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Renault KOLEOS Crossover by Renault

3 years’ 0% APR representative* The official fuel consumption figures in mpg (l/100km) for the car shown are: urban 52.3 (5.4); extra-urban 62.8 (4.5); combined 57.6 (4.9). The official CO2 emissions are 128g/km. Figures are obtained for comparative purposes in accordance with EU Legislation and may not reflect real-life driving results.

*Renault Finance, PO Box 495, Watford WD17 1BR. Subject to status. Indemnities may be required. UK residents (excl. Channel Islands) and over 18s only. Requires minimum deposit of 25% on All-New KOLEOS. Offer applies to all Renault vehicles (excluding Clio Expression, Twingo & ZOE) when ordered and registered by 30th September 2017. Retail customers only. Participating dealers only.

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A THRILL FOR ALL SENSES THE ALL-NEW DB11 V8 IS HERE Instantly recognisable as an Aston Martin, the beautiful DB11 is here. Blending classic looks with modern features, it strikes a bold and confident silhouette that also delivers breath-taking performance. A 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine propels the DB11 from 0-62mph in just 4.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 187mph. Discover the most exciting DB model in Aston Martin’s history. CONTACT US FOR A PERSONALISED QUOTE AND TO ARRANGE A TEST DRIVE.

Aston Martin Cambridge, 142 High Street, Harston, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22 7TN, UK 01223 964965 Official government fuel consumption figures in litres/100km (mpg) for the Aston Mar tin DB11: urban 13.5 (20.9) - 16.6 (17); extra urban 7.9 (35.8) - 8.5 (33.2); combined 9.9 (28.5) - 11.4 (24.8). CO2 emissions 230 - 265 g/km. Efficiency Class G. The mpg/fuel economy figures quoted are sourced from official regulated test results obtained through laboratory testing. They are for comparability purposes only and may not reflect your real driving experience, which may vary depending on factors including road conditions, weather, vehicle load and driving style.

THE NEW MINI LOWER EMISSIONS ALLOWANCE. GET AN ADDITIONAL £2,000 TOWARDS A NEW MINI.* We’re excited to introduce the new MINI Lower Emissions Allowance, offering £2,000 towards a variety of new MINI models with CO2 emissions below 130g/km*. That’s £2,000 on top of our existing tantalising offers and on top of your trade-in price. There’s never been a better time to get to know the MINI models, with their legendary go-kart handling and iconic design. Our current line-up is cleaner than ever, with every MINI launched since 2014 designed to meet EU6 standards which are now mandatory for all new cars. Have we got your attention? To find out if your vehicle qualifies, contact us on 01733 707074 or visit

SEARCH: SYCAMORE PETERBOROUGH *£2,000 Lower Emissions Allowance towards new MINI vehicles with CO2 emissions of 130g/km (NEDC) or below. New vehicle must be registered by 31.12.17 in the same name and address as trade-in vehicle. Trade-in vehicle must be diesel, EU4 emission standard or older and owned for at least 12 months. Retail customers only. Participating retailers only. Can be used in conjunction with other offers. Ts&Cs apply.




This is the biggest issue of Gravitas! We are proud to present to you the autumn edition, which is the biggest yet as it includes our special 16-page Christmas party guide. Now is the time to start making arrangements for your work’s Christmas party and we’ve selected some exciting options to make it easier for you to choose a venue. Since our last issue we have developed some new and exciting partnerships with Aston Martin, Cambridge, Renault Peterborough, Wyboston Lakes, Impra Gas, Leanne Campbell Cosmetics and Inspire Ignite – look out for all these fab businesses within our pages and we’d like to welcome them all to our growing network of exciting alliances.


Model: Gina Elson Photography: Hair: Pkai Hair Make-up: Jewellery: 1930s Vintage Necklace from Cowgirl in Couture, Oakham

Did you know October is the best time of the year to view the Northern Lights? See Helen Scarr’s guide on where to see them on pages 46 and 47, or maybe you’re looking for a weekend city break? If Edinburgh by Virgin Trains appeals, take a peak at page 49.

Aside from travel, there’s a new chef in town – Ade Adeshina who is set to open the regions next destination bar & restaurant, The Chubby Castor at The Fitzwilliam and we’re giving foodies an opportunity to ‘Meet the Chef’ among other exciting networking opportunities in collaboration with our professional partners. We like to spread positivity, however this issue touches on something that a large portion of our population struggles to understand and from which a vast number suffer – mental health. This subject is vast, so we’ve invited some of our regional experts to highlight some important topics. Turn to page 36 and 37 to read their valuable advice. Finally, thank you to all our contributors, clients and readers for helping Gravitas continue on its successful journey.

Enjoy! Heidi Semple - Publisher @heidisemple

@heidicaroline_semple Leigh Taylor - Co-Founder & Commercial Director @leigh1_taylor


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The Gravitas Team

08-11 Entrées

Something to get you started.

12-18 & 40-43 Autumn fashion


Skincare, make-up and new beauty brands. With mental health awareness week in October, we have advice from local experts.


Kenneth Brown | Social Media Manager

Creative contributors

49-51 Driven

Jo Saunders | Sub Editor | Design & Artwork

54-58 Homestyle

62-72 Taste explosion

With special thanks to

Get the cosy look and feel with bright ideas for your lighting and autumns latest interior trends.

74-75 Down to business

74-75 88-102


Editorial contributors Tim Barnes-Clay | Motoring Jenny Garford | Food | Nutrition Inspirational Travel | Travel Helen Scarr | @travellinghippy Freya Pell | Beauty

The best places to eat, from sharing platters to intimate meals and fine dining. A new chef in town, Chubby Castor.


Heidi Semple | Publisher

Where to get the best view of the breathtaking Northern Lights and a bit closer to home – a visit to Edinburgh.

The new Renault Koleos gets the Tim Barnes-Clay workout and Maserati showcases the refreshingly luxurious Gran Turismo.


Dee Kennedy Account Manager

Leigh Taylor | Commercial Director

44-47 Escape


Jenny Garford Food Journalist

Get the unique look with the latest trends from independent local designers and retro pop-up boutiques.

22-38 Health & beauty


Adrian Dewey Creative Director

Business interviews, motivational books and advice from our resident columnists and local business experts.

88-102 Out & about

Broadway Theatre reopens with an exciting diary of events. New places to eat, drink and be merry.

@gravitas_mag @gravitasmagazine @gravitasmagazine

Features Gary Johannes Kim Coley Laura Chambers Sarah Tolley-Termine Mindspace Stamford Helen Scarr Georgie Walsh Maria Theodorou | Givenchy Pkai Hair Photo shoot Adrian Dewey | Photographer Crystal Jade Foster | Model Poppy Brewster | Model Luke Morrison | Model Michael John Hair Artwork | Hair & make-up Kaspas, Peterborough The Pizza Parlour, Peterborough Crown Jewellers Cowgirl in Couture Dizzy Dorris Pop Up Boutique Nina Lie Hansen Y-Spa, Wyboston Lakes


crown Jewel in the

Crown Jewellers shares its sparkling success.

On Saturday 22nd July, family Jewellers

Herbelin and the latest ChloBo range,

and goldsmiths, Crown Jewellers opened

available exclusively at Crown.

its doors to the Peterborough public. Throughout the day hundreds of people were greeted with fizz and canapés, while those arriving early enough were recipients to a complimentary gift bag. The day marked the opening of the company’s second store, overlooking St John Church on Cathedral Square and next to Peterborough’s new Turtle Bay Bar & Restaurant. With attendees such as the Mayor of Peterborough, whose job it was to unveil the new store with the compulsory snip of the ribbon, the day was also complimented by Marshall Maserati who displayed the latest Ghibli model outside. Also in attendance was 2016 designer of the year, Fei Liu who awarded a lucky competition winner a very special prize, they took away a Fei Liu shooting star pendant piece. Mother and son team Matt and Cathy Powell, along with their team demonstrated the diversity of services they offer and discussed their luxury product ranges from prestigious brands such as Bulova, Michel

Award-winning goldsmith Matt also demonstrated his craft outside the shop and spent time talking to attendees – Many commenting on the exceptional skill involved in making beautiful bespoke jewelry pieces. From transforming your pre-loved jewelry into your very own unique piece to repairs and valuations, this is the traditional family Jewellers Peterborough was waiting for.

Crown Jewellers 10 Exchange Street Peterborough PE1 1PW 01733 567830 15c North St Bourne PE10 9AE 01778 393994


Entrées Something to get you started

Dream car A charity raffle is providing anyone the chance to win a limited edition Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows car, worth £275,000, for just £20. All you have to do to win is visit and enter. Aston Martin Cambridge has commissioned just 10 Vanquish S Red Arrows cars as a unique tribute to the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, and has kindly donated Red 10 to the RAF Benevolent Fund. All money raised goes directly to the charity that supports past and present RAF personnel and their families. Celebrating two of the most iconic marques in British history and engineering, the car marries the exceptional craftsmanship and unforgettable driving experience of an Aston Martin with the iconic Red Arrows brand. Tickets can be purchased directly from the RAF Benevolent Fund website or at airshows and events across the summer. The raffle is open until 1 December 2017 with the draw taking place on 8 December 2017, subject to T&Cs.

For further information call Ashley Tilley, RAF Benevolent Fund on 020 7307 3305, or email


Business Awards Shine the spotlight on your business and achievements by entering the Rutland and Stamford Mercury Business Awards 2017. The awards, hosted by the Rutland and Stamford Mercury newspaper, are the area’s longest-established business awards. This year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever with a few new touches along the way thanks to a change of ownership in the newspaper to Iliffe Media earlier this year. Held at the Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, the awards offer local businesses from across Stamford, Rutland, Bourne, the Deepings and the surrounding villages, the chance to shout loud and proud about their successes and celebrate the achievements and efforts of their staff. There are 10 categories in total – something for everyone. A panel of judges will consider all applications and draw up a shortlist of three, all of which will be invited to a glittering awards ceremony held at Greetham Valley on Friday, November 10, hosted by Rutland Radio’s breakfast presenter Rob Persani.


Sounds like success

The future is bright for Meridian Audio as it

values the science, engineering excellence

celebrates its 40th anniversary. As part of

and craftsmanship skills that make listening

this momentous occasion, the company has

as pristine, immersive and as effortlessly

Experience Exquisite

announced exciting plans for the year ahead

enjoyable as it possibly can be. Meridian’s

in its drive to provide the very best in hi-res

DSP technology is also at the heart of

The Exquisite Property team was proud to

audio solutions.

today’s high-resolution audio experience.

support the recent Stamford Car Show on

It helps to create a pure and accurate

August bank holiday.

Through constant development, evolution and refinement, Meridian has worked to create many revolutionary technologies and

soundscape for the listener, mirroring the artist’s recording in the studio.

Based in Stamford, Exquisite Properties is a prestigious property agency with more than

world-first products. Its aim is to improve

Great quality sound is not just limited to the

45 years of combined industry experience.

every listener’s enjoyment and depth

home, as Meridian’s in-car audio systems

Managing Director and classic car enthusiast

of appreciation, and bring out elements

demonstrate. Specifically developed for

James Eastaway said : “It was an ideal

overlooked by average audio systems.

everyday travel, Meridian has partnered

opportunity aligning the Exquisite brand with

with Jaguar Land Rover to offer drivers the

such a prestigious local event, and to help

ultimate listening experience.

raise money for charity.”

The 14th Annual Stamford car show is

Meridian is introducing new, innovative products to place its customers at the centre of the listening experience. Like few others in the audio space, the company

Billionaire Apprentice

The Apprentice winner Joseph Valente is set to release his first book – Expelled from the Classroom to Billionaire Boardroom. Thrown out of school at 15, The Apprentice 2015 winner and founder of multi-million pound heating firm

organised by The Stamford & District Round Table. The charity event, ran by volunteers to raise funds for local good causes, held on the picturesque Stamford Meadows, with free entry to the public and more than 500 iconic vehicles on show, was a huge success. Some of the exhibitors on the day started with a leisurely rally through Stamford and the surrounding countryside before taking up their positions on the Meadows ready for judging and the awards ceremony. For buying or selling your prestigious property contact James on 01780 778555 or email

ImpraGas, shares his epic journey. Go to page 78 for details and information on how to get your hands on a copy.

quintessential property


Comes to town


Next stop Peterborough! ERBOROUGH T E P DRAGON




















































Seasalt Cornwall creates beautiful and useful women’s clothing, footwear and accessories

Seasalt began in 1981 when the Chadwick family were shopping for waterproof jackets




Guide Dogs


FOOD Pub Games

Live Music

For more information and to purchase prints or canvases of the map visit

Sports TV

at a little shop in Adelaide Street, Penzance,

© UK Pub Maps Limited

that reflect life by the sea.

and ended up buying the business from the owner Mrs Strutt. Now Seasalt’s design studio overlooks Falmouth Bay and St Anthony’s lighthouse

All aboard for the latest pub map!

and the small team designs an array of beautiful new prints inspired by Cornwall for

UK Pub Maps Ltd. was formed out of an idea

There are also plans afoot for more titles

each season.

in surprise, surprise a pub. The vision to link

over the coming 12 months. UK Pub Maps

all pubs in a town or city via a tube style map.

already covers locations in Lincolnshire,

The maps showcase what each pub has to

Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Norfolk.

Seasalt Co-Founder, Neil Chadwick, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring Seasalt to a town as full of character as Stamford. It’s a brilliant location with great charisma and beautiful architecture.”

