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…and much more! It’s easy to create one of this season’s hottest looks, and we show you how. All you need is the right (white) shirt…

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Fashion feature Fetish Fashion: something for everyone



STYLE Get the look

04 Fashion Fetish Fashion - this seasons hot look 06 WEDDINGS Everything to make your big day perfect

leisurE Fun time!

08 travel Great skiing destinations… 09 films Super 8, reviewed 10 clubs Whether you’re a mini or a senior, get involved in some of Telford’s best clubs 12 fitness & wellbeing Getting in shape and keeping those resolutions in 2012 13 competition WIN 10 comedy DVDs courtesy of HMV in Telford Shopping Centre

Home Property & ideas

14 Furniture restoration Creating masterpieces from unloved furniture 16 PROPERTY Property of the month 17 ask the architect Email your architectural questions on any topic 18 dream kitchens QA Ironbridge open a stunning new showroom in Newport

motoring News & features

20 FEATURE Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid 21 news Motoring news from around the world

FAMILY Features & advice

22 theatre Severn Amazing performances for all the family to enjoy

Food & Drink Tasty treats

24 new chef in town A feature on the beautiful The Lion Quays Waterside Resort 26 Food & drink guide Places to eat and drink out in Telford & surrounding area

NEWS & EVENTS What’s on


motoring News & reviews


travel Your essential guide to hitting the slopes

28 Town centre development See what’s happening behind the scenes… 29 olympic news The Olympic Torch makes its way through parts of Telford

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30 startup shropshire Success stories of young enterprise in Shropshire 32 the social scene The advantages and pitfalls of social networking

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fashion feature

Prim Improper and

byAnne Galway

Fetish fashion is one of the key looks this season with those celebrity style statements even more risqué than usual.


odel and new mum Miranda Kerr went out and about in Paris in skinny leather trousers, while teenage acting sensation Selina Gomez wowed in LA in sequinned hotpants showing off some of the hottest looks of the moment. But Donna Middleton, founder of The Shirt Company, said they also have something else in common with many famous faces adding an extra thrill to their outfits by teaming the wilder side of their wardrobe with prim and crisp white shirts. Donna’s signature style has given women’s shirts and blouses a whole new look, introducing oversized bows, ruffles and statement collars. She said that mixing and matching the strait-laced beauty of a classic staple with the suggestive allure of ontrend fabrics such as leather is proving a potent mix for

celebrities and style icons the world over. Donna said it was a great way to flirt with fashion and the London-based firm had taken ‘prim and improper’ as inspiration when shooting its new season’s looks. “Leather is one of the musthave looks this season and sequins have a huge appeal,” she explained. “But of course women want a manageable and fresh new way to work this look. Luckily it shows that fetish fashion is going to be a much easier look to carry off than we might have imagined it would be and for women of all ages.

Wear the Helena with leather trousers and loafers or towering heels

“…sequin shorts are just all the more dazzling with a white blouse or shirt.”

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“It’s about making it workable for everyday. Teaming a button-down white shirt with a pair of skinny leather trousers is an outfit which could work for all kinds of occasions. Again sequin shorts are just all the more dazzling with a white blouse or shirt. Or imagine the added appeal of luxurious velvet next to a clean white shirt.” Donna, a New Zealand based-designer, launched

The Shirt Company because she believed women loved the simplicity of a wardrobe classic but still wanted it to stand out from the crowd. “It does prove how versatile a white shirt can be and how glamorous it can look.” Donna has also come up with five key combinations featuring her best-selling shirts showing how you can mix and match this season’s best looks.

The Tina will wow with feather skirt and ankle boots

The stunning Michaela will look great with slim leg trousers and sequin blazer

The Marianna is fetish fabulous with black suede shorts and knee high boots

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travel feature

Hitting the slopes

It’s January, and we’re only really at the start of the main snow and ski season. So where in the world can you slope off to? Amy Bould dusts off her skis and investigates…


he fresh powder in the Alps madcap winter initiatives to attract your weary head after all attracts millions of ski visitors to its slopes and skies. the food and exercise, the incredible enthusiasts every year, Fans of Great British Menu, which Alpina Dolomites Lodge the North American hotspots of Utah features Shropshire’s own award( ) is located and Colorado and Whistler, in Canada, winning chief Will Holland on the Alpe di Siusi, Europe’s most are also on travel wishlist of winter beautiful and largest high-altitude sport aficionados. plateau. A 56-room, five star, luxury It is the lesser known resorts spa hotel offers the very best in which are seeing a surge in visitors the wellness, health, fitness and numbers, with skiers deciding beauty arenas, plus a wide range of they want more from their winter activities for sports buffs. break than crowded pistes and In the same region, you’ll find queues for the ski-lift. the four-star Hotel Tirler Alm One such region is the South (, a new Tyrol, Italy’s northern most ski-in-ski-out hotel, a family run province, which sells itself as hotel built with sustainability in “combining Alpine staidness with mind. And the allergy-busting Italian joie-de-vivre”. The UNESCO part? It’s an entirely pollen-free ind m in World Heritage site of the Dolomites zone with a focus on catering to ity Hotel Tirler Alm: bil ina sta built with su provides around 1,000 kilometres sensitive, alergy-prone guests. A family run hotel of downhill runs for skiers and Of course, you don’t need to sneeze snowboarders, 90 per cent of which of La Becasse in Ludlow, may at everything to stay here – it’s in a are at elevations of over 1,500 metres. remember Hywel Jones competing for fantastic location connecting right onto The famous Sellaronda circuit is the the Welsh region. This year, Hywel has the Dolomiti Superski and offers family heart of the Dolomiti Superski area transported his skills to the South Tyrol apartments as well as a spa with mindwhere 300 snow groomers keep the which boasts the highest concentration boggling treatments to boost skin tone slopes in perfect conditions and 450 of Michelin stars of any Italian province. and stimulate circulation. state-of-the-art lift systems eliminate The chef has devised dishes for the The snow sticks around at the downtime for the impatient among you. Alta Badia Taste for Skiing initiative. European resorts until well into What makes the South Tyrol different, This programme sees ten MichelinSpring…so go get your skis on! and why it is gaining in popularity, is the starred chefs create menus for selected holiday experience it offers both on and mountain ski huts in the region, which off-piste. means skiers with an appetite for good Find more online at From an allergy-busting boutique food can complete the Gourmet Ronda hotel (yes, really) to a pony-powered circuit, savouring the taste of the region ski lift, a wine ski-safari to swanky new as they hop from one hut to another. chalets, the South Tyrol has a slew of If you’re looking for somewhere to lay 08 HUB MAGAZine | January 2012


Top Ski Gadget The Ortovox You won’t meet hard-core skiers without one. This little piece of kit is a fully digital, triple antenna avalanche beacon, with a multiple burial indicator. It has a search range of up to 40 metres and is especially easy to use. The Patroller Digital is the perfect avalanche beacon for any beginner caught in an avalanche rescue situation. Well, we like to have the worst case scenario covered!

On a Budget?

» Trevor Morris is Hub Magazine’s resident film critic. A kick-ass web developer & movie junkie, you can find ‘Trovsters’ reviews on the Hub website or check out Trovster online.

SUPER 8 Money to spend?

