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Editor in Chief Sophia Hayes

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Sales Director Sophia Hayes Features Editors Sarah Hatcher Matthew Hayes Sales Manager Rebecca Stafford

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Welcome to the Autumn/Winter edition of Inspirational Magazine, London!

Advertising Executives David Philips Ellie Harrison Amelia Frost Roxanna Hayes

The magazine is created and published in house at leading brand agency Champions (UK) plc’s head office based in the heart of the Midlands. Inspirational London was born out of the continuing success of its sister West Midlands publication Inspirational Magazine which reaches a readership of over 75,000.

Features Writers Kellie Tillyer Rebecca Hales Rory Baxter

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Champions (UK) plc was first established in 2003 and is a full service brand agency that combines five in house departments - PR, marketing, celebrity, events and creative.

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Throughout the years we have established a great presence in London which is proven through the events we have been brought on board to organise in 2017. On the 5th April we are putting together a glamorous ‘Evening with Maro Itoje and Friends’ which will take place post-Six Nations at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel.

Senior Designer Ewen Lewis Designers Kristian Goodeve Terri Burton Liam Creek Luke Wilcoxson Annie Taylor

On June 2nd we will organise and attend the third annual Rainbows Charity Ball at The Dorchester Hotel where an abundance of celebrity guests will gather for a night of fundraising – a special thank you to The Dorchester for being by Champions’ side since day one!

Photography Kristian Goodeve Antonia Doyle Luke Wilcoxson

This season our cover feature pays homage to one of Hollywood’s most iconic actresses, Marilyn Monroe, and explores her career trajectory before tragedy struck in 1962. The silver screen theme continues throughout with two engaging articles on contemporary actresses Blake Lively and Eva Mendez.

Web Development Amad Tababa Alex Gunningham Harvey Peachey

Contributors Matt Botten Sean Downs Simon Youngs Shez Cheema John Scanlon

Huw Graham Philippa Dempster Ed Samuel Captain Tony Spacey Dominic Jordon

www.inspirational.uk.com For mailing list and subscription enquiries please visit www.inspirational.uk.com For advertising enquiries please contact: Sophia Hayes on 08453 31 30 31 or email: shayes@championsukplc.com Published By

2017 will also see us join in partnership with the Gherkin where we will be putting on exclusive business networking breakfasts on the top floor providing engaging, high profile keynote speakers.

After a summer of phenomenal sporting success we have put together an Olympic round-up featuring the valuable opinions of former Olympians Gail Emms, Derek Redmond and Audley Harrison, but as winter quickly approaches we also turn our attentions to the upcoming sporting calendar which comprises the Six Nations Championship and The Masters Golf Tournament. Sticking with the golfing theme we also hear an emotional tribute from Tony Jacklin CBE where he recounts his friendship with the legendary Arnold Palmer who sadly passed away in September this year. 2016 marks two centenary anniversaries starting with 100 years since the birth of our nation’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. His novels remain to this day a much-loved asset to children’s bookshelves and so we look at the wacky author behind the pages and discover how the novels have transitioned into the 21st century. On December 9th American actor, producer, director and author Kirk Douglas celebrates his 100th birthday, so we glance over the films which secured him an unrivalled reputation in the film industry. Everyone at Champions (UK) plc has pulled together and worked tirelessly to create a publication full of stylish design and engaging content about some of today’s most relevant stars, high profile sporting events, fashion trends, lifestyle features and winter holiday destinations. I want to end this note with a special mention of my father John and sister Roxy for their enormous amount of support with the magazine while I have been pregnant – I cannot express how crucial their help has been! Have a great Christmas and New Year!

Sophia Hayes Editor

Champions (UK) plc Barrington House, Leake Road, Costock, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 6XA Tel: 08453 31 30 31 Fax: 08453 31 30 32 www.championsukplc.com Please note: Inspirational magazine is fully protected by copyright; no part of this magazine may be reproduced or reprinted without the complete and expressed permission of the publisher. The greatest care has been taken to ensure accuracy, however there can be no liability accepted by the publisher for errors or omissions. Inspirational Magazine can under no circumstances be held responsible for any materials, matter or photographical copy submitted for publication or not within the magazine. We cannot be held liable or responsible for any breaches of copyright from adverts, materials, photography or any other matter supplied by third parties. The views and opinions expressed within this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher or indeed Inspirational Magazine or any featured parties.

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IT’S A MAN’S WORLD

FINE DINING GUIDE

Marilyn Monroe……………………............10

Kirk Douglas Turns 100........................60 Celebrating a centenary for the American actor

Gregg Wallace looks at the best places to eat.......................................................90

Women’s gift guide................................26

Great Britain’s Golden Olympic Games...................................... 66

China Tang..............................................91

Remembering the incredible icon in her prime

This season’s must-have fashion essentials

Sam Bailey…………………........................30 A look at the X Factor superstar’s new album and tour

Eva Mendes............................................40 The rise and rise of a Hollywood superstar

Blake Lively………………….......................50 Glamorous Gossip Girl

What a year 2016 turned out to be for Team GB

The Masters............................................72 Where the world’s best golfers compete for that famous green jacket

One of a Kind.........................................74

The Wolseley..........................................92 The Grill Room at The Dorchester.......93 Mayfair pop-up dining experience......94

Tony Jacklin CBE pays tribute to the late, great Arnold Palmer

La Caprice.............................................. 95

RBS Six Nations.....................................80

La Gavroche...........................................96

Keeping Up With The Joneses

100 Years of Roald Dahl.......................86

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SOCIAL AND NETWORKING Celebrity Charity James Bond ball at The Dorchester National Tribute Music Awards 2016 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship Sam Bailey Album Launch Tony Jacklin CBE Charity Invitational at The Belfry

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‘The Best Yet’....................................... 118 Reviewing the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2016

Make Way for Richard Hadfield....... 122 The former lead in vocal group Collabro steps out on his own

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THE ACTRESS WHO WORE THE

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A silver screen siren and an icon of popular culture to this day, Marilyn Monroe was the original blonde bombshell. Inspirational London explores the life and times of one of Hollywood’s greatest ever stars. Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson at the Los Angeles County Hospital, California on 1st June 1926, went on to become one of the world’s most iconic women and left a legacy that extends well beyond her all-too-brief life. A difficult, troubled childhood befell Monroe as she spent much of her early life in and out of foster care and orphanages. She never knew her father and, after developing psychiatric problems, her mother, Gladys Baker, was placed into a mental institution. In an interview in 1962, Monroe confessed that it was during these challenging early years that she realised her love of acting:

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“When I was five I think, that’s when I started wanting to be an actress. I loved to play. I didn’t like the world around me because it was kind of grim, but I loved to play house. It was like you could make your own boundaries. “When I heard that this was acting, I said that’s what I want to be. Some of my foster families used to send me to the movies to get me out of the house and there I’d sit all day and way into the night. Up in front, there with the screen so big, a little kid all alone, and I loved it.” After a number of years of moving between foster homes and orphanages, family friend Grace Goddard filed to become her legal guardian. It wasn’t until a year later that Monroe moved out of the orphanage and into Goddard’s family home, but it was only to be a short stay. After being molested by Goddard’s husband Erwin, she once again moved around, this time between family friends and relatives, before moving in with Grace’s aunt, Ana Atchinson Lower. However, after Erwin’s work required him to relocate, and with Grace still as her legal guardian, Monroe faced the threat of returning to the orphanage as Californian Law prevented her from leaving the state.

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As a solution to this, Monroe married 21-year-old James ‘Jim’ Dougherty in 1942, just days after her 16th birthday. She dropped out of school to become a housewife before Dougherty enlisted in the Merchant Marines. He was stationed in the South Pacific during the war and Monroe worked in a munitions factory, which is where her path to stardom began. After meeting a photographer, she signed up to a modelling agency and dyed her natural, brunette hair blonde as she deemed it would make her more employable. It was a wise decision as, by 1946, she had become an established pin-up for men’s magazines and advertisements. As her career began to take off and she signed her first acting contract, her marriage was heading in the opposite direction. She was divorced late in 1946 and also changed her name to the stage moniker we all recognise today, Marilyn Monroe.

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It was the 1950s before people really began to take note of the emerging talent that was Marilyn Monroe. Her small part in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) impressed audiences and led to her getting a role in the critically acclaimed All About Eve which went on to receive 14 Academy Award nominations. Monroe went on to star in Niagara (1953) before being paired with another bombshell of the time, Jane Russell, in the comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Further success on the silver screen followed in the likes of How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Lauren Bacall, There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Her starring role in The Seven Year Itch resulted in one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history as she stood over a subway grate with the air blowing up the skirt of her white dress. The very dress Monroe wore in the film later sold for a record-breaking $5.6m, making it the most valuable movie costume of all time.

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By the mid 1950s Monroe had established herself as a Hollywood star and a worldwide sex symbol. She had married baseball player Jo DiMaggio in 1954 and appeared nude in the debut edition of Playboy magazine. Despite her success, she struggled with anxiety and was disillusioned with the world of acting, stating that “dreaming about being an actress is more exciting than being one.” Her marriage to DiMaggio failed after just nine months, with claims that the worldwide publicity received by the image of Monroe standing at the subway grate was the final nail in the coffin. A self assured woman who knew her own mind, faults and insecurities, at the time Monroe was quick to sum up her situation: “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” Following the divorce, work began to slow as the decade went on, however she did receive critical acclaim for her performance in Bus Stop (1956), where she played the role of a saloon singer who dreamt of the big time but was held back by the love interest of a cowboy. After working with the now hugely successful and adored screen siren on the film, director Joshua Logan described Monroe as “near genius as any actress I ever knew”.

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“GIVE A GIRL THE RIGHT SHOES, AND SHE CAN CONQUER THE WORLD.” In her private life, Monroe had a string of relationships before marrying her third husband playwright Arthur Miller in 1956. The marriage lasted for four years, however during this time she began to fall prey to alcohol and pills. Despite a number of smaller roles and a brief hiatus, it was 1959 before Monroe took centre stage again in the now iconic Some Like It Hot, a performance which saw her rewarded with the Golden Globe for Best Actress. Some Like It Hot turned out to be Monroe’s last cinematic success though as The Misfits, written by her ex-husband Miller and released in 1961, turned out to be her last completed film and was poorly received. Despite winning the World Film Favourite award at the 1962 Golden Globes, Monroe’s drug addiction was beginning to take its toll, culminating in her being sacked from Something’s Got to Give just a few weeks later for her excessive time away from the set. Her final moment in the limelight came in May 1962 with her now legendary performance of ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ at Madison Square Gardens during the birthday celebrations of President John F. Kennedy. Following her mantra of “the body is meant to be seen, not covered up”, Monroe caused a stir with her beige, skin-tight dress adorned with rhinestones, which was designed to give the illusion of her being nude. After the performance, Monroe went into seclusion before being found dead at her home on 5th August 1962 at the age of just 36. The death was recorded as suicide from an overdose of sleeping pills, however there still remains a number of conspiracy theories surrounding the iconic star’s passing. Named amongst the ‘Greatest Female Screen Legends in American Film History’ by The American Film Institute, Marilyn Monroe has a legacy and popularity that lives on to this day. A complicated individual, Monroe overcame the difficulties in her childhood and her unstable private lifestyle to become a sex symbol, a beauty icon and one of the greatest ever actresses to grace the silver screen.

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California dreaming at Hotel Bel-Air For those looking for an exclusive getaway in the heart of Los Angeles, look no further than the five-star Hotel Bel-Air. A stone’s throw from the glamour of Beverly Hills and close to Sunset Boulevard, the hotel is ideally located for anyone wanting a luxury break in California. Part of the esteemed Dorchester Collection, which includes some of the world’s most luxurious and prestigious hotels, Hotel Bel-Air first opened its doors in 1946. A graceful and elegant place to relax, the hotel’s contemporary interior blends the inside with the outside while still reflecting the glamour of eras gone by. Comprising 58 rooms and 45 suites, also available are 12 hillside guestrooms and suites, which make the most of their stunning Canyon views with retractable glass walls, outdoor fireplaces and private infinity spa pools. When it comes to dining, Hotel Bel-Air provides a gastronomic treat delighting guests with a range of contemporary and seasonal menus. Partnering with prestigious Swiss brand La Prairie, the hotel’s spa is a luxury hideaway designed to help restore and refresh. With seven treatment rooms, private nail salon, fitness studio and steam room, there is everything you need to fully unwind. As well as being an amazing place to holiday, Hotel Bel-Air makes the perfect wedding location, offering a variety of ceremony options and providing a stunning backdrop to your big day.

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LAS COLINAS

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Las Colinas Golf & Country Club is a 330 hectare exclusive residential community on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. With a low housing density, it is built around an 18 hole championship golf course, boasts comprehensive sports and leisure facilities and services and features a private Beach Club on the seafront. Since opening in the summer of 2010, it has quickly gained an enviable reputation for its world-class amenities, bespoke villas and the championship golf course, which has already established itself as one of Europe’s most promising golfing propositions. Moreover, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club has consolidated its strong international reputation by winning Best Villa Resort in Spain and Best Golf Course in Spain at the World Travel Awards 2015. Located in a privileged spot very close to the sea in the south of Alicante, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club is nestled in beautiful parkland and stands out for its privacy, natural beauty, exceptional climate, extremely good connections and the conservation of natural surroundings.

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An eco-friendly development, all homes, amenities, the infrastructures and the golf course itself blend perfectly into the landscape. All properties are of a modern design and built to very high standards, using only the latest home technology, the best materials, fixtures and fittings. Gmp, the real estate group that owns Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, invests in developments that deliver high quality and long-term sustainability. Only 1,200 homes will be built, less than 4 per hectare, out of which the first three development phases have already been successfully completed and sold. There are currently two and three bedroom luxury apartments available from €269,000 with villas starting at €480,000 up to €2,100,000. You can even have your very own bespoke villa built for you from €700,000 with magnificent views of the coast and across one of the top golf courses in Europe.

Best Villa Resort in Spain and Best Golf Course in Spain at the World Travel Awards 2015.

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Life is too short to wear boring shoes

As one of the four fashion capitals of the world, London is home to some of the most quintessentially British designers to have ever walked the earth. Kate Spence is one designer who has had both feet in the industry for many years but just five years ago she took the leap of faith to go it alone and build her own couture footwear business, Spence London. At the envy of shoe-lovers everywhere Kate joined British high flyer Jimmy Choo where she worked on the couture side of the brand as the Creative Designer. Standing by the side of the man himself she helped manage the couture business, carrying out consultations with the most exclusive of clients, assisting with the design process and conducting fittings of the final product. Throughout the seven years she spent with Jimmy Choo OBE she not only built a gleaming reputation in the industry but also formed relationships with the exact clientele she knew she would one day call upon when she went solo. That day came when she parted ways with Jimmy Choo Couture in 2011 to start the Spence London venture. Spence London was established from Kate’s ambition to create a personable couture service that draws upon individual clients’ personality and style. Working alongside her small but specialist team in London who comprise a pattern cutter, clicker, closer and a shoemaker, she creates one-of-a-kind shoes for her clients. The specialist side of the business shines through in her five one-to-one appointments which she holds with clients throughout the eight to ten weeks that it takes on average to make a pair of shoes.

With the bespoke side of the business now thriving, Kate is also juggling this with developing her ‘ready to wear’ collection. Kate calls the new collection ‘resort-wear’ which will feature flat sandals each intricately embellished with fine jewellery.

Across five events at five of the Bentley establishments in the UK, Kate was invited to deliver engaging talks alongside Temperley London and the Bentley designers, about the importance of creativity, attention to detail and British-made products.

Within the next year Kate will have moved into new premises in the exclusive borough of Chelsea. With consultation space and a workshop in the basement she will be able to nurture and grow the brand.

For the events Bentley designed a one-off Continental GT which was on show with a pair of Spence London shoes which Kate had designed to complement the car. Kate’s and the creative designers at Bentley share the same ethos’ and so this is just the beginning of many collaborations to come.

Kate’s quality and quintessentially British craftsmanship recently secured her a phenomenal opportunity to collaborate with Bentley. Bentley pride themselves on their impeccable service and creativity and so, looking to market their brand to women by venturing into fashion and art, they enlisted Kate to help them do it.

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Another day in paradise Real Estate Partners International Covering an area of just 1.5sq miles, the stunning Caribbean island of Mayrea, is the essence of the original Caribbean. Part of the Grenadines, Mayreau may be its smallest inhabited island but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in sheer beauty. This sun-soaked gem boasts crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches that are so inviting you simply have to slow down, stop and take it all in. For those looking for a winter getaway, now is the time to visit this spectacular island. A stunning property is available from real estate experts – Real Estate Partners International LLC.

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Located on the western side of the island, fronting on a 2,000ft stretch of sandy beach, is an exciting new villa development - Saya Villas. With the land sloping towards a hilltop, views of this stunning island are dramatic. With spectacular sunsets and calm swimming waters, purchasing a luxury property at Saya Villas represents the opportunity to not only buy early at what is to be a new destination for the Grenadines, but also to be the first to own a unique villa on a relatively undiscovered, but perfectly located, island. Pictured is ‘Tribu’, an exquisite property, which is slightly elevated to make the most of the island’s impressive views, it was built using luxury materials to create an interior that is simple, natural and contemporary.

