Inspirational London Spring/Summer 2019

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Roxanna Hayes Editor Welcome to the latest Spring/Summer edition of Inspirational London! Over the past few months, our writers and designers have been working to compile the very best of London lifestyle, business, fashion, news and travel into one fabulous publication. As you enjoy the edition, I am sure that you will notice the distinctively summer feel to the features. This edition’s cover star is none other than icon of the moment Lady Gaga. Having recently starred in the smash-hit A Star is Born alongside Bradley Cooper, she is the darling of the entertainment industry thanks to her versatility and incredible vocal skills. Alongside Gaga’s inspiring story, we also have a wealth of exciting new collaborators including the prestigious and cosmopolitan hotel, The Marylebone London. The Irish owned establishment is situated in one of the city’s most desirable areas and combines modernity with subtle elegance in equal measures. And this is not the only luxury hotel group that we have had to honour of working with here at Inspirational London. Long-standing relationships with both The Dorchester Collection and The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, qualifies us to highly recommend these exquisite establishments, both of which feature again within our pages. As this is the Spring/Summer issue, naturally the thought of jetting off to sunnier shores has been on everyone’s mind. Flick to our Travel and Lifestyle section for detailed overviews of exquisite destinations including Antigua, St Lucia and St Kitts, to name just a few. And those wondering what to pack can find seasonal inspiration in the Fashion and Entertainment section. As always, Inspirational London provides you with the latest updates and goings-on from the social and business scene. This includes important events and networking dates, as well as new and established businesses that have undergone launches or updates in recent months.

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Lady Gaga ................................................................................................................................ 8 The story behind the darling of the entertainment industry

Men’s Style Guide ................................................................................................................14 Add colour to your wardrobe this summer

Women’s Style Guide......................................................................................................... 16 The very best styles for a summer in the sun

Annellino Fine Jewellery...................................................................................................20 Fine jewellery crafted in the heart of Italy

Encore at the O2..................................................................................................................26 Exclusive hospitality experiences


BEAUTY AND HEALTH Wellness Trends................................................................................................................... 32 The most important trend of 2019

Les Elegantes......................................................................................................................... 34 Insight behind the world’s most exclusive perfume

Matthew Curtis Hair Stylist.............................................................................................36 Celebrity hairstyling for all




Cricket World Cup.............................................................................................................. 38

Atlantis Palm..........................................................................................................................64

Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship.............................................42

Bay Gardens & Waters Edge........................................................................................... 72

Get the low-down on one of the most important events in the sport’s annual calendar

The Cornish coast welcomes the new Staysure Tour event

Club Wembley......................................................................................................................46

Dubai’s most iconic resort

Discover the wonders of St Lucia

Things to do in Berlin ........................................................................................................ 74

The world’s finest sports and entertainment club

The places to go and the things to see in the city

Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship....................................................................... 54

Playboy Club London......................................................................................................... 76

The Midlands’ golfing tournament returns

A club for the distinguished gentleman


FOOD AND DRINK Sexy Fish..................................................................................................................................88 St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar.......................................................................91 Al Fresco Dining...................................................................................................................96 Shawbury Wine ................................................................................................................ 100




Jack Russell........................................................................................................................... 102 The cricketer turned art sensation

Smart Tech for the Home...............................................................................................104 Innovations to improve your home life

Haut de Gamme.................................................................................................................106 The Chelsea artist whose commissions are in high demand



BUSINESS MATTERS Everyman Racing................................................................................................................110 Thrilling driving experiences in the West Midlands

Janine Edwards Wealth Management Ltd.................................................................119 Financial protection for your assets

Coutts.................................................................................................................................... 124 Prestigious banking you can trust

Hunters.................................................................................................................................. 126 Distinguished estate agents for all manner of property needs

Thomas International ...................................................................................................... 128

SOCIAL AND NETWORKING Networking Breakfast with Piers Linney The Long Room Charity Dinner Event

Helping businesses to understand their company culture

Networking Breakfast with David Walsh

Prettys Solicitors.................................................................................................................132

Janine Edwards Waddesdon Manor Drive & Lunch Experience

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LADY GAGA: HOW A STAR WAS BORN Lady Gaga is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and recent star of box office smash hit A Star is Born.


Born on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York to Italian parents Cynthia and Joseph Germanotta, Gaga found a love for all things creative from an early age, dressing up in costume and performing for her parents. However, her childhood was far from care free: bullied for her appearance, she sought solace in her music and songwriting. This level of creativity paid off and by the age of 14 Gaga was performing at open mic nights in clubs and bars, armed with a fake ID. By the age of 17, she had gained early admission to New York University’s Tish School of Arts (an honour granted to only 20 individuals in the school’s history) where she sharpened her songwriting and dance skills. However, by the time she was 19 Gaga withdrew from the course in order to expand her creativity and pursue a career in music. During this time, she formed a band which soon began to pick up local press attention. Although the group was short lived, this was the signer’s first taste of fame.

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This exposure led to a brief partnership with talent scout Rob Fusari resulting in the creation of her stage name; inspired by Queen’s song Radio Ga Ga and regal English titles. Soon, she signed to the legendary Def Jam Records in late 2006; however, she was dropped from the contract after a mere three months. Gaga met performance artist Lady Starlight during this time and the two were soon performing together at Lollapalooza Festival. After one particular performance, Gaga was approached and eventually signed by Vince Herbert under Streamline Records: a branch of Interscope Music. Here she initially served as an interning songwriter where upon impressing label bosses she began to write for big names such as Britney Spears and New Kids on the Block, before Akon (who worked within he Interscope family) noticed her obvious vocal abilities signing her to her first record deal.

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In 2008, Gaga released her first album The Fame to a mediocre reception and radio coverage. It wasn’t until a year later, that her single Just Dance began to pick up pace in the mainstream. Suddenly, Lady Gaga was everywhere and seemingly from nowhere. As her star profile rose, more and more songs were picked up from the album such as Paparazzi and Poker Face. Whilst touring with this first album, Gaga began to write her second The Fame Monster which explored the darker side of fame and some of the more personal struggles that she had endured thus far.

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Upon release, this proved to be arguably the most popular album that she released as it included mega hits Bad Romance and Telephone which saw her collaborate with BeyoncĂŠ. The music videos created for the songs also cemented Lady Gaga as a modern-day Madonna with a chameleon-like ability to wear a wide variety of crazy outfits and perform complex dance routines. The album won multiple awards and Gaga went on her Monster Ball tour. It was a venture which grossed an incredible 228 million dollars, with a recording of the performance at Madison Square Garden going on to receive an Emmy.

During this time period, the singer was part of many an outlandish PR stunt including wearing a dress made entirely from raw meat and her often semi-nude public appearances. All of this led up to the release of her second full-length album Born This Way and this time Gaga had a lot to say. The songs commented on some very important but controversial themes including politics, sexuality and religion. Despite this, it received critical acclaim and Born This Way sold over one million copies in the first week alone, debuting at the top of the Billboard 200. It was official – Lady Gaga was a superstar. The album also illustrated how passionate the singer was about the lives of LGBT and minority teens and she soon set up the ‘Born This Way Foundation’ to aid those struggling with their sexuality and mental health. On stage after every performance, she would inspire young fans by giving them life lessons such as “sometimes in life you don’t always feel like a winner, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not a winner”. After two whirlwind years of touring, ArtPop was the next offering from the global mega star in 2013. Although the album contained the hit Applause, for the most part it didn’t receive the airplay or reception that her other studio albums did. Amongst the disappointment and also due to a few shake ups in her inner circle, Gaga and her manager parted ways. Many speculated that her outlandish stage persona was not her true self but something that management were pushing her to uphold and this was seemingly confirmed by her next career move. Fans were surprised but impressed when news of a collaboration with Tony Bennett was announced and their debut effort Cheek to Cheek, a series of jazz duets, won a Grammy for best traditional pop vocal album in 2014. This showcased the singer as a versatile talent with a wide repertoire. Gaga later said “working with Tony has reaffirmed everything I knew but that you start to forget when your life changes and it gets really noisy”. However, it’s not just music that the singer has received praise for, also demonstrating her prowess as an actress, and in 2015 she began her stint in American Horror Story: Hotel earning a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the countess. At the ceremony, a visibly stunned and emotional Gaga acknowledged that acting was her first dream before she embraced music.

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Alongside this, the singer was working on her fifth studio album Joanne, a musical autobiography produced by Mark Ronson. Named after her aunt who died of lupus complications before her 20 th birthday Gaga elaborated: “Returning to your family and where you came from, and your history… this is what makes you strong”. Joanne began to tour shortly after, and the star’s caring nature was again brought to light when during a performance in Connecticut, she stopped half way to aid a fan who had been hit in the face.

When awards’ season began at the start of 2019, something incredible happened. Lady Gaga became the first person in history to have won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA and Golden Globe in a single year. If any doubt had remained over her acting ability prior to this, she swept this away, making history all whilst remaining typically humble. The undeniable chemistry between Gaga and Cooper soon set tongues wagging, however, after the end of an engagement to agent Christian Carino and also Cooper’s evident marital status, rumours were soon quashed.

2016 was also the year that Lady Gaga headlined the Superbowl LI halftime show, beginning her powerhouse performance on the roof of the stadium before flying in to perform the national anthem and some of her most iconic hits. During this time period it was also confirmed that Gaga had been cast in the remake of A Star Is Born as Ally alongside multi-award-winning actor Bradley Cooper.

Although her career overview includes credits that bely a talent far older than 32 years, it seems as if this may only be the beginning for Gaga. Seemingly able to turn her hand to any task, offering the same level of creative genius and intelligence that were first harnessed during her formative years, Gaga’s list of acclaim grows ever longer. As the world watches with bated breath to see what the singer’s next move may be, Lady Gaga can rest assured in the knowledge that she has well and truly fulfilled a young Stefani Germanotta’s big dream.

When A Star Is Born was released at the end of 2018, the film was met with a global reception beyond all expectations. Grossing over 100 million dollars at the box office, audiences fell in love with this ill-fated tale about an aging rock star and aspiring singer.

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There has never been a better time to upgrade your wardrobe with a splash of orange and who says the shade is just the reserve of Summer shirts? With a modern new look for 2019, Balenciaga is leading the way with their tangerine take on the iconic dad trainers that have taken the fashion world by storm. Or for a more relaxed option, a classic Kenzo sweatshirt with bold accents is a fail-safe wardrobe staple. Why not give it a go?



1. Kenzo at Logo-Print Cotton Blend Sweatshirt- Dark Beige

2. Mochino at Logo-Print Cotton-Jersey T-shirt



3. Gucci at Flashtrek Leather, Canvas and Mesh Trainers £705 4. Balanciaga at Track Nylon and Mesh Trainers £550

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5. Dsquared2 at Dean Dan Orange Twil Cap £135






7. John Smedley at Payton Wool Polo Shirt

8. Valentino at Logo-Print Regular-Fit Tapered Cotton

9. Prada at Floral-Print Oversized Pongee Shirt




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6. Heron Preston at Logo Nylon Belt Bag


Siren alert! Orange is back with aplomb for the summer season and it has never been easier to wear. For the bold ones, a head to toe jumpsuit in the danger shade is the perfect head turner for any event. A little more paired back? A statement lip or modern heeled mule is the ideal way to inject a splash of the hue with minimal commitment. Look below for a selection of some of the most sizzling pieces for the upcoming season: Champions at Logo-Print Striped Swimsuit


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Love Stories at Charlie Scoop-Neck Swimsuit







Dries Van Noten Pavel Orange Shell Cargo Trousers

Aya Silk at Lataree Jumpsuit



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Estée Lauder at Pure Colour Liquid Lip- Shine Flash and Burn



Sensi Studio at La Cartera Straw Tote Bag



The Case Factory at Orange Osctrich Effect Leather iPhone 6 Case



Samsoe & Samsoe at Heaton Flared Satin Skirt



Roksanda at Ollyn Colour-Blocked Pleated Crepe Skirt








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Monogram by Amanda Wakeley at The stripe Costello



Coccinelle at Small Orange Leather Wallet



Mercedes Castillo at Izar 100 Rose Suede Mules

Gucci at Rhyton Logo Leather Trainers

Chanel at Rouge Coco Flash






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There is little doubt that summer is a season to savour. From the sun beaming down, to the promise of an escape to sandier shores, all that is needed to complete this idyllic mix is a swimsuit.

For many women though, this is where the blissful image of warmer weather halts because swimwear is confusing. From cuts that just don’t make sense, to bikini tops that offer a dangerously low level of support, each of these elements can add up to create a feeling of total insecurity. Yet, it doesn’t need to be this way. With few pointers as to the best brands on the market, swimwear selection can be a joyous activity. Of course, there is never a one-size-fits-all mould and confidence should remain the number one criteria in swimsuit selection. Nevertheless, if inspiration is lacking and a holiday is looming, read on to discover a handful of helpful tips for choosing the right cut and colour for any body.

Hour-Glass Look for: high leg cuts, waist emphasising details and underwiring support. Typically characterised by a slim waist and fuller hips and chest, hourglass shapes are the epitome of fifties starlets and those blessed with the figure should channel this with their swimwear choices. Belt details and higher cut bikini briefs are all excellent choices for highlighting the waist while a higher cut leg helps to give the illusion of longer limbs. Low rise bottoms,

unless taller can detract from the waist and make the torso look disproportionate. On the top half, structured support is the best way to showcase a silhouette, so underwired bikini tops or swimsuits are the perfect way to balance out without being excessive. It is usually better to steer clear of triangle tops as these offer little to no support. Think Ursula Andress in Bond. Places to look: Bravissimo, Lisa Marie Fernández, Pour Moi, Boux Avenue

Apple Look for: one pieces, high cut legs, plunging necklines, stomach ruching details. With legs that most can only dream of, apple shapes are characterised by a fuller bust, lean limbs and less waist definition. With the option of flaunting cleavage or legs, there are plenty of styles that suit this body type perfectly. A plunging one piece is always an incredible option for apple shapes as it helps to highlight ones best features and pull in the waist line perfectly. If this is paired with a higher cut leg to maximise limbs to their full potential, the combination can be truly stunning: unconstrained glamour at its finest. Places to look: Hunza G, Oye, Myra

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Gamine Look for: interesting details, delicate ties, one pieces, halter necks, boy legs. Tall and slender with slim and delicate features, the gamine body type looks best in neat and modern cuts. Consider stars such as Keira Knightley who were born to wear slim straps and clothing with scalloped edges. Channel these muses when selecting swimwear by looking for muted tones, delicate ties, décolletage enhancing halter necks and longer boy leg bottoms. These look so-so on other shapes, but on the gamine? Elegant and oh so French. Places to look: Chloé, Mara Hoffman, Sea Folly, H&M

Pear Look for: high cut legs, push up tops, lower rise bottoms. For luscious pear shapes, balancing out a curvier bottom half with a delicate upper body is the main task. So, whether choosing to flaunt or cover, there are plenty of stylish options. To boost a bust, gentle push up tops with light padding are a great way to balance out. So are darker colours on the bottom with lighter on the top, and mismatched prints look phenomenal. Pear shapes also have the enviable trait of amazing stomachs, so whilst others are looking to cover a pouch with high rise bottoms, a daring lower cut can be amazing on this body shape. Prepare for jealous glances… Places to look: GANNI, Heidi Klein, ViX, Boux Avenue

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FINE JEWELLERY THAT REFLECTS THE LOST ARTISANS OF AUTHENTIC ITALY Within an unassuming Italian workshop nestled amongst the Apennine Mountains, fine jewellery is crafted using renaissance casting techniques. Made to specification, each piece is created and refined with generational expertise from the craftsmen have been creating pieces for over two decades.


Precious stones are hand cut in house before 18 carat gold is used to set and underpin the beauty of the jewels. Yet, this is not an exert from a romantic antiquated Italian fable, but the story of how Annellino Fine Jewellery is formed. Third generation Italian, Gabriella Turner, cherishes her cultural roots and the Italian ideology of sourcing and inheriting artisanal treasures to be continually bequeathed. Whilst studying in Italy, Gabriella’s Nonna introduced her to a 140-year-old workshop that the family had been patrons of for generations. Upon entering the workshop, she was enchanted by the intricate beauty of the Master Goldsmith’s techniques and this inspired her desire to bring his craft to London. Annellino Fine Jewellery was born.

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Before long, Gabriella was designing and commissioning custom client pieces to be constructed in the workshop and bringing them back to London. From exquisite emerald engagement rings adorned with brilliant diamonds, to contemporary cocktail pieces in deep jewel tones, each item is a wholly bespoke formation. Those who have worked closely with Gabriella build a lifetime rapport, thanks to her ability to intimately interweave an individual’s story into their custom creation. Annellino has become so much more than simply a fine jewellery concept, it is the handwriting of passionate Italian artisans who strive to create heirlooms of tomorrow. So, whether you have always had an idea in the back of your mind for a pair of cufflinks or earrings you just cannot find or would like to commission a celebratory piece for an important moment in your life, Gabriella can ensure that your vision comes to life.

You can contact Gabriella via her email to arrange an appointment at The Stafford Hotel St James where her pieces are displayed.

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KARL LAGERFELD: AN ICON IMMORTALISED After his passing in February, the following feature celebrates the life of an icon who epitomised creativity and style, from humble Germanic beginnings to the helm of Chanel. Hailed by many as “The Master of Reinvention”, Karl Lagerfeld’s life was one of colour and art, hallmarked by his inimitable creativity and love of couture.