For those looking for lesser known resorts on a budget, you could head to Bulgaria ( in 2012 with the resort of Pamporovo in the Rhodope Mountains seeing a rise in visitors keen to stay clear of Eurozone areas and resulting price rises. Finland ( is also looking to attract a new generation of skiers, with holidays at Finnish resorts of Levi and Ruka available at a more affordable price than the more popular (and pricey) resorts of Val d’Isère in France and the Swiss ski hotspot of Verbier. And of course, without even getting on a plane, less than a day’s drive will find you in the Scottish (www.visitscotland. com) ski resorts of Glencoe and Glenshee, the latter is seeing Scotland’s first new chairlift for more than a decade installed for the 2011/2012 season.

Chalet Trois Ours (sleeps 10) sits on the main slopes of Meribel, one of the prettiest ski resorts in France. Furnished with beautiful stone fire places, plush sofas and huge bedrooms and bathrooms stocked with Hermès bath products, guests can also indulge in an outdoor jacuzzi with views of the slope beside you. One week costs from £16,576 and includes luxury accommodation with a team of staff, daily breakfast and afternoon tea, champagne and canapés each night, dinner on six nights with carefully selected house wines and private airport transfers. To book Chalet Trois Ours visit or phone +44 751 858 2147.

Meribel: Mon ey Them Chalet no object ? Tr £16,500 for ois Ours is yours for the week

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uper 8 is a science fiction film written and directed by J. J. Abrams (Star Trek, Cloverfield), which centres around a group of misfit kids who, while making their own amateur film, inadvertently witness a catastrophic train crash. What follows is an unabashed homage to late ‘70s / early ‘80s films, such as ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Goonies. While the affected suburban town and it’s residents are being over run by the military who are trying to contain an unearthly secret, the kids must avoid capture, build their relationships, save friends and uncover the mystery behind the train crash. Acting like you’re acting can be difficult at the best of times, even for seasoned and respected actors, but the opening act solidifies the strength of the young cast, who do admirably and carry the majority of the film on their own. The film has more heart and emotion than most

summer blockbusters, but doesn’t hold back in the thrills department, with dazzling visuals and action sequences the film zips along at a good pace. It is beautifully shot and although there is a definite ‘classic science fiction’ feel, Abrams has modernised the visuals and infuses his own aesthetic. It has a solid combination of high production values, an interesting – but not groundbreaking – familyfriendly science fiction storyline, good acting and a retro soundtrack, all of which add up to a better than usual Hollywood film. Overall, Super 8 is a decent film, and although suffering a less than satisfactory ending, it is entertaining and deserves your attention throughout. A good homage to an era of cinema which the target audience no doubt cherishes.

4/5 Super 8 is available now on DVD and BluRay. Find more film reviews at Imagery courtesy of HMV.

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Shropshire Warriors


hropshire Warriors Basketball Club is one of Shropshire Telford and Wrekin’s largest and most successful sporting organisations. Over the course of the 13 years since its foundation, the scale of the Club’s programme and the size of its membership have grown annually to a point where there are more than 200 members and 14 competitive teams across all age groups. The club is Clubmark Accredited by England Basketball and is one of a very small number of Clubs to have been awarded 4 Star Club status. The club has also won a number of prestigious awards. The Club’s ever expanding programme caters for all ages and for both sexes, training at Telford College of Art and Technology’s well equipped sports arena. The Warriors’ youngest members are those boys and girls in its Micros and Minis section catering for children from ages 4 to 11 years. The Warriors’ Junior section offers weekly development squad coaching to youngsters in U13, 14, 15, 16 and 18 age categories and teams drawn from those development squads compete in Regional or National Leagues. For adults, the Club runs one women’s team and three men’s teams. These teams play on a weekly basis in the West Midlands league Championships. Both the Women’s team and the Senior A team have been West Midlands Champions in the last four years. The Club’s flagship team is its England Basketball League Division 3 men’s team. Like all the Club’s other teams it trains and plays its home matches in the state of the art Sport TCAT Arena, which is one of English Basketball’s premier indoor facilities.


telford tigers


he club is owned and run by a registered supporters trust, called Tiger Tracks, and are the first ice hockey club in Britain to be run by the local community for the local community. Tigers play in the English Premier League which is a semi professional development league. Tigers are coached by Tom Watkins, former Great Britain international and current GB under 20’s assistant coach. Tigers are building a reputation for developing the best young British talent and currently have four players in the GB under 20’s squad for the World Championships in Germany (more than any other team in the league) in addition to our player coach. If you’ve never seen ice hockey before, come and see what you’re missing out on, the game is split into three twenty minute periods filled with hard hitting action and goals. For all the latest information on the Telford Tigers check out our website Admission prices are £10 adults, £5 children and concessions. Ice Hockey is the fastest team sport in the world, with a great family atmosphere, so why not come along and support your local team? New faces are always welcome and we’d love to see you there.Tigers play their home games at Telford Ice Rink on Sundays with face off at 5.30pm.

Find out more and get involved…

Find out more and get involved…

Tel: 01952 505 865




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shifnal cricket club


hifnal Cricket Club was established in 1849. The existing pavilion, the subject of this appeal, was opened in 1967 by England and Yorkshire Cricketing legend, Sir Leonard Hutton, and cost just over £6,000. It has been the subject of much alteration since then. In recent times, perhaps because of its “very sixties” design including a now disintegrated flat roof and despite much investment in maintenance, the pavilion has fallen into a serious state of disrepair. The ground continues to be shared by strong Bowling and Tennis sections and provided sporting activity for over 2,000 people, of all ages in 2010. In recent years the board of Shifnal Cricket, under the chairmanship of Adrian Collins and Phil Cotter, must take great credit for their outstanding achievements both on and off the field. With several home coached players and youngsters now in the first team and many more in the second third and fourth teams, the Clubs investment in junior cricket is paying dividends. There remains only one extremely urgent and hugely significant outstanding task to complete, the pavilion is in a state of disrepair that can no longer be ignored. Your help is urgently required and will be greatly appreciated to help us re-build the pavillion. How can you help? • Make an immediate direct donation of any amount you wish, either in one payment or twelve monthly payments of an amount of your choice. • Become a Friend of the 2011 Shifnal Cricket Club pavilion appeal with a donation of between £100 and £350.


telford performing arts


ur Dance School in Telford is located at Ketley Community Centre where we run our full range of dance, drama, singing, Musical theatre, and Dance Fitness classes from Monday to Friday every week. On Thursday evenings we also run a variety of classes in Childs Ercall at Jubilee Hall. We pride ourselves on being a friendly dance school where everyone is made welcome and classes are designed to be fun. There are no membership fees or term fees at Telford Academy. Simply pay as you go, or opt for one of our Value for Money payment schemes to save money. At Telford Academy we truly believe that Dance and The Performing Arts is for everyone. Our youngest students are 2.5, and our oldest students stopped celebrating birthdays some years ago! We’re passionate about the performing arts and are dedicated to all those people that wish to enjoy them too. Give us a call, email us, or pop in to find out more. Hope to see you in a class soon!

• Donate materials for use on the second phase of the project. (Paint, electrical goods, heaters etc.) • Offer your skills to help with the work. (Quality decorating and finishing skills will be needed to enable us to achieve the finish required to make the pavilion a desirable social venue).