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While the beach is just a stone’s throw away, the property boasts its own pool for when a refreshing dip is needed, along with an outdoor entertaining area that is perfect for whiling away those balmy island evenings. With a reputation for expertly developing and managing a wide range of luxury properties, including unique condos, hotels and luxury golf resorts, the Real Estate Partners’ team have built and managed over 40,000 residences in some of the world’s most beautiful locations.

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This new offering from Real Estate Partners represents one of the most remarkable settings available today. To find out more please call Alistair Brown on (+44) 7984 777060, email Alistairbrown@reptrs.com or alternatively visit www.reptrs.com. For more details on rental or vacation opportunities at Tribu please contact Victoria Cranmer on 020 8679 2508.

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BEAUTY, HEALTH & LIFESTYLE As Autumn begins to draw to a close our thoughts inevitably turn to gift shopping, thankfully in your beauty, health & lifestyle section in this edition you will find plenty of inspiration in our exclusive gift guide. You can also find out more about one of the world’s most elite and stylish hotels and find out what X-Factor champ and vocal powerhouse, Sam Bailey is up to these days.

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Gucci at lumbers.co.uk Diamantissima Pendant

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Jenny Packham Dress

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Yellow Gold and Black Diamond Horsebit Bangle

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With the festive season bringing with it an abundance of parties and social gatherings now is the time to start considering your attire. Black screams sophistication and a lace dress, paired with a simple clutch and statement watch or ring is a timeless classic and will see you go down in Christmas party history. If the event is a little more casual but you simply can’t bring yourself to leave the house without something sparkly then a sequined crop or embellished shirt with tapered trousers is a great solution. Add a soft spritz of Charlotte Tilbury’s latest fragrance to add a special touch.

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The White Company London at thewhitecompany.com Round Floppy Hat

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Breitling at lumbers.co.uk Galatic 29 Quartz Ladies Watch

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Raishma at raishma.co.uk Embellished Detailed Shirt

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Aspinal of London at lumbers.co.uk Classic Cashmere Gloves

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As with everything you get what you pay for and nail products are no different. Investing in quality products that help to nourish nails will help the overall look and quality of the nail. Semilac gel polish for example, which is highly pigmented, lasts up to three weeks, meaning less upkeep and long lasting results.

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SING MY HEART

OUT If someone had told former prison officer Sam Bailey that three years after she stepped into the audition room on the X Factor she would have welcomed in 2016 with a trip to America to work with one of the most renowned music producers in the world and had a second album under her belt, we are sure she would ask them to pinch her again. But with her new album Sing My Heart Out now gracing the shelves of stores around the UK and her tour just around the corner it is very much a reality. Inspirational takes a look at the new music and the future of the Leicestershire woman with bags of talent and vocals that could shatter glass. First let’s step back three years to a 35 year old timid Sam Bailey who stood in front of Sharon, Gary, Nicole and Louis thinking she was too old for the industry. Urged on by her loving husband Craig, she gave her first ever audition everything she had. Raising goosebumps and causing a standing ovation Sam’s career truly took off from that point forward.

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Under the mentorship of Sharon Osbourne – who is also a god mother to Sam’s youngest daughter Miley – she was the favourite to win from the very beginning of the show right up to the moment that Dermot O’Leary officially announced her as the new winner. The moment she stepped off the stage she was cast into the limelight and her life changed forever. She went on to release her debut single Skyscraper which reached Christmas number 1 and was quickly followed up with her first album The Power of Love. The album shot through the charts with dedicated fans backing the singer on her new found career. Those very fans also filled seats at venues around the UK as she embarked on her national sell-out tour in 2015. Remaining a prominent figure in the music industry she has performed at countless festivals around the world, appeared on popular television shows and in 2016 followed her passion for theatre and was cast as Mama Morton in National Theatre show CHICAGO which she performed in until July 2016. Sam first hinted at new music at the end of 2015 when she announced on her fan club that there was some “exciting times ahead” and that fans should “watch this space”. She then confirmed it when she revealed that in January 2016 she had travelled across the pond with her new management agency Champions (UK) plc to make music with Steve Dorff. She could barely contain her excitement as she stepped into the recording studio with a man who has worked with some of the industry’s most illustrious icons such as Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, George Strait and Vanessa Williams. In the nine months that followed Sam spent endless hours in the studio with former A1 member and songwriter Ben Adams who has written and produced a number of songs for the Sing My Heart Out Album. Back to the present day the finished album is out in the world and takes pride of place on shelves in Tesco, ASDA and HMV as well as storming the online world via Amazon, iTunes and Spotify. The album name Sing My Heart Out pinpoints exactly what Sam had to do in that audition room to secure the future she wanted, and the music that features on it is a true reflection of Sam’s journey to stardom with many of the songs inspired by real life events. Inspirational London were keen to find out first hand from Sam more about the album and the inspiration behind it. How do you feel about finally releasing the album? I can’t quite put it into words. The album has been a long time in the making and I have had to keep a lot of it under wraps for so long that it still hasn’t quite hit home that it is actually out there in the hands of my audience! As with any music artist it’s always scary releasing new music, I have completely put myself out there. When Sing My Heart Out was officially released on the 16th September I was a bag of nerves, but I am so humbled by the reception it has received since and I have to double take when I am in ASDA doing my food shop and I walk past hundreds of copies of my face on the shelf. How would you describe the music on the album? From the beginning I knew I wanted variety on the album. It was one thing I was adamant about because for me, there’s nothing worse than an album where every song is the same, and revolves around the same subject. Sing My Heart Out is such an eclectic mix of genres, there are slow songs, ballads, dance tracks and pop - I actually call it, Sam Bailey’s Mixed Bag.

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The album marks a change in direction for your voice. What were the reasons for this? I have an undying love for ballads. I believe they suit my voice and the delivery of ballads are always really powerful, but I no longer wanted to be solely associated with them. I am a true 21st century woman and I wanted to prove that my voice is versatile and can keep up with the regular changes of the industry. I believe Take It Out on The Dancefloor is a prime example of this and seems to be a fan favourite. What is your favourite song on the album? I always struggle to choose one because the songs have been a big part of my life for the past year I have grown to love them all! No Tomorrow is the answer when people ask me this. It is my movie song, it is the song that I picture being played during the rolling credits of a film. The song is also my daughter Brooke’s favourite, she sings it in the car (and she never sings) and knows every single word. What was the biggest challenge you faced with this album? Time! The new music came at a time when I was just beginning rehearsals for CHICAGO so I was spending all day on the stage and then racing to the studio to work with Ben and sometimes I was there until the early hours of the morning. Juggling all of it whilst maintaining family life was a struggle, but I am very lucky that my family have had my back from the very beginning. As everyone else is starting to bid their farewells to 2016, Sam Bailey has had her attentions turned to 2017 for quite some time as her busy schedule continues! The Sing My Heart Out tour will give Sam the opportunity to showcase the new music, but there is also another reason behind the tour. Earlier this year Sam announced that she would be giving budding artists from each of the venues’ surrounding locations the chance to join her on stage for an evening. Sam has also recently confirmed the fantastic up and coming singer, Nikki Loy as her main support act for the tour. Despite her thriving career, Sam has always managed to remain grounded determined not to get caught up in everything that comes with fame. Sam empathises with so many of the struggling artists out there that are looking for their big break and believes the opportunity will help to support them on their journey to success.

For more information on the upcoming tour, album, media information, imagery or interview requests with Sam, please contact Victoria Marconetto-Tyson, at vmtyson@championsukplc.com, or +44 (0) 1509 85 29 27.

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Friday 3rd March | Royal Concert Hall | NOTTINGHAM | 0115 989 5555

Wednesday 5th April | Caird Hall. | DUNDEE | 01382 434 940

Saturday 4th March | New Theatre | OXFORD | 0844 871 3020*

Thursday 6th April | Royal Concert Hall. | GLASGOW | 0141 353 8000

Sunday 5th March | Theatre Royal | BRIGHTON | 0844 871 7650*

Friday 7th April | Alhambra. | DUNFERMLINE | 01383 740384

Wednesday 8th March | Grand Theatre. | SWANSEA | 01792 475715

Thursday 27th April | Octagon | YEOVIL |01935 422884

Thursday 9th March | Lighthouse. | POOLE | 01202 280000

Friday 28th April | Beck Theatre | HAYES | 020 8561 8371

Saturday 11th March | Theatres. | MALVERN | 01684 892277

Saturday 29th April | Corn Exchange. | CAMBRIDGE | 01223 357 851

Thursday 16th March | Baths Hall. | SCUNTHORPE | 0844 8542776*

Thursday 4th May | Princes. | ALDERSHOT | 01252 329155

Saturday 18th March | De Montfort Hall. | LEICESTER | 0116 233 3111

Friday 5th May | Pavilion | WEYMOUTH |01305 783225

Wednesday 22nd March | Venue Cymru. | LLANDUDNO | 01492 872000

Saturday 6th May | Princess Theatre | TORQUAY | 0844 871 3023*

Thursday 23rd March | Empire. | LIVERPOOL | 0844 871 3017*

Friday 12th May | Corn Exchange. | KINGS LYNN | 01553 779 102

Friday 24th March | City Hall. | SHEFFIELD | 0114 2789 789

Saturday 13th May | Embassy Theatre. | SKEGNESS | 01507 613100

Saturday 25th March | Barbican | YORK | 0844 854 2757*

Sunday 14th May | Marina Theatre. | LOWESTOFT | 01502 533200

Thursday 30th March | Cresset. | PETERBOROUGH | 01733 265705

Wednesday 17th May | Hippodrome. | BRISTOL | 0844 871 3012

Friday 31st March | Orchard Theatre | DARTFORD | 01322 220000

Thursday 18th May | St David’s Hall. | CARDIFF | 029 2087 8444*

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For Those Who Seek to Escape the Ordinary A retreat for those who seek to escape the ordinary and are looking to experience a reality infused with magic and wonder, The Grove Resort & Spa is a home away from home on holiday. 872 residences of two and three bedrooms surround Lake Austin’s 18 majestic acres and boast a full offering of resort style amenities including a luxurious lobby, bars, lagoon pool, lazy river, surf simulation pool, full-service restaurant, spa and much more! Owners can stay at their residence while on vacation and have the option to place it into a rental program, professionally managed by Benchmark Hospitality, one of America’s leading hotel management companies.

The fusion of vacation and residence has a new address at The Grove Resort & Spa Located in the centre of both adventure and tranquility, Orlando offers a diverse range of some of the best attractions and activities in Florida. World-class theme parks such as the renowned Walt Disney World® and Universal Orlando Resort are within five minutes’ drive and represent just a couple of the endless opportunities on the doorstep for families to enjoy. Also located near boating, fishing and restaurant options, Orlando has made a name for itself in fine shopping, nightlife and many outdoor adventures such as zipline safaris, skydiving, scuba diving and hot air balloon rides, providing getaways for every resident and visitor.

The investment delivers a 10% return per annum over two years, guaranteed by the Grove Resort & Spa.

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The square footage areas used in this brochure include the outer walls surrounding the unit and half the demising wall separating units and areas under roof but not within the walls of the unit for the Lanai and Covered Entry. Please refer to the survey included as an exhibit to the prospectus for the actual square footage of the units. The square footages used in this brochure are provided so that buyers can compare square footages being used by sellers in other communities. All dimensions are approximate and all floor plans are subject to change by developer without notice. All illustrations are artistic conceptual renderings. Pricing subject to change.

The Grove Resort & Spa Developer is one of Florida’s most prominent real estate development companies with over 25 years of award winning experience in building residential, commercial and hotel/resort properties throughout Florida. Our multiple industry awards accent our attention to detail, including South Florida’s Best Builder, Builder of the Year by the Builder’s Association of South Florida and America’s Best Builder by the National Association of Home Builders.

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Working her way up from B movies to become one of the most marketable actresses on the planet, Eva Mendes has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the Hollywood ladder. Inspirational London explores in depth the life and career of the highly talented star.

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“I was poor. I came from a lower-middle-class family, so I would imagine all kinds of things,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I thought I was going to be an astronaut and an opera singer when I was really little. Then I thought about being a movie star when I saw Annie.” Mendes attended Hoover High School in Glendale and later California State University, Northridge, to study Marketing but left college to pursue acting full-time. Her first break in the acting world came after a talent manager spotted her photo in a friend’s portfolio, and she landed roles in music videos including Will Smith’s Miami and Aerosmith’s Hole in My Soul. Her first movie role came in the direct-tovideo Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) and the same year, she appeared in an episode of the popular American TV series ER. Unhappy with her first forays into acting, Mendes hired an acting coach to improve her abilities and starred in a string of films in quick succession including A Night at the Roxbury (1998), Mortal Kombat: Conquest (1998), My Brother the Pig (1999), The Disciples (2000), Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) and Exit Wound (2001). Mendes’ big break came in 2001 when she starred opposite Denzel Washington in his Oscar-winning role in the gritty crime thriller, Training Day. This was her first serious role and marked a big step up towards Hollywood’s A-list. Two years later, she worked with Washington again in the thriller Out of Time.

Bigger roles soon began flying her way and she starred in the second instalment of the wildly successful The Fast and the Furious franchise, 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). Playing an undercover U.S. Customs Service agent, Mendes was praised for her performance in one of the most successful films of the year. Starring alongside Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Johnny Depp, Mendes’ next role was in Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon A Time in Mexico (2003) playing one of the villains, DEA agent Ajedrez Barillo. Showing her comedic talent, she starred in the Farrelly brothers’ Stuck on You alongside Matt Damon, before playing the female lead in the hit romantic comedy Hitch (2005), showing fantastic chemistry with the film’s male star, Will Smith. At this point in her career, Mendes made a conscious decision to work on high quality films rather than those with the biggest budgets. After making herself financially stable, she chose to take supporting performances in credible films in order to establish herself as a serious actress, and particularly roles that didn’t rely so much on her undeniable good looks. “I think those days are gone when you play the lead and only the lead,” said Mendes in an interview with Stylist. “For me it’s about the people I’m working with. It would bother me to pass something up for such an empty reason.”

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Continuing to work with some of Hollywood’s biggest actors, she starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Marc Wahlberg in the crime drama We Own the Night (2007). Over the next few years, she kept up a high turnover of movies, starring in The Spirit (2008), The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009), The Other Guys (2010), Fast Five (2011) and Girl in Progress (2012). There was an obvious shift in the types of roles she was taking. “When it comes to being an actress I actually really love coming from a very raw place,” she told The Guardian. “Any opportunity I get to not wear make-up on set, I take. I really don’t care about looking beautiful in a film unless I have to for the character. I don’t check playback, I don’t even know anything about lighting. I love anything that gets me closer to the role. So I needed to turn down those things that could possibly pigeonhole me.” Despite choosing film roles that weren’t solely based on her looks, Mendes is frequently ranked amongst the most beautiful women in the world, and has appeared on the cover of countless publications as well as acting as an ambassador for some of the world’s leading brands. Mendes was employed by Revlon Cosmetics as an international spokeswoman and participant in their campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research. Some of the other brands she has represented include Cocio chocolate milk, Magnum ice cream, Revlon, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Thierry Mugler perfume, Reebok, Campari apéritif, Pantene shampoo, Morgan and Peek & Cloppenburg clothes. In an industry full of multi-talented stars, Mendes has proven she can compete with the best, showing off her singing ability in a duet with CeeLo Green on ‘Pimps Don’t Cry’ and recording a version of ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’. She has also shown ability as a fashion designer, creating a collection for New York & Company in 2013 and receiving acclaim for her demure yet sophisticated designs. In 2015, she launched her own make-up range, CIRCA which offers professional quality products traditionally found in the luxury market at an affordable price. As one of the most talked about women in Hollywood, her private life has inevitably been closely followed. After her long-term relationship with filmmaker George Augusto ended, Mendes began dating international movie icon Ryan Gosling after the pair co-starred in The Place Beyond the Pines in 2012. In one of the biggest roles of her career, Mendes’ performance was described by Entertainment Weekly as “quietly heartbreaking”. Working with Gosling again in his directorial debut Lost River (2014), she impressed as burlesque dancer, Cat. This proved to be her final film role to date as later that year, she gave birth to the couple’s first daughter, Esmeralda Amada and her second in May 2016 named Amada Lee. Choosing not to employ a nanny, she took time off from work to care for her daughters and the family remain fiercely private as much as is possible when you’re in the focus of the global media. With a world of possibilities ahead of her, Eva Mendes is in the enviable position of being able to choose a career path, whether that is a return to acting and modelling, a continuation of her foray into fashion design or something entirely new. What is certain is that she’ll approach it with the intelligence, optimism and enthusiasm for which she has become known.

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M. MCMILLAN & SONS FINE ARTS LIMITED

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Situated on the decorated streets of South Kensington M. McMillan & Sons is a fine art gallery owned by two brothers Cameron and Drew McMillan. The siblings established the gallery in sentimental homage to their late father Matthew McMillan who devoted his entire life to fine art dealing.

The gallery primarily stocks 19th Century European original oil paintings and 16th and 17th Century oil masters. It also exhibits high quality contemporary pieces including an original from the late, great LeRoy Neiman. From marine art to landscape to sporting paintings and portraits the gallery caters to a multitude of tastes and style.