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Karl Otto Lagerfeld was born into a pre-war 1933 Germany to a businessman father and Swedish mother. Undoubtedly born into good fortune due to his father’s business ventures, the young creative and his family emigrated to rural Northern Germany from Hamburg during the turn of Hitler in order to escape Nazi ruling. Despite his somewhat sheltered upbringing away from the horrors of war, a 14-year-old Karl, increasingly hungry for creative inspiration, sought a future in the design capital of Paris. During his stint in the French capital, Lagerfeld mingled with the likes of Yves Saint Laurent whilst working under the guidance of the legendary Pierre Balmain: first as a junior designer and later as an apprentice. Unsurprisingly, such early exposure to industry greats ensured that by 1961, Lagerfeld was ready to strike out on his own. What followed was a series of incredible collections for brands such as Chloé and Fendi where he became famous for his love of vintage: buying and reconstructing antique garments in an authentically Karl way. Life at Chanel By the 1980’s Karl was something of a celebrity, not only in the world of fashion but also in the general media, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Andy Warhol and other iconic creative figures.

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His renowned status led to the launch of his eponymous label in 1984, a brand that was built around the concept of “intellectual sexiness” and continues to see phenomenal success to this day. However, it was undoubtedly Karl’s position as Creative Director of Chanel that earned him his legendary status. His appointment at the brand was originally met with a mixture of bewilderment, bemusement and some anger, as he was tasked with the challenge of turning around the then prim and archaic design house into a modern and desirable label whilst not losing Coco Chanel’s classical identity and vision.

Despite the mammoth size of the undertaking, Chanel was reborn as the most covetable of all fashion brands. By combining signature brand staples such as tweed and pearls, with a heady mix of recognisable logo placement, supermodel endorsement and shorter hemlines, it wasn’t long before the fashion crowd couldn’t get enough of the once defunct label. This status was not fleeting, and every season fashion’s finest would gather to see what the individualistic designer was offering. Lagerfeld was also the master of the ‘It Bag’, taking a concept originated by Hermés and turning it into a global frenzy for the latest style. His reimagining of the double ‘C’ logo and modernising of the classic flap bag created a style that would continue to dominate waiting lists globally, due to its rare ability to be both enduring and the height of fashion simultaneously: much like the man himself. Public Persona and Later Years Whilst continuing his presence at Chanel, Karl simultaneously worked as Director of Fendi, lending his enduringly erudite eye to a label once known for little more than fur and ascending his star power even higher. Every season, journalists clamoured for new styles and Karl’s presence in equal measures. Unfortunately, this was to both his benefit and detriment, as Lagerfeld would often go on record in his typically unreserved style to make less than savoury comments about a variety of public figures.

The once untouchable icon began to feel the wrath of the press on a number of occasions, sometimes struggling to save face in the wake of sexist and anti-plus size commentary. Nevertheless, when he emerged looking increasingly frail, concern circulated globally as many became troubled about the health of the elderly designer. Despite this, he continued to turn out collection after collection of beautiful couture. When the world woke to the news of Lagerfeld’s death on the 19th February, there was a collective sadness as the world mourned the loss of one of the original creative greats. Muses and fashion lovers alike gathered to watch the last Chanel show with an unforgettable mixture of sadness and celebration. As the last look turned on the catwalk, Cara Delevingne could be seen wiping her eyes in response: a gesture that seemed almost symbolic of all those who had experience of Karl’s work.

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1. Lola Kimono- Octavia Hix

3. The Panama Hat Company- Jenny Panama Hat

Nothing screams poolside chic like a luxurious kimono, and the Lola from Octavia Hix- an exclusive brand founded by sisters Hattie and Vix, is the perfect choice.

Certain Summer essentials are enduring classics that return season after season as a staple. A Panama hat is the perfect example of this and something that authentic milliners The Panama Hat Company are experts in.

Inspired by travels to faraway lands, the relaxed midi-length piece features a vibrant azure koi design and ¾ length sleeves. Whether perusing a market or relaxing on the beach, it is the ideal summer coverup for everything from poolside to cocktails. 2. Sana Jardin- Berber Blonde Perfume Long summer nights call for exotic fragrances and Berber Blonde from Sana Jardin- the world’s first socially conscious fragrance house, is a pick that’s bursting with notes of bergamot and orange blossom. Evoking light, love and happiness, orange blossom helps centre the mind and promote mindfulness and conscious presence. The explosively fresh, floral scent is made even sweeter by the company’s mission of empowering women through their Beyond Sustainability™ Movement. Plus it’s free of parabens- smell good and do good.


Run by mother and daughter team Mavi and Jenny since 1985, all hats are hand woven in Ecuador before being manufactured lovingly in the UK. For a true classic, the Jenny style is a true investment with its medium sized brim in Cuenca weave. Simply personalise with your choice of coloured band. 4. Nailberry – Santorini Shade Santorini blue is THE hero shade for spring/summer 2019, inspired by Greek towns and azure oceans vegan polish brand Nailberry have nailed the trend with their breathable L’Oxygéné formula. Founded in 2012 by Sonia Hully, the innovative lacquer allows air and moisture to pass through polish to help give healthier, stronger nails. Get a dose of sunshine and colour your nails healthy! 5. Function of beauty shampoos and conditionersCherry BI(awesome) fragrance All of the summer sun, sand and sea can take its toll on even the healthiest of hair. However, the world-class cosmetics scientists at Function Of Beauty have it covered with their creations of personalised formulas that are individually crafted through innovative algorithms based on hair types, goals and preferences. The best part? The fragrance and colour can be selected too. While their cherry edition is perfect for the warmer weather, other options include peach, flower, pineapple, coconut and eucalyptus, as well a fragrance free.

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6. A by BOM cosmetics- 2 step ultra-floral leaf face mask


Parched summer skin is always in need of deep hydration and a mask is the perfect way to inject some much needed moisture. The 2 step ultra-floral leaf face mask by A by Bom cosmetics, a luxury Korean skincare brand, is ideal with sakura flower extracts, rose, lotus and camelia. Made from natural ingredients and a 200% lyocell sheet, making it totally organic, the brand understands human skin and what it needs without over complicating the process. The perfect edition to a daily routine.

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8. 7. Miu Miu - Wicker and leather shoulder bag Wicker bags have been the perfect summer accessories for many seasons now, but for a bold update on this classic design Miu Miu’s wicker and leather shoulder bag with flashes of Begonia pink is a modern choice.


The Italian fashion house understands how to combine whimsical design with elegance in perfect measure. With an adorable gingham lining and statement metal hardware, the piece adds a high fashion touch to an accessory staple. The perfect investment to bring out summer after summer. 8. Moschino - Nappa Meter Bag For a splash of summer yellow with an edgy metallic touch, just add Moschino’s new Meter clutch bag. Crafted from supple Nappa leather, the statement piece is from designer Jeremy Scott’s latest collection for the quirky fashion house. Inspired by none other than the humble household tape measure, the unusual design is surprisingly wearable. With a removeable shoulder strap and galvanic nickel details it is both practical and stylish in equal measures.

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THE BEYONCÉ OF THE ‘POPERA’ WORLD That was how Simon Cowell commented following one of the most powerful auditions ever seen on Britain’s Got Talent when Faith Tucker impressed the famous judges in April. From performing in local competitions to wowing millions of viewers on Britain’s Got Talent in 2019, operatic sensation Faith Tucker epitomises the meaning of a rising star. Since the age of eight it was clear that Faith was destined for greatness, with her stunning vocals raising goosebumps at every venue she performed in. The Nottingham-born singer has become well-known for her renditions of classical and operatic pieces, but it wasn’t until she was 13 that these became her genre of choice. Influenced by sopranos such as Katherine Jenkins, Elīna Garanča and Maria Callas, she often creates arrangements in her own unique style and personality, including the wonderful Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, Granada and Time to Say Goodbye. In her early teens, Faith won a junior scholarship at the prestigious Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, studying vocal performance technique as well as piano and music theory where she impressed peers and students alike achieving distinctions in her Royal School of Music piano exams and winning the Peter Vernon Trophy for vocals, in 2015. She is soon to start at the Royal College of Music in London. At just 18-years old and under the expert management of Champions Music & Entertainment, Faith has performed at some of the UK’s biggest events and venues such as at the world-famous Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Leicester Cathedral in front of King Richard III’s tomb, the beautiful L’eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Paris and at the opening gala event in London for the 2015 Rugby World Cup’s sponsors where she completely wowed the audiences. However, her biggest break to date has undoubtedly come

in the form of television’s biggest and toughest talent show... Britain’s Got Talent. Just like Susan Boyle, Diversity and Paul Potts before her, Faith made the decision to audition for the 2019 series which led to her appearing in front of celebrity judges, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, plus a live theatre audience of 1500 and more than nine million viewers watching at home. Faith stunned the nation with her rendition of ‘Granada’ which saw her receive a standing ovation from the judges and the entire TV audience. The very difficult song made popular by the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra was performed incredibly by Faith. Sailing through to the semi-finals, Faith is clearly enjoying the experience where the prize awaiting the show’s eventual winner is the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium. Whatever happens though, one thing’s for sure... Faith has a big future ahead of her. To book Faith Tucker for your next event, call Alan Warner at Champions (UK) plc on 0207 0787 876 or email

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P RO U D LY P R E S E N TS One of the UK’s most soulful voices, Andy Abraham has performed at many of the country’s biggest venues and to millions of people worldwide. Following his success on The X Factor in 2005 when he was voted as the show’s runner-up, Andy’s career has continued to go from strength to strength. From releasing a UK Platinum certified album, to performing in packed out arenas, Andy has recently embarked on a nationwide tour, taking on the sound of one of the world’s greatest ever jazz and soul musicians, Nat King Cole!

ANDY ABRAHAM Cole’s birth and has seen him visit a number of locations across the country including Sheffield, Leicester and Lincoln. Using his stunning vocals Andy has taken on timeless masterpieces such as Unforgettable and Mona Lisa, in what has been an outstanding tribute to one of the world’s most well-loved voices. The show has been a huge success so far and there are still three shows left to go. Andy will be visiting Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre on 14 June, Runcorn’s The Brindley Theatre on 19 June and Clacton On Sea’s Westcliff Theatre on 28 June.

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SELF-CARE CENTRAL: TAPPING INTO THE WELLNESS TREND In the UK, one in four adults – and one in five in the US – suffer from a form of mental illness. Yet mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are still under represented in the media something that the wellness trend aims to tackle. Exercise and diet have traditionally been seen as natural shortcuts towards wellbeing, but over time the media has twisted this message to form an association between wellness and physical beauty. However, pioneering businesses and consumers are claiming the word back as their own, focusing on placing a positive, mental health focused stance on the term.


The following roundup touches on some of the most important elements of the new wellness trend and where abouts the revolution has originated from: Yoga

Perhaps the exercise most associated with wellness, yoga is having a resurgence thanks to its new association with a host of mental health benefits. Traditionally, HIIT and other forms of intense exercise have been promoted as the best option thanks to mantras such as “sweat out all of the negativity”. However, such strenuous activity can also release cortisol (the stress hormone). Enter yoga, an activity that is continuously being associated with more and more benefits. Principally, it focuses on deep breathing, stretches and mental release with long term practitioners seeing changes in brain structure that correlate to being less effected by negative stimuli. Now with mental health truly in the spotlight for the first time, yoga is being offered as the solution to combining body and mind. The science of breathing We all need to breathe, however, linked to the yoga trend is the art of mindful breathing. Our modern lives and stress levels have conditioned us into unhealthy shallow breathing that is not in line with optimal wellness.

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This has led to a new focus on Holotropic and yogic breathing where the act is transformed from a subconscious bodily function into an act of mental and physical stabilisation. Furthermore, just one session of relaxing practices like meditation, yoga, and chanting influenced the expression of genes in both short-term and long-term practitioners, according to a Harvard study. Mindful eating and health cafés A powerful tool to help gain control of destructive dietary habits such as binge eating, mindful eating is being modernised from the traditional Buddhist concept that centres around controlling your physical and emotional ingrained responses. What we put in our bodies is directly linked to wellness and state of mind and mindfulness encourages abundance rather than excess or deprivation. Fundamentally, mindful eating involves eating slowly and without distraction, listening to hunger cues but only eating until satisfied rather than stuffed, distinguishing between actual hunger and when food is being used as a prop for another issue such as boredom. As well as this it’s about learning to cope with anxiety or guilt around food. In response to this and presenting themselves as the antithesis to the traditional ‘blow out restaurant meal’ a slew of cafés are popping up that are based around these very principles and focus on making the diner feel good about what they

are putting into their bodies. Places such as The Deliciously Ella Deli and Clean-Cut Kitchen encompass the indulgence of café culture with feel good ingredients to create a virtuous but delicious menu. Wellness retreats Part of the larger ‘transformative travel’ trend, wellness retreats focus on combining the escapism of a break away with the benefits of an intensified health and fitness regime. These retreats are less about massages and more about getting back to your true self before the stresses and strains of life interviewed. With more than 17 million travellers stating that they are health and wellness focused, think of these retreats as an intellectual upgrade on the traditional spa break. With a combination of nourishing food, mind and body focused classes and meditation, wellness breaks are being presented as the ultimate antidote to modern day life.

Wellness on the go Strapped for time? The following apps offer a piece of wellness that will easily slot into a busy routine: Headspace From the basics of meditation to a 10-day course that offers a more detailed insight into the practice: Headspace removes the daunting element of being alone with your thoughts and transforms it into the ultimate ‘me time’. Calm The Calm app combines meditation with relaxing music, podcasts and even poetry to create an oasis of relaxation that is guaranteed to have the ultimate in positive impact. Calm also tracks sleep cycles to ensure that a full REM cycle is being completed to underpin a healthy lifestyle. Deliciously Ella Linked to mindful eating, this plant-based app offers healthy recipes and podcasts at the touch of a button as well as interesting podcasts on wellness and the benefits of leading a healthier lifestyle. Deliciously Ella focuses on feeling great rather than simply lowering the number on the scales.

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THE STORY BEHIND ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXCLUSIVE PERFUMES As a young woman working in the former Czechoslovakia, Dagmar Smit’s vision was always present, even during her humble beginnings. Today, alongside husband Thomas, she is the co-creator of one of the world’s most luxurious and exclusive scents, Elegantes London.


However, it was her first part-time job, whilst at university working in a glass factory that signified the start of Dagmar’s incredible entrepreneurial journey. In an interview with Forbes she elaborated: “This was the best-paying job- I learnt how to cast, and the guys used to make me little present of glass ornaments”. Learning the ornate skill of glass works from the ground up; years later having found her success through the couple’s luxury ventures including a hotel renovation in Prague, Dagmar’s skills from her former life were revisited: this time in the form of exquisite crystal. Whilst renovating the hotel, she uncovered an old Latin proverb carved into an archway that roughly translated as ‘Elegant people of our time are honourable people who pass on their values to others.’ The Smits were inspired by this piece of wisdom and Dagmar soon channelled this into the creation of Elegantes

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London: a wardrobe of refined perfumes that were to combine the finest notes from around the world with a crystal flacon that could be savoured like a sculpture. Dagmar’s background, paired with Thomas’ pivotal role in the cosmetics industry as a Merchant Banker, laid the foundations for a new epoch in perfumery. Crafting refinery In order to curate a true level of exception, the Smits enlisted ‘master perfumer’ Julien Rasquinet, the former apprentice of iconic perfumier Pierre Bourdon. Offering him the flexibility of no budget or deadline, Rasquinet was free to roam the globe, selecting the very finest ingredients from all corners and cultures on a scale previously unseen. Split across three elegant collections: the heritage, personality and elusive collections, each flacon combines spicy notes of Incense and Oud with the light aromas of Turkish Rose and Vetiver amongst others.

Alongside the exclusive scent, crystal flacons were designed and crafted painstakingly. Produced over 30 days using ancient techniques that heat the crystal to 2200 degrees, vials are created that are so much more than vessels for the scent. Designed by the renowned Raphael Cloix and manufactured by Waltersperger each is made from a bespoke four-piece mould and hand polished for eight to ten hours. The shape is inspired by the voluminous lines of the haute couture gowns of yesteryear, whilst the crown features 85 facets in replica of a brilliant-cut diamond. Showcased in a selected number of establishments in the UK including Fortnum & Mason and Harrods, the collection is truly the last word in elegance and luxury. Perfect for the discerning and refined individual who finds satisfaction in the exceptional, the perfumes are produced with ethics and sustainability in mind, with an unwavering commitment to only the highest in quality.

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MATTHEW CURTIS HAIR Unique experiences that go beyond the salon standard


Matthew Curtis – he’s created looks for Vogue covers, been lead stylist for Britain’s Next Top Model, worked tirelessly at the big four fashion weeks and credits celeb royalty such as Victoria Beckham, Elle MacPherson, and Winnie Harlow among the brand’s commissions. Undeniably one of the most well-respected hair stylists in the industry, Matthew has five salons to his name, one of which is nestled inside London’s plush Rosewood Hotel. Each salon exudes luxury, offering premium blow drying, colouring and styling treatments that are indicative of highend salons of this calibre. But what really sets Matthew Curtis apart is his unique approach to luxury one-off experiences for his many clients. The ultimate salon take-over ... Birthday parties, social gatherings, hen weekends, brand launches and private corporate events are all elevated beyond the typical as all five salons can be privately hired and transformed into a unique backdrop for your personal occasion. From guest DJs and cocktail hours to delicious canapés and live entertainment, there’s no limit to the events you can host in the salons – simply express your desires and the team of stylists will deliver a VIP salon experience to match. A salon take-over is your chance to receive a one-to-one private consultancy with stylists, relish in luxury treatments, receive specialist advice and create a new look, all while you sip on Champagne and indulge in a selection of canapés. Fashion week – a glimpse behind the scenes... Fashion Week is first and foremost a glamorous trade platform for designers to showcase their new collections and generate a press buzz. For the general public though they’re a strictly invite only event with entry behind the scenes as cherished as gold dust. Matthew has been the lead hair stylist for models at the big four for many years and has access to the normally inaccessible – an exclusive insight into the inner most workings of a fashion week show. Hosted every February and September, his ‘fly on the wall’ events offer up the chance to jet off to Paris, New York or Milan where you can join him as he and his team style hair for the catwalk.

