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Last summer, I was asked if I would take part in Strictly Summer for Brainwave children’s charity, along with nine other business executives. Brainwave provides support for local families who have children with disabilities. What seemed like a great idea at the time, is now feeling slightly daunting! We have been teamed up with professional dancers from Cadman’s Dance Centre in Sale as part of a wonderful charity fundraiser. This is taking me right out of my comfort zone, but taking part and potentially changing children’s lives makes it all worthwhile. Fancy a day at the races? Join the Salutions Magazine events team for Ladies Day at the Epsom Derby, travelling in style with Britain’s favourite luxury vintage train – the Northern Belle. See page 34 for more details.


As usual, there’s plenty to read in this issue, including: Tony Collier’s important message for all men on page 63; Jane Hallam’s capsule fashion collection, which helps menopausal women stay fresh and drier when faced with dreaded night sweats page 28; and competitions to win tickets to see Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre page 33 and a fabulous first-class package to see Titanic The Musical, which includes tickets to the opening night, a pre-show three-course meal for two in The Lowry’s Pier Eight restaurant, not to mention a free bottle of house wine and a programme. Don’t forget to enter. Enjoy the Easter holidays and we’ll see you in June.


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A luxury London Hotel at Marble Arch

Building the Bacon brand In conversation with

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Sport Relief 2018 comes to MediaCity UK

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Local business executives set to sparkle for Brainwave at Strictly Summer event

From Strictly Come Dancing to strictly fundraising, BBC show finalist Gemma Atkinson is hanging up her dancing shoes to lend support on the judging panel in new charity fundraiser.

Warrington-based children’s charity Brainwave has announced plans for new Strictly Summer event, which will see 10 business executives partner up with professional dancers from Cadman’s Dance School for the ultimate summer dance contest. The star-studded night, which is to be hosted by radio DJ Mike Toolan, will see fashion designer Seema Malhotra from The Real Housewives of Cheshire put through her paces in a bid to impress the judging panel, along with nine other local business executives. The extravagant ballroom event will take place at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa in Knutsford on Saturday 30th June and contestants will strut their stuff in sequins in a battle to win the Brainwave glitterball and raise much-needed funds, which will go directly towards supporting children following a Brainwave programme. The event is supported by The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Salutions Publishing and Event Station. For further information, visit or contact Joanne Freeman on 07872 411580 or email

Star-studded charity ball raises vital funds for Christie research building The Christie charity hosted its glamorous and star-studded annual fundraising ball on Saturday 10th March at the spectacular Principal Manchester hotel in the city centre. Supported by online ladies fashion retailer AX Paris and Law Print & Packaging, a specialist packaging supplier delivering to brands worldwide, the event raised £155,000, which will go towards the development of a state-of-the-art research centre to replace the Paterson building that was severely damaged by fire last year. Living Ventures and the Tim Bacon Foundation, in memory of their dear colleague Tim, also announced that they were donating £500,000 to The Christie at the ball. The new research centre, a partnership between The Christie, The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK, will be the only facility of its kind in the country to have a research building integrated within a hospital and have scientists, researchers and consultants all working together in one facility, developing and shaping treatment and research from basic scientific discoveries through to patient care – from bench to bedside. Professor Robert Bristow, Chief Academic Officer and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology at The Christie and Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, said: “The fire

was devastating for The Christie and its partners, but from chaos comes opportunity and we now plan to create a better building than we ever imagined before. “The fundraising that goes towards this is driving forward the creation of a brand-new building that will bustle with scientists, researchers and consultants, whose work will directly affect cancer patients.”

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New homes in Gatley by LPC Living are proving a hit with buyers

Since launching in February, LPC Living has already reserved over 40% of the homes at The Oaks Gatley and has just launched its latest phase, with prices starting from £290,000. To date, a high number of purchasers from neighbouring Cheadle, Didsbury and Sale have put down reservations, many upgrading from an apartment to their first house or buying their second home to start a family (Gatley has several

Ofsted outstanding schools). Other purchasers are downsizing from larger homes and are attracted to the development’s secure gated design, which provides added security and extra peace of mind. The Oaks is located in the heart of Gatley village, an area that provides a cosmopolitan feel courtesy of many local shops, cafés and restaurants. The development also provides easy access from nearby Gatley train station to both Manchester city centre and Manchester Airport. The new homes offer excellent value for money and those that have already secured their property are extremely impressed with the quality of the design and the high-specification fittings, which include stylish kitchens with integrated

SMEG appliances and solid worktops and the many extras that are included as standard. Extras include engineered oak flooring across the entire ground floor, quality carpets in bedrooms and fully finished gardens. A wide variety of these luxury properties are still available at The Oaks, all of which are scheduled for completion in August 2018. These include three-bedroom houses from £290,000 and fourbedroom semi-detached homes, complete with integral garages, from £390,000. For more information on any of these homes, please call LPC Living on 0161 872 2622 or visit the development’s website:

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President of the Supreme Court inspires at Manchester Women in the Law UK Dinner

Baroness Hale is the first female President of the Supreme Court and was invited to the 2018 dinner as a guest speaker. The event – which coincided with the 100-year anniversary of women being given the right to vote and International Women’s Day – was sold out in October last year and was attended by over 200 men and women from a wide range of backgrounds. Founder of Women in the Law UK and awardwinning Barrister at Law for her work in diversity, Sally Penni, said: “Manchester played such an important role in the suffragette movement that we are delighted to celebrate with the first female President of the Supreme Court.” A wide range of ambassadors, barristers’ chambers and firms enjoyed the evening, which raised money for WItLUK – one of Manchester’s premier charity events in the legal calendar. Amongst Manchester’s finest in attendance were: The Right Hon Recorder of Manchester David Stockdale, Her Honour Judge Nicholls, Edith Conn JP, Nigel Poole QC and Deputy High Court 10

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Judge Winston Hunter. The glitzy event was kindly sponsored by the Close Brothers Group and a series of fabulous raffle prizes – donated by Botanists, Kiehl’s King Street, David Wayman Flowers, Laytons LLP, JMW Solicitors and Realm Recruit – helped raise money for Prevent Breast Cancer, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and REIGN’s RECLAIM project. Next year’s dinner date is already set for March 2019 – marking the centenary of women being given the legal right to drive – and another special guest speaker will attend. In the meantime, devout Women in the Law UK Ambassadors Charlotte Percy of McAlister Family Law and Nicola Wilburn-Shaw of Laytons LLP, say they are looking forward to continuing with their monthly professional development events, which have a special emphasis on wellbeing. In the words of their Founder, Sally Penni: “Collaboration, not competition, and our male colleagues are always welcome.”


Stars come out to play at launch of new VIP superclub in the heart of Cheshire

Adam Thomas at Club Arvina Launch

Ashley and Dawn Ward at Club Arvina Launch

The red carpet was well and truly rolled out when Cheshire and Manchester’s finest arrived in style for the star-studded launch of the region’s coolest new club. The paparazzi were out in force to capture the plethora of celebrities being chauffeured to the glittering launch party of Club Arvina – Cheshire’s VIP superclub. Club Arvina is the brainchild of Chris and Laura Bacon, of successful hospitality brand Living Ventures, and their business partner Steve Smethurst. They have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds

Erik Pieters and Nermina PietersMekic at Club Arvina Launch

transforming the former Suburbia club on Ashley Road into a luxury club with a difference. This is a brand-new concept in clubbing – guests walk into a high-end hair salon, where groups can enjoy a pre-party pamper, before heading downstairs to Club Arvina where the action awaits. No expense has been spared on the club's interior, which oozes class with a cool black and gold Prohibition theme.

Podium dancer at Club Arvina launch

The Arvina brand offers a taste of the high life in Hale, home to the rich and famous. But, although it caters for the wealthy (the very best tables come with a £6,000 minimum spend). “From the beginning of your night out until the very end,” says Laura, “the Arvina brand will look after you. That’s the Arvina experience.” Club Arvina is now open to the public, so put a date in your diary to sample this luxury clubbing experience in the heart of Cheshire.

Altrincham Word Fest

Altrincham Word Fest is a writing festival that is taking place from the 12th to the 27th May. For two exciting weeks, the town will host workshops and events about poetry, scriptwriting, flash fiction, self-publishing, life writing and blogging. Word Fest is the brainchild of local residents Yoko Isami and Anne Earley. The pair are both committed bookworms who met when they were involved in a local art festival. “Our mission is to help you to set free that novel, poem, blog or short story that you know is inside you somewhere,” says Yoko and Anne. “With workshops in life writing, poetry, blogging/vlogging, self-publishing, flash fiction and much more. Save the date.” Further details and updates can be found on the Altrincham Word Fest Facebook page

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Soccer Aid for Unicef football match

Olympic hero Usain Bolt and global popstar Robbie Williams will go head-to-head for the eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for Unicef match, as part of a new-look charity campaign for Unicef UK and ITV. Usain’s Soccer Aid World XI will go up against Robbie’s England, with competing teams made up of A-list stars and footballing legends, who will walk out onto the Theatre of Dreams pitch this summer to take part in a game like no other. The international friendly match will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, just four days before the FIFA World Cup in Russia begins. Tickets are now on sale and the game will be broadcast live on ITV. Kick-off is scheduled for 8pm.

100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally. The money raised through profits from ticket sales and viewer donations during the match will add to the incredible £24 million that has already been raised through Soccer Aid over the last 12 years. Tickets for the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Old Trafford are available now at or by calling 0161 444 2018. Tickets are priced between £10 and £50. Visit for more details.

Mottram Hall pro is England's Coach of the Year

Mottram Hall PGA golf professional Matthew Turnock has been named England Golf 's Coach of the Year at an award ceremony in London. Matthew, 46, was acclaimed for his passion for growing the game by introducing children and adults to the sport and working with disability groups. The judges stated: "He carries out a huge amount of outreach work with obvious enthusiasm and the schools' work is amazing." Matthew, originally from Stockport, takes inspiration from his own family. His mother was disabled by severe arthritis after she was involved in a motorcycle accident in her 20s, but she remained skilled at needlecrafts. His enthusiasm for junior golf

began when his own son took up the game. 17-year-old Josh Turnock is now a scratch golfer, captain of Cheshire U18s and an England Golf regional U18 squad member. Matthew explained: "My mother was my main motivation in terms of starting to coach people with disabilities. It was a very big surprise to be nominated for this award. It's great to be recognised by your peers." During the past five years, Matthew has worked with four different groups and when this activity was threatened by a funding cut, he turned to crowdfunding to continue it. This move proved so successful, he is now able to deliver additional sessions to stroke survivors.

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My Husband’s Lies

Caroline England is a former divorce lawyer based in Didsbury. Beneath the Skin, her debut novel, was published in November 2017. Her second book My Husband’s Lies, a ‘domestic noir’ suspense, will follow in May. Do you really know your friends? Manchester-based Nick, Dan, Will and Jen have been inseparable since school, but when they gather for Nick’s wedding, their ordinary lives are thrown into chaos by a friend poised on a window ledge, ready to jump. As an unstoppable chain of events ensues, lies, family secrets, illicit love and betrayal are unraveled, pushing their relationships to the limit. Secrets are lurking that could destroy everything. Will their tight friendship survive? Find out more at:

Cheadle & Gatley Griffins ladies dodgeball team Ladies dodgeball team the Cheadle & Gatley Griffins were originally set up in October 2016 as part of a ‘Wish I Tried’ incentive in Stockport. The team are a great group of ladies with one sole purpose – to have fun and enjoy themselves. It can get competitive and it can be tiring, but it’s a great way of keeping fit and meeting new people with the same interests. Eighteen months on, and two of the members, Emma Milser and Linzi McCoy, have impressively qualified as British Dodgeball Level 2 coaches and now run sessions on a Tuesday evening at Cheadle College. The team are self-sufficient and a British Dodgeball-recognised member club, which is funded by subs that are paid each week on a pay-when-you-play basis. The dodgeball community is both inclusive and welcoming. As well as having lots of fun, the team have already taken part in local competitions. Dodgeball is little-known sport in the UK, but the Cheadle and Gatley Griffins want to change that and are looking to encourage new members into their team. The team’s ages range from 18 to 50+ and eighteen months ago, none of them had played before. The number of members continues to grow and they come from several areas, including Gatley, Cheadle, Wilmslow, Heald Green and beyond.

It’s fun. There’s no age limit. And dodgeball is a great way to stay fit and healthy. The Cheadle and Gatley Griffins play every Tuesday 7.45pm to 8.45pm at Cheadle College, Cheadle Road, Cheadle Hulme SK8 5HA. Visit for more information.

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The nation smashes 15 billion steps and raises £38,195,278 for Sport Relief (so far…)

Following weeks of generous fundraising, epic challenges, unmissable TV and billions of steps, the final week of Sports Relief culminated with the Sport Relief Night of TV on BBC One, which brought the total to a fantastic £38,195,278 so far, and saw the nation join forces to beat a billion steps in a single day. The money raised will help vulnerable people across the UK, and the world, to live happier, healthier and safer lives. Broadcast live from Media City UK in Salford for the first time, the show saw famous faces pitted against each other for Sport Relief specials. Helen Skelton, Vanessa White and Wayne Bridge were crowned champions in a nail-biting celebrity boxing battle, and BBC pipped ITV to cross the finish line on the Salford Quays for the Clash of the Channels Boat Race. Not forgetting the fancy footwork of football stars in a Strictly Come Dancing – Football Special, which saw England international and Arsenal captain Alex Scott’s impressive moves wow the judges. TV audiences were also treated to a peek into the bedroom of Sir Andy Murray as he received a rude awakening from Michael


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McIntyre, and John Bishop carried out a one-man mission for World Cup Victory in the ‘Spirit of 66’. Some very special guests helped to take phone calls and donations, with Kylie, Stacey Solomon, Alex Jones, Claudia Winkleman and Paddy McGuinness all picking up the calls in the Sport Relief phone bank. Presenter Davina McCall said: “Sport Relief is always a really special night and this evening, once again, we’ve seen the public show just how generous they are. I’ve been lucky to go and see the work made possible thanks to your donations in the UK as well as across the world, and I can say for sure – it makes such a difference. Thank you, thank you, to everyone who has got active and supported Sport Relief this year.” The money raised this Sport Relief will enable Comic Relief to support vulnerable people in the UK and across the world to live happier, healthier and safer lives. This will build on the progress that Comic Relief has helped to make happen thanks to the public’s enduring support.