Adopting their father’s natural flair for art they have combined their extensive knowledge and since opening the gallery over 25 years ago, have welcomed an eclectic range of esteemed art to their walls.

The McMillan brothers pride themselves on offering high quality art at realistic prices and get true pleasure from developing bespoke collections for their private clients.

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Over the years the pair have worked closely with buyers to guide them on shrewd investments in the ever changing art world and have grown the gallery substantially to create a number of integrated services that complement the pieces including:

• Delivery and art packing • Cleaning and restoration of paintings • Free evaluations • Fine art insurance • Expert framing services The brothers are always keen to buy pieces as well as sell them and their clients are quickly transformed from customers to a member of the McMillan family.

James A. Wheeler of the Derby Winner Ladas - 19th Century English Arrange an exclusive consultation by emailing Drew or Cameron personally on:

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To browse the vast collections or to find out more about Drew and Cameron visit:

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Over the past decade, few actresses have enjoyed such a sustained rise as Blake Lively. Gaining critical acclaim before she had even completed high school back in 2005, playing Bridget in the blockbuster chick-flick The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, she backed up her progress the following year starring opposite Justin Long and Jonah Hill in the 2006 comedy Accepted. In 2007, Lively landed her most famous role to that point on the long-running hit TV drama Gossip Girl. By the time the show closed five years and six seasons later, Blake had scored a string of high profile film successes and cemented her status among the best and most glamorous talents in the business. Yet despite coming from a California-based family immersed in the world of film and television – her father Ernie is an actor and director, her mother Elaine is a scout and talent manager and her four elder siblings are all actors – becoming an actress had never appealed strongly to Blake. “Going into the family business was the last thing I wanted to do,” she said. “I didn’t want to be an actor just because my whole family did it.” Academically gifted, she focused on her education and set her sights on a place at Stanford University. In addition to her stellar grades, she was a key member of the Burbank High School cheerleading team and was a popular class president. The only suggestion of a love for performance, other than what she described as a ‘bit part’ aged 10 in the 1998 film Sandman directed by her father, was her participation in the school choir. But that was to change very quickly. Her brother Eric in particular, six years her senior and starting to make a name for himself as an actor, was vocal in encouraging his younger sister to ditch her education and get into acting. At the same time, he was more than proactive on her account. Years later Blake recalled him contacting agents to tell them all about his talented sibling. “He was trying to get me to make life decisions at 15. I was really busy at school and I would have these agents calling and saying, ‘We have an appointment for you.’ It was really hard to say no, because I didn’t want to make my brother upset.” During her junior high school year and aged just 17, Blake finally gave in to his protestations and agreed to do a few auditions. She found near instant success and a star was born. After only a few months of auditioning, she secured The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants role, which was filmed during the summer holiday between her junior and senior years at Burbank High. The movie was a tale of four girlfriends who 52 |

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pass around a pair of second-hand jeans that fit each of their bodies perfectly and her performance caught the imagination of critics and earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination for Breakout Movie Star. Returning to high school, she finished her diploma and completed her senior year but the acting bug had bitten and she put her academic aspirations on hold to pursue further acting opportunities. The burgeoning reputation she had gained from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants enabled her to quickly build on her early progress with her appearance in Accepted and secure the Gossip Girl part that propelled her to the acting top table.

The show followed the lives of a group of privileged teenagers on New York’s well-heeled Upper East Side, with Blake playing the lead role of Serena van der Woodsen, a stylish blonde socialite and somewhat reformed party girl who was never too far from a scandal. Aided and abetted by widespread positive press and media coverage, and not least a provocative and controversial photo shoot in Rolling Stone magazine, Gossip Girl quickly built a dedicated fan base. Its young and beautiful cast found themselves on the covers of celebrity magazines and featured on all manner of entertainment websites. The fashion conscious show, and Lively’s character in particular, also had

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an enormous influence on popular styling and couture. Any outfit Blake sported as Serena on the programme tended to sell out in the shops in the days following each transmission. While her public profile reached unprecedented levels, Blake’s personal plaudits continued to grow as she won the 2008 Teen Choice Award for TV Actress and TV Breakout Star for her performance in the first season. In a case of life imitating art, she dated Penn Badgley who played Dan Humphrey, Serena’s boyfriend throughout series one. Unfortunately, their relationship suffered the same fate as that of the on-screen couple but this was only the first of three high profile celebrity liaisons that eventually saw her find love. In 2011 Blake began dating A-list film star Leonardo DiCaprio and initially all the signs pointed to imminent marriage. DiCaprio was said to be smitten, impressed in particular by Blake’s celebrated cooking prowess, and amid a series of exotic trips together the Gossip Girl’s romance became a favourite subject for celebrity gossip columns. Yet after five months and almost as quickly as the seemingly whirlwind romance had come to public attention, the pair decided to call it quits and Blake was soon seen stepping out with her Green Lantern co-star, Ryan Reynolds. This relationship, however, remains strong to this day and, having bought a house together in New York State within months of dating, the pair married at an intimate ceremony on

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L’Oréal ambassador and starred while pregnant in the critically acclaimed 2015 movie The Age of Adaline, playing a woman who ceases to age after a freak accident opposite Michiel Huisman and Harrison Ford.

For all the small screen success Gossip Girl had brought her, it had denied her the time to consolidate the big screen reputation she had forged at such a young age. She had shown a gritty side as a young mother with drug issues in Ben Affleck’s crime thriller The Town in 2010 and enjoyed great success with 2011’s movie take on the classic comic Green Lantern yet she was still largely defined by the scandalous character Serena van der Woodsen.

This year saw her make further progress on the silver screen. The psychological drama All I See Is You features Blake as a blind woman who regains her sight only to learn disturbing things about herself and her marriage. She also stars alongside Steve Carell and Kristen Stewart in Woody Allen’s Café Society and the thriller The Shallows in which she plays a surfer stranded on a buoy as a great white shark circles hungrily has recently left the cinemas.

But with Gossip Girl in the past, Blake stepped out of the limelight for two years, taking a well-earnt break from acting and concentrating on establishing a family life for Ryan and herself. In December 2014, the couple welcomed their daughter James into the world and, as a newly confident young mum, Blake looked to once more make headway in the movie world.

Blake Lively enjoyed a meteoric rise in the middle of the last decade and has gone on to establish herself as a major film and television star. Having moved on from her Gossip Girl alter ego and with the good judgement to have taken a step back, she has put herself in a position to make 2017 an unforgettable year.

Her return to the spotlight signaled a readiness to leave Serena behind and begin a new chapter in her career. She became the face of Gucci’s Première fragrance, was named a

As her career goes from strength to strength and as her personal life looks ever more settled, everyone at Inspirational Magazine London looks forward to many more polished and ‘Lively’ performances in the years ahead.

She became the face of Gucci’s Première fragrance, and was named a L’Oréal ambassador

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IT’S A MAN’S WORLD Packed with features, in this issue we take a look over the life and work of Kirk Douglas who reaches his milestone 100th birthday and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Team GB in our Olympic round-up. Other sporting events covered include a round-up of the Masters 2016 and look ahead to the eagerly anticipated 2017 event. You can also reminisce in our celebration of the nation’s favourite storyteller – Roald Dahl.

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YEARS OF KIRK DOUGLAS

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This December (9th) sees acting legend Kirk Douglas reach his 100th birthday! To celebrate, Inspirational London takes a look over the extraordinary career and life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring stars. With his cleft chin, chiselled jaw and movie star good looks it could be easy to think that our favourite centenarian was always destined to be a star. In fact Kirk, born Issur Danielovitch in 1916 to Russian-born immigrant parents, was born in to poverty, with his parents trying to make ends meet on his father’s meagre earnings as a ragman working the streets of New York. From this less than auspicious start, Kirk was determined to make a life for himself and as he grew up, his natural talents began to shine. Despite being a talented wrestler, following a taste of acting in High School plays, Kirk had caught the acting bug.

Keen to make the most of his talents and break free from a life on the breadline, Kirk gained a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, which counts Robert Redford, Anne Hathaway and Lauren Bacall as alumni. His early career was interrupted when he signed up to the US Navy during World War II. Serving from 1941 to 1945, Kirk was now a bona fide hero. It was when Kirk hit 30 that his big break came when in 1946, he was cast as District Attorney, Walter O’Neil in the drama, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. Receiving critical acclaim Kirk was on his way to stardom. With over 90 movies to his name, it is arguably Douglas’ defining onscreen performance in the historical epic, Spartacus, that he is most remembered for.

Famed for the ‘I am Spartacus’ scene, the film also marked Kirk’s challenge of the Hollywood Blacklist. The list, which went largely unchecked, denied those working within the entertainment industry, such as actors, writers and directors, employment due to alleged communist ties. The Blacklist was responsible for ruining many careers, with those appearing on the list unable to get work, in some cases, for many years. Challenging the process, Kirk insisted that screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, a firm critic of the communist investigations, was credited with writing the screenplay for Spartacus, marking the beginning of the end of the blacklisting process. During his sixty-five year career, Kirk has received much critical acclaim, including several Academy Award nominations for his on-screen skills as well as, in 1996, an honorary Academy Award for “fifty years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community.”

As well as a long and established career within the movie industry, Kirk has worked as a producer and director and written 10 books. Kirk has also devoted much of his life to his philanthropic works including the ‘Anne & Kirk Douglas Playground Award’, which has distributed millions of dollars to building and refurbishing neglected school playgrounds for the children of Los Angeles. Father to four sons, including fellow Hollywood legend, Michael Douglas, Kirk’s last on-screen performance came in the 2009 documentary – Before I Forget, in which he shares stories about his life and work.

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OTTO Uomo Italy-born Tony Giallonardo is known across London as the “Curatore” – Italian for Curator – for his phenomenal offering of Italian garments which are sold in his lavish store OTTO Uomo. Located within the illustrious Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, OTTO Uomo has established itself as a firm favourite for gentlemen around the capital. With the ethos of: ‘Make it beautiful. Make it fit. Make it well’, the store is home to sophisticated menswear that is truly timeless. The inspiration for the clothing came from the iconic Italian style Tony was surrounded by as he wandered around major cities in Italy. He was brought up associating Italian gentlemen as very well put together who sported blazers, crisp coloured shirts paired with smart trousers and chinos, a style which he has successfully replicated across his collections.

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The store houses the finest jackets, shirts, trousers, knitwear, casualwear, denim, shoes and accessories, all in luxurious materials carefully selected by the man himself. Proof of the store’s prestige came when OTTO Uomo became the exclusive UK partners of master tailor Cesare Attolini who is renowned around the globe as the master of Neapolitan Tailoring. Keeping with the Italian heritage Cesare runs a tailor shop in Via Vetriera in Naples which has been an iconic establishment since its 1930 origins. Cesare’s hand-made garments scream finesse, style and a love of craft and are perfectly matched with the attention to detail Tony holds so dear.

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“I was tired of wearing what everyone else wore. I wanted to come up with something where I can put all of the best things I know together and create a collection that was truly exclusive.”

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These are the words of a man that has over four decades of distinguished presence in the fashion industry, and whose flair for fashion began within the walls of his family home. In 1960s Torino, a young Tony discovered his talent for fashion when he created outfits for his weekly church visits. Each outfit was selected with care and showcased his natural talent of putting fabrics and colours together that nobody else would think to match. Despite his family moving across the world to Toronto in the early 70s his desire for fashion remained, and only intensified when he officially stepped into the industry securing himself a job in retail selling clothes. Working there for several years, and with the help of a 30% in-store discount he thrived and moved into fashion buying.

The fashion buying industry was tough, it taught him discipline (one incident where he received a $10 fine for being late is proof of this) and was where his devotion to high quality garments manifested. The job entailed regular visits to his home country of Italy where he immersed himself in the 80s fashion that buzzed around the large cities all hours of the day. He was intrigued by the swift changes in fashion in Italy but was astounded more by how the typical gentleman would always shine through. Keeping up to date with the changes in trends, Tony transitioned into a store management role on Toronto’s celebrated Bloor Street where he gained a final insight into how quality is key and was the point where he realised his destiny to replicate Italian fashion in his own luxury store – this was the making of OTTO Uomo.

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What a year 2016 turned out to be for Team GB. The 366 elite sports people who made up the team swam, rode, ran, cycled, threw, punched, kicked, tackled, sailed, rowed, shot, paddled and back flipped their way into the history books.

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Not only did the team bring home an amazing 67 medals, including 27 Golds, 23 Silvers and 17 Bronze, the team also made the record books as the first country in Olympic history to follow a host games (London 2012) with even more medals! With Team GB finishing in second place on the medal table, Rio 2016 marked a pivotal moment for British sport that was 20 years in the making. Reaching a low point at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, when we won only one Gold medal, a decision was made to invest in British sport.

Now 20 years later, thanks to Lottery and Government funding, UK sport is well-funded, with millions spent each year on developing athletes from grass roots through to elite sport. With so many highlights, here at Inspirational London Magazine, we asked some former Olympians to pick their stand-out moment...

Gail Emms MBE, Silver Olympic medallist, badminton mixed doubles, Athens 2004 “Of course it was great seeing Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge win Bronze in the men’s badminton doubles, though I think seeing Charlotte DuJardin winning her third Olympic title by scooping Gold in the individual dressage was a real highlight.”

Derek Redmond, 1991 World 4x400m Relay Champion “My highlight came early in the Games, in fact it was Team GB’s first medal, when Adam Peaty swam his way to Gold in the 100m breaststroke final – not only did he get Gold but he set a world record too!”

Audley Harrison MBE, Gold Olympic medallist, super-heavyweight division, Sydney 2000 “Choosing just one stand-out moment from Rio 2016 is tough, Team GB proved themselves able to compete and win on the world stage. If I had to pick a highlight I’d say Nicola Adams winning Gold in the women’s flyweight. Not only is Nicola a great ambassador for the sport she’s now the first British boxer in 92 years to retain an Olympic title.”

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Colin Jackson CBE, Silver Olympic medallist 110m hurdles, Seoul 1988 “This is a tough one. Seeing Usain Bolt winning the treble (relay, 200m and 100m), was a moment I’ll always remember. That being said, my highlight has to be watching GB’s Mo Farah CBE retain his 2012 titles by once again winning the 5000m and 10,000m.”

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“What a fantastic achievement Rio 2016 was for Team GB! Every athlete deserves to feel proud of how they performed. A real highlight for me was Jade Jones MBE’s convincing win in the women’s 57kg Taekwondo final. Jade won her second Gold, at just 23 that is an amazing testament to her dedication and skill.”

UK Sport set the team a target of winning 48 medals at the Games. The target was smashed with a total 67 medals!

Brothers Alistair (MBE) and Jonathan Brownlee competed side by side in the triathlon, winning Gold and Silver medals.

Team GB has champions spread across 15 different sports.

The country had further reason to be proud as Paralympic GB also raced into the history books coming second on the medal table with 147 medals – 64 of them Gold! Inspiring and motivating, Olympians make for engaging and stimulating after-dinner speakers, perfect for a wide range of corporate and social events.

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Nick Skelton OBE became Britain’s oldest ever Gold medal winner, when at the age of 58 he won the individual show jumping.

Swimmer, Adam Peaty took Team GB’s first Gold medal, winning the 100m breaststroke.

Mo Farah CBE retained his London 2012 titles, scooping Gold in the 5000m and 10,000m – achieving the double, double.

Storming into the record books, track cyclist Jason Kenny OBE added to his medal tally from Beijing and London with THREE Golds.

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The Ultimate Wembley Experience Think of Wembley Stadium, and you picture some of the greatest sporting occasions in history - not least the time England won the World Cup in 1966. It is a truly iconic venue. Wembley is still the home of English Football with matches like the Emirates FA Cup Final, the Capital One Cup Final, the FA Community Shield and England Internationals taking place every season. However, the new Wembley Stadium is far more than just a football venue. This season alone, the hallowed turf will be hosting three NFL International Series, Beyonce, Rhianna, Coldplay, Bruce Spingsteen, Billy Joel, Capital Summertime Ball, Barbarians v Saracens, three Play-Off Finals and Harlequins v Saracens. A Club Wembley membership is the only way to guarantee your spot at all of the above. Members own seats on the private tier of the stadium for an average of 10 games per season, and also get first access to tickets and hospitality for all concerts and option events. With a VIP dedicated members concourse, featuring everything from fine dining to gourmet burgers and champagne bars, there’s no better way to enjoy the action off the pitch. Designed to offer something to suit everyone, from luxurious corporate entertaining to memorable employee rewards,

or simply a great day out with family and friends, Club Wembley delivers. And the experience is about to get even better. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its launch, Club Wembley membership is undergoing a big upgrade from 2017, with a brand new three season membership option. Can’t wait until then? Anyone eager to enjoy the privileges now can join for the last season of the current membership, and move seamlessly into the new programme until 2019. With flexible pricing and several membership options, this really is the time to take your place in Wembley’s history. 2017 also marks the launch of the exclusive 120 Club – offering the ultimate sports membership to a select group of just 120 members and their guests, this very special club will combine the finest hospitality with the best seats in the house, alongside unbelievable money can’t buy benefits.