Seasalt Stamford 18 High Street, Stamford PE9 2AL

offer from real ales to live sport. Jump forward 7 years and UK Pub Maps

All maps are available to buy as prints from the website. The maps make ideal gifts and

have just launched their latest map covering

stocking fillers. More merchandise is planned

Peterborough. With 58 pubs to enjoy it is

next year!

time to grab a copy of the map and pay them a visit.

Photography – | Hair & Make-up – Michael John Hair Artwork




Autumn Fashion Elegant and sophisticated

Outfit by: Nina Lie Hansen Hansen AN Norw orwegian egian designer and seamstress seamstress living in Pe Peterbor erborough. ough. Whose designs are are inspired inspir ed by by S Scandina candinavian vian purity, purity, with a hint hint of nostalgia and romanc romance. e. Nina ina’’s collections collections are are based on the conc concep eptt of ““slo slow w ffashion ashion”” – well-made garments garments in a timeless design, that are are not not tied to to a specific season or tr trend. end. The they ar are e easy easy pieces piec es are are simple, yet elegant elegant and sophisticat sophisticated, and they to style for for a varie ariety ty o off oc occasions. casions. Her designs will nev never be mass produc produced ed - ev every piec piece e is designed and cra craft fted ed by by N Nina. ina. The pieces pieces are are inspired inspired by by and named aft after er pow po werful women who hav have a special place place in Nina Nina’’s heart.

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Cowgirl In Couture Stylist Rachel Steeples offers Women’s luxury pre-loved designer, couture/vintage and unique fashion, accessories and gifts for weddings and special occasions. Items are for sale and hire. Instagram @cowgirlincouture 3a Mill Street, Oakham

Black Top Zara £46 Leather Skirt Betty Jackson £165 Silk Scarf Gucci £95 Vintage Bangle £190 Luis Vuitton handbag £950 Shoes Armarni £230

Photography – | Hair & Make-up – Michael John Hair Artwork

Dizzy Dorris Pop Up Boutique New, Pre-loved, designer and high street clothing, footwear and accessories for men and women. Instagram @dizzydorrisboutique

Photography – | Hair & Make-up – Michael John Hair Artwork


Photography – | Hair & Make-up – Michael John Hair Artwork


All outfits from Dizzy Dorris Boutique

Photography – | Hair & Make-up – Michael John Hair Artwork



Photography – | Hair & Make-up – Michael John Hair Artwork

Outfit (Left) by Nina Lie Hansen Outfit (Right) by Cowgirl in Couture

Outfit by Nina Lie Hansen



A beautiful sanctuary for a beautiful you Be pampered at leisure or call in for your regular beauty maintenance. Or indulge with a bit of both. Discover Alwalton Hall’s treatments and spa experiences for women, men, couples and groups.

To book an appointment or buy gift vouchers call 01733 391166 or visit Alwalton Hall | Church Street | Alwalton | PE7 3UN





It’s a BLOGGERS world The Gravitas team and some of the region’s best bloggers, with a combined local social media following of 35,000, were treated to a spread of pastries and tea while taking the opportunity to network as part of a new regular blogging feature by Gravitas.

Chet Patel Foodie @chilliesandcloves

Laura Chambers Lifestyle @lovedbylaura

Helen Scarr Travel @travellinghippy

Gravitas and our local blogger friends were recently invited by owner and head chef Lee Clarke to one of Peterborough’s finest eateries – Prevost Restaurant.

Rachael Styles Beauty @helplesswhiledrying

Georgie Walsh Fashion and Lifestyle @shedreamsblog

Charlie Pallett Rutland Lifestyle @rutlandblog

How to start a blog 1

Choose a blog name

Pick one that you won’t grow out of to

avoid needing to rebrand at a later date.


Check whether the name is available on social media

Twitter, Instagram etc. to make it easy for people to find you.


Pick a blogging platform Blogger is free and doesn’t require

coding skills, involves setup fees and a bit more effort, but is much more flexible long-term. Squarespace is another adaptable option.


Purchase your domain name

This is optional but a .com or web

address looks more professional.

Laura Chambers @lovedbylaura


Start interacting on social media to grow your online presence

There are lots of Twitter blogging chats in the evenings where you can introduce yourself and pick up blogging tips.


Write great content!

Create posts you’re proud of and then share them via social media. Encourage

family and friends to spread the word too.


ZO good! Lisa Claypole, owner of Elysia Laser Aesthetics has recently been approved and trained to offer the Obagi ZO skincare range and asked Heidi Semple of Gravitas to review the products.

Being asked to try out new beauty treatments and face creams is never a hardship. However, it is always difficult to say that it delivers what it promises, as you don’t always use it long enough to see any marked results. But, what you can talk about with sincerity is how your skin looked and felt while using it. I used the ZO skin health system by Obagi for the last two months and the products excelled on every level. My skin looked remarkably brighter and it felt like it had been gently rubbed with an extremely fine buffer, exuding it a sort of sparkle. There are specialised products for various skin types such as sensitive, acne prone, uneven skin tones and anti-ageing. As I have fairly normal skin I used the starter kit, which pretty much sets you up with the whole package. It comes with a facial cleanser, exfoliator, hydration wipes, day

moisturiser and a primer (this also includes SPF) and a night cream. Each stage makes your skin feel alive and vibrant, it was the most refreshing experience, and all the while it is penetrating your skin with much-needed vitamins and pharmaceutical levels of active ingredients giving your dermis much needed day and night hydration and barrier against pollutants. As with most quality facial creams a little goes a long way. I was told I had a 30-day trial pack, but surprisingly it lasted nearly twice as long. The application was smooth and the products absorbed immediately so my skin felt clean, smooth and refreshed. The night cream was the best of all as it gave my face a velvety feel with no oily residue. All in all, a positive experience and outcome. A totally different regime to what I have ever used before and one I will be continuing with.

Obagi Medical is a global speciality pharmaceutical company founded by leading skincare experts. Obagi products include prescription level ingredients so they are available only through trained skin care professionals like Elysia Laser Aesthetics located near Oundle.


Beauty menu Elysia offers a vast menu of quality products and treatments for your skin and your body including the highly acclaimed Celebrity favourite CACI non surgical face lift treatments and ENVIRON products and treatments, both of which are tried and tested and are results driven. I have even had a combination of the two treatments to give facial lifting and wrinkle reducing rolled into one.

powerful, proven technology used for skin rejuvenation, acne and anti-ageing. Elysia laser aesthetics was also the first salon in the country to offer Lipofirm Pro that targets skin tightening, cellulite, stubborn fat and contouring, giving your body a more sculptured look as well inch loss. There’s a portfolio of proven results and client testimonials to show how amazing the treatment is. There is no down time, it is suitable for both men and women, and it can treat most areas of the body.

Lasers also play a large part in skin and body enhancements such as the Venus Viva, a

Elysia have recently upgraded their laser treatments to now include a new system

Open day/evening W y 8th No November 2pm-8pm Drop in for for a chat chat with our ther therapists apists about our various trea treatmen tments ts and we will also analyse analyse your skin with our sta statte-o e-off-the-art equipment. equipment. PLUS PL US – take take a sneak pre previe view wo off our Christmas goodies. goodies.

from leading technology company, LYNTON lasers who provide lasers for the NHS proving their results and efficiency. The lasers offer greater effectiveness for the treatment of hair removal, red veins, fungal nail, pigmentation and skin rejuvenation. Alongside the more advanced beauty treatments, there is also a team of wonderful therapists providing massages, lashes, waxing, manicures and pedicures.

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Here at Zula Beauty Sanctuary we are proud to be skin care specialists CACI treatment

Here at Zula Beauty Sanctuary we are proud to be skin care specialists. We love to help our clients achieve healthy, beautiful skin. By using the Environ skin care range, alongside regular Environ facial treatments, the results are outstanding. Environ products contain super anti-ageing peptides which have been clinically proven to help regenerate the skin, boost collagen and elastin levels and increase moisture. These products contain optimal levels of vitamin A, meaning not only are they incredibly antiageing but will also balance and treat all skin conditions such as acne, pigmentation and congestion. Over time our collagen levels drop in our skin, losing our youthful, buoyant appearance, By penetrating vitamin A deeply into the skin by 4000% via our Environ machine we can plump and hydrate all the cells, causing major skin envy! Why not go one step further and combine Environ with regular CACI facial treatments? We're obsessed with these renowned anti-ageing facials! The original and best 'non-surgical face lift' re-educates all 43 major muscles in the face to lift and tone! The two facials together can even be combined for the ultimate age reversing treatment!

Opening hours Monday – Friday 9am – 8pm Saturday 9am – 4pm

You can book on line at W: T: 01733 289 905 E:

Book your free consultation now and your skin specialist will customise your individual skin programme for you. Course of 6 treatments advised for Environ and 10 for CACI for optimum results!

Book with Shanice and Lauren today to receive 20% off the course.

Available NOW at Zula Beauty Sanctuary - Collagen Stimulation Therapy™ (micro needling / dermaroller. This is as close as you can get to having facial surgery. It will reduce lines, wrinkles, scarring and sagging skin - without going the need for surgery! Look out for our introductory offer.

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Kiss… Cosmetic expert Freya Pell reveals the next season’s trends

…and make-up Autumn’s make-up trends are on point and a good mix to suit everyone. Bold, smudged black kohl eyeliner to rim around the whole eye for a 90s inspired look. Pair this with a taupe or grey/silver eyeshadow for a softer take on a smokey eye. Applying a dark brown or black eyeshadow in the crease of the eye will create a wide-eyed effect, bringing back the 60s Twiggy vibe. Add to this 60’s look by curling eyelashes and adding lashings of navy blue mascara for a doll-like effect. Double up with peach tones on your lips and cheeks to create a modern day flush, which complements any skin tone beautifully.


Lancome Khol Hypnose Waterproof Liner (Noir) £20

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Defining Eyeshadow (Steel Nerve) £21

MAC Eyeshadow (Espresso or Carbon) £13.50

MAC Full Lash Curler £16

YSL Luxurious Mascara For A False Lash Effect (Deep Night) £25.50

Clarins Cream Blush For Lips & Cheeks (Peach) £18.50

Autumn 17 Trend Report •

Bold/smudged black 90s eyeliner rimming the eyes as seen at Prada and Alexander Wang.

Strong/bold 60s Twiggy cut crease on the eyelid also known as the banana as seen at Moschino.

Curled doll-like 60s lashes as seen at Max Mara.

Navy blue mascara seen at Jason Wu.

Taupes/greys for a smoked-out eye seen at Mimi Tran.

Peach lips and cheeks as seen at Rocky Star.


Beauty balance Give your hair and skin some TLC!

Now don’t get me wrong I love the summer as much as anyone, with relaxing long days, constant BBQs and late night evenings outside. However, the downside is that our skin becomes dry and problematic and our hair verges on breaking from lack of moisture and being overly exposed to the elements. So the end of summer and beginning of

areas on your face. It also helps target dull

hair but without the lasting effect of a

autumn is the perfect time to do a little R&R

looking areas to help illuminate your skin.

permanent. This will also give the added

on those things we hold most dear!

shine and moisture your hair needs during the colder months.

We all know that if your hair isn’t right then

For your hair there is Fusion Mask by Wella

you don’t feel right and if there’s a slight

that helps re-bond the broken structure in

blemish on our skin it can cause us to rethink

each hair strand to help make it stronger and

You could also try curling your hair for

our evening plans, so what can we do to

add shine.

a natural loose curl texture. Using GHD


Or, there’s the Volume Mask by System

Just like pulling on a big cosy jumper when

Professional Wella that will help give your

the winds turn cold we need to wrap up our

hair body and bounce.

skin and hair, starting with treatments!

Treatments There are many types of treatments that will mask your skin and hair and solve any issues you’re having whether it be drab, lack lustre Words by Amber Bird


Hair styles Now with the new season we still want to

Scrunch it in to your hair to help with frizz control and give it


our stylists.

Colour is propelling forward this autumn with warmer tones being added either in a

that your skin or hair is missing.

form of lowlight to help enrich multi-tonal

Try Herbal Lavender Repair Mask by Elemis

while twisting push your hair down. Finish off with Get Twisted Spray by BedHead TIGI.

stay on-trend with our colour and hair styles.

skin or your hair lacking in body. A mask

to help calm and sooth any problematic

Platinums, take various size sections and with the lead facing up clamp at the top and

the effortless look. If it’s too much to handle

treatment will help add the crucial ingredient



hair. Or as an all over colour to warm up the complexion through into the winter. You can try a semi-permanent hair colour to help give you on-trend

then you can always come in and see one of

MICHAEL JOHN 30 Queensgate Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NH 01733 553732


Photo Collection 2017



Hair flair PKai stylists wins Bronze at TrendVision National Hair competition.

Laura Chadwick, who is the creative stylist behind this latest Gravitas covershoot, entered the national hair awards competition TrendVision run by leading salon professionals Wella, and came away with a Bronze award for Creative Vision. The event held at The Roundhouse in Camden on 5 September was hosted by Lauren Laverne and Patrick Cameron and showcased some of the UK’s and Ireland’s most impressive hairdressing talent. After months of dedicating her time and energy and focussing on turning her creative vision

into reality, Laura wowed the judges with her creative flair and originality. Laura said: “I have always wanted to show off my creative side and within a salon environment you are somewhat restricted, so Kai’s dedication to nurturing his stylists’ talents and encouraging them to showcase their vision means we are all able to learn and advance our skills. The guidance I get from Kai and support from the Pkai team is unbelievable – I do it as much for them as I do it for myself.”