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CRICKET WORLD CUP It has been two decades since the UK last hosted the Cricket World Cup, but 2019 sees the biggest event in one day cricket return to our shores. It’s the fifth time our country has hosted the event, but never have we been victorious, so this year England will be hoping a dose of home advantage will help them win the event for the first time ever.


The format of this year’s event differs from previous years as all 10 teams will play each other once in one group stage. Usually, the teams are split into two groups, but this new format means the top four will progress to the semi-finals which start immediately after. A number of stadiums around the UK have been selected as host venues including Nottingham’s iconic Trent Bridge, Warwickshire’s Edgbaston Stadium and of course Lord’s in London where the event will reach its finale. The event, which takes place between 30 May–14 July, promises to be hugely competitive with organisers hoping the festival of cricket on show will inspire future generations to take up the sport. So, let’s take a look at some of the main teams who will be vying for glory this summer… England As hosts, the pressure is well and truly on for England to perform. But, at time of writing they are top of the ODI World Rankings so are perhaps better placed than ever before to lift the historic trophy. England crashed out before, even making it to the knockout stages in the 2015 World Cup and will be wanting to put that bitter disappointment behind them this time around. However, since then, they have become one of the most prolific sides in the world thanks to the leadership of captain Eoin Morgan. One man who believes them to be favourites is former England batsman, Ian Bell MBE. Speaking to

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The Metro he said: “I think people are saying they are the favourites and rightly so. The 50-over cricket they have played over the last three years has been outstanding. It’s going to be an exciting tournament.” India You can’t have a conversation about the best teams in the world without mentioning India. The two-time Cricket World Cup winners will get their campaign underway against South Africa. But, they have some big decisions to make in terms of selection before then, with Mohammed Shami recently making his comeback in their ODI setup. There has also been talk that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin may be recalled after a similarly good year. Selection choices always spark big debates amongst fans but whoever India pick, you can be sure they’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Pakistan Holders of the Champions Trophy, Pakistan is another team whose eyes are firmly set on the trophy. The team haven’t won the World Cup since 1992 but they are confident they can end their drought this year. All-rounder, Shoaib Malik, is one of their stars who believes they have what it takes. “I feel we have a very good chance to win the tournament. But then having a ‘good chance’ doesn’t mean much. How we play each game and how we perform against the rest of the world will define how far we go.”


The Cricket World Cup’s greatest moments

The Aussies have won more World Cup titles than any other team in the world and are the current holders of the tournament. However, they may have to work hard if they are to successfully defend their title this year. Recent years have not been kind to Australian cricket following the retirement of some key players and of course, the small matter of that ball tampering scandal that made headlines across the world.

Since the first ever World Cup campaign in 1975 the event has thrown up a whole host of memorable moments, here are some favourites.

However, while there may be a few teams ahead of them in terms of quality at the moment, Australia have a habit of delivering the goods so don’t write them off just yet.

1. South Africa’s impossible target (1992) – South Africa have never made it to a Cricket World Cup final, but their best opportunity came in 1992. The Proteas only needed 22 runs from a remaining 13 balls to clinch their place in the final, but the weather scuppered all hope. After a 12 minute rain delay, South Africa’s target was adjusted to an impossible 22 from just one ball, meaning they went home, and England progressed. 2. South Africa choke… again (1999) – Seven years after the weather let them down, South Africa had another chance to make it to the final. Up against Australia, they needed to score nine runs in the last over. It all started so well as they quickly equalled the scores, meaning they only needed one run to progress. Somehow, they were unable to manage it and Australia progressed due to their superior record in the group stage. The Aussies went on to win the World Cup while South Africa were left wondering what went wrong. 3. Freddie Flintoff ’s pedalo encounter (2007)– The England legend forged quite the reputation in his playing days for his off-the-field antics and one of his most controversial incidents occurred during the 2007 World Cup. Following a defeat to New Zealand in their first game, Freddie drowned his sorrows and eight hours drinking resulted in him being stranded on a pedalo in the Caribbean Sea. He had to be rescued by hotel staff and was promptly stripped of his vice-captaincy. 4. Dwayne Leverock’s lunge (2007) – It isn’t just about the big names at the Cricket World Cup. In 2007 Bermuda found themselves facing heavyweights India in the group stage. Little did bowler Dwayne Leverock know that this match would make him a global star. A prison officer in his day job no one could quite believe their eyes when he threw all 20-stone of himself through the air to make a spectacular catch from Robin Uthappa. It made him a national hero in what was a truly wonderful moment.

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THE AUTHORS XI VS. THE LORD’S TAVERNERS XI The Quintessential English Cricket Match Picture the scene. A bright, late summer Sunday afternoon. One of the world’s oldest wandering teams. The most picturesque cricket ground in the land. And, a golden opportunity for you to cross the rope. Join two teams of authors, celebrities and former pros, captained respectively by the award-winning writer, Sebastian Faulks CBE, and 2005 Ashes winner, Matthew Hoggard MBE.*

Taverners XI in a fundraiser to be held at The Cricket Ground on the Wormsley Estate in Stokenchurch. Lovingly created by John Paul Getty II, an Italian-American philanthropist, who fell in love with the game after he was introduced to it by Mick Jagger, the Buckinghamshire ground is a sight to behold. Wormsley Estate Cricket Ground

A day of lavish entertainment, fine dining, fundraising, and wonderful cricket. Sponsorship and table bookings available.

With its manicured square and outfield exact replicas of The Oval and a timeless Tudor revival pavilion, this beautiful venue is the very model of an English cricket ground.

The Authors Cricket Club – 1891 – 1912 & 2012 - Present

The perfect summer setting.

You’d be forgiven for dismissing The Authors Cricket Club as the stuff of Victorian myth. Yet, not only is it an illustrative thread in cricket’s rich cultural tapestry, it’s alive and kicking in the 21st century.

The Day Itself

Over the course of 21 years, after its first ever game in 1891, The Authors XI featured such literary giants as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P.G. Wodehouse and J.M. Barrie. And, those celebrated writers, among a host of others, spent their summers wandering the length and breadth of the country, taking on teams of all descriptions. Village greens were abuzz. Cricketing Renaissance But, despite the team disbanding as we approached The Great War, it was reformed a full century later in 2012 and continues to play a full programme of games each season. In 2019, the stand-out match on the fixture list comes on 10 th September, when some of today’s leading authors face Lord’s

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We get the ball rolling with a drinks reception on the lawn at midday sharp, followed by top entertainment. The focus then shifts back to the pitch for a 2.45pm toss. It’s a 30 over game, with the first exchanges beginning at 3pm, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the fun.

The Getty Wormsley Estate, Buckinghamshire Tuesday 10th September 2019



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Hosted by Ian Woosnam OBE


What do you get when you bring together Ryder Cup stars, European Legends and one of the most beautifully designed golf courses in the country? A brand new and highly anticipated event on the Staysure Tour calendar!

The inaugural Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship takes place at the picturesque Trevose Golf & Country Club. A truly stunning venue, the course is just five miles west of Padstow port and features endless views of the Atlantic Ocean across it’s luscious greens. Some of the biggest names to have ever graced the world of golf will be in attendance at the event including host Ian Woosnam OBE. The 1991 Masters champion and the man who captained Europe to its Ryder Cup glory in 2006, Ian is one of Europe’s most successful golfers who has 29 European Tour wins to his name and has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Ian will be joined at the event by 1999 Open winner Paul Lawrie OBE. The Scotsman is best known for his Major win where he over overthrew Frenchman Jean van de Velde on the final day. Jean will also be in action in Trevose as the pair lock horns once again.

A number of exciting playing and sponsorship opportunities are on offer for the event. Giving people the unique chance to rub shoulders with the professionals out on the Championship Course during the event itself, these include: Pro-Am Team Event • Play alongside an icon of European golf • Breakfast on arrival • Refreshments throughout the day • Invite for you and your team to attend the Pro-Am Champagne reception and three-course dinner as well as evening entertainment The Alliance • Two days one-to-one with a Staysure Tour legend • An opportunity to win incredible prizes

Other star names who will be taking part include Costantino Rocca, Gary Wolstenholme MBE and Peter Baker.

• Breakfast and lunch on both days

While it may be too late to get involved this year, dates for the 2020 edition of the event has now been confirmed and will take place between 18–21 June.

• A place at the prize giving ceremony

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• An informal drinks reception on Saturday evening

Tournament host, Ian Woosnam OBE

Further sponsorship opportunities • Automotive displays As well as packages that involve playing in the event you can also get involved in a range of other sponsorship opportunities such as: • Pro-Am Team event • Pro-Am players’ dinner • Alliance • Event partner packages • Tee board partner packages • Green Board Partner packages

• Shirt sponsorship • Caddy bib sponsorship • Golf tee box markers • Drinks partner • Hospitality sponsorship • Media wall The format of the event means that amateurs will be able to be at the centre of the action as the professionals fight it out for the €50,000 first prize which is up for grabs.

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Peter Baker

The Pro-Am team event On the Thursday, play will begin with a Pro-Am team event where teams of four, (one pro golfer paired with three amateurs), play alongside one another and bid for team success. The best two scores out of the four players in each team, on each hole, contributes towards the final total of the round. On Thursday evening, after an exhilarating day’s play, guests and players alike are invited to a black-tie, three course dinner, with Champagne, entertainment and charity fundraising. The Alliance With each Alliance team made up of one amateur and one Staysure Tour professional, the two-day event is extremely popular among those wishing to experience a truly professional round of golf. Overall scores are taken from the best score of the two players on each hole. Playing with a professional will give amateurs the opportunity to gain hints and tips from the pro as well as slice of the team prize. There will also be an informal drinks reception and prize giving on the Saturday evening where players will be able to wind down, before the final day! The final round For the final day’s play the amateurs will step aside and the pros will spend the day going head-to-head in a bid to take the Championship title. In what is sure to be an incredibly dramatic affair, every shot counts. With thousands of spectators in attendance, and highlights of the entire tournament will be broadcast on Sky Sports Golf.

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As well as the incredible four days of golfing action taking place, Trevose also has plenty more to see and do. Their luxurious accommodation options mean that guests are able to take in the sounds of the waves and smell of fresh sea air as they relax in one of their apartments, flats, bungalows or cottages that are all just a short walk away from the course itself. Trevose’s Constantine Restaurant, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, regularly serves up the freshest seafood and meat straight to diner’s plates. Giving people an experience to equal the one they experience on the golf course, the entire venue is dedicated to ensuring everyone’s requirements are met. For the duration of the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship at Trevose, a tented village will be pitched and offering delicious food and drink as well as the latest in golfing fashion and accessories for people to enjoy. A gin bar will also be available where spectators will have the opportunity to sample a range of different flavoured gins whilst taking in the action. Players will also have access to state-of-the-art performance centre facilities where they will be able to test their swing and review their performances before and after taking to the Championship Course. Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship at Trevose is the third golfing event to be organised by Champions (UK) plc, and after the success of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship and Farmfoods European Senior Masters the event is sure to live long in the memory. Trevose Golf & Country Club also comes with a range of facilities that make it the perfect place for your clients to relax after the day’s action. This includes five star apartments, cottages and lodges, a massage and beauty salon, a swimming pool and surfing school.

Jean van de Velde

To register for free tickets to this year’s Farmfoods European Legends Link Championship, please visit: For more information on how you can sponsor or play in the event please contact Benoit Lawrence on 07792 530 020 or email:

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Since it arrived on the official Staysure Tour schedule in 2017 the Farmfoods European Senior Masters has gone on to forge a reputation as one of the most popular events on the Tour. Taking place at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club in the stunning Warwickshire countryside the event sees an impressive list of professionals, from Ryder Cup winners, Major champions to legends on the European Tour take part.


The event is returning this autumn between 3–6 October and is once again hosted by European Tour winner and Ryder Cup star, Peter Baker. The event will kick off with a Pro-Am on the opening day which will see the event’s Staysure Tour icons get to grips

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with the course before the main event gets underway. Teams made up of three amateurs and one professional will take to the course, giving amateurs the chance to get up close and personal with a true golfing icon.

Peter Baker, Costantino Rocca, Jean van de Velde

Tournament Host, Peter Baker

Players will go head-to-head for a team prize with individual honours also on offer and last year it was Team Sofidel who came out on top. Their score of 90 clinched victory with South African star James Kingston playing alongside the team. The following day will see the competition really heat up as the Alliance element of the competition kicks off. The format of this will see an amateur player take on the course alongside a Staysure Tour star on both the Friday and Saturday. The pair will also play better ball for a team prize but the professional player’s score will count towards the overall event. On these days, amateur players will be treated to breakfast and a buffet lunch, as well as attend an informal drinks reception once play has concluded on Saturday.

Thomas Levet

Here, the team champions will be crowned, and last year it was Liverpool legend, Steve Staunton alongside Gary Marks who came out on top with a score of -14. This win saw the pair take home some great prizes including a large suitcase with Sub70 merchandise inside, an Eleven golf bag with three + four rescue clubs, a leather score card, a pair of Duca del Cosma shoes, a one night stay with dinner, and a round of golf for two, across five Marriott Country Clubs in the UK. In second place were James Kingston and Jeremy Wilson, with Duncan Sinclair, Stephen Bennet and Jarmo Sandelin in third. All of these players also won a wide-range of fantastic prizes for their achievement. Amateurs step aside on the final day as a professional shootout takes place. Teeing off in reverse order from last to first, it proves to be the most dramatic part of the entire four-day event. With a prize of €50,000 up for grabs for the winner, last year was as fiercely contested as ever. To register for free tickets to this year’s Farmfoods European Senior Masters please visit: For more information on how you can sponsor or play in the event please contact Benoit Lawrence on 07792 530 020 or email:

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The greens were unbelievable.

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- Santiago Luna


Thomas Levet and the Woburn Whizzers team

Ian Woosnam OBE on the 18th at the Forest of Arden

John Hayes and 2018 Champion Santiago Luna

Going into the final day, Spanish star, Santiago Luna found himself in the lead along with Peter T Wilson sitting pretty at the top of the leaderboard with a score of -7. Luna continued his grip on the event and started to pull away from the chasing pack. Scoring fantastic birdies on the fourth, sixth and seventh holes, he soon had a three stroke advantage on the rest of the field. A par on the final hole clinched victory for Luna with the Farmfoods European Senior Masters marking his fourth win on the Staysure Tour. Jean van de Velde

Crouch Logistics team with Jarmo Sandelin

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Speaking of the victory he said: “This week was fantastic. I have a good relationship with the golf course. I hit it fantastic and I had a good feeling on the greens and that was really important because the greens were unbelievable. They were really fast but really nice, the golf course was in great condition, and I played really well. I kept a good attitude, and everything was with me.” Preparations for this year’s event are now well underway with the likes of Ian Woosnam OBE, Paul McGinley and Costantino Rocca likely to be in attendance.

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Tournament host Peter Baker








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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ULTIMATE ACT OF SPORTSMANSHIP As a two-time Major winner and Europe’s most successful ever Ryder Cup captain, Tony Jacklin CBE has many career highlights to choose from including becoming the first European winner of the US Open in over 80 years and being named in the World Golf Hall of Fame.


And there is one moment in particular which reinforced the meaning of golf being a true ‘gentleman’s game.’ Representing Great Britain in the 1969 Ryder Cup, Tony found himself up against Ryder Cup rookie Jack Nicklaus ahead of the final afternoon of play. Up until this moment, many of the matches in the tournament were marred by controversial displays of poor sportsmanship which influenced Jack’s next decision. In what has since become known as ‘The Concession’ Jack made the unprecedented decision to concede his putt and grant victory to Tony. This act had a huge impact on the entire tournament as it meant that the USA were unable to win the tournament outright. Instead, the overall score ended in a 16-16 tie, the first time the Ryder Cup had ever been shared. And, as well as becoming known as one of the world’s greatest ever examples of sportsmanship, ‘The Concession’ was the making of what has become a life-long friendship between the two players. The moment also proved to be the inspiration for The Concession Golf Club which saw Tony and Jack come together to design the Florida course. Launched in 2006, the course was designed to be different. There are no houses lining the course and it has won countless awards over the years. 50 years on from ‘The Concession’ and the pair are set to join forces once again for a very special event.