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Masters Tony Jacklin CBE takes a look at the tournament where the world’s best golfers battle it out for that famous green jacket...

The Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, USA, will once again welcome the greatest golfers in the world when they gather for the 2017 Masters Tournament, which will be the first of golf’s four major championships to be held in the year – the others being the US Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship. The 81st Masters Tournament – which is already sold out – will take place between 6 April and 9 April and is expected to feature a host of past champions. These include 2016’s winner, England’s Danny Willett, who got to don the famous green jacket for the first time after going around the course in 283. Currently ranking among the world’s top 10 golfers, Danny was the first English player to win the title since Nick Faldo broke Australian hearts 20 years earlier by beating Greg Norman into second place. Willett, whose victory was rewarded with prize money of $1.8m, managed his final round in 67 and pushed the 2015 winner, USA’s Jordan Spieth, into joint second place, just three strokes behind at the end of the tournament. One of the world’s top five players, Spieth was leading for much of the time but a quadruple bogey at the shortest hole

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– the par 3 ‘Golden Bell’ at 155 yards – effectively put an end to his attempt to retain his title and he ended up sharing second place with England’s Lee Westwood. The longest hole at the Augusta, incidentally, is the par 5 ‘Pink Dogwood’ at a challenging 575 yards. Other past winners of the invitation-only Masters expected to grace the greens in ‘17 are Bubba Watson from the USA (he took the title in 2012 and 2014), Australia’s Adam Scott (winner in 2013), Charl Schwartzel from South Africa (2011), the USA’s Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006 and 2010), Ángel Cabrera from Argentina (2009), Trevor Immelman from South Africa (2008), the USA’s Zach Johnson (2007) and his fellow countryman the inimitable Tiger Woods (tournament winner four times in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005). The 2017 Masters is also expected to feature the 2003 winner, Canada’s Mike Weir, Fiji’s Vijay Singh (victor in 2000), Spain’s José María Olazábal (1994 and 1999), the USA’s Mark O’Meara (1998), Germany’s Bernhard Langer (1985 and 1993), Fred Couples and Larry Mize from the USA (winners in 1992 and 1987 respectively) and 1988’s green jacket wearer Scotland’s own Sandy Lyle.

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Danny Willett of England celebrates with the green jacket after winning the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia

The 2016 tournament saw former champions Tom Watson and Ian Woosnam bow out for the last time and other big names who are not expected to take part in 2017 include Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Fuzzy Zoeller, Nick Faldo, Ben Crenshaw and Tommy Aaron. The Masters tournament was created by Robert T Jones Jr and first played in 1934 with the green jacket – which the winner keeps for a year then returns – introduced 15 years later and first worn by Sam Snead (Sam went on to win the Masters twice more in 1952 and 1954). The record for the most Masters titles is held by Jack Nicklaus who has won six times – in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, and 1986. He is also one of only three players to retain the green jacket in consecutive years, the others being Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo. As can be seen from the list above, for the most part there tends to be a different winner of the Masters title every year – there have been 49 champions in 82 years – but two names dominated in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with Jack Nicklaus winning three times in four years and Arnold Palmer winning four times in seven years. In the early 2000s, Tiger Woods repeated Nicklaus’s achievement by winning three titles in four years and the two have the distinction of being the youngest and eldest champions respectively – Woods won when he was just 21 years old and Nicklaus when he was 46.

Among the unique features of the Masters tournament is the fact that it is the only one of the four major championships that is always played on the same course. Also, every player that wins the Masters is invited to take part in the other three tournaments, become a member of the PGA Tour for five years and appear in the Players Championship for five years. Whether Danny Willett gets to join the superstars who have defended their titles – and become only the second English player to do so – or the green jacket goes to a brand new champion, one thing is guaranteed: the Masters 2017 tournament will be packed with excitement and drama and golf fans will be talking about it around the world for a long time to come.

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Ryder Cup legend Tony Jacklin CBE pays tribute to Arnold Palmer, a genuine gentleman of golf. There are people that you meet in life who are wonderful acquaintances and colleagues and there are those you meet who become life-enhancing friends and Arnold Palmer was most certainly one of the latter. It’s fair to say that my life – and the lives of literally countless others around the world – would have been so much less enjoyable and fulfilling without having Mr Palmer around. And so it was with the deepest sense of sadness that I heard of the passing away of my very dear friend in late September. Arnie – who once gave me an unforgettable ride in his Lear jet over the Royal Birkdale golf course! – wouldn’t have wanted his friends and fans to wring their hands in sorrowful remembrance of his life. So I want to take this opportunity to shout from these pages about the man, his magical personality and his immense talents on and off the golf course. People have named their children – of either gender! – after Arnold Palmer; he has been widely remembered for taking time out to connect with people, young or old, beginners or professionals; he has been acknowledged for decades as being a genuine gentleman of golf and of having the type of charisma and charm that only the most special people possess. Arnie’s daughter Amy Palmer Saunders has said she felt buoyed by “the outpouring of support and love from countless friends and admirers” of the great man. Amy added: “We are comforted knowing that he was loved by so many and so deeply. My father would be so pleased to know that he is being thought of and recognised this way.” As well as being remembered as ‘The King’ of golf, Arnie will always be associated with the Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation (named after his legion of fans) which will carry on in his name to provide financial support to institutions and organisations that help children, youths, families, the environment and communities around the world. There is also the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, which provide a worldrenowned healing environment for women and children, and the Arnold Palmer Group of Companies which are dedicated to supporting the charity.

Arnold Palmer – ‘The King’ of Golf Arnold Palmer won 95 golfing tournaments during the course of his glittering career, including 62 PGA Tour wins and a staggering seven majors, but even more important than this he is universally acknowledged as being the one player who made the sport so popular with the general public. Credited with making golf “cool”, Palmer has been described by other brilliant golfers as a legend, an icon, a pioneer in the sport, someone who transcended the game of golf, a defining figure in the game, even the first superstar of golf. His fellow countryman Jack Nicklaus said of Palmer: “He took the game to a higher level virtually by himself.” From his first amateur wins way back in 1946 to his final senior win in 1993, Palmer walked the golf courses of the world with grace, poise and professionalism that few have been able to match. His major wins include four Masters titles, two consecutive Open Championships and one US Open title. Such was his dominance of the game that in two years – 1960 and 1962 – Palmer held dual titles in top tournaments and was just two strokes and a playoff victory away from winning a hat-trick of trophies on both occasions. Even when he wasn’t winning, Palmer was finishing in the top 10 of major tournaments an incredible 38 times, including being runner-up no fewer than 10 times, four of them in the US Open and three in the PGA Championship. In terms of accolades, Palmer was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and given the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. As well as his group of companies, his charitable work and two astounding hospitals, Palmer’s name will always be connected with The Arnold Palmer Invitational, which is one of only a handful of golf tournaments to be given such status by the PGA Tour. The invitational is played at a Florida golf resort that Palmer owned since 1974 and the tournament has carried his name since 2007.

I was honoured to open the Ryder Cup this year with another close friend and two-time Ryder Cup captain, legend Jack Nicklaus, and to have the opportunity to pay tribute to Arnie in a global forum. I told the sombre and respectful crowd that Arnie was “truly an inspiration to all of us” and Jack said: “We all feel his loss and dedicate these games to his honour. Never forget that the game is about camaraderie and the spirit of sportsmanship, and nobody exemplified this more than Arnold Palmer.” To sum up, there’s no better way to describe my dear friend Arnie than to use the words of the charity itself: “To golfers and non-golfers alike, Arnold Palmer stands for excellence, character and integrity.”

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Rainbows supports children like Jessie “It breaks my heart to watch my daughter growing unable to do the things other children do.” Ten-year-old Jessie Spray suffers from a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy and factors such as the weather and over stimulation can cause life-threatening seizures. When she was 10 months old, Jessie had a febrile convulsion and ended up in hospital. Two weeks later the same thing happened and mum, Rachel, was told not to worry. But after three agonising hours, the family’s world started to crumble as Jessie was taken to Intensive Care and put on a life support

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machine where she spent a couple of days. Jessie pulled through but once back at her Derbyshire home, the seizures continued and became more frequent. For the next two years, she was constantly in and out of hospital and at least once a week, she was blue lighted there in an ambulance. Finally when she was two years old, Rachel and Daniel, Jessie’s father, were told their daughter had Dravet Syndrome. Jessie also has autism and her condition means she has learning difficulties and finds it hard to socialise with other children. Jessie’s seizures robbed her of her appetite until she was admitted to hospital with organ failure due to her being medically anorexic. She now has a gastrostomy tube, which she has nicknamed Beryl, to feed her. “Jessie can never be left on her own, you even have to go to the toilet with her,” said Rachel. “She sleeps in our room as the risk of seizures at night is even higher. She is attached to me 24/7. I feel guilty all the time as she misses

out on so much. When you wake up in the morning, you never know what you are going to get. “You do worry about everything; the next seizure could kill her. We dread winter, if she gets a cold, it can put her on life support. “Despite everything, Jessie is so positive, she doesn’t know any different and she is so happy and is always smiling. There are some days when I could cry at the drop of a hat but she brings us joy every day.” In January 2014, Rachel and Daniel, who also have a 15-year-old son, Tom, discovered Rainbows. “Rainbows is amazing,” said Rachel. “With having Tom too, he really needs us and we can’t do normal things with him as we are so consumed by Jessie. Rainbows gives us that time. “Trusting someone with Jessie is a big thing for me. At Rainbows, I know Jessie is safe. It isn’t just about the care Jessie receives, Rainbows is also a support network for the whole family.”

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How we are funded I said “What about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?” The cast of hit stage show Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which toured across the East Midlands, treated the Rainbows families and staff to a special performance. Eleven members of the ensemble visited Rainbows to meet its children and young people and find out more about the work Rainbows does. After touring the facilities, actress Emily Atack – who also starred in The Inbetweeners - entertained families and staff with a version of Moon River and cast members sang Frozen’s Let it Go. They also signed memorabilia for children and young people. Charlie De Melo, who plays Jose, set up the visit because his mum, Lynne, works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Rainbows. He said: “It was wonderful to have the opportunity to visit Rainbows while taking the show to the East Midlands. “I know very well how wonderful the work is that Rainbows does for its children and their families. What was nice for me was to be able to facilitate and introduce new people to that wonderful work. On a personal level it was particularly nice to hear the admiration that the staff themselves have for the work my mum does. Over the years it’s become normalised just how worthy her work is in my eyes, so to hear her colleagues speak so highly of her was a really beautiful moment for me.” Since visiting the hospice, the cast and crew have set up ‘Team Golightly’ (Tiffany’s Run for Rainbows) and are taking part in various runs around the country. To date, they have raised over £3,000.

Rainbows’ biggest income source is legacies – gifts that supporters leave in their will. Last year this amounted to £931,000. In the UK, gifts in wills are responsible for over £2.2bn of charitable funding. This is why you will often read about Rainbows’ work in trying to get more people to remember them in their wills. Away from legacies, last year Rainbows received £2,013,000 in donations, including: • • •

£879,000 from companies, their employees and customers £817,000 in donations from individuals and community groups £317,000 in grants from trusts and foundations

Customers who donated or bought something at the Rainbows shops contributed £459,000 towards the hospice last year, while supporters who organised or attended events raised a further £548,000. The weekly lottery and superdraws are a staple part of its fundraising activity and Rainbows ended last year with over 11,000 supporters playing, raising £576,000. Finally, Rainbows received a comparatively small amount of money from national and local Government. In 2015/16 it received

£330,000 from NHS England, equivalent to three weeks of running costs and a further £544,000 from local health authorities. Income from other sources totalled £99,000. How Rainbows spent your money Every penny Rainbows spend helps achieve its mission and the charity is indebted to everyone who plays a part in that. The bulk of what is raised is spent on delivering care inside the hospice and away from Rainbows through family support work and outreach activity. Without fundraising and donations Rainbows simply could not exist. That’s why it spends some of the income received on raising money for this year and for future years. Rainbows’ supporters are as much a part of the care and compassion that is provided as its staff and volunteers. It’s the supporters’ passion, determination and generosity that drives everything Rainbows does. Rainbows is your charity and by working together, everyone can make a real difference to the short lives of the children and young people cared for and the families they leave behind.

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Rainbows is regularly recruiting volunteers. To be part of the Rainbows team, contact Paul Holden on 01509 638059 or email paul.holden@rainbows.co.uk

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STILL A WINNER Inspirational London Magazine talks to Nigel Mansell CBE Inspirational London reports on how racing legend Nigel Mansell CBE took two titles at the 2016 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship He’s used to beating most competitors on the racing track and British F1 icon Nigel Mansell CBE didn’t disappoint at the 2016 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, where he came joint first in the tournament’s opening Celeb-Am clash, sharing the ‘podium’ with TV presenter and comedian Roy Walker. Mansell won again in the team competition, where he partnered Mike Harwood in the first nine (football star Peter Odemwingie took over for the back nine). The win was all the more impressive because Mansell and his team-mates beat the professional BP3 Championship winner Mark Mouland and his partner Ian Halliwell into second place. With a passion for speed from a young age, Mansell determinedly worked his way up through the ranks. After considerable success in kart racing, he moved to the Formula Ford series, winning on his debut and becoming the 1977

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British champion despite suffering a broken neck in a qualifying session. In 1978 he made the step up to Formula Three, further honing his abilities, when his driving was noticed by Colin Chapman, owner of Lotus, and he was selected to become a test driver for the Formula One team. After setting the fastest lap around Silverstone in a Lotus car at the time, he convinced Chapman to give him his F1 debut in 1980. Becoming a fully-fledged F1 driver with the Lotus team, Mansell gained his first podium finish after just five races. In 1984, he finished in the championship top 10 for the first time, and took his first career pole position. Moving to Williams in 1985, the racing icon achieved his debut victory at the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch and followed this up with a second straight triumph at the South African Grand Prix. A year later at the final race of the season in Adelaide, the tyre of his Williams Honda exploded costing him a race finish – and

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more importantly the coveted World Championship by a single point. One of his most famous victories came when he won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1987 in which he came back from 28 seconds behind in 30 laps to beat team-mate Nelson Piquet, with his car running out of fuel on the slowing down lap.

Finishing his career with 31 victories, Mansell thrilled millions of fans and is without doubt one of the UK’s greatest ever sportsmen. And it’s clear from his two winning performances at the 2016 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship that he hasn’t lost his competitive streak just yet.

Mansell became the last Ferrari driver to be personally selected by Enzo Ferrari before his death in August 1988 and he became the highest paid British sportsman at the time. Returning to the Williams team in 1991, Mansell’s focus was dedicated to winning the World Championship and 1992 would be his seminal year. Starting the season with five straight victories, the long-awaited moment came in Hungary when he stood on the podium as the 1992 Formula 1 World Champion. He won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for the second time that same year, one of only three people to have won the award twice.

For more information or to book Nigel Mansell CBE for your next event please contact Benoit Lawrence at blawrence@championsukplc.com or +44 (0) 1509 85 29 27

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KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES RBS Six Nations

February 2017 sees the return of the RBS Six Nations, with Eddie Jones’ England looking to follow up on their Grand Slam victory in 2016.

the likes of Maro Itoje and George Kruis leading the pack, along with Owen Farrell and George Ford pulling the strings in the midfield, these are exciting times for English rugby fans.

Scotland and Ireland kick off proceedings at Murrayfield before England open against France at Twickenham. Wales then travel to Italy for their opening match, with interim coach Rob Hawley taking charge after Warren Gatland’s appointment as British & Irish Lions coach for the summer tour to New Zealand.

Under Joe Schmidt, Ireland are a formidable outfit and, with two Six Nations wins in a row before the last tournament, they are a team that knows what it takes to win over the course of the five matches. Much like England, Ireland benefit from a strong, young side with the likes of flanker CJ Stander, loosehead Jack McGrath and No.9 Connor Murray being players to look out for in the 2017 tournament.