There are hairdressers, and then there are hair stylists. These are the people that are constantly striving to subtly reinvent their clients hair and have a need to create the wow factor every time.

Unit 5a Serpentine Green Hampton Peterborough PE7 8BE 01733 358835 The Arcade, Westgate, Peterborough PE1 1PY 01733 358825 10-12 Market Place, Market Deeping, PE6 8EA 01778 300558 Book online:


Hand in hand Y Spa introduces the British beauty brand Bee Good.

Y Spa has recently teamed up with British beauty brand Bee Good to offer a new treatment, Spa Day and a variety of products. Bee Good works with British beekeepers and farmers to source precious bee ingredients from solely British bees to make its fabulous products that naturally deliver targeted results, whatever your age or skin type. These unique products are now available both in-store and online in addition to the other product houses (Elemis, Murad, OPI and Aromatherapy Associates). Prices start from just £4.75 and are made with all natural ingredients. The range is designed to enhance your natural beauty and work intelligently and in harmony with your skin to rejuvenate, tone and calm your complexion.

Bee Good

to yourself With the warm weather drawing to an end and the familiar chill of British autumn firmly setting in, it is no surprise that our skin needs a little more TLC right about now. One brand that’s been a saviour of mine lately is Bee Good, a British premium skincare brand, which exclusively use British beeswax, honey and propolis in all of its products. Bee Good boast an impressive range of award-winning beautifying favourites, all offering an enormous range of skincare benefits through natural and local ingredients, but one product that really stands out as a game-changer is its NectaPerfecta Beautifying Mask. As the UK’s first multi-tasking youth enhancing face and body enzyme mask, it can be used in a number of ways to achieve dramatic results, depending on your own personal skin concerns. For dehydrated

skin affected by the autumn, a blend of British honey, beeswax and 100% natural plant waxes attracts and locks in moisture, reducing trans epidermal water loss and protecting against dehydration. NectaPerfecta can also be used as a face rejuvenator to improve skin elasticity, a scalp treatment to stimulate cell renewal, an SOS reparative mask when intense treatment is needed on dry or sore areas of skin, and even as an overnight hand rescue remedy. Support your skin while also supporting British bee farmers and beekeepers with Bee Good this autumn.

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A. Necta Perfecta Renowned for restoring youth and vitality to ageing skin, Necta Perfecta also adds a natural glow to tired, dull or stressed skin. This wonderful enzyme mask can be used as a flash treatment or overnight on all areas of your body.

B. Borage and Echium Intensive Hand Repair A powerful multi-use intensive hand repair formula can be used to rescue and soothe even the most dehydrated skin. This replenishing blend of British honey, echium oil, antibacterial propolis and beeswax is rapidly absorbed into the skin and leaves no greasy residue.

C. Lip balms Available in three fabulous flavours the Bee Good balms are deeply nourishing for dry or chapped lips The Raspberry & White Chocolate Lip Balm was inspired by beauty vlogger Joseph Harwood, who was the winner of the Bee Good Great British Lip Balm Competition in 2015 and has proved a firm favourite since.


Food for thought Diet and mental well-being. 2. Slow release carbohydrates

connection between our diet and Diet contributes to improved mood, general ell-being and prevention/management of mental health problems like depression and lzheimers. Some foods like chocolate provide an instant pick-me-up, while other foods have a longer-lasting impact on our mental health by influencing the structure and function of the brain.

Specific nutrients include: 1. Essential fatty acids he essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 make up 20% of the fat in our brain, and are vital for brain function. Studies have linked omega-3 fatty acids to positive mood and cognitive function. As a bonus they prevent heart disease too! im for two portions per week of oily fish (trout/mackerel/salmon) unless pregnant, planning future pregnancy or breastfeeding. lternatives include omega-3 supplements and omega-3 fortified eggs.

Two thirds of the glucose in our blood is used by our brains for fuel. Carbohydrates are broken down to glucose in the body and this glucose is then used by the brain and other cells for energy. Choose slowrelease carbohydrates (wholegrains, pulses, vegetables, nuts) for a slow consistent supply of energy to the brain. Wholegrains are also a good source of B vitamins such as folic acid and zinc, which have been shown to be beneficial in managing depression.


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4. Fluids Adequate fluid intake is vital for optimal brain function. Mild dehydration impairs performance, lowers mood, concentration and cause irritability. Decaffeinated tea/ coffee/milk/water and sugar free squash are all good choices.

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Mental Health 10 October is World Mental Health Day!

The emotional perils of a toxic relationship

Us men… we need to learn to talk!

Sarah Tolley-Termine, Hypnotherapeutic Counsellor

Gary Johannes, Solution focussed hypnotherapist

When you meet a new partner the feeling of euphoria is like an addictive drug. The feeling of intense need, want and desire is extremely strong and this feeling is one which we all want to continue into our future with this person we have chosen to be in our life.

The meaning of ‘stigma’ is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.

Growth and change in a relationship is healthy. Changing as people, if positive, is also healthy and perfectly normal. But what if the changes are making you unhappy, and feel differently about yourself or your partner? Do you have constant thoughts of unhappiness, resentment or indifference? Is this the start of the end of your relationship? Are you the kind of person to sit your partner down to explain how you feel? How has the relationship changed for the worst? Statistically most relationships fail because of poor communication. But, of course, let’s look at the more extremes of a toxic relationship. Jealousy is always going to rear its head in a relationship, but when jealousy and envy start to define your opinion of your partner, possibly causing passive aggressive behaviour, this is when you must listen to your emotional state of mind. These traits if not addressed will destroy a relationship. Other traits are criticism but not constructive, avoiding issues or each other, arguing without finding resolution. Living in a relationship that has become toxic will effect your everyday processing. How you can improve your relationship? Communicating is the key to successfully addressing a toxic relationship. However, sometimes a relationship cannot be saved and so are you strong enough to “end it”, and say goodbye? Life is for living, not regretting decisions you have made.

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I refuse to abide by the notion that people with suicidal thoughts, depression, and other common mental health issues deserve a mark of disgrace. I make this statement as I take on a challenge to cycle 500km in India to raise awareness of suicide in the UK and particularly in men, because suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 and 76% of all suicides are made by men.

The stats from The Samaritans in 2017 •

6,188 suicides were registered in the UK (3.8% increase on 2016)

The highest group is men aged 40–44 (female suicide rates are at their highest in a decade)

Male suicide rates remain consistently three times higher than female rates

Why is this? I believe that a major contributor is that men don’t talk! That’s right, it could be said that it’s our own fault. But is it? Traditionally, young boys have been conditioned to be strong, and to be strong means to not show weakness. It’s evolutionary. Strength is sold as being attractive too. The Milk Tray man = the strong silent type. Poldark = the dark brooding type. As men, we all have so much to live up to. We must change this and make it totally okay for a man to express overwhelm and stress, or sadness and grief. We must make it okay for a man to put a hand up and ask for support. In fact, not just okay – normal. Not remarkable even, just normal. If we are going to change these terrible statistics, we need to start doing something differently. It’s time for change.


Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own well-being.

Help in the community MindSpace Stamford, Stamford’s mental health forum’ Community, what does it mean to you? It might be family and friends, a sports team, work colleagues or you may struggle to identify with any sense of community. In our increasingly individualistic society more people are lonely, isolated or just don’t have a person they can talk to about the things that really matter to them. This can lead to feelings of low mood and anxiety and generally poor mental health and well-being. More scientific research is highlighting the fact that people who are connected and have stronger social ties are both mentally and physically healthier so it really does matter. This is why MindSpace exists. As a group we will try to step into that gap for people. We may offer specific activities or groups that help people to understand they are a part of our local community or it may be we signpost people to the great work others are doing already. Ultimately, we believe that everyone deserves to flourish and when that happens the benefits are felt across the whole town. We organise walking groups, drop-in safe spaces and education events with more plans on the horizon. We work with schools to increase mental health awareness in our young people and teachers, other charities as they already have built relationships with so many people and our mental health trust to roll out a Recovery College in Stamford this autumn. We are keen to engage with anyone and everyone, we have no restriction on who can get involved so please come along for yourself or to feel a little bit more connected to others on the place you call home.

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Steps to happiness Kim Coley – Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, Negative Release Treatment. Your emotions are like a compass. They are an indicator of whether you are on track or not, and how much you are resisting or allowing your desires or purpose. Sometimes it’s easy just to ‘be happy’ and do more of that things that make you happy. For too many it’s a regular internal fight or inner conflict against different negative emotions and people don’t know where to go to get help. We have often seen it: someone is stuck in a depressed state for way too long, they are in some kind of internal conflict and can’t see a way out. Long-term this is damaging to their body and mind. It’s easy for me to tell you to just do more of the things that make you happy, but to someone that is depressed or highly anxious they can often get demotivated by people that are ‘too happy’ as they are too many steps away on the emotional scale to connect with that emotional state. Step 1: The first step to happiness is to be honest with yourself and consciously recognise where you are on the emotional scale before you can move up that scale correctly. Step 2: The second stage is to move up through the scale to better feeling thoughts. It may be you will need to move through anger, worry and then frustration before then truly moving up to those more positive states of emotion like contentment and then hopefulness before a higher state of happiness can truly be felt and lived consistently. How do you know if you are heading in the right direction? It’s simple – it feels slightly better in each phase. You are literally moving up the scale one mood at a time.

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Regeneration technology What is MBST and why is it so successful?

Just off the A1, on the outskirts of Stamford, in the beautiful village of Tinwell, is a converted barn where Chartered Physiotherapist Ann Clare and the company Cell Regeneration has a large, welcoming room filled with the German/Austrian invented musculoskeletal technology, MBST. MBST has improved the joints and backs of thousands of patients worldwide including hundreds locally. Ann, who has 30 years experience as a physiotherapist, patients benefit from MBST to the point of preventing surgery and it helps people remain fit and active for long periods of time.

Three case studies •

An ageing farmer from Spalding who was told he would not be able to ski again, was able to go on five skiing holidays in one season after his MBST treatment.

A footballer was told she would be out of a major international tournament, until she had MBST and captained the side to bronze.

A lady from Stamford who commuted to London was hit by a car. From February 2017 this lady was in a wheelchair until she had physiotherapy and MBST combined. Six weeks after MBST she is back commuting and even walks without an aid.

How does it work?

MBST promotes the body to heal itself by using Magnetic Resonance, which has been developed from Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI). It sounds scientific, which it is, however the process for the patient is simple. A patient will attend a full assessment by Ann before being passed onto Cell Regeneration who will look after the treatment process. This consists of lying or sitting in a device for an hour at a time, once a day until the treatment course is completed. The team is friendly and Ann makes sure she is on hand for any Physiotherapy advice while you recover. Treatment times are flexible to fit around work, school, training or just busy lifestyles. MBST communicates to cells in bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and muscles. The technology transfers energy directly into the cells of treated tissue to stimulate the regenerative process. This non-invasive therapy treats the cause of pain to promote healing and relieves symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, sports and injuries caused by accidents.

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clear injury & pain Physiotherapists in the UK now have an option to provide you with a non-invasive therapy which can get your injury or pain cleared up once and for all. It is a safe alternative (in many cases) to musculoskeletal surgery or any long term medication. It speeds up and promotes the healing process. Say goodbye to hip and knee replacements for the future. MBST is an award-winning German technology which is available across the world. MBST therapy can be used for various parts of the body for different injuries. MBST is used effectively on the following.

Disc and back problems Onset of osteoarthritis ✚ Sports injuries ✚ Cartilage damage ✚ Bone conditions and fractures ✚ Ligaments, tendons and muscle damage ✚ ✚

We have a local Physiotherapy centre providing the MBST technology in Tinwell, STAMFORD.

To find out more Phone the clinic on 01780 238084 where our physiotherapist and qualified staff are on hand to talk about the technology and your injury. Email: Visit:


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GENTLEMAN GIVENCHY A fragrance for men, a gift for women

“A hedonist who never deprives himself – or those around him – of pleasure, and always acts with generosity.”

Back in 1975 Givenchy launched Gentleman, a stunning fragrance; a unique vision of masculinity that differed from perfumes in vogue at the time. Gentleman Givenchy is a powerful composition with a couture aura that offers an atypical blend of patchouli and spices packed with personality. It’s a fragrance that adds spice to courtesy, enabling men to stand out from the crowd.

Available at John Lewis, Queensgate Shopping Centre RRP £48/50ml £66/100ml

Move forward to 2017 – the Givenchy house proposes a new creation, entirely reinvented for the modern-day gentleman. But what does it means to be a 21st century gentleman? First of all, it signifies living elegantly and being decidedly open to others. But doesn’t it also mean expressing a nuanced, subtle version of masculinity, in a seductive mixture of self-assurance and finesse? Strong and sensitive in equal measure, the gentleman as seen by Givenchy is a free, audacious spirit who doesn’t conform to clichés.

An unexpected floral twist, like a gentleman with his own, unique take on elegance. The classic touch of lavender is altered by noble iris, that master perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Olivier Cresp placed at the heart of the fragrance. It brings nobility to the composition, ensuring a powdery, sophisticated – and, yes, seductive – facet. Especially when combined with smooth, sweet pear in a rather unlikely addition of tenderness. By contrast, in a subtle nod to the original 1975 release, a patchouli-leather accord bursting with character elegantly structures this new woody flor al fougère fragrance. With these multiple facets and strong personality, Givenchy has dared to offer a delicate yet dauntless fragrance, creating a timeless trail for the modern man who fully accepts his nuances and paradoxes.







