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Fashion Brands Vivienne Westwood One True Religion Seven For All Mankind Ted Baker Without Predjudice Robert Graham Gant Dior J. Lindeberg La Martina Cerutti Circle of Gentleman Lagerfeld No.1 Shirt Company Lacoste Pal Zileri Hackett
Classic Brands Canali Roy Robson Meyer Garduer Barker Fynch Hatton Eterna Olymp Brax Falke Bugatti Paul & Shark Duchamp 92-96 Lord Street Southport PR8 1JR, next to The Vincent Hotel and Eighty Eight Bar and Brasserie Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.reputationmenswear.co.uk, Tel: 01704 536959
Borne out of a passion for fashion and a desire to style Muse is an independent, exclusive designer ladies-wear boutique next door to the Vincent Hotel. Brands include Marc Cain, Riani, Luisa Cerano, By Malene Birger, Gushlow & Cole in addition to shoes and accessories. Muse also stock a beautiful range of candles and home fragrances by Dr Vranges from Florence. Jenny and her team offer a very personalised shopping service to help you find your individual look. Evening appointments and home visits can also be arranged. They look forward to welcoming you! Sign up to their newsletter to be the first to know about special in store events.
MUSE 92-96 Lord Street Southport PR8 1JR Tel: 01704 513294 Email: email@example.com Website: www.muse.uk.com Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, Sunday - By Appointment
Exclusive Designer Ladies Shoes and Accessories
Brands available include: Pinko, Matthew Williamson, Temperley London, Gina, Alice By Temperley, Diane Von Furstenburg, Milly, Patrizia Pepe, Juicy Couture, Missoni, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Michael Kors, Buba, Eight & Bob Fragrance, Gas Bijoux, Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti, Neom, Rebecca Minkoﬀ, Amen, Yosi YS Samra, TAJ by Sabrina Crippa and many more! New this year: Twelth Street by Cynthia Vincent.
OCO BOUTIQUE is a stylish, unique and independent fashion boutique situated in Wayfarers Arcade. Along with the fabulous selection of clothes on oﬀer Coco Boutique also sell shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories, candles and gifts. You will discover top designer brands along with new up and coming designers sourced from London, Paris, Milan and New York. Our Boutique oﬀers a personal shopping service to help you find that special item. Home visits can also be arranged. Call to book.
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t gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the first edition of Southport Exclusive Magazine.
We are all lucky enough to live in a great town and a town that we should be proud of. It is very easy to criticise this or that and generally emphasise what we feel is bad or wrong about Southport. For some strange reason this seems to be human nature wherever one lives but actually we should be shouting from the rooftops about the positives of living in this gem of a town. Next time you find yourself strolling down Lord Street, just stop and take a look around at our tree lined thoroughfare instead of simply taking it for granted. It’s famous you know. And then there is shopping in general. Of course the crisis that has engulfed 8
the world in the last few years has aﬀected Southport which has its share of empty retail units currently but we are not on our own in this regard. It’s that negativity that creeps in again. ‘e shopping is not what it used to be in Southport’, I hear you say. Take a closer look. Before you jump in your car or head oﬀ on the train to Liverpool next time you need a new dress or a smart shirt for that birthday party at the weekend, take a look at what Southport has to oﬀer. We have shopping arcades and streets full of fashionable shops and friendly boutiques that will change your shopping experience forever. ere really is so much more. e selection of restaurants for example that you have to choose from in the resort is staggering. I couldn’t begin in this short introduction to list the international cuisines that are available right on our doorsteps. Spring 2014
With parks and gardens, a hugely successful modern and expanding seafront and a selection of golf courses that are truly the envy of the world, I urge you to take a breath….and maybe even feel a little lucky that you can call Southport your home. And so with this in mind we bring you Southport Exclusive Magazine. Our objective is to show you just what we mean by the above plaudits. We want ‘Exclusive’ to expel a sense of community and togetherness and bring into your homes just what our town has to oﬀer. Let’s all support Southport….Our town.
Neil Wilson Managing Director
Southport Fashion Show is back-In style !!.....................10
History Where did the Beatles go Global….Southport ?...........20 e duke and his folly. How it all began.....................84
Eating & Drinking We do like to be beside the seaside.................................32 A Hard Day at the Oﬃce........................................34
Health & Beauty Relax & Rejuvenate with Elson Cosmetics..............44 Beauty that makes the world a better place..............46 Because you deserve it. e luxury of Portland Hall Spa....50
Mr Landlord : Our Interview with a local Business person.....58 Ask the experts at DRP Insurance.................................60 Frozen Pension ?.........................................................64 Property Matters............................................................72
Whats On At e eatre...................................................................................66 Southport’s Beautiful New Home...................................................68
In The Community Making a positive diﬀerence with Community Link Foundation.....................................................54 What’s in a name at Southport FC ?...............................................88
Our Directory A classified listing of all our partners..........................................94
FEATURES & ADVERTiSiNG ENqUiRiES Neil Wilson 07809 226112 firstname.lastname@example.org DESiGN & PRODUCTi O N Expression Graphic Studio EDiTORi A L Arthur Johnson Simon Grant
PUBLiSHED BY DW PUBLiSHiNG (UK) LTD Head Office: Heritage House First Floor 9b Hoghton Street Southport PR9 0TE Telephone : 07809 226112 www.exclusive-magazines.co.uk E mail : email@example.com Spring 2014
ollowing the success of last yearâ€™s Southport Fashion Show 2013 which attracted over 1,500 visitors and had more than 50 companies involved,new modelling and events company G Models & Casting Agency are proud to announce Southport Fashion Show 2014 is back and set to be even bigger than before.
lans are well underway for this year’s SOUTHPORT FASHION SHOW which is to be held on Sunday 23rd March 2014, 12 midday-6pm at e Southport eatre & Convention Centre.
e event which is organised by GMODELS & Casting Agency directors Lisa Hames & Jeﬀ Wilkinson has already secured some of the town’s most elite clothing shops, hair salons, accessory outlets and beauty salons to take part in the event which guarantees fashionistas a full day of shopping, fashion shows, entertainment and so much more. ere really will be something for everyone on the day. e day will be hosted by "Juice FM" radio hosts Baz Todd & Gemma and will include special guest appearances. Alongside the seven featured main fashion shows, showcasing the latest spring/summer collections there will be dance performances by Streetbeatz which will include the Chickpunkz who recently got through to this year’s Britain's Got Talent. ere will also be a spectacular performance by multi-talented performer Sophie Morris.
e Southport Fashion Show oﬃcial AFTER PARTY has been sponsored by Eighty Eight bar and brasserie which is situated on Lord Street, Southport. e evening will commence at 7pm and will feature an array of entertainment, drinks and flowing canapés. is will give the people of Southport the opportunity to network, celebrate and unwind from the day’s events.
We are delighted to be able to announce that professional singer & Michael Buble tribute act Scott Chapman will be performing at the event. Scott has recently performed on BBC1 & ITV1 as well as supporting international artists such as Alison Moyet, Alexandra Burke, Jamelia, Diversity & Heather Small. Newly founded Southport charity Community Link Foundation are the events chosen charity & they are set to receive a percentage of the admission fee and will also have fundraising activities there on the day of the show.
C O mpanieS already S uppOrting tHe event inClude: COCO BOUTIQUE VIRGINIA LEE MISS G COUTURE MAN TO MAN YA F F E P H O T O G R A P H Y TONI & GUY POUT L I P VO LTAG E D R E A M W E AV E M A S C A R A C A L I DA D C R E AT I O N S S O P H I E M A D D O C K S D R E S S D E SIGNER F LO R E N T Y NA DAW N B A N DAG E D R E S S U K U K FA S H I O N S O U R C I N G SPENCERS O N E S T O P H E A LT H S H O P S T R E E T B E AT Z G M O D E L S & C A S T I N G AG E N C Y H A I R A N D B E AU T Y WA R E H O U SE C O M M U N I T Y L I N K F O U N DAT I ON PERFECT PRODUCTS OV E R T H E M O O N K I D S D E S I G NER WEAR P L ATI U M S A LO N S O U T H P O R T E X C LU S I V E M AG AZINE B O H E M I A N OVA B Y D I O N N E DA COSTA VERY BOUTIQUE H O T F R OX E I G H T Y E I G H T B A R & B R A S S E RIE.
FASHION SHOW Lisa Hames commented, "We are very much looking forward to this event and so soon after the launch of our new modelling & casting agency in December. We are delighted 24 of our models have been selected to work the catwalk on the day for designer shops including Coco Boutique, Sophie Maddocks & Man to Man. e support we have received has been phenomenal”
Lisa Hames and Jeﬀ Wilkinson Jeﬀery Wilkinson commented, "e day has something to oﬀer for everyone both male & female and of all ages whether it’s simply to relax, enjoy and watch the shows or you can shop till you drop. You can even be pampered and have your hair styled for free by Toni & Guy with their London Fashion Week inspired blow-dry bar or why not visit the beauty stations to have your nails & eyebrows groomed whilst enjoying a drink"
Southport Fashion Show will be working with the very best names to ensure that this very chic town is put well and truly on the map. Along with all the latest new season looks the event will showcase the region’s best models, hair stylists, make-up and creative teams ensuring every attendee will be in no doubt as to what the most covetable trends are for 2014. There will be a full Catwalk in true Milan style which will feature seven spectacular runway shows showcasing this year’s spring and summer collections. Visitors will be entertained throughout the day by some of the regions finest talents and most outstanding acts including dancers, vocalists, circus style entertainment & celebrity appearances.