England go into the tournament in fine form following their series win in Australia, where they beat the Aussies on three occasions in their own backyard. Alongside the 2016 Six Nations win and first Grand Slam title in 13 years, winning a test series in Australia for the very first time and consigning Australia to their first series whitewash since 1971 highlights how the team has advanced since the disappointment of the World Cup. Eddie Jones has established a well organised, youthful and exciting squad, marshalled by captain Dylan Hartley, that has the potential to achieve great things in the coming years. With 80 |

Scotland are another nation progressing well under the leadership of New Zealand born coach Vern Cotter. Having formed a side which plays with real intensity, they are set to test a number of the sides in the forthcoming tournament, and could be an outside bet to do well. Player of the 2016 Championship, Stuart Hogg, is a real star at fullback whilst open-side flanker John Hardie is a tough tackler who makes a nuisance of himself at the breakdown and can cause real problems for the opposition. The Welsh will have to adapt to being without the coach who

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“Arrogance is only bad when you lose. If you are winning and you are arrogant, that’s self-belief” - Eddie Jones

has led them to so much success over recent years. It will be interesting to see how they perform, but with players such as winger George North and kicker Dan Biggar in your side, points are always going to be scored. There were encouraging signs for the French team at the start of the 2016 Six Nations as Guy Novès, their newly appointed coach, led them to two wins against Italy and Ireland, yet they went on to lose their final three fixtures and finish second bottom of the standings. Having now had more time to work with the team, France are likely to be a stronger, more resilient outfit in 2017, particularly when playing away from the Stade de France. Having taken home the wooden spoon in 2016, Italy will be looking to move forward from a disappointing tournament where they were beaten in all five of their matches. Now under the stewardship of former Ireland international and Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea, the Azzurri are likely to be a more challenging opposition this time around, especially when playing in front of their own fans at the Stadio Olimpico. With the 2017 RBS Six Nations set to be a real spectacle,

businesses can jump on the rugby bandwagon by booking Six Nation winning players and coaches to motivate, inspire and engage audiences with anecdotes from their time in the professional arena. Champions Speakers have a multitude of rugby stars available to book for engagements, including former England international Neil Back MBE, Welsh wizard Shane Williams MBE and legendary Irish fullback Geordan Murphy to name but a few. Audiences can get a true understanding of the rivalry between the nations as well as a feel for what it is like to play in the cauldrons of noise created by fans during the Six Nations from players who experienced such occasions. As England look to achieve back-to-back Grand Slam victories, only time will tell as to who comes out on top, but one thing is for sure— it will be a rollercoaster ride for all involved, with plenty of ups and downs for players, coaches and fans before the trophy is presented and the competition concludes on March 18th. AUTUMN/WINTER 2016 ISSUE 2

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P R E S E N T. . .

AN EVENING WITH MARO ITOJE AND FRIENDS 5th April 2017 at Jumeirah Carlton Black tie | Champagne reception at 6.45 | 3 course meal

For more information on the upcoming ‘An Evening With Maro Itoje and Friends’ please contact Lauren Ecob, at lecob@championsukplc.com, or +44 (0) 1509 85 29 27.

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Located in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel offers a warm welcome with a choice of stylish guest rooms and suites. Enjoy all-day dining in Lowndes Bar & Kitchen, discover London with a self guided tour on our complimentary Belgravia Bikes and relax in the indoor swimming pool or jacuzzi at the nearby Peak Health Club & Spa.

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THE ULTIMATE MAYFAIR VENUE

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Playboy Club London Playboy Club London is the ultimate Mayfair venue. From worldclass gaming to gourmet dining, it is one of the capital’s most luxurious memberships on offer. The Playboy Club London offers its exclusive members opulent surroundings, exquisite gaming, cocktails and unprecedented glamour in the heart of the City. A luxury that represents the true essence of Playboy’s heritage and sophistication, the club is hosted by iconic Bunnies. Playboy Club London prides itself on satisfying the needs of its guests and delivering the very best service to both seasoned and casual gamers. The Club is open 24 hours and hosts a world-class main gaming room and, wide range of electronic gaming options. Our world-class casino with iconic Bunny croupiers, three fabulous salle privés and the relaxed Players Bar, offers luxurious gaming and sports around the clock, while fine dining comes courtesy of The Dining Room restaurant or privately in a lavish hideaway. Members are also entitled to a variety of specially chosen experiences to suit their lifestyle.

Playboy is a brand founded on the belief that luxury should be an everyday experience. As Hugh Hefner said

“The finer things in life are rewards – not goals!” Playboy Club London is an exclusive members-only club; however, as a non-member you can join in on the action via the Club’s exquisite calendar of events or by visiting The Tale Bar. Immerse yourself in Playboy heritage at The Tale Bar and let the iconic Bunnies serve up something delightful. A stunning addition to the club’s exclusive surroundings where exquisitely mixed drinks and exceptional service merge with a vintage and ornate portrayal of the club’s famous history in London since the 60s. The Tale Bar is the height of sophistication and offers the exceptional dining service you would expect of classic Playboy.

“Playboy Bunny status is highly coveted, so it is important our standards remain high across the globe.” The Bunny Manual

To organise an exclusive membership trial, email membership@ PlayboyClubLondon.com quoting Inspirational London Magazine.

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Long before JK Rowling brought us muggles, Quidditch and Dementors, the world’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl was weaving tall tales packed with gloriumptious words invented for the very unique worlds he created.

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With an estimated 200 million book sales in 60 languages, here at Inspirational London we thought we would take a look over the life and extraordinary works of Roald Dahl to mark 100 years since his birth. At the heart of many of Dahl’s stories is tragedy – James (of the giant peach fame) is orphaned and sent to live with cruel and neglectful aunts, Charlie (he of the chocolate factory) lives in extreme poverty and even The BFG gets bullied by his peers. It was his understanding of children and their love of stories that included threat, adversity and of course, heroes, that enabled Dahl to write with such poignancy and capture the hearts and minds of children for decades. Born in Llandaff in Wales on 13 September 1916, Roald Dahl’s life story reads like an action novel – boarding school adventures, a career travelling the world with Shell Oil, an RAF fighter pilot during World War II and time working for the British Embassy in America. It was while in the States in 1942 that his first story was published – A Piece of Cake which was written for adults, but it was his children’s story written around the same time that garnered the most interest – Gremlins, which later inspired the hit 1984 film of the same name. Dahl has proven a rich source of material for Hollywood and a number of his novels have been transferred to the big screen including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, Matilda and the latest blockbuster, The BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg. As well as the big screen, many of Dahl’s novels have also become hugely successful stage shows. Grounding his characters in a unique mix of reality and eccentricity, it is easy to imagine the characters and scenarios that Dahl created, although it was perhaps the partnership with illustrator Quentin Blake, which began in 1976, that really brought the wonderful world of Dahl to life. The partnership between author and illustrator continued with Blake illustrating almost all of Dahl’s books including The Enormous Crocodile, George’s Marvellous Medicine and The BFG. Dahl passed away aged 74 in 1990, the same year the British Book Awards named him Children’s Author of the Year, and he left behind a wonderful legacy. With books competing against gadgets and computer games for kids’ attention, it is a testament to Dahl’s skill and creativity that with each passing year, new generations discover his work and fall in to the magical world of imagination.

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Dahl was prolific – over his career he published 20 books for children, two novels for adults, 19 short stories, also aimed at adults and seven non-fiction books! Roald was named after a famous Norwegian explorer called Roald Amundsen.

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The Quiet Man Turns Up the Volume Iain Duncan Smith

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He’s softly spoken, that much is true, but, whether it’s an impassioned plea for social justice from the green benches or a thought-provoking after dinner speech, his words always carry weight. After all, there aren’t many politicians who are known to millions by their initials alone. In his 25th year as a parliamentarian, Rt. Hon. George Iain Duncan Smith, often known as IDS, reputation as the quiet man of British politics belies the central role he has played in shaping Conservative Party fortunes. Inspirational Magazine London looks at one of Britain’s genuine ‘big beasts’. The son of a World War II RAF ace, who downed 19 enemy aircraft, and a ballerina of Japanese Samurai stock, Iain Duncan Smith was born in Edinburgh in 1954 and was educated at HMS Conway, an all-boys boarding school known as a breeding ground for young Navy hopefuls. But the future Tory leader had his sights set on the Army. Moving to its world-renowned training centre at Sandhurst, Duncan Smith was commissioned by the Scots Guards and spent an eventful six years between 1975 and 1981, touring both Northern Ireland and Rhodesia and witnessing first-hand the damaging effects of conflict and deprivation. Leaving the military in 1981, he joined the defence company GEC-Marconi but what he had seen in the Forces stayed with him. His desire to bring about better outcomes for the disadvantaged grew to the point that he committed himself to that endeavour. In 1992 Duncan Smith was selected to stand as Conservative candidate for Chingford, Essex replacing former Party Chairman and Secretary of State for Trade & Industry, Norman Tebbit. Taking his seat that May, he came to prominence as a critic of the Maastricht Treaty signed by his own party leadership. Ruffling establishment feathers, however, and forgoing the chance of a job in John Major’s government was a price worth paying and his principled stance bore fruit after New Labour’s landslide 1997 victory. Incoming Tory leader, William Hague, appointed Duncan Smith to the Shadow Defence brief before moving him into Social Security. But, as Hague failed to overturn Tony Blair’s majority in 2001, the Conservatives knew they needed to project a more socially responsible image.

Harold MacMillan was once asked what politicians fear most and his famous reply, “Events, dear boy, events”, still held water almost forty years later. In the post-9/11 world, with the Iraq War looming and Blair thrust into the role of great statesman, IDS’ message struggled to gain traction. In part due to his position on the Eurosceptic side of the Tory schism, he was forced out of the leadership in November 2003 and replaced by Michael Howard. Duncan Smith now had the political space to pursue his own agenda. He threw himself into improving the lot of the poor and in 2004 set up the ground-breaking Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) think tank, launching a bold policy and research programme. The Centre published two major reports: ‘Breakdown Britain’ an analysis of social breakdown looking at the areas of economic dependence and unemployment, family breakdown, addiction, educational failure and indebtedness, and ‘Breakthrough Britain’, a menu of 200 corresponding policy recommendations, 29 of which have been taken on board by the Conservatives. In 2010 Prime Minister Cameron appointed IDS to his Cabinet as Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, finally giving the Scotsman the resources to carry out a radical programme of welfare reforms. During a period of unprecedented belt-tightening, Duncan Smith mastered one of the most complex briefs in Westminster, but, after almost six years in the post, George Osborne’s proposed cuts to disability allowances were the final straw. He resigned in March 2016, taking the summer to focus on the In-Out European referendum before returning to his spiritual home, as Chairman of the Centre for Social Justice. With the British electorate narrowly opting to leave the EU, IDS will now lead the CSJ as it seeks to influence a fair divorce with the Continent for all by way of its ‘Breakthrough Brexit’ programme. Iain Duncan Smith MP has been there and bought the political T-shirt. He has a keen appreciation of the internal workings of government and, with Brexit on everybody’s lips, IDS will enlighten your audience, setting out a vision of opportunity as we venture into a brave new world.

In the subsequent leadership battle, IDS was pitted against the Europhile Ken Clarke. While Europe was to become an ever more contentious issue for the Tories, it has been a divisive theme for decades and IDS’ Euroscepticism helped him win out and become the first ever Catholic Tory leader.

For more information on booking a speaker for your next event, contact Jack Hayes of Champions (UK) plc on +44 1509 85 29 27, or email jackhayes@championsukplc.com

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FINE DINING GUIDE It’s that time of year again when we all want to get cosy and fill up on hearty meals that warm the cockles of the heart. From rich stews to comfort food such as pies, cheesy pastas and indulgent puds, winter is a great time to feast. With a passion for seasonal ingredients and local produce, renowned foodie and TV personality, Gregg Wallace, rounds up some of the highlights from the Inspirational London fine dining guide… For stunning Cantonese dishes served within equally stunning art deco surroundings, the China Tang at The Dorchester Hotel is sure to hit the mark. Order the restaurant’s signature Peking Duck for a gastronomic treat. Also nestled with The Dorchester is the impressive and effortlessly elegant The Grill. Featuring modern takes on grill classics, The Grill, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner uses only the finest, locally sourced ingredients to create mouth-watering seasonal menus. Situated in Piccadilly is The Wolseley, a vibrant and beautiful restaurant offering fantastic European-inspired food. Head over for the fabulous Wolseley breakfast to get your day off to the very best start. For a limited time, London's fashionable Mayfair is home to a magical pop-up dining experience set around the theme of an abandoned New York toy store. For those looking for more traditional food there is the elegant and timeless, Le Caprice. The inspiring menus, which include an a la carte option, includes an exciting mix of British, European and American fayre. One of London’s most sought-after eateries is Le Gavroche. Run by Michel Roux Jr, Le Gavroche boasts outstanding food along with exemplary service, book a table and find out for yourself why this restaurant has two Michelin-stars. With its exquisite interior and fabulous menus, it is no wonder that The Ivy is renowned the world over. The seasonal menus include influences from southern Europe and Asia and are produced and served with flair. These are just a taste of the restaurants included within the fine dining guide, read on for more…

Chocolate Puddle Puddings

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For more information on Gregg Wallace, including booking Gregg for your next event, contact Champions Talent Management on 08453 31 30 31 or email vmtyson@championsukplc.com

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CHINA TANG AT THE DORCHESTER Park Lane, London

Offering some of the finest Cantonese food outside of Asia, the classically trained chefs at China Tang at The Dorchester use only the freshest ingredients and traditional spices to create an authentic taste of the orient. Located in the iconic London hotel, the restaurant is a popular celebrity hang-out and attracts diners from across the country. Receiving rave reviews and gaining a global reputation, the range of a la carte, Dim Sum and set menus do not compromise on the traditional recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. A firm favourite amongst regular diners, the Peking Duck is seasoned to perfection, while the Dim Sum flawlessly captures the unique culinary art of the south China cuisine. All of the menus are concise lists of only the finest dishes that have been carefully compiled. Evoking a sense of 1930s Shanghai art deco, the exquisite bar serves a variety of classic cocktails made by the highly skilled bartenders, many of which perfectly accompany the Dim Sum menu. Every Tuesday night, sensational duo Kitty La Roar and Nick of Time transport guests back to the jazz era.

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If you are looking to host a special occasion, the three private dining rooms, Ping, Pang and Pong provide the perfect setting; in which to entertain guests while enjoying the world-class cuisine. A visit to China Tang never disappoints and food fanatics throughout the country should not miss the chance to dine in this unique restaurant which combines tradition and innovation to wonderful effect. Make a booking with China Tang in one of our Private Dining Rooms and you will enter into the inner sanctum of China Tang dining. The perfect setting for a special occasion, whether it be family and friends or corporate dinner. Our three Private Rooms are interconnecting and cater from 8 to 80 guests.

Food served: Open daily from 11am to Midnight Food available all day China Tang at The Dorchester 53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA Tel: +44 (0) 20 7629 9988 www.chinatanglondon.co.uk

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THE WOLSELEY Piccadilly, London

One of the most famous boulevards in London, Piccadilly is home to some of the finest restaurants in the city. The Wolseley is one of these restaurants and benefits from its central location in the busy boulevard. In a building with rich history, the restaurant has a vast modern menu featuring dishes inspired by various countries across Europe, all served in an art deco interior that feels as if you have stepped into a chapter of The Great Gatsby. There is nothing quite like digging a fork into something sweet in the summer season, so give into your sweet tooth and have an afternoon of indulgence with the home made patisseries and desserts on the menu. Journeying through Europe, the selection features traditional English fruit crumble, French crème brulee, éclairs and the flaky Hungarian delicacy, strudels. The main menu, available for both lunch and dinner, has a spectacular array of fine dining dishes perfect for making your experience at The Wolseley that bit more special, starting with crustacean dishes that include oysters, scallops,

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crab and clams. But if you are looking to extend the special occasion further then The Wolseley have access to some of the finest caviar on the market. Served on blinis with sour cream, diners can choose between the Oscietra or Beluga caviar in either 30g or 50g servings. Why not dip into the Wolseley’s eclectic wine list? Start a special evening with a glass of Champagne and then choose a crisp Sauvignon, fruity rosé or velvety red to complement your meal. The staff at The Wolseley are expertly trained in pairing the perfect wine with each individual dish to ensure the taste of each bite is heightened. Food served: Monday- Friday 7.00am – Midnight Saturday 8.00am - Midnight SUNDAY 8.00am – 11pm The Wolseley 160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB Tel: 020 7499 6996 Email: website@thewolseley.com www.thewolseley.com

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Once upon a time in London... This festive season, visitors to London can experience the magic and wonder of a Christmas long ago… Set around the theme of an abandoned New York toy store, The Little Treasured Toyshop, is a unique event that offers an enchanting evening of fine dining and entertainment. Beautifully realised, The Little Treasured Toyshop sees imagination come to life as talented performers dance, act and perform their way through the evening, weaving magic and telling a captivating story as they go. The stunningly decorated venue and fabulous costumes adds to the excitement and atmosphere and helps guests feel they have been transported to an abandoned New York toy store.

Of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas without some festive fare so upon arrival, guests will receive a glass of bubbly and enjoy a delectable three-course meal. The multi-sensory experience is the perfect event for office get-togethers, family celebrations and those wanting to celebrate Christmas in style. An event like no other, plenty of exciting surprises await at The Little Treasured toyshop, so much so that even the most reluctant festive partygoer is sure to get into the Christmas spirit!

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Based in the heart of London’s Mayfair, this pop-up dining experience also includes the option to dance the night away at the venue’s nightclub. For more details, please visit www.onceuponatimepresents.com or email info@planaevents.co.uk to make a booking. 26/10/2016 16:19


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LE CAPRICE Piccadilly, London

Le Caprice is located in a cul-de-sac off the thriving streets of Piccadilly and serves a selection of classic cuisine from across Britain, Europe and America. Inside the doors of Le Caprice, guests are greeted by friendly staff and a black and white interior that screams contemporary elegance. But it is the lively atmosphere that sets it apart from other restaurants in the Piccadilly area. The entertainment at Le Caprice goes hand in hand with the fine dining experience. Each evening, from 6.30pm-midnight the spotlight is taken by Le Caprice’s talented pianist who creates a sophisticated and relaxed ambience for diners. Taking place on Saturday afternoon from 12.30-4pm and Sunday evenings the famed live Jazz weekends are also a fantastic way to wind down. Jazz has always been the perfect accompaniment to dining, and as the summer quickly approaches nothing quite beats the combination of food and Jazz in the sun. Presentation is at the heart of Le Caprice and this is portrayed through the seasonal menu. Diners

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can choose from Isle of Mull scallops, Caprice burger, slow roast suckling pig, baked passion fruit cheesecake and raspberry posset to name but a few. But no matter which dish you choose you can guarantee it will be pleasing to both the taste buds and the eye. The cocktail menu steals the show at Le Caprice. The chic, mirrored bar showcases a broad range of bottles that are transformed into delightful concoctions such as the ‘Hammer of God’ and the iconic ‘Hemmingway Daiquiri’ which are all perfect drinks for the long summer nights.