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On Saturday 6 July Tony and Jack will be heading to Wentworth Golf Club for a charity event which will combine golf with fundraising for some incredibly deserving causes. Organised by Champions (UK) plc the occasion will see money raised for The European Tour Foundation, whose aim is to improve the lives and communities all over the world, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, who are dedicated to providing families around the world with world-class healthcare for children and Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People who provide vital care for children who are suffering from life-limiting or life threatening conditions. The event will begin with a brunch and a welcome from Tony and Jack before guests receive a golfing masterclass from the two professionals. Then the golf will get underway with a shotgun start from 1pm. After play has finished a drinks reception will bring the day’s players together before a night of entertainment and fine dining gets underway. Hosted by BBC Sport and News presenter Dan Walker, guests will be treated to a threecourse meal before classical crossover artist and Britain’s Got Talent star Faith Tucker takes to the stage to perform some stunning operatic hits. A prize presentation will than take place and Tony and Jack will take centre stage for a Q&A with guests. There will also be an opportunity to raise money for the event’s charities with esteemed auctioneer Charlie Ross overseeing an auction.

For more information or to book your place get in touch with Roxanna Hayes by calling 08453 31 30 31 or email

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Once again, this August will see a whole host of stars from the world of sport and entertainment descend on Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire for the latest edition of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship.

This year’s event takes place between 6-9 August and will see people from all golfing backgrounds including professionals, amateurs and celebrities of all ages and genders take on the tricky par 3 course. Now one of the most inclusive events in the sport, the competition has grown significantly in recent years and this is largely thanks to the combination of Nailcote’s owner, Rick Cressman, Farmfoods’ owner, Eric Herd, and leading brand agency, Champions (UK) plc. Together they have transformed the event from a littleknown Par 3 event to one of the region’s most popular golfing competitions. Ensuring that each edition of the Championship is bigger and better than ever before, preparations for the 2019 event are well underway in what looks set to be the best yet. One of the biggest draws of the event is that for over a decade, the Championship has been hosted by Europe’s most successful ever Ryder Cup captain, Tony Jacklin CBE. And, the former US Open champion will be back for the 2019 event. Over the years the BP3 has acted as a launchpad for the careers of many future European Tour stars. This includes Tommy Fleetwood and Eddie Pepperell who both won the event prior to having success on the European Tour. Fleetwood won the event in 2013, and in the same month he won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, clinching his first European Tour victory. Since then he has

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gone on to win three more Tour events and become part of Europe’s Ryder Cup winning team in 2018. Pepperell has also seen success winning two European Tour events. Women’s star Charley Hull is no stranger to the Cromwell Course, having played at the venue in her youth. The club’s bar is even named after her! A regular at the BP3 she has been a member of the Ladies European Tour for many years, winning two events to date. She also became the youngest ever member of Europe’s Solheim Cup team in 2013. Since 2011 the leading amateur of the BP3 has been rewarded with the Norma C Herd Silver Salver. Introduced by owner of Farmfoods, Eric Herd, the Silver Salver is in honour of his mother and the first one was won by amateur turned professional golfer, Aaron Rai, who has since gone on to achieve one victory on the European Tour and three on the Challenge Tour. Other notable winners include Charley Hull, former Strictly Come Dancing professional, James Jordan, and Craig Lawrie, the son of the 1999 Open winner Paul Lawrie OBE. Once again, last year’s event saw a stellar line-up of professionals and celebrities in attendance in what was another thrilling week. As usual the action kicked off with a Celeb-Am bringing a range of famous faces to the course. It was Liverpool, Aston Villa and Ireland legend, Steve Staunton who came out on top on the day, with his score of +1 enough to overcome the likes of former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Len Goodman, England rugby star, Mike

Len Goodman, Ola Jordan and Derek Redmond Charley Hull

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Tournament Host, Tony Jacklin CBE and 2018 Champion Steven Tiley

Tindall MBE, radio and television presenter, Jenni Falconer, Westlife star, Brian McFadden and Harry Potter actors, James and Oliver Phelps. The following day is when the action really heats up as the Pro-Am gets underway. Some of the players in action in 2018 included: 1991 Masters winner, Ian Woosnam OBE, Europe’s most successful Ryder Cup Captain, Tony Jacklin CBE, Open Championship star, Sam Locke, 2005 U.S. Open winner, Michael Campbell, the Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour Charley Hull, European Tour rookie Aaron Rai, one of the most successful Italian players of all-time Costantino Rocca, and the event’s first ever Chilean player, Matias Calderon.

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Sporting World But it was Challenge Tour player, Steven Tiley who came out on top on the opening day of the main tournament. His score of -3 was enough to make him the overnight leader, ahead of European Tour player, Andrew Marshall and the 2013 Norma C Herd Silver Salver winner, Craig Lawrie. In what proved to be a tense final day, a number of players were still in contention of scooping the title and the â‚Ź50,000. In the end, it went down to a straight shootout between Steven Tiley and Andrew Marshall. With only one stroke in it, Tiley was crowned victorious holing for par on the final hole in front of a packed out grandstand. His final score of -6 was enough to clinch victory.

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Mark McNulty won the Super Senior Title, the Norma C Herd Silver Salver awarded for best scoring amateur went to David Nelson, and there was also a team aspect of the day with Marshall and Jeff Sverdlow winning this.

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The curtain on another wonderful week came down with a final Celeb-Am. The likes of Geordie Shore star, Gaz Beadle, Love Island’s Chris Hughes, BBC Sport and news host, Dan Walker, and Coronation Street legend, William Roache MBE, all took part. It was Wolves legend, Don Goodman, who ended up winning the event with a score of +3 ahead of former Aston Villa midfielder, Lee Hendrie who scored +8. As well as all the fantastic golfing action, one of the greatest things about the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship is the dinners and charity auctions that take place throughout Johnny Herbert

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Aaron Rai

Nick Matthews and Ian Woosnam OBE

the week. These events bring together all the players from across the week providing a place where they can unwind from the day and enjoy themselves, as well as raise much needed funds for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People who care for youngsters who are suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. Check out some of the names taking on the course this year‌ Celebs: Len Goodman, Kriss Akabusi MBE, Brian McFadden, Graeme Swann, Keith Duffy, Alan McInally, Mark Ramprakash MBE, Dean Ashton, Steve Harmison MBE, Jasper Carrott OBE, William Roache MBE, Derek Redmond, Rory Underwood MBE, Mike Gatting OBE and Don Goodman.

Tony Jacklin CBE and David Nelson

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Pros: Tony Jacklin CBE, Ian Woosnam OBE, Michael Campbell, Costantino Rocca, Charley Hull, Paul Lawrie OBE, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, Barry Lane, Peter Baker, Robert Rock, Lee Slattery, Aaron Rai, Steven Tiley and Oliver Wilson.

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A Lavish Pink Palace On A Sandy Shore The flagship resort of The Palm is a beautiful ode to the mythical lost city of Atlantis. Complete with stunning statuettes, shell inspired fittings and soft coral and topaz hues, the interiors of Atlantis are a true maritime fantasy. Upon entry a breathtaking, multi-colour glass sculpture by artist Dale Chihuly dominates the lobby as it climbs from floor to ceiling. However, the halls of aquariums are the real scene-stealer here. Home to 65,000 sea specimens, the labyrinth of tunnels offer an immersive experience that is truly akin to being underwater in strikingly blue waters. When it’s time to indulge, 23 of the best restaurants in Dubai can be found within the resort’s walls, offering everything from sushi to rich Lebanese cuisine, as well as a plethora of more casual options.

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Unparalleled, Exquisite Relaxation With A Personal Touch Potentially the most opulent of all spa experiences, even by Dubai’s incredibly extravagant standards ShuiQi Spa is exceptional. 27 treatment rooms comprise the wellness centre, with separate male and female relaxation areas spread across two floors. Sit by the tranquil water features before enjoying a personalised spa experience that uses products from renowned brands such as ESPA, Aromatherapy Associates, Bastien Gonzalez and Gentlemen’s Tonic. And for an undeniably unique experience, hone your balance and flexibility with a yoga class set against the dramatic scenery of The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

LOST CITY OF ATLANTIS An Aquatic Playground For The Entire Family Perhaps the biggest draw and undoubtedly one of the reasons why Atlantis is so globally renowned, is the resort’s Aquaventure Waterpark. So much more than simply a few slides, the park is home to record-breaking rides, a slidethrough shark tank, daily dolphin encounters and more than a mile long lazy river.

So, if you’re after a holiday that is short-hand for luxury but suitable for the entire family, Atlantis, The Palm offers this plus so much more. Whether you want to explore the sights of Dubai, only to retire to refined comfort after a long day or simply to unwind from the stresses of modern life by doing little more than lazing on the beach, Atlantis is the place to be for unparalleled escapism and a getaway like no other.

For the thrill-seekers amongst you, the Leap of Faith is a 27-metre, near vertical drop that is three times the height of a London bus! After a true bucket list experience? Create memories that last a lifetime as you meet the friendly dolphins at Dolphin Bay. However, with over 40 acres of incredible attractions, food outlets and sandy beaches, you’ll be glad of the unlimited free entry for all hotel guests to Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

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Hello paradise… Experience something truly magnificent at one of Antigua’s finest beach resorts and spas. Blue Waters is wrapped around the beautiful Soldier’s Bay, surrounded by three exquisite white beaches with azure ocean views. Whether a watersport aficionado or simply looking for absolute unabridged luxury, the resort offers the very best of the Caribbean’s treasures to both families and couples. The 17 lush, tropical acres of gardens are immaculately manicured to frame the colonial-inspired architecture, complete with romantic and vibrant bougainvillea. With a plethora of TripAdvisor accreditations under its belt, as well as the prestigious ‘World Travel Award’, this sun-kissed oasis blends the best of culinary expertise, unabashed relaxation and world-class facilities into one spellbinding location. Discover uncompromised opulence in the Cove Suites Experience an abode like nothing else in one of Blue Water’s lavish Cove Suites, a shining beacon of Caribbean luxury.

Located within four Hamptons-style villas combining beach living with refined style, each suite measures more than 730 sq. ft and offers uncompromised ocean views. Guests will be able to savour the seclusion and privacy of the space, which is situated within a short walk from the main resort for added tranquility. All Cove guests have access to a private, cliff-topped infinity pool and covered terrace upon which breakfast may be taken in the morning, whilst soaking up the cobalt panorama. Each suite comprises of a spacious, open-planned living area, bedroom, bathroom with free-standing bath and expansive balcony. Whilst the Cove penthouses have three bedrooms plus a dining room, kitchen and private jacuzzi. Or why not try Rock Cottage if travelling with companions? This five bedroom, luxury abode is set on its own private headland and is one of the Caribbean’s finest residences. The last word in relaxation, Blue Water’s Cove Suites add a new dimension to easy, Caribbean living with a splash of curated glamour. A little slice of heaven on earth.

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The tropical twin-island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda, renowned for its 365 beautiful beaches and clear blue waters, boasts captivating culture, exhilarating activity and rich historical treasures with something to appeal to all. Antiguans are known for their hospitality and visitors are assured a welcome as warm as the weather. The destination provides a wonderful escape with its rich colonial history, first class hotels and resorts, sporting attractions and delicious cuisine. A firm A-List favourite, Antigua’s rich history and spectacular topography provide a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort commissioned by the British in 1755, is perhaps the most renowned landmark.

Go on Sunday for the lively barbecue party when it is THE place to be for the weekly “jump up” where tourists and locals alike mingle and enjoy live music. Children will love the crafts market and steel bands playing from 3pm to 6pm. It is also worth venturing over to Barbuda, Antigua’s less developed sister island, known for its pristine stretch of 17-miles of pink sand beach teeming with wildlife and rare birds.

Just a short ferry ride away, it offers the ultimate Robinson Crusoe-style escape. The island is home to the largest colony of Frigate birds in the western hemisphere. Organised tours are in place for visitors to get within a few feet from the birds’ nests at The Codrington Lagoon where some 5,000 birds make their home.

Don’t leave Antigua without visiting Shirley Heights, a local beauty spot with panoramic views. High above English Harbour, the clear 360º view from the remains of the eighteenth-century British garrison, is probably the most breath-taking in the Caribbean.

The twin-island nation is also home to an array of cricketing legends including Sir Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose and Richie Richardson and the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium plays host to several international cricket matches and tournaments throughout the year. Whether basking in the sun or soaking up the culture, choose Antigua for an exceptional break that offers majesty, scenery and serenity. For information: or call the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority on 020 36683800.

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et in rolling countryside and just a few miles from historic Bodmin, Waterside Cornwall is a self-catering paradise, with stunning lodges woven into more than 100 acres of lakestudded parkland. With superb accommodation sleeping up to 14 guests and first-class facilities, a holiday at Waterside is very much well spent. The Clubhouse, for instance, incorporates the Three Lakes Restaurant – offering seasonal Cornish dining in an idyllic lakeside setting – along with the Waterway Café, which is the perfect place to start your day, take a break between adventures or to simply relax and drink in the view. You’ll also find a convenience store here with all the essentials you’re likely to need. For those feeling adventurous, there’s plenty to keep everybody occupied on site and in the surrounding area. Kids will love the heated indoor swimming pool, which is free to use for all guests staying at the resort, orfor an experience with a difference, why not make the most of Waterside’s stunning setting on two wheels with a Segway? Alternatively, for the most tranquil afternoon spent in the sun, why not go fishing? A haven of tranquillity, the Waterside coarse fishing lakes provide an unparalleled

experience for amateur and experienced anglers alike and with equipment available for hire, you can enjoy without the hassle of loading your gear in the car. The site also has a Footgolf course and boats for hire, plus easy access to the mountain biking trails for Cardinham Woods, along with a great selection of bikes and equipment for hire. Alternatively, if you’re more into ‘indoor fitness’, Waterside has a gym fitted with first-class equipment, along with a range of exercise classes and the option of personal training, too! After such an active day you’re sure to be hungry, so you’ll be pleased to know that at Waterside, the team take full advantage of Cornwall’s bountiful produce, offering an ever changing menu at Three Lakes restaurant. Waterside’s Director Ian Slater tells us: “We’re lucky enough to be in an area which is rich in stunning food, so it’s only right that we use the best of what’s on our doorstep.” We couldn’t agree more!


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Waters Edge Villas These two new luxury villas opened in January 2019 and offer clients the best of both worlds. You’ll stay in an independent villa but receive the amenities and concierge offered as part of the resort. Located on the Rodney Bay Marina with stunning views from your private terrace, you are located in the middle of vibrant Rodney Bay Village with a choice of 40 different bars and restaurants, duty free shopping and the island’s only casino. The Marina has become a haven for nightlife with restaurants and bars along the boardwalk offering local and international cuisine and a vibrant buzzing atmosphere. Take the complimentary shuttle, or five minute walk, to Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa and you have access to all the resorts facilities which include water sports, spa, restaurants, swimming pool, kids club and Splash Island Water Park. The villas at Waters Edge each offer 4000 sq.ft. of living space with four en-suite bedrooms, kitchen and living area plus a private pool and sun deck. Complimentary WiFi and the in-villa concierge provided by Alexa will ensure everything is catered for. The villas sleep eight but can accommodate 12, however for larger groups they can be interconnected. Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa This authentic four Star luxury resort is situated in the prime location of Rodney Bay Village, directly on the world famous Reduit Beach. Repeatedly honoured with TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, the resort pays great attention to every detail. Its charming neo-classical architecture and elegant fully equipped rooms are a treat to the eye, while the resort’s dining venues offer a unique Saint Lucian taste.

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The resort boasts the Caribbean’s first open water park which includes a huge assortment of inflatable slides, trampolines, assault courses and more (www. Guests have unlimited use of this amenity. All the action of such a prime beachside location is available at Bay Gardens Beach Resort with a non-motorised watersports program that will keep both grown-ups and kids busy for hours. Eco Bay Gardens Resorts has been awarded St. Lucia’s first Green Globe Gold Member Certification for their sustainable tourism. This is awarded to members that have been certified for five consecutive years. Bay Gardens Resorts has phased out the use of plastic in favour of biodegradable vessels and utensils made from wood, paper, compostable plastic and sugar cane bagasse. The company has also ended the use of all Expanded Polystyrene (Styrofoam) products at its properties. It has also embraced other ecological innovations such as

installing GEM Link occupancy sensors in its guestrooms, leading to a 15 percent energy use reduction per occupied room. Bay Gardens Resorts’ environmental efforts also include converting its air conditioning units to energy efficient inverter units, changing lighting to LEDs. Social Holidaymakers to Saint Lucia can now include a local school visit in their itinerary thanks to one of the island’s most popular hotel groups.

Bay Gardens Resorts has opened up its community initiative to visitors. The Monchy Feeding program provides healthy breakfasts to less fortunate children at Monchy School in the north of Saint Lucia. The hotel group is now offering holidaymakers the opportunity to visit the school and meet the staff and pupils. Visits run during term time and will be escorted by a teacher and a member of staff from Bay Gardens to explain how the scheme works. They will also get an introduction to daily school life in Saint Lucia and the opportunity to read with the children. Culinary Bay Gardens Resorts is responding to an increasing global trend among travelers to seek out unique culinary experiences while traveling abroad. St. Lucia’s Bay Gardens Resorts is tapping into the creative expertise of its awardwinning professionals to expand the menu of culinary combinations and offerings guests can enjoy at the familyowned hotels. Reflecting the island’s diverse cultural and Creole influences, Bay Gardens’ chefs have created dishes such as lobster roti, seafood bouillabaisse, green fig and saltfish gnocchi (an Italian interpretation of St. Lucia’s national dish) and oxtail wontons. Upgrade to their all-inclusive option and enjoy the Taste of Rodney Bay Dine Around program, giving you three nights in every seven booked to try local restaurants. There are eight independent restaurants to choose from and they even include the return transfers.