Tickets are priced at £7 and can be purchased online by visiting www.gmodels-ca.co.uk. Tickets will also be available through selected stores. If anyone would like to get involved in this fantastic day as an exhibitor or if they would like to feature on the Milan styled runway please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ‘All catwalk images courtesy of Adam Johns Photography. www.adamjohnsphotography.co.uk
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It is 50 years since the Beatles took the giant step from being a big band to being a massive band â€“ and they took that step in Southport. Arthur Johnson was an 18-year-old reporter at the time but here he takes an Exclusive look back on that historic night in the Floral Hall.
outhport can boast of being a milestone in the history of the Beatles' rocketing to fame and I can boast of being the first journalist to witness the events of that cold October night when it all happened at the Floral Hall back in 1963. I was just 18 and cutting my teeth as a reporter with the Southport Press Agency which made its money out of selling stories to national and regional papers. By this time the Beatles were big, but not yet huge in the eyes of the national press. ey were another Liverpool band that may be here today but could well be gone tomorrow. But that day the word leaked out that they had been invited to play at the Royal Variety Performance. Four lads from Liverpool playing rock music in front of Royalty … unheard of!
The Beatles played at the Floral Hall on four occasions. The other dates were 20 February and 20 November 1962; and 23 April 1963. On February 5, 1962, the Fab Four preformed for the very ﬁrst time as John, Paul, George and Ringo at the Kingsway on the promenade. Just over a year later their single She Loves you reached number one, two weeks after it had been recorded at the Little Theatre. Brian Epstein was evacuated to Southport during the war and it is rumoured that one Beatle – either Paul or John – had a ﬂing with a girl from St. Luke's Road.
e Fleet Street oﬃces of the national papers discovered they were due to play Southport that night and ordered their northern oﬃces to get reporters and photographers down to the Floral Hall – and fast.
Len Farrington, to come up with an angle on the Beatles. He wanted us to get an exclusive line for the national press. It so happened that my uncle, John Gregson, a famous film star of the time, was in a play in Liverpool the following week and was already back in his Merseyside home for rehearsals. We were very close as my father had died before I was born and the actor had taken me under his wing. I knew that the Beatles were John Gregson fans as he'd told me about them asking for his autograph soon after they started 'making it'. His uncle Paddy (my great uncle) had also been a musician in his time and had wonderful thick white hair he always combed forwards. at was it! at was the angle! e story for the nationals would be that the Beatles had modelled the hair styles on Uncle Paddy's. So far so good. I called my uncle and explained the situation. He was planning to take Paddy out for a drink that night anyway and was going to ask me to join them so why not meet in the Beatles' dressing room? We had contacts with the theatre and I explained that I wanted to bring this famous film star, John Gregson, to meet the group and they were more than happy to agree.
at morning in the tiny oﬃce of the press agency in the centre of Southport, which doubled as a photographic shop, I'd been told by the boss, one
We met in the manager's oﬃce and were taken to meet the lads in their dressing room. e late Derek Taylor was a Manchesterbased reporter on the Daily Express at the time. He was also a friend of our family and he writes about the evening in a book he wrote with George Harrison many years later. He was among a pack of Manchesterbased reporters and photographers who had arrived at the theatre to be told there was no way they could get in to see the Beatles. After a number of attempts to persuade the theatre management and minders Derek managed to distract the attention of one of the doormen...
John Gregson, movie star, no less, full of cheer and a drink or two, with his old uncle Paddy and nephew, Arthur Johnson, a newspaper man indeed. A local freelance with access to the Beatles! For a moment we stood there, confronted by the object of our visit, the keepers of the quotes, the treasured stars of these new times. Gregson's greeting broke the spell: 'Derek! It's Derek Taylor, Vera's boy,
He takes up the story: “Crash I was in and all the press of the north west seemed to be tumbling in. Inside the small room were the Fab ree, no John to be seen – but who's this?
George, do you know Derek Taylor?' Well thank God for that. I put out my hand to George, who accepted it and said 'Hello' I asked George if he was wondering what the fans would think about their appearing in the royal show. 'Dunno' he replied with a lop-sided smile. en Ringo said: 'I want to play my drums for the Queen Mother.' at was it. We had our quote - 'I wanna play me drums for the Queen Mum.'
From their Hoghton Street boutique and studio, fashion designers and sisters, Sophie and Anna Maddocks, design and create original dresses and outfits for every occasion. From Wedding and Bridal Wear, Prom dresses to Ladies Day outfits and for that "Special Occasion Outfit", you can commission a piece that will be designed and created especially for you. Both Sophie and Anna are graduates in Fashion Design with Sophie also being a previous BBC’s “Clothes Show” and New Look’s “Young Textile Designer of The Year”. Their designs are all hand-crafted and created to your specifications, sourcing and using the most luxurious fabrics and trims from around the world.
Even if you have only a 'vague idea" Sophie and Anna will help you visualise and design your perfect Prom, Wedding or Special Occasion dress or outfit. With a full alteration and repair service available at their Hoghton Street premises and their soonto-be-opened dedicated "Bridal Studio", Sophie and Anna offer you all you could require from a minor repair to a beautiful, hand-made wedding dress. Please feel free to book an appointment with Sophie and Anna on 077 389 14963 or simply call in to their 12 Hoghton Street boutique.
Dressmakers Sophie Maddocks Dressmakers 12 Hoghton Street Southport PR9 0TF firstname.lastname@example.org www.sophiemaddocks.co.uk
HISTORY say watched because we couldn't hear any of their music over the hysterical screams of the almost all-female audience. I can still see the baﬄed look on old Uncle Paddy's face. He had been a concert pianist in his time and just couldn't take in what he was witnessing. After a quick drink with the two older Gregsons I filed my 'exclusive' about how the Beatles had modelled their hair style on Paddy's. e photographer got his pictures on their way and we made a good number of national papers with the story next day.
And then the door opened and into the sweatbox squeezed John, unsmiling but not unfriendly. 'John,' a collective cry. 'What about the Royal Show?' All of us milling around the other three, Gregson, Uncle Paddy and Arthur still in the room. John turned to the sink, washed and dried his hands and said: 'I dunno. You'll have to ask Brian about this. It's up to him what we do.' So now we had seen them all and we had our quotes.” When the Beatles finally got on stage my uncle, great uncle and I stood in the wings and watched their performance. I
I had seen the band play in the Cavern and Litherland Town Hall a year or two before the Southport night and was lucky enough to have dealings with them once I moved on to the Liverpool Echo. In the following years I co-presented Paul's Kings Dock concert, presented him with a Scouseology Award and had two or three extended 'one-on-one' interviews with him. ere is only one point of regret to the historic Floral Hall night. While we were in the dressing room with the band getting our exclusive pictures before the nationals gatecrashed the room the photographer said to me: 'Arthur, get in with the group and your uncle and great uncle. I'll take a shot for the family album.' A few weeks later the Beatles were huge international stars and I realised I hadn't seen the family shot. And I never did. e photographer had lost the negative! But I still have this one shot of the Fab Four, John and Paddy to remind me of that night to remember. I think the expression on Paddy's face just about sums things up!
the waRdRoBe Boutique
sophie MaddoCks BRidal studio
8-9 Garrick Parade, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1RN Tel : 01704 546584 www.virginialee-southport.co.uk
38a Sussex Road, Southport, PR9 0SR Tel : 01704 809771 www.thewardrobeboutiquesouthport.co.uk
12 Hoghton Street, Southport, PR9 0TF Tel : 07738 914963 www.sophiemaddocks.co.uk
Virginia Lee is an independent designer fashion boutique which concentrates on "style" rather than fashion. Featuring labels which range from elegantly casual to stunningly diﬀerent you can be sure to find something to tempt you! Although we don't have the traditional "mother of the bride" look, we do specialise in fabulous and unusual outfits for weddings and occasions, all of which can be completed by the addition of some of our beautiful jewellery and accessories.
Wedding accessories, jewellery, jewelled bra straps. Anything from cruise-wear to the more formal functions are catered for. Customer quote: “I can’t praise this boutique enough – it was an absolute treasure prior to my wedding! e Wardrobe Boutique put together a complete ‘honeymoon’ wardrobe for me as I was getting married on a cruise ship. To find this place was a dream come true, especially in this day and age, where real customer service is so diﬃcult to find. To top it all the FREE parking right outside really was a bonus without having to worry about a parking ticket!