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Northern Lights The best places to see the Aurora Borealis

One of the world’s most beautiful and breathtaking natural wonders the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, is on many travellers’ bucket lists. Autumn and winter are the best times to see the lights in all their glory, so we’ve picked some of our favourite places to be amazed by the night sky’s vivid display. 1. Norway Scandinavia has a lot to offer travellers – landscapes at their wildest and best, a blossoming foodie culture and some seriously cold weather. Those eternal winter nights mean your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis are high. Having long been a number-one destination for Northern Lights seekers, Norway’s travel industry is well

Words by Helen Scarr @travellinghippy

versed in assisting visitors in their quest. For an even more memorable trip, head to Svalbard and take a wildlife watching excursion to spot Artic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, and hopefully one or two of the 3,000 polar bears that live in the archipelago. Other popular activities include dog sledging across the frigid landscape; be sure to warm up with a mug of cocoa after your icy adventure.

Alternatively, fly into Tromso - the world’s most northerly city - and start exploring from there. A range of tours depart from the city providing opportunities for birdwatching, cruising the fjords and even a few days’ skiing – as well as seeing the magical Northern Lights.

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2. Greenland Greenland remains very much off the beaten track and provides a truly different experience. Don’t expect to compete with

a trip to Canada all the more affordable.

The Isle of Lewis, largest in the Outer

The world’s second-largest country

Hebrides, is another perfect Aurora-watching

provides numerous opportunities to see the

spot; the island offers fantastic wildlife (birds

phenomena of the Aurora Borealis.

many other people while you set up your

Churchill, a town on the edge of the

camera to photograph the Northern Lights

Arctic that’s known as the polar bear

of prey, red deer and otters are among the highlights), plus some of Scotland’s most stunning beaches.

here on the most sparsely populated island

capital of the world, makes a great base.

After staying out late to see the lights, find

in the world.

During the daytime, kayak with friendly

a cosy pub and sip a wee nightcap of some

beluga whales in Northern Manitoba’s

of the world’s finest whisky. Warm up by an

The Inuit people of Greenland have their own legends about the eerie beauty of the Northern Lights, or Arsarnerit as it is locally known. One such tale is that when the lights are flickering in the sky it means the dead are playing ball with a walrus skull. For a unique view of the lights, a visit to Ilulissat gives you the chance to see them glowing above the UNESCO-protected glaciers of Icefjord. Scenery doesn’t come much more barren and dramatic than Greenland, a perfect landscape for the magical lights to dance upon.

3. Canada Canada is a must-visit destination in 2017 as the country throws a year-long party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Confederation. Entry to all national parks is free and a favourable exchange rate makes

Hudson Bay before going in search of the

open fire and, if you’re lucky, you’ll hear a tall

Arctic’s most impressive land predator. By

tale or two from the colourful locals.

night, be wowed by one of the heaviest concentrations of auroral activity on earth.

4. Scotland There’s no need to jet off to a costly, faraway destination to witness the Northern Lights – it’s possible to see them in a place as exotic as… Scotland. The Scottish Highlands is sparsely populated, which means little light pollution, which in turn means a great chance at seeing a clear night sky. Try the Shetland Islands, where the lights are locally known as Mirrie Dancers. This ruggedly picturesque archipelago is actually closer to the mainland of Norway than Scotland and boasts a fascinating Viking history.

Autumn and winter are teh best times to see the lights in all their glory!

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we are passionate about marketing luxury holiday properties that are individual and unique. From cottage hideaways, beautiful boltholes, coastal gems to rural retreats, their unique features will define our portfolio.

AS OUR GUESTS you will have the keys to some of the

most beautiful and individual private homes in Norfolk, providing a distinct laid-back luxury holiday experience ensuring you feel at home from the moment you arrive, until you leave. With an indepth knowledge of our hand-picked portfolio, we will ensure we match you with the right property.You’ll have access to our exclusive concierge service, ideal if you’re organising a special celebration or want to experience something different on your holiday. And once you’ve booked your holiday, you’ll receive a Barefoot guide ensuring you have all the information you could need to enjoy your precious time away.


AS A HOME OWNER we will maximise the earning

potential of your home by managing all the marketing, PR and guest liaison for you. Unlike other agencies, we are more than a booking agent and as a team we will take all of the hassle away from letting out your holiday home by providing a fullymanaged service. Sharing your holiday home should be as easy and enjoyable as the holidays our guests will enjoy there and we will make it our job to look after your home as if it were our own. We can also assist in finding and creating your unique holiday home and we offer an interior design styling and staging service to increase the appeal of your property. If required, we can source furnishings to create the perfect place for you and your guests to enjoy.


WHY BAREFOOT? Our guests don’t pay a booking fee

and our home owners don’t pay anything to join us. Surprisingly our commission fee is the same or less than our local and national competitors. We cover the cost of professional photography for home owners and provide a welcome hamper for all our guests and all our houses have Barefoot branded bathrobes, slippers and beautiful linens. If you’re looking for a wonderful holiday experience or are considering marketing your home and are seeking a fresh and innovative approach, please visit our website or pop into our office and join us for a cup of coffee or glass of fizz. We’d love to meet you!


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Virgin Scotland

Let the train take the strain Even if you’re not in the Scottish capital

finest contemporary culture — not to

at the height of summer, there are still six

mention those amazing fireworks at the

more festivals spread throughout the year

chime of midnight.

to experience. We’ve picked a couple of our favourites to inspire you.

The Storytelling Festival After the open-air extravaganza of the summer, Edinburgh’s autumn brings a chill to the air. It’s the perfect excuse to retreat indoors for the Scottish International

There’s way too much happening to fit it all into a single day, so instead Edinburgh celebrates for three.

When: December/January Where: Edinburgh City Centre and Old Town

Storytelling Festival.

Bonnie Edinburgh has to be seen to be believed. Steeped in history, you’ll be wowed by its dramatic landscapes the minute you step off the train.

Folk music, tales of the supernatural and a sense of community are to the fore. Skilled storytellers draw their audiences in, bringing together past and present, real and unreal, for a mesmerising 10 days.

When: October/November

better than from the imposing Edinburgh

Where: Main venues include the Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Royal Botanic Garden.

Castle that looms large over the skyline.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Surrounded by hills, Scotland’s capital city offers spectacular vantage points, none

If you prefer a peek at a palace where the current Queen resides, pop into Holyrood House down the road. If you book tickets to Edinburgh, there’s a good chance you’ll be there when there’s a festival on. Edinburgh is world famous for its festivals — no more so than in the crazy month of August.

Edinburgh throws one of the world’s best New Year’s Eve parties. There’s no better way to see out the old year and celebrate the new than Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. It’s a world-famous mix of top bands, huge crowds and traditional spectacle – including ice swimming and the awe-inspiring Torchlight Parade. You’ll experience some of Scotland’s

Getting there Want an easier way to book your rail fare, accommodation and activities for an action packed staycation or mini break, then check out Virgin Trains Escapes

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The Eternal GranTurismo The iconic Maserati GranTurismo receives a refresh for 2018 The luxurious Pininfarina-designed four-seater sports coupé was conceived as a modern interpretation of the first production grand tourer, the elegant Maserati A6 1500 of 1947.

free-revving characteristics and a Maserati

the MY18 GranTurismo add to the visual

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impact of the original styling. The Sport and

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Assembled at the historic Maserati plant of

MC share the same basic features, although

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Ciro Menotti in Modena, the GranTurismo

each has unique inserts to accentuate

Peterborough Maserati

has evolved into one of the most iconic

its character. Additionally, each model’s

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headlights are slightly restyled for 2018,


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In essence, the GranTurismo is the ultimate

signature sound. The new elegant front and rear bumpers of

expression of what grand touring means to

The front bumper features a larger,


hexagonal grille with a ‘shark nose’ profile

Restyling and driver interface

(inspired by the Alfieri Concept car) and a

The GranTurismo range has been streamlined

a three-dimensional visual effect, and helps

for 2018 with two versions – Sport and MC. While the 4.2-litre GranTurismo has been discontinued, the Sport and MC share the same powertrain and interior personalisation

optimise airflow distribution. While the sleek body of the GranTurismo remains untouched, the rear bumper has been redesigned to further accentuate

The MC – for Maserati Corse – takes on an

graceful finishing touch.

representing the company’s illustrious racing heritage and replacing the previous MC Stradale. The naturally aspirated V8 unit is handassembled by Ferrari in Maranello and weighs only 175kg. The 4.7-litre engine features a wet sump and – exclusive to Maserati – a cross-plane crankshaft. This provides unrivalled throttle response,

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chrome insert all around. This design adds


ambassadorial role for the Maserati range,

The Maserati GranTurismo MY18 is available

the impression of stability, while adding a

The exterior of the MY18 GranTurismo is available in 16 colours. A new three-layer colour is introduced (Blu Assoluto), alongside four more colours available in the range. In the interior, comfort is ensured by the four individual Poltrona Frau® leather seats with integrated headrests. The dashboard features a sculptured design in the passenger area, beautifully complemented by stitched leather finishes.

Highlights • Enhancements to the classic Pininfarina design • More aerodynamic exterior styling • Two versions: Sport and MC • Intuitive new driver interface and infotainment system • Built in Modena


French Dressing Motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay puts the Gallic Renault Koleos through its British paces. “Renault took a decision to get rid of the Koleos from Britain seven years ago. But the French automaker reckons 2017 is a better year to usher in an all-new version to our shores.”

The Renault Koleos is another sport utility vehicle (SUV), so the likelihood is it should do okay. Why? Well, because sales of SUVs are incredibly popular over here. It also gives Renault a good reason to complete its sport utility family. This means that if you’re currently driving a Kadjar or Captur, you could work your way towards owning a Koleos. The Koleos’ direct rival is the popular X-Trail from Nissan. The word ‘rival’ might be a bit strong because both SUVs sit on the same platform. In fact, if you think of it as an X-Trail prettification you wouldn’t be too far off beam. And things are refreshingly simple with the Koleos, too. It comes with a choice of diesel or diesel. No, that’s not a typo. Despite the government planning for all new diesel and petrol car sales to be phased-out by 2040, many manufacturers are still churning them out. You get a 1.6-litre dCI 130 with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. Or you can go for a 2.0-litre dCI 175, with four-wheel drive that’s fitted with either a manual or

seven-speed Auto X-Tronic transmission. I drove the more powerful oil-burner in auto guise – the model predicted to be the best seller in Britain. The Renault Koleos won’t rock your world, but it’s a decent enough SUV. It looks a bit too like many other SUVs out there – most noticeably the Skoda Kodiaq, but it’s an impressive car, nonetheless. I got behind the wheel of the flagship trim level – the Signature Nav, which has a generous amount of kit; comprising 19-inch alloy wheels, a satnav, a touchscreen and leather-bound seats. The car’s infotainment system, accessed via the touchscreen, is self-explanatory to use and the Renault is practical, offering cubbyholes and four USB slots, for instance. What’s more, the Koleos is endowed with good quality, soft-touch plastics and the hide wrapping the seats and steering wheel is top notch. There is a lower trim version, too. This is named the Dynamique S Nav and it’s furnished with goodies, such as a panoramic sunroof and a rear-parking camera.


The top-of-the-tree 2.0 dCi 175 AWD X-Tronic Koleos I drove really is the bee’s knees, in terms of out-and-out technology and cabin refinement. The layout is well thought out for driver and passengers, and room is more than respectable. The wheelbase is the same as the X-Trail’s at 2,705mm – and this equates to awesome legroom. Better still, the Koleos’ load area is 29 litres bigger than the Nissan’s – measuring 579 litres. Alas, take a tapemeasure to the similar-looking Skoda Kodiaq and the Czech-made car’s boot is 630 litres. Oh well, you can’t have everything. Strangely the Gallic car brand isn’t providing the Koleos with a seven-seat option, though. This could be a deal-breaker as Skoda’s Kodiaq does. Renault gets away with it, however, by explaining that you can always go for the Grand Scenic if you need all those seats.

On the road, the Renault Koleos is wellbehaved and easy to like. Zero to 62mph arrives in 9.5 seconds and the top speed is 125mph, so the car has plenty of ‘go’ for motorway commutes or for overtakes on lesser roads. The Koleos has 174 horses under its ample bonnet to provide such power, and this helps tug the car along, even with five-up and a fully laden boot. The auto ‘box isn’t bad, even though it’s a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This means it shifts through a constant range of ratios. Alas, CVTs don’t always work as seamlessly as they should, resulting in a rather jerky driving experience. Nevertheless, I’m pleased to report Renault has stuck an advanced CVT into the Koleos that uses technology to copy a sequential ‘box, making the car painless to operate. The Koleos’ ride is super-comfy, with its soft suspension making you all but forget

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Taste explosion! Sushi, home cooking or pub grub? Our region caters for all tastes!

Fish Tank Sushi

Rutland’s first sushi restaurant offers an eclectic mix of fish, meat, and vegetarian sushi as well as Raman, sashimi, soups, and exciting pan-Asian cuisine brought to life by husband and wife team, Romy and Sam Letteri. Their wish is simple – for all customers to enjoy exceptional handmade, exciting food in a friendly, inspiring and relaxed atmosphere. The menu provides a full range of unique and diverse mix of sushi and mains, as well as a range of vegetarian/vegan options alongside gluten and dairy free choices too.