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EXPERIENCE THE HIDDEN GEMS OF BERLIN From its vibrant nightlife and contemporary lifestyle to its stunning architecture, Berlin has plenty to shout about. Germany’s capital is the second largest in Europe and has without doubt became one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. More than 30 million people visit the city each year, with many people in the UK choosing it as a destination for a city break. Away from the famous landmarks such as Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate, the city has plenty of other hidden gems that are equally as extraordinary. We have pinpointed some of the best places you can explore.


Explore a different kind of museum… Many of Europe’s major cities have a world famous museums and art galleries that are always a popular choice among tourists and Berlin is no different. These museums provide guests with an insight into Berlin’s rich history and culture. But if you want a different kind of museum experience, then the Body Worlds Museum might be right up your street. Located close to the famous shopping district Alexander Platz, this museum is like nothing you will have ever experienced before. Body Worlds have museums all over Europe which give a unique insight into the human body. The museum displays real human bodies that have been donated for science. Using the plastination process which maintains organs and bones, the museum takes you on an exhibition of happiness, pressure, gluttony, moderation and chance & destiny.

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Enjoy the art of the Berlin Wall Since the Berlin Wall was demolished in 1989 and Germany unified in 1990, the memorial and museum to the wall is a must see for tourists. And, while it’s certainly a big part of Berlin’s history, the iconic wall’s artwork is also worthy of a mention. Known as the East Side Gallery, the 1,316m long mural is the longest open air gallery in the world and features artwork from more than 105 different artists. The purpose of the artwork is to demonstrate peace between society and people following over 20 years of separation when the Berlin Wall split the city.

Check out a German food market Germany is proud of its food culture, (you can’t go anywhere in the country without coming across a famous Bratwurst!), so if you are a foodie, heading to a local food market is a must when visiting the city. Berlin once had 14 stunning markets, but sadly only three remain with Markthalle Neun being one of the most historic, dating back to 1891. They put on a ‘street food Thursday’ as well as breakfast market once a month. As well as this there is a fantastic fleamarket at Mauerpark. Held every Sunday along where the Berlin Wall once stood, there are food stalls, beer gardens and even a karaoke area for people to enjoy.

Discover the bars of Prenzlauer Berg Berlin’s nightlife is world renowned (over 1,000 shops stay open late specifically to stock beer) and the regions of Mitte, Hackescher Markt and Warschauer Strasse are arguably the most popular hotspots in the city when it comes to partying. However, the district of Prenzlauer Berg is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to more quirky bars. The east of the city is generally considered the most authentic part of Berlin and this certainly rings true here. Germany’s drinking culture is much more relaxed than the UK, and Rhabarber exemplifies this. As soon as you enter the bar you’ll be struck by its character. From its retro décor to unique features including a wall full of books and a chair hanging from the ceiling. And, the staff are friendly too. You’ll receive a free bag of popcorn on arrival (which can be refilled at any time) before you are presented with an extensive menu of delicious German beers and cocktails. Want a particular song playing? Simply let one of the bar staff know and they’ll let you link your phone up to their sound system.

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Our favourite featured family resorts Located on the northwest coast of Barbados, Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort and Residences and Port Ferdinand Yacht and Beach Club Residences are luxury seaside fivestar properties that seamlessly blend the exclusivity of the condominium lifestyle with the vibrance of the Caribbean contemporary villa experience. At both Port Ferdinand and Saint Peter’s Bay, the villa suites display traditional Barbadian architecture and finishes with floor plans that maximize open living spaces, breathtaking views and privacy. The dual resorts also pride themselves on offering world-class concierge services that can make any guest request come true, whether they want to swim with turtles, hop on a private catamaran or enjoy a bespoke candlelit dinner. They will make all the arrangements for you. Port Ferdinand is also home to Barbados’ world-renowned Nikki Beach Club, as well as, Chef Larry Rogers’ critically acclaimed bistro-style restaurant, Dockside at 13°/59°. For more information or to book please contact us for your personal quote on info@travel-beautifully. com or call +44 020 879 2508

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Stay seven nights at Saint Peter’s Bay in a two bedroom beachfront residence on room only from £1540 per person Price is based on four adults sharing and taking return scheduled economy flights with British Airways from London Gatwick, private hotel transfers and complimentary lounge access from London Gatwick. Travel date for reference 17 September 2019 Stay seven nights at Port Ferdinand in a two bedroom luxury harbour side villa on room only from £1745 per person Price is based on four adults sharing and taking return scheduled economy flights with British Airways from London Gatwick, private hotel transfers and complimentary lounge access from London Gatwick Travel date for reference 17 September 2019

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Set in the beautiful countryside of South Lincolnshire, close to the borders of both Rutland and Nottinghamshire, Irnham Hall offers an exquisite country feel with a touch of timeless luxury.

The stunning estate is the private family home of the Benton-Jones family and is set within beautiful manicured gardens and extensive grounds. With its attractive grey stone and mullion windows, the house has been in the lineage for five generations. For the ceremony itself, the beautiful Orangery is licensed for civil ceremonies or civil partnerships and will comfortably seat well in excess of 100, or for a more religious affair the local church is little more than a five minute walk from the venue. Wedding parties will enjoy the exclusive use of Irnham Hall’s Summer House and Walled Garden, the former being a sensitively converted building that blends high timber beamed ceilings with vast floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light. There is a wonderful intimacy about the Summer House that provides an individual atmosphere for a truly special wedding day and the enchanting space is perfect for both small occasions and larger events. However, perhaps the true jewel in the crown is Irnham’s walled garden. The beautiful lawn is the ideal location for stunning portraits and the privacy of the secluded space will allow everyone to relax and enjoy a game of croquet

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over drinks and canapés. Reminiscent of a HodgsonBurnett novel, the garden is simply magical. Of course, nothing is more important at a bespoke wedding than the food and drink. Whilst there are no in-house caterers, the venue provides a curated and approved list of exceptional local catering and hospitality companies, all of whom have delivered on countless occasions. There is also ample room for a live band or DJ to accompany a first dance or for guests and loved ones to twirl the night away in style against the dramatic backdrop of the woodenbeamed Summer House . The family also own a select number of elegantly curated properties around the village, all of which provide ideal accommodation options for the wedding party and guests. These include cottages and a Bed & Breakfast. Irnham hall is unique, vibrant and altogether enchanted, offering something distinctively different for those who want an easy elegance in situ of immaculately maintained lawns that will bring photographic memories to life.

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FOOD AND DRINK Bintu or Recipes From A Pantry as she is known in the blogosphere, is a leading food writer and blogger. Sierra Leonean by birth, she specialises in creating easy to prepare but rich and dynamic big flavour recipes that the whole family can enjoy. Bintu’s wide repertoire makes her well placed to advise on the very best restaurants that the area has to offer. London is the hub of British fine dining and boasts a wealth of Michelin starred and recommended eating establishments. However, the choice can be overwhelming which is why Bintu has provided her own list of recommendations for an exquisite dining experience in the big smoke. For a new vision in Asian-inspired dining, why not visit Sexy Fish in Mayfair? The menu veers towards sushi with an emphasis on fresh fish whilst an energetic bar team concocts an extraordinary variety of cocktails and tipples. Plus, their rotating menus are always seasonally conscious, an experience to be savoured. Or for a taste of an iconic British institution, venture to Langan’s Brasserie with its sumptuous Anglo-French menu of offerings. The buzz and ambience is second to none and the spinach soufflé is not to be missed. Often the fine dining experience can be misconstrued to mean pretentious, but Langan’s gives an authentic taste of exactly what world-class cuisine should entail.

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Langan’s Brasserie is arguably one of the most iconic eateries in London, boasting an interesting history, a menu that showcases traditionally British cuisine, and an interior easily mistaken for a high-profile art gallery. Located on Stratton Street in the affluent Mayfair, which is awash with fine architecture and five star hotels, Langan’s Brasserie was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Peter Langan and his actor friend and business partners, Sir Michael Caine CBE and Richard Shepherd CBE (the first ever Michelin starred chef ). Under the trio’s wing, the restaurant quickly became a haunt for the world's most famous faces, seating the likes of the iconic Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Muhammad Ali, Sir Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson. An avid art enthusiast, Peter also built a prestigious art collection with originals from dear friends and famed artists including Francis Bacon and David Hockney. To this day the restaurant and private dining area’s walls are still adorned with original paintings, a feature that brings guests to the brasserie time and time again. Sadly Peter passed away in 1988 due to a fire at his home, however his legacy lives on. Offering an exciting range of traditional British fayre, at Langan’s, diners find a delicious mix of vibrant dishes all made from fresh ingredients. Dishes include, spinach souffle, grilled Dover sole with parsley butter, Veal Saltimbocca and beef Wellington with Madeira sauce. The menus have, of course, naturally changed with the times, but there are still a few dishes that pay homage to the brasserie’s history and have remained on the menu since the day it’s doors first opened. The brasserie, which also offers a decadent bar area, is truly the perfect destination for both art and food lovers alike.

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Asian restaurant and bar located on the corner of Berkeley Square, Mayfair serving Japanese-inspired sushi, sashimi, seafood, fish and meat cooked on a Robata grill. The bar, which is open until late, holds the world’s biggest Japanese whisky collection, as well as offering a drinks menu featuring both classic and inventive cocktails.

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SCARPETTA Cannon Street, London

Scarpetta - The process of mopping up sauce with a piece of bread to enjoy every morsel - is a joyful word familiar to every food-loving Italian. This messy, indulgent, sociable celebration of good food is exactly what inspired founders Uberto Jasson and Patrick Phillon to bring those food traditions of their homeland to the London market in the summer of 2014. They now have three Scarpetta sites in London, which bring authentic Italian casual dining to busy London workers in Canary Wharf, Bishopsgate and Cannon Street. With fresh pasta made on-site each morning, their own Italian coffee blends and evening aperitivo, the all-day offering focused on simple and generous classic Italian traditions, with an emphasis on unique local produce. Each site presents its own distinct character, emphasizing the Italian artisanal approach to cooking and eating. Just as you’d find in the centre of any southern Italian town, Scarpetta is open throughout the day with options to eat in or take away at any time. At breakfast time, we’re particularly partial to their fresh fruit, chia yoghurt pots and pastries, washed down with quick espresso, made with beans from a historic roastery in Florence, Italy. Come lunchtime, we join thousands of hungry Londoners piling in for their fill of freshly-made pasta, salads, focaccia sandwiches and flat breads from Emilia Romagna. Favourite dishes include spicy Calabrian N’duja and slow cooked lamb ragù, which we take-away in recyclable cardboard boxes to the nearest park for a spot of fresh air. If you prefer to be veggie, Sicilian aubergine veggie Norma and mushroom and truffle are both divine, and for those preferring a lighter lunch, salads with Burrata and wholegrain farro are also excellent. Finally, in the evening, Scarpetta transforms into an atmospheric setting for Aperitivo, with Aperol Spritz andEspresso Martini stealing the show. A new menu of Cicchetti, inspired by the traditional bàcaris of Venice, includes pecorino cheese with truffle honey, N’duja & mozzarella bruschetta, hearty meatballs and truffle arancini. Dinner is served by candlelight, with a selection of Italian wines by the glass. Food served: Open 7 days a week for lunch and evening. 110 Cannon Street, London EC4N 6EU T: +44 (0)20 7929 6901 E: W:

A true hidden gem, St Pancras by Searcys is proudly boasting to be the longest Champagne Bar in Europe, offering a truly spectacular setting. Whilst the stunning Martin Brudnizki design references the roaring 1920s in their Brasserie, deliciously British seasonal dishes are thoroughly of-the moment, letting beautiful ingredients shine. A perfect destination to indulge in a leisurely breakfast, host a business meeting in stylish surrounds, entertain clients, meet friends for dinner or attend an inspiring Champagne Masterclass. T. 0207 870 9900 E. W. Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station, London, N1C 4QL

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Not always known as a culinary hotspot, Northcote Road in Clapham has recently gained an excellent asset: a neighbourhood pizzeria from Vittorio Maschio. Vittorio is the former director of Natoora, one of the best ingredient supply businesses in the world.

The 30-cover restaurant specialises in pizza made using the Biga-style technique of dough production, which takes 48 hours of proving. The flour is sourced from Molino Pasini, who for over 80 years under the same family, have produced flour of the highest quality.

Having been in charge of their high-end ingredient sales to Michelin starred chefs across London, he knows a thing or two about provenance, and felt the best way to honour these truly excellent ingredients was through truly exceptional pizza. As such, he’s devised a markedly short seasonally changing menu that showcases ingredients throughout the year. Chefs such as Mark Hix are getting involved too, taking part in a series of guest pizzas.

Being Italian, Vittorio believes quality pizza is a perfect setting for fine produce to be enjoyed, at a price that won’t break the bank, as pizzas start at £6.50. A particular favourite of ours is Apollo 11. It has a ricotta base, rocket, spicy salami and chilli (£7.80) and the back story is just as impressive. The meat is from Pedrazzoli, founded in 1951 and still a family business. It started producing organic charcuterie 22 years ago, pioneering when nobody else was discussing animal welfare and organic methods. Working with their own pigs to maintain the best level of quality and 100% traceability, this is a company determinedly promoting organic food and animal welfare within the industry. With so many London restaurants these days being all style and no substance, it’s refreshing to find something so pared back and unassuming. It’s some of the best pizza we’ve tasted this side of Italy, and well worth a visit. 148 Northcote road, London, SW11 6RD

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THE BEST AL FRESCO DINING EXPERIENCES IN LONDON Al fresco dining might have derived from Europe due to its almost guaranteed sunshine, but it’s something we have brought over and made our own with no city embracing it more than London. Here at Inspirational London we can’t promise the weather will be on your side when you visit, but we can provide a rundown of the finest al fresco restaurants London has to offer.


A. Coppa Club A restaurant with a view is something Coppa Club is able to provide all of its guests. The London-based chain has several establishments dotted across the capital, but it is their Tower Bridge restaurant that has made the biggest impact since they re-introduced their igloos in 2018. Overlooking the River Thames, the restaurant is located nearby the iconic bridge and provides quaint outdoor pods which change theme with every season. This gives people a great space to eat, drink and relax with friends. The large terrace faces the sun during the day and famous landmarks such as the Shard are also in full view of the eatery. With a menu that caters to everyone, whether you are looking to indulge or stick to your summer diet with a healthier option, it is one of the city’s most talked about outdoor experiences. Each pod is beautifully decorated and if the great British weather does let you down, you will be protected from the elements. Coppa Club also offer al fresco dining at Sonning-on-Thames if you prefer a quieter atmosphere as you eat. B. Pop Brixton Not just a restaurant, Pop Brixton is a project that has helped transform disused land in London into a creative space for local businesses. And, among the bustling retail, music and social scene of the area, there are a number of hidden gems when it comes to outdoor restaurants.

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Built inside disused shipping containers the complex has a number of restaurants to choose from with something to suit everyone’s taste buds. This includes the delicious Cantonese restaurant, Duck Duck Goose, British and European restaurant Smoke & Salt and authentic Italian eatery Franzina Trattoria. All of Pop Brixton’s restaurants extend to the outdoors so guests can enjoy their food while soaking up the sights and sounds of one of London’s most vibrant and diverse areas. C. Angler Angler is a dazzling Michelin-starred restaurant with seafood at its centre. Led by Executive Chef, Gary Foulkes, the everchanging menu features only seasonal and carefully sourced produce. Using passion and precision, Gary meticulously curates each dish to celebrate the taste and textures of the ingredients, using a variation of techniques, flavouring and seasoning. To complement, Head Sommelier, Alessandro Giani, has compiled an extensive wine list of bottles from both the new and old world. Adorned with a mirrored Grace & Webb ceiling sculpture and floor-to-ceiling windows, Angler is a favoured spot for foodies, romantics and power lunchers. An adjoining terrace is a sun trap and in winter it transforms into a cosy outside space – perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail or an evening whiled away. Angler is part of a collection by D&D London; other restaurants and venues include Bluebird, Coq D’argent and Launceston Place. D&D London owns and operates over

35 of the most famous restaurants in London, Leeds, Paris, New York, Istanbul and Tokyo. D. Untitled Bar Tucked away in Dalston, Hackney, Untitled is a restaurant and bar which serves up traditional Japanese cuisine. With extensive vegan options on their menu and a variety of unique cocktails to choose from, Untitled gives guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture without having to leave London. Whatever the time of day, the venue’s outdoor garden is an enchanting place to grab a bite. With a number of beautifully designed stools and tables for people to enjoy their food at, the garden also features a bar and access to a number of Japanese small plates.




A. Coppa Club 3, Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH B. Pop Brixton 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ C. Angler 3 South Pl, London EC2M 2AF D. Untitled Bar 538 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AH

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Everyone is talking about Gin.

Although the juniper-based spirit has been around for centuries, in recent years it has undergone a trendy revival of sorts, with a national ‘Gin fever’ of epic proportions underway. Blame it on its essential place within modern cocktail culture or the “Instagrammable” nature of the Gin and Tonic glass, but there can be no denying just how Gin obsessed Brits have become.

With this in mind, it seems only fitting that such a phenomenon has joined forces with another British cultural institution: The festival.

wares for attendees to sample. As well as this, there will be a Gin Kiosk shop and accompanying food options. Tickets start from £30.

Gin tasting festivals and events are popping up all over the country as lovers of the spirit clamour to get a taste of the wide variety of tipples on offer from distilleries across the nation. In this handy guide, we have selected some of the best events for you to attend that combine culture, music, food and of course Gin in perfect harmony:

The Great British Gin Festival: The Grand, London, Saturday 29 June 2019.