“If you are a UK taxpayer, we can increase your donation by 28% at no additional cost to you through the Government’s Gift Aid scheme. When making your donation, tell us you wish to Gift Aid it and we’ll do the rest.” Please make all cheques, payable to the Shifnal Cricket Club Pavilion Appeal 2011.

Find out more and get involved…

Find out more and get involved…


Tel: 07837 88 00 12

Please send cheques addressed to :- Peter Houlston, 36, Finchale Avenue, Priorslee, Telford, TF2 9YE

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fitness and wellbeing


ow do you feel as the New Year kicks What’s yours this year? in? Happy with what you see in the mirror » I want to do » Mine is to in the morning, or are you wanting to what I help stay fit and make changes to you and your lifestyle? others to healthy and do - have a put into If you made a New Year resolution then you true work life practice probably decided that you wanted to change balance, a good income, be new ideas from my recently something in your life!

In 2011 the top 10 resolutions were: • Lose Weight • Get Organised • Spend Less, Save More • Enjoy Life to the full • Stay Fit and Healthy

• Learn something exciting • Quit Smoking • Help Others • Fall in love • Spend more time with family

What are your chances of success? A study by Herefordshire University found that 78% of people will fail when making a New Year’s resolution.

healthy and have the time to live life to the full! I have lots of reasons for making it happen. I have a lovely new home to enjoy. I will be a grandparent for the first time and I want to increase my fitness for myself and my family.

completed Obesity and Diabetes Management course. Through exercise and nutrition I can help many people make a healthier change to their lifestyle, increasing self confidence and motivation.

On a scale of 1 to 10 are you confident that you will keep YOUR New Year Resolution?

Ideal Fitness and the Freedom Group can help you to succeed. We will be coming up with some great ideas over the next few months to help you and us stay on track.


Start off 2012 by getting our top tips on keeping fit and losing weight and give yourself a Lifestyle MOT. Go to now!

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ou’ll love New Year shopping at hmv in the Telford Shopping Centre. You’ll find a fantastic selection of the very best in music, film and games and other great gift ideas for all your family and friends, including books, calendars, posters and gadgets. Now your local hmv also offers a wide range of the very latest in premium-branded personal technology such as cool headphones from the likes of Beats by Dr Dre, Skullcandy and MARLEY, as well as tablets and netbooks, mp3 players and speakerdocks, not to mention a great selection of Apple products and accessories. Some of the amazing CDs available include great new albums and greatest hits from the likes of One Direction, JLS, Michael Bublé, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Pixie Lott, Rihanna, Olly Murs, Susan Boyle, Matt Cardle and Westlife. While you’ll be even more spoilt for choice for TV & Film, with DVDs, Blu-rays and boxsets of all your favourites, including Downton Abbey, Inbetweeners, Miranda, Dr Who, Harry Potter, Kung Fu Panda, Transformers, Lion King and Bridesmaids. There’s also great comedy stand up to choose from as well, including the latest offerings from Peter Kay, Alan Carr, Russell Howard, Russell Kane, Jimmy Carr and Sarah Millican. If games are more your thing - then look no further than Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - 2011’s stand-out release, and you’ll also find a brilliant selection of new titles and consoles for Nintendo Wii and 3DS, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. 01952 288 298 | 13

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furniture restoration

Beautiful hand-painted furniture adds a touch of glamour to any home, whether your style is country living or cutting edge, urban chic. » Peta Green from Paint It explains, “Paint It is all about giving a new lease of life to a piece of furniture and revitalising a favourite dresser, table or chair. Each piece is unique and it’s so rewarding to see them transformed with a lovely patina reflecting the beauty of the natural wood.”


ased locally in Lilleshall, Paint It sells hand-painted wooden furniture in both traditional and contemporary styles and offers a bespoke furniture painting service. The business was officially launched in March 2011 at the prestigious National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the Birmingham NEC and since then it has received commissions to paint everything from a traditional French dresser to kitchen tables and chairs, wardrobes, sewing boxes and bedside cabinets.

Painted and finished to the customer’s exact requirements, each item of furniture is restored with love and care and a high level of attention to detail. All furniture is handpainted using eco-friendly specialist paint with a wide choice of paint finishes from neutrals to bold colours. Special effects and artwork images can be hand-painted onto any item too with specialities including heart shapes, chessboards and flags. A recent commission for Enterprise HQ, the business hub based in Coalport, involved hand-painting a Union Jack design onto one of their large boardroom tables (see picture, left).

“A collection and delivery service is available and, if someone is looking for a particular piece of furniture, we can help source, paint and finish it to their exact requirements too. We can visit France to source items for customers too.” To see a selection of Paint It’s range of hand-painted wooden furniture, please visit Stock changes regularly and you can also see examples of Paint It’s work in several shops in Telford and the surrounding area. This includes the Cookshop in Newport, Newton-onthe-Hill in Ironbridge, Jemima’s Kitchen in Church Stretton, Blue Florist in Shifnal and Shrewsbury, and May Blossom in Shifnal. 14 HUB MAGAZine | January 2012


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property of the month

Property of the month Muxton Manor Farm

44 Muxton Lane, Telford. Offers around £459,950 Contact 01952 292300, » 5 bedrooms » 2 En-suites » Family bathroom » Breakfast kitchen » Utility room and pantry » Ground level cellar » Double bay garage » Mature gardens all round

» Believed to date back to the 17th century, this Grade II listed farmhouse has been lovingly restored to create a spacious family home comprising features such as a brick fireplace, beamed ceilings and exposed framework. A large walled garden with detached double bay garage complete this stunning property.

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qa feature

Newport showroom unveiled… A Shropshire company which has been in business for almost 30 years has opened a brand new showroom in Newport. top tips to create your dream kitchen… 1 Think about the style of your property, and what type of kitchen would best suit it. 2 Colour can change the way a space feels, and can appear different in changing light, so make sure you’re comfortable with your choice. 3 Consult the professionals; a high quality kitchen (and bathroom) is a real feature, and can add value to your home - speak to QA and get the most from your investment.


A Ironbridge Limited is the largest independent manufacturer of kitchen and bedroom cabinets in the area, employing around 70 people, and has a fleet of 18 vehicles. The company has now officially launched a new showroom on the Audley Avenue industrial estate in Newport, to complement its main showroom in Haygate Road, Wellington. Managing director, Dave Teece, said the opportunity to launch the new showroom came as a result of the closure of GG Ceramics.

‘‘ kitchens bedrooms bathrooms tiles Accessories

We offer much more than just kitchen, bathroom and bedroom units - working in partnership with premium suppliers such as Porcelanosa (tiles) and Aga (cookers) ensures our customers receive the very best products and service.”

The showroom has been completely transformed with a range of bathroom and kitchen displays, and the response from customers has been extremely positive. “We’ve been very pleased with the comments we’ve received from customers in the Newport area, and they’ve been full of praise for what we’ve achieved. “Since our launch there has been a great deal of interest in just what we

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have to offer, and customers have been particularly impressed with the displays in our showroom which showcase some of our most creative designs.” Dave said QA Ironbridge had ambitious plans for the Newport branch, and they were hoping to build the business even further with the aim of creating new jobs in the future. Customers who visit the showroom will also recognise former GG Ceramics director, Galwyn Gatward, who has stayed on to manage the business, ensuring its close links to Newport will continue.