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Following the success of its inaugural period costume ball last year, The Lowry Hotel once again generously hosted this unique event in support of Maggie’s Manchester on Saturday 10th March With wonderful costumes, a red carpet, footmen, a court jester, delicious food and drinks, it really was a night to remember. The event recreates a true historic occasion in 1828, when the generous, wealthy people of Manchester attended an extravagant costume ball to raise money for charity.

This year’s take on the momentous event raised over £16,000 for Maggie’s Manchester. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Built in the grounds of The Christie hospital, it is a warm and welcoming place, with professional staff

Carolyn Mellor, board member of Maggie’s, said:

on hand to offer the support you need to find your way through cancer. Maggie’s Manchester is a place to find practical advice about everything from benefits and eating well. It is a place where qualified experts provide emotional support; a place to meet other people or simply to sit quietly with a cup of tea.

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CAROLYN MELLOR Maggies Board Member PAUL SLEEM Compère and DJ ADRIAN ELLIS General Manager Lowry Hotel JANINEWATSON Maggies Board Member

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Building the Bacon brand

Answer: A brand-new concept in high-end clubbing that’s taking Hale by storm. In the spot where Suburbia used to stand on Ashley Road is Club Arvina – the brainchild of Living Ventures’ Chris Bacon and his wife, Laura. If Carlsberg made nightclubs, this is pretty much how they’d shape up. And it’s not just about twilight tipples and classic tunes, the brand encompasses a prestigious salon where ladies can transform their look before the big night out and a first-class concierge service to support busy, aspirational lifestyles. “Our clientele will expect the best, and they will get the best,” says Chris.

Old-school glamour The club itself is seriously old-school and awash with Prohibition era touches. Guests can reserve a table – surrounded by sumptuous black and gold interiors – and watch dancers on podiums and LED light shows whilst enjoying expertly mixed cocktails served by glamorous waitresses. Such exclusive starry nights are soundtracked by Ibiza classics spun by guest DJs. “You walk in through the salon,” reveals Chris, “just like the Prohibition days, when drinking dens were hidden behind places like laundrettes. It’s not just a club, it’s an experience. Hale deserves a club like this, it needs it.” Intimate nights with big-name DJs are planned for the future. Entry is by guest list or pre-booking only, although discretionary entry ‘on the door’ is possible if you are looking the part.

Pre-party pampering At the front of the club is a salon, where ladies arrive on Fridays and Saturdays to have a blow-dry, get their make-up done or try and buy from of Arvina’s luxurious real-hair wig brand, which is available to buy online at “Women love the whole ‘getting ready’ process,” says Laura, “so we wanted to recreate that ‘all round to each other’s houses’ pre-party vibe. The salon opens at 10am (open until 7pm) and clients can book into our blow-dry bar or with one of our talented make-up artists. On Saturdays, there is a DJ, cocktails and champagne being served, and pop-up shops from our favourite fashion lines – the perfect way to network. It’s something really different and sexy.” The Hair Arvina wigs are custom-made by the super-stylish Laura herself and the high-quality human hair is sourced from across the globe. “They are stunning and perfect for creating a fun alter ego for an evening in Arvina,” smiles Laura.

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Providing access to the very best The final piece in the Arvina jigsaw is a concierge service that takes any lifestyle request and delivers it in a first-class fashion. From top restaurant reservations and passes to events to a VIP chauffeur service in one of their luxury vehicles – Concierge Arvina ( has it covered for those who want to access the best but whose busy lifestyles get in the way. The concierge company also offers close protection and security services. Chris and Laura opted out of making the service accessible via smartphone: “This is a personal service,” explains Chris. “We want our clients – wherever they are in the UK – to be able to connect to us in person. Forget confirmation notifications, a real person will say ‘yes, we can do that for you!’”

“From the beginning of your night out until the very end,” adds Laura, “the Arvina brand will look after you. That’s the Arvina experience.” Better together Chris and Laura are a fun couple to be around. Their enthusiasm for life and their work is infectious. They’ve been together for eight busy years – years spent passionately building their empire and raising a family. The day we met was a typically busy one. The club launch was imminent. They’d just finished a photoshoot with models for the wig brand. They’re in the middle of moving back into the recently renovated family home. Oh, and launching a security app called Whatchya too. Phew.

Honouring lost loved ones The couple’s wide smiles are tinged with sadness. Chris – a former judo Olympian and professional boxer, originally from Tasmania – is the brother of Living Ventures founder Tim, who sadly died in 2016. Four days after losing his brother, he lost his son Jett. He was only 11. “That’s why we wanted to do something with the Bacon name,” says Laura. Chris smiles: “Believe it or not, Arvina is the Latin name for bacon and this venture is our way of paying homage to both of them.” Watching Chris and Laura so full of hope and ambition today, something tells us that Jett and Tim would both be incredibly proud.

Visit or call 0161 928 7036 to find out more about this luxury clubbing experience in the heart of Cheshire or any other elements of the Arvina brand.

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Meet Claire Skinner, owner of online boutique Gina & Skinner, which delivers luxury to your door Before she decided to launch online lifestyle boutique Gina & Skinner, Claire Skinner spent over a decade working in the world of diamonds, honing her eye for detail, quality and style as the manager of luxury jewellers Boodles in Manchester.

“Having spent time abroad, I kept seeing people using these hammam towels and wondered where to get them,” explains Claire, who balances her time between her central Manchester townhouse, Alpine chalet and travels further afield.

“Having worked in the luxury sector, I wanted to offer something high-end, the opposite of quick turnaround fashion – something that will last but will also look fabulous,” she explains.

“I made sure I found 100% cotton hamman towels – many are lined with extra-absorbent soft toweling. They are super lightweight, brilliant as a towel, on the sun-lounger, as a sarong, and they then fold up to fit in a beach bag.

Setting up her own Manchester-based business came after years of travel and finding inspiration abroad and at home, and searching for the right suppliers who combine a sense of uniqueness with quality and provenance. Her aim was to stock a mix of “beautiful things” and her website does just that. It features a curated selection of pure cashmere accessories, candles, hammam towels and WYSE London clothing – a line which includes the softest tees, tops and scarves, each combining muted tones with pops of rainbow colour or metallic. 24

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“I met my husband (property guru Graham Skinner) late in life,” she continues, “and love travelling with him. He inspires me, but he also grounds me. I’m a family girl at heart.” Claire is also a staunch supporter of local Manchester life: “I love supporting the local area as well as local charities, and I try to take part in fundraisers whenever I can.”

Having created her own beautiful home means she knows exactly what her customer might appreciate: “For my candles, I wanted them to be soy natural wax, it burns evenly. I always hate it when a candle burns in the centre and not at the side! “My aim is to make it easy for people to buy from home… a bit of style from the sofa. Having worked in the luxury industry for so many years, customer service is my priority, so I make sure I’m the one my customers speak to at the end of the phone line. I want it to feel personalised”. What’s next for Gina & Skinner? “I’m sourcing beautiful kaftans and beach wraps as we speak,” smiles Claire. “There are some fantastic products for summer.” That’s the holiday prep sorted then. 0161 5069622 |

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Jane pops into the new Next in Manchester Arndale

If you haven’t been into the new Next in the Manchester Arndale, then I highly recommend you pop down there asap

It’s Next, but not as you know it. There is so much going on; lots of stores within the store, like a little world of shopping and one in which you can quite literally lose yourself. 10am, I arrived with the family in tow. After enjoying a spot of browsing in kidswear, we discovered Emily’s Paint A Pot – a tiny haven of fun for children, where they can make their own special piece of pottery. With my birthday fast approaching, Emily’s was the perfect place for my

husband to take time out with the kids – gorgeous little creative presents sorted! Meanwhile, I enjoyed a coffee and a few moments of peace in Costa. We soon reassembled and enjoyed more shopping. However, it wasn’t long until my husband spotted the Sergeant Caesar Barbershop – time for a quick trim. situated just off the menswear department. By the time I had made some purchases from Next as well as a fab dress from Lipsy,

and the kids had bought a new pencil case from Paperchase (yes, both brands are located within the Next store!), it was time for lunch. So, off we went to Gino’s – again, conveniently tucked away at the back of womenswear. After lunch, it really was time to head home and reluctantly leave these wonderful shops within a shop, but not before my husband spied Blossoms the florist and decided to make a special purchase...

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We meet the Stockport entrepreneur whose leap of faith into the world of fashion is now helping transform the lives of thousands of women… and her own Risky business Two and a half years ago, Jane Hallam decided to leave behind a successful career in strategic management and launch a capsule fashion collection to help menopausal women stay fresh and drier when faced with dreaded night sweats. The response has been phenomenal (you’ll really struggle to find a bad review) and no one is more surprised than the wonderfully self-effacing and upbeat Jane:

Words by Lisa Symonds

“I look back, reflect, and think ‘bloody hell, you’ve come a long way!’” laughs Jane. “In my old working life, I dealt a lot in risk. Back then, I – or anyone else in their right mind for that matter – would have advised me to stick with what was safe and not strike out alone!”


a tear of relief she was home safe, I couldn’t stop crying. I was actually sobbing! My daughter was like ‘MUMMY!’ Then, there was the time I had returned from holiday and thought there was something wrong with the lock, as my key wouldn’t work, and I went to a local shop to get some WD40. Turns out I had been using the wrong key after using a spare from a neighbour – I thought I was losing my mind. I visited my GP, and even he thought I was having a nervous breakdown.” The onset of the menopause cannot only have a life-changing impact on women emotionally (sleep disturbances, anxiety, mood swings), the physical symptoms can include fatigue, hair loss, weight gain and, of course, the notorious night sweats, which wreak havoc on sleep and selfconfidence.

Life changes After her husband passed away in 2007, Jane had thrown herself into her full-time job and raising her daughter. But she felt stuck in a rut. Her career was super demanding... and then the menopause struck:

Would Liz Hurley wear this? To combat night sweats, Jane went in search of specialist clothing. She was taken aback by what was currently available on the market. ‘Cool’ it was not…

“I knew something was wrong,” remembers Jane. “I went to pick up my daughter from the airport, she was returning from a school trip and, rather than just shedding

“Have you seen them?” she asks, laughing out loud. “Just shapeless! I mean, there was no way I could see Liz Hurley wearing them, and neither would I. I have a

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wardrobe full of Agent Provocateur and refuse to wear old-fashioned and shapeless granny-style nighties” That’s when the idea for her collection Esteem – No Pause (which was launched last year) was born – a range that kept the wearer dry and was visually on-trend too. Unexpected support Jane attended the Business Growth Hub’s programme for entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Spark supplied her with mentoring, advice and a free desk. Soon she’d secured funding from Business Finance Solutions (BFS) and a business loan from NatWest. From finding a pattern cutter and sourcing highperforming fabric to tracking down a photographer to shoot the range and meeting a website designer – everything seemed to fall into place as if by fate: “I can’t believe how much support and help people are willing to give you,” says Jane. “and connections were made in the most unexpected ways. Believe it or not, I found out about the fantastic photographer Jim Gormley whilst out shopping for a drum peddle with my then boyfriend!”

Timeless pieces The Esteem – No Pause collection is cool, contemporary and currently includes slip dresses, vests, pyjamas, palazzo pants and knickers. “They are created using Italian-made, technical, high-performance fabric and manufactured in Britain,” Jane explains, “and allow the air to circulate around your body. Best of all, they’re versatile; you can wear them as lingerie to bed or at the gym, and they are so easy to care for.” The capsule collection is just the start. A guy’s t-shirt is being trialed as we speak and there’s a half-sleeved t-shirt-style top (perfect for those of us who hate showing their arms) and a Curve collection for larger ladies in development too: “Whether it’s menopausal women, a guy who suffers from anxiety, an over-active thyroid sufferer, or a cancer patient dealing with the side-effects of treatment – sweating is an issue for lots of people and I want my clothing to help as many of them as possible.” In-demand Not only is Jane’s collection attracting high-profile press attention, more and more media outlets are considering her the go-to expert when it comes to discussing all things menopausal. It’s no surprise; she’s knowledgeable, approachable and – with great humour – is keen to share her experiences. Jane is a finalist in the forthcoming English Women’s Awards North 2018 (Female Entrepreneur of the Year category) and, excitedly, tells us her Karen Millen dress arrived this morning for the glitzy ceremony later this month. She modestly “hasn’t’ a clue” who recommended her. We suggest a LOT of people did. She pauses…

“I’m learning all the time… (laughs)… as its completely unrelated to anything I have done before, but I’m really enjoying it! I recently received a hand-written letter from a customer, telling me how wonderful she thought my clothing was. For someone to take that time, the fact that the people I set out to help are now validating what I’m doing, means everything.” Something tells us that it’s not just creating cool clothes that’s got her core market feeling positive – inspirational Jane is living proof that when it comes to reaching a certain age, you can gloriously refuse to press the pause button…

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In conversation with Jeremy Roberts…


n the sophisticated surroundings of private business members club The Colony HQ, we sat down with Living Ventures Co-founder and CEO Jeremy to share a drink and hear his thoughts on the industry success, family life and how his late business partner, Tim Bacon, continues to inspire him…

His name may now be synonymous with some of the region’s most popular (and successful) restaurants and bars, but Jeremy’s first foray into hospitality was washing dishes in his dad’s hotel. The industry was “in his blood”, so he studied hotel management at university (“well, pretended to study whilst enjoying myself far too much”). Post-graduation, several managerial roles followed and eventually he opened his first hotel. Then he met Tim Bacon. “And the rest, as they say,” smiles Jeremy, “is history…”


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“We worked brilliantly together” “Tim and I first met when I needed someone to train the bartenders in a hotel I was running,” remembers Jeremy. “We worked brilliantly together from the outset. It worked because we had complementary skills (laughs) and my ego was not as big as his was! Like all partnerships, we compromised and accommodated each other.” The secret of success The success of Living Ventures – founded by Jeremy and Tim in 1999 – has been phenomenal; building brands that fast become by-words for exceptional drinking and dining. We wonder what the key ingredient of Living Venture’s triumphs has been? “The business has been built around a great team of people,” replies Jeremy, “many of whom are still here. They’ve enabled us to create the likes of The New World Trading

Company, The Alchemist, Australasia, Artisan and, most recently, Grand Pacific.” Indeed, the progress of this renowned business empire shows no sign of slowing, and neither does Jeremy’s passion and enthusiasm: “It's great fun and I can safely say I am still living the original dream Tim and I had for Living Ventures all those years ago.” “I lost my best friend” Tim sadly passed away in April 2016. “I lost not only my business partner but my best friend,” says Jeremy. “One of my proudest achievements in business is having worked with him and continued that partnership for twenty years.” In his memory, Jeremy established the Tim Bacon Foundation (, which aims to help people living with cancer. Last year’s Dream the Impossible city-wide banquet event raised a staggering £500,000 for the charity. His best friend is never far from his mind.