The Gin to my Tonic Festival: St Mary’s, London, Saturday 6 April 2019 Held within the beautifully restored Grade 1 listed venue of St Mary’s, the Gin to my Tonic Festival focuses on providing a ‘party atmosphere’ and live entertainment to all attendees in order to put the fun into Gin tasting. Over 100 varieties will be on offer to sample, with each measure 10 ml larger than the standard 25ml serving available at most events. Tickets are priced at £15. Junipalooza: The Tobacco Dock, London, 8-9 June 2019. This is one for the Gin connoisseurs amongst you. Junipalooza, an apt name that combines Juniper berries and a term for partying, is a two-day extravaganza that operates on a strict owner/maker policy. The festival is centred around getting to know the individuals and their stories behind each Gin brand in a more intimate setting. There is also an emphasis on nurturing the community, with a Newcomer’s Zone for any budding distillers to bring their

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The UK’s biggest Gin tour comes to London in spectacular fashion. With over 120 Gins on offer as well as talks, presentations and demonstrations from industry insiders, the festival really offers the complete experience for dedicated Gin lovers! The festival will also be the ultimate celebration of British summertime with a live band for the entire session and delicious canapés and nibbles on offer. Tickets start at £18.40 for early birds and increase upon demand.

Gin and Fizz Cruises: Henley River, 1 June-28th September 2019

Secret Running Tours: the London Gin running Tour (selected dates annually).

A grownup booze cruise of sorts, Hobbs of Henley’s Gin and fizz cruises combine stunning sights with the best of British Gins. Upon arrival, a welcome drink of your choice made with Henley’s Mr Hobbs Gin is served before a cruise along Henley’s famous stretch. Throughout the trip, glasses will be kept topped up as you soak up the surroundings, just perfect for a Summer’s day. What more could a Gin lover ask for? Tickets are priced at £42 each for an all-day experience.

Perhaps the most unique experience under the Gin umbrella, secret running Gin tours are the perfect way to indulge two hobbies simultaneously. Pick from a choice of 10k paces (quick, moderate and slow) to enjoy a guided tour of monuments that showcase London’s long and detailed Gin distilling history. Finish up at the end with a refreshing Gin and tonic within one of London’s authentic Gin Palaces. A truly unique experience. Tickets are £24 with separate pricing available for private tours.

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Whether it’s a decadent Burgundy or a New World blockbuster Shawbury Wine import exculsively from boutique often family run wineries, which equates to a drinking experience that is truly like no other.

Shawbury Wine is a family run business which opened its doors in 2000. Importing wines from every corner of the globe, they truly provide something for every occasion.

hosted by Michelin-star chef Tom Kerridge and will also see the likes of Will Young, Clean Bandit and Scouting for Girls take to the stage.

Richard Lambourne their Fine Wine Consultant has a simple belief “Let your taste buds decide... it’s important that my customers are able to sample these fantastic wines”

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As well as giving consumers the luxury of choice when it comes to wine, they also travel around the country to spread the Shawbury Wine message at numerous lifestyle exhibitions, festivals, and country fairs. What better way to enjoy the summer than basking in the sunshine with a glass (or bottle) of wine among friends? And, with this in mind, Shawbury Wine will be on hand to deliver wine tasting experiences at a variety of shows and events this summer season. Pub in the Park A series of events which unfold in southern England Pub in the Park combine good food, refreshing drinks and live music for what is an unmissable summer affair.

An event much-loved among the capital’s foodies, Regents Park will once again host Taste of London from 19–23 June. A highly anticipated occasion, the event brings together the very best food, drink and entertainment that London has to offer. Richard and the team at Shawbury Wine will be in attendance and as well as showcasing the delicious wine they stock, they will also be on-hand to give advice and guidance on the very best foods to complement each glass. The Game Fair Hertfordshire’s stunning stately home Hatfield House is the location for Europe’s largest countryside festival. The Game Fair takes place between 26–28 July and will see Shawbury Wine display their delicious mix of products to guests over the course of what will hopefully be a weekend of sunshine.

Shawbury Wine will be among the eclectic bar selection at the events giving people the chance to sample their range of products as they enjoy festivities. After having already headed to Marlow’s event in May, Tunbridge Wells (12–14 July), Chiswick (6–8 September) and St Albans (13–15 September) are their next stops.

Celebrating the best of British, the event includes activities such as archery, shooting and fishing and also displays the greatest in food and drink. While the weekend celebrates British staples, the event will also have a wide-range of European wines on display including a vast selection from Shawbury Wine.

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When rain stops play in cricket, players typically retreat to the pavilion and for one player this was his opportunity to hone his skills in art… Entirely self-taught Jack Russell MBE is an extremely successful artist who lends his hand to landscapes, wildlife, military art, portraits and sport paintings. The latter of which pays homage to his former cricketing career. A well-known name within the sport, Jack was Gloucestershire’s most fruitful wicket-keeper playing for the club a remarkable 994 times. A one-club-man he remained loyal to his team for 23 years before retiring in 2004. As well this he demonstrated his skill on the world’s stage as he represented his country, playing a key role in 54 Test matches and 40 ODIs with England. A career which naturally took him to all four corners of the globe, and everywhere inbetween, his art can to this day be credited to the colours he saw, the experiences he had and the memories he made during this time of his life. But it was his debut Tour with England in Pakistan in 1987 which influenced his first taste of real artist acclaim.

As many other self-taught artists have done before him, Jack started out with pencils, learning his basic skills through sketching. His first official collection, in 1988, was solely an exhibition of his sketches, many of which featured drawings from his time in Pakistan. Comprising 40 sketches, the entire collection sold out within just two days – a moment Jack still somewhat humbly describes as “surprising”. Two years later and after graduating to paint mediums, in particular oils, he exhibited his second collection which, like the first, sold out rapidly. These two sell-out collections reaffirmed his artistic talent and now he has works hanging in the Tower of London, Lord’s and The Oval as well as his own gallery tucked away in the sleepy town of Chipping Sodbury. His gallery is open for private appointment-only viewings where arts aficionados, and those simply intrigued by Jack’s artistic eye can browse his latest work. It’s from here too that bespoke commissions can be requested. A queue of people await these private commissions and portraits from the artist, something that has fast become a bigger demand. Demonstrating an innate skill for bringing an individuals’ characteristics, quirks and personality to life, Jack carries out all of his portrait work in person rather than through a photograph. The same goes for his other commissions whether it be of a beloved place or meaningful spot, he will always visit it to capture the true atmosphere. Throughout his career, he has had the honour of commissioning portraits of high-profile people including Sir Bobby Charlton, The Duke of Edinburgh and Eric Sykes as well as British Army personnel.

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While South Africa, the West Indies and Australia, are all firmly pinned on his personal travel map, recent years have seen Jack focus more on the sights and sounds of British landscapes. From the famously dreary Lake District to the mystical Yorkshire Dales, his landscape work beautifully showcases the offering our country has on its doorstep. This summer though will see Jack turn his full attention back to cricket once again as he is set to paint his way through the calendar of Test matches including the muchanticipated rivalry between England and Australia who have matches at Lord’s in July.

For more information about the artist, to browse his collections or enquire about purchasing artwork, please visit:

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THE SMART TECHNOLOGY YOU NEED TO HAVE IN YOUR HOME Virtual assistants that take the strain out of daily life, robo vacuum cleaners and self-tying shoes (no we’re not joking) are all examples of smart technology that you can now get for your home in 2019. Depending on your definition, smart technology is nothing new. When the first engine-powered vacuum cleaner was released in 1901 it was considered to be ‘smart’ as it instantly made life more convenient. As time progressed and more household appliances (such as washing machines, tumble dryers, irons etc) were invented people’s homes became increasingly used to adopting different gadgets that took the burden out of the day-to-day. The introduction of the internet has increased the level of smart tech we now have in our homes, and while making our day-to-day lives easier is still a big draw, consumers can purchase products that enhance a number of other areas.


For the day-to-day One of the most popular technologies to have emerged in recent years is the virtual assistant. And, if you have heard the neighbours frantically shouting “Alexa!” then you have Amazon to thank for that. Alexa was launched by the technology giants in 2014 and was one of the first virtual assistants of its kind. Alexa has since been adopted by more than 100 million families who are all enjoying her ability to answer the most random of questions, order shopping online and even read the latest football scores. Noticing how quickly Alexa took off, other heavyweights in the technology industry – Google, Apple and Samsung – have all followed suit releasing their own versions, each one competing to do more than the other.

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For music lovers Known as the ultimate home sound system, Sonos uses the latest in wireless and voice technology, giving users the chance to play different music, podcasts, movies and much more in every room of the house. Using a mobile app, users can then control what each room is listening to with their fingertips catering to everyone’s individual tastes. Sonos also incorporates Alexa so users are able to change tracks and give the system instructions using only their voice.

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For fun A trend that is increasing in popularity in the world of smart tech is technology that seamlessly blends into your home’s décor. And, it’s Samsung who are paving the way with their ingenious Smart TV, The Frame. The Frame combines technology and art as when it’s switched off, the screen passes for a stunning piece of artwork. Completely customisable, homeowners only have to download their chosen theme from the online store and watch as art turns into their favourite box set. Speakers haven’t been left out of this trend either as they too can be transformed into artistic name sculptures.

For security Everyone wants to sleep easy knowing their home and family is safe, and smart tech can help you sleep sounder than ever. More than a standard CCTV, smart security cameras means no matter where you are in the world you can tune in and see what’s going on back at home. A number of companies have manufactured their own smart home systems, allowing users to view their home on their smartphones, activate their burglar alarms and speak out of speakers to warn off any intruders.

Furry friends aren’t left out either when it comes to smart tech in the home. Some might say it’s excessive, but Doggy Day Care is actually loved by many owners, and dogs. The innovative device can be placed anywhere in the home and features a camera which means owners can keep an eye on their pooch via an app while they’re out and about. And, there’s an extra function which dispenses tasty treats at the touch of a button.

For your convenience Let’s face it, anything that makes the busy nature of modern life quicker and easier is going to be a hit. Now, even simple tasks like switching on the lights or turning on the heating are becoming a thing of the past as they too can be controlled through technology – and it can be done without even having to get off the sofa. There are a variety of products on the market that can control these utilities including the Nest Thermostat. The device controls the home from a phone and is compatible with other virtual assistants such as Alexa.

Want to know who’s at your front door? A video doorbell gives you the chance to check who is visiting before you open the door. So, ignoring the door-to-door salespeople you used to hide from becomes much easier.

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Multi-media artist Alexander Hall and his Haut de Gamme brand are turning heads on the international art scene. We hear his story


Its name translates as “up-market” or “high-end” … so what better symbol for fast-emerging art brand Haut de Gamme than a bottle of expensive champagne? Bottles of bubbly, splashed and dripping with paint, are among the signature works of Haut de Gamme artist Alexander Hall. His subjects also include polo ponies, cars and packs of Marlboro cigarettes. Hall went large on the champagne theme with his most celebrated work to date: a commission from InterContinental Hotels Group to mark its 200th hotel acquisition. The installation, 200 individually painted bottles, has boosted international interest in Haut de Gamme. But why the branding? Why not plain Alexander Hall?

more paintings after being impressed with his first piece of work. “I was summoned to his office. He pointed to a wall and asked what I could do with it and I came up with an idea,” he said. Following that, the businessman told Hall that he had 23 other walls in offices around the world and they all needed his artwork. “That was the moment the game changed,” said Hall, 29. “It introduced me to an array of art collectors who love my work and I created work for charity events, like my first ever champagne bottle painting.” Clients include F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo and Aston Martin, for whom he is currently working on a painting. It is a particular joy for him as it reflects his lifelong passion for cars and motor sport. Currently single and working from his west London studio mews, he rents larger studio space for big projects like the InterContinental installation. The 200 empty bottles were arrayed on the floor for painting, each with a board containing reference information on hotel locations. But what happened to all that champagne? “No comment!” Hall adds: “I’ve been lucky, but if you want the good things in life you have to get up early. I feel I’m just getting started, and there is so much more I need to do.”

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“I wanted something that summed up everything I do, not just art but also developing concepts,” Hall says. “Whatever I do, it’s under that banner.” His creative instinct emerged in childhood. “It was more than just crayons. Hammer and screwdriver, too,” he recalls. “At six I was at a lathe making bowls out of tree trunks. I’d design and build a go-kart or do some painting.” Hall, who lives in London, says his “hard-working” parents taught him “to paint the back of the cabinet, not just the front … to put your best into everything you do.” There were hard lessons. When just 16, he sold a painting for £950. Years later, it was sold on … for £35,000. A blow? “I wasn’t doing well at the time, but it gave me confidence in my own ability. It taught me that I had to believe in myself, so I’m grateful for the experience.” Hall’s big break came from entrepreneur Peter Jones, of Dragons’ Den fame, who commissioned him to produce

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WAGNER PAINT SPRAYERS THE UNSTOPPABLE WAY TO PAINT! With the summer season upon us, many a homeowner’s thoughts turn to improvements and ways to freshen up interiors. Painting is a huge part of this but can soon become a long-winded task often yielding patchy results and the alternative of hiring a decorator is a costly prospect.


With Wagner’s range of paint spraying tools this needn’t be the case. Wagner offers solutions to make painting quick and easy for even the most complex of projects, while delivering professional looking results every time. From spraying perfectly neat edges to transforming reclaimed furniture, these high efficiency tools can be used by any DIY novice and are ten times faster than a conventional brush as well as offering more power to avoid over spray. The guns are also designed to handle all manner of paint consistencies from thick oil-based to chalk like substances, meaning there is no need to wonder if a particular shade will be compatible with the tool. Wagner also offer SMART rollers for those who prefer this method of painting. A simple squeeze of the ratchet power trigger directly feeds paint to the paint roller cover, eliminating the need for messy paint trays for refills. The SMART roller is perfect for medium-sized projects, and the extended handle reaches 8’ ceilings with ease. As a testimony to its quality, the range is endorsed by celebrity TV DIY expert Craig Phillips. As a leading figure in the home improvement industry, Phillips is well versed in what makes a great tool for the everyday decorator: “With Wagner it has never been easier for everyone to improve their homes. In just a couple of hours your living

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room can be transformed without having to slog it out over an entire weekend like you would with brushes”. There has never been a better time to make those muchneeded freshen ups. Perfect for professionals! With the number of skilled tradesmen in decline, professions such as decorating are much sought after and many of these individuals are renowned for their seamless attention to detail and reputation. However, when business is thriving why turn away clients when stretched, if an exceptional job can be delivered in half the time with the right tools? Wagner’s range of paint spraying and roller tools make the perfect edition to any professional kit, allowing usual immaculate standards to be maintained in a fraction of the time. In particular, the High Efficiency Airless Collection is the ideal choice for trade professionals as it delivers up to 55% less overspray than standard airless sprayers and improves control for a more consistent finish. Also considerably neater, Wagner’s spray guns avoid the need for mess and post clean-up of brushes that wastes valuable time. They are also compatible with all manner of paints ensuring that a perfect execution can be delivered every time, no matter the scale or manner of the project.

In just a couple of hours your living room can be transformed without having to slog it out over an entire weekend like you would with brushes”. - Craig Phillips, Wagner ambassador

If surface preparation is needed, an on-demand steamer is also available for the removal of barriers such as old wallpaper and anaglypta. So, when a client leaves traces of prior décor behind, this no longer needs to be a source of dread or excessive time spent scraping it off. Whether tackling interiors or industrial metal projects, Wagner has made it easier than ever to render time and cost efficient results that spare the mess, excess paint and effort that is usually associated with such enterprises. Wagner revives the Sydney Harbour Bridge As a choice to trust, their equipment is used by some of the world’s leading contractors on a variety of projects. Wagner contractor paint sprayers were used for renovations on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, proving that the equipment can tackle even the largest of projects. The Wagner home decorating range is available from B&Q, Screwfix, Toolstation, Amazon, Homebase and Wickes.

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An incentive like no other… Motivate your team today by putting them in the seat of some of the world’s hottest supercars. Forget about your traditional employee rewards and your standard lunches out that you usually pass off as team building. Let Everyman Racing help you take it up a gear…

driving experiences and an impressive fleet of more than 200 supercars at a range of locations, including the Top Gear track at Dunsfold.

Everyman Racing pride themselves in tailoring and hosting supercar events for corporate clients at venues across the UK. Enhance your company profile or increase your sales and rewards programmes with a bespoke supercar experience.

You and your team can choose from the latest models including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and McLarens. You can also take your pick from some amazing ‘movie cars’ from The Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee to the awesome Ford Mustang GT500 Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds and more. Plus, for those seeking even more thrills you can book an off-road adventure in one of the rally cars.

Treat yourself and your team to an unforgettable, adrenaline-filled experience with Everyman Racing. With more than 38 years’ experience delivering incredible

These incredible cars combined with the passionate team at Everyman Racing will ensure you will get a high quality, memorable experience for your business.

