Lisa captivates clients and scoops award thanks to her Eastern magic aromas

 A businesswoman who fell in love with the aromas of Dubai on holiday is captivating clients closer to home – with her nose for a new venture clinching her international acclaim. Lisa Davis of Levant Perfume has scooped an award in her favourite UAE destination after a recent return visit to secure more business as she prepares for her UK launch.   Lisa, 52, of Stourbridge,  who first visited Dubai seven years ago, has clinched a Khatoon Successful Woman title after crafting seven distinctive fragrances in her Levant range. The award is reserved for entrepreneurial women in Dubai