When he tells us that there’s “no typical day at the office” and that he often forgoes the actual office for one of the businesses, we ask which brand he prefers to work from: “Australasia,” he answers without hesitation. “Not because it’s my favourite – I don’t have one – it’s because it’s the last place I spent time with Tim and if I need inspiration, that’s where I go… the table at the bottom of the stairs.” Home time

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Despite his incredible achievements, Jeremy considers his most important job to be that of dad to his three children (sons Alex and Zac and daughter Alice) and husband to Jane (who he met at uni). Oh, and master/chief walker to Welsh Collie Maddie and Labradors Bella and Max. “We have a beautiful family, who are suddenly all grown up!” says Jeremy, adding that each of his successful kids has now flown the nest. Talking about his kids, he positively bursts with pride… and bursts out laughing when we suggest that, surely, the kids think their dad is pretty cool? “God no! I doubt it very much!” Words of wisdom As we finish our drinks, we go back to the beginning and contemplate what advice today’s Jeremy would give his 18-year-old self? He flashes another smile. “I’d give myself the advice my father gave to me… Work hard, play hard and don’t take yourself or life too seriously.” April/May 2018 |


Set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside, but still only 30 minutes from Manchester, Mottram Hall really is the perfect resort for your golf break. Course Highlights • 18-Hole Championship Golf Course • Par 72 & 7006 yards • Hosted PGA European Seniors Tour • Open all year round and welcomes golfers of all abilities • Golf buggies available (subject to availability) Residential Golf Breaks • Starting from just £89 • Free places available from 1 in 12 goes free

Golf Memberships • Membership categories to cater for all requirements • Traditional 5 & 7 day Membership • Mottram Hall ‘Country Club’ Membership from as little as £20 a week • ‘QFairway’ flexible membership • Corporate options available • Reciprocal golf at all QHotels Golf Resorts • Complimentary Junior Membership • For more info call 01625 822153

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The Bridgewater Hall International Concert Series 17|18

The Bridgewater Hall Summer 2018

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Roger Norrington conductor Roger Montgomery horn

Anne-Sophie Mutter violin Łukasz Borowicz conductor

Friday 13 April 7.30pm Mozart Symphony No.33 in B-flat K.319 (22’) Horn Concerto No.4 in E-flat K.495 (17’) Horn Concerto No.1 in D K.412/514 (9’) Symphony No.36 in C K.425 ‘Linz’ (28’)

Tuesday 1 May 7.30pm

Dresden Philharmonic Michael Sanderling conductor Arabella Steinbacher violin Friday 25 May 7.30pm

Berlioz Le Carnaval Romain (9’) Penderecki Violin Concerto No.2 (38’) Prokofiev Symphony No.5 (46’)

Weber Euryanthe Overture (9’) Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor (24’) Beethoven Symphony No.5 in C minor (35’)

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Win a first-class trip to see Titanic The Musical Titanic The Musical sails into The Lowry for one week only from 7th May and this is your chance to win a fabulous first-class package to see the show.

Join us on opening night for a three-course meal for two at The Lowry’s Pier Eight restaurant, complete with a complimentary bottle of house wine and a show programme, before you take your seats for one of the year’s most exciting productions. The five-time Tony award-winning musical is based on real people aboard the most legendary

ship in the world, and Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's stunning show focuses on their hopes and aspirations. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the third-class immigrants dream of a better life in America, whilst the newly enfranchised second-class aspire to the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire barons of first-class hope their mastery lasts forever.

TO ENTER Simply send an email to with Titanic in the subject field or, alternatively, send a postcard to Titanic competition, Salutions Limited, 5 The Stables, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5PG. Don’t forget to include your full name, address and daytime contact details. To book tickets for Titanic the Musical call 0843 208 6000 or visit


Win two tickets to see Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre in Salford This June, dance’s finest storytellers are making a dramatic return to The Lowry in Salford as Northern Ballet performs Jane Eyre from the 6th to 9th June. To celebrate, we are giving away a pair of tickets to this powerful adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s timeless tale. The ultimate Gothic romance, Jane’s journey from her desolate childhood to Thornfield Hall, where she meets the brooding and mysterious Mr Rochester, is a literary classic. As a romance develops between this unlikely pair, it becomes clear that Mr Rochester has a hidden past that threatens to ruin them both. The ultimate dramatic tale of romance, jealousy and dark

secrets, Jane Eyre is the story of one woman’s indomitable spirit overcoming all boundaries. Choreographed by internationally acclaimed British dance maker Cathy Marston, retold using Northern Ballet’s unique blend of classical ballet and drama, and performed to music played by a live orchestra – see Northern Ballet bring a new fire to one of literature’s greatest love stories.

TO ENTER Simply send an email to with Jane Eyre in the subject field or, alternatively, send a postcard to Jane Eyre Competition. Salutions Limited, 5 The Stables, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5PG. Don’t forget to include your full name, address and daytime contact details. T&C’s. This prize is for two adult tickets to Northern Ballet’s performance of Jane Eyre at The Lowry, Salford. Tickets may be redeemed for any performance between 6-9 June 2018, subject to availability. Tickets must be collected by the winner at The Lowry Box Office prior to the performance. The winner must provide a valid email address, which will be used by Northern Ballet to confirm details of their prize. This prize may not be exchanged for any cash alternative.

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The glamour, thrill and excitement begins the second the train glides into the platform at Manchester. The liveried train stewards await with a red-carpet welcome and show you to your plush armchair seats. Marvel at the intricate marquetry, hand-sewn fabrics and mosaic floors that make this beautiful train a moving piece of art. On the outward journey to Epsom in the home county of Surrey, enjoy a sparkling Bellini brunch whilst studying the form and taking in the views from your picture window. On Arrival at Reigate Station, Surrey you will be transferred by coach to the course with Queens Stand badges for a fabulous days racing. After an action-packed day, rejoin the majestic Northern Belle for a very special journey home. A delicious seven-course meal paired with specially selected wine

awaits. With champagne in hand, sit back, relax and raise a glass to a very memorable day at the races. Ladies Day at the Epsom Derby Ladies Day at Epsom is a must on the social and racing calendar. High fashion and exhilarating flat racing combine to make this a truly memorable day. Located on the downs in Surrey, this racecourse is steeped in history. Since the first recorded race meeting in 1661 up until the present day, the winners roll call contains many famous runners and riders. Queen’s Stand The Queen's Stand is the premium enclosure set on the finishing line and above the weighing room with prime viewing of both the Winner's Circle and the finishing straight. You can access the Parade Ring and follow horses all the way

to the track before taking up a spot to watch the race on the steppings or the Queen's Stand Lawn. Ticket holders can also access the Duchess's Stand, giving you additional access to bookmakers as well as the main public betting hall and Champagne lawn. Your special day includes: • Round-trip travel aboard the Northern Belle luxury train • Welcome drink; a sparkling Bellini cocktail • Delicious three-course brunch on the outward journey • Morning tea and coffee • Queens Stand admission • Jockey host • Champagne reception in the evening • Sumptuous seven-course dinner: British seasonal table d’hôte menu, including Great British cheese board, biscuits and chutneys • A bottle of wine per couple • Coffee, tea and petit fours



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The Arch London

A luxurious Georgian townhouse hideaway in the heart of central London

By Beverley Uddin-Khandakar

This officially rated five-star property is a regular resident amongst the top 20 luxury hotels in the UK on TripAdvisor and has earned the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Award. The hotel is tucked away on a calm residential street in Marylebone, a stone’s throw from Bond Street, Hyde Park and the West End, and spans seven Grade II-listed Georgian townhouses and two mews homes.


Upon entering reception, a roaring open fireplace provides a warming welcome to travellers. The interior throughout is quietly glamorous, boasting marble and glass, and a specially curated collection of art, including a moving art installation illuminating the reception desk. English heritage is fused with contemporary boutique design, with walls adorned in eye-catching artwork by British talents. The corridors have also been permeated with character, and the black and white ‘Alphatecture’ series of prints span the length of the gallery-inspired hall leading towards the Martini Library.

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A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ and Pride of Britain, the hotel boasts 82 bedrooms, including eleven sumptuous suites spread over six floors. Floors are considerately numbered 1, 2, 3 and 5, as the number 4 is considered unlucky in Asian cultures. Spacious interconnecting rooms are on offer for families or larger groups.

appetizer, so that we could sample his talents. And delicious it was. We both opted for a starter of Dorset Crab with Braeburn apple, fennel, sesame and poppy seed toast and curry mayonnaise (£9.95), followed by a main of Rose County 28 day-aged Rib-eye, hand-cut chips, grilled mushroom and tomato and béarnaise sauce (£25), plus a side of Spinach (£3.95).

The hotel is dog friendly, with an ethos to treat pooches to the same indulgent experience as their owners – there are luxurious dog beds, bowls and a delicious doggy menu cooked to order by a chef. Dog walking services are also available, allowing owners to relax whilst their furry friends are exploring the 350 acres of nearby Hyde Park.

After a long break and a light, refreshing bottle of Bolla Prosecco Superiore di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene Brut NV IT (£40), we were ‘persuaded’ to indulge in a delicious dessert of Clementine and Gingerbread Trifle and Sticky Toffee Pudding with caramelised banana ice cream (£6.50 each).

The Hunter 486 restaurant is named after the 1950s dialing code for Marylebone and offers a ‘Best of British’ inspired menu, carefully developed by Head Chef Gary Durrant. Our waitress informed us that chef makes the best pizza bases ever, so we asked if he’d make us a garlic bread

We sat in a booth, which was semi-private and makes for a lovely romantic dinner. The waiters are warm, helpful and polite, the food is delicious and the prices reasonable. Hunter 486 has an extensive wine and Champagne list (27 available by the glass)

and has been awarded the one-star award in The World of Fine Wine World's Best Wine Lists 2017. Designed with an air of nostalgic London glamour fused with contemporary touches, the restaurant features gleaming leather booths and blown glass chandeliers. The kitchen is delightfully open-plan and airy, allowing guests to watch the skilled chefs at work amongst the gleaming selection of copper pots and pans suspended from the ceiling. Light streams through the large windows, treating guests to a charming view of the neighborhood mews and, come the evening, the softly lit restaurant is an intimate setting for dinner. The bar area within the restaurant features original designer chairs by Tom Dixon, unique glass chandeliers and a vibrant atmosphere. Guests will enjoy the chic surroundings as much as the fine choice of fizz, signature cocktail and flawless personal service. Le Salon de Champagne oozes timeless London glamour and is laid-back luxury at its best. A stylish area adjacent to the restaurant with a unique arty ambience and intimate, secluded leather booths veiled with floor-to-ceiling silk voile drapes. The Martini Library is a warm, opulent lounge area for guests to enjoy martinis or Afternoon Tea. The ‘press to refresh’ service buttons, sumptuous armchairs, shelves filled with handpicked Taschen & Daunt books, and stone fireplaces make this a truly decadent space. Alternatively, it is also the perfect spot to host an exclusive dinner party or private meeting room with an inclusive breakout area. Prices start from £350 for a Deluxe Room and from £420 for a Suite. The Arch is in a quiet street, not far from Marble Arch station and the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. Madonna’s London home is just across the road! Highly recommended for your next trip to London.

WHAT BETTER REASON TO VISIT LONDON THAN FOR A ROYAL WEDDING! During the month of May 2018, The Arch London is offering the ultimate in luxury getaways, so you can enjoy the best of British in style and join the excitement for the big day. Its two-bedroom suite features a large entertainment lounge, extravagant bedrooms and private courtyard. There too is a contemporary kitchenette, so you can relax and indulge in the ultimate five-star experience.* You will also be treated to a delicious three-course meal in the creative Hunter 486 restaurant and bar, Champagne breakfast and a quintessential British classic – Afternoon Tea with a Royal Wedding twist (exclusively available for May 2018 only). It doesn’t finish there though, guests will be treated to a tour of Windsor Castle, the venue for Harry and Megan’s Wedding Day (19th May), home to Her Majesty The Queen and over 900 years of royal history. A fascinating day out! Finally, The Arch London will arrange private airport transfers within the package as well as a £100 Fortnum & Mason shopping voucher – the ultimate destination for unique gifts, elegant wines and famous teas and coffees. A shopper’s paradise! £3,900 per room for a two-night stay Available for May 2018 exclusively For any enquiries or to make a reservation, please call 020 7724 4700 or email *Subject to suite availability

----------------------------------------------Terms and conditions – subject to availability and allocation, Windsor Castle tour not available on the 18th or 19th May due to Royal Wedding. Not available in conjunction with any other offer.