What a truly excellent couple of days at Goodwood.The staff service and food at the hotel could not have been better and the welcome, instruction and setting for the second day was truly superb too. Charlie Turner, Editor in Chief, BBC Top Gear

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Everyman Racing is renowned for its Diamond corporate days with top of the range Supercars such as the Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren 720s, Porsche GT3 RS from its fleet of over 200 vehicles. A Typical Corporate Day 08.00 – Registration and Breakfast at Prestwold Hall 08.30 – Safety and Days Briefing 08.50 – Your day begins as you meet the Team Leader Start what will be an eye watering day with the Supercars, followed by:

Events at Everyman Racing can also include accommodation and conference facilities at the historic Prestwold Hall, just half a mile away from the track. Make your business stand out Everyman Racing don’t just offer team building and rewards, they offer a whole range of services that will make your business stand out: • Employee rewards • Team building events • Staff incentive days

- Drift Experience

• Client hosting

- 4 x 4 Experience

• Conferences and meetings

- Rally Experience

• Venue hire

- American Movie Car Experiences

• Product launches

Also available: Race Buggies, Classic Cars, Segway, Helicopters, Ariel Atom, Supercar Hot-laps, High Performance Saloon Hot-laps.

• Manufacturer events

Lunch at the beautiful Prestwold Hall All of the above can be tailored to your guests needs and what you, as the client, requires from Europe’s largest provider of Supercar Experiences. Corporate Days are available from 10 to 50 guests’. Driving time is always the same, whether you are a private individual or part of an exclusive corporate booking. Every full-day event includes breakfast, a waitress-served lunch and a fine afternoon tea. You’ll find complimentary drinks and light bites in our comfortable trackside building.

Call Everyman Racing today on 01509 892260 to discuss your bespoke driving experience day or visit

The Everyman team were friendly, professional and, most of all, keen to share their passion for the cars with everyone. I can see why it’s the best driving experience provider in the country. Jenny Cross, Director of Cross Productions

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In this digital age, online marketing has become more of a necessity than an option.

As brands gear up to fight for the top spots in increasingly competitive markets, having a strong digital presence is absolutely vital to business success. The world is more digitalised than ever before - recent studies have shown that on average we now spend a total of 24 hours a week using electronic devices. Whether it be a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, the growth of the internet and developments in technology has caused marketers to exploit this trend and target device activity to reach new customers and generate more leads for their business. By the end of this year, the total UK digital ad spend is predicted to reach a staggering £20.8bn and this doesn’t include the opportunities presented by other digital channels. Traditional marketing simply isn’t enough anymore. Businesses who neglect the power of digital advertising are being left eating the dust of those embracing the future and the ecommerce giants. If you’re a business owner and are unsure whether this applies to you, here’s a breakdown of why your business needs to invest in digital marketing: Power Digital marketing is now the most powerful marketing channel, so if you’re looking to stand out amongst your competition, riding the digital wave will certainly help you make the biggest splash. It’s no surprise that companies are investing so much in digital, as with the right strategy in place, the possibilities for brand growth are endless.

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Cost Efficiency As far as costs go, the average ad spend is lower for digital than any other form of marketing. What’s more, the return on investment is higher - hooray! For small to medium-sized businesses who do not always have the budget to compete with larger brands for ad space on big channels such as TV, radio and print, digital marketing makes the most sense. In some cases, digital platforms can actually generate more coverage than TV or radio - and it’s a lot cheaper too! Measurability Whilst it’s difficult to measure the success of an offline marketing campaign, virtually all digital marketing activity can be tracked and monitored. This means campaigns can be thoroughly analysed and adapted to identify the most effective tactics and ultimately produce the best possible results. By using just one of many analytics tools, you can monitor your activities in real time and access vast amounts of data that can inform future strategic decisions. Niche Targeting A huge benefit of using digital marketing is its ability to target specific audiences. Unlike traditional means, digital allows you to connect to your specific target audience and focus all your efforts in the right places. By promoting your content in front of the right people, you are far more likely to generate leads and sales, whilst at the same time, using your money and resources effectively.


Adaptability The nature of digital marketing allows you to experiment with different methods and techniques until you find the perfect one for your business. Unlike press or TV ads, digital marketing campaigns can be adapted throughout, so you can fine tune your strategy as you go. If for example, you see that SEO (search engine optimisation) is driving more traffic to your site than email marketing, you may wish to focus more of your site on SEO and switch up your strategy going forward. Global Reach Thanks to social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, the reach for digital content is limitless. By harnessing the power of social media and online influencers you can seriously amplify your promotions and messaging to raise brand awareness at scale. Moreover, channels such as social media encourages brands to connect and engage with target audiences, helping to build trust and loyalty.

Ask the experts If you’re interested in digital marketing and would like to know what impact it could have on your business, get in touch with the digital experts at Champions Digital. 08453 31 30 31

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With more than 30 specialist engineering divisions selfdelivering services to clients across a wide range of sectors from its Birmingham headquarters, the adi Group has, since it was set up by Alan Lusty in 1990, always taken a comprehensive approach to devising and delivering robust client solutions. And, in what has so far been an exciting year for the firm, it has recently added a brand new engineering facility to an extensive offering of 12 regional facilities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Located in Rushden, Northamptonshire, the 16,000 sq.ft. site marks a significant investment for the adi Group which will allow it to be more responsive to regional clients while at the same time broadening its geographical footprint and creating up to 100 skilled jobs in the next 18 months. Inspired by Formula 1’s ‘right first time’ working ethos, adi counts many of the world’s best loved brands among its loyal clients and brought in 1995 British Grand Prix winner and Sky Sports analyst, Johnny Herbert, to cut the ribbon on the new facility at a special event on Thursday 2 May. He said: “This is a fantastic facility on the doorstep of many of adi Group’s key current and future clients. It enables the adi Group to serve those clients even more efficiently, responding quickly in tune with their evolving needs. “There will be high quality jobs for locals and wonderful training opportunities for what can be a rewarding as well as highly rewarded career. Engineering really isn’t a profession fenced off solely for the benefit of the degree-

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educated. And, looking at this facility and hearing the firm’s plans, it is very well placed to inspire the next generation of skilled engineers.” James Sopwith, Group Strategic Account Director, added: “It’s been a pleasure to show clients the new capabilities we have here. Phase 1 of this development will see up to 100 jobs created in the next year and a half. But the fact we already have 30 staff here and will look to push forward towards 200 employees during Phase 2 in Years 3 and 4, marks an exciting expansion of our geographical capabilities. “More importantly, though, it also comes as great news for local jobs and for our clients in the region – current and future – to the needs of whom we can now rapidly respond.” With ambitious plans to more than double its £80 million turnover to £200 million and employ up to 1,000 members of staff, the firm’s right first time culture ensures it creates and delivers the turnkey solutions that engineer the outcomes – and outputs – clients demand. Seamless self-delivery has helped the adi Group cement its status among some of the world’s most sustainable and engaging employers. EcoVadis, a global organisation enabling companies to measure and demonstrate their CSR performance on a rich, multi-tiered scale, recently awarded adi its Gold Accreditation. Scoring the firm at a huge 73%, EcoVadis rates adi the top 1% of the thousands of companies it assesses in over 110 countries worldwide.

Engineering the Future There is a common misconception that UK manufacturing is in decline but the reality is that the country is suffering from a systemic engineering skills shortage that threatens our ability to produce all we need in the years ahead. But, with a ground-breaking pre-apprenticeship scheme in place, giving 14 - 16 year olds from North Bromsgrove High School hands-on experience of a real-world engineering work environment, and with a commitment to having 5% of its employees as full-time apprentices, adi is serious about redressing the balance. Dedicated to inspiring the next generation of engineers, the two-year pre-apprentice programme enables GCSE students to get to grips with engineering and gives them the hands-on skillsets and confidence they need as they move into employment.

Self-delivering Model Building from the ground up as first a supplier of electrical installation services to industry, Alan Lusty steadily added automation, welding and fabrication service strings to his bow. The firm has since kept to a constant growth

trajectory, enabling it to broaden the portfolio of services it offers clients. Now, with over 30 core specialisms in its locker, the adi Group has a self-delivering model that enables it to serve as a one-stop-shop provider of turnkey engineering solutions to clients in the Automotive, Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defence, Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical sectors. With a client portfolio boasting the likes of Rolls-Royce, 3M, Jaguar Land Rover and BAE Systems to name but a few, adi successfully coordinates teams from its UK bases to work on some of the most challenging and technically complex projects of the present day. A key sector for the business is Food & Beverage manufacturing, having built an enviable list of clients in the sector, including Cadbury, Coca-Cola, Muller, Nestle, Weetabix and McCain, as well as a brand new £22million construction project with Princes Foods. For more information on how adi Group’s selfdelivering model can create engineering solutions and opportunities both large and small for your organisation, call 0121 451 2255 or email

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ARE INFLUENCERS SAVING THE HIGH STREET? As major High Street stores continue to disappear from towns and cities across the country, we ask if social media and its plethora of influencers could be their saviour.


The Beginning of the End When Woolworths closed its doors for the final time in 2008, it signified a shift in the landscape of the British High Street. At the time, e-commerce was beginning to gain precedence alongside social media platforms and the two were dealing devastating blows to bricks and mortar retail. This overtaking manoeuvre was seemingly signified when in 2018 Amazon surpassed Walmart as the world’s most valuable retailer and has set a precedent for the industry globally ever since. Upon first examination, it seemed as if all of these stores were closing due to an unfortunate turn in the retail landscape and this is true in part. However, certain names appeared to be bucking the trend and flourishing and all for one reason. Although not immediately obvious in store, the answer seems to lie with their online activity and in particular, social media influencers. Granted, most stores now have a social media presence of some variety but working with influencers is not something that has been adopted by all. Simply put, thriving brands know that they need influential figures to attract customers and raise brand awareness. Today, that someone is an influencer. Relatable yet aspirational, stylish yet candid, influencers have the ability to engage and persuade millions like no other social figure.

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Why Influencers Could Be the Saviour of Traditional Retail In the last few years we have seen the emergence of major fashion brands such as Pretty Little Thing and Boohoo, all which have seen huge growth from working with influencers. From day one they have heavily invested in influencer marketing and with Boohoo’s profits soaring a massive 97% to £579.8 million last year 2018, it has more than paid off. Whilst some shoppers are undoubtedly purchasing from online sites because of convenience, a great number have been inspired by posts they have seen online and can easily order the same product all in one place. Having worked with influencers for over a decade, Senior Manager of agency, Influencer Champions Amelia Neate believes that influencers could help to boost local businesses: “There is no rule saying that High Street brand’s or even local businesses can’t work with an influencer,” she said The modern consumer isn’t anti-High Street, they just need a reason to visit and influencers can give exactly this them this. Savvy High Street brands have already tapped into this initiative.” Primark is the perfect example. They have ignored the pressures of venturing into the world of e-commerce but that doesn’t mean a failure to utilise social media influencers and their benefits. The brand has established social media channels alongside gifting key influencers the latest seasonal pieces, curated to resonate with their respective audiences. They also offer social stars the chance to come in store to film sponsored videos. On top of this, Primark even launched a fitness collection collaboration with health influencer Alice Liveing aka Clean Eating Alice to offer their consumers a slice of her style at a budget price but only available in store. The collection was instantly sold out. And they aren’t the only ones tapping into this either. Warehouse have collaborated with the likes of fashion blogger Pandora Sykes, H&M do regular style edits with influencers such as Lissy Voddy and even M&S have began to feature an ‘as seen on’ influencer section and invite them to shows . Whether it’s inviting influencers into the store, collaborating through content or sharing a live video, there many in which High-Street businesses can take advantage of this marketing tool and really grow their business. Are you interested in working with an influencer? Speak to the specialists at Influencer Champions and see how you can form a successful partnership with the industry’s leading social media influencers.

For more information please contact Influencer Champions on 0203 9580 427, email or visit the website at

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Janine Edwards Wealth Management Ltd, Principal Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management We focus solely on providing face-to-face advice and offer a dedicated, personal wealth management service to build long-term, trusted relationships. We have the experience to help you successfully secure and enhance your financial future by offering specialist advice in a wide range of areas including: Corporate Financial advice and protection Aspects of Exit Strategy Planning for business owners Investment Planning Retirement Planning Tax and Estate Planning For further information, or to request a no obligation wealth management review, please contact Janine Edwards: 01676 530606 or 07785 295341

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Janine Edwards Management Ltd is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial 1 1 9 / Wealth / Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the group’s website The ‘St. James’s Place Partnership’ and the titles ‘Partner’ and ‘Partner Practice’ are marketing terms used to describe St. James’s Place representatives.

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From the world’s most inspirational figures to iconic sporting heroes, Monumental Icons commission beautifully crafted statues and monuments for clients across the country.

The business was established in 2011 and was the brainchild of Derbyshire businessman Garry McBride who has held directorships at several businesses in his long career. With renowned sculptor Andrew Edwards lending his artful hand, eight years on and the business credits many high-profile commissions in its extensive portfolio. Monumental Icons has reunited the jaunty foursome with a statue of The Beatles on Liverpool docks, captured Muhammad Ali in his prime with a centrepiece for the O2’s I Am The Greatest exhibition and marked the camaraderie between two footballing icons, Brian Clough and Peter Taylor outside the home of the Rams. Most famously of all though, and perhaps their most poignant commission to date, came in 2014 when the world remembered WW1 in its centenary year. The aptly named ‘All Together Now’ statue tells the story behind the Christmas Truce when, on 25th December 1914 British and German soldiers left the safety of their trenches in no-man’s land to unite over a game of football. This piece of historical commemoration can be seen in the Belgian town of Mesen near to where the match took place and shows the coming together of a British and a German soldier over a football, surrounded by mud. The soldiers’ hands are not quite shaking, with a space left deliberately between the two for visitors to insert their own hands and finish the union. The 12ft high statue provides a place of reflection for those that visit it – something Monumental Icons seeks to do with all of its commissions. “We don’t just create statues and monuments, we create destinations” Garry said. “Our work ensures that people, places and memories are immortalised forever. Our pieces aren’t meant to be looked at once, they are made to be enjoyed time and time again.” The last 12 months have been the business’ most prosperous yet with Garry proudly stating that “Enquiries for skills and services has quadrupled” and “turnover reflects the demand having grown by over 150%”.

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And it seems like this trajectory is only set to rise with the business having been brought on board for a number of significant commissions (some of which are still firmly under wraps) and plans fixed in place to expand their client base in the future including commissions in Northampton and two in Leicester. The financial future of both Garry and Monumental Icons is nurtured by Janine Edwards of Janine Edwards Wealth Management Ltd. Specialising in corporate financial advice and protection, aspects of exit strategy planning for business owners, investment planning, retirement planning and tax and estate planning, Janine has more than 30 years’ experience working in the wealth management industry. Future planning and helping to ensure financial stability for families of high-net worth individuals is also part of Janine’s work and it was on this premise that Garry brought Janine on board. After selling his former and extremely fruitful business, Evans Concrete Limited, Garry required advice on how best to invest the proceeds in a way that kept family security at its heart.

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“Family is a huge part of my life, and I want to ensure that their financial futures are well protected,” Garry said. “Janine is well known across the entirety of the Midlands for her honest, professional and clear advice so it was a natural decision to work with her. “She suggested the best ways to invest my proceeds in a way that could be enjoyed but still help provide future security for my family, children and their children. “I speak regularly with Janine whether it be in person or on the phone and I use her as a trusted sounding board for financial decisions made in both my personal and business life. “And with her continued advice I am confident that Monumental Icons will enjoy a long and exciting future.”

The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds you select and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You may get back less than you invested. “The Partner Practice is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website The title ‘Partner Practice’ is the marketing term used to describe St. James’s Place representatives.”

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PROUD CHARITY PARTNER OF CHAMPIONS UK PLC OUR MISSION is to enhance the lives of disadvantaged and disabled young people through sport and recreation

OUR PROGRAMMES support some of the most marginalised and at risk young people in the UK

WE CREATE a range of opportunities for young people from deprived areas and those with disabilities to engage in sport and recreational activities in their local communities

IN 2018:




recycling scheme saw

12,646 items of kit donated to 21 countries




with disabilities have had the chance to play cricket regularly through our disability cricket programmes


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OUR PROGRAMMES SUPER 1s: For disabled young people aged 12-25 tackling the lack of competitive sport available for the disabled community

TABLE CRICKET: Adapted form of cricket played on a table tennis table aimed at young people with disabilities unable to play the traditional form of the game

WICKETZ: Community cricket programme helping hard-to-reach young people in highly deprived areas with a focus on social cohesion and developing crucial life skills

SPORTS KIT RECYCLING: We collect recycled sports kit in the UK and send it to partners at home and abroad enabling more young people to play sport

We also provide specially adapted minibuses, play spaces and sports wheelchairs for special educational needs schools and organisations across the UK.

WHO DO WE HELP? Leanne Tansley was born without her left arm, has ADHD and at times lives with depression. Without seeing attainable goals, her attendance at school was not good and her grades were poor as a result. Leanne started playing cricket two years ago when she joined the Newham Sixth Form College, NewVic, and in cricket she has found a goal, something that makes her happy and something that has changed her whole mindset. She can’t wait for Super 1s training every week, turning up early, keen to get going as soon as possible and counts down the days to competitions. She is always happy to try something new and very keen to improve all aspects of her cricket, fitness and tactical knowledge. Leanne’s new-found confidence, self-esteem and drive have also helped her outside of cricket. The dedication and commitment needed to attend training each week is now showing in her college work. Leanne’s discipline, attendance and grades have improved and her attitude in and around college has been exceptional since she started playing. “I have gone from being someone who only got poor grades, to being a distinction student where teachers use my work as an example to other students.”