Food served: Monday to Saturday All day: 12 noon - midnight Sunday Brunch: 11.30am - 5pm Dinner: 5.30pm - 11pm Le Caprice Arlington Street, London, SW1A 1RJ Tel: 020 7629 2239 www.le-caprice.co.uk

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LE GAVROCHE Upper Brook Street, London

Owned by MasterChef judge and 2 star Michelin star chef Michel Roux Jr, Le Gavroche is one of London’s most respected and influential restaurants with a rich history. The restaurant has a homely interior with deep reds and greens. The walls are filled with art from throughout history with the story of Le Gavroche running throughout the rooms. Diners can relax and enjoy the ambiance while indulging in a menu that boasts an eclectic mix of French cuisine staying true to Michel’s heritage. When the food enters your mouth it is quite obvious why Le Gavroche has been awarded, and retained 2 Michelin stars throughout the years. The highly skilled team of chefs have delicately put together dishes that include Roast Suckling Pig with Crackling, Grilled Dover Sole on the Bone, Roast Saddle of Rabbit and Grilled Scallops with a Clam Minestrone to name but a few. The French roots continue into the wine menu that showcases some of the finest wines from some of the most prestigious French vineyards. Each main menu comes with its own wine list and is carefully designed to go hand in hand with

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the dishes to complement the food and refresh the palate. Surrounded by cookery books collected by Michel over the years, the ‘Chef’s Library’ is something that needs to be experienced to be believed. Seating six people it is the ideal space for an intimate dinner with friends or family. With a six course menu, accompanied by wine to complement the daily changing menu, Whole Roast Salsify with Spanish Salted Almonds, Roast Saddle of Somerset Kid Goat and able Breton, Apple and Cinnamon Pate de Fruit are an example of the divine meal diners can expect. Food served: Tuesday to Friday: Lunch (12 noon to 2pm) Dinner (6pm to 10pm) Saturday: Closed for lunch Dinner (6pm to 10pm) Le Gavroche 43 Upper Brook Street, London, W1K 7QR Tel: 020 7408 0881/ 020 7499 1826 www.le-gavroche.co.uk

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THE IVY 1-5 West Street, London

Recently refurbished, The Ivy is a glamorous, iconic and high end restaurant that boasts a menu brimming with flavoursome delicacies. The restaurant, with a dress code of smart casual, re-opened in June 2015 following a five month closure, during which every element of The Ivy was transformed. Now, it is a spectacular place for diners to sample the delights of the menus, in an interior that fuses original features with 21st century style. The menu is more adventurous than it was before and features dishes from Europe and Asia. The Ivy does not conform to gourmet dining and stays with classics that everyone loves which are all cooked to perfection. The all-day á la carte menu of shepherd’s pie, lamb rump, fillet steaks, roast venison and a variety of fish and shellfish, has become increasingly popular amongst diners. The renovation also saw The Private Room undergo a revamp. The room, with its own bespoke bar, seats up to 60 guests or 100 for a

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cocktail or canapé dining experience. The room now has a newly found ambience and stands as a glamorous backdrop for weddings and business functions, or just to make a family occasion that bit more special. Valet parking service is available from 6pm, Monday to Saturday and is available to all diners at The Ivy for £15. From 21st May the Ivy will be debuting a breakfast service for the first time in the restaurant’s 100 year history. It will be available from 8am-10pm every weekday. Food served: Monday-Friday Breakfast 8am-10.30am Monday-Wednesday 12 noon - 11.30pm Thursday-Saturday 12 noon - 12 midnight Sunday 12 noon - 10.30pm The Ivy 1-5 West Street, London, WC2H 9NQ Tel: 020 7836 4751 www.the-ivy.co.uk

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THE INSPIRATION... Multiple award-winning full service brand agency Champions (UK) plc was founded in 2003 with a simple truth in mind. People and relationships drive business. Founder and Managing Director Matthew Hayes understood that, just as people make lasting emotional investments in the brands they follow, his family-run agency had to forge long-term partnerships with its clients. He also knew, that to provide a 360-degree service, he must break from an industry norm that traditionally saw agencies occupy a single niche or specialism. Matthew realised that fragmentation limits both the scope of an agency’s activity and, more importantly, the impact it can make for a brand.

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THE FULL TOOLKIT A common-or-garden, niche agency, the established mainstay of the market, has a restricted view and a finite number of tools to help your brand meet its specific goals. To an advertising agency, for example, advertising is the only possible solution. A PR firm will always recommend the remedy staring them in the face. Following this conventional wisdom, you’d be forgiven for thinking you need up to 15 agencies. That’s 15 points of contact, 15 competing interpretations of your brief and 15 different profit margins. And each of those agencies claims their niche holds the key. Champions has no time for such ideological blinkers. Instead of relying on the same instrument time and again, they have assembled a comprehensive set of tools and pick the right ones for the job. They simply breathe in the individuality of your brand and give you what you need. Not what they want to sell you. Champions’ strength lies in their agility. They have options at their disposal.

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Checkatrade From a lightbulb moment to a household name You may have heard their advert on the radio, seen vans on the road or heard about them through the grapevine, but it is very rare that anybody knows the story behind Checkatrade or indeed, the man who turned a bright idea into a nationwide brand.

The Story of Checkatrade On 8th January 1998 a freak tornado wreaked havoc on Kevin Byrne’s home town of Selsey in Sussex causing £10m worth of damage to over 1,000 houses. Kevin witnessed the destruction first-hand and watched as immoral rogue traders flocked to the town, taking advantage of the community’s vulnerable position. A sudden urge struck Kevin to help protect the public from tradespeople who are not what they seem. He wanted to create a database of credible tradespeople that members of the public could easily access. Initially he produced a printed directory called Scout which included local tradespeople who had been vetted with proof of qualifications and references from previous customers, with the intention of filtering out the unreliable tradespeople. For three years, the directory was distributed in towns around Selsey until the technology of the internet came into play.

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The growth in internet popularity allowed Kevin to expand his business to a wider audience, creating an endless database that is not limited by printing and distribution costs. Scout moved into the modern age and was renamed Checkatrade.com, which now boasts over 23,000 (a number which continues to grow) tradespeople who have all been thoroughly interviewed with background checks. The site provides a simple and free way to access tradespeople’s contacts from all over the UK and is reviewed regularly using customers’ feedback.

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Kevin’s ambition to protect the vulnerable grew over the years and he was adamant in wanting to create a platform for his business that could be used by people of all ages. He understood that the elderly are disproportionately likely to fall victim to rogue traders, but may not own a computer or know how to use the internet. With this in mind, over 16.6 million Checkatrade directories are printed and distributed around the country every year. The first concept of its kind, Checkatrade.com has become a nationally recognised website allowing users to select tradespeople personally based on their location, experience and previous work reviews.

The success Checkatrade has enjoyed over the years is mirrored by the number of awards the business has won, including: Sussex Company of the Year at Sussex Business Awards (2013)

Working in partnership with nine Trading Standards Authorities, Checkatrade carries out a number of thorough checks on each individual before they are officially published on the site. The process includes an initial interview, ID verification, address verification, qualifications, government accreditations, customer references, a credit check and public liability insurance check.

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“The rogue traders that swamped my hometown after the terrifying tornado carried out below-par repair work charging extortionate prices because they knew everyone would pay – they were desperate! So when I first started Checkatrade I was adamant that I would be very strict with the vetting system I carry out on each individual which is why they are all interviewed face to face and vetted with 18 considerations as well as 14 actual checks.

Business of the Year at Gatwick Diamond Awards (2014) The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation (2014) The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity at Sussex Business Awards (2014)

Checkatrade is also the official sponsor of Cowboy Builders on Channel 5, the National Weather on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Talk Sport.

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Some quick facts and figures about Checkatrade • Used in 25% of UK households • Over 2.6 million reviews published to date • Generates £1.5bn a year for UK trades • Saves consumers £200m a year by avoiding rogue traders • 14.8m visits in the past 12 months to the website I am proud to say that this level of trust and reliability subsequently results in only one complaint in every 200 jobs for poor workmanship (the national average is one in every five jobs). “As a trusted website, Checkatrade does not obtain homeowners’ details for sales leads purposes and we pride ourselves on providing an impartial resource for our customers.

• 100% of all feedback is read before going live on the site and 54% of all feedback is spot checked and verified as genuine • In the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies To Work For in two consecutive years (2014 and 2015)

“Checkatrade has come a long way and every day I am happy that the idea I had all those years ago has flourished into something that is used in houses all around the nation.” 2017 will mark the third year in which Checkatrade has been in partnership with Craig Phillips and the DIY expert and former Big Brother winner says of his ambassadorship for the brand: “I was thrilled when I was approached by Checkatrade to become their ambassador, I have always admired the brand’s unfaltering passion to provide an honest service to members of the public. I loathe how rogue traders prey on vulnerable people and so this was the perfect opportunity to help stop this. “Throughout the three years I have now worked with Checkatrade I have represented the brand at numerous events as well as taking part in many of their charitable events. Most recently, I abseiled down The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth which raised valuable funds for the Checkatrade Foundation which supports the Lighthouse Foundation in Nepal and its ongoing efforts to repair and build following the devastating earthquake there.” Checkatrade’s influence grew to the point that it launched its newest venture, Checkaprofessional, a site which takes the concept of Checkatrade and extends it to professional services including legal, IT, health & therapy and dental, to name but a few.

“As a trusted website, Checkatrade does not obtain homeowners’ details for sales leads purposes and we pride ourselves on providing an impartial resource for our customers.”

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ABOUT KEVIN BYRNE

Philanthropist and global keynote speaker Kevin Byrne is a nationally renowned entrepreneur, motivational speaker and charity fundraiser. His regular charity work has made him a valued member of the community. Charitable work includes establishing the Checkatrade Foundation, which saw Kevin run 12 marathons in 12 months for its associated charities. He has been rewarded for his contribution to the business community with a number of high profile awards including: Sussex Entrepreneur of the Year at Sussex Business Awards (2011) Finalist for Sussex Boss of the Year at Sussex Business Awards (2012) Sussex Business Person of the Year at Sussex Business Awards (2012) Honorary Local Hero at the Spirit FM Local Hero Awards (2014) As well as winning various business awards, he has been a key part in various ceremonies to recognise fellow entrepreneurs. In 2012 he worked with Duncan Bannatyne and the editor of the Daily Telegraph, where he was part of the judging panel for the ‘Startups Awards’ to celebrate the UK’s most creative, innovative and ambitious new businesses and entrepreneurs. Kevin has featured in The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Times, and on Moneymaker.com. He has also taken part in radio interviews for the BBC and various independent stations. The humble businessman knew his skills were not limited to business and now, as Checkatrade.com’s success continues to rocket, he is pursuing his desire to motivate and inspire people around him by sharing his knowledge and expertise with audiences on a global basis through thought-provoking, keynote speaking.

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To book Kevin Byrne as the motivational speaker for your next conference or event get in contact with the team at Champions Motivational on 01509 85 29 27 or visit www.motivationalspeakersagency.co.uk

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We wanted to save people from the pain and irritation of socks that are too tight at the top, so 15 years ago, we set out to create a completely new type of sock – one that would stay up without pinching. We call it Gentle Grip. We uniquely created the three elements that make Gentle Grip so special. First, a fine mesh knit that carefully moulds to the natural contours of your leg. Second, we use special soft-touch cotton to provide all-natural comfort and let your skin breathe. And finally, we got rid of elastic completely and designed Gentle Grip in dozens of beautiful patterns, including snazzy stripes, funky spots and classic argyle. Fifteen years on, and Gentle Grip socks have sold over 30 million pairs worldwide, gaining a loyal fan base in the process. Others have tried to imitate us. But they just can’t match our combination of quality, looks and unbeatable comfort.

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A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE Whether it is a one-off purchase or the regular processing of payments both in and out, specialist foreign exchange service, OSTCFX is on hand to help. Regulated by both the HMRC and FCA, OSTCFX, helps small and medium-sized enterprises along with high net worth individuals with cross-currency payment solutions. In these global markets money never sleeps and clients of OSTCFX can benefit from the expertise the company brings. For example, individual clients benefit from a dedicated broker, who will manage the whole process, keeping clients up-to-date with relevant market data in line with their specific aims. For small to medium-sized businesses, the key benefits of choosing the OSTCFX approach are clear; a bespoke solution aligned to the organisation’s specific goals. Through pro-active management, which includes relevant market updates and price monitoring, businesses are able to manage their exposure. Whoever the client and whatever their needs, everyone using OSTCFX can expect:

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• To be informed… OSTCFX believe that by educating clients they are better able to make an informed decision. What’s more, by understanding a client’s wants and needs, they are able to deliver tailored foreign exchange strategies that limit exposure and protects the bottom line. • A transparent service… Within the financial world transparency matters which is why OSTCFX aim to be completely transparent on the exchange rates they offer. What’s more, they are able to offer a free audit on previous transactions to compare rates against banks. • Competitive pricing… Confident they can better usual bank rates, thanks to the significant sums of money the company handles, they are able to offer clients highly favourable exchange rates. • A bespoke service… Whether it is the transfer of funds for the purchase of an overseas private property or a business deal, the friendly, professional OSTCFX service ensures that the service clients receive is personal and tailored to their specific needs, something most banks are often unable to offer. Transacting millions of pounds each year, OSTCFX which is part of the OSTC Group and operates in 14 offices around the world, works hard

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to deliver the best exchange rates providing a secure, invaluable and trusted service. With a commitment to the wider community, OSTCFX works with several charities including London Air Ambulance and Kent Air Ambulance, processing payments and donating to these fantastic causes. As well as charities, OSTCFX social responsibility extends to the sporting arena too. Through OSTCFX’s strong ties with leading brand agency, Champions (UK) plc, who they work in partnership with, OSTCFX have developed a relationship with one of the all-time greats of the cricketing world – Matthew Hoggard MBE, who is exclusively managed by Champions. Earning 93 caps for his country, Matthew, known as ‘Hoggy’ to fans, retired from professional sport in 2013 and has since gone on to develop a successful career in the media. Hoggy uses his knowledge of OSTCFX and works as a Business Development Manager for the company, helping to raise its profile amidst his large network of contacts. OSTCFX sporting links continue and the company are proud to sponsor the business lounge at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, home to the Ospreys and Swansea City FC.

For more details on the foreign exchange services OSTCFX offer call 01792 720873.

info@ostcfx.com @ostcfxuk www.ostcfx.com And here is what just a few satisfied customers had to say….

We have been working with OSTCFX for the past two years and they have been a great option for our clients with foreign exchange exposure, saving them £1000’s. One client saved over £100k in the last six months alone! Not only are OSTCFX extremely competitive in terms of the exchange rates they can offer compared to other FX providers, but they are great to work with in terms of their approach, ease of use and how proactive they are. They have provided great advice on currency contracts and also how best to manage future exposure. Great team, great company and great FX rates! - Partner at a financial management firm

I am just writing to say how pleased I was with the foreign exchange deals I have done with OSTCFX. It proved to be an easy way to purchase foreign exchange. The first time I rang they establish my needs, transferred me to one of the dealers who booked an excellent rate for me. I then sent the sterling amount to OSTCFX by CHAPS transfer and I received the Euro funds the same day in to my Euro bank account. This proved to be a quick, simple and efficient way to purchase foreign currency and I will certainly use OSTCFX for our currency requirements in future. - Financial Controller at a Premiership football club

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THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES Once-In-A-Lifetime Corporate Experiences with Cast ‘n’ Blast It’s not all about work in the world of business; there has to be an element of pleasure too. Whether you want to foster team harmony among your workforce or reward your clients, it’s important to take time out from the corporate environment and venture into a different, more casual sphere where people can unwind, relax, and bond. You could take your colleagues or clients for a meal or a drink, but to really show your appreciation, why not take them away into the big outdoors and give them an experience they will never forget? Cast ‘n’ Blast pride themselves on offering clients nothing but the very best when it comes to corporate entertainment. They specialise in country sports, such as archery, crossbow shooting, fly fishing, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and rifle shooting, and operate in the most picturesque country locations across the Midlands, including several stately homes. To ensure you get the most out of your day and these sports, the Cast ‘n’ Blast coaching staff are one of the most highly qualified and experienced in the country, several of whom have even represented their country in their main disciplines. A member of the Cast ‘n’ Blast team will discuss your requirements and expectations for your time with them. During this session they will make sure they know and understand your ability levels, sporting requests, and catering requirements, along with any other additional special provisions. Cast ‘n’ Blast can manage events as far afield as Iceland, Russia, the United States, Mexico and Cuba. They will even accommodate bespoke requests in a bid to give you exactly what you want from your high-end corporate time away from the office. With a wealth of contacts, industry experts and specialist knowledge at our disposal, Cast ‘n’ Blast can fulfil even the most specific request, from full silver service catering to trips abroad. They can even provide a champagne and cigar bar, which is one of their most popular options to end the day, along with a succulent hog roast. Whether clients are total beginners or more advanced, the Cast ‘n’ Blast coaches have the knowledge and expertise to provide coaching at whatever level is required to ensure you get the most out of your day, whilst your event coordinator ensures your experience is perfect from start to finish. Cast ‘n’ Blast is the ultimate in luxurious, high-end corporate entertainment. Don’t settle for second best – get in touch with Cast ‘n’ Blast today and give your clients or workforce the experience of a lifetime.