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The Stamford Kitchen

The Stamford Kitchen offers private dinner party catering, canapés, cakes and more! Based in central Stamford, the company was established earlier this year by Rosie Farthing, who has already developed a reputation for producing top quality, tasty meals, as well as beautiful cakes. Rosie recently took the decision to leave her career to peruse her lifelong dream of starting her own catering business. “I’ve worked in the food industry for most of my career, but have always had a love for cooking and entertaining, so I decided to take a leap of faith and run with The Stamford Kitchen. I’m offering people a niche, flexible service, as an alternative to going out for dinner,” says Rosie. Enjoy the benefits of entertaining at home, without the hassle and stress of sorting the food. The Stamford Kitchen offers bespoke menu design, tailored to your individual requirements – whether you want a selection of canapes for your drinks party, or a full-blown dinner party, Rosie will make sure the food is spot on!




The region continues to provide an ever-increasing culinary diversity

Pizza, Pots and Pints

Fans of home-cooked comfort food and beer from around the world will enjoy dining at the award-winning pub chain, Pizza, Pots and Pints, which opened at the Queen’s Head in August. The concept is based around the idea of the perfect place to enjoy a pint with friends and the food that would be an ideal accompaniment. Everything about Pizza, Pots and Pints, from its light crispy artisan pizza cooked in a bespoke wood-fired oven, to warming one-pots of comfort food such as bubbling mac and cheese, to delicious beers from around the world, is an obsession for those who run the business. This is the third Pizza, Pots and Pints to open in the region but the first city centre site for the chain, as Director Craig Mayes explains: “We’re really excited to share our passion of delicious Pizza, Pots and Pints with the people of Peterborough. “The community around the pub also means a great deal to us and we host offers and events to suit all tastes, such as 2-4-1 Mondays, live music Fridays and Sunday roasts.”

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The Lean Pantry

The Lean Pantry recently opened its doors in Stamford, adding to its successful Oakham venue. It carefully prepares wholesome, lean, and protein-filled all day breakfasts and lunches to nourish your body and improve your well-being. It specialises in products that are free from wheat, gluten, dairy, and refined sugars, in order to pack in nutrients and make healthy eating as simple as possible. In addition to the delicious breakfast and lunch options, there is an array of cakes and sweet treats as well as protein- and superfood-rich smoothies to tempt you. Or, for the caffeine lovers out there, choose from fresh organic coffees and a speciality loose tea selection. Wholesome goodies, free from gluten and refined sugars – definitely a tasty accompaniment to a warming drink. Seemingly naughty, but definitely nice!

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Gravitas has collaborated with some of the finest dining venues in the region to showcase their food and to give our readers a unique dining invitation.

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The Wicked Witch

The Blue Bell

Under the ownership of head chef, Dameon Clarke, The Wicked Witch is thriving. Locals know Dameon well from his previous ventures such as Asiette and clamour to eat at the cosy, welcoming gastro pub, just outside of Stamford. Dishes are prepared using only the best local and seasonal produce, applying classic techniques to get the best out of each ingredient; the food is exquisitely beautiful and packed full of flavour – his sauces are extraordinarily good!

The Blue Bell in Glinton, just north of Peterborough, is set in an 18th century English country pub and offers real ales, oak beams and cosy open fires. The dining experience, recognised in the Michelin Guide, offers modern cuisine in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. And the new garden room allows diners extensive views of the grounds while enjoying their meals. This venue also offers the options of private dining and professional lunches and is child-friendly.

The Wicked Witch offers an à la carte menu as well as eight or 12-course taster menus. Dameon’s Sunday dinners and themed-dinner evenings are also very popular.

Head chef, Will Frankgate and his team use only the freshest ingredients supplied by local producers, ensuring the perfect dish every time.

The Jackson Stops

The Jackson Stops Pub in Stretton is a second-generation run family restaurant. It has achieved Michelinrecommended status for the last five years and continues to work towards creating fabulous eclectic and diverse menus with a superb wine list to match. The passion for food shows through with every dish and the dedication to give each diner a culinary experience they will always remember is evident by the warm welcome and professionalism of the staff. If you are looking for a relaxed setting that oozes character, chefs that use local ingredients and suppliers for their food, and a varied selection of ales, then a visit to The Jackson Stops should be at the top of your list.




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It’s the most wonderful time of the year Our intimate private dinning rooms and our indulgent open fires are the perfect spot for you to host this Christmas Season. Choose from our Festive Party Menu’s to ensure your party goes off with a bang. Prices starting from £16.50 for Lunch and £22.00 for Dinner.

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Christmas Party Nights 8th & 15th December Music and Dinner - £30 per person

Wreath Making with Sophie’s Flowers 11th December 2 course lunch and a wreath to take home - £45 per person

Festive Cookery Demonstration 13th December Demo and Lunch - £25 per person

Festive Cookery Demonstration 6th December - Demo and Lunch - £25 per person

Dickensian Christmas 21st December - Carols, festive entertainment and delicious food for all the family Candlelight Christmas Eve 24th December - £38 per person

Carolling Candlelight Dinner 14th December - £32.50 per person Children’s Christmas Reading 22nd December - £5.00 per child Carolling Christmas Eve 24th December - £40 per person

Christmas Day Lunch 25th December - £80 per adult / £40 per child

Christmas Day Lunch 25th December - £90 per adult /£45 per child

New years Eve - Glitter Ball 31st December Glitter Entertainment and Dinner - £60 per person

New Years Eve - 1940’s Glamour 31st December Dinner and Dancing - £95 per person

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Going it alone The Chubby Castor at The Fitzwilliam Arms is a new solo venture by talented chef Adebola Adeshina

Acclaimed chef, Adebola Adeshina has been leading the kitchen at The Petersham Restaurant since 2014, focusing on modern British cooking, using the finest local and seasonal produce available.

Diners can expect a relaxed atmosphere, a blend of modern and vintage design with exposed beams and Georgian wallpaper, complementing the beautiful areas of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

Since Ade’s arrival at The Petersham Restaurant, the dining experience has regularly been mentioned in the food guides – achieving two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, a Michelin recommendation and a listing in the Good Food Guide.

You can expect dishes like fresh handpicked steamed crab lasagna, toasted coconut flakes or beef tartare, quail egg and walnut homemade bread.

Early in his career, Ade started working with the Aubergine team under Gordon Ramsay. He remained with Ramsay for six years, cooking at the three Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay Restaurant and at Petrus under Marcus Wareing. He opened his first restaurant at the age of 24 in Tottenham, which quickly became a foodie destination. Seven years later he moved to another venture with Parsons Restaurant in Essex, winning several awards, including Best Restaurant in Essex, Best Large Restaurant, Best Newcomer, two Rosettes from the Good Food Guide and Michelin Recommended. Now he is thrilled to open his first solo venture, The Chubby Castor at The Fitzwilliam Arms. Presented as civilised dining with focus on fresh and locally sourced produce, cooked in a modern British way.

Chef Ade is keen to find local individuals to join his team, who he can guide and advise to become talented chefs. The Chubby Castor is a beautiful building comprising stone, thatch and dormer windows, which convey all the charm and character of its 17th century style. The restaurant will serve a la carte, set lunch and dinner menus, Sunday roast, brunch, bar menu and, of course, afternoon teas. Also on offer will be seasonal cooking demonstrations to be held with guest chefs. In addition, three private rooms are available for functions, catering for as little as six to 24 people. Please register your interest by emailing, estimated date of opening is late November 2017.

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It’s good to share The Kings Arms The Kings Arms, in the pretty village of Polebrook just outside Oundle, is a traditional country pub with a twist. Beneath the layers of quintessential thatch and stone, The King’s Arms’ restaurant has a distinctly European feel with tapas menu. Beef meatballs in Pedro Ximinez, saffron and tomato sauce; chicken in Moorish spices with chorizo; goats cheese and spinach croquettes with spiced beetroot puree and tomato toasts topped with roasted garlic are just a few of the tasty dishes on offer, as is traditional paella (£13), which can be made using meat or seafood only, a mix of both or as a veggie-friendly dish, whichever way, it needs to be ordered at least 24-hours in advance. Tapas dishes change frequently, so there’s always a reason to return!

The Kings Arms, Kings Arms Lane, Polebrook,PE8 5LW 01832 272363

Turtle Bay

The Mad Turk

One of the most recent chain restaurants to take advantage of Peterborough’s emergent dining scene is Turtle Bay, a celebration of Caribbean cuisine.

Tucked away on St Paul’s Street in one of Stamford’s oldest buildings, The Mad Turk is one of the town’s most popular restaurants.

Words and pictures -Jenny Garford

The dishes on the starter menu – inspired by beach shack and street vendors across the Caribbean islands – can be ordered individually or to be shared between the table, all priced at £5.10 – these small dishes are big on colour, flavour and heat! Sink your teeth into jerk pit wings and ribs with a choice of classic, pineapple or coconut glaze; crispy panko crumbed whitebait with lime and coriander mayo; slow roasted shredded duck rolls with sour orange chutney; okra ladies’ fingers with mango mole or classic beef patties filled with ground beef, Caribbean spices and fiery scotch bonnet chilli – delicious!

Turtle Bay, 46 Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NH 01733 344818

If you have a large appetite, then this is the place for you; the mixed mezze for two (£18.99, veggie mezze £17.99) is plentiful, with a selection of 10 different mezze being served with warmed olives on the side and freshly baked flatbreads for dipping into the legendary hummous and taramasalata. Smoked aubergine salad, crispy calamari, stuffed vine leaves and perfectly crisp borek are among some the dishes brought to the table, leaving barely enough room to put down your glass of Buzbag Beyaz. The Mad Turk goes beyond the usual dining experience, serving food that’s fresh, filling and exciting, by a team that is so warm and friendly you’ll leave feeling like you’re part of the extended family.

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The Old Bridge Hotel Huntingdon

Situated aside the River Great Ouse, The Old Bridge, Huntingdon, is the epitome of classic Georgian architecture. With an imposing facade clad in a curtain of lush green ivy, it’s a building that commands attention. Inside, the rooms are eclectic and varied; from the quirky, individually styled boutique bedrooms, to the ‘hunstman’s lodge’ feel of the panelled lounge bar, with its open fires, fender seats and comfy chesterfields, which offer guests a cosy spot to sip a coffee and people watch. The informal and lively restaurant, which has recently been given a modern makeover, has a stylish yet comfortable vibe. It’s light and

bright with lovely views over the patio and garden, making it the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat, whether that’s a freshly baked scone piled high with clotted cream, a quick sandwich packed full of roast beef and horseradish, or a three-course meal from the comprehensive menu, curated by Head Chef, Jack Woolner. Jack cooks with strong emphasis on seasonality, preparing simple dishes that are well executed - not fancy, not pretentious, just delicious- food that you really want to eat. The triple cooked chips, which are actually deep-fried slices of gratin dauphinoise, are really quite something!


The same can be said of the new tapas menu which is packed full of little dishes that will delight- bright, fresh, flavoursome and the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine or sherry from a selection of bottles hand-picked by owner and Master of Wine, John Hoskins, who also oversees the running of the award-winning wine shop. If wines are not your thing, then indulge in something a little stronger. There are some fabulous drinks available, including creative, seasonal after dinner cocktails. There’s a great sense of joyfulness about The Old Bridge; despite the outward formality it’s an incredibly relaxed place to go and enjoy great food and drink. It’s a must visit for foodies, and a train ride there is recommended so you can make the most of the exquisite wines.

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Rural Respite You don’t have to travel far to enjoy some traditional country pubs, inns, bars and restaurants.

The Collyweston Slater Just a stone’s throw away from bustling town of Stamford, is The Collyweston Slater – a sprawling 17th century inn with a warm and welcoming vibe. Inside, the pub is light and bright with a surprisingly modern feel. The menu is packed full of pub classics like steak and ale pie (£11.95), fish and chips made with beer batter and served with mushy peas, chips and tartare sauce, or a comforting lasagne or chicken curry (all £10.95). Meat lovers might opt

The Fox & Hounds Sat infront of the picturesque village green in Exton, The Fox & Hounds is one of the area’s most spectacular pubs – a handsome, Georgian facade punctuated with original sash windows and clad in ivy conceals an eclectic traditional-village-pub-meets-gothicrevival interior. Gastro sandwiches and pub classics are available at the bar, think grown-up comfort food, like tempura soft shell crab club sandwich (£13.50), shepherds pie with braised lamb shoulder and sherry

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With a traditional pub feel and a reputation for serving hearty, robust dishes, the King’s Arms has its roots firmly based in traditional British fare, with an emphasis on locally sourced produce. The kitchen team make everything from scratch, as well as smoking local game and fish. At lunch, tuck into a Kings Cob, made using organic flour milled in Whissendine, and comes served with beef dripping chips (£7.50), or

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Just a few miles out of Stamford, The White Hart, Ufford, is a proper country pub with a large, traditional bar area full of mismatched chairs, tables and benches; the exposedstone walls are adorned with old signage, saddles and antique farming tools, offering an insight into the history of the centuriesold inn and surrounding area. When the weather cools, a log fire is lit, filling the bar with the redolence of wood smoke. Food is served in both the bar and the elegant

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jus (£12.50), Franconian boar sausage toad in the hole, served with herb infused mash and mustard gravy (£11) and head on tiger prawns with pork crumb ‘scampi’ (£14) as well as an epic mixed grill (£17). A prix fixe menu is also available at lunch, with two courses for £17 and three for £21.