WANT TO GET INVOLVED? If you’ve been inspired by Leanne’s story and would like to support the charity on its mission to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance, there are many ways for you to get involved. Whether its volunteering, making us a beneficiary charity of your event or attending one of our fundraising dinners, any support will make a massive difference. Please visit to find out more.

Through being involved with Super 1s her leadership skills have also improved. Her coach says she has become a leader within the team, with her teammates now looking to her for inspiration, and she is now taking on more responsibility in many other areas. She has taken on a role with the college’s ‘Here come the Girls’ ambassadors and is now an integral part of this, with responsibilities ranging from recruiting and promoting females in sport, to assisting and planning fundraising events. “Cricket has helped me gain confidence and create true friendships. I have lots of fun playing cricket, learning new skills, and trying to be the best I can be. I never thought I would be able to go to college but now my grades have improved, I know I can. Playing Super 1s cricket is amazing, it has given kids like me the opportunity to change our lives and help us to have fun.” Leanne now plans to go to University and continue playing all sports, especially cricket. She would also like to get more involved in coaching young people and helping the women’s game grow.



BECAUSE THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN BANKING Because our clients each have their own needs, we take the time to understand them. And by taking a broader view of everything from investments to borrowing, we can help them pursue their passions. Contact the Coutts team on 0207 753 1365.

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR Perhaps you’re considering proposing, or hoping to become the lucky £10,000 recipient of a brand new diamond sparkler. Once the engagement notice has been published, and the venue and honeymoon are booked, it’s worth having a frank chat with your partner about your joint finances, to agree a shared financial plan for the future – for better and for worse.


The good news is that divorce rates are falling. Unfortunately, however, many marriages do come to an end. Around 42% of UK marriages end in divorce. When marriages break down, both partners can experience a great deal of acrimony as they fight over the spoils of marriage. A great deal of unnecessary conflict can be avoided if you take professional advice. The notion of entering into a pre-nuptial agreement may not be romantic, but it’s prudent. After all, sharing finances is integral to a marriage. Discussing financial matters early can prevent problems in the future. A pre-nuptial agreement can clarify the financial rights and responsibilities you have to one another during your marriage, and the distribution of property in the event of divorce or death. A couple’s willingness to consider a pre-nuptial agreement demonstrates their common sense, and shared appreciation that married life is not always plain sailing. Advice should be taken early on in an engagement. For the agreement to be valid, it should be entered into at least 28 days before the big day, anyway, but if such matters are dealt with before talking guest lists and table plans, you can enjoy them all the more.

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A popular misconception is that pre-nuptial arrangements are only for the wealthy. This is not always the case. Anyone with existing assets such as a home, a business, stock or retirement funds, should consider a pre-nuptial agreement, and they are particularly well designed for those marrying for a second time and with a family already. You should also seek advice if you are expecting an inheritance, or want to protect family wealth for future generations, and often the first contact with us is made by parents whose child is getting married.

Both parties need to provide full and frank disclosure of their assets and must have separate, independent legal advice. A prenuptial agreement must be fair. Indeed, it has little prospect being upheld unless the reasonable financial needs of the weaker party are adequately met. For the wealthier party, it can provide an opportunity to protect family wealth, while the financially weaker party can secure a guaranteed provision that will meet their needs in a worst-case scenario. Of course, life changes. A couple may go on to have children, or experience a change in wealth. The agreement should allow for a later review in what is called a post-nuptial agreement. In law, such agreements are not strictly binding and a court still retains the power to determine how assets and income should be divided upon divorce. However, since a landmark judgment in the Supreme Court 2010 such agreements are very persuasive; And the courts are attaching ever more weight to them. In time, legislation may be introduced to make them legally binding.

Law evolves over time. The law firm in which I am a partner, Hunters, has been around for over three centuries, having first opened in 1715. It has been based in Lincoln’s Inn since 1745. At that time, incredibly, divorce was only obtainable by a private Act of Parliament! As a lawyer specialising in family law, including divorce, I am happy to confirm that the process has become significantly easier over the centuries. The increasing use of dispute resolution methods such as mediation has further eased the process for many clients. Our team has extensive experience of advising clients in all aspects of family and matrimonial law, including separation and divorce, financial and children arrangements. Our clients are UK based and international. Hunters is a full service law firm, which also advises clients on a wide range of matters, including succession planning, tax, business and property law. Our culture of close collaboration across legal specialisms is of particular benefit to clients, since a divorce can affect so many of a client’s personal and business affairs. With such complexity in mind, I recommend that all newly engaged couples tie-up an agreement before they tie the knot. We sincerely hope they can then shut it away in the safe – and never need to look at it again. For further information, please contact Henry Hood, Partner. E: T: 020 7412 0050 Jay Patel, Partner. E: T: 020 7412 0050

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YO U R PA RT NER S I N L AW Whether you are a business in need of legal advice or an individual looking for support as you navigate the tricky world of law, Prettys are well-placed to help. A leading firm of solicitors based in Ipswich, Suffolk, the Prettys team has you covered across an extensive range of legal services.

Delivering the best possible client outcomes time after time, they work in line with four key qualities: • Understanding – Every situation is different. And Prettys understand that they need to take an individual approach to each and every case.

With years of experience in a wide range of areas, Prettys has a number of legal departments. But they all have one priority in common. You.

• Responsive – Dealing with a legal case can be distressing. You need timely advice, so Prettys make sure they are prompt in responding to any queries you may have.

Prettys see their clients as people, not just numbers. Using simple language rather than legal jargon, they talk to you in a way you can understand, giving you all the information you need.

• Practical – When seeking legal advice, you need the right results. All of the advice and guidance Prettys provide works for you, whatever your legal need.

The firm’s services for businesses include:

• Approachable – The firm works hard at all client relationships. With Prettys, you don’t get a lawyer overwhelming you with jargon. You get one who is easy to talk to and who will help guide you through the process.

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Banking and Finance Construction Data Protection Dispute Resolution Employment Insolvency Mergers and Acquisitions Real Estate

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Family Personal Injury and Insurance Residential Property Wills, Estates, Trusts and Tax

Operating across East Anglia, London, the UK and internationally, the firm was founded in 1906. Since then, it has built a reputation for outstanding legal advice and for being passionate about every single client. Prettys’ remarkable knowledge of law is clearly a huge plus for clients. But it is not the only thing that sets them apart from the rest. Law is always changing. But, not only do Prettys ensure they stay up-to-date with all the latest developments, they also offer practical, tailored advice to every client they work with.

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Prettys are also a member of Galexy, the international association of lawyers, meaning they are proven when it comes to offering businesses and clients with the best, cost effective services. If you would like to get in touch with Prettys regarding any of their services, call them on 01473 232121 or email

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Home Grown is an exclusive and carefully curated members’ club for high-growth entrepreneurs and business leaders from all walks of life. Situated in the heart of Marylebone, this stylish club is the first of its kind, combining a community of like-minded individuals under one roof.

Located across four elegant Grade II-listed Georgian townhouses on Great Cumberland Place, Home Grown exudes quality, sophistication and style.

Alongside this, there are executive business lounges, bars, meeting areas and private dining rooms, as well as events spaces.

As the newest offering from world-renowned private member’s club Home House, excellent service and the utmost attention to detail are always ensured.

Tucked discreetly in the basement are two stylish presentation rooms that fuse contemporary design and vibrant décor. With unique table tennis boardroom tables and high specification video conferencing facilities, they provide just one example of the inspired spaces that comprise the club .

Membership enables established business owners to connect with peers who foster similar ideologies, offering respite from a busy corporate lifestyle. As one of the most contemporary and forward thinking members’ clubs in London, Home Grown presents itself as the antithesis to the traditional investment culture of many other private associations. Instead, the focus centres around bringing the sharpest minds together to connect and interact in an inspiring environment: a place for those who simply understand one another’s philosophy . This exclusive yet informal ethos is re-iterated clearly by CEO Andrew Richardson: “Members’ clubs either tend to be socially-orientated or have a work-space nature. Home Grown is a unique concept, offering the tools, events and opportunities that enables businesses to grow in a luxurious environment that one expects from an exclusive members’ club”. Featuring a plethora of stunning spaces, designed by the renowned Russell Sage Studios, the venue includes a brasserie-style restaurant, fitness suite and study café.

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There are also 35 beautifully designed bedrooms, offering unrivalled access to the city. Ranging from stylish and bijou

to decadent and plush, there’s a mix of sizes and styles to suit all needs. Think Savoir beds, Noble Isle toiletries, Egyptian cotton sheets and decadent en-suites.

There is also the option for members to host private events, where the proven in-house team will deliver the highest standards of service, food and hospitality.

A typical membership package includes a programme of events, networking sessions and knowledge-exchanges to support growth and foster genuine connection.

Home Grown is currently accepting applications for founder members, where packages as unique as the individual will be created. Successful candidates, subject to board approval, will then be offered a variety of options to best suit timings and needs.

Whether attending a health concierge as an antidote to a busy entrepreneurial lifestyle or dropping in on a social evening to meet and greet both new and old faces, the club’s social schedule is rich and varied. Recently, the venue has hosted the likes of Kelly Hoppen MBE and Peter Roberts, CEO of Pure Gym; allowing the brightest minds in British business to offer their expertise in a luxurious yet informal setting that is more akin to an intimate dinner with friends.

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#ScaleUp Searcys at The Gherkin, London Wednesday 27th February 2019 As part of an ongoing series of networking events at Searcys at The Gherkin, valued businesses were invited by Champions After Dinner Speakers to hear from esteemed entrepreneur and ex-star of Dragons’ Den Piers Linney. With over 20 years’ of industry experience, which includes a Non-Executive Directorship at British Business Bank, and a comprehensive city and legal background, the businessman gave commentary as part of his #scaleup initiative. This aims to offer no-nonsense, real-world advice to budding and established companies who wish to go further.

Former Dragon, Piers Linney telling the guests how to #scaleup

Guests were also treated to a delicious breakfast whilst listening to keynote speeches on a range of topical issues, including how to successfully expand a strategy or concept and the potential impact of Brexit on British businesses. This was followed by a Q&A session where business owners could gain practical answers to any vital or pressing enquiries. All in attendance came away with fresh insights from one of the most discerning and well-regarded minds in the corporate industry.


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Networking begins with a picturesque view of London

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Dinner in The Long Room, Lord’s Cricket Ground

The Long Room Charity Dinner Event Lord’s Cricket Ground, London Wednesday 13th February 2019

Two of the biggest names in cricket came together to front a wonderful event at Lord’s Cricket Ground, as Matthew Hoggard MBE and Geoff Miller OBE attended Champion’s (UK) plc’s Dinner in the Long Room, in aid of Rainbow’s Hospice for Children and Young People. Hosted by Chris Cowdrey, the evening focused on the lives and careers of two English cricketing legends and their many achievements in both their personal and sporting lives. Guests on the night were treated to a sumptuous meal and rousing speeches at the exclusive venue, before partaking in auctions coordinated by renowned auctioneer Charlie Ross of Bargain Hunt, as well as a game of ‘heads or tails’. All proceeds from the evening went towards the continual support of the charity, that provides much needed care for young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

John Hayes of Champions (UK) plc and guests

Dinner in the exclusive Long Room


Amir Qureshi and Derek Redmond of Thomas International and guests

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Q&A with Derek Redmond and Peter Baker

Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship Launch event Marylebone Hotel, London Tuesday 26th February 2019 In anticipation of the inaugural Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship, a special launch event was held on Tuesday 26th February. Guests of Trevose Golf & Country Club and event organisers Champions (UK) plc gathered together to hear about the sponsorship and playing opportunities available for the event. The esteemed golf tournament takes place from 20-23 June and is the latest event to be added to the prominent Staysure Tour, therefore it was fitting to launch in style. The venue? None other than the prestigious Marylebone Hotel in London, where guests were treated to Champagne and canapĂŠs supplied by the establishment.

Peter and Helen Baker with Nick Gammon of Trevose Golf & Country Club

The evening was hosted by British sprinting legend Derek Redmond, who won gold medals at the World and European Championships. The speaker for the night was Peter Baker, the English professional golfer renowned for his European Tour and Ryder Cup appearances. This also represents the latest sporting date that Champions have been enlisted to run and their Director of Sport Tim Munton, was on hand to welcome guests to the venue.

Tim Munton of Champions (UK) plc and guests


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An Evening With Martin Johnson CBE, Sam Warburton OBE, Sean Fitzpatrick & Francois Pienaar Grosvenor House, London Thursday 8th November 2018 A whole host of rugby legends were in attendance to discuss their careers at this year’s Legends’ Ball at Grosvenor House in London. The event brought together some of the game’s most famous faces for a night of entertainment, as well as the opportunity to raise money for charity.

The Legends Ball 2018, Grosvenor House

England World Cup winner and Dancing on Ice star, Kyran Bracken MBE, oversaw proceedings as event host, and entertainment came in the form of magician, Dynamo, singer, Alessandra Grace and party band, Madhen. England’s World Cup winning captain, Martin Johnson CBE, former Wales captain, Sam Warburton OBE, ex New Zealand captain, Sean Fitzpatrick and the man who captained South Africa to World Cup glory in 1995, Francois Pienaar, were all members of the panel with renowned sport’s journalist, Ian Stafford, discussing their career highlights with him. The night also saw money raised for a number of deserving charities. This included Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, WBC, Best Beginnings, Mintridge Foundation, Switch The Play and the Marina Dalglish Appeal. This was done through an auction run by famous auctioneer, Charlie Ross.

Host for the Evening, Kyran Bracken MBE


Sir Kenny Dalglish MBE, Terry McDermott and guest

Party band, MadHen

Live painter, Ben Mosely

Roxanna Hayes of Champions (UK) plc with her guests

Ian Stafford Q&A with Sam Warburton OBE, Francois Pienaar, Sean Fitzpatrick and Martin Johnson CBE

Tour de France winner, Geraint Thomas OBE

Auctioneer for the evening, Charlie Ross

Evening entertainment from magician, Dynamo

Graeme Souness, Ray Clemence MBE and guest

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King Power Stadium, Leicester Friday 25th January 2019

The stars were out in full force for the Annual Celebrity Charity Ball, at Leicester’s King Power Stadium. Hosted by Derek Redmond, guests included Coronation Street icon William Roache MBE, acclaimed runner David Moorcroft OBE and former international rugby star Neil Back MBE, as well as children’s TV legends Dick and Dom, to name just a few. All in attendance were treated to a magnificent ‘Evening in the West End’ theme with a unique Burn’s Night twist, complete with poetry and tartan pins. Entertainment came in the form of ABBA Reunited, The West End Jerseys and Adrian Dixon & Caron Pascoe, before raising further funds via a charity auction and raffle with Charlie Ross.

William Roache MBE

Now in its 18th year, the event raises funds for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, with proceeds contributing to the provision of much needed care for youngsters suffering from lifelimiting and life-threatening conditions.

The X Factor Star, Andy Abraham and wife Denise


Tables all set for the guests to arrive

TV Entertainers, Dick and Dom

Kevin Carrick of Data Clarity and guests

Matthew Hoggard MBE and Sarah Hoggard

Derek Redmond, Denise Abraham, Kellie Maloney, Charlie Ross, Andy Abraham, Craig Phillips and William Roache MBE

Elliott Watts of HSBC and guests

Magician, Ben Hanlin

Auctioneer for the night, Charlie Ross

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Janine Edwards Waddesdon Manor Drive & Lunch Experience Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Janine Edwards Wealth Management and Supercar Driver came together to give both their clients and members a memorable experience, which included a scenic drive and exclusive use of the remarkable Waddesdon Manor. The day started off with breakfast at Janine’s office, which is set amid the beautiful countryside in the West Midlands. Everyone was given a brief of the route they would be taking to Waddesdon Manor, before embarking on a full morning of driving. The variety of cars were fantastic, with supercars like the McLaren 720S and Jaguar F-Type, SVR Sagaris, Cobra and a supercharged Aston Martin Vantage. There was even a dash of luxury with two Bentley Continental GTs. A full morning of driving certainly built up an appetite for everyone, which meant the arrival at The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor for a delicious three course lunch, was well received. To finish off this memorable day, guests were taken for the ideal photo opportunity, where they were able to exclusively park their supercars outside the manor. Guests were then invited to enjoy a fascinating tour of the premises and learn about its history. If you would like to attend the next event, please contact Janine Edwards Wealth Management on: 01676 530606 or email

Janine Edwards Wealth Management Ltd is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Con¬duct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the group’s website The ‘St. James’s Place Partnership’ and the titles ‘Partner’ and ‘Partner Practice’ are marketing terms used to describe St. James’s Place representatives.

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networking breakfast Speaker David Walsh entertaining guests

Table plan ready for guests to arrive and be seated


THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN LANCE ARMSTRONG Searcys at The Gherkin, London Tuesday 30th April 2019 The man who uncovered one of the largest doping scandals in sporting history gave an inspiring talk earlier this year at Champions Speakers’ networking breakfast. Taking place at Searcys at The Gherkin, renowned journalist David Walsh discussed his fascinating 13-year pursuit of cyclist Lance Armstrong which saw him uncover a doping programme that sent shockwaves around the world. This discovery went some way to revealing the extent of the doping problem in the USA and the sport of cycling.

Guests enjoying the speech at Searcys at The Gherkin

As well as shedding light on this huge part of his career, he also discussed topics such as mental resilience, persistence in the face of adversity and charted his journey to becoming one of the most respected names in journalism. Guests at the event were treated to a breakfast on arrival before David took to the stage to give his speech. Following the speech people took the opportunity to network in the surroundings of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

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