Some of the sporting experiences offered by Cast ‘n’ Blast Archery • Crossbow Shooting • Fly Fishing • Clay Pigeon Shooting • Rifle Shooting • Falconry

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Don’t settle for second best – get in touch with Cast ‘n’ Blast today and give your clients or workforce the experience of a lifetime. You can call us on 01332 331 548 Email us at info@castnblast.co.uk Visit our website for more information at www.castnblast.co.uk Keep up to date with us socially on Facebook and Twitter

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BRITISH PAR 3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Left to right: Phillip Price, Oliver Wilson, Barry Lane, Tommy Horton, Ian Woosnam OBE, Tony Jacklin CBE, Costantino Rocca, Edoardo Molinari, Peter Baker, Paul Broadhurst, Gordon Brand Jnr.

‘THE BEST YET’ The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2016 Brought forward because of the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, this year’s Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship (BP3) was yet another star-studded event with many top professionals and celebrities enjoying their time swinging and putting their way around the astounding Cromwell Course at Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire.

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As anyone who has been involved in the BP3 tournament knows, the incredibly challenging course was designed and brought back to glory by Nailcote Hall owner Rick Cressman and the late, great Sid Mouland.

Welshman Mark Mouland is the first double winner of the tournament – he also won it in 2008 – and this time he finished on -11, with 28 strokes out and only 25 on the back nine, scoring three Birdies in the process. Mouland finished ahead of O’Hanlon, who had shadowed him all the way and with three holes to go was just two shots behind. However, when the final ball disappeared down the 18th hole, O’Hanlon was on -5 while Mike Harwood finished close behind on -4.

So it was fitting that Sid’s son, European Senior Tour winner Mark Mouland, was the professional Championship winner and claimed the trophy plus a prize of €50,000. Mark also broke the course record going around the 18 in -10 (just

In the team competition, Mouland and his partner Ian Halliwell narrowly lost out to Harwood and his team-mates racing legend Nigel Mansell CBE, who played the first nine, and football star Peter Odemwingie, who played the back nine.

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Len Goodman bringing his warming personality to the tournament

“The course is the best I’ve seen it, without question,” Mouland told Inspirational, adding that the greens in particular were “the best they’ve ever been”. When we spoke to European Senior Tour star Gary Wolstenholme MBE – who tied for eighth position with Tommy Fleetwood, Craig Lawrie, Santiago Luna and Miguel Ángel Martin – he also lavished praise on the course and said Cressman and his team had done “a fantastic job”. Other names worthy of note taking part in the Pro-Am tournament were Peter Baker (who came fourth), Jason Timmis, Paul Broadhurst and Phillip Goulding (all joint fifth). Also gracing the grasses at Nailcote Hall were 11 former Ryder Cup legends – including, of course, tournament host Tony Jacklin CBE – as well as Ian Woosnam OBE, Edoardo Molinari, Esteban Toledo, Lee Slattery and Michael Campbell. Among the celebrities that pitted their talents against the Cromwell Course were Brian McFadden, Jonny Bairstow, Len Goodman, Peter Shilton OBE, Neil Back MBE, Matthew Hoggard MBE, William Roache MBE, Steve Staunton, Mark Foster, Lee Hendrie, Alan McInally and world-famous Olympians Derek Redmond and Gail Emms MBE. In the opening Celeb-Am clash at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, Nigel Mansell CBE came joint first with TV presenter Roy Walker while Aston Villa European Cup-winning

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striker Peter Withe walked away with Celeb-Am title on the final day. Elsewhere, Carl Mason won the Super Seniors for the fourth year in a row while in the Norma C Herd Silver Salver competition Ricky Sturrock and Strictly Come Dancing favourite James Jordan won a Silver Salver each. In the first Celeb-Am team event Farmfoods 1 claimed their trophy on countback after finishing with a score of -12, the same as Burtons Biscuits. Third place was taken by Berkmann Wine Cellars with a score of -9. In the second Celeb-Am team competition, Team Jacklin walked away with the title with an impressive round of -14, followed closely behind by Purpose Media (UK) on -10, Bidvest Food Service on -9, and Sky TV and Farol Fore who were both on -4. Among the outstanding moments of the tournament were three glorious hole-in-ones – one from Mason, one from Oliver Wilson and one from the 1995 Open Championship runner-up Costantino Rocca, with the Italian managing the feat on the first shot of his round. Once again, the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship was organised by Champions (UK) plc who put together a sparkling Gala Ball that was hosted by Dominic Holland with entertainment provided by the sixties music tribute band The Overtures. There was also a spectacular charity auction which included the chance to have a two-night stay at the Yas

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Island Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi, with two rounds of golf at the stunning Yas Links golf course. All funds raised on the evening went to the Championship charity Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. The charity also benefited from an auction held at another evening event earlier in the tournament where winners were given their prizes by Rick Cressman and Tony Jacklin CBE. This was followed by a lavish three-course meal and entertainment courtesy of The Brothers of Soul. A third event – a special Players’ Banquet – brought professionals, amateurs and over 250 guests together to enjoy a great meal and a fascinating question-and-answer session with Jacklin, Broadhurst and Campbell. Afterwards, the tenor Hercules Smith wowed the audience – especially his duets with the classically trained singer Faith Tucker – before Derek Redmond led a charity auction that included among its prizes a golfing holiday in Las Colinas in Spain as well as luxury trips to Barbados and Florida. The evening was finished off with an uproarious performance by the veteran comedian Bobby Davro. Next year’s Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship – the 84th – will be held from 8-11 August 2017 and full details about the tournament can be found on www.britishpar3.com.

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Champions UK plc are very excited to announce the signing of Richard Hadfield, previously lead vocalist of Collabro. Inspirational London Magazine speaks to Richard about his upcoming solo career and his ambitions for the future. Richard counts the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as fans and One Direction as previous label-mates. He sold 320,000 physical copies of their debut album and has toured three continents; “I do not do things by halves” he laughs. It takes guts to step away from something so established that you’ve worked so hard on. However the wickedly talented Richard Hadfield sees these milestones as just the beginning. Sharing the most electrifying news of his career, Richard has confirmed he is negotiating the terms of his first solo record deal; “I have worked so hard to reach this point, I am incredibly proud of how far I’ve come. It wasn’t long ago I was busking to be able to afford a night out with my mates and now I’m recording original swing-inspired music with fantastic writers and producers, I can’t believe it!” His third studio album in as many years, this record is widely anticipated to be Richard’s finest work yet as a newly solo artist. Having shot to stardom in 2014 as lead vocalist with the vocal harmony quintet Collabro, Richard won Britain’s Got Talent and enjoyed phenomenal success, which included a number one album in 2014 and a number two album a year later with Simon Cowell’s SYCO record label. Each album was accompanied by a sold out 31 date UK tour and

very special performances at the O2 arena, Royal Albert Hall, Wembley arena, on Broadway in New York and in Tokyo, Monaco, Hong Kong and Lisbon. Having lost touch with his love of music due to band tensions, Richard bravely walked away from the group on the two-year anniversary of their BGT victory despite another year’s worth of guaranteed work, in the hope of “finding the joy in music once again”. Looking better than ever, Richard has recently undergone a makeover, losing three stone and working hard to tone his physique. “It’s much easier to be healthy when you’re happy” he says of his incredible weight loss. This new body perfectly complements the sharp suits and crisp shirts he wears to sing his new swing/jazz/pop mash-ups that include covers of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as you’ve never heard them before. Richard is proud to create unique covers and reinvigorate the old jazz standards. This December enjoy a rare opportunity to hear the mesmerising performer in an intimate setting as Christmas classics and chart toppers from across the eras are reimagined to flaunt his sexy, soulful tones in timeless songs about love, life and snowmen. Join Richard Hadfield and his band at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club on December 10th to experience this exceptional live performer’s first full solo public gig since the former teenage busker shot to success. Read more and listen at www.richardhafield.london

Available for personal appearances, brand endorsements and performances, to book Richard for your next event, call Amelia Neate on 01509 85 29 27 or email aneate@championsukplc.com

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SECOND LEICESTER BUSINESS FESTIVAL SPONSORED BY

PROVES TO BE A HUGE SUCCESS When the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) began planning the first Leicester Business Festival in 2015, the LBF board had high hopes to schedule just 20 events and to get some level of community buy-in into the concept.

THE 2016 FESTIVAL... 12,500+ Total attendees

Instead, the festival succeeded in putting a major marker in the region’s business calendar. With just 19 weeks lead time, the festival managed to centre the region’s business topics under one nationally focused and internationally placed brand with exceptional results – 80 seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences all taking place within two weeks, attracting more than 7,500 visitors from across the UK and with an estimated reach of around two million people. And so the stage was set for the 2016 festival – could it possibly match the incredible success of the inaugural event? Thanks to rigorous planning, passion and commitment from all involved, this year’s festival expanded exponentially and was far bigger and better than its predecessor. With more than 120 events to choose from, over 12,500 people attended what is now universally acknowledged to be the region’s largest business event. Delegates and participants included representatives from small businesses, major corporations and government institutions as well as entrepreneurs who were keen to use the festival as a platform to engage with like-minded forward-thinking individuals and organisations. The reach of the festival this year more than quadrupled to around 9.7m individuals and over 322,000 on associated contactable databases – it was clear that the ‘brand’ of the festival had generated an unparalleled opportunity for the region.

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The programme for 2016 boasted some spectacular, highly topical and nationally important events that spanned right across the region and its sectors. Whether the subject was autonomous vehicle testing, speed networking, political and economic announcements or improving business productivity through Lego and yoga, this year’s festival certainly had something for everyone. The 2016 programme was segmented into nine key business sectors in line with what the LLEP identified as the sectors that would hold the highest level of opportunity for economic growth in the region. Industry sectors covered by the festival included distribution and logistics, food and drink production, tourism and hospitality, textiles manufacturing, low carbon, sport and health, advanced manufacturing and engineering, creative industries and professional services. Several of the sectors were supported by such major industry bodies as the Department for International Trade, the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Make It British, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Directors and many others. As anyone familiar with Leicestershire knows, the county is one of the most culturally diverse and business friendly environments in the UK. It’s safe to say that the Leicester Business Festival has opened the eyes of the nation to the economic potential of this great region, which currently boasts more than 33,000 businesses and 435,000 employees delivering a net worth of £19.4bn a year.

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2017 FESTIVAL... Also involved in the festival were the three world class universities based in the region who produce tens of thousands of skilled graduates every year, delivering cutting-edge innovation in a wide array of industries, crucial to the development of not only the county, but the entire nation and potentially the world. Sponsored by De Montfort University’s Leicester Castle Business School, the 2016 festival attracted such affiliate partners as Aon, Qdos, Highcross Leicester and Lestercast. Continuing to support the festival were Smooth Radio, Leicester Mercury and the LLEP Business Gateway while the fortnight of activity was promoted by Leicestershire’s leading branding and events agency Champions (UK) plc.

For information on how you or your company could get involved with the 2017 Leicester Business Festival call:

Ashleigh Kerr 07785 460 767 akerr@championsukplc.com

Finally, it was announced on the launch of this year’s Leicester Business Festival that from next year it would become a fully independent entity, run by a not-for-profit community interest company. It was always the aim for the festival to develop that way and, due to the support of local businesses and the incredible success of the 2016 festival, next year’s will be the first to be entirely self-sustainable.

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Have you taken suitable steps to preserve your personal and business wealth for you and your family for generations to come? In a demanding world, where time is short, it is impossible to do everything. Being successful means your needs constantly change, which can have a significant impact on your personal and business wealth. We have a service called ‘Platinum’ which will help you navigate through the maze of legal services that are available. It is a service offering that brings together under one brand all of our business and private client services and expertise. What makes Platinum unique is that you will be appointed a dedicated lawyer who will decide on the best legal team for you. Your legal team will comprise of elite UK business and private lawyers whose purpose it will be to protect your reputation and advise you on the steps you can take to preserve your wealth for the long-term. The main focus of Platinum is that at the heart of everything we do are our clients, their needs and crafting solutions to meet those needs. Clients get the best legal advice in plain English whether it is advice on starting or exiting a business, getting divorced, making a will or setting up a trust. We use our commercial expertise to find the best and most practical solutions for clients at every stage of their business and personal life. We call our approach ‘Life Steps’ because we will be there every step of the way, always looking for the best way to enhance business interests and preserve wealth for generations to come. After all, your success is our success.

Understanding your Understanding your Personal Affairs Business Interests

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How does Platinum work? From the start you will be appointed a specialist lawyer who will be responsible for sourcing and co-ordinating the legal team you need whether it be advice on business matters or support and guidance with your personal affairs. As a person of high standing, you will need experienced lawyers who understand the challenges you face, and who can provide expert guidance that is as commercially intelligent as it is legally flawless. This is where your dedicated legal team comes in. It is a service that is designed to give you peace of mind in your business and personal life. Many of our clients have complex business interests with assets all over the world, so they often make use of our Platinum service. The support and guidance we provide to our clients varies from wealth preservation, which has included advice on specialist tax and trusts; corporate and commercial advice on business interests; up-sizing or downsizing in terms of property; the breakdown of a relationship or preserving your reputation in the media. Our clients range from chief executives and directors of FTSE 500 companies to entrepreneurs, families who have accumulated wealth over generations, celebrities, sports professionals, musicians, investment bankers and fund managers. We have been looking after the personal and business affairs of successful people and their families discreetly and confidentially for generations, so we have a real grasp of the concerns of wealthy individuals and families.

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To know more about Platinum and how it can benefit you, call Rachael Oakes, National Head of Platinum on 0845 128 6960 or in confidence by email at platinum@freeths.co.uk.

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Going DIGITAL the Champions way Every year in the UK, it is estimated that British consumers spend a staggering £114 billion on online purchases*. For businesses this represents a fantastic opportunity and with the right strategy even small companies can grab a share of the market and successfully grow their business. “The great thing about successful e-commerce strategies,” said Champions (UK) plc’s Managing Director, Matthew Hayes, “is that they can really level the playing field, helping smaller businesses compete with bigger firms and their larger marketing budgets.” Get it right and an e-commerce strategy can help a business to drive sales as well as build brand recognition and create an open dialogue with customers through social media – giving businesses incredible insights into what their target demographic want. “With digital marketing businesses can really tailor their offer in line with their customers’ expectations,” continued Matthew. “What’s more, when compared to more traditional marketing strategies, with digital it is much quicker and often cheaper to run complete campaigns.”

Does every business need a digital marketing strategy? In short, yes, businesses of all sizes and from all sectors can benefit from an effective digital marketing strategy. While years ago an informational website which directed potential customers to a physical location would have been acceptable, these days consumers expect online ordering 24/7. Businesses have to ensure they are meeting this demand if they are to get a slice of the revenue online trading can offer. For many businesses a key goal is a first page search result, however, with an estimated one billion websites and 3.5 billion Google searches every day, competition is extremely stiff and this level of visibility requires skill and expertise to achieve.

Businesses of all types and sizes can benefit from an effective e-commerce strategy which is where Champions (UK) plc come in. Working with clients from a wide variety of sectors, the Champions approach is to devise an e-commerce strategy based on the specific needs of each client. *Source: http://internetretailing.net/2016/01/uk-online-spending-11pc-up-at-114bn-in-2015-and-12pc-up-at-24bn-over-christmas/

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The Champions approach

The complete service

Utilising our in-house expertise, here at Champions we apply a range of SEO techniques to improve the likelihood of a first page search engine ranking.

As a full-service agency, Champions offers e-commerce and digital marketing services that fully complement our other services, which include marketing, PR and event management.

As a full-service brand agency, here at Champions we understand how many parts come together to make a business work and are able to devise a bespoke digital marketing strategy that integrates seamlessly into other marketing activity. Using a range of techniques, the Champions approach includes:

• Technical audit • Keyword analysis • Competitor analysis • Paid advertising • Content & PR • Conversion optimisation • Link development & outreach

“Wherever your business is in terms of its digital strategy,” concluded Matthew, “with a Champions digital marketing solution we can help develop your business’ online presence so you are able to attract new and repeat visitors, in turn helping to boost sales and improve search engine rankings.”

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Depending on your business’ specific needs this may include link development and paid advertising as well as ensuring your site is mobile ready. With more and more internet searches now being done on mobile devices and Google prioritising mobile ready sites, this is an important factor.