The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD For reservations, please call 020 7724 4700 or visit

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Ski weekend at Zell am See-Kaprun

A quaint charming Austrian village with tempting cuisine, steaming spas and exhilarating glaciers. Jill Nash explores Zell am See-Kaprun for the perfect ski weekend Explore If you are short on time and in need of a ski fix, then Zell am See-Kaprun is the perfect destination. A quick flight to Salzburg or Munich from Manchester airport, and only one-hour transfer time, and you can be happily on the slopes by lunch. It’s fuss-free and yet there are some exciting ski runs in the region for both the beginner and the intermediate. The ski season typically runs from October until April, and you can experience Salzburg’s earliest start to the season at Kitzsteinhorn Glacier ski resort, where you can access open glacier slopes through pristine powder snow. The Schmittenhöhe is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Salzburger land because diversity is unbeatable. Beginners can enjoy flat family pistes and experienced skiers can carve across the many challenging tracks, with cosy huts, sunny terraces and plenty of live music to complete the ski experience. The Zell am See ski area has a low base of just 760m but rises to a lofty 2,000m on Schmittenhöhe. One can take at least five different thigh-burning ways down the entire 1,240m vertical on the ‘front side’, plus a 1,000m+ descent on the ‘back side’ toward Saalbach. The main base area for the ski resort is at


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945m elevation and has three major cable cars and gondolas emanating from it. One of them, the Schmittenhöhe cable car, goes all the way to the top of Schmittenhöhe (1,050m vertical climb). Cutting laps from this lift will very quickly render your legs jelly. The Porsche-designed lifts total 25 and include two cable cars, six gondolas, nine chairlifts and eight surface lifts. There’s also the new zellamseeXpress gondola, serving a 700m vertical of north-facing terrain. Another gondola situated below this is expected to be completed for season 2018/19, opening the way for better links with Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm. The piste terrain is mainly east facing and quite varied. Unusually for a lot of the resorts in the region, Zell am See includes some very long advanced (black) runs. The range of beginner and intermediate trails will satisfy most skiers for several days. Lifted terrain has expanded with the new zellamseeXpress gondola serving some extremely long and tasty intermediate terrain. Off-piste terrain is only limited by your imagination. For the adventurous when the snow is deep, there are some quite lusty alpine bowls and literally kilometres of great, challenging tree skiing possibilities. A threeday weekend ski pass will set you back about 174 Euros. For more information, visit Once your ski day is over, or if you are taking an afternoon break, then head to the nearby Tauern Spa, where you can access 25 different pools, spas and saunas. Built a few years ago, this thermal spring and wellness resort is pretty unique, with outdoor tubs and views over the stunning Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Not to be missed are the special spa infusions, which are carried out at regular intervals using a range of oils and other natural ingredients to stimulate the circulation of blood to the skin. Special infusions include everything from salt and vitamin infusions to beauty infusions and even sauna sessions set to music. A three-hour spa world pass will cost you 23 Euros. For more information, visit Sleep Excellent family houses, chalets and spa hotels litter Zell am See-Kaprun, and most are traditionally Austrian styled and offer excellent value for money. Many are within walking distance of the small ski area in Kaprun itself, which makes it convenient for those wanting to make the most of a ski weekend. Once in Kaprun, you can put the car away, as you can walk or take a bus everywhere you need to go. Although there are only a handful of real ski-in, ski-out accommodation options in

Kaprun, all on the side of Maiskogel, it’s not far to the nearest lift and there are many buses operating regular services. If you are looking for a full Austrian mountain experience, spending a few nights in nearby Zell am See or in a 'berghotel' on Schmittenhöhe proves a fantastic experience. Offering panoramic views of the impressive mountains, the chalet-style four-star Alpine Superior Hotel Barbarahof is a wonderful choice and has the bonus of being very close to the centre of Kaprun. The spacious rooms, all with fabulous mountain views, are gorgeously decorated. They all have outside terraces or balconies too, allowing you to soak up the sunshine and to breathe the fresh mountain air, if you haven’t had enough on the slopes. Hotel Barbarahof has an impressive and extensive Roman-style spa area with an indoor pool and a variety of spa facilities. You can book for a massage and the rates are quite reasonable, however, they only have one treatment room, so best to book ahead. There is also a gym, complete with stunning views, for those who need that extra workout. Food wise, you can’t go wrong. The delectable buffet-style breakfast, afternoon tea, home-made cakes (served around 4pm) and generous evening meals ensure you won’t be left hungry. The restaurant is small and cosy, and the service is attentive, warm and friendly. Room rates start from about £160 per night for a double room. For more information and current availability, visit Drink & dine Kaprun, with its population of around 3,000 people, has a full range of services, shops, bars and restaurants, including ski shops to hire ski or snowboard equipment. It’s pretty

easy to navigate your way around and grab an après ski drink after a day on the slopes. Austrians take après ski seriously and it’s ski etiquette to keep your skiwear on until this highly sociable gathering has finished. The Pavillon Kaprun is a popular après ski bar, busting out Austrian tunes and serving tankards of until the last person is standing. If you have managed to get the early ski lift up to the glazier summit at Kitzsteinhorn, then help yourself to an Austrian breakfast or brunch at the Gipfel Restaurant. This is Salzburg’s highest estaurant, standing proudly at 3,029m, and here you can enjoy breath-taking views over Austria’s highest peaks. This restaurant serves lunches too, including generous Austrian dishes like braised beef cheeks and meat platters, and has been highly awarded for its exquisite wine and cuisine. Here at the summit station, you can also enjoy an informative gallery tour or cinema experience on an eight-metre-wide screen. Skiers and non-skiers alike can head up to the Gipfelwelt 3000. The spectacular lifts and a 360m-tunnel walk provide an exciting experience and glorious views (cloudy or not) across to Austria’s highest peak Großglockner and the entire Hohe Tauern National Park. Skiing down the Kitzsteinhorn, you cannot miss the ICE CAMP. This is a unique world of ice and snow, including three giant igloos. Open from January until mid-April, you can enjoy a cool drink and music inside an igloo. There’s a pretty incredible ambiance, it’s free, and there’s also has a sun deck for those wanting a rest beneath the rays. They serve Pure Glacier vodka tasters and lots of cocktails. Non-skiers can access the camp via a regular guided snow shoe walk. Visit

For more information on the region, visit: Zell am See-Kaprun Tourist Board Hotel Barbarahof Austrian National Tourist

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Guy Weaver

We caught up with Guy over coffee, to talk about everything from the tech-driven future of North West businesses to meeting the Queen… Guy Weaver is warm, smiley and extremely busy. Not only is he a Director at global accountants KPMG, he too is the co-founder of, a Tech North Advocate and Treasurer for Chorlton Runners Escape from the country As a hay fever sufferer, growing up on a dairy farm in Shropshire was a “bit of a nightmare” for young Guy. Whilst most people want to escape to the country, he wanted to do the exact opposite: “Even on Christmas Day, the whole family would be out working from 6am. I wanted to find a career in which I wouldn’t have to get up at 5.30am! I opted for accountancy, but if I’d taken more of a risk, and since I loved watching Top Gun and films about cars, I’d have aimed to be a pilot or racing car driver.”

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Overseas adventures Guy started work at KPMG over 18 years ago and there have been a few exciting but scary adventures along the way: “I’ve been lucky enough to work across a number of different countries, including Australia and Hong Kong. Oh, and Papua New Guinea, where I lived on an armed camp in the jungle… and had to leave that country when I was told I was about to get arrested for working illegally! I got the first taxi to the airport and out of there!” Helping shape the future Guy’s always had a passion for technology, even teaching himself basic programming whilst still at school. He recently launched to help connect businesses to the right tech solutions:

“My new start-up is a platform to help businesses large or small to find the right technology to help them keep up with the changing landscape. It’s hugely rewarding and starting my own business has certainly made me a better advisor.” Going for gold… and meeting the Queen In 2008, KPMG became official sponsors of the GB taekwondo team and Guy volunteered to manage the relationship. Not only did he witness them winning their first gold at the London 2012 Games, he even got to meet the Queen… “She was opening the KPMG office in Canary Wharf,” recalls Guy, “and it was my job to accompany gold medallist Jade Jones down to London to meet her. She was very nice and so sprightly for her age. It was the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life.” Keep on running When he’s not working, Guy enjoys mountain biking cross-country and running: “I joined Chorlton Runners a few years ago, it’s a local community group running club entirely run by volunteers that starts in a pub and ends in a pub. I’ve been Treasurer now for three years. I like being part of something that gives back to the community and improves its health.”

Intergalactic ambition Before we bid Guy farewell, we wonder if he has any unfulfilled ambitions? “Not really. My philosophy has always been to work hard, volunteer for as much as you can and give back to the community… and then great things will happen.” He pauses. And smiles: “Actually, if I win EuroMillions, I’d like to go into space on the Virgin Galactic. Looking down on earth – imagine what an unbelievable view that would be!” Visit

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Lancashire bedmaker Rest Assured launches dedicated showroom

Luxury British bedmaker Rest Assured has opened a dedicated showroom in Manchester’s Cousins furniture store, displaying its range of quality handcrafted mattresses, divans and headboards in a dedicated space Showcasing the brand’s 120 years of bed making expertise, the showroom offers the ultimate bed-buying experience, with Rest Assured’s range of high-quality, zoned pocket spring mattresses complemented by a new selection of British-made upholstered bedframes, chairs and ottoman storage benches. Forever striving to offer ultimate comfort and support, Rest Assured provides customers visiting the showroom with the opportunity to choose from a carefully selected mattress range, all featuring zoned pocket springs for tailored support and offering a choice of quality comfort

fillings such as British wool, blended natural latex, silk and wool. Each collection offers a simple choice of softer, medium or firmer support, so there is something to suit all preferences. Priding itself on offering unprecedented luxury at affordable prices, the much-loved British heritage brand is known for its uncompromising quality; hand-making all of its beds in the heart of Lancashire. All materials and mattress types are regularly tested at the in-house testing lab, so customers can be sure that they are purchasing a quality product that has been properly and carefully

constructed to offer superb comfort and tailored support. The Manchester showroom’s range of beds includes Rest Assured’s British wool mattress collection, crafted with three luxurious layers of wool, hand-tufted and double-sided for longer lasting comfort and durability, and approved by The Good Housekeeping Institute 2017. For more information on the Rest Assured showroom and to see the full Rest Assured range online, visit

The Hylton Latex mattress – “At long last, a decent night’s sleep” “After years of nagging my husband, I eventually persuaded him to purchase a new mattress. I was fed up waking up in the middle of the night with hip pain from springs that were no longer effective and a dip in the centre of the bed. Quality is impeccable at Rest Assured, you can simply rotate it periodically, there is little need to turn it. Our first night’s sleep was like floating on a cloud, simply heavenly! I feel refreshed every morning, 5 stars.” The British wool mattress – “Best night's sleep I've had for a LONG time” “This mattress is soooo comfortable. Firm and yet it feels forgiving and cosy. An absolute dream to sleep on!”

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homes4u launches flagship Deansgate branch It’s an exciting time for homes4u. Fresh from a double-award win at the end of 2017 from The Federation of Small Businesses and The Negotiator, the local property company has launched its flagship Manchester city centre branch in a prime location opposite the Hilton hotel on Deansgate. Always looking to buck the trend and transform the world of estate agency, homes4u was the first of its kind in 2001; a unique estate agency concept incorporating a relaxed environment with the inclusion of a coffee lounge and internet access. Fast-forward 18 years, and homes4u has once again revolutionised its customer experience with a high-tech, customerfocussed branch. Innovative design practice Jasper Sanders + Partners was approached to help shape the vision.


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Carolyn Mellor, Owner and Managing Director of homes4u, says: “We like to do things differently at homes4u. We believe our new branch and the technology it contains helps to create a relaxing atmosphere, one where clients can feel at ease whilst our professional team help to guide and advise them. From day one, our focus has always been on the customer’s experience. Whether looking to sell or buy, let or rent, we are committed to ensuring the process is stress-free from start to finish.” On entering the branch, the layout is a world away from a traditional estate agent and has a Scandinavian feel. The centrepiece of the branch is a central console, which houses five interactive tablets, where customers can browse properties at their leisure. Gone are the intimidating desks, replaced instead by private booths with

22’’ touchscreens. The working office is concealed behind a glass screen and an impressive 65’’ touchscreen. Design Director Jasper Sanders says: “This was more than designing an estate agency branch, it was about a transformation – putting people and place at the heart of everything. We wanted the space to feel comfortable, relaxed and welcoming. The resultant interior is an elegant, stylish blend of soft natural tones, housing up-to-theminute technology.” The interactive marketing software is provided by Samsung Nexshop and powered by Zoopla. homes4u is the first agent in the north to utilise this technology and boasts more in-branch touchscreens than any other agent.

The software enables customers to browse, select favourite properties and even create comparisons. Area information, such as council tax and average house prices, can all be displayed on screen. Properties can be viewed on a map, where you can select to look at train, bus links and schools. Not familiar with an area? Choose Street View and take a tour around it – you can even plot your route to work and see estimated travel times. With construction of new developments at an all-time high, it’s an ideal time to be opening a new branch in the city. 14,907 apartments are currently under construction and a further 19,820 are planned across central Manchester, central Salford, Salford Quays, Hulme and parts of Trafford. Couple this with the 1.4 million sq ft of commercial space and 1,325 hotel beds being built, and Greater Manchester is growing by the day.