King’s Arms

The White Hart

for the delicious pork loin steak, served with black pudding and apple cider sauce (£12.95) or a 32-day dry aged sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce (£16.95). Those looking for a lighter bite can choose from sandwiches, baguettes and wraps (£6.95), jacket potatoes (£6.75) and salads (£10.45).

orangery; expect classic British dishes like sausage and mash with onion gravy (£11.95), supreme of chicken in white wine sauce with sautéed potatoes; fish and chips £10.95, and handmade burgers (£12.95), all made using locally sourced ingredients including meat from the family’s farm.

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enjoy a Smokehouse Platter of meats cured, smoked and dried onsite served with pickled vegetables (£9.50). Children are welcome and have their own menu to choose from, and the bar is dog-friendly, with snacks and handmade meals available for canine companions.

13 Top Street, Wing, Rutland, LE15 8SE 01572 737 634



Joanne Bass Mumpreneur, Joanne Bass, XL Displays talks about her journey of success through adversity.


Where did it all begin? Interview by Leigh Taylor, supported by Kenny Brown


You can be an independent woman in business, with children, YOU CAN have it all.

I worked for my father fifteen years until I went on maternity leave with my eldest son George, who is now seven. I made the decision to set up on my own from home selling my father’s products to improve my work life balance, within the first 2 years I had developed the business in to a successful enterprise. After having my second child Sophie, there was no option of maternity leave because Sophie was poorly and we were in Addenbrook’s for four weeks. During that period I was running my new business from hospital waiting rooms. It was a difficult journey as I’d gone from being an employee to running my own business.

We have a mental health feature in this issue, it’s documented that you suffered post-natal depression, tell us a bit about that? It’s awful. Sophie was born with Choanal Atresia which meant she had no nasal passages – a horrible condition because babies only breathe through their noses. By four months old, she had undergone four operations on her nose. I didn’t realise how hard it had hit me until I was back in the office and everything was back to normal. I did what I do best and threw myself into a new venture, setting up a new website called Early Learning Furniture – a venture which

is still very dear to my heart. The website primarily sells furniture to schools, preschools and nurseries. Post-natal depression is not widely talked about, and most mums pretend it doesn’t exist; it’s a heart breaking thing for anyone to go through. It’s hard trying to juggle being a mum, boss and wife – being everything everyone needs you to be whilst trying to maintain your own mental health. For me, focusing on a new venture helped tremendously. There’s a huge difference between baby-blues and post-natal depression, the clarity of my rational thought process went out the window entirely.

75 You managed to grow the business with little external support. Adversity is something that is the making of any entrepreneur. You’ve got to fail a lot. Was it all success or did you have to encounter failure? Working in the industry for 15 years, through 2 recessions prior to starting XL Displays, gave me a lot of hands-on experience and equipped me with vital knowledge of running a business. I learnt a lot of life lessons along the way and practices which I still implement today. For me, there’s been no massive adversity as far as failure is concerned because I’ve made every decision based on past experience. My biggest achievement is mentoring people and seeing them grow and flourish into their true potential.

Over the last seven years, you you’ve only had one loan -17K. Is that true? What impact did that have? Yes it is! It was this investment that enabled us to start our in-house production, which increased our net profits and allowed us to invest back into the business itself. Being able to self-fund XL Displays and achieve growth on our own is a massive achievement for me.

In seven years, you have achieved a turnover of £4m right? Yes, at the end of this year we’re forecast to turnover £5.5m.

What do you put that growth down to? Tenacity, sheer determination and my amazing team. We’re all pulling in the same direction – to make XL a huge success. Whilst still offering our initial products from seven years ago, our product range continues to grow and develop to keep up with advances in the industry and stay competitive. The launch of our bespoke exhibition stands and new inflatable event tents range has opened up many doors for us.

You won the Natwest Every Woman Award for the Most Inspirational Woman Running a Business Trading 6-9 Years – you must be very proud of that? I am exceptionally proud of that achievement and to have been shortlisted among so many inspirational women was an achievement in itself, I never imagined I would ever win something of such a large scale. There were more than 170 entrants in each category. The awards ceremony took place at The Dorchester in Mayfair, it was a great day that I’ll always remember.

Do you have any favourite motivational quotes you can share with us? Sometimes you just have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down.

What does the future look like for XL Displays? Expansion! We’re in the process of doubling our unit space as we have no more desk space to employ more staff. We’re looking at new equipment to grow our in house production facilities and we want to invest even more into staff training and growth, we want our people to grow as the company grows.

Have you got a goal to increase you turnover? I’m determined to achieve 10m turnover within 10 years of starting XL Displays.

What advice would you give for people that want to achieve their ambitions and dreams? Just jump in and do it! Don’t think about it too much, the longer you think about it, the more you procrastinate and you’ll end up not doing it. The fear of the unknown and possibility of failure is what stops people. You learn as you go – life lessons. You can be an independent woman in business, with children, and YOU CAN have it all. There are sacrifices along the way, but a happy mummy makes a happy house!

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Failure is not the opposite of success – it’s part of success.

{ The Apprentice 2015 winner and founder of multi-million pound heating firm ImpraGas, Joseph Valente will be releasing his first book – Expelled from the Classroom to Billionaire Boardroom in December this year. The book charts Valente’s journey from being a troubled teen, who was expelled from school at 15 through to his monumental win of The Apprentice and everything that made him who he is in-between. Valente’s troubled time at school has led him to become an active member of the community working with local schools and colleges to inspire other young people who may be fighting the same battles he did. He’s even offered apprenticeships to teens from local colleges who have become shining stars in the ImpraGas team. Expelled from the Classroom to Billionaire Boardroom is a fantastic read for anyone looking to start their own business or who simply needs inspiration and a proverbial kick to get things done. Valente’s knowledge,

They were out of any other real choices. This was unlikely to end well.

All of my teachers agreed that I wasn’t learning, and I know for certain they will have felt that me being in school was just no use to anyone at best, and a disruption to others at worst.



Being alone with your thoughts at a time of such anticipation can be very detrimental, as it’s a fine line of reflection between your lows and your highs.

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enthusiasm and passion for business shines through. His time on The Apprentice gave the public a glimpse of his capabilities as a businessman, the book shows who Valente really is and how he came to be sitting across a boardroom table with Lord Sugar. But don’t be mistaken. This is not an autobiography, but a guide to success in the boardroom and beyond; this book delivers priceless intelligence in every reader’s favourite form: a gripping story. It proves that virtue, achievement and professionalism aren’t always born from faultless, fairytale beginnings, but are often stimulated by unconventional challenges and circumstances. Readers will learn to recognise and tackle opportunity, to champion through difficult conditions and learn to navigate the bottomless challenges and emotions that come along with building, managing and competing in business.

Expelled from the Classroom to Billionaire Boardroom is available to pre-order in October 2017. Register your interest and pre-order at or search ‘Billionaire Boardroom’ on Amazon.



Thursday 2 November 6.30-9pm Bakehouse Kitchen Studios, Stamford

Thursday 30 November 6-9pm The Old Bridge Hotel, Huntingdon

Complimentary fizz and tastings of Ade’s cuisine such as, sautéed scallops with Monmouthshire black pudding and braised brisket with red wine & suya spice.

Complimentary fizz and canapés

Meet the Chef – Ade Adeshina of The Chubby Castor at The Fitzwilliam Arms, Castor. Turn to page 67 to whet your appetite

Wine tasting with Master of Wine John Hoskins This is an informal, educational tasting event, but don’t worry it will be relaxed and non-intimidating for those not obsessed by wine. And an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings at this stunning hotel.

Thursday 1 February 2018 6.30-9pm Single Cask, 16 St Mary’s Hill, Stamford PE9 2DP Join us for a complimentary evening of welcome cocktails, a whisky tasting experience for beginners and the chance to win an exclusive Single Cask membership worth £199.

For more information on the Gravitas Club and these exclusive networking opportunities contact Leigh Taylor via email:

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Making connections

The Unique Mumpreneur Networking Events are held at the Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough – for women who run their own businesses.

“Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They are attached to people.” I love this quote from entrepreneur, Rick Stromback. It’s a reminder that people are at the heart of every business opportunity and decision, be it employees, customers or peers. They say that ‘people buy from people’ and networking is definitely built on this principle. Making connections with potential clients, suppliers and fellow business owners is potentially more powerful than any advertising or marketing campaign you could ever invest in. When done properly, networking is all about making connections, and building enduring and mutually beneficial relationships with other business owners, but long before I set up the Unique Mumpreneur, I realised what a complex issue networking is, especially for women. So many of the female business owners I’ve spoken to – like the old me – have this daunting image of networking in their minds. They imagine stepping into a room full of strangers in suits and having to cold sell their

products and services, while being spotted as a fraud by the ‘real’ business people in the room. That is why I felt compelled to start The Unique Mumpreneur Networking Events, they are for women who run their own businesses and want to grow it, or those that want to start their own business with support to get it right from day one. I created the events because I wanted to build a positive and encouraging community where it was possible to have the opportunity to meet with like-minded women and build relationships with others who are on a similar journey and who totally ‘get’ each other. The networking events allows women to put their business in front of many others in the room. We encourage attendees to share their experiences, ask for and offer support, build confidence, and decrease the feelings of isolation that often come with being a self-employed mum. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and relaxed. Forget hard selling, instead, enjoy the experience of being around like-minded women who want to lift each other up and celebrate every success, big or small.

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Learning is NOT Earning

Tribunal cases set to soar?

Any aspiring entrepreneur or business owner can commit to learning, but all the knowledge in the world will only lead to earning if it’s put to good use.

As the headlines hit on 26 July, I like many others, sat in surprise as it was confirmed that Unison had won its case at the Supreme Court and tribunal fees had been declared illegal.

Nobody cares how smart you are. They don’t care how many facts are stuffed in your head, or many statistics you can spew. What they do care about is how you can take all the knowledge you’ve gathered and create something they need and want. So, with that in mind, I ask: Is what you’re currently learning contributing to building a product that your target audience wants? Will it result in something you can market and sell? If not, then it’s just useless knowledge…at least in the business realm. Instead of learning first, why not decide what you’re passionate about, who you’re going to serve with that passion, and then set out to learn what you’ll need to give them everything they could want and more? Why not create a specific learning curriculum that will not only show your expertise on paper, but will give you the hands-on experience necessary to prove it? Then, after you’ve learnt what you need to know to be an innovator, a problem solver, an industry expert…it’s time to strike that L—and EARN.

When tribunal fees were introduced in 2013, tribunal cases dropped by around 70%, and thoughts have been divided as to whether the fees were stopping legitimate people raising claims against employers failing to follow legislation. Although surprising (following previous failed attempts by Unison) it is now time to look at how this decision will potentially impact businesses going forward. Will we see an increase in tribunal claims? Should employers be concerned? In my professional opinion, I don’t believe we will see anywhere near a 70% increase following this decision. The main reason being, the process of ACAS conciliation will continue, and business owners who have the right processes and frameworks in place, which complies with legislation and fair process will have safety in this knowledge. If you feel your business maybe at risk (maybe your employee handbook is nonexistent or hasn’t been reviewed within the last 12 months, or you feel like some training on fair processes may be required) contact us at HR Your Business Matters. We will arrange to visit you to complete a Business HR Health Check, giving you support and guidance to keep you legally compliant and managing your team in a fair and consistent way. Office 01733 687894 call 07496 857688

Delays to Making Tax Digital HMRC had originally proposed to implement Making Tax Digital (MTD) as soon as April 2018 for some businesses. However, following the snap general election in June 2017, clauses relating to MTD were dropped from the Finance Bill 2017, leaving both accountants and businesses uncertain as to when, and even if, MTD would actually come into force. HMRC’s latest update in July 2017 confirms that MTD will definitely be rolled out, but also that HMRC has listened to the concerns of businesses and accountants around the pace of the change, so it has delayed its arrival. Under the new timetable, businesses with a turnover in excess of the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will have to keep digital records and report data quarterly to HMRC from 2019, for VAT purposes only. These same businesses will not be asked to keep digital records, or to update HMRC quarterly, for other taxes until at least 2020. For those businesses with less than £85,000 turnover (whether VAT registered or not), HMRC has said it will not be forced to do quarterly updates or keep digital records, although they can voluntarily do so. This comes as a welcome change to a lot of businesses, that will now have more time to prepare and adapt to the changes. The delay will also give HMRC more time to properly debate particular aspects of MTD, to ensure a smooth transition. For more info speak to Craig Tolliday at Rawlinsons at


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It’s all in the planning

Financial navigation

Communication with your estate agent is always important, especially for buy-to-let investors. The following is a guide of some of the questions you should be asking before making an offer.

There are many reasons why some businesses succeed and others fail. I believe one of these reasons is whether the business owner has a detailed strategy plan or not.

The importance of an independent financial advice service that assists in lining up your finances is often highly underrated. Whatever life stage you’re at – whether you are retiring, buying your first home, or becoming a parent – it is vital that you are forearmed with up-to-date knowledge. An advice service that is tailored around your immediate and long-term plans will enable you to live a more comfortable and financially secure life, knowing you and your loved ones are being looked after by a trusted, qualified and personal financial adviser.

