviewing Fred Rumsey Sponsors

Geoff Miller OBE interviewing Shaun Pollock and Andy Flower OBE

Bernie De Souza with Fred Rumsey

Maurice Addison of M2K Services and guests

One of the evening's sponsors, Freeths, enjoying the event

Sponsors Upton Steel with celebrity guests Shaun Pollock, Phil Defreitas, Niall Obrien and Misbah-ul-Haq

Ian Elliott of Nicholls Colton with Harry Gurney and guest

Geoff Miller OBE interviewing Misbah-ul-Haq, Stuart Law and Peter Moores

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Quick breifing before a go on the track

Driving Experience Prestwold Hall, Loughborough Wednesday 25th September 2019

Networking events aren’t known for being adrenaline-filled but with Everyman Racing everything is high speed and fast paced. East Midlands Networking Group treated their guests to a track day like no other at the stunning Prestwold Hall in the heart of Leicestershire’s countryside. A number of the club’s members took part including Breedon, Champions (UK) plc, Cowens, Gleeds, Growth Partners, Innes England, Maverick, Mazars, The Nottingham Post and Smith Partnership.

EMNG members and guests

The event got underway with breakfast and safety briefing before the action started. Guests then had the chance to take two supercars for a spin around the track. The cars included a Lamborghini LP560, Audi R8, Nissian GTR, Aston Martin DB9 and AMV8, BMW i8 and Porsche 911 and 997.

A selection of supercars

A two-course lunch was then enjoyed before guests headed back out onto the track in the afternoon where they swapped the driving seat for the passenger seat as they were given a high-speed ride in a Monaro VXV8r and BMW M3.

Winner of the day Michael Wisher



The Everyman Racing team ready to go!

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Venue for the evening; Bustler Market

Funfair stalls

Bustler Market, Derby Thursday 10th October 2019 The spirit of Oktoberfest – a long-running Bavarian tradition – arrived in Derby this Autumn in the form of the ultimate networking event Proptobier. Clinking steins, oompah band music and traditional German food filled Bustler Market as of businesspeople came together to embrace the spirit of the event. The occasion was a joint venture between law firm Smith Partnership, brand agency Champions (UK) plc and structural engineers BSP Consulting.

UK's leading Ooompah band, The Bavarian Strollers

Of course, Oktoberfest is most famous for its beer and Proptobier was no exception. Freedom Brewery, who are based in Derbyshire, were on hand to provide up to 1,800 litres of traditional German beer on the night. Sampling stations were set up throughout the venue where guests were able to try the wide range of beers on offer. As well as a variety of games for guests to enjoy, entertainment on the night came in the form of the UK’s leading Oompah band, the Bavarian Strollers. In the past the band have appeared on a number of high-profile television programmes on BBC One, Channel 4 and Sky. Dressed from head-to-toe in authentic Bavarian costume, the band performed the unique style of music throughout the evening, giving people a truly authentic experience.

Guests networking

Freedom Brewery hosting a beer tasting stand

The delicious food provided by GetWurst

Networking in full swing

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networking breakfast

Champions (UK) Plc’s CEO, John Hayes and staff with speaker Ken Segall

Jack Hayes greeting guests

Atlanta networking Group staff enjoying the festival Guests

Ken Segall’s book - The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success

Ken Segall signing books

Guests enjoying the venue

Speaker Ken Segall entertaining guests

The beautiful venue


Top Floor, The Gherkin, London Tuesday 1st October 2019

Well-known for being the man who put the ‘i’ in iPhone, former Apple Global Creative Director Ken Segall attended a networking breakfast at London’s iconic Searcys at the Gherkin. Attended by a number of high-profile businesses, Ken gave an insight into his incredibly successful career – and what a career it was. For 12 years he played an integral role in Apple and Next’s marketing machines working directly alongside Steve Jobs. In fact, it was due to his recommendation that the Apple products many of us use on a daily basis are the way they are. With Jobs initially wanting to name Apple’s computer the ‘MacMan’ Ken decided that iMac was a better route to go. This decision then led to the creation of the iPhone, iPod, iPad and a whole host of ‘i’ products we use today. He is also the brains behind Apple’s ground-breaking ‘Think Different’ television advertisements and their iconic Super Bowl halftime commercials. The New York Times’ bestselling author has also previously worked as the creative director at Dell, IBM, Intel and BMW and during his speech he championed simplicity in the world of business. Guests of the event were treated to breakfast and had the chance to have their questions answered by Ken during a post-event Q&A.

