Businesses offered expert help to get best return on trade events

An award-winning marketing expert is helping businesses maximise their returns on trade exhibitions, as they venture back to in-person events. Golddust Events is a brand new service being launched by Staffordshire-based Hannah Montgomery, who wants to share her wealth of experience in the world of trade events and exhibitions. Hannah said: “Trade events and exhibitions are all starting up again now and, when managed correctly, are brilliant at delivering return on investment and heightening brand awareness. “We want to focus on helping businesses maximise their return on investment and get the most out of these opportunities. I have worked on …

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New book reveals rich history of Water Orton Railway Station

The history of Water Orton Railway Station has been immortalised in a new book researched and produced by a voluntary village action group. The book, called Water Orton Rail History, documents the heritage of the station and the surrounding rail network. The station first opened in 1842, and has been a focal point of the community. It is now back in the spotlight with potential changes in the pipeline. Huge changes are being made to the rail infrastructure in the area, as work progresses on the HS2 rail link, which will see two huge viaducts being built in Water Orton, …

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Rail passengers on track to discover city’s musical roots

Rail passengers will find themselves on a route to the roots of Birmingham’s world-class musical heritage thanks to a new community project. Musical Routes will see 30 themed maps installed at railway stations across the city, telling the story of the musical heritage of each area. They will celebrate world-class artists Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, The Beat, Joan Armatrading, Andy Hamilton and Jamelia along with many more, and profile iconic venues such as the Que Club and Rum Runner. The project is the brainchild of Birmingham Music Archive and the rail-travelling public will benefit thanks to funding from West …

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All aboard for the ‘Innovation Station’

Great Malvern visitors and residents will find themselves immersed in tomorrow’s world of technology during the 10th annual Malvern Festival of Innovation. The festival takes place from October 4 to 10 and delves into all aspects of innovation from science to space and cyber security with a series of events and talks from national and international experts. The festival includes the ‘Next Generation Innovators’ schools’ day, which already has 600 pupils registered and will highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths in the modern curriculum. The event will also encourage engineering and technology businesses to flourish by interacting with the community. …

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Drive to tackle community isolation after lockdown

People left isolated or lonely during the Covid pandemic are being offered a lifeline as a project to bring them together expands. SNJ Charitable Trust, based in Wolverhampton, has increased its Chat and Chai Bringing People Together sessions, with one now taking place every day. Bringing People Together (BTP) is a network designed to connect people and was set up by the organisation Transforming Communities Together (TCT). TCT, which covers Staffordshire, the Black Country and north Shropshire, set up BPT after the success of its Places of Welcome initiative, where members of the community are invited to get together at …

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Training plan to bridge the ‘digital divide’

People in Bilston will be offered free training in how to use technology as part of a new drive to ‘bridge the digital divide’. The SNJ Charitable Trust, based in Wolverhampton, found that the Covid pandemic had had a huge impact on some communities in the area. And many had a fear of computers and digital technology, leaving them isolated and unable to access vital services. SNJ founder Neena Julka said: “We identified a big need and found people could not use digital technology to connect to each other or use the internet to access essential health or care services. …

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Vet’s campaign to tackle ‘silent killer’ of pet dogs with online Big Walk

Millions of UK dog owners are facing the heartbreak of having to say goodbye to beloved pets years earlier than necessary due to the failure to spot and act on early signs of the ‘silent killer’ disease arthritis. Award-winning vet Hannah Capon is now leading a campaign to help dog lovers spot the telltale signs and learn how to manage the condition before it goes too far. Left untreated, canine arthritis can result in unnecessary suffering and premature euthanasia as dogs lose their quality of life. But just a few simple steps could add years to their lives, said Hannah …

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Fundraising drive as demand grows for cancer support centre

A support centre offering a lifeline to cancer patients across the Midlands has launched a new fundraising drive as it prepares to reopen post-lockdown and meet growing demand. The Cancer Support Centre, in Sutton Coldfield, was unable to run its normal fundraising events during the pandemic, but it survived thanks to grant aid and individual supporters taking part in sponsored events. Now with demand growing again, it is looking to raise even more funds and is setting up a new dedicated team to help raise £150,000 or more to support people who have been affected by cancer and delays in …

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Run For Joel colour blast fun run is back

The Smile For Joel charity run returns to Sandwell Valley Country Park this year and entries are now open. Run For Joel will take place on Sunday, September 5, starting at 9am. There will be a 5k and a 3k option to suit all ages and abilities. Last year the run was held remotely, with people taking part at home because of Covid. This year the runners can attend in person again and there will be a colour blast, back by popular demand. The event will raise money for Smile For Joel, the charity set up by Suzy Evans and …

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West Midlands railway communities on track to fitness in pioneering scheme

Communities around six Birmingham railway stations can embark on a journey to improved health as experts lead a series of free fitness and wellbeing events and activities. The ‘Thrive Stations’ initiative has launched with the backing of West Midlands Railway and funding has been provided to support a programme of activities until October. The aim is to provide accessible fitness and wellbeing services direct to the community. Areas served by the stations – Perry Barr, Duddeston, Jewellery Quarter, Aston, Witton and Hamstead – will be the venues for the wellbeing pop-ups, designed and operated by wellbeing experts Parveen Talwar from Communities …

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