Sophie and Anna Maddocks are delighted to announce the opening of their new Bridal Studio. Brides, Bridesmaids, friends and family will be oﬀered an exclusive uninterrupted service whilst your unique hand-made dress is created using only the most beautiful silks, laces and beadwork. Sophie and Anna have been designing and making wedding and bridesmaids dresses for over 4 years and their new studio will allow them to enhance their reputation and award winning service even further. Call them to make an appointment.
92-96 Lord Street, Southport,PR8 1JR Tel : 01704 513294 www.muse.uk.com
92-96 Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1JR Tel : 01704 536959 www.reputationmenswear.co.uk
3/7 Wayfarers Arcade, Southport,PR8 1NT Tel : 01704 513393 www.cocoboutique.co.uk
MUSE is an exclusive ladies designer boutique, conveniently situated next door to e Vincent Hotel. Jenny and her team are passionate about the brands they sell, (including Marc Cain, Riani, Luisa Cerano, By Malene Birger, Olvis Lace Collection, Gushlow & Cole and many more) and oﬀer a very high level of personal service. MUSE is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm but evening and Sunday appointments are also available by request.
If you are planning for the biggest day of your life Reputation Menswear’s wedding service will meet all of your requirements. Dedicated to style, quality and service they will guide you through all aspects of your attire and can oﬀer a mix and match hire service from a comprehensive range of the best quality wedding suits and formal wear. ere are many colours and jacket styles to choose from together with a fabulous array of classic, modern and contemporary waistcoat designs and accessories.
Coco Boutique is a stylish fashion boutique situated in the beautiful Victorian Wayfarers arcade on Southport's famous Lord St and is owned by mother and daughter team Nicola Johnson & Megan Gilbert. Nicola travels to London, Paris and Milan to find new labels that no one else stocks which make Coco unique. If you are searching for that special outfit, a visit to Coco Boutique is essential. Along with the fabulous selection of clothes on oﬀer they also sell shoes, bags, jewellery and accessories.
the Bridal studio
by sophie & anna Maddocks
ophie and Anna Maddocks’ soon-to-be opened “Bridal Studio” in Southport town centre is an exciting new development for “Sophie Maddocks Dressmakers”, established on Hoghton Street four years ago.
Sisters Sophie and Anna, already well established as designers and creators of original dresses and outfits for special occasions, proms, Ladies Day’s and weddings are opening a dedicated studio space where brides, bridesmaids and their friends and families will be offered exclusive, uninterrupted service and attention to ensure that their “Special Day” outfits are tailored to their exact requirements. Both Sophie and Anna are graduates in Fashion Design with Sophie also being a previous BBC’s “Clothes Show” and New Look’s “Young Textile Designer of The Year”. Their designs are all hand-crafted and their new “Bridal Studio” will allow them to be even more hands-on to ensure that they can create the most flattering designs and dresses for their brides Over the last four years Sophie and Anna have created wedding and bridesmaids dresses for many clients and this new, exciting dedicated studio space will enable the sisters to create a unique, hand-made dress for each bride using the most beautiful silks, laces and beadwork.
The new “Bridal Studio” above their shop at 12 Hoghton Street is due to open at the beginning of March and Sophie and Anna are currently reserving appointments for new brides. To book an appointment with Sophie and Anna for your dream dress or to attend the “invitation-only” launch night of the “Bridal Studio” on
Friday 14th of March please call 07738 Or pop into 12 Hoghton Street, Southport, PR9 0TF Or email:
EATING & Drinking
We do like to be beside the seaside Wining & dining in Southport
hink seaside resort and your stereotypical dining options of yore may spring to mind, with fish and chips at the forefront. Well, as Bob Dylan once sang: “the times they are a changin’” because a progressive new wave of seaside chic has surged into the modern restaurant scene of late.
subcontinent, mouthwatering authentic Chinese, or fragrant traditional ai. ere’s even Japanese sushi for the gentile ‘gringo’ palate.
amongst the Independent’s best 50 restaurants in the country) and also has an incoming Michelin starred head chef on transfer.
Perhaps it’s a taste of the Mediterranean and mainland Europe that floats your boat. You’ll find that contemporary Spanish tapas, soulful Italian pasta, and the je ne sais quoi of classical French cuisine are all on the menu.
Southport also claims a hot, new “Genting Club” to its name, that’s caused the mercury to rise, even when temperatures outdoors plummet. Not only does it cater for the gourmands with an extensive a la carte menu, sharing platters and 28-day aged steaks - but also to the oenophiles and cocktail connoisseurs alike, with a spectacular lakeside setting, overlooking the famous pier and steely Irish Sea.
Southport has been confidently surfing the crest of this turning culinary tide for years. So much so that nowadays you can feast your eyes, and stomach, on a dizzying medley of global flavours every night of the week should the mood take you.
“Whether you knew it or not, we’re here to inform you that Southport’s restaurant and bar scene is thriving on a scale that’s suitably befitting of its grand Victorian heritage.”
It’s not just fine dining fuelling the Merseyside Riviera resort’s resurgence either. Because, as we know, an evening’s entertainment wouldn’t be complete without a quintessentially British rendezvous with an ice-cold tipple of whatever takes your fancy. Cocktails, ales or international wines – they’re all ripe for the picking at the swish array of premium bars and lounges in Southport.
Patriots have no fear either because the best of British is also firmly on the map, with Lancashire hot pots playing a starring role. at’s not to mention award-winning tearooms and hearty gastro-pubs, nestled invitingly throughout the civic centre, right out to the burbling waterways of the Leeds – Liverpool canal.
Spin your globe, stab out an inquisitive finger, and it’s highly likely that, whichever region you land on, Southport will have it covered. You can savour lipsmacking spice from the Indian
en there’s chic international AA Rosette standard cuisine, and zesty cocktails, at Steven Gerrard’s stylish partowned venture. His team has scored big with the restaurant guides (voted Spring 2014
It’s not just high-class food and drink that makes an occasion; the venue, it’s décor and style, is also paramount. From the Doric pillars of sandstone former banks, to the stunning glassy environs of Grade II listed Wayfarer’s Arcade, and even a former public convenience that’s now a polished tapas bodega – you can expect a high degree of innovative, beautiful and inspiring spaces to accompany your foraging forays. Whatever direction your taste buds take you, Southport’s superlative bars and restaurants are guaranteed to serve an unforgettable evening experience. And like those ubiquitous Herring Gulls, you’ll be flocking back for a seaside feast for sure.
eighTy eighT (88)
FahrenheiT laTe nighT bar
Vincent Hotel, Southport, PR8 1JR Tel : 01704 883800 www.thevincenthotel.com
Bar and Brasserie 88, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1JR Tel : 01704 339988
The Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ Tel : 01704 504700
McGee’s Bar is situated within the award winning Vincent Hotel and as you would expect boasts an impressive reputation for quality service and an uber-cool ambience. e internal décor is designed to work in a collaboration with the hotel and Lounge’s moving design and is filled with visually stunning photography, carefully selected by proprietor Paul Adams, by his friend and internationally acclaimed photographer Tony McGee. e bar oﬀers a chic cosmopolitan cocktail list which are made from only the freshest of ingredients and is open to both residents and non-residents.
Eighty Eight Bar is a brand new and hugely impressive venue in Southport and has quickly gained a reputation for being the place to be seen. e unique décor and lively ambience have transformed this long empty building into one of the most popular restaurants and trendiest places to go for a night out on the town. e bar boasts a superb cocktail menu which will be served to you by some of the friendliest bar staﬀ you could ever wish for. All in all 88 Bar and Brasserie is a great addition to the town and is definitely worth checking out.
If you are looking for a fun night out or you are entertaining that special client, there really is nowhere better than the stunning Fahrenheit bar within Genting Club Casino. With a dedicated stage for live acts and entertainment and expertly mixed cocktails it really is the most stylish venue in town. Just to add a little excitement, each time you visit to eat or drink at Fahrenheit you will be rewarded with Genting points which you can exchange for free bets !! Open 7 days a week until 6am.
141 Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1PU Tel : 01704 549271
Scarisbrick Hotel, 239 Lord Steet, Southport, PR8 1NZ Tel : 0871 222 7006
16 Chapel Lane, Formby, L37 4DU Tel : 01704 831049 www.woodwardsformby.co.uk
e Sandgrounder is perfectly located on Southport’s iconic Lord Street and oﬀers a menu that will make you feel spoilt for choice. If it is sport you want to see then you won’t be disappointed as they oﬀer the biggest HD screen in town and with regular happy hours you really don’t need to go anywhere else. You can eat drink and have a great time all under the one roof. With 2 pool tables and great DJ’s on Friday and Saturday nights the Sandgrounder really does oﬀer all round entertainment.
Maloney’s Bar within the Scarisbrick hotel is one of Southport’s most established Bars. is is not without good reason. During the day Maloney’s will serve a wide selection of hot and cold meals and coﬀees but then at night this Irish themed classic comes alive and continues to be one of the most popular and lively venues in town. If you want atmosphere, Maloney’s will always have it in abundance and will never let you down.