The QA Ironbridge and Newport teams provide design, manufacturing and installation services for both private clients and commercial customers including house builders, sports clubs, holiday parks, and local authorities and housing associations. To find out more visit or call 01952 811671.

Clockwise from left: Galwyn Gatward and Dave Teece at the new QA Newport showroom on the Audley Avenue industrial estate. QA can help you choose the right tiles, fixtures and fittings to suit your bathroom design. Creating unique, quality kitchens, whatever the style.


…customers have been particularly impressed with the displays in our showroom which showcase some of our most creative designs.”

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motoring feature

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid the most technically-advanced Volvo model ever Vital Statistics 5-cylinder 2.4l turbo diesel engine (215 hp) 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery (70 hp) CO2 emission 49g/km* 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds 621 mile range


he Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid and is Volvo Car Corporation’s most technically advanced model ever - an electric car, hybrid car and muscle-car all rolled into one. At the touch of a button, the driver can choose which of the three cars they want to drive at any given moment. The indicative price of the world’s first plug-in hybrid with diesel engine is starting at between £45,000 and £50,000 in the UK, minus any government subsidy for electric cars (Plug-in Car Grant). Sales get under way at the start of 2012 with a limited model year production run of 1,000 cars starting in November 2012. They will be offered with Pure Limited specification, which includes the highest SE Lux trim level. “Our plug-in hybrid has received considerable attention since it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011. Now we’re taking the next step by presenting the production model, which is graced with a distinctive profile featuring a spectacular silver colour, an exclusive interior and generous standard equipment,” says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation. The production version of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be launched in just one colour - Electric Silver. The car is also distinguished by aero-designed 17-inch wheels, integrated exhaust tailpipes and a number of bodywork features in glossy black, such as the grille and the aerodynamic front spoiler. The chromed “Plug-in Hybrid” emblem is found both on the lower part of the tailgate and in a smaller version on the front wings. 20 HUB MAGAZine | January 2012

» Nordic region the biggest market After the initial batch of 1,000 cars for model year 2013, production of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will increase to 4,000-6,000 cars as of model year 2014. About 30 per cent of total volume will go to Sweden and the other Nordic countries. Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK will have a share of between 5 and 15 per cent each.

“The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbo diesel producing 215 hp, the rear wheels by an electric motor producing 70 horsepower.” » The first Volvo with the D6 badge On the car’s tailgate there is a D6 badge. The reason is that the combined performance of the five-cylinder turbo diesel and electric motor puts the car firmly within the same horsepower range as the petrol powered T6. The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbo diesel producing 215 hp and maximum torque is 440 Nm. The car has a six-speed automatic transmission. The rear axle is powered by an electric motor producing 70 horsepower. The electric motor is supplied with power from an 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed under the floor of the load compartment.

automotive news » Three driving modes - three cars in one The driver selects the required driving mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power. In Pure mode the car is powered solely by its electric motor as much as possible. If the battery pack has been recharged with electricity from renewable sources, its range is up to 32 miles with no carbon dioxide emissions from the tailpipe. The electric range varies with terrain, climate and driving style. Hybrid mode is the standard setting whenever the car is started. The diesel engine and electric motor cooperate to ensure optimal balance between driving pleasure and environmental footprint. CO2 emission (NEDC, mixed driving cycle for certification) is just 49g/km* and it has a total range of up to 621 miles. In Power mode the technology is optimised to give the car the maximum possible power. The diesel engine and electric motor have a total power output of 215+70 horsepower and maximum torque of 440+200Nm. The electric motor’s lightning-quick torque delivery contributes to the car’s acceleration from 0 to 62mph in 6.2 seconds. » Save battery power for later The driver can choose to save battery power in order to drive on pure electricity later on, for instance in an urban green zone or in the heart of a city.


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New BMW 3 series

» BMW today reveals first pictures and details of the new 3 Series, the sixth generation of the world’s best-selling premium saloon. The 3 Series Saloon is the heart of the BMW brand, responsible for one-fifth of the company’s global sales. When the latest incarnation of 3 Series goes on sale next February it will build on the current model’s position as the ultimate drivers’ car in its sector. But it will also be the most logical business proposition, thanks to new powertrains and additional EfficientDynamics fuelsaving, emissions-reducing technologies. The new BMW 3 Series Saloon is a car of contradictions: larger and more spacious than the model it replaces, but lighter; quicker in many cases, but more fuel-efficient; and more nimble and agile while even safer. There have been big steps forward in style, quality, comfort and specification for only a minimal price increase. A wider choice of trim levels and an extensive personalisation programme will allow 3 Series Saloon buyers to order virtually a bespoke car.

Ford focus ST takes starring role in new film blockbuster ‘The Sweeney’. » Flying Squad detectives Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and George Carter (Ben Drew aka Plan B) will lead a cast of crimebusting officers as they give chase to London’s criminals in black Ford Focus ST hot hatchbacks. Thanks to the Ford Focus ST’s 2.0-litre 250PS four-cylinder EcoBoost engine and explosive acceleration, the criminals will always struggle to make a clean getaway. Anthony Ireson, Ford Britain marketing director, said: “The new Focus ST is a hugely exciting car for Ford with terrific dynamic credibility. It will be a car for real driving enthusiasts, so Regan and Carter won’t be disappointed.” Last month special early-build Ford Focus ST models were secretly delivered to The Sweeney set, joining Ford Mondeos, Galaxys and Transits also being used as unmarked vehicles. Ford’s strong link with the 1970s Sweeney TV series saw Regan, Carter and their Flying Squad colleagues using a string of Ford Granadas, Consuls and Cortinas to make the streets of London a safer place.

new generation Audi A4 and S4 range » The A4 is Audi’s bestseller (for 39 years now) and in its eighth generation. The A4 forms the centrepiece of the Audi brand and now the design has become even more clearly defined and striking in all models – the Saloon, the Avant, the allroad quattro and the S4. Top of the engine line is the 3.0 TFSI in the sporty S4, developing 333PS whilst improving efficiency over the outgoing S4 model.

All new Swift Sport on sale this month priced at £13,500. » The Swift Sport is the performance flagship of the Swift model range and offers higher levels of tuning, steering and braking performance than the standard Swift on which it’s based. With a 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds and a 10 % lower combined fuel consumption of 44.1mpg, the new Swift Sport promises to build on its predece ssors success.

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22 family

theatre severn entertainment & services

Moscow State Circus, Mon 30 Jan.

The Chuckle Brothers, Tues 14 Feb.

Fireman Sam, Wed 15 Feb.

Cinderella on Ice, Wed 8 - Sun 12 Feb.

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The Moscow State Circus bring their latest & most spectacular show to Theatre Severn with the sensational extravaganza Babushkin Sekret. Inspired by the legend of ‘The 12 Chairs’, the new show takes us on an incredible journey in the company of the greatest circus performers on earth. A mammoth cast of Russia’s greatest and most talented circus artistes transform the most famous circus in the world, combining contemporary & classical circus in way never before witnessed.

Paul and Barry are visiting a theme park for the day and decide to brave going on one of the daring water rides. Once inside, they are leaning on a wall when they accidentally fall through and find themselves magically transported back in time in to a world of pirates and sunken treasures. Don’t miss this spectacular pirate adventure! Magic, mystery and mayhem are guaranteed. Fun and laughter for all the family and grandmother as well!