Is the property freehold or leasehold? If the property is leasehold you need to establish how long the lease is, together with the service and ground rent charges. As these are the landlord’s responsibility, they will impact on your yield. Has the property been rented before? What is current demand? If there’s a rental history, ask for details on the tenancy and the rent achieved. An agent can advise you on the current demand and today’s market rent. Is it in a desirable area? Look at local amenities, train stations, schools and sports centres. If there are signs of regeneration this may mean the area is on the up. Consider the demographics of the area to decide. What is most important to you? The yield, potential void periods and capital growth are all considerations. Consider whether your investment is long-term or short-term. Natural growth is often underrated. What is the energy efficiency band? The law is changing from April 2018 and rental properties that have a poor energy efficiency rating will be required to upgrade. For more information contact Adrian Woodcock on 01733 303111or

As a small business owner you often become consumed with the day-to-day running of your business; the phone calls to make, the emails to write, the accounts to reconcile, the HR issues to deal with and the social media posts to publish. Doing this day-in day-out without any time invested on the bigger picture can often make you feel deflated, unmotivated and overwhelmed. I believe to move your business forward successfully and to grow at a pace that your business is ready for comes down to the structure and the plan you have in place. Having a strong strategy is one tool that is fundamental to the growth of your business.

It is important that you find an independent service with advice that is delivered in an easy-to-understand, jargon-free and friendly manner, so you are completely clear about where you stand financially, and that you feel assured you have the best possible team in your corner.

The word ‘strategy’ often brings fear to small business owners. They often do not know where to start, what format to use, or what they need to include to obtain the best results.

Brooks Wealth Managements’ areas of expert and trusted advice range from, but are not limited to: Wealth Planning – Savings & Investments; Retirement Planning; Taxation & Protection.

That is why I have produced a 22-page workbook to help small business owners.

Take your first step to financial freedom. To get started contact Sharon for a no-obligation meeting.

The workbook pushes you to think about the big picture – where you want to be, and challenges you to ask yourself how you are going to get there. We break the whole system down into different categories; goals, targets and actions. To receive this fantastic workbook today for free, email me on jo@

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Our research has shown that the biggest issues faced by business owners are: • Absence • Lack of commitment • Poor attitude/service • High employee turnover • Capability • Performance/Productivity Working with us means that we do all the hard work so you don’t have to. We advise you of what you need and what you don’t, more importantly what’s going to keep your business safe and your employees motivated to drive your business forward!

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Grow your network – increase your opportunities At Gravitas we love to network – here’s our pick of the region’s best networking groups.

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce 100 YEARS inspiring business success

The Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce offer an extensive variety of opportunities to widen your network of business contacts. Centenary Black Tie Dinner Friday 13 October, 6.30pm until late The Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon Peterborough B2B Exhibition Wednesday 18 October, 9am-4pm KingsGate Centre, Peterborough Contact Jenni Misseldine 01223 209810

Peterborough Does Business Breakfast Peterborough Does Business Breakfast provides a fun, relaxed forum on a fortnightly basis where business owners, decision makers, directors and managers can come together and pass each other business through qualified referrals, in a supportive and collaborative environment – you can also find suppliers. Your business or sector is exclusive in the group. Contact Jason or Jamie 07944 664554/07534 108840

Positive Networking Positive Networking meets every fortnight at Orton Hall Hotel, Peterborough from 6pm beginning with buffet food and open networking. A guest speaker is often invited who is specifically briefed to challenge, provoke and inspire the delegates. The group use various networking formats to generate sales leads and referrals, plus there is a focus on the development of the business owner and staff. You are welcome to a meeting as a guest without charge and without obligation. Contact Mike Stokes 01733 211873 07887 651394

Talk Networking Talk Networking holds a monthly business networking meeting on the first Thursday of every month 12.30 - 2pm at Mama Liz’s, Stamford. There is no commitment to join and you pay as you attend –£25 attendance fee includes a buffet lunch. It is an informal environment where you can form new connections, make or gain referrals, and grow your business. Contact Felicity 01780 693123

The Business Club Are you serious about building your business? If so, you will find The Business Club an exciting and proactive place. It focuses on building relationships between members to help each other with new ideas,

business improvement and new business opportunities. This year its celebrates 25 years of bringing local businesses together. Contact Brian 01733 513003

The Opportunity Peterborough Bondholder Network The Opportunity Peterborough Bondholder Network consists of more than 250 local businesses that gather at exclusive bimonthly breakfast meetings, which feature expert speakers on topical business issues. The next events will be held on 5 July and 18 October. Annual subscription is £100+ VAT for companies or £80+ VAT for charities. For membership and event details go to Contact Rebecca Mills 01733 317417 bondholder@opportunitypeterborough. @OP_Peterborough

The Unique Mumpreneur The Unique Mumpreneur monthly networking events are for women, who are running their own business, or want to start their own business while juggling the responsibility of raising a family. Meetings will be held at Pinnacle House Business Centre once a month. Sessions will alternate monthly between morning and afternoon events. Tickets are £15 for entry to the event, unlimited refreshments and a buffet lunch/ dinner.

Don’t forget Gravitas holds its exclusive networking throughout the year. See page 82 for upcoming events. Please mention Gravitas when contacting these groups.

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Be prepared for the unexpected Protecting you and loved ones with financial support during difficult times. In previous issues I covered Retirement Planning, and Investments. Here I’ll focus on Personal and Business Owner Protection options and the possible steps you can take towards minimising any negative financial impact due to being unable to work in the event of accident, illness or death. We never know what’s around the corner and it’s important to consider the risks and be prepared if things don’t go to plan. Taking out insurance is perhaps the most effective way to secure yourself financially.

Options available Term life insurance/family income benefit

This will be cover for a certain period of time and beneficiaries will receive a pay out if you die within the specified term. This type of plan is suitable for where you want to leave a lump sum or regular payments i.e. provide while children are young. This can be taken as a decreasing plan where your pay-out decreases over the term mirroring the decreasing outstanding capital. These policies are usually cheaper and often used to cover a debt that reduces over time, such as a loan or repayment mortgage.

Whole of life insurance

This covers the plan holder for a fixed sum for life. Providing premiums are paid it will pay out. It is commonly used for inheritance tax planning purposes where other methods have not been suitable. This type of plan can also be used towards funeral planning.

Income protection

How would your family manage financially if your income stopped? This type of cover pays out if you’re unable to work

for policy specified reasons. This is ideal if you are the main or sole income earner and is considered an important protection need for young and growing families.

Critical illness cover

This pays out a cash lump sum if you’re diagnosed with a critical illness or income protection can provide regular payments. This type of cover can be added to a life insurance plan and can vary widely between insurers. The above touches the surface of personal cover, those of you who may be unfortunate to experience these types of events will appreciate their value. We can also process business cover needs i.e. business life insurance to provide key person, shareholder or partnership protection. We can review any existing arrangements to ascertain their suitability, as over time changes in circumstance should be reflected on the products held. Some areas may be covered by employers as employee benefits so to discuss what an employer provides is a starting point. Other factors to consider are age, medical history, occupation, health status, whether the plan is best suited as single life or joint, what your budget is and even if a Trust is required. This is where we can help and give peace of mind and navigate your options.

Why choose Brooks Wealth?

We treat every client as an individual and tailor their journey with financial professionalism and a leading personal service. When it comes to Protection planning we have access to independent IFA research tools that allow us to offer the most relevant and best value.

Call 01733 314553 to arrange a no fee, no obligation meeting with Sharon.

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Gravitas Club @ The Hub on 7 September

The Gravitas Club held an exclusive networking evening at The Hub in Stamford – home to tech investment firm Haatch. The venue also provides hot desking for local creatives and entrepreneurs. The Silicon Valley Style Hub was the perfect setting for an evening of networking with fizz and delicious canapes supplied by new private catering business The Stamford Kitchen. In between some highly productive networking, attendees were treated to a whisky tasting for beginners session by Tom MacArthur, resident whisky connoisseur at The Single Cask who impressed guests with his wealth of knowledge and tastings of two of the 300 plus whiskies available at the bar located on St Mary’s Hill, Stamford. Guests joining Gravitas and Haatch for the evening included representatives from Saffery Champness, Mattioli Woods, Brooks Wealth, Prestons Health, Peters Cleaners, Urban Marque, Allia, Hegarty Solicitors and Crown Jewellers. See page 77 for details of the next Gravitas Club events.


A game of two halves

Photography –

Gravitas does an evening with Ray Parlour.

Gravitas launched the Summer issue with an

Some of the 100 guests included evening

evening with the Romford Pele, Ray Parlour.

sponsor Rob Woodcock of,

The ex-Arsenal and England star gave a

who kindly donated valuable sporting

comical, frank and entertaining account of

memorabilia for auction, Woodcock Holmes,

his experiences during his playing career to

The Unique Mumpreneur, Brooks Wealth,

an audience at Radius, Peterborough.

HR Expert Nicki Mawby, Virgin Trains,

The evening was hosted by comedian Jed

Joseph Valente and even a few tables of the

Stone, and guests enjoyed a delicious twocourse meal and an auction to raise money

Marshall Maserati, The Apprentice winner Peterborough Arsenal Fan Club.

for local children’s charity Anna’s Hope.

These evenings are an opportunity for the

Guests were also given the opportunity to be

local business community to grow and

photographed with Ray and have the image

develop new working relationships while

printed and signed by the man himself on

having a good time and raising much-needed

the evening.

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A wine and a moan

Let’s stop whinging about it – English wine – it’s fabulous – end of! John Hoskins reports

However, my GPS has somewhat failed me Why has there been so much talk about English wine recently? Well, I can think of four good reasons. 1 It’s got so much better. Time was when English wines were just too apple-y, too thin, too mean. Better winemaking and warmer summers have resulted in well-balanced wines that really can be a genuine pleasure to drink. 2. The rise of fizz. Everyone is drinking more sparkling, and that is absolutely the UK’s strength. Our style is more like Champagne than Prosecco – as is the price – but English fizz is riding on that fizzy wave. 3. Although English wine is never cheap (the cost of making it here is about twice that of other mainstream producing regions) the weak pound is making imports more expensive. A sense of value is starting to gain traction.

4. English wineries understand their tourist potential. Most of them offer excellent visits and tastings. So many people have visited at least one, and got the bug. However I wouldn’t go mad. Recent claims that a wine from Norfolk had been voted ‘the best in the world’ were a classic case of misquotation and exaggeration. It actually won a prize for excellent value in one London wine show – at which I happen to judge. And, with our variable climate, it’s never going to be easy to produce top quality consistently. But we should support our own, when we can. And English wine does deserve your attention. Grab a bottle from your favourite merchant, or see my recommendations and make up your own mind.


Five top-class English wines

1. Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvée, 2013. Hampshire (sparkling)

2. Bride Valley, Brut Réserve, 2014. Dorset (sparkling)

3. Davenport, Brut, Auxerrois, 2014. East Sussex (sparkling)

This is my favourite English wine to date – soft and creamy, but still fresh and very English. Emma Rice oak-ferments a small percentage and this rounds the final wine out very nicely.

A crisper, zingier-style, but with no lack of biscuit richness – very much in Champagne modem from an estate owned by renowned wine writer Stephen Spurrier.

Light and very fresh, it works well as a stepup for Prosecco-lovers. Expensive for the quality, but incredibly drinkable.

£29.95 Old Bridge Wine

Christopher Piper Wines £25.74

4. Horsmonden, Davenport, 2015. East Sussex (still white)

5. Pinot Gris, Stopham Estate, 2015. Sussex (still white)

And, this is my favourite still English wine. Smells like Sauvignon Blanc and even has the charm and brightness you would expect from a NZ white. Made from Bacchus, grown organically, which is no mean feat in an English climate.

An easy-drinking, gently rounded Pinot Gris – a little fuller than any Pinot Grigio you might have drunk. Not cheap (English wine never is), but rather classy.

Old Bridge Wine £14.95

Old Bridge Wine £14.95

Vintage Roots £26.50

John Hoskins, Master of Wine and owner of The Old Bridge at Huntingdon and Old Bridge Wine


On Broadway The Broadway is back in theatrical style.

The Broadway in Peterborough was packed on Saturday 2 September for the official re-opening of what will once again become one of our region’s most vibrant venues. Mark Ringer, Managing Director of The Broadway, says: “We have Walter’s Bar & Eatery, named after the iconic local stuntman and c harity fundraiser Walter Cornelius, which is open every day from 9am. It’s the perfect place to meet up, whether for business or pleasure. We have subtle live music every day between noon and 3pm, which sets the atmosphere rather than being intrusive”.

What’s on – Here are just some of the shows and events so far announced Saturday 21 October

Thursday 9 November

Friday 15 to Sunday 31 December

2016 Olivier Award winners – Best Entertainment and Family Show. Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest.

What’s On Midlands Entertainment Personality of the Year, the comedy queen of the Black Country comes visiting – see her first in this unique mixture of stand-up, sit-down, video surprises and unforgettable music. Recommended only for ages 16+.

All you could wish for this Christmas in a traditional family pantomime, with matinees and evening performances. Brought to you by the renowned KD Theatre Productions.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Sunday 29 October

A Jed Ford Country Music Spectacular An evening of live music featuring Peterborough’s own country icon Jed Ford, plus Tennessee Stud, Knoxville Highway, Boxcar Kelly and The Railroaders, and The Penny Jayne Black Band.

Thursday 2 November The Bohemians

The internationally-renowned Queen tribute band, come along on a high-energy, roller coaster ride, featuring the back catalogue of one of the world’s most iconic rock acts.

Doreen: Rise of the Yam-Yam

Sunday 19 November Record Fair

Open 11am-6pm – check out this vinyl heaven and enjoy the social aspects as well. All are welcome, and it’s just £1 entry on the door.