Steven Curley, Head of Sales and Lettings, says: “New development and investment sales are a key market for us at homes4u. We are currently involved in new build projects in north Manchester that have been designed specifically with first-time buyers and families in mind. For property investors, alongside our stock of HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) and portfolio sales, we can offer off-plan opportunities with guaranteed rents. I am looking forward to welcoming customers into our new branch so we can share our customer experience and expertise.” The grand opening at Deansgate is the start of a busy year for the homes4u team, who are also planning a series of fundraising events in aid of Maggie’s Centres. The company’s partner charity since 2015,

Maggie’s Centres are located across the UK and provide practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. The first event will see the team take part in the Great Manchester Run – the finishing line is outside the Deansgate office. The team are holding a series of fundraising events throughout the year, with the aim of raising enough to fund the centre for a day. Established in 1990, homes4u offers residential and investment sales, lettings, commercial lettings, property management and block management. If you want to know more, get in touch with the team or call into their Deansgate branch to experience it for yourself. Sales team 0161 236 8606 Rental team 0161 236 0202 Email

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Cheshire businessman leading ‘revolution’ in retirement living

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When people nearing retirement age want to downsize, but don’t want to compromise on their lifestyle, what are their options? That was the question asked by longestablished property entrepreneur Graham Richardson, and when he realised those options were very limited, it became clear he had spotted a gap in the market. A national shortage of single-storey living has left many people wanting to move out of large family homes, but struggling to find somewhere to live without compromising their lifestyle or standard of living. So, Graham and his team came up with a solution that is unlike anything else currently on the market – and sparked a revolution in retirement living. Graham is the Chief Executive of the Arbor Living Group, which builds innovative, luxury homes. Its most recent development is on the site of the former Willowpool Garden Centre in Cheshire, with 13 homes available exclusively for over-55s looking to downsize in style. The last word in luxury Arbor Living’s homes are built to the highest specifications, with high-vaulted ceilings, large fitted kitchens, and stunning open-plan living areas making them reminiscent of a boutique hotel. They are low maintenance, have running costs that are a fraction of the average home, and come tastefully decorated, fully furnished and ready to move into. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study and a utility room, there is no shortage of space. Built-in cupboards and wardrobes provide ample storage, and each home has a private garden. They are also freehold, so buyers will own the land as well as the home that sits on it.

Graham says: “We wanted to create a convenient solution for people who want to downsize, but without losing the lifestyle they are accustomed to. There are hardly any bungalows being built and for a lot of people, flats are just not practical. Choosing one of our homes means they can get on and enjoy their retirement, using the money they have freed up to do the things they really enjoy.” National solution Alderley Edge-based Arbor Living operates nationally and currently has two park home developments – Lakeside in Lincoln and Willowpool in Lymm – and there are four more sites in the pipeline. The sites are private, gated communities with fully landscaped grounds, beautiful countryside views, and 24-hour security to give residents additional peace of mind when they are away from home. Arbor Living has been on-site at Willowpool since February and phase one is now complete. One home is sold and the remainder are on the market, with prices starting at £405,000. A family affair Graham hasn’t achieved such success on his own – his son George runs the Arbor Living marketing team, his wife Gill is responsible for interior design, and his younger son Jack plans to join the family business once he has finished his business degree. “Family is most important,” says Graham,“and we love working together, alongside our broader team of industry professionals. “What we are offering is a whole new way of looking a tretirement living. When it comes to a combination of practicality and luxury, there really is nothing else like it.”

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STYLE Oh, the shame. I'm about to be fired as a godmother Allow me to explain. A good friend asked if I’d give a talk to my god-daughter Evie’s class at school. “No problem,” I said, before promptly tuning out when she began to fill me in on the precise details of said talk. In my defence, we were well into our second ‘happy hour’ and the mojitos were particularly strong.


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nyhow, a couple of weeks later, she texted me the time and place. Subject: Birds & Bees. Brilliant! I thought, wildlife gardening, right up my alley. So, last Friday morning, off I toddle to Evie’s school, ready to wax lyrical and enthuse the next generation of greenfingered folk. As usual, I was running late, so was hurriedly introduced and shown to the front of the class. Right then and there, I started to get a bad feeling, a very bad feeling. You see, on the desk were, ahem, rather large models of female and male reproductive parts. I kid you not. Apparently, I was there to give an introductory ‘birds and bees’ talk from the perspective of a gardener before handing over to the Sex Ed teacher who would do the refresher talk. Oh. Dear. God. Why had I not paid more attention to my mate? I mean, there I was, blushing beetroot, trapped, with 24 sets of teenage eyes boring into me… so… I did what any responsible

godmother would do in such a situation – I legged it. Now, a few days later, I’ve calmed down a tad and decided my talk should not go to waste, so have decided to share my wildlife gardening tips with you guys instead. You see, flying insects such as bees, hoverflies and butterflies should get more attention. Drifting from flower to flower for nectar, they really are nature’s invaluable little helpers. These pollinators play a vital role in the production of crops – transferring pollen from one flower to another, ensuring fertilisation, but, sadly, with the increasing use of pesticides and fewer wildflowers grown in the UK, numbers of these precious insects have dropped dramatically. However, as gardens cover about a million acres in the UK, if we all planted a couple of pollinator-friendly plants, we could make a real difference and provide a wonderful habitat for bees, butterflies and their mates.

In return, this abundance of pollinators will ensure our garden plants continue to reproduce through seed and that fruit and vegetables – such as apples, pears, strawberries, tomatoes, courgettes and beans – deliver us bumper crops. For sunny spots, plant lavender, buddleia, geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’, perennial wallflower ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ or verbena bonariensis. Herbs like chives, oregano and thyme also work well. For shady corners, aquilegia, hellebores, dicentra, pulmonarias and foxgloves are perfect. Why not pop along to your local garden centre this weekend? The staff there, many of whom are passionate gardeners, will be only too happy to point you in the direction of bee-friendly seeds and plants. Lastly, please, ditch the harsh chemical pesticides and try organic bee-friendly sprays instead. Right, must dash, Evie’s at the door and I really do need to hide… April/May 2018 |


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Traditional favourites in the River Restaurant THE LOWRY HOTEL

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In a bold and very shrewd move, the fivestar Lowry Hotel has defied fashionable culinary convention and launched a new à la carte menu featuring a range of enduring culinary classics. The dishes include the likes of Split Pea and Ham Soup, Potted Brown Shrimps, Twice-baked Lancashire Bomb Cheese Soufflé and Crab Macaroni Cheese amongst the starters; Beef Wellington, Whole Dover Sole and Steamed Beef Shin, Oxtail and Kidney Pudding as stand-out mains, and desserts such as Rhubarb Trifle, Steamed Pudding and Custard, and Baked Alaska are sure to delight. It's the sort of menu over which business deals were done in the Savoy Grill and political stitch-ups struck in the gentlemen's clubs of Belgravia during l-o-n-g lunches and sophisticated dinners of yore. Dining destination The change in direction suggests that the two-AA Rosette River Restaurant and Bar, overlooking Santiago Calatrava's elegant bridge, intends to restore its reputation as a must-visit dining destination and provide a contrast to the casualisation evident in other Manchester hotel restaurants. Executive Chef Andrew Green, using

premium ingredients and local suppliers, has taken traditional dishes and updated them; a demonstration that the highly experienced chef from Glossop is really hitting his stride. He said: “You could argue that the city is now passing the craze for small plates, and diners are craving a return to a slightly more organised approach and one which makes them feel special. “We have adopted a traditional approach for the new menu, complete with a series of modern twists, so diners can enjoy refined cooking in an enjoyable and informal setting. “We believe certain dishes, such as the Dover Sole, are only available here in the whole of Greater Manchester, and we’re looking forward to welcoming both those patrons who know and love what we do and diners seeking a special eating out experience.” Nostalgic treat There’s a nostalgic treat in store for diners old enough to remember when chefs produced dishes you wanted to eat rather than look at. Eating should be a sensual experience, not a cerebral one. These dishes are, in short, baby boomers' culinary gifts to millennials. I just hope they'll be suitably grateful.

At the menu's media launch, the Pea and Ham Soup, Crab Macaroni Cheese and Potted Brown Shrimps (with their seasalty tang, traditionally set in rich shrimp butter) boasted top notch ingredients and were allowed full rein to express their flavours. The Beef Wellington, a perfectly medium-rare fillet – wrapped in mushroom duxelles and Parma ham, then baked in crisp puff pastry – was superb and timed to the second. Served with Madeira sauce, it’s one of a number of dishes on the menu to share between two and brought to the table and showcased by the chef before being sliced. Show-stopping The Meunière-style Whole Dover Sole, one of the finest of flatfish, can be served on or off the bone and other fish options, rarely seen these days on restaurant menus, included Scottish Halibut Fillet and a show-stopping Traditional Fish Pie. The Best of British selection of desserts yielded Steamed Treacle Sponge, packed with dried fruits and spiced with orange zest and nutmeg, and which takes an hour to be steamed. Don't forget to order it early along with the other courses. You could really taste the love.

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Inside the quintessentially British Midland Hotel lies a Manchester favourite Mr Cooper’s. Located in the heart of the city, the restaurant is cemented into Manchester history. We were very excited to see how Mr Cooper’s is re-imagining itself and to sample the eclectic menu filled with classic British dishes. The restaurant itself is beautiful, relaxed and informal but with a hint of glamour. The large olive tree in the middle is pretty and a great focal point.

Altrincham is currently being described as a ‘boom town’ and it’s not difficult to see why. With new bars and restaurants popping up all over the place, it is becoming a real destination for foodies and partygoers alike. A once forgotten about town, we predict that Altrincham will start to position itself as the new Greater Manchester hotspot. Very close to Altrincham Market lies Blanchflower – a beautifully simple restaurant with about 30 covers. It’s intimate, it’s open and it’s welcoming. The first thing that strikes you about the knowledgeable team is the passion they have for the menu. Everything they serve is made in-house; from the bread to the butter, and you can tell. The flavours are rich and everything tastes delicious. The idea of Blanchflower is to enjoy ‘small plates’. We ordered five small plates, two of our favourites were Charcoal Grilled Bavette Steak with potato gratin and juniper carrots, and the Charcoalgrilled Free-Range Chicken Breast with confit thigh, mushroom veloute, potatoes and king oyster mushrooms. Both had exquisite flavours and, even though they were small plates, they left us full enough to not want to order dessert. We teamed our food with an incredible Combe Rouge Picpoul de Pinet, a really hearty white wine that complemented the food perfectly. We love Altrincham anyway, but Blanchflower has left us wanting to go again and again. A huge well done to the team for a quirky menu and relaxed atmosphere.

Hotel Football at Old Trafford is home to Café Football, a fast-paced dining option from the team at GG Hospitality. Café Football is located just outside Old Trafford and is exactly what we expected but just a little bit cooler. For football fans, the views of the stadium are unbeatable (unless you’re a City fan, of course) and there’s a great atmosphere to boot. The restaurant is a football fan’s dream – there are TVs everywhere showing games from past and present and, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot an ex-footballer or two enjoying a burger while watching a repeat of the FA Cup final from 1999.

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The menu was impressive. I started with Cured Salmon accompanied by preserved lemon, fennel and radish. It was light, fresh and delicate – the perfect flavour combination. My main course was a treat! Lamb is my favourite, so if it wasn’t good, I’d have been disappointed. I was NOT disappointed! The Lamb Rump, minted courgettes and lamb jus was divine. The dishes were beautifully plated and looked so pretty when they arrived. The team were very knowledgeable and helped us choose wine to match. To finish, we decided to have a liquid dessert in the form of a Negroni – an absolute favourite of mine, and the Mr Cooper’s version is incredible! A great place to visit for those wanting informal, relaxed dining but fantastic quality dishes.


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We chose burgers because some were carried past us as we were seated and they looked EPIC. THE ’66 is a beef burger without a bun but stuffed with stilton and wrapped in streaky bacon, mushrooms, peppercorn sauce, watercress and rocket salad. It was s good as it sounds and the fact it doesn’t have a bun meant that it wasn’t too filling and we could leave room for dessert. Dessert for us was the main attraction – we were invited up to the pick ’n’ mix counter to choose a bag of sweets. There was everything you could imagine and we couldn’t have been happier with our fizzy cola bottles and strawberry laces. If you know a football fan, take them here. Whether they’re a red or not, it’s a fantastic experience.

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We have always loved Wilmslow for a nice bite to eat but, with the addition of Suburban Green at the end of 2017, we now love it even more.

As huge fans of Mahiki in London, we were thrilled to be asked to visit the Manchester branch to try out its new cocktail menu. After opening at the end of 2017 and having David Beckham at the launch party, the team at Mahiki are flying high.

A firm favourite here at the magazine is The Alchemist. Any bar that makes cocktails as well as this one, and serves delicious food to match, is alright in our books.

We love an independent restaurant too, and this is up there with the best of them. Located just off Water Lane, it’s the perfect location to enjoy your night out in Wilmslow. From the front, Suburban Green looks tiny but inside it’s cavernous. Tastefully decorated and every detail clearly thought through, it’s a beautifully relaxing place to be. There is a distinct lack of pretention and the friendly bar staff and lovely manager were on hand to answer all of our questions. Ella advised we order five or six small plates, so we did. The variety was fantastic and we were spoilt for choice.

We were welcomed by the hostess and shown to our table. There’s a really funky tiki lounge vibe with something new to look at every time you turn your head.

The Alchemist is modern, contemporary and stands out. The inside has great quirky elements you’ve come to expect from The Alchemist. A huge back bar with every spirit you can imagine is a great focal point. We started with Crispy Lamb Ribs with a mint sour cream – so tasty, so succulent, we’re going to campaign for it to be a main course too. For our actual mains, we chose the Tandoori Seabass Fillet with sautéed vegetables. It was spectacular! It was fresh, light and delicious. I was advised by our server to try the Pornstar Posset (accompanied by Prosecco foam) for ‘afters’ and I wasn’t disappointed. It was extremely light, which meant I wasn’t left overly full.

Again on Ella’s recommendation, we ordered Roasted Heritage Carrots served on honey and Greek yogurt – it might sound a little strange but, damn, they were some sexy carrots. Who knew the humble carrot could taste so good? By far our favourite was the to-die-for Buttermilk Chicken Thighs with honey and chilli – light, full of flavour and boasting a bit of a kick.

The impressive cocktail menu has clearly been put together by a knowledgeable team and first on our list to try was their namesake, The Mahiki – Green Island Spiced Rum mixed with own-blend Mahiki coconut rum and then shaken with pear, strawberry and citrus and topped with bubbles. It was divine. We wanted five more but, alas, we had to try others! The showstopper had to be the Pieces of Eight Mahiki Treasure Chest – served in an actual treasure chest and refreshment enough for a party of eight. This tipple mixes brandy, peach, lime and sugar and is topped with Lanson Champagne – the perfect way to get your night out started.

We had a fantastic experience and we’re already booked in to take advantage of their weekend Bottomless Brunch. We shall report back soon.