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Edwalton, Nottinghamshire Saturday 29th June 2019

One of the UK’s most extravagant property developers, Guy Phoenix, hosted an exciting launch and promotional event for his brand-new residence, Hermitage which is now on the market. The property has recently been shortlisted to represent the country in the prestigious International Awards and received an outstanding AAA rating. Due to the confidentiality and privacy his clients expect, Guy has respectfully declined, but is humbled by the invitation. The event got underway with a Champagne reception, which gave exclusive guests the chance to mingle and explore some of the homes luxurious design features. This was then followed by lunch and canapés with Guy and his wife welcoming numerous guests throughout the day. A number of high-profile guests were in attendance, both young and old, including 10-year-old school girl YouTuber Tiana and property tycoon David Wilson. Bentley, Lamborghini and Ferrari also supported the event in bringing down various super cars to showcase. Guy Phoenix specialises in high end luxury homes and he has been fortunate enough to meet numerous celebrities on his journey. Various footballers include Zlatan Ibrahimović, John Terry, Raheem Sterling and Frank Lampard who have all showed an interest in Guy’s product. Hermitage is quite simply one of the most stunning homes you could hope to own. Not only for where it is and its ease of access to major cities or the way it looks, but for the way it operates and its security benefits and low running costs. The house scored a phenomenal thermal rating for home of this size and it must be viewed to be appreciated. With Gaggenau and Armani endorsing Guy, one wonders how Hermitage can be bettered.

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Golf masterclass from two golfing legends; Tony Jacklin CBE and Jack Nicklaus

The stunning venue; Wentworth Golf and Country Club

50 years of The Concession Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey Saturday 6th July 2019 50 years has passed since one of the greatest moments of sportsmanship. To mark it, a special celebratory event took place at Wentworth Golf Club to commemorate the event. In 1969 The Concession took place between two-time Major winner Tony Jacklin CBE and legendary American golfer Jack Nicklaus. During the last Ryder Cup match Nicklaus conceded Jacklin’s final putt meaning the iconic trophy was shared for the first time. From this moment, a long-lasting friendship between the two golfers was formed and this event celebrated that very moment. 17 teams gathered on the venue’s West Course to play at the same venue which hosts the BMW PGA Championship. The day, which was organised by leading brand agency Champions (UK) plc, got underway with a verbal masterclass from the pair, giving players tips on the short form of the game and course management.

Team photo

Following the day’s play, guests gathered for a cocktail reception and three-course meal before Tony and Jack took to the stage for a fascinating Q&A. BBC Sport and news presenter Dan Walker hosted the occasion as the duo discussed some of their many career highlights. Renowned auctioneer Charlie Ross took care of proceedings for the charity auction, with proceeds going to The European Tour Foundation, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. Entertainment on the night was provided by 2019 Britain’s Got Talent star Faith Tucker and renowned pianist Adrian Dixon.

BBC Presenter Dan Walker with Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin CBE


Alistair Brown teeing off

Winning team; Jumping Jack captained by Robin Bagchi

Tony Jacklin CBE and Jack Nicklaus - The Concession

Dan Walker and John Hayes playing the charity game; heads and tails

Evening Q&A, reminiscing the The Concession

Golf day host; BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker

The Ryder Cup

Evening entertainment from Faith Tucker

Evening auctioneer; Charlie Ross

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The drive down to Drayton House

Janine Edwards welcoming the guests

Country Pursuits Day Drayton House, Kettering Thursday 27th June 2019

Not many networking events include outdoor activities like archery and shooting, but then again Aspirational Club do like to offer something different. Taking place in the grounds of Kettering’s stunning Drayton House a whole host of businesses were in attendance on the day. Members included: Aspirational Magazine, Bentley and Lamborghini Leicester, Bentons, Berkeley Insurance Group, Champions (UK) plc, Edward Cooper Young Chartered Surveyors, The Finesse Collection, Lumbers, Janine Edwards Wealth Management Ltd and Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Team Lumbers

Bentley also provided some of their most luxurious cars which were on display at the hall. Starting with a breakfast, the day was full of fantastic activities giving guests a unique experience. Some of the activities they participated in included archery, GNAT shooting and Muzzleloaders and flintlocks. Following the activities, afternoon tea was served before a prize giving took place. All in all, everyone had a wonderful day, and as well as having fun, guests were able to network with likeminded businesspeople.

The Finesse Collection team getting ready for clay shooting

Guest enjoying archery Members

Tim Maxted from Berkeley Insurance Group with his guests for the day

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