Join Fireman Sam, and all his friends, as Pontypandy hosts its first ever music festival! Station Officer Steel has booked a surprise guest star to perform at the festival, it’s a big secret. Norman Price and Mandy Flood are told to stay out of mischief but Naughty Norman is determined to find out who the secret superstar guest will be... at any cost. With great new songs, daring new rescues the Hero next door is back. Rock on down to Pontypandy to join in all the fun!

Awe and wonder awaits you as Theatre on Ice producers, Wild Rose, present the internationally acclaimed Russian Ice Stars stage a truly magical production of the well loved fairytale, Cinderella. The Russian Ice Stars deliver a dazzling interpretation of this enchanting story loved by all ages, a treat for the whole family. The high-speed combination of extraordinary skating & breath-taking aerial feats, will leave you mesmerised.


Performance: 2pm & 5pm Tickets: £14 Family: £52 Friends 10% Off




Performance: 7.30pm Tickets: £12 - £29 Friends 10% Off

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Performance: 1pm & 3.30pm Adult: £13 Child: £11 Friends 10% Off

Tickets: £20 - £27.50 Concessions: £2.50 Off Thu mat All tickets: £17.50 Child/Student: £15 (All performances) Friends 10% Off

Call the Theatre Severn Box office on:

01743 281 281 Cinderella on Ice Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Wednesday 8th - Sunday 12th February

Awe and wonder awaits you‌

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24 food & drink

food feature, The Lion Quays Waterside Resort

New Chef in town… The Lion Quays Waterside Resort appoint award winning Sumit Chakrabarty as Head Chef.


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art of a series of new senior management changes following the appointment of a new CEO in January, The Lion Quays Waterside Resort recently appointed Sumit Chakrabarty in the role of Head Chef as part of the investment being made into the Oswestry based business. Sumit Chakrabarty has an outstanding collection of awards and nominations and has come to Lion Quays Waterside Resort from a 4 star hotel in the Scottish Borders, where he and his team were nominated a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in May 2011. Other awards include Scottish Hotel Rising Star Chef of the Year and Best Chef’s Team 2010. The appointment of Sumit at Waterside resort includes three key members of his team.

The team of Chefs at The Lion Quays Sumit has worked alongside award-winning Michelin Star chefs and restaurants including Gordon Ramsey at Claridges in London, Mark Sargeant, George Blanc on Carnival Cruise Lines Miami and was Charge Chef at the two Rosette Cameroon Restaurant at Hilton Glasgow. Sumit says “I am very pleased to be joining the team and looking forward to producing food which reflects the quality of the facilities and service at Lion Quays Resort. I will be launching new menus in July with the introduction of some new dishes to complement the existing traditional home cooked food. I’m looking forward to making sure both of our Restaurants make their own mark in the gastronomic world.” Imagine a choice of restaurants – from a family-friendly traditional waterside restaurant & bar, to an intimate contemporary brasserie with outside dining terrace. The Waterside bar and restaurant serves great British and European classics with a modern twist, choose from slow cooked pork belly, poached fillet of sole, fillet steak and desserts to tempt all. While Nico’s Brasserie offers a more relaxed dining experience, offering modern international dishes as well as a selection of sharing platters and lighter options.

Left: The beautiful settings of The Lion Quays Waterside Resort 24 HUB MAGAZine | January 2012

THE WATERSIDE » Our traditional bar and restaurant interior were built using ancient reclaimed timber beams. The ambience is relaxed and cosy, and appeals to couples, friends and family groups alike. Here we serve an eclectic mix of dishes, to tempt the peckish and satisfy the most ravenous diner. Our highly trained chefs prepare the food to order, using fresh and local ingredients. Don’t hurry over your meal – take time to walk along the canal, enjoy a drink, or sit outside on the banks of the Llangollen waterway.

NICO’S BRASSERIE » When you’re looking for a more intimate venue, our brasserie is the perfect choice, offering international modern dishes, perfect for relaxed dining. Our menu is prepared in a contemporary open kitchen and you can eat al fresco on the terrace overlooking the tennis courts and nearby golf course. Here we serve mouth-watering barbeques from May to September. The Lion Quays Resort offers a relaxed ambience with facilities including a 5 star spa, member’s health club and a 4 star hotel with two restaurants, both open to the public for casual dining or formal dinner. The Resort was a finalist in the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce business awards for outstanding customer service and is part of the Shropshire Leisure Group which owns the Moreton Park Garden Centre and Lord Moreton public house and Hotel. A welcoming, intimate atmosphere awaits at Nico’s Brasserie

this winter

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hances are if you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, you’ll still have considered cutting back after the holiday festivities. Yes it’s that time of year when we swap indulgence for denial and when we all feel torn between our favourite comfort food and losing that extra bit of weight. So perhaps 2012 is the year to change our attitudes from self inflicted resistance to positively embracing the good stuff our bodies crave. With the fantastic array of fresh produce on our doorstep in Shropshire and the surrounding counties it’s easy to rustle up warm, comforting nutritious food all winter long. » Don’t cut back, just change your habits. OK, so it might be worth cutting back on the fatty food and alcohol for a little while and preparing more vegetable based meals a couple of times a week but you certainly won’t have to look far for inspiration. Cooks like Hugh Fernley Whittingstall and others have been pushing the boundaries when in comes to tasty meat-free meals, extolling the virtues of the humble root vegetable, brascias and leafy greens. For anyone who watched the Channel 4 programme ‘The Food Hospital’ before Christmas you’ll know just how life changing good eating habits can be and how important food is to keeping us fit and healthy. In Telford we’re lucky, the last five years has seen the expansion and growth of farm shops in (and surrounding) the town. Greenfields in Donnington recently opened a new branch in Priorslee, while Apley Farm shop in Norton opened in March. There’s also the Granary Farm Shop and Art Gallery at Weston Park to the east of Telford and the regular farmer’s market at Harper Adams University College. And don’t forget your local small food retailers and producers if you want to find locally produced gems - places such as the Gastronomy shop in Gnosall which sells great cheese by the likes of Mr Moydens while Fish in a Box based in Newport supply the freshest, healthiest fish you can find. January is the time for delicious slow cooked casseroles, creamy and flavourful risottos and, of course, who could forget filling and warming soups. How can a bowl of glorious roasted butternut squash soup be called denial? And if you’re still craving chocolate, don’t give it up - just choose the right chocolate in moderation. In fact, new research from the States has shown that dark chocolate can be just as good for you as exercise due to one of its plant-compound components. Now that is good news! Jo Gadsby, Food and Drink contributor 01952 288 298 | 25

26 food & drink

food & drink guide

Food & drink guide Hub Magazine’s guide to food, drink and socialising… Hot food

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Dogs welcome

The Lion, Priorslee, TF2 9NN

Shifnal Balti, Shifnal, TF11 8AZ

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A warm and welcoming atmosphere awaits at The Lion Inn, Priorslee. A family favourite with a large garden and fantastic play area for the children, pop down for a lunchtime bite or enjoy a hearty, home-cooked meal from our traditional menu. With a well stocked bar including traditional beers and guest ales and regular events to attend, there’s something for everyone! Keep checking the Hub website for a list of upcoming events, and drop in for some traditional Shropshire hospitality.