Get your glad rags on, round up your friends, and go and have an incredible night at Mahiki. You will not regret it.

Of course, we couldn’t visit The Alchemist without having a cocktail, so we chose a Barrel Aged Negroni. What an amazing cocktail. We could’ve stayed all night drinking these. Definitely head to MediaCity and definitely visit The Alchemist whilst you’re there – all your favourites guaranteed, along with some pretty spectacular views.

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EXPERIENCE A NEW KIND OF GATHERING AT KING STREET TOWNHOUSE Sip and socialise at The Tavern, King Street Townhouse. Proud to be part of the Eclectic Hotel Collection, the newly renovated Tavern bar, lounge and restaurant is your all day dining destination Hidden amongst the hustle and bustle of Manchester’s city centre and vibrant King Street, The Tavern is a warm and inviting retreat, showcasing soft lighting, plush booths and lavish décor synonymous with the Eclectic Hotel Collection properties, designed by Co-founder and Interior Designer Sally O’Loughlin.

The Eclectic, contemporary, all-day dining destination serves classic favourites crafted from local, marketinspired ingredients. There’s also smaller sharing plates and an indulgent Afternoon Tea to choose from. Recharge your batteries after a busy day with many delicious restaurant offerings, such as homemade fish pie, shepherd’s

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Getting to the heart of the matter

Spire Manchester Hospital offer a comprehensive cardiology service, to ensure patients with heart conditions can be diagnosed and treated. Our expert consultant cardiologists and caring clinical teams provide you with specialist care – from the first moment you are in touch with us through to the completion of your treatment and aftercare. For more information, please call 0161 447 6700 or visit

Tony Collier

On May 9th 2017, Altrincham-born Tony Collier – a father, grandpa, avid runner and accountant involved in umpteen civic and charitable causes – was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer He and Tracey, his wife-come-practice administrator were stunned. But 11 months on, Tony still co-owns MBL Chartered Accountants in Altrincham and Northwich, runs most days and is in training for 2018’s London Marathon. OK, he recently relinquished chairmanships of Altrincham Chamber of Commerce and Altrincham Town Centre Plan, but you’ll never keep this good man down and dynamic Tony, now 61, advocates vociferously for early testing for prostate cancer.

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Prostate cancer: • UK men’s main cancer killer: affects 1 in 8 males • Affects 1 in 4 Afro-Caribbean males • 129 men diagnosed daily, 47,000 diagnosed annually • 330,000 UK males currently living with the disease • Every 45 minutes, another UK male dies from this cancer How could this be? “I’d completed two marathons within two weeks and visited my doctor for ‘groin strain’ on May 8th 2017,” recalls Tony. “I anticipated a cortisone injection for pain relief before my gruelling South African ultramarathon in June. No such luck. My

doctor looked worried and arranged an immediate MRI scan and further tests the next day. At 8pm that night, I learnt that I had incurable prostate cancer. It had spread to my bones and probably been in my system for anything up to 10 years. If I didn’t respond to treatment, I might only have two years left. I was 60 and superfit – how could this be?” Life changed forever Post-diagnosis, life changed for Tony and his family. “Shell-shocked and weepy, Tracey and I couldn’t think straight for three months,” says Tony. “After 37 years of marriage, suddenly each minute of each day was terrifying. I felt utterly inadequate – incapable of caring for her. Even worse was telling our adult son and daughter, and wondering if I’d see my four-year-old grandson, Ethan, into his teens.” The treatment “Cancer thrives on testosterone and drug treatments aim to remove it,” explains Tony. “Basically, you’re emasculated. You lose libido, drive, suffer erectile dysfunction and experience hot flushes and fatigue. The only good outcomes are that I now focus more on family and work just two full and three half days. Every spare moment is spent with Ethan.”

Regaining positivity “Two simple statements got me back on track,” says Tony. “After my Christie’s sessions last summer, Tracey and I would sit holding hands in Maggie’s Centre’s lovely garden, trying to understand it all. I didn’t want to be defined by cancer but couldn’t face reality either. When the Centre Head Sinéad Collins came out with, ‘You’re not dying from cancer – you’re living with it’, something clicked inside me. This was reinforced by a fellow runner stating, ‘Never go to bed at night regretting not having lived your life to the full that day’, I then saw some light.” A message for all men Tony is passionate about raising awareness of prostate cancer and the misconceptions surrounding it. “Prostate cancer isn’t an old man’s disease,” says Tony. “Anyone with a family history of it should be tested regularly. Screening for men over 40 is not yet available in the UK but, in the meantime, men should at least know the symptoms. I, unfortunately, had none at all – no difficulty emptying my bladder, no ‘dribbling’, no nocturnal trips to the loo and no unexplained weight loss. I thought I was in mint condition. But prostate cancer is a silent killer. Gentlemen, be on the alert… it may save your life.”

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Your invitation to The Manchester Vein Clinic Wednesday 25th April, 6-8pm At The Manchester Vein Clinic, we offer a full range of treatments, specifically tailored to each individual. We are unique because of our close working relationships with leading vascular surgeons and also due to the full ultrasound assessment performed by our highly experienced and qualified clinical scientists. We produce a report as part of all consultations, so we can clearly understand any condition and decide the best treatment options. We are the private Clinic for varicose vein treatments in Manchester – say ‘bye-bye’ to veins!

In previous issues of Salutions, we have told you about our treatments, our services and our clinic. It now gives us great pleasure to invite you to come along and experience us for yourself. If you or a relative is considering treatment to deal with any veins issues, this is a great opportunity to attend a no-obligation introduction to The Manchester Vein Clinic.

MVC Patient Event Visit The Manchester Vein Clinic, meet our staff and consultants, chat to our specialists and find out about our latest treatments options.


The Manchester Vein Clinic – part of the DHC Group (a leading medical imaging provider in the UK, offering state-of-the-art technology and diagnostic facilities) and IVS (Independent Vascular Services Ltd, the largest independent provider of vascular diagnosis and minimally-invasive treatment in the UK) – specialises in diagnosing and treating all types of varicose veins, including spider veins and thread veins. All the highly specialist staff at The Manchester Vein Clinic are accredited in vascular diagnostic imaging and have treatment experience working in NHS and private hospitals in the North West. Come into the clinic today and see one of our clinical vascular practitioners for a free venous health check. 64

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MVC Patient Event The Manchester Vein Clinic is opening its doors to everyone interested in finding out more about the diagnosis and treatment of any vein issues. At our patient events, we offer a FREE vein health check for patients who are concerned about varicose veins and who are interested in treatment information.

What are varicose and spider veins? Varicose veins lie just below the surface of the skin and have usually become enlarged. All veins have valves in them, which prevent blood from pooling in the leg. If valves fail to work, pressure increases in the veins and causes them to swell and bulge. Varicose veins are generally most noticeable in the calf and ankle. Another common type of vein condition is what’s known as spider veins. They are like varicose veins but smaller and closer to the skin. Often, they are red, blue and purple and, with their short, jagged lines, can look like spider webs. They are usually found on the legs and face and can cover either small or large areas of skin.

How are varicose veins diagnosed? An ultrasound assessment is the best way to diagnose varicose veins. During the assessment, a water-based gel is spread onto your leg and an ultrasound probe is run over the skin to give a picture of the veins and blood flow. This scan provides a ‘map’ of the veins in your leg and helps find out the best treatment options for you. As the main (deep) veins in your leg are also checked during this scan, any underlying problems will also be identified. This assessment is part of the initial consultation. What happens next? If you think you have varicose veins of any type and would like to have them treated, you need to have a consultation and scan to find out exactly what is going on under your skin.

Saving you time and money Depending on your specific condition, you will usually require both a consultation and a scan. It is important to look at your options, as these can be costly and time-consuming. We are very pleased to be able to tell you that (unlike many Manchester clinics) our consultation rate (of just £149) INCLUDES your initial scan, saving you both time and money. DATE AND TIME: Wednesday 25th April, 6-8pm TO BOOK call 01619295679 or email

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If you have a Knee problem, consult one of the UK’s leading Knee Specialists Consultations now available at the new Spire hospital, Didsbury.

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A Private GP NOW interview with one of our favourite patients This month, instead of us telling you about what we do, we thought we’d let one of our patients tell you how he felt about being treated by Private GP NOW himself. We were lucky enough to catch up with him recently for a quick interview, and this is what he told us: Hi! What is your name and where do you live? My name is Peter Carr and I live in Greater Manchester. How did you hear about Private GP NOW? Like most of us, I just googled what I needed and found Private GP NOW on the internet.

around to see a GP and then waiting even longer for the results to come back. How many times have you been to the clinic? I was pleased with the service and have used Private GP NOW a couple of times since – so, three times altogether.

What did you come to us for? I needed an How did you find the staff at the clinic? employment medical – you know, sometimes All the staff were friendly and very nice and a new company wants to make sure you are made me feel welcome and comfortable. in good health before you start a new job. How was Dr Bani? The doctor was nice too, How quickly were you seen after contacting very professional in every way and very us? I was seen as soon as I had a gap in my helpful. schedule – it was perfect timing for me. Going to a private clinic is obviously more Why did you use the service instead of the expensive than an NHS doctor. Were you NHS? I always use a private service for happy with the clinic and did you think it medicals and similar appointments where was worth the cost? The clinic was nice and possible. There is no queue in the waiting clean, the staff were very pleasant and helpful, room – it’s so much faster than hanging and I found the whole experience great value

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for money. It saved me time not needing to wait for an appointment and I had the results so quickly that I could start my new job straight away. Were you happy with the results of the treatment? Yes, the treatment was just what I required and the results were spot on, thank you. Would you recommend using Private GP NOW to friends and family? I would 100% recommend this clinic, in fact, I have done so already to my employees, friends and family! Anything else you’d like to add? I just wanted to finish by saying Dr Bani and his staff made me feel relaxed when carrying out my full medical and it was a nice place to complete them, thanks to everyone concerned.

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How we can help you Are you starting a new job or going on holiday overseas and need a pre-employment or medical visa? We can provide a ny p re -e mployment or visa medical – which may be required for candidates obtaining new international roles or for holidays – whenever specific medical paperwork is needed. We believe that we are the fastest and most cost-effective provider of these services in the North of England and we know we can help you. From our exclusive, private clinic in Altrincham, our private GP services are led by Dr Rashid Bani BSc (Hons), MBBS, DRCOG. Dr Bani and his supporting team of healthcare professionals excel in providing all GP services as well as their specialist expertise in visa and pre-employment medicals. We offer flexible, private appointments for all our private GP services and prices start from just £40. Countries we can help with Visa medicals for travel and employment can be performed for countries such as Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Cayman Islands, China, Kuwait, New Zealand, Bahrain, Indonesia, Bermuda and others. If you have specific needs and require a medical that is not listed above, please contact us for advice and guidance about our bespoke packages.

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Suffering from piles?

Haemorrhoids (or piles, as they are commonly known) are generally an unspoken curse from which many of us suffer, but are too embarrassed to discuss with our loved ones, let alone our GP Haemorrhoids are enlarged vascular ‘cushions’ just inside or around the bottom (anus and lower rectum). They're very common; it's been estimated that up to 50% of the population may suffer from symptomatic haemorrhoids at some point in their lives* What causes haemorrhoids? • • • • • • • • •

Constipation, resulting in excessive straining on the toilet Being overweight or obese, increasing pressure on the vascular system in general Age, where the body’s supporting tissues weaken, increasing haemorrhoid risk Pregnancy, creating increased pressure on the pelvic blood vessels Poor diet through insufficient fibre Regularly lifting heavy objects A persistent cough or repeated vomiting Sitting down for long periods of time Family history.

In most cases, you can return to your normal daily activities straight away after treatment, rather than needing weeks to recover. With minimal post-operative pain, your symptoms should improve almost immediately. What are the benefits of Rafaelo? • • • • •

Day case procedure Local anaesthetic** Minimal post-operative pain and care Can be used to treat all grades of internal haemorrhoids Quick return to daily activities.

There are also several other treatments available for haemorrhoids and having a consultant surgeon experienced in all available techniques, means you can choose which treatment is best for you. Mr Stylianides is a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon at Spire Manchester Hospital offering the Rafaelo procedure. He specialises in haemorrhoids, irritable bowel disease, gallstones, abdominal pain, hernias, and colon and rectal cancer.

New haemorrhoid treatment available at Spire Manchester Hospital

Using the safe and established technology of radio frequency ablation, the Rafaelo procedure can be performed on a walk-in, walk-out basis unless a general anaesthetic or sedation is required. *Source: Haemorrhoids: diagnosis and management. Am Surg 75 (8): 635–42 ** General anaesthetic or sedation maybe required, the most appropriate option will be discussed in your consultation

Mr Nicholas Stylianides, Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

For more information or to book an appointment with Mr Stylianides at Spire Manchester Hospital, please call 0161 447 6700 or email 68

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Photography Mike Browne

After more than three years of development, with over 2,000 patients successfully treated across Europe and outstanding results, we’re delighted to announce Spire Manchester Hospital is now offering the Rafaelo procedure.


As Director of Hunter Gardens, Andrew designs and builds contemporary gardens. With over ten year's experience in the industry and training in carpentry and masonry, Hunter Gardens combines expert craftsmanship with creative, practical designs.


Dr Andrew Robinson is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Spire Manchester Hospital, specialising in all areas of gastroenterology.


Dr Stuart Wilson is a Paediatric Consultant specialising in respiratory medicine at Spire Manchester Hospital.

ASK THE EXPERTS The weather is unreliable, is it worth investing in my garden? Despite the weather, we look at our gardens every day and a well-designed outlook can make a huge difference to our mood. An attractive front aspect can also add curb appeal and value to a home. I’m thinking of having decking installed, what would you recommend? Hardwood decking for its durability and contemporary look. Balau is a hard-wearing timber that suits changeable weather conditions and can be left to ‘silver up’ or oiled to preserve its honey tones. Ipe is a more expensive option which is longer lasting and has a warmer appearance. How can we make our small/medium-sized garden more family-friendly? If space is tight and busy lifestyles make a real lawn hard to maintain, I'd suggest compartmentalising your garden to create dedicated spaces for children and adults. Artificial grass guarantees a soft, mud-free surface for children year-round and there are some authentic-looking options on the market. A sunken trampoline – where the mat is flush with the grass – creates a tidier outlook. Decked or paved areas for adults complete the design, creating a multi-purpose garden that suits everyone.