Woodwards is a stylish bar set in the centre of Formby Village, where, by day you can relax and enjoy a coﬀee whilst reading the newspaper, catch up with friends over lunch or simply unwind after work with a chilled glass of wine. A transformation happens later when during the evening Woodwards becomes a trendy venue of the highest order and becomes the perfect place to enjoy an evening out with cocktails, gorgeous wines and superb live music. Open 7 days a week ‘till late.
EATING & DRINKING
Hard day at the Office Office Bar & Restaurant, Southport
magine an oﬃce environment that’s friendly, welcoming and stress-free. Somewhere where work and pleasure always mix. A place where you can choose the most convivial work mates. Where the work-life balance firmly champions lifestyle over lifeless meetings and where staying after hours is something you positively relish. Form an orderly queue, power dressing optional, because it’s time to clock on for a not-so-hard day (or evening) at the Oﬃce Bar & Restaurant. is sleek, contemporary establishment, in the heart of Southport’s professional enclave of Hoghton Street, is a town centre favourite of some repute.
Stepping through the trendy garden terrace, through the heavy wooden doors, you might be surprised at what awaits. e uplit black-marble bar is the focal point of a stylish design ensemble, underscored by urban-chic stone brickwork above and behind it. Funky modern prints hang from the brilliant-white walls, above curving leather booths and chunky wooden furniture. Nestled beyond the funky chrome light fittings, and flatscreen TVs, of the bar you’ll find an all-star cast of premium spirits and cocktails - without the premium price tag – and a smiling team of bar staﬀ waiting for your next order. You’re the boss remember. It’s an altogether relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere that reigns supreme. An oﬃce that still feels homely if you will.
EATING & DRINKING A la carte mains weigh in at between £14.95 - for the pot roast red snapper with garlic, chilli and lime leaves on a bed of basmati rice - to £19.95 for the king of steaks; a juicy fillet with pink peppercorn and mushroom gratin, drizzled in rich port sauce. ere are also duck, lamb, pan-fried calves liver and fillet of cod options.
Proprietor & Head Chef Lee Adamson with his team of Chefs
As one of the most respected restaurants in Southport, Oﬃce keeps its menus varied and fresh, with a constant eye to evolution and finetuning. Only the freshest seasonal ingredients - sourced from local traders wherever possible - make it to the plate and out of the bustling open kitchen. A highly-trained company of chefs, many of whom have plied their wares at some of the region’s best restaurants, bring a wealth of culinary flare and experience right to your table. Ten pound, two-course Tuesday menus (from 5.30-9pm) oﬀer great value, without scrimping on trademark quality and flavour. Tantalising starters feature such tempters as crispy hake goujons, smooth chicken liver pate or a fresh parmesan risotto. ey don’t hold back on mains either.
e regular a la carte menu weighs in with mid-range pricing and ample choice. Sumptuous starters range from mouthwatering seafood options like seared scallops with pea puree, truﬄe oil and chicken crackling or sautéed garlic gambas (prawns to you and I) with crab and sesame toast. Perhaps you’d prefer an enticing panroasted pigeon breast with a ginger puree and rhubarb vinaigrette or a meat-free goats cheese pana cotta with an aubergine puree and tomato reduction herb toast. We’re talking precision cuisine here and that’s just for starters. You’re looking at a price range of between £5.25 and £8.95 (for the scallops of course).
Consider the pork loin steak and blue cheese sauce or poached fillet of salmon, crushed new potato and pea veloute (one of the five "mother sauces" of French cuisine, derived from the word velour or velvet). Plus, vegetarians might be tempted by the courgette, chili, tomato and potato bake. All in all, this is one seriously cheap deal that packs a considerable punch to the taste buds.
A fun kids’ menu comes packed with all your oﬃce junior’s favourite bites, like spaghetti bolognaise or pizza and chips, plus those essential ice cream desserts. ere’s also a very reasonably priced light bites menu and a daily lunch menu, oﬀering a single course for £8.95, two courses for £11.95 or three for £14.95. With those sorts of economies of scale, the strawberry and clotted cream brûlée (not to mention the full assortment of decadent desserts) are hard to resist. e daily fixed price table d'hôte menu oﬀers two course meals for £13.95 a head, Tuesday through to ursday and Sundays exclusively, then on Fridays and Saturdays it rises slightly to £15.95 per person. To give you a flavour (excuse the pun) of what’s on oﬀer, starters range from honey glazed belly pork with a sweet potato and rosemary cake and a red wine reduction, to ai flavoured mussels served with grilled focaccia.
Proprietor Chris Wilson & Bar Staﬀ Spring 2014
EATING & DRINKING Mains are just as impressive, featuring such culinary delights as pork fillet stuﬀed with apple, ginger and apricot, wrapped in Serrano ham and drizzled in port sauce or the pressed shoulder of lamb with champ potato, sweet carrots and baby onions with a red wine and rosemary sauce. As with all the Oﬃce menus, tasty sides are available on demand and will even leave you change from £4. Sunday lunch menus follow the same three-point price format as the daily lunches. Expect an array of starters, and of course a roast of the day, tempered with filling alternatives and those naughty desserts. An evening tapas menu will debut shortly. Monthly live acts and tribute bands, featuring top quality singers and entertainers from across the UK, rock out in the bricked archway stage area (akin to Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club). Oﬃce also caters for all special occasions,
including birthdays, christenings, weddings and staﬀ parties – all completely tailored to your needs. e restaurant features 120 covers of seating and a 30-seat table for those larger soirees. As oﬃce spaces go, it’s got ample floor-space but still retains a cosy feel that’s perfect for intimate candlelit dinners for two or lively hen groups alike. Oﬃce’s tenure at the top of its game reaches four years as of August 2014. In today’s tough market that’s quite the milestone. Proof, if ever it was needed, that this place has the right ingredients and staying power to survive where others have struggled and ultimately cleared their desks, or should we say tables, for good. You’ll find Oﬃce Bar & Restaurant at 9 Hoghton Street, Southport. For reservations call 01704 543354 or alternatively check out their Twitter and facebook pages.
For Reservations: Phone: 01704 543354 Address: 9b Hoghton Street Southport , PR9 0TE www.theofficerestaurant.co.uk
W e lc o m e t o havin turkish restaurant Bring back your fond memories of turkey in havin restaurant. if you have never been to turkey, then havin restaurant is the place to visit because you will experience the true taste of turkey. the management and staﬀ will oﬀer a warm and welcoming environment to all of their guests.
havin restaurant oﬀers authentic turkish oPen Flame charcoal BBQ dishes and you can even take the opportunity to watch your meal being cooked havin restaurant oﬀers a wide selection of wines and premium beers "
Whether you want an intimate meal for two or to enjoy a family celebration havin restaurant is the place to come
B e l ly Da n c ing e n t e r ta i n ment nights We now have special belly dancing nights, twice a month on Fridays. We can also bring belly dancing by special request. For details call the restaurant! Fantastic turkish cuisine brought to you by havin turkish restaurant. home delivery available!
address: havin turkish restaurant 11-15 coronation Walk, Pr8 1rD southport Phone: 01704547575, 07595494983 opening times mon - thu: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm Fri - sun: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm email@example.com www.havinrestaurant.co.uk
EATING & DRINKING
OFFICE BAR AND RESTAURANT
THE WAREHOUSE KITCHEN AND BAR
9, Hoghton Street, Southport, PR9 0TE Tel : 01704 543354 www.theoﬃcerestaurant.co.uk
The Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ Tel : 01704 504700 www.gentingcasinos.co.uk/club/southport/restaurant/
30 West Street, Southport, PR8 1QN Tel : 01704 544662 www.warehousekitchenandbar.com
e oﬃce is a large modern restaurant and bar in the heart of the town centre. e bar has sumptuous décor and classy lighting with both table and booth seating areas. e restaurant is one of the largest in the town and is perfect for functions and private parties. e food is prepared by local chefs using only the freshest ingredients and the menus are varied and constantly updated and improved upon. e restaurant has sleek contemporary décor combining modern tastes with classical art ensuring a relaxed and enchanting experience.
Fahrenheit has a vibrant and modern atmosphere which mirrors the food that is served from the extensive a la carte menu. Freshly prepared ingredients of the highest quality including 28 day matured British steak chosen from the best bred beef in the country assures you of an amazing dining experience. For an exclusive event to remember why not consider Fahrenheit Grill which can accommodate up to 60 people and allows you to celebrate or entertain in style inside Southport’s fantastic new Genting Club.
e Warehouse Kitchen And Bar are delighted to share the news that Michelin Star Chef, Mathew Worswick is joining them as Chef Director from March 2014. Having recently held the post of Head Chef at the three Rosette and Michelin Starred Glenapp Castle, Mathew had previously spent 2 years at Le Champignon Sauvage with award winning Chef-Patron David EverittMatthias. In the meantime the Warehouse Kitchen and Bar continues to oﬀer the highest quality cuisine using only the finest ingredients.