Saturday 9 December Alexander O’Neal

One of R&B’s most iconic names, his sound has transcended generations. O’Neal’s passion to keep his sound alive is everpresent as he triumphantly returns to The Broadway.


Sunday 17 December Christmas Magic 2017

Peterborough Male Voice Choir with Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir and Peterborough Festival Orchestra perform all your festive favourites.

Tickets can be purchased for these in person at The Broadway Box Office from 9am daily at 46 Broadway, Peterborough, by telephone or online. 01733 306071

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Call to the bar The Single Cask is a haven for those who appreciate a wee dram or want to enjoy the best cocktails in town. The bar is home to a collection of more than 300 exceptional single malt whiskies, but the standout feature is the series of spirits that The Single Cask have bottled independently as part of their own exclusive range.

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If you prefer a cocktail there are plenty on offer, from the classic Old Fashioned or Whisky Sour to some more creative options.

Glen Keith – A more delicate dram, after 20 years in the cask this one is packed with smooth fruity flavours along with a touch of black pepper and cardamoms.

Enjoy a 50% discount for members who celebrate their birthday in the bar for the whole party!

The Single Cask is offering Gravitas readers a chance to try a flight of four unique whiskies for half the price – a great way to sample different styles of whisky. Benrinnes – A 15-year-old whisky from Speyside, rich with vanilla and crushed walnuts, with cookie dough and sharp apple aromas.

Glentauchers – An award-winning bottling from Speyside, this subtle yet complex whisky carries notes of burnt Demerara sugar and honey.

The English Whisky Co. – A younger whisky from south of the border. Sweet and spicy, with a smoky kick and hints of toffee and fruit. Simply snap a photo of this article on your phone and show our team at the bar to try this flight for half the price! If you’re really not a whisky fan your first cocktail will be half-price instead.

16 St Mary’s Hill, Stamford PE9 2DP Opening hours: 4.30pm to midnight, Tuesday to Saturday 01780 753389

T & Cs This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer at the bar and is limited to the purchase of one pre-selected whisky flight/cocktail per person.



Lightbox An upmarket tea room and licensed evening bar.

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MIDDLETONS Middletons Steakhouse & Grill is officially opened by the Mayor of Peterborough. After three months of renovations and an investment of £1 million, Middletons Steakhouse & Grill has now officially opened on Bridge Street Peterborough.

The Middletons menu that has proved so popular in Norwich, Milton Keynes, Leicester, Colchester, Watford and King’s Lynn includes a range of prime steaks, a signature mixed grill, seafood and vegetarian options, along with freshly-made classic desserts.

Diners can enjoy the Middletons’ menu, which focuses on serving high-quality meat prepared at the restaurant’s own butchery in the village of Middleton, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

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The restaurant has the capacity to cater for 180 diners across two floors inside, as well as an additional 50 covers for al fresco dining. It has generated up to 60 full-time and part-time catering and hospitality jobs in the city centre. Stephen Hutton, Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to now be open in Peterborough, which is currently the largest restaurant in our portfolio. The welcome we’ve received so far has been fantastic, and we hope diners enjoy everything our steakhouse offers.”

After months of looking for premises in which to open an upmarket, licensed tea room providing table service for customers who would like a more relaxed and easy cafe experience, Eve Werner stumbled upon the perfect venue at 31 Bridge Street, Peterborough. A lovely, light, bright and airy space that lends itself perfectly to Eve’s plans of a daytime tea room and a night time bar. Eve explains: “During the daytime, environment will be ideal for all of our customers (from mums with children, to office workers, students and OAPs). We will serve reasonably priced, locally sourced and freshly prepared meals, and my wonderful and experienced pastry chef will be making all of our scones and cakes in house. A house speciality will be our Prosecco and Champagne afternoon teas. “In addition, Thursday through to Saturday The Lightbox will stay open late into the evening, attracting a more grown-up crowd looking for a relaxed social environment in which to enjoy quality wines, spirits and cocktails. We are hoping to prove a valuable addition to the growing Bridge Street buzz for pre and after dinner drinks.”

The Lightbox will open mid-October, so look out for the latest updates on facebook @thelightbox

THE WINE BAR 10 St Paul's Street, Stamford PE9 2BE T: 01780 757844 W: TWEL ALL SAINTS TWELVE 12 All Saints Place, Stamford. PE9 2AB T: 01780 765335 W:


WHAT’S ON Dates for your diary 6th-7th October | Oktoberfest Peterborough The world famous Oktoberfest comes to Peterborough for a huge weekend of traditional Bavarian entertainment, food and drink. Taking place inside our huge beer tent at the world famous Embankment, Peterborough for a Bavarian-style festival including a showcase of some of the best and authentic Oompah bands from around the world across all three sessions. Plus, a large selection of traditional German foods plus those all-important steins!

Session times: Friday evening 6-11pm Saturday afternoon 12-5pm Saturday evening 6-11pm Where: The Embankment, Peterborough Ticket price: £10 How to book:

8th October - 10:30am | Perkins Great Eastern Run The Perkins Great Eastern Run is one of the fastest growing half marathons in the country. Starts 10.30am.

Where: The Embankment Ticket Prices: £29 to participate; Free to spectate How to enter:

18th-31st October | Spooky Tours The popular Spooky Tours are returning, with local ghostly expert Martin Tempest. The tours are designed to be scary but fun. Although not recommended for children under 11, parents can decide if it is suitable for their children.

The tour takes place in the evening with low-level lighting across uneven surfaces, steps and in the open air in all weathers. You will be on your feet for up to 50 minutes so please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Where: Burghley House Ticket Prices: £16pp How to enter:

21st October | Glow in the Park The perfect combination of work out and night-out, Glow In The Park is the ultimate night-time neon 5km fun event for families and friends. Join us on an epic voyage through six Glow Zones.

Where: Peterborough Arena Ticket Prices: From £19.50 Time: 6.30pm – 11pm How to enter:

Electrifying light shows and energising beats will carry you around the dark course as you Get Your Glow On in the Foam Zone, powder up in the UV Paint Blast Zone and get grooving in the Time Tunnel. Open to all abilities and age groups – you can dance it, walk it, jog it or run it.

28th-29th October | Classic Bike Live The two-day event will be a haven of classic and iconic machines, showcasing the very best in restored British, Japanese and European motorcycles including a collection of Norton’s through the ages. Times: 9am-4pm.

Where: Peterborough Arena Ticket Prices: £9 How to enter:

Café - Cocktails - Dining - Afternoon Tea

Open 7 days a week Food served from Monday - Friday: 8am to 9pm Saturday 8am to 9pm & Sunday 12pm to 9pm

For bookings E: T: 07528 663038 FB: harrysbarcafe Harry’s Bar, Northminster Road, Peterborough PE1 1YN


WHAT’S ON Dates for your diary 29th October | Rhino’s Classic Body Building Competition The best - equipped gym in the East Midlands, Rhino’s Gymnasium, will be hosting its second Independent Bodybuilding show and competition. Classes include: Juniors U23 (including Teen U20), Masters Over 40s, Masters Over 50s, Ladies Bikini, Ladies Trained Figure, Ladies Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, Novice, Classic Bodybuilding, Men’s Bodybuilding Under 80kg, Men’s Bodybuilding Under 90kg, Men’s Bodybuilding 90kg & Over, Men’s Overall

More than £5,000 worth of prizes and trophies plus overall cash prize of £500 – there’s plenty to be won for all of those looking to compete. Entry fee for competitors is £10 and must be submitted before 25th October. Doors open 11am. Where: Stamford Corn Exchange Ticket Prices: Standard - £15; VIP - £25 How to book:

29th October | Omid Djalili: Schmuck For a Night Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances, is back on a nationwide tour. Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood to television and the West End stage. Restricted to over 16s!

Where: The Cresset Ticket Prices: £25.50 (face value £24) How to book:

4th November | Firework Fiesta Firework Fiesta is Peterborough’s largest charity event and has been in existence for more than 40 years, having raised in excess of £560,000 for local needy causes through the clubs that organise and manage the event. This year promises to be the biggest and most spectacular event ye. It will include a live stage show, larger fair, side shows, stands and food outlets..

Where: East of England Showground Ticket Prices: Children (ages 2 up to under 15 years) - £3 (Advance) or £5 (on the night); Adults (aged 15 and above) - £7 (Advance) or £10 (on the night) How to book:

4th November | Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Guideline – over 16s.

Where: The Cresset Ticket Prices: £25.50 (face value £24) How to book:

9th November | Bowie Experience Bowie Experience is a spectacular concert featuring all of David Bowie’s hits. An unforgettable journey of sound and vision through David Bowie’s golden years from Space Oddity through to Let’s Dance. Bowie Experience is the world’s favourite and most authentic tribute to the thin white duke and continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail.

The world’s number one celebration of David Bowie features songs including Space Oddity, Starman, Fashion, Life on Mars, China Girl, Rebel Rebel, Golden Years, Modern Love, All the Young Dudes, Let’s Dance, Heroes and Absolute Beginners. Where: The Cresset Ticket Prices: £25.50 How to book:


WHAT’S ON Dates for your diary Sat 18 Nov | Queensgate Christmas Lights Switch On Celebrate Christmas with the Christmas Light Switch On.

Where: Queensgate Shopping Centre Ticket Prices: Free entry More info:

22nd-23rd November | John Bishop Winging It Tour 2017 Comedy superstar John Bishop will kick-off this huge 35date tour on 4 October in Belfast, and will then perform at major arenas in Ireland and across the UK, before finishing in Manchester on 25 November.

Where: Peterborough Arena Ticket Prices: £39.20 How to book:

23rd November | Phill Jupitus – Juplicity Stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for more than an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. Doors open 7pm. Start 8pm.

Where: Stamford Corn Exchange Ticket Prices: £15 How to book: 01780 766455

25th November – 24th December | Santa Specials Your Santa experience starts with a welcome from the station staff and badge team - entertainment is provided at busy weekends. This is followed by an exciting visit to Santa’s log cabin where each child receives a special present from the old gentleman himself. Following a short wait families then join the steam hauled, decorated train for a 50 minute ride to Peterborough and return. During the journey train staff serve the children with a drink and chocolates. Parents and other adults are not forgotten

with a mince pie and either an alcoholic miniature, wine or a hot drink. Santa walks through the train to see the children, providing an opportunity to take photographs and to wish everyone the compliments of the season. Where: Nene Valley Railway Ticket Prices: £20 How to book:

29th November | Paul Chowdhry: Live innit Following his 2015 100-date sell-out tour, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry brings his highly anticipated new stand-up show to venues nationwide.

Where: The Cresset Ticket Prices: £21.50 (face value £20) How to book:

29th-30th November | Angel Fair Elton Hall will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland, hosting a wide variety of high-end Christmas stalls to inspire and complete your seasonal shopping list. Organised by Lady Victoria Leatham for the second year, the event promises to be the place to buy everything you need for the festive period, including gifts from international sellers ranging from luxury jewellery by Barbara Acton-Bond to stocking fillers, children’s toys and decorations. All profits from the Angel Fair will be split between three charities: The British Heart Foundation, Royal Agricultural

Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Sue Ryder and Thorpe Hall Hospice. Refreshments and a present wrapping service will be available. Open on 29th from 11am to 8pm and 30th November from 10am to 3pm. Where: Elton Hall Ticket Prices: £5 per person and children under 12 get in free How to book:

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Find out more at: SYCAMORE PETERBOROUGH Official fuel economy figures for the BMW Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) range: Combined 83.1-148.7mpg (3.4-2.0 l/100km). CO2 emissions 294-44 g/km. Figures are obtained in a standardised test cycle using a combination of battery power and petrol fuel after the battery had been fully

charged. All figures are intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not be representative of what a user achieves under usual driving conditions. Plug-in hybrid vehicles require mains electricity for charging. *£2,000 Lower Emissions Allowance towards new BMWs with CO2 emissions of 130g/km (NEDC) or below. New vehicle must be registered by 31 December 2017 and in the same name and address as trade-in vehicle. Trade-in vehicle must be diesel, any brand, EU4 emission standard or older and owned for at least 12 months. Retail customers only. Participating Retailers only. Can be used in conjunction with other offers. Terms and conditions apply.

FOR THOSE WHO TAKE THEIR DRIVING SERIOUSLY AND THEIR FINANCES, TOO MASERATI GHIBLI DIESEL. FROM £445 PER MONTH* You know you have always wanted to own a Maserati. Now there is absolutely nothing to hold you back. The Ghibli Diesel four door saloon is every inch a Maserati, featuring a gorgeous, coupé-like silhouette, luxury leather interior and with its economical yet potent diesel engine, 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, there are also plenty of rational reasons to justify your decision.


Official fuel consumption figures for the Maserati Ghibli Diesel MY17 in mpg (l/100 km): Urban 36.7 (7.7), Extra Urban 57.6 (4.9), Combined 47.9 (5.9). CO2 emissions on combined cycle: 158 g/km. Fuel consumption and CO2 figures are based on standard EU tests for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results.*Business Contract Hire. Maserati Ghibli MY17 V6d 4dr Auto (including mica paint at £660). Initial rental of £4,450, followed by 47 monthly rentals of £445, excl. VAT & excluding maintenance. Based on 9,000 miles pa. Excess mileage charges apply. Vehicles must be registered between 01/04/17 and 30/06/17. Subject to status. Guarantees may be required. Ts&Cs apply. Maserati Contract Hire, SL1 0WU.

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