Why do I suffer from acid reflux? Acid reflux occurs when gastric contents pass up from the stomach into the oesophagus (food pipe). Some people have no symptoms, whilst for others it can lead to burning discomfort, chest pain and regurgitation of food and acid into the mouth. Long-term uncontrolled acid reflux can damage the oesophagus and lead to complications, such as difficulty swallowing, a chronic cough and, occasionally, cancer. How can it be prevented? Lifestyle is important. Large meals expand the stomach, increasing pressure on the valve connecting the oesophagus to the stomach. You can help by avoiding large fatty meals, cutting out acidic foods which trigger symptoms, and raising the head of the bed if suffering from reflux during night time. Alcohol and smoking relax the valve, also making reflux worse. What are the treatment options? Lifestyle changes often accompany other treatments. Drugs which either reduce stomach acid or speed up gastric emptying can often eliminate symptoms. Recurrent, progressive or severe symptoms should be discussed with your doctor. On occasion, an endoscopic examination of the oesophagus is required, with a small percentage of patients requiring anti-reflux surgery. Difficulty swallowing or vomiting blood should always be investigated urgently.

My child has an unexplained or recurrent cough, what does this mean? One of the most common presentations for children to their GP is a recurrent or frequent cough. The majority are related to viral infections and it’s normal for school-aged children to acquire six to ten a year. However, if the cough is severe, frequent and persistent (lasting over four weeks) or unexplained – then children should be reviewed by a consultant. The consultant can look in more detail at the child’s immune system and identify if there are any structural problems with the airway, from the nose to the lungs. What are the treatment options? Treatment options vary greatly depending on the reason behind the cough and can range from simple reassurance and explanation, to antibiotics or investigations into the underlying problem. One investigation for a small proportion of children is a bronchoscopy. A bronchoscopy is a specialist procedure performed under general anaesthesia, where a fibre-optic camera is passed into the airway to look for an underlying cause. It allows a dynamic colour view of the airway and enables secretions/sputum to be taken and sent to our laboratories to look for infection.

The advice given by our experts is in no way intended to replace professional advice and is only a guideline in response to individual reader comments. Unfortunately, due to a high volume of queries, our experts are unable to engage in any direct correspondence.

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Shalni Arora – change maker extraordinaire We discover what inspired Shalni Arora – CEO of the charity Savannah Wisdom – to swap a career in accountancy and business for a life of change-making and philanthropy…

By Fay Wertheimer

Early ambition Shalni’s need to effect change is underpinned by an awareness of others less fortunate than herself, a belief in hard graft and a well-honed intellect. Looking back to 1978, eight-year-old Shalni’s family, under duress to leave Kenya, arrived in Watford and started from scratch. By 11, their girl was one of only three Asians at the North London Collegiate School. She later read natural sciences at Cambridge, specialised in genetics, and fell for a law student Simon Arora, now her husband and CEO of B&M European Retail.

Multi-faceted Shalni Arora thrives on learning, family, reinventing her career and quietly pushing the boundaries. Motivated by study and work, she found her self-imposed sabbatical in 2009 tricky to handle. Chomping at the bit by 2011, she set up a charity to improve lives both here and in India and named it Savannah Wisdom, after her and husband Simon’s two daughters.

Forever learning Eternal student Shalni has garnered a Cambridge masters in genetics, another in international development from the University of Manchester, plus chartered accountancy qualifications at Arthur Andersen. Career-wise, she quit accountancy in London in 1997 for an AstraZeneca finance post up north, co-founded the personalised medicine company DXS in 2000 and sold it in 2009. She then renounced all salaried work to focus on home, her children and Simon – a decision that ticked many but not all her boxes. Shaking up the system Shalni regards motherhood as paramount. She also recognises girls’ needs for positive role models. Throwing herself full-time into local and global philanthropy in 2011, this closet feminist has found her niche. Savannah Wisdom works alongside other NGOs to challenge corruption in healthcare delivery and gender rights.

Quietly shaking up the system is second nature to Shalni and currently there are some pretty intractable mindsets to combat at both top and grassroots levels: “Just because things have always been done in one way,” explains Shalni, “doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right way. I guess we’re promoting ‘disruptive philanthropy’. I’ve benefitted from a great education and a great career through opportunities given to me in this country. I believe it’s incumbent upon anyone in a position of privilege to give back into the community. Who else will – or can – do so? I want to live in a place welcoming everyone, a country of which my children are proud.” As good as her word, she’s active within Andy Burnham’s Community Cohesion Commission, helping vulnerable Mancunians increase their economic and social outcomes and, in doing so, providing them with city-wide openings for better integration. We can make the world a better place Her father’s ambitions for Shalni to discover an overall cancer cure are a probable no-no, but the influence of her parents and enduring ambition to make change remain steadfast: “If we women apply ourselves, it is possible to make the world a better place,” says Shalni. And should self-doubt ever creep in or should Shalni feel she is slacking, her mother’s words flood back to her: “Shalni, I didn’t spend years behind the tills for you to just do nothing – go for it!” And go for it she does.


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It is readily agreed that retaining your best employees ensures higher customer satisfaction, larger growth opportunities and employee motivation. How can I retain my key employees? Whilst each employee’s motivation for staying with their employer is different, in many cases, a key member of the team who is helping grow the business will want to participate in this growth. This could be in the form of a simple cash bonus or by receiving some form of equity in the employer company. What are the tax consequences? A simple cash bonus will result in PAYE

and National Insurance being due and, therefore, in many cases, income tax of 45% will be payable on the amount received (plus employer and employee National Insurance). If the employee were to be awarded shares in the company, then income tax – again at up to 45% – would be payable based on the value of these shares at the time they were awarded (less any amount paid by the employee for them). By structuring the incentive using either share options or ‘growth’ shares, it is possible to avoid any initial tax charges, and the tax rate suffered by the employee

on any eventual receipt of money can be reduced significantly (as low as 10% in many cases). What if the employer leaves? There will be agreements in place at the outset that will clearly set out what will happen should the employee leave their employment. This could range from the employee forfeiting all rights under the incentive scheme, to receiving the full amount accrued up to the date of leaving or anywhere in between. This provides the company with all the necessary protections that it needs whilst providing the employee with a strong incentive to remain with the company.

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Why choose Ellesmere College?

Founded in 1884, Ellesmere is a co-educational boarding and day school, which offers students between the ages of seven and 18 a platform for academic success and personal development. A wide-ranging curriculum and extensive activities programme allow each student the opportunity to advance in a range of disciplines, whether in the arts, music, drama, sport or to develop leadership skills. Ellesmere College treats every pupil as an individual and believes success means doing the very best you can; a philosophy that all parents, pupils and staff recognise and support wholeheartedly. The Lower School (7-13) provides an environment which focuses on individual needs and helps children grow into happy, secure young people with the confidence to tackle new challenges and understand the world around them. Students joining the Middle School (1316) will enjoy a stimulating environment with an extensive academic programme and an even wider range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities. Ellesmere students celebrated an excellent set of GCSE results this summer; over a third of all grades were in the top A*/A, and more than half of all grades awarded were in the A*/B.

Music is central to Ellesmere life and there is something for everyone; our Chapel Choir were national finalists in the Barnardo’s National Choral Competition 2017. The standard of drama is also very high and Ellesmere is the only UK independent school to hold the Arts Council’s Arts Mark Platinum award. For sports enthusiasts, Ellesmere is one of only nine schools in the world to be an accredited Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC), providing greater flexibility to girls and boys trying to balance their studies with heavy training and competition schedules. With the nationally renowned Titans swimming team, seven sporting academies and incredible state of the art facilities on-site, pupils can train in every Olympic discipline. Following GCSEs, students have a choice of A-levels, BTEC or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The college takes the preparation of students for Oxbridge and the USA very seriously and the academic enrichment programme offers

extension activities in all subjects. With 82 per cent of applications gaining offers from the top 50 universities in the world and an exclusive careers partnership programme, which finds opportunities for sixth form pupils to experience the real world, preparation for life is central to the development of the individual. Come and experience this unique environment for yourself at the Full School Open Day on Sunday 13th May 1-4pm. See website for more details: What makes a successful school? A committed leadership team, an excellent set of professional teachers, a globally recognised set of qualifications and a broad approach to pupil development via an expansive co-curricular programme. At Ellesmere, we believe that developing the whole pupil is much more than just passing examinations; a philosophy which is paramount to the continued success of nurturing our students. Ellesmere. Shropshire. SY12 9AB Tel: 01691 622321 E-mail: April/May 2018 |


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Discipline and PMS take U15s to national football final Physical and mental strength has brought success to Cheadle Hulme School’s (CHS) U15 footballers, who are on their way to the ISFA National Cup finals. This is the first time the school has ever reached a national final in football across all age groups and the team won their ISFA National semi-final match against Ardlingly College 2-1. CHS Director of Sport, Mr Matt Higgins, said: “It was a very competitive game, with both teams playing some excellent football in difficult conditions.”

Playing at home in front of a large group of spectators, CHS started strongly and took an early lead with a goal from Max Haughton before Ardingly equalised shortly after. James Whelan was rewarded for an excellent performance, with a second goal for CHS five minutes from the final whistle. The team are now heading to the final at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium. CHS Football Coach, Mr Martin Cooke, said: “The boys have prepared very well physically and mentally in the last few months and had a first-class attitude on the day of the game. The students have grown together as a group throughout the cup

run and have developed a resilience to setbacks. I am delighted with their achievement. “The boys took a really positive mental approach (PMA) towards the fixture. They approached it without self-doubt and focused on the best possible outcomes. They were disciplined in their positions and showed excellent commitment throughout. I am hugely proud of what they have achieved so far, however, I know that they, as players, and we, as coaches, will not be happy with settling for a second place. We are in it to win it.”

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A record 21 Withington students celebrate Oxford and Cambridge offers

21 Withington Girls’ School (WGS) students have received offers to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. This figure includes 19 current Sixth Formers holding conditional places, dependent upon securing required grades at A-level, and two of last year’s leavers celebrating unconditional offers. This year’s impressive number of Oxbridge offers – 13 for Cambridge and eight for Oxford – is a record for WGS and means that 24 per cent of this year’s 80-strong Upper Sixth cohort has earned the much sought-after opportunity to progress to the two oldest and most consistently top-ranked universities in the UK. The subjects WGS Oxbridge candidates have chosen to study range from history and politics, modern foreign languages,

law, geography and economics to natural sciences, mathematics, psychology, archaeology, engineering and medicine. Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Haslam, commented: “We’re delighted to see the girls’ passion for their subjects, willingness to engage with ideas and genuine curiosity about the world reflected in their offers to study at these leading universities. Their success is richly deserved and epitomises the culture of commitment to the value of learning and independence of thought we nurture and celebrate here at WGS.” Other WGS Upper Sixth students are also holding offers to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including Durham, Edinburgh, King’s College London, LSE and UCL. Course choices span a broad range of subjects, including architecture,

fine art, computer science, dentistry, drama, English, economics, law, marketing, medicine, modern languages and optometry – demonstrating WGS’s status as one of the top 12 gateways for entry into Britain’s best educational institutions. As in most years at WGS, one quarter of the cohort aim to go on to study medicine, with aspirations to qualify as much-needed doctors. Head Girl, Sejal Karmarkar, who holds her offer from Jesus College, Cambridge to study medicine said: “I feel very lucky because at WGS I received a huge amount of help and support, not only in preparation for the daunting interviews and admissions tests but also pastoral support and a LOT of encouragement through the stressful process.”

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Pupils from Stockport Grammar School proved they are the best codebreakers in the country after winning the National Cypher Challenge Nine pupils from the Fifth Year and Sixth Form competed against over 3,500 teams in the National Cipher Challenge at the University of Southampton. The team, who called themselves Pythag’R’Back, performed outstandingly and bagged the top team prize of £1,000. The team – Sam Howard (Captain), Nathan Kingsley, Wolodymyr Krywonos, Callum Boyle, Lauryn Howard, Murray Jallands, Pippa Brown, Phoebe Micklefield and Alex Pollard – will be presented with their award at Bletchley Park, the once top-secret home of the World War Two codebreakers, in March. Entrants were tasked with deciphering and unravelling a series of encrypted messages on Rome’s Lost Legion, which vanished in northern Britain in 108 AD. Head of Maths, Mr Greig Frankland, said: “The Maths department is always keen to offer additional opportunities to take part in individual and team competitions, and there is a real buzz around the place. To win the National Cipher Challenge out of over 3,500

teams is incredible. The team were in school until quite late one evening trying to decrypt the final message – it really felt like a mini Bletchley Park! I am truly pleased that all their hard work paid off and it is thoroughly deserved. We hope to celebrate more successes over the next few months in other competitions, so watch this space!”

Stockport Grammar School netballers are national champions Along the way, the girls have enjoyed some thrilling victories, including a 28-27 home win against St Catherine’s School in the semi-final. In the first round, they beat The Grammar School at Leeds 28-21 and this was followed by a 27-26 victory over Haileybury School, which secured their place in the quarter-final. A massive 39-12 away victory over Emanuel School saw the girls sail through to the semis. As well as their trophy and medals, the team have won a three-day netball tour from event organisers Smile Group Travel. Special congratulations go to Captain Libby Bowden, who was praised for her exceptional leadership, and Freya Noble, who was crowned Most Valuable Player. The team was completed by Libby Goodman, Sage Jeffries, Darcy Breen, Libby Porter, Anna Wilkinson, Chloe Olajide, Rosie Lear, Amiee Reynolds and Annalisa Griffiths.

Stockport Grammar School’s U13 netball squad are celebrating after winning the Independent Schools National Cup final. The girls beat Redmaids’ High School 26-25 following an exhilarating and tense match at Redbridge Sports Centre in Essex.