The award winning Shifnal Balti is a stylish, fully licensed, quality restaurant serving traditional Indian and Bangladeshi recipes with a fresh modern twist. Run by three brothers (Faz is the brother you’ll see most often) who pride themselves on professionalism, hard work and close team work, you can expect great service from this friendly and efficient team whenever you visit Shifnal Balti. Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Parties and other Special Occasions catered for - just contact them for more details.

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One of Faz’s Signature Balti Dishes.


The Dunn Cow, Ketley, TF2 7DU

The Brewery Inn, Coalport, TF8 7HZ

The Swan, Ironbridge, TF8 7NH

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The Dun Cow offers a homely, welcome atmosphere. Run by husband and wife Mark and Sarah, they offer good beer and good pub food! Real Cask Ales include Banks Mild, Wytchwood Hobgoblin and a guest Ale. They offer a pitcher of Carlsberg at only £8 and a bottle of house wine at only £6.99. Delicious and heart warming food, ranging from Steak & Ale pie and Rump Steak to lighter bites of barbecue chicken melt and tuna & mayo jacket potato, all at reasonable prices. Pop down and see for yourself!

The Brewery Inn meets the needs of locals and tourists, who are searching for a refreshing drink, quick snack or an unfussy meal in a friendly family pub. It is a value-formoney pub providing freshly prepared and cooked to order food including many vegetarian options. The Brewery Inn has a pleasant lounge bar that seats up to 80 people. There is also an enclosed riverside patio area, easily seating 40 people, that is always popular in the summer. It provides outstanding views of the River Severn.

The Swan B & B is a 4 star eighteenth century malthouse located on the banks of the river severn within 300yds of the Iron bridge. We are the oldest pub in Ironbridge, combining old and new styles which is highly reflected in the extensive menu, served in our gastro style restaurant or relaxed bar area. The Swan is renowned for it’s warm atmosphere and friendly staff. We have live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights until 1am rooms are available too!

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Some live entertainment on a Friday and Saturday night.

Good food & beer, at a price that will make you smile!

A meal & drink and watch the world float by…

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The Restaurant @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, SY3 8FT

Henri’s Bar, Shifnal, TF11 9AA

The Valley Hotel, Ironbridge, TF8 7DW

The White Hart, Ironbridge, TF8 7AW

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Located on Circle Level, The Restaurant @ Theatre Severn offers diners spectacular views across the River Severn and Shrewsbury’s medieval townscape, providing a relaxed café atmosphere during the day, and fine dining on performance nights, just a few steps from your seats. The Restaurant is the perfect venue for a fresh breakfast, matinée lunch or pre-show evening dinner. Group bookings welcome and early booking recommended.

The team would like to invite you to experience the fine foods, wines and cocktails you would find whilst in a French bistro at our charming venue located in the heart of Shifnal. Newly refurbished and opened in September 2011 we offer one of the greatest dining experiences in Shropshire. Why not catch up with friends or family and whilst sampling our excellent wine list or have lunch with the girls? Whatever the reason you’re more than welcome at Henri’s.

Best Western Valley Hotel is a 3 star country house hotel, set on the banks of the River Severn in the world heritage site of Ironbridge, surrounded by stunning award winning parkland, making it very favourable to both the corporate and leisure guests. This Georgian listed building has 44 individually designed en-suite bedrooms, a Two AA rosette awarded restaurant, and full conference and banqueting facilities.

An 18th century Inn on the water front close to The Ironbridge. The White Hart has been around since before The Bridge was built. The White Hart is a light, modern pub, influenced by continental style, although it still retains a traditional air in its atmosphere and warm welcome. The menu is simple but up-to-the-minute, with home cooked food from our “Like Mother Used To Make Menu” a real favourite. Four refurbished en-suite double rooms are also available.

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A walk in the award-winning parkland which surrounds the Hotel. Beautiful!

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The Old Fighting Cocks, Oakengates, TF2 6DU

The Haygate, Wellington, TF1 1QA

The Lamb Inn, Edgmond, TF10 8HX

The Park Inn, Telford Centre, TF2 9FT

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We’re a traditional pub specialising in real ale and good company. We don’t have a big telly in the pub, we don’t have a juke box or a pool table either. What we do have is a friendly atmosphere and exceptionally good beer. We’ve got 7 real ales on every single day. In 2011 The Oakengates Picture House opened above The Old Fighting Cocks. Enjoy a takeaway in our dining room followed by a couple of drinks and top it all off with a film in a proper cinema!

Current owners of The Haygate, Richard & Tina Saxon have been there for 9 years and in that time have established themselves as a well known live music venue, hosting an array of national & international acts. Held every year are different festivals, such as the annual Telford Cider & Music Festival on the August bank holiday weekend, Punk & Ska Festival in July, Indie Music Festival in August & a new Metal Fest on April bank holiday weekend. So for the best in live music, visit The Haygate.

The Lamb is a unique family run Country Pub with a modern pub and restaurant offering excellent en-suite accommodation, fine food and cask ales. With lots to offer for all ages, includes two bars (one for private parties, weddings and other events up to 70 guests), pool table and darts area with a big screen TV and a great huge grassed play area for the children. A great restaurant with a specials board & range of offers including 2 Steaks for £15, Pie Night (Weds - Pie & Chips, £5), 2 for £10.95 Menu

Offering a tempting menu of international, regional and vegetarian dishes, the RBG Bar & Grill serves fine food in a relaxed setting. Signature dishes include sirloin steak, Thai beef salad and seven varieties of gourmet burgers. For a light lunch or delicious cocktail, the bar is perfect for meeting with friends or colleagues, or taking a break from exploring Telford. A wide variety of drinks are available, including cocktails and fine wines.

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2 Courses and a glass of house wine for £15! What a deal!

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Your favourite takeaway, pint and a film, all under one roof!

One of Henri’s extensive range of cocktails or maybe two!

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Music, music, music! For a list of gigs & events visit

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Any one of the fantastic offers - the pie’s our favourite.

‘The Grill’ menu, and sample one of the interesting wines from around the world.

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A shopping spree in the Town Centre followed by a welldeserved Sirloin Steak.

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28 news & events

southwater development

The future’s bright… Council leaders met with representatives from Citygrove at the consultation event in Telford Town Centre Library to register support for this major mixed use leisure development coming to Southwater. For more information on Southwater and the leisure development, visit and and come and join the discussion on Telford & Wrekin Council Facebook page. 28 HUB MAGAZine | January 2012


etailed plans and images of the proposed 11 screen Cineworld cinema, hotel, bars, restaurants and a multi storey car park were revealed at the exhibition ahead of the Council and Citygrove’s submission of a full planning application in December. This £20 million investment will be the catalyst for the whole Southwater scheme and will secure investment by many other major and national leisure chains; as well as generating 260 new jobs.The proposals are fully supported by the Central Telford Area Action Plan which highlighted Southwater as being the premier location for leisure development, located at a strategic point between The International Centre, Telford Shopping Centre and the Town Park. Outline planning consent for a multiscreen cinema was secured in June 2010 as part of wider plans to regenerate Southwater and create a real heart to the town. The planning application to be submitted in December was the next step in securing a first class leisure facility for the town. Citygrove Chairman Toby Baines said “We are really excited about working with the Council to help make their plans for Southwater become a reality.” “Having seen the masterplan for Southwater and worked with officers from the Council over the last few months we understand there is total commitment to delivering high quality developments and public spaces which can transform the image of Telford.” “This will be the sixth cinema we have developed with Cineworld who have been working closely with us in developing the planning application for the Telford cinema.” Cineworld was formed in 1995 and in January 2011 it became the number one cinema chain in the UK. The company currently operates 78 cinemas in the UK with an active expansion programme to acquire more cinemas.