ROBERTOS RESTAURANT & BAR
HAVIN TURKISH RESTAURANT
Ocean Plaza, Marine Parade, Southport, PR8 1SB Tel : 01704 530099 www.robertositalian.co.uk
11-15 Coronation Walk, Southport, PR8 1RD Tel : 01704 547575 www.havinrestaurant.co.uk
58-62 Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1QB Tel : 01704 544255 www.gustotrattoria.co.uk
Roberto’s award winning restaurant is a modern spacious 120 seat seafront restaurant on Ocean Plaza and is famous for its made to order rustic style pizza’s and it’s generous size Fillet steaks. e priority at Roberto’s is to serve authentic Italian Cuisine with passion and using only the freshest local products and authentic Italian ingredients. At Roberto’s restaurant the emphasis is on home cooked healthy eating at aﬀordable value for money prices.
Havin Restaurant is situated in the centre of Southport and oﬀers a variety of mouth-watering Turkish and Mediterranean dishes. e traditional Turkish open charcoal grill allows you to watch your delicious kebabs being cooked right in front of you. Kadir, the owner and chef who has 10 years experience invites you to sample the atmosphere and experience a night just as you would in Turkey. Take a look at the website and combine your meal with one of Havin Restaurant’s regular fun packed belly dancing nights.
Gusto Trattoria has been providing delicious freshly cooked Italian cuisine since 2005. e restaurant’s contemporary ambience and imaginative dishes have elevated it to the very top of many diners’ preferred places to eat. Whether you are eating in the main dining room or enjoying the patio, Gusto Trattoria is the perfect setting for lunchtime business meetings, family dinners or that special occasion. Having reinvented many traditional Italian dishes in a more contemporary style, our simple yet stunning presentation keeps our customers returning.
EATING & DRINKING
HO LEE CHOW
Queen Anne Street, Southport, PR8 1EH Tel : 01704 500522 www.forgebrasserie.co.uk
1b -3 Seabank Road, Southport, PR9 0EW Tel : 01704 530671 www.auberge-brasserie.com
e Forge Brasserie is established as one of Southport’s premier restaurants having built this reputation over many years by serving the finest steaks and quite simply the freshest and best seafood one could ever imagine. Combined with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and oﬀering quality service e Forge strives to oﬀer something extra special and that is exactly what you can expect when you visit this fine restaurant. Open for lunch & Dinner every-day except Sunday.
Auberge Brasserie has been established for 19 years and takes pride in the quality of everything on oﬀer from the beautiful French and English cuisine for which they use only the finest local produce through to the very personal service which keeps the regulars coming back time and again. Large antique mirrors, paintings and crystal chandeliers create a touch of opulence to the modern décor and the restaurant has been extended 3 times over the years to reflect the popularity of one of Southport’s very best places to dine.
A visit to Ho Lee Chow will only confirm that this is Southport’s premier Chinese restaurant. Having arrived at the grand building on Rotten Row you will then get a feeling of exquisite luxury when you walk through the door, but this is only part of the experience. e specialist chefs use only the finest ingredients to provide a true authentic home cooked taste creating speciality dishes that will make you want to return as soon as you can to experience it all again.
FINOS AT THE WATERFRONT
U-THAI RESTAURANT AND BAR
SAAHIL INDIAN RESTAURANT
9 The Waterfront, Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ Tel : 01704 501745 www.finossouthport.co.uk
241B Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1NY Tel : 01704 620525 www.u-thairestaurant.com
665 Lord Street, Southport, PR9 0AW Tel : 01704 512345 www.saahil.co.uk
In a fantastic setting on Southport’s waterfront, Finos has already become one of the towns favourite eateries. You can savour the wonderful flavours from a choice of over 30 Tapas prepared and cooked freshly to order from the kitchen. Finos is a fun experience and caters for all whether that is a family meal, a romantic dinner on the terrace or simply a quick nibble before or after the theatre. Open every-day except Monday but open bank holidays.
e aim at U-ai is to give the customer the ultimate dining experience by creating the authentic flavours that you would expect if you were in ailand. By using ai herbs which are freshly flown in from ailand weekly and cooked by chefs using traditional methods U-ai are sure that you will truly experience the taste of ailand. U-ai also oﬀer private function hire for special celebrations to really impress your friends. Open 7 days a week.
Saahil Restaurant oﬀers Indian cooking at its very best bringing Kashmir and Punjabi dining to the forefront of their menu. Traditional food is oﬀered using an easy to follow menu in a relaxed, casual and friendly atmosphere. e chefs take great pride in the masterpieces they produce and they happily admit that their passion and love for good Indian food could be called an obsession. is really is an Indian restaurant with a diﬀerence and you should experience it for yourselves. A takeaway menu is also available.
Rotten Row, Southport, PR8 2BZ Tel : 01704 551167 www.holeechow.co.uk
HEALTH & BEauty
Cosmetic Clinic to ensure that each client is participating on the most eﬀective programme to maximise the best possible results. e clinic works with the International Institute for Anti-Ageing (iiaa) and the award winning cosmeceutical skin care Jan Marini. So as to preserve all the good work achieved, Elson Cosmetic Clinic prides
llie Nelson opened the Sound Physique Southport franchise in September 2013. After a successful launch of the Ultrasonic inch loss programme she decided to expand her portfolio of non-invasive services to incorporate cosmeceutical professional only skin care. e rebranding to Elson Cosmetic Clinic reflected this focus. Ellie is a trained specialist nurse practitioner in Community Health. She has worked at the renowned Harley St Clinic with Plastic Surgeons both in the operating theatres, and at ward level. During this period she witnesses that many of the patients were unprepared for the pain and prolonged periods of recovery that went alongside invasive surgery. She welcomed the development of a new era of non-surgical alternatives. Not only were these producing equally good results, but were doing so at a more aﬀordable cost. e major benefit, however, was that the results were being achieved without any of the uncomfortable down time.
itself on being an authorised stockist of Jane Iredale, the most technically advanced make-up line in the world. Jane Iredale products are fully endorsed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
Elson Cosmetic Clinic specialises in professional treatment programmes and aftercare for skin and body. Treatments are both internal and external and are carefully designed to support healthy skin and to enhance overall wellbeing. Treatment programmes not only include inch loss, with nutrition and exercise, but also the management of skin conditions. Conditions treated are wide ranging from acne, rosacea, pigmentation, anti-ageing and scarring as well as the enhancement and boosting of normal skin. In depth consultations are performed
e clinic, located in Churchtown, oﬀers a welcoming, friendly and comfortable environment. e private onsite gym facility is for clients wishing to enhance their body treatment. All clients are given a free consultation, prior to any treatment, to ensure their suitability and that their requirements can be achieved in full. All therapists are fully qualified under the ‘iiaa’, for Jan Marini use and in ultrasonic cavitation.
HEALTH & BeauTy
Tropic by Suzanne 'Beauty that makes the world a better place' passionate about the natural products and wanted more people to know about them that in October 2013 she decided to become a Tropic Ambassador. It was then her local Tropic business was born. e brand Tropic was founded by Susan Ma in 2007. In 2011 Susan Ma was part of the popular television show e Apprentice. Despite not winning, Tropic Pure Plant Skin Care impressed business tycoon and media personality Lord Alan Sugar, who chose to invest. He is now a 50/50 partner with Susan Ma.
uzanne Flynn mum of 2 young children had searched for products to use on her own children that did not contain chemicals such as SLS (Sodium laurel sulphate) and parabens after her daughter had broken out in an allergic reaction and suﬀered with eczema since birth. After changing the products she used on her children to more natural ingredients she thought she should do the same for herself. It was then that she came across the brand Tropic. Tropic products are 100% natural derived from pure plant extracts. After trying out these products she was amazed by their eﬀectiveness and kindness to her skin whilst being kind to the environment. Suzanne felt so
anks to Lord Sugar’s investment, Tropic Pure Plant Skin Care has stormed forward and has grown incredibly in the past year, and in May 2013 they launched their Social Sales
Team, and have recently celebrated their 1200th Ambassador joining. e wonderful team works all over the country, introducing the range to thousands of new customers a month.
e products are derived from 100% pure plant extracts, are honestly priced and are naturally eﬀective on all skin types. ey are vegan, natural and cruelty free. Tropic believes our skin is our best asset, it’s our largest organ and deserves only the best treatment and care.
HEALTH & BeauTy For this reason they are committed to using only premium, natural ingredients that have high nutritional values for your skin. ey never use mineral oils, SLS, petrochemicals, parabens or alcohol in any of their products, as these ingredients can cause health problems and accelerate the skin’s ageing process. ey list all of the ingredients in plain English so you don’t need a chemistry degree to understand exactly what you put onto your skin. ey also make all products by hand in small batches in a Surrey Beauty Workshop to ensure quality and freshness when it reaches you. e first product from the Tropic range was the Body Smooth Refreshing Polish which was initially sold on a demonstrational basis at markets, shows, exhibitions & festivals. Within months it had taken the industry by storm, and was voted ‘Best Beauty Buy’ of the year by the Sunday Mirror magazine.