Head of Netball, Mrs Laura Goddard, said: “The final was a fantastic performance. All 11 players took the court, which shows how much depth and ability this squad has. They thoroughly deserve this title. They led the final for most of the match and in the last quarter, when the game was close, they kept their composure, showing maturity and determination to take the win in a nail-biting last two minutes. We are all very proud of the players. Their hard work in training all season has certainly paid off.”

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Young Samurai gives masterclass in creative writing Among his 25 books are two major series: The Bodyguard books, which see young teenagers work as undercover bodyguards; and the Young Samurai series, which takes the classic Japanese warrior and transforms him into a fearless teenager, searching out the evil assassin ninjas. Chris said: “Although my audience spans the ages seven to 77, the Bodyguard series is essentially aimed at teenage girls and the Young Samurai is more for teenage boys, especially the reluctant reader, who you can engage and excite with an action-packed plot delivered with a big punch.”

Chris Bradford is pictured with King's pupils Archie Ferns, Edward Roden, Thomas Lowe and Arthur Bryson-Sharples.

Million-selling novelist Chris Bradford, who specialises in action and adventure books for teenagers, gave pupils at The King's School an exciting and action-packed series of workshops on how to captivate the reader.

He told King’s pupils, “If you want to be a writer, then you must read and acquire that bank of knowledge. Your research must be detailed, accurate and relentless and you have to do it just for the love of creativity, because even selling as many books I have, you are not going to get rich quick.” In addition to his advice, Chris gave a masterclass in how to handle a samurai sword using a classic blade in a series of almost balletic moves.

Safety online at Withington Girls’ School To mark international Safer Internet Day 2018, Withington Girls’ School (WGS) held a series of events aimed at further improving digital wellbeing for pupils, culminating in an informative presentation for parents on online safety. WGS has already been working closely with Digital Awareness UK and Childnet to help its school community better understand both the implications of living life online – but in support of the global Safer Internet initiative, it ran a two-day series of talks for its girls, parents, staff and neighbouring primary schools. “Like many schools, we have taught and practised e-safety for a number of years here at Withington,” said WGS’s Deputy Head and Pastoral Care Lead, Ms Jen Baylis, “but, in 2017, we felt the time was right to develop 82

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this further and introduce a digital wellbeing strategy that would ensure outstanding support for pupils and staff in our digital age. “Recognising the extent to which digital technology matters to pupils is at the heart of our digital wellbeing strategy, which addresses not just the specific safety aspects of this app or that image, but explores the wider implications for our pupils of a life lived online.” Ms Baylis explained that a Digital Wellbeing Team, made up of staff from across the school as well as Year 6 and Year 13 pupils, was set up in 2017. “Year 13 pupils became ‘e-peer supporters’ and were trained to deliver special sessions with younger pupils, and Year 6 pupils assisted them with this in the Junior School.”

With today’s increasing challenges of digital addiction, cyber bullying and privacy issues, the WGS Digital Wellbeing Team, aided by Digital Awareness UK, celebrated Safer Internet Day by leading presentations and Q and A sessions on a variety of topics, including: insights into the most popular apps and websites and how they work; feedback on critical issues that have emerged both nationally and in discussions with WGS pupils throughout the year; and advice as to how children can be protected from online risk.



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WHAT’S ON? There is so much drama in the region this spring that it is hard to know what to see first. Try West End smash hit Mary Stuart at The Lowry for a compelling, thrilling ride, enjoy classics such as Relatively Speaking, The Cherry Orchard or The Winslow Boy or head to Bolton Octagon for The Big Corner, a brand-new play set in town itself. We are not short of some fabulous musicals either, with Miss Saigon back in town, a first national tour for Titanic The Musical and Blood Brothers making a return. By Catherine Reed

FAMILY The Lair of the Giant Crab Sea Life Manchester A 360° experience to meet three entirely new sea creatures of the deep – two giant Japanese spider crabs, which can grow to up to 18 feet from claw to claw, and a giant Pacific octopus.

Space Mission experience LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Manchester All-new interactive experience, providing space stars with the opportunity to build their own Lego® rockets and explore alien landscapes, before blasting a shuttle into space from Lego®’s mission control. Both of the above attractions will be permanent features.

Little Mermaid 10-14 April The Lowry Spectacular circus and spellbinding songs combine in this extraordinary new adaptation from the awardwinning Metta Theatre. With awe-inspiring acrobatics and hauntingly beautiful original songs and featuring some of the world’s leading circus artists, this breathtakingly beautiful production will enchant everyone from eight to 108. 84

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The Jungle Book 2-6 May The Lowry Rudyard Kipling’s family classic comes to life in a musical adventure adapted by Olivier award-winning Jessica Swale, with live music by Joe Stilgoe and directed by Max Webster. This fabulous production features original songs, great storytelling and, of course some amazing characters.

The Snail and the Whale 30 May – 3 June The Lowry Storytelling at its best accompanied by live music and lots of laughs. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s brilliant story about the tiny snail who hitches a lift on the tail of a giant whale is a true delight. Age 4+ and everyone upwards!

DRAMA The Winslow Boy 9-14 April The Lowry This major new revival of Terence Rattigan’s classic family drama stars Tessa Peake-Jones, Aden Gillett and Timothy Watson. Based on a real-life event, The Winslow Boy is a courageous window into the class and political hypocrisy of Edwardian England.

Of Mice and Men 9-14 April Opera House This landmark play by the Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck is the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch. It is a powerful reminder of what it is to be human as they try to hold onto their dreams and friendship during hard and difficult times.

Mary Stuart 17-21 April The Lowry Following its critically acclaimed West End run, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart heads for The Lowry for one week only. This stunning production is a thrilling ride from start

to finish and highly recommended. Schiller’s political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history’s most crucial days. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams trade the play’s central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin. .

The Cherry Orchard 19 April – 19 May Royal Exchange Directed by Michael Boyd, former director of the RSC, Chekov’s final masterpiece is full of wild humour and sadness in this brand-new production. Kirsty Bushell and Jude Owusu lead the ensemble in this fresh and funny translation by award-winning playwright Rory Mullarky.

The Big Corner 19 April – 5 May Octagon Theatre This is a new play written by Artistic Director Lawrence Till and based on the short stories of Bill Naughton, weaving them into an uplifting comedy about two young Bolton lads hungry for adventure.

Relatively Speaking 20 April – 5 May Oldham Coliseum A brand-new version of Alan Ayckbourne’s first play is a comedy of misunderstanding involving two couples and with many twists and turns, confusion and some infidelity.

This House 24-28 April The Lowry James Graham’s biting, energetic and critically acclaimed play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes, who roll up their sleeves and, on occasion, bend the rules to manoeuvre a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs. Directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places & Things, Wolf Hall), This House gives a timely, moving and often amusing insight into the workings of British politics.

WHAT’S ON? DollyWould 3-5 May HOME Show and Tell’s bold new show enjoyed a 100% sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s all about Dolly Parton, cloning, branding, immortality and death.

Long Day’s Journey into Night 10-26 May HOME Eugene O’Neill’s moving and insightful Pulitzer Prize-winning play delves into the private lives and failings of the Tyrone family while revealing insights into his own upbringing.

Happy Days 25 May – 23 June Royal Exchange Following the success of A Streetcar Named Desire, The Skriker and Hamlet, Sarah Frankcom and Maxine Peake continue their creative collaboration with Samuel Beckett’s brilliant Happy Days; a play where the lead female character is literally half-buried on stage, with only her bag and husband for company.

A Taste of Honey 25 May – 9 June Oldham Coliseum Set in Salford, Shelagh Delaney’s classic kitchen sink drama is recognised as the precursor to Coronation Street and was one of the most controversial plays of its time. It is the tale of Jo, a teenager whose life is dominated by her alcoholic mother, who falls pregnant with a sailor and finds comfort with a gay art student.

Summer Holiday 31 May – 23 June Bolton Octagon (off-site) Bolton Octagon takes its show on the road (literally) with their first ever off-site production on a bus travelling from Bolton’s Interchange to the Albert Hall, telling the story of the classic Cliff Richard film along the way.

FESTIVAL AND EVENTS Viva! Festival 12 April – 5 May HOME

For its 24th edition, Viva! Returns with a venue-wide celebration of Spanish and Latin American culture showcasing visual arts, theatre and film.

Sounds From the Other City 6 May Chapel Street, Salford Now in its 14th year, SFTOC 2018 is celebration of new music and performance, with over 130 acts on the bill and featuring old favourites, cult classics and some new blood. Check for full line-up and to buy tickets.

Week 53 17-28 May The Lowry The Lowry’s festival of new and contemporary work is back for its second year. Week 53 is about challenging convention and celebrating creativity, and will feature more than 70 performances by 100 artists exploring ‘coming of age’ as The Lowry celebrates its 18th birthday. Shows include Swan Lake from one of Ireland’s most celebrated dance makers, Brighton Rock and Nigel Slater’s Toast. Many tickets are free and the rest are only £10 or £20. There are also some Pay What You Decide tickets available. Full line-up at

DANCE Jane Eyre 6-9 June The Lowry Northern Ballet brings one of literature’s finest love stories to life in this tale of romance, jealousy and dark secrets. This production is choreographed by internationally acclaimed British dance maker Cathy Marston and is set to a score of original compositions and existing work compiled and arranged by composer Philip Feeney and played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. Sets and costumes are designed by Patrick Kinmonth, who has worked closely with photographer Mario Testino and designed over 20 theatrical productions.

MUSICALS Miss Saigon

Until 12 May Palace Theatre Cameron Mackintosh’s award winning musical Miss Saigon is back at the Palace Theatre and arrives with some of the special effects that made audiences’ first visits so memorable and dramatic. The show is a retelling of the tragic Madame Butterfly story set in Vietnam and featuring stunning sets and an emotional, heart-rending score.

MIXTAPE 11-14 April Royal Exchange The award-winning Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company present this vibrant new musical – described as part gig, part play, part party – exploring what it means to live in Manchester today and how to make a place your home.

20th Century Boy 17-21 April Opera House This hit musical is inspired by the life of Marc Bolan and marks the 40th anniversary of his untimely death. It features the hits of the legendary singer and his band T-Rex as it runs through the story of his fascinating life. A tearful yet feel-good journey.

Titanic The Musical 7-12 May The Lowry This moving production is based on real people who were on board the fateful ship when it sank with the tragic loss of so many lives. It focuses on the stories, hopes and dreams of the passengers and crew, giving us an insight into life on the ship from the perspective of the lookout, stoker, captain and passengers from all walks of life.

Blood Brothers 15-26 May Palace Theatre The now legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating story of twins separated at birth and who meet later in life with tragic consequences. Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone and songs include Tell Me It’s Not True and Marilyn Monroe.

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Best for… sport: Plantronics BackBeat FIT 300 and FIT Boost One of the world’s lightest Bluetooth headphones, they’re discreet, portable and sweat-proof, and the secure-fit ear tip blocks out unwanted gym noise. They also have a very clever low-friction cloth cable, which eliminates that annoying thump you get when running with other headphones. With enough battery life for even the longest training sessions, and even a portable charging pouch (Boost edition), these are a brilliant companion for fit and active people. From £89.99

Best for… showing off: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 All the quality you’d expect from a premium manufacturer like Bang & Olufsen. As well as hi-fi sound, these boast the finest finish with materials such as machined aluminium and the softest lambskin leather earpieces. The noise-cancelling technology is truly effective too for that fully immersive luxury experience. £299

Best for… the commute: Plantronics BackBeat FIT 505 These are actually a sport model, but proved to be perfect for rainy commutes and bustling public transport thanks to their water-resistant, military-grade nano-coating and on-ear construction. The on-ear controls are more positive and intuitive than the Bang & Olufsens, which means less chance of dialling a call by mistake, and 18 hours of wireless listening and talk time is truly impressive too. £89.99

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30 YEARS OF DISCOVERY Regular readers will know by now that I’m always most interested in cars that come with a history lesson. If it’s a reinterpretation of a classic, or a model with a lineage that goes back decades, then I’m fascinated. Given that the Land Rover Discovery turns 30 next year, I hope you’ll forgive the history lesson here. The brand has evolved its design language and stayed ahead of the times to dominate an entire market since the 80s. It started as a totally new concept for Land Rover – filling the cavernous gap between the agricultural Defender and the upmarket Range Rover, the Discovery competed directly on price against Japanese imports while beating them hands down on award-winning design and innovation.

Today, the Discovery occupies a very different market. It’s possible to spend easily as much on a Discovery as on a Range Rover, so there’s no clear price differentiator. Indeed, some, such as the new SVX – the ‘ultimate’ Discovery – will cost more than the vast majority of the Range Rover family, and it’s hard to imagine anything could be any more luxurious. Where it differs most clearly is that it is much more likely to get properly used. If the Range Rover has increasingly become a chauffeur-driven limo that will seldom see mud, then the Discovery has taken over as the posh person’s off-roader of choice. Far more likely to be seen in front of a horsebox or boat trailer, or beating around country estates, the Discovery is a worthy bearer of the legendary Land Rover badge.

LOVE 8 By Oliver Chesher

Here’s another future classic with a history lesson attached. The BMW 8 Series was the flagship of the entire BMW brand in the same year as the Land Rover Discovery was introduced: 1989. Unlike the Discovery, however, the 8 Series wasn’t intended to be a big seller, because it was so ahead of its time, exclusive and expensive. The original 8 Series was a two-door grand touring coupé with an enormous V12 engine and six-speed gearbox which, in the late 80s and 90s, made it utterly unattainable to all but a few.


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For this reason, it only lasted ten years and, aside from the equally stunning, exotic and rare Z8 in the early 2000s, the number 8 has been missing from the BMW range since then. Until now. The new 8 Series has been unveiled as a powerful, imposing and extrovert Gran Coupé, ready to take back its rightful throne at the top of the BMW range. Prior to its launch in showrooms in the next year, little is known about it. All we have is pages of excited chatter about its external design – but for now, we’ll let the photo do the talking.

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