olympic news

London 2012 Olympic Flame comes to Telford and Wrekin


The proposed leisure development will complement the established offer in Southwater which includes bowling, an ice rink which is seeing an additional £4m investment, bingo and the Town Park which is Telford’s premier outdoor space and shortly home to a new visitor centre. Plans to create high quality public spaces in including Southwater Square and a new and improved Southwater lake will create an attractive backdrop to these leisure uses. Telford & Wrekin Council leader Kuldip Sahota said: “We are 100 per cent committed to promoting leisure development at Southwater and having such a well known name as Cineworld signing up to get the development well and truly off the ground is just fantastic.” “At Cabinet in July, we approved a revised phase one programme of works for Southwater which included a cinema and hotel development. We recognised then the importance of the cinema in generating a vibrant evening economy which Telford town centre has lacked for so long. The forthcoming planning application means we are one step closer to making this a reality” “I am delighted that we are progressing our plans in conjunction with Citygrove and look forward to making some further announcements on other operators very soon.” “As is always the case I welcome any new inward investment, wherever this come from.” The Southwater development is a partnership between Telford & Wrekin Council, the Southwater Event Group and the Homes and Communities Agency. Southwater Event Group has also completed a major extension of their venue - The International Centre - to create additional event space which will attract even more business visitors to the area.

elford and Wrekin will welcome the Olympic Flame next May after the borough was confirmed today as a host location for the torch’s journey around the country. Ironbridge, Telford Town Centre and Newport will see the Olympic torch transported through them on the afternoon of Wednesday May 30, 2012. They are three of more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by torchbearers. Some of the route will be by convoy, other parts of it will see the flame carried by specially selected torchbearers. The details of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay (presented by Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung) have been announced today by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Telford and Wrekin is synonymous with inspirational invention and innovation and that very much ties in with the ideals and ethos represented by the Olympic torch. It will provide a chance for community celebrations to share in the Olympic spirit. It will also mark a countdown to the start of the Games and shine a light on all the communities which will welcome the flame.

London 2012 Olympic Olympic Games Commemorative Teddy Bear


his special teddy bear has been lovingly handmade by Merrythought to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic Games. He is based on a design from 1948 - the year London last hosted the Olympic Games. Visit for more information, and for the complete Merrythought range. For more news and events, visit

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stories of enterprise in telford


Young people make up 25% of our population and 100% of our future…


» Fay Easton manages the Start Up Shropshire campaign, and runs her successful ‘Business Hubs’ in Coalport and Hadley Park.

TART UP SHROPSHIRE is a campaign launched by Shropshire Enterprise Partnership to coincide with the launch of Start Up Britain in March 2011. START UP SHROPSHIRE specialises in helping local young people create a self employed enterprise using their talents and skills. In these times of mass youth unemployment as the numbers of young people out of work in the UK passes a million, we fervently believe that some local ‘people power’ can help provide ‘earning hope’ and ‘enterprising solutions’ to our young people. START UP SHROPSHIRE is focused on providing young people with contacts, workspace, practical business skills, coaching, mentoring, sales & marketing assistance and access to simple finance and export systems. At the heart of the Start Up Shropshire campaign is the desire to help young people. Here are two local stories of successful endeavour that are inspiring for other young people to follow.

For information on events and Start Up Clubs either phone Lorraine on 01952 580745 or check out the website » Newport-based entrepreneur Sarah Howe launched her online venture Collagen Beauty Products (www.collagenbeautyproducts. in Shropshire and was given her first promotional stand at the Start Up Shropshire event at Telford International Centre.

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» Sarah’s brand new company already employs a team of five and is the sole UK distributor of Bidanki, a Japanese-produced, highly concentrated collagen supplement that is claimed to help reverse the effects of ageing. Promoted as a natural alternative to Botox injections, the formula helps to reduce lines and wrinkles and improves skin tone. Sarah, the firm’s Managing Director, discovered the concept of collagen drinks whilst travelling across Asia and was overwhelmed by the product’s potential to take the UK anti-ageing market by storm. Sarah said:“I’d had no real desire to run my own business before my trip, but I couldn’t

help but see the popularity of these collagen-based drink supplements and so I researched the product and its benefits and was convinced that the market in the UK could be massive.” “From the age of around 25, people naturally start to lose collagen – a protein that acts as‘glue’ holding the body together – which leads to problems such as wrinkles, lines and saggy skin in later life.” The cosmetic anti ageing industry is worth billions of pounds and Sarah believes that her collagen-based drink supplements are by far the most effective method to reverse the ageing process as the supplement is absorbed and works from ‘the inside out’.

“Medical advice recommends a daily collagen intake of around 6,000mg is needed to reverse the signs of ageing. Our collagen supplement contains the entire daily requirement in a single 25ml serving, and because it is in the form of a drink, it is pleasant and quick and easy to take. Tablets only include an average of around 400mg collagen, so that would be 15 tablets every day to ensure the recommended intake is met.”

“Topical skin creams can only affect the local area where they are directly applied, but because our collagen drinks are absorbed into the blood stream, they benefit the entire body, and help to strengthen hair and nails, as well as joints and bones,” Sarah explained. The company is already receiving hugely positive feedback from its customers, with reports of a marked improvement in the skin condition within weeks, and in some cases even within days, of using the supplement.

» Jacinta Ingham, of Longden, Shrewsbury, recently launched her new fabric design and manufacturing company Whinberry & Antler and has benefitted from some entrepreneurial advice and guidance from the team at StartUp Shropshire.

“It’s been an incredibly exciting journey so far. I’ve had to learn a huge amount, not just about the products, but more importantly, how to set up and run a business. The practical help, advice and mentoring support we’ve received from StartUp Shropshire has already proved invaluable, and we’re really looking forward to growing the company and enjoying a successful future,” Sarah added. Fay Easton, Founder of Start Up Shropshire said:

“I’ve loved drawing and design from an early age and always wanted to have a career where I could channel this passion,” Jacinta Ingham, who achieved a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art from Oxford Brookes University, revealed. “After graduating, I decided to really focus my attention on fabric design, upholstery and furniture, and took a post graduate course with The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF), before finally taking the plunge to set up my own company Whinberry & Antler.” A real family effort, Jacinta enlisted the help of her graphic designer brother Seb to create logos and branding for the new business. Whinberry & Antler has already launched an online Jacinta Ingham, owner/proprietor of shop on a global marketplace for hand-made Whinberry & Antler receiving a Dell Laptop prize and vintage products and a at the Start Up Britain event in Telford. dedicated Whinberry & Antler website www.whinberryantler. com is set to follow in the very » Whinberry & Antler is an take inspiration from British near future. artisan company creating wildlife and the countryside Jacinta commented: “I’ve & designing a range of and the founder, Jacinta original, hand-made fabrics, creates all the original designs had so much to learn about starting and running my own furnishings, and home ware, herself using hand etched business in such a short period including ‘couture’ cushions metal plates and then hand and seat covers. All the prints and sews each and every of time, and I’m really grateful to Fay and all the mentors at Whinberry & Antler concepts piece of fabric.

