Posted on March 14, 2018
We covered a two day conference for Citizens Advice Bureau at Manchester Central.
Loads of speakers & workshops with staff & Volunteers from all over the UK.
Citizens Advice is a network of 316 independent charities throughout the UK that give free, confidential information and advice to assist people with money, legal, consumer and other problems. The twin aims of the Citizens Advice service are “to provide the advice people need for the problems they face”and secondly “to improve the policies and principles that affect people’s lives”. This research and campaigns agenda also known as “social policy” is more preventative in nature and designed to stop problems arising in the first place.
Citizens Advice organisations emerged in the 1930s linked to the emergence of a fledgling social welfare service and the outbreak of World War II, Public funding for the organisation was cut following the war but restored during the 1960s and a government grant in 1973 allowed the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (NACAB) to expand the charity. Citizens Advice has grown to be the largest independent advice provider in the UK.
In 2013 the Citizens Advice Adviceguide website was visited by one third of United Kingdom’s online population and Citizens Advice’s own research shows that four in ten of the British population contact Citizens Advice at some point during their lives. In 2014 Citizens Advice celebrated its 75th anniversary and in 2015 the charity was named Charity of the Year at the 2015 Charity Awards.
We covered an awards event for The Caterer trade magazine at the opulent Principal Hotel in Manchester.
The Acorn Scholarship, is an independent award created by previous winners of The Caterer’s Acorn Awards.
Sandra Preciado, assistant events operations manager of the Rosewood, London, has won the 2018 Acorn Scholarship.
Preciado, who is the 16th Acorn Scholarship winner impressed the judging panel with her persistence to succeed in the hospitality industry and her passion to continue to develop.
It’s now in its 14th year, and anunually presents a young manager, chef, HR manager, sommelier, or any young high-achiever involved in hospitality with the opportunity to make a name for themselves by presenting their skills and ambitions to some of the most respected names in the industry.
There is an annual prize worth more than £5,000 and the winner will become part of a prestigious Acorn Scholarship alumni.
Principal Hotel Manchester
More than £25 million has been poured into a revamp of one of the grand dames of Manchester city centre; the old Palace Hotel in the opulent, Victorian gothic former offices of Refuge Assurance company close to Oxford Road station. It reopened in November 2016 under a new name, The Principal Manchester, one of three new Principal hotels in the UK; the others are in Edinburgh and York. The grade II listed building dates from 1891 and was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect behind the Natural History Museum in London. Further Principal hotels are planned in London, Glasgow and Liverpool.
Posted on February 7, 2018
Internal & external restaurant shots for Sushi restaurant, wagamama, as well as covering the launch of a lifesize colouring wall at Manchester’s Trafford Centre. The colourful creation is to encourage shoppers to take a minute to be mindful.
Wagamama believes in nourishing the body and soul by feeding your inner good! They are partnering up with MIND to raise awareness of mental health throughout February.
Inspired by the Japanese concept – Ikagai, Wagamama has also developed in-restaurant features such as colouring mats and nourishing dish recommendations; crammed with ingredients rich in nutrients that can have benefits to the mind, body and soul as well as delight the taste buds.
Ikagai – The secret to a long and happy life. The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life.