Hold a Tropic Pamper Experience and as the hostess you will receive a free spa facial and 15% of the total sales on the night to spend on any products.
As more Tropic products have developed, the range has been featured in Vogue Magazine, Brand New You Magazine and in the Independent, and has been recognised by the Natural Health Beauty Awards. e Skin Revive Firming Nourishing Cream was a winner in the 2013 Beauty Awards for Natural Health Magazine. Tropic not only makes a skincare range but has gone on to launch an Active Botanical Make-up Range and Organic Brushes. ese are free from synthetic fragrances, harsh preservatives and parabens and fortified with active botanical extracts and minerals. Each product was meticulously formulated to accentuate your natural beauty. Tropic is an innovative brand who is developing more new products as we speak. As an ambassador for Tropic Suzanne provides pamper parties where people can indulge in luxury treatments in the comfort of their own home.
HEALTH & Beauty
Portland Hall Spa
ortland Hall Spa is situated in the centre of Southport and is a two minute walk away from Lord Street which is the main thoroughfare of central Southport.
It is a Day Spa in a building with a considerable history. A plain building was erected in 1865 as a Quaker meeting house, as befits this unostentatious religion, but with magnificent 14ft high leaded windows paid for by a Liverpool shipping merchant. e interior segregated men and women and the arrangement as used can still be seen today. In 1954 the building became available to the New Jewish Reformed community and until 2005 was a Synagogue. e leaded lights were altered to reflect Jewish iconography and the windows are truly magnificent. e building became too large for the congregation and so the story of Portland Hall Spa begins. Lyn Siddle had been in the beauty business for some years managing a successful team of sales people. However she felt she could do more. After a plan to open a modest beauty premises had fallen through her appetite was whetted. Noticing the Synagogue
was for sale she ( impulsively – as she admits) bid the full asking price. is was for a building several times bigger than anything she had previously contemplated. e building became hers. Her idea had always been that her future business would revolve around personal space and relaxation for her clients and her conversion of the building to a day spa would revolve around this ideal, avoiding the herd mentality of hotel spas. e unique candlelit spa pool was to only be used privately and would be the relaxing start to the customer journey. And so the conversion to a day spa began. Lyn managed the project herself and directed a hoarde of workmen who, among other things, fitted a mezzanine floor, inserted a pool area, and laid Elton John’s laminated flooring. (Two tons of laminate remaining from one of Elton’s White Tie & Tiara Balls). Once the rooms were fitted with services Lyn could then start to arrange the décor. e reception area was to have an Art Deco feel with a huge reception desk inlaid with marquetry to Lyn’s design. e seven double and treble bedded treatment rooms were to have a beautiful
HEALTH & Beauty Moroccan theme. is was continued with the magnificently ornate ceramic Moroccan Mud Rasul which together with the spa jet, a dry float and the candlelit spa pool area were to give customers the relaxation they would be seeking. A large lounge was furnished in a comfortable, cosy style and a dining area was fitted out. With the refurbishment continuing staﬀ were hired and sent on training courses with the prestigious Elemis Company and their products were to be used. Lyn worked hard to turn the project around in just 6 months, and on the 3rd November 2005 it was opening day. After a publicity blitz the spa was formally opened by Marina Dalglish following a speech by the Mayor of Sefton. With calm and relaxation being the watchword clients using the Spa are taken on a journey in which they are encouraged to forget about time as staﬀ guide them through the experiences and treatments from beginning to end. Clients can also have the treatments worked around lunch with a simple but healthy menu available and when it is then possible, relax in the lounge. is system works so well that clients often have the impression that they are the only ones in the building even though it is busy. In a perfect world the spa would have people queuing outside from the beginning but a brand new business has to get known. Initially there were advertisements in the local press and radio but it slowly became apparent that the catchment area of the Spa was the whole North West of England. Advertisements were taken in Lancashire Life, Cheshire Life and glossy magazines in Liverpool and Manchester. e website took a little time to create and has now been developed further using Facebook and Twitter and other social media. Editorial space was gained from the local press. One of Lyn’s publicity coups was to get the players from Southport Football Club to come and use the pool and have mini treatments before match day. is was covered by the local press with the headline ‘Port Splash Out at Last’.
is had the required eﬀect and customers from far afield arrived. Various packages were promoted and overnight stays were introduced. Lyn currently works closely with the Ramada and Metro Hotels and is extremely proud to be able to support the local economy in this way. Eventually the spa was approached by the Good Spa Guide, an independent publication. A mystery shopper was sent and gave the Spa the maximum rating. e Spa was established. One of the Spa’s commercial strengths has also been the use of gift providers on the Web. Portland Hall Spa features widely and contributes to Southport’s tourism by bringing people into the town from far and wide. We are now in 2014. e Spa is extremely busy and trading profitably. Many lessons have been learnt over the years and the business model has been refined. e Spa specialises in massage, facials and relaxation for single people, couples, friends and larger groups celebrating birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. Portland Hall Spa is now an ESPA Spa using ESPA’s fantastically aromatic and natural products. After eight successful years, Lyn is working as hard as ever to make Portland Hall Spa a jewel of Southport.
IN THE CoMMunity
Community Link Foundation A new charity initiative to support our local community
THE COMMUNITY LINK FOUNDATION HAS BEEN SET UP TO SUPPO RT INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS IN OUR AREA
individuals or groups who have a really deserving cause but have been unable to access the appropriate help, support or funding. e biggest task of the board, created in June 2013, was to achieve charitable status, essential for the Community Link Foundation to function. Supported by a whole host of generous and committed sponsors, fund raising has achieved a tremendous sound financial base. In order to support deserving individual, group and community causes and on the night of the fantastic Atomic Kitten concert at the Floral Hall the Community Link Foundation were able to proudly announce their charitable status.
David and Laura Barron
outhport and the surrounding areas have a new charity aiming to help and support a whole range of needs. e Community Link Foundation was launched in June 2013, aiming to provide support that helps improve and enhance the lives of people in our community. Many of us will find we need a little help at certain times in our lives. Unlike the majority of charities who focus on a particular single issue, the Community Link Foundation has been formed to help and support those
e Community Link Foundation has held an exciting array of fund raising activities in an incredibly short period of time. is has included events at Genting Casino with singer Stephen Bayliss, an evening with Neil Ruddock, a Comedy Night at e Oﬃce Bar & Restaurant, MKM Building Supplies 5th Anniversary week, a quiz night at St Teresas, Atomic Kitten concert at the Floral Hall, ladies lunches at the Auberge and Metro plus Kerry Hennessy's fantastic Fizz and Chips event. Comedian Richard Morton
IN THE CoMMunity Chairman of the Community Link Foundation David Barron, well known in Southport for his amazing Glitter Ball fundraising over the last decade states “e Charity has been set up to provide support that helps improve and enhance the life of people in our community, either as a group, family or individual. e geographical areas that the foundation cover are Southport, up to Tarleton, across to Ormskirk and to Formby. For example, if a person is in need of special equipment to enhance their life and if they meet the Foundations criteria, we would look to assist. Or if an existing Charity needs help with projects or initiatives then we aim to help. We can also act as a facilitator putting people or groups in touch with appropriate support or funders. We had incredible support as we set up and in 2014 we are now in a position to make a diﬀerence in our community.”
neil meets the girls
Atomic Kitten with Andrew John Estate Agents
For further information and application details www.clfoundation.co.uk Matt Forshaw and friends Spring 2014
Community Link Foundation have organised many celebrity fund raising events recently and Southport Exclusive have captured sponsors and supporters enjoying themselves whilst raising money for this fantastic local charity. e Events included Atomic Kitten Night at e Floral Hall, A Sportsmans Evening with Neil Ruddock at Ramada Hotel, Southport Comedy Festival Night at the Oﬃce Bar & Restaurant and An Evening with Stephen Bayliss at Ramada Hotel.
In each forthcoming edition, Southport Exclusive will meet a prominent local business person to ďŹ nd out a little more about their likes and dislikes and how they came to be doing business in the town.
Miles Turner Mr Landlord
We were delighted to have recently had the opportunity to meet and chat to Miles Turner, a hugely successful property entrepreneur whose extensive knowledge of the property market in Southport has guided him to success as a property manager and landlord, property developer and now onto his latest venture.