“Sarah and her team are exactly the kind of forwardthinking, ambitious and enthusiastic entrepreneurs who we’re looking to help. The idea behind Collagen Beauty Products is truly innovative. Sarah discovered the product, conducted intensive research and is now is exclusively supplying the UK market. The company has real potential and with Sarah’s commitment and vision, the business will go far.”

StartUp Shropshire for helping me along the way. The advice I’ve received on marketing, accounting, tax, copyright and a whole host of other topics has been invaluable and has helped me move the business towards a successful future. I feel I have made some new friends in the collaborative business world in Shropshire and without this support, growing my business would be so much more of a challenge. ” Fay Easton said: “Whinberry & Antler is such an original concept and one that has a real chance of capturing a very profitable and ongoing target market. Jacinta has tremendous passion and enthusiasm for her craft, she is an energetic young entrepreneur and the quality of the beautiful range of products she creates speaks for itself. We are delighted to be helping her grow the business and our efforts now are in finding local outlets and also routes to the emerging global economies where Jacinta’s hand made and profoundly ‘British’ products will have huge market appeal”.

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social networking

The Social Scene F

Social networking is a powerful tool for business, but participating in these arenas can present their own pitfalls. Paul Bennett explains. 0800 644 0253

top tips for using social network sites… 1 Have a presence. Consider carefully if you want everyone to know what you are about to post? 2 Think about who your audience is now (and who your audience might be in the future). Ask am I taking any legal risks by putting this online? 3 Be personable rather than personal - transparency rather than exposure. 4 Ask questions and answer them to engage with others. It is a networking tool that is far from just social. 5 Finally, enjoy social interaction in person as much as online but always ask this question – am I going too far? Follow Bennett’s Legal on Twitter: @BennettsLegal

rom star-studded pregnancy announcements to possible careermaking collaborations many of us have found ourselves turning to Twitter or Googling more and more these days to find out the latest news, sell products or make key contacts. When Misha B was booted from the X-Factor it wasn’t with an agent but on Twitter where she started negotiations with established pop star Missy Elliott. Most major announcements, sales campaigns and events will now reference some information given out online to the public rather than through more traditional forms of communication. Social networking is a new and exciting concept which has emerged in a relatively short space of time to challenge what we think, how we communicate and it seems from recent events, the way we do business. But with experience in employment law at Bennett’s Legal we are no strangers to new concepts and developments and how they will change the world around us and in particular our area of expertise. We know businesses need to engage with our clients, other businesses and consumers in the most effective way. If that forum happens to be 140 characters (not words!) then so be it. That celebrities and brands have been able to attract and engage with hundreds of thousands of those interested in them (and their products) highlights the power of social media when used correctly. But it also raises issues for employers in terms of harnessing the power of social media while ensuring it doesn’t cost them money. Both Twitter and Facebook are attracting millions of users at a rapid rate but the flipside is it has become part of daily life and can see lots of working hours lost while staff engage in online browsing and socialising.

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Many of us would like to think that we’re indifferent to the world of a celebrity but the reality is we thrive on gossip in an age where as lives are played out on television screens, a running commentary is given via fan sites and Twitters. As a user of social networking sites you might think what you write is irrelevant. Only your friends see don’t they? Increasingly we are advising employers who are considering potential employees and employee’s social networking sites when considering people for employment, promotion or discipline. If you have put something into the public domain then you have to expect that others will rely on it and if it casts you in a bad light the only loser is you. In a recent case an employer approached us for advice on how to discipline an employee who had placed on their Facebook site that they were taking a “sickie” as a result of a hangover. The employee was dismissed for gross misconduct as they tried to claim sick pay. We are also advising employers on how to investigate possible misuse of company time although with the emergence of smart phones that is becoming even trickier. Now bosses are considering installing CCTV cameras to catch out workers spending time on phones during their working hours. The key here is to remember it’s not just the celebrities who have a reputation to consider. Bosses, from the CEO down, will have to think about having their own social media presence - it is becoming more integral to business by the day and put simply it promotes transparency, but it comes with great responsibility. Everyone should enjoy this new means of communication but we all will have to use social media while always remembering to use it wisely. We are happy to talk to any business about this new world of social media and how to make it do more good than harm. We’ll even do that the old fashioned way - listen while you talk and then aim to help in the best way we can.

“When Misha B was booted from the X-Factor it wasn’t with an agent but on Twitter where she started negotiations with established pop star Missy Elliott.”

Don’t let winter play havoc with your business. Businesses across Shropshire are being urged to take winter seriously – before the bad weather really sets in.


ave Williams, from Henshalls Insurance Brokers in Newport and Shrewsbury, said every year damage running into millions of pounds was caused through burst pipes, roof snow collapses, and flooding. “Research has shown that 13 per cent of small businesses said they were seriously affected by last year’s bad weather, and 37 per cent said they were faced with winter-related problems. “But taking some basic precautions now and

planning ahead may help to minimise the effects of the weather, or even prevent incidents happening altogether.” Dave said businesses should start by ensuring their premises are winter-proof by protecting pipes and tanks with good quality lagging, and repair any dripping taps or faulty ball valves as they could cause waste pipes to freeze. “Think carefully about how you will handle the issues such difficult weather brings, and act as soon as possible.”


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2012 - the year of the manufacturer? T

and Logistics support roles. Caterpillar Remanufacturing in Shrewsbury is included in this group where Randstad Inhouse Services have an on site office. The importance of Britain’s manufacturing expertise looks set to be and mining equipment, diesel high on the agenda for and natural gas engines, 2012 with the Associate industrial gas turbines and Parliament Manufacturing diesel-electric locomotives. Group (APMG) growing since Caterpillar and Randstad its inauguration in February Inhouse Services, a division 2011. The APMG exists to of the world’s second largest encourage the exchange of recruitment and Human knowledge and understanding Resources provider continue between Parliament and the their longstanding partnership. manufacturing industries, Randstad Inhouse Services helping to raise the profile have recruited and of manufacturing both inside employed over two and a and outside of Parliament. half thousand people in the Perhaps the key to last two years to work on manufacturing our way Caterpillar sites throughout out of the current insecurities England in Manufacturing is the belief that we can.

he economic insecurity of Europe seems to be set in for the short term at least. However, some nations are stronger than others. Germany has one the strongest economies in Europe. Why is this? Well, some will argue that they have maintained a strong manufacturing base whilst we in Britain have let ours decline. But is this really true? In June 2010, British Manufacturing accounted for 8.2% of the workforce and 12% of the national output. The East and West Midlands accounted for most of the employees in the industry. Did you know that manufacturing in Britain in 2007 was double that of what it was in 1958? A lot of UK based companies still remain and internationally export their high value products. One prime example of one of these companies is Caterpillar, the world’s leading manufacturer of construction

Randstad is the world’s second largest recruitment and Human Resources provider. Their Inhouse Services division has an office at Caterpillar Remanufacturing in Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton and Perkins Engines in Stafford where they recruit semi-skilled shop floor workers. For regular updates and information, why not follow them on twitter @randstad_shrops FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE EMAIL:

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