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In profile: Semilac

While a popular choice in its home country of Poland, Semilac was looking for a way to bring its outstanding range of nail polishes to a UK market. A key part of the digital strategy was to educate customers on the benefits on this long-lasting polish, which combines gel, UV and nail polish. Targeting in-salon professionals and consumers, the Champions approach was to build the company a new website which feels aspirational and offers online purchasing. Built using an open source code format the site was fully customisable and built to the exacting needs of Semilac. The on-going strategy includes targeted social media campaigns that take new trends and the latest colours direct to potential customers and interested parties, raising the brand’s profile.

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Eastenders star, Nina Wadia

Champions After Dinner Speakers table with Vanessa Feltz

The evening’s host, Derek Redmond with his wife Maria Redmond

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Celebrity Charity James Bond Ball 007 M2K Services table. Mr Maurice Addison and guests

The Ballroom, The Dorchester, Park Lane, London

Soprano Faith Tucker

Friday 3rd June 2016 Stars of screen, sport and song lit up The Dorchester hotel for a James Bond-themed black tie ball in honour of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. As one of Park Lane’s most prestigious and exclusive venues, The Dorchester once more played host to the glittering event, organised annually by brand and celebrity management agency Champions UK (plc).

Sally Windsor and Amy Childs

The night opened with a spectacular Laurent-Perrier champagne reception in true 007 style before guests took to their seats in The Ballroom for a lavish three-course meal. The impressive guest list included William Roache MBE, Amy Childs, Vanessa Feltz, JJ Hamblett, Mark Dolan, Neil Back MBE, Johnny Nelson and Tony Christie to name but a few. MasterChef sensation Gregg Wallace joined Olympic legend Derek Redmond as hosts for the evening, whilst a charity fundraiser was conducted by renowned auctioneer Charlie Ross. Entertainment came in the form of extraordinary classical vocalist Faith Tucker, before The Overtures filled the dancefloor with a selection of hits from the swinging sixties.

Miss Becky Cooper from Farmfoods and guests

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Alex Kowalczuk, Michelle Gardiner, Katie Niland and Gail Webb

Graham Bell, Bill Roache MBE, Neil Back MBE, Craig Phillips and Andy Abraham

Reel Cinema’s K C Suri, Faith Tucker and guests

PMGC table - Mr Shez Cheema and guests with Hercules Smith

Cherry Richardson and Dion Dublin

Nina Wadia, Sean Downs and friends

Ola Jordan and James Jordan

Charity game of ‘Heads & Tails’

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Tony & Sue Christie

Tim Charlesworth and Diane

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The stage is set for an amazing night of entertainment

Raising a toast to the evening’s Official Charity, Make some Noise

Some of the evening’s winners and performers

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Rob Kingsley as Elvis prepares to take the stage

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Alan Warner FEAA and Executive Vice President of the Agents’ Association

ATHENA, Leicester

Wednesday 29th June 2016 Wednesday 29th June saw tribute acts gather under the roof of Athena – Leicester City’s most unique setting for events – for the 2016 National Tribute Music Awards. Patrick Monahan, comedian and the evening’s host

The awards put the spotlight on the wonderful tribute acts that entertain thousands of people up and down the country all year round.

Lifetime Achievement winners Talon with Nick Taylor of Juice Creative

This year, the awards were in the expert hands of Champions (UK) plc who made the awards the biggest and the best they have ever been by introducing new categories and providing a seamless night of celebration. Guests, sponsors and winners were treated to a gourmet three course meal before a night of entertainment from the host and stand-up comedian, Patrick Monahan, and a selection of some of the many fantastic tribute acts began.

The Chicago Blues Brothers ready to storm the Athena, Leicester

Along with the winners of the 11 awards, another 30 performers were recognised as the best tribute act of their kind, rewarded with an Official UK No.1 Award.

Patrick Monahan with Paul Reason (as Robbie Williams) and his dancers

Amongst the list of attendees were a number of celebrities including 2005 X Factor runner-up, Andy Abraham, Kieron Collins from BBC North and producer of “Stars in their Eyes”, and legendary Comedian and TV Presenter Tom O’Connor. The night not only celebrated the nation’s brightest and best tribute artists but was also the perfect opportunity to raise valuable funds for Global’s Make Some Noise charity, an organisation that supports other brilliant charities across the UK who do fantastic work for families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. Bob Johnson of Mazars with Totally Tina and her award-winning dancers

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Guests party on into the early hours of the morning

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2016 Winners BEST SOUND & LIGHTING PRODUCTION TOTALLY TINA

BEST VIDEO PRODUCTION REVIVAL (THE TRIBUTE TO ABBA)

Olli McClellan and Scott Cole of Demand-ing with Nick Tanner, Managing Director of the Glastonbudget Festival and winner of the Music Industry Award

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Alan Cutler FEAA, President of the Entertainment Agents’ Association Ltd with Totally Tina, winner of Best Female Artist

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Donna Tappin of Grosvenor Casinos with Rob Kingsley (A Vision of Elvis), winner of Best Male Artist

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BEST MALE ARTIST ROB KINGSLEY (A VISION OF ELVIS)

Kelly O’Brien, the UK’s Official UK No.1 Dolly Parton tribute act

MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARD NICK TANNER

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TALON Jimmy Jemain, the UK’s Official No.1 Cliff Richard tribute act

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Tony & Astrid Jacklin with Rick Cressman

Gordon Strachan OBE

Paul Broadhurst, Michael Campbell and Tony Jacklin CBE Q&A Session

BRITISH PAR 3 CHAMPIONSHIP Tuesday 26th July – Friday 29th July 2016 Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire was buzzing yet again with professionals and celebrities taking part in the 2016 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship. Alan McInally

Among the familiar faces gracing the Cromwell Course and the special evening events were 11 former Ryder Cup legends, tournament host Tony Jacklin CBE, Peter Shilton OBE, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Woosnam OBE, Matthew Hoggard MBE, Edoardo Molinari and Neil Back MBE. Also appearing were Len Goodman, William Roache MBE, Esteban Toledo, Alan McInally, Derek Redmond, Brian McFadden, Gail Emms MBE, Lee Slattery, Michael Campbell and – of course – Nailcote Hall owner Rick Cressman.

Jonny Bairstow

European Senior Tour winner Mark Mouland won the professional Championship while Mike Harwood and his partners (racing legend Nigel Mansell and football star Peter Odemwingie) won the team competition. Ron Atkinson and wife Maggie

Mansell also came joint first in one Celeb-Am clash with TV presenter Roy Walker while the second Celeb-Am title was won by former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe. Carl Mason won the Super Seniors for the fourth consecutive time and Strictly Come Dancing favourite James Jordan and Ricky Sturrock shared the Norma C Herd Silver Salver title.

Bobby Davro larks around with evening guests

Various entertainment evenings were organised by Champions (UK) plc, including an incredible Gala Ball hosted by comedian Dominic Holland, a Players’ Banquet and two charity auctions that raised funds for the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Superb entertainment across the events was provided by The Overtures, The Brothers of Soul, Hercules Smith, Faith Tucker and Bobby Davro. William Roache MBE

Tony Jacklin, Costantino Rocca and Eric Herd

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Andrew Thirkill, Tommy Fleetwood, Chris Cockerell and Tina Dortmans

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Dominic Holland

2016 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship winner, Mark Mouland

Olympic Athlete Derek Redmond and wife Maria

Brian McFadden

Carly Booth

Nigel Mansell CBE

Ryder Cup stars gather for a one-off group shot

Len Goodman

Dominic Holland, Eric Bristow MBE and Keith Deller

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Gary Wolstenholme MBE

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SAM BAILEY S I N G M Y H E A RT O U T

Sam Bailey with fellow Champions Music & Entertainment signee and classical singer, Faith Tucker

Sandy Channer of Gogglebox, Vanessa Feltz and Ben Ofoedu

Sam Bailey Album Launch The Ballroom, The Dorchester, Park Lane, London Thursday 4th August 2016

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Derek Redmond hosts the glamorous evening

Champions Celebrity and 2013 X Factor winner Sam Bailey celebrated the launch of her new album ‘Sing My Heart Out’ at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Sam performing tracks from her brand new album

On the evening of Thursday 4 August Sam was joined by celebrities and press to officially launch the new music that she has been working tirelessly on since January. During an exclusive performance at the launch party Sam showcased a number of the tracks from the album. The phenomenal album is a mixture of genres, and emphasises just how versatile Sam’s vocal abilities are. She has teamed up with acclaimed music composer and icon Steve Dorff who has worked with industry legends such as Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, George Strait and Vanessa Williams. Steve has also been nominated for six Emmy Awards for his television compositions as well as three Grammy nominations. Seann Miley Moore and friends

Guests enjoyed a canapé and drinks reception before being seated for Sam’s special live performance. The glamorous evening was a huge success with hundreds of guests there to support the powerhouse vocalist on her new and exciting journey.

Former Funhouse presenter Pat Sharp

Celebrities that attended the evening included Vanessa Feltz, Mike Hassini, Jason Burrill, Andy West, Andy Abraham, Danyl Johnson, Sandy Channer from Gogglebox, Linda Robson, Faith Tucker, Hercules Smith, Sam Callahan, Derek and Maria Redmond, Pat Sharpe, Seann Miley Moore, Richard Hadfield from Collabro and Lizzie Cundy. Sam also had the support of her husband Craig and former A1 band member and singer/songwriter Ben Adams who has been an essential part in the writing and producing of the album. Richard Hadfield formerly of Collabro

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Sam’s album Sing My Heart Out is available to buy in all HMV, Tesco and ASDA stores as well as on iTunes and Amazon.

Danyl Johnson former X Factor contestant

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John, Roxanna and Louisa Hayes with Sam Bailey and Faith Tucker, pictured with the Champions (UK) plc Events and PR team

Jason Burrill - Winner of 2016 Big Brother

Andy Abraham, Chris Cockerell and Donna Hayes

Sam Callahan former X Factor contestant

Ben Adams and Sam Bailey

Singer Hercules and guests

Mark Dunford and wife Linda Robson of Loose Women

The crowd take their seats pre-performance

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Mike Hassini and Sandy Channer

Lizzie Cundy and fans

Nick Tanner and Murray Stewart of Glastonbudget with Alan Warner FEAA, Business Manager of Champions Music & Entertainment

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Phil DeFreitas and Chris Broad

Tony Jacklin CBE and The Belfry team

Tony Christie

Tony Jacklin CBE Belfry Charity Invitational Dominic Holland entertains the guests

Brabazon Course, The Belfry, West Midlands

Lamborghini Aventador

Tuesday 6th September 2016 Celebrities from the world of entertainment and sport came together for a day of golf, great food and fantastic entertainment to help raise funds and awareness for Rainbows- the East Midland’s only hospice dedicated to the care and wellbeing of children and young people with life-limited conditions.

Charlie Ross, Tyrone Hanlon and guests

Two-time Major winning golfer, Tony Jacklin, who is a patron of the hospice, which as well as caring for those children who need it also supports their families and carers, held the day on 6th September.

Champions girls with James and Oliver Phelps - best known as The Weasley Twins in Harry Potter

Those attending included England’s most capped player ever, the legendary Peter Shilton OBE, rugby hero Neil Back MBE, former international cricketer, Matthew Hoggard MBE, rugby union icon, Andy Gomarsall, Scottish golf pro Bernard Gallagher and actor and sports fan, Oliver Phelps who is best known for playing George Weasley in the Harry Potter movies.

Rebecca Cooper, Samantha Brown and friends

Peter Shilton OBE with Sky Sports

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Following a shot gun start at 1pm, guests enjoyed a round of golf on the championship-quality course before hanging up their clubs and tees to sit down to a delicious evening dinner. Hosted by Sky Sports golf pundit, Nick Dougherty, entertainment was provided in the form of TV funny man, host and presenter Dominic Holland who kept everyone laughing, along with legendary crooner Tony Christie, who wowed guests with his vocal talents.

Q&A with Nick Dougherty and Tony Jacklin CBE

Champions girls with Alan McInally and guests

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Glenmorangie Whisky tasting

Guests enjoying the entertainment

Neil Back MBE

Buggies ready to go

Maurice Addison and friends

Group photo of the teams before they head out

Matthew Hoggard MBE with Sky Sports

Sean Cook, Phil DeFreitas, John Hayes and Simon Hill

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Chris Cockerell and Peter Odemwingie

Tim Clarke and Roxanna Hayes

Tony Jacklin CBE

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Team building

Champagne reception

Founding partner Rob Conn

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Global PE Alliance Conference Luton Hoo Hotel, Bedfordshire

Team building

Dragon Boat racing

Monday 13th - Thursday 16th June 2016

Clay pigeon shooting

Champions hosted the Global PE Alliance’s annual meeting and academy. The annual conference was held at the beautiful Luton Hoo Estate in Bedfordshire and umbrella companies came together from China, India, Turkey, South America, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and England.

Birds and Beasts by Lee Leisure

The picturesque English country house and estate has close connections with royalty and high profile figures in society including Sir Winston Churchill, who made a memorable visit there in 1948. Three professors from Harvard Business School came to lead the seminars including the Dean and two Senior Lecturers. Topics included An Introduction to Negotiation, Advanced Negotiation and Influencing and developing the next generation from Partner to Managing the Firm to Owner. Champagne reception

Evening dining

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Global PE is an alliance of “top-tier” mid-market private equity firms from Europe, South America and Asia, its members combining local business-building expertise with the ability to take a global perspective and to support the international aspirations of the companies they invest in.

Faith Tucker and Hercules Smith

Faith Tucker

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Charlie Ross and Ian Robertson

Zinzan Brooke and Jeff Probyn

Richard Hadfield

Zinzan Brooke & Jeff Probyn Rugby Dinner King Power Stadium, Leicester Thursday 13th October 2016

Zinzan Brooke and guests

Held at the King Power Stadium, the home of 2015/16 Premiership Champions, Leicester City, Thursday 13 October saw brand agency Champions (UK) plc present an evening with rugby union legends Zinzan Brooke MNZM and Jeff Probyn.

Gary Newbon and guest

During his career, prop Probyn won 37 caps for England and played in six Five Nations tournaments as well as the 1991 World Cup. Jeff now enjoys a career as a regular rugby pundit. Joining Jeff at the event was fellow rugby icon, Zinzan Brooke MNZM. With a career taking in 58 tests for his native New Zealand and 42 non-international matches for the All Blacks, Zinzan has enjoyed a long career at the peak of his sport.

Adrian Dixon

Bringing together guests from the world of business and sport, the black tie event began with a champagne reception and was hosted by the ‘voice of rugby’ Ian Robertson with auctioneer, Charlie Ross, facilitating the evening’s auction. Raising funds for Rainbows – the East Midland’s hospice for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, a significant amount was raised on the night.

Zinzan Brooke and Jeff Probyn

Sponsors for the evening included, Mazars, Lumbers, Smith Partnership, M2K, Nicholls Colton, Uptonsteel, PoleArnold, Mattioli Woods plc, Apogee Corporation, Ian Smith Group, JLT, GWH, Aspirational magazine, Champions and Cambridge & Counties bank.

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Chris Darlington of Mazars and guests

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Pantone C465

Zinzan Brooke

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Sean Edwards at the wheel

Sean celebrating one of his many victories

Memorial to Sean at the Nürburgring

The Sean Edwards Memorial Bike Ride 2016 Monaco Daphne McKinley Edwards speaking at the Motor Sport Hall of Fame

Tuesday 24th May June 2016

Sean’s beloved Porsche Carrera

The Sean Edwards Foundation is a nonprofit organisation focused on raising safety awareness in motorsport that works directly with drivers, teams and tracks to conceive and implement risk mitigation initiatives throughout all levels of racing. Like many motorsport-focused charities before it, the Sean Edwards Foundation was born out of tragedy. Sean was killed in Australia on October 15, 2013. He was just 26 years old but had already achieved an impressive career including back-to-back Dubai 24h wins and triumph in the Nürburgring 24h. The riders gather

Ready for the off

The Sean Edwards Foundation was established by his mother Daphne McKinley Edwards, hoping his sacrifice is a catalyst for improving safety conditions and awareness at all levels of motorsport. An annual Memorial Bike Ride was established in 2014 by friends who used to ride with Sean, including David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Eddie Jordan, Tiffany Cromwell and more. This year in Monaco on 24th May, a staggering 31 riders from the world of F1, GT Racing, Pro-Cyling, Moto-GP and International Athletes took to the Monaco GP circuit in honour of Sean. Their Bike Ride ended in Ventimiglia where they all gathered to Remember Sean and honour his memory by contributing to discussions about Motorsport Safety.

Daniel Ricciardo

Jenson Button signing autographs

The Sean Edwards Foundation Is delighted to announce that the Sean Edwards Memorial Bike ride for 2017 will take place on the Formula E track at 9.15 am, on May 13th 2017, in collaboration with FORMULA E - the Automobile Club of Monaco and the Federation of Monegasque Cycling. A formal Luncheon will follow at the Monaco Yacht club and an evening event on a Yacht organised by SEF. For information about the Sean Edwards Foundation and our Events in 2017 please contact: info@seanedwardsfoundation.com F1 drivers swap their cars for bikes around the Monaco track

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Sean’s mother, Daphne McKinley Edwards

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