LOCAL Business So Miles…Were you born in Southport ? No, we moved to Southport when I was 2 and I lived here until I was 20, moving away for my career and ended up back in the area in 1997 so I definitely see Southport as “home”. How did you get into the property industry ? By mistake!!! My intention was to take A levels and go to university but a friend’s father was the Chief Housing Oﬃcer for Sefton Council and asked me to do some filing over the summer holidays between school and sixth form. Sefton then oﬀered to sponsor me through day release at college and subsequently to take my professional qualification as a member of e Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). So I stayed for 5 years and was one of the youngest qualified members of the CIH at the tender age of 21. Did you want to go into property from school ? No, I always wanted to go into banking – that was a close escape!! Have you always worked in the property industry ? Yes, from 16 years old until now, nearly 36 years later, I have been in the property industry either as a property manager, developer, landlord, lecturer or with my internet based businesses. Have you any professional qualifications ? Yes, I am a qualified member of e Chartered Institute of Housing and have studied for a law degree. Why did you establish your business in Southport ? I ended up (by pure chance) working in Formby for a property management company. An opportunity to acquire a failing property company arose. My then boss in Formby was exceptionally generous and let me take some of the
properties I was managing for his company with me to merge with the failing company I bought and hey presto – the start of my business ownership in Southport. Could you imagine ever moving away from Southport ? No, this is my home. My businesses are all based here or in the area, my friends and some of my family are here and I love the place. We can walk into the town from home, go into any coﬀee shop, restaurant, bar or pub and always meet someone we know. Southport is a great town and the sea front developments over recent years have improved it greatly. I cannot imagine not having my base here. You mention coﬀee shops and restaurants…Which is your favorite ? Lords Café Bar on Lord Street is like a second home. We are there for coﬀee (well full English breakfast or lunch to be honest) as often as possible. You are obviously a busy man but what do you do with your spare time ? I am a Scuba Diving instructor, spending time in the UK and all over the world teaching diving which I find extremely rewarding and relaxing. I have also recently got into motor bikes and love the freedom of being out on my bike. I did more mileage on my bike last year than in our two cars.
friends there. e island is very small but has the best restaurants. We travel all over the world but Patricks in Gozo is by a long way my favorite restaurant in the world. We also go somewhere diﬀerent every year, last year it was Cape Verde and Mexico and we use the bike to tour the UK. ere really are some beautiful places on our own door step. What are your plans for the medium term ? I am developing the property management business I have in Southport (Todd and Turner @ Ellis and Sons Ltd) and I am particularly keen to expand my internet businesses, www.Mrlandlord.co.uk and www.turnerandhoward.co.uk. ese are specialist legal sites for landlords who want to regain possession of their properties. Most landlords and managing agents do not know the intricate legalities of the possession process and over 70% of actions taken at court fail because the paperwork is defective. e internet allows me to provide a service to landlords all over the country and in fact the largest percentage of our repossession clients are based within the M25 area. With 36 years experience and academic background I consider myself an expert in this small but important area of law. It constantly amazes me how little most lettings agents know about the legislation aﬀecting their clients. I am a great advocate of formal licensing of property letting agents to weed out the poor standards that are rife within the industry.
Where is your favorite holiday destination ? I’m a bit of a holiday freak, we go away as often as possible. We have family in South East Turkey who have lived there for over 30 years so we go there once a year. No tourists, no western Europeans, its great. I teach diving a lot in Gozo which is a small island oﬀ Malta and have been going at Head Office : 33 Hoghton Street, Southport, PR9 0NT least once a year for nearly 20 Telephone : +44 (0) 1704 534171 years and so have made a lot of email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.mrlandlord.co.uk spring 2014
David Roberts & Partners
Why use an Insurance Broker rather than an online provider? at is a question we get asked a lot and the simple answer is there is a place for both. We know that we will not be the cheapest quotation every time and we don’t pretend to be. We use a phrase “price proximate” and what that means is we have to be close enough on price for our customers to consider whether the value we oﬀer is worth the diﬀerence.
ince forming in 1977 David Roberts & Partners ( Insurance Brokers ) Ltd have established themselves firmly in the top 100 Insurance Brokers in the UK. Managing Director ( and Hillside resident ) John Page explains the things to look out for when purchasing home and motor insurance, the benefits of using an insurance broker and some tips for the winter. Is every Household and Motor insurance policy the same ?
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I T H I N K I MAY HAVE ONE OF T H O S E S OMEWHERE? Whilst having an enjoyable Sunday afternoon with mates in my local waiting for the football to kick oﬀ, conversation casually drifted to the topic of pensions. It’s usual for many a varied subject to be discussed over a few pints and the more consumed the more '' experts'' emerge from the woodwork! Unusually though it turned out the chap directing this particular conversation was significantly more qualified than the rest of us as he did in fact work within the pensions industry. e question asked of myself and my four compatriots was simply, '' which of you here has a frozen pension?'' To my surprise we all had one and Kevin had two! 64
e conversation then continued into a boisterous discussion until the extremely important issue of the 4pm kick oﬀ arrived. What this had actually highlighted were two very important facts. Firstly, it is estimated, there is currently in the region of £3 Trillion invested in frozen pension funds in the UK. is means a significant number of adults do have money sat in previous company schemes and secondly, a large percentage don't have a clue about past performance, the amount of money currently in their frozen pensions or even if the pension company are still in existence and they have any money left at all ! It started me thinking a little more about this issue and some of the facts are quite disturbing! It is estimated today that 80% of UK Company Pension Schemes are in serious deficit. e UK has approximately 7,800 pension schemes of which over 1100 have already collapsed, mostly final salary schemes, with the overall deficit in the region of £196 Billion!
SO W H AT I S A FROZEN PENSION? If you have pension funds from a previous employer some people mistakenly call this a frozen pension. A common choice for most people when leaving a company is to leave their old company occupational scheme benefit where it is and start a new one with their next employer, and in many cases this process can be repeated several times over. ey may refer to their old pension as being a frozen pension, but this is actually not the case. e correct term is either a deferred pension or paid up pension. With these so called frozen pensions, the policy holder or deferred member will not be able to make any further payments into it. e reason the term frozen pension is not accurate is because the pension benefits are not actually frozen. Depending on what type of company pension scheme you have, the pension fund could be invested (ese are called Defined Contribution pension schemes and not frozen pensions). While this investment will continue to grow (or fall), you, your previous employer nor your future employer are likely to be allowed to make any further contributions. e other type of pension scheme people sometimes call a frozen pension is a Defined Benefit pension scheme. Again, this is not a frozen pension because the benefits you have accrued in your pension scheme will increase each year from the date you left that employer up to your retirement age. Some of these increases will be by inflation but some of it may be by even more but it is clearly not a frozen pension.
WHAT IS A SIPP? e Self–Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) is essentially a pension wrapper that is capable of holding investments and providing you with tax eﬃcient savings for when you retire. As a form of personal pension scheme they oﬀer an individual complete control of their assets and the option to choose and manage their own investments, unlike a frozen pension where they have no say in how it is invested. Quite often many individuals have more than one frozen pension and so with this in mind one of the major advantages of a SIPP is that you can transfer in pre-existing pensions. is allows easier management of your investment portfolio and also allows you to continue making contributions if you wish to do so.
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SO W H AT ARE THE OPTIONS? After reading through many reports on the internet from pension experts, newspaper reports and oﬃcial government sites it really comes down to two options. Leave things as they are, in which case sort out your old paperwork and contact the relevant people concerning your frozen pension and find out exactly the current 'financial health' of your pension or look at moving it into a SIPP (Self invested Personal Pension Plan) Either way it is probably very prudent to gain professional advice at this point to have a measured idea of the options and which is best suited to you. is in itself can be a minefield as there are an abundance of licenced pension advisors out there to choose from!
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Property Matters Welcome to the ďŹ rst edition of Southport Exclusive. In what I hope will be a regular feature, I am delighted to have the opportunity of talking to you about the local property market. I have been an Estate Agent in Southport and the surrounding areas for over
25 years now, having experienced a number of booms and busts and I have found the last few years quite challenging! One of the many questions I am asked is how is the local market? What are prices doing?
So what has 2014 got in store for Southport? e local market stumbled in 2007 suﬀering in the last few years due to a lack of economic confidence and a shortage of available buyers. At last there are positive signs that the local market is improving - somewhat slower than the rest of the country to be sure. Enquiries have increased significantly over the last quarter of 2013 and I would suspect that this will continue into 2014. Whilst large areas of the country have seen a rise in prices in the last year to
18 months, Southport has lagged behind with prices remaining fairly static. I would expect that local prices are likely to see a rise but only a modest rise of around 5% over the next two years. A help to the market in general, and certainly locally, is news that the council of mortgage lenders have stated that gross mortgage lending is likely to rise from £170 million to £195 million in 2014. David Barron, Director at Barron Financial Solutions, a local mortgage expert, is quoted as saying that “there have been lots of the signs that the housing market is moving in
the right direction and it looks set to show greater levels of activity in 2014”. He added that “Barron Financial Solutions have noticed the positive impact from the introduction of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme and predicts that this will continue into the New Year”. Some interesting statistics supplied by a well known property website: According the Rightmove, 31 million property enquiries were made up to October of 2013 and in October alone 29% of all email enquiries of properties for sale where sent using a mobile device. Residential property transactions in England and Wales reached their peak in 2004 at 1,628,000, falling to 772,000 by 2009, but they are forecast to rise to 950,000 for this year. e last few years have seen an increased number of people renting property for various reasons but it is interesting to know that 96% of tenants asked still dream of owning their own home someday. All this internet activity is fantastic, but there is still NO SUBSTITUTE for the professional local knowledge, advice and support of your local Estate Agent!
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In our experience, many buyers eventually buy a property quite diﬀerent from their original requirements. Whilst we operate a successful computerised mailing system, there is still no substitute for talking face-to-face with a member of our knowledgeable team. Finding a property to buy can be daunting. Buying a property can be complicated. All of our team are owners of property and so have been in this situation themselves. We have an understanding of the obstacles buyers face and we have a knowledge and first hand experience of local schools and colleges, the local villages and the surrounding areas. L I g H T AT T H E E n d o f T H E T u n n E L foR THE MARkET?
At last, the market in 2013 has shown definite signs of recovering, after several diﬃcult years. Sales at Chris Tinsley Estate Agents in 2013 rose by a staggering 27% over sales in 2012. is improvement in the market is reflected in the fact that over 800 oﬀers were submitted to our Southport 74
oﬃce during 2013 and a total value of about 33.7 m worth of property had acceptable oﬀers made! Nationally the Bank of England says that ‘e recovery is taking hold’ and Rightmove reports a significant upturn too. According to Rightmove in the nine months to September 2013, sales transactions nationally rose by 11% compared with the same period last year, with the third quarter of 2013 jumping significantly in England by 21%. Lending too has increased and confidence is beginning to return. On a more local level, we saw a 23% increase in the number of properties sold in the final quarter of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Whilst the upturn continued for the final quarter of 2013, we are hopeful of a sustained improvement in activity levels heading into 2014. e market in the Southport area will see a slight shortage of property for sale at the beginning of 2014, and demand is expected to continue to increase. If you are thinking of selling, don’t delay. Get your property valued and on the market now!
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cGuire Estate Agents is a newly opened independent and professional estate agents based in Southport town centre. e company oﬀers not only a fantastic customer service, but also a can-do attitude towards residential sales and lettings.
Mcguire Estate Agents being the seller's personal representative. “At McGuire Estate Agents all our marketing and sales is handled by myself thereby assuring you a professional and fully committed approach.”
McGuire Estate Agents is run by Gavin McGuire and Paul Halsall who both have vast knowledge of the property industry and extensive knowledge of the area. Gavin explained: “We understand that we will be judged on our level of service and are committed to offering a first class package delivering unrivalled results. “No matter how good an estate agent declares itself to be, it is the quality of the staﬀ that makes the diﬀerence. ey are usually the first and last point of contact in selling property as well as
McGuire Estate Agents believes the key to oﬀering a successful service is to put yourself in the customers’ shoes, to think about how you yourself would like to be treated and to always go the extra mile for each and
Gavin added: “With a bright and vibrant Southport town centre oﬃce and boards, it’s all about standing out from the crowd. We advertise in the Southport Visiter, Formby Times, Rightmove, Zoopla and many more. “So if you are on the market and have not sold your property yet ask yourself why? Call McGuire Estate Agents for free advice and let us get you moving.” For more information visit McGuire Estate Agents at 11a Hoghton Street, Southport PR9 0NS, telephone 01704 531205, or email email@example.com
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outhport has royalty and a publican with a great imagination and flair to thank for its very existence. Arthur Johnson, a direct descendent of 'Duke' Sutton, the founder of Southport, looks back ... William Sutton became known as the Duke because of his habit of constantly dropping into conversation the fact that he had met the Duke of York. î “e title 'Duke' also fitted him well because of his love for fine clothes â€“ his black velvet coat, soft hat, his knee breeches with pearl buttons and gaiters which he loved to wear.
SOUTHPORT HISTORY Drink was to blame for the town getting its name. e 'Duke' decided to throw a party in his hotel and invited a solicitor from Ormskirk, Dr Miles Barton, as one of his guests. After eating and drinking very well indeed the doctor stood up to make a toast to the new venture in the south of the district. By this time he was hitting the port hard and raised his glass intending to toast 'South Hawes' after the sand dunes. He got as far as 'South' and his brain gave up. He concentrated on his glass and the gathering were invited to toast 'South Port'. e name Southport appeared for the first time in public records in 1798. He was also known as the Mad Duke because in 1792 he built a bathing house in the isolated sand dunes next to nowhere. But it wasn't such a mad idea after all. He transported guests to and from the recently-opened LeedsLiverpool canal four miles away. e bathing house was a modest success and six years later he replaced it with a hotel, but the locals were still not convinced and named the place 'Duke's Folly'. However, Sutton had the last laugh as in1809 a writer described it as 'a fashionable watering place'. It stood on a site which is now the southern end of Lord Street among the 'hawes', a local name for sand dunes. But there was still no such place as 'Southport'. Before branching out into the bathing business Sutton had been the landlord of the Black Bull – now the Hesketh Arms - in the Doomsday Book village of Churchtown. He was a likeable, fun-loving character and entertained his customers playing his fiddle, which is still in the local authority's archives.
By the 1840s the town had become a popular place and Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte lived in a house on Lord Street after his exile in 1846. He returned in triumph to Paris and won the presidency. Inspired by the wide Lord Street he set his architect, Baron George Haussman, to redesign the medieval centre of Paris replacing the narrow streets with broad tree-lined boulevards, covered walkways and arcades. Now where did he get that idea from? ere was a further massive boost for Southport in 1848 when a rail link was established between the town and the prosperous port of Liverpool. Before that the only way of reaching Southport was by canal or road. en, five years later, a rail link with Manchester, via Wigan, was established and workers from the Lancashire mill towns started heading for the seaside in their thousands. e Duke did not live to see the success of his 'Southport'. He died aged 88 in 1840. It is believed that his aﬀairs took a turn for the worse and he ended his life in Lancaster gaol for debtors. Someone said at the time he was 'on the fiddle or just fiddling'. He was buried in St Cuthbert's Church, Churchtown alongside his first pub. A plaque dedicated to William Sutton is on the corner of Duke Street and Lord Street.
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ver pondered the significance of the name “Merseyrail Community Stadium?” Southport Football Club is very proud to include the community - not just in its stadium’s name - but in much of its ever-growing contributions to Southport life. Future SandgrounderS
e club has focused a great deal of emphasis on nurturing the next generation of football-loving Sandgrounders and works closely with local schools and colleges to provide not just on-pitch coaching but valuable classroom and work experience opportunities oﬀ it too.
funds screening for young people from across the North West to detect undiagnosed heart conditions and promote healthy lifestyle choices. Just as it’s important on the pitch, oﬀ the pitch Southport FC are keen advocates of teamwork and collaboration. ey’ve joined up with Sefton Business Partnership to oﬀer 15 to 18-year-old students a wealth of work experience activities, including pitch and stadium maintenance, marketing, administration and media work.
One such example is a partnership with Southport College, where students have come oﬀ the bench for a crosscurricular project to deliver a BTEC Level ree module focussed around organising a sporting event. It all culminates in style on 3 May 2014, with a full-day charity football tournament held at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.
ey’ve also clubbed together with local Housing Associations and Corporate Parenting to hold inclusive Soccer Camps for all abilities, led by Southport FC players, during school holidays. Plus they’re heavily involved in the multi-agency Street Games initiative - under the auspices of Active Sefton - that encourages children to enjoy sport, or rekindle their interest, and raise awareness of the variety of sports clubs available throughout the town.
Not only will the event be the grand finale of the student’s labours but also aims to raise awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS), in partnership with local charity the Vital Sounds Foundation. Set up by former Southport goal-scoring hero, Steve Haw, the Vital Sounds Foundation
anks to a progressive continued professional development programme for volunteer coaches of Southport Juniors, the club can boast an impressive junior membership of 350 boys and girls aged six to 18-years-old, not to mention a growing army of FA Coaching badge holders.
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Southport FC is also fiercely supportive of inclusive opportunities, promoting Ladies Open Age Football, developing girls football in the club's junior section, as well as supporting coaching at the Merseyrail Bootle Ladies club. And each Monday during school term time Baby Ballet holds its extremely popular movement to music sessions for toddlers and young mothers in the Grandstand Lounge. For the last eighteen months the club has also supported the Man Down NHS project, which is run by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), to raise awareness of male suicide in the Southport area, particularly amongst men aged 35-50.
Southport Football Club delivers its wide-ranging community programme thanks to funding from the Football Conference Trust, Premier League and Professional Footballer’s Association. All of their funding is match funded, so the club is always scouting for new community partners to join their team and play their part - just as Merseyrail and all their other valuable partners do.
If you, or your business, would like to get onside and help the “Yellows” score many more community victories then visit the website at www.southportfc.net.
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98 Lord Street\ Southport PR8 1JR Tel.: 08435 094510 www.thevincenthotel.com
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e Promenade Southport PR9 0DZ Tel.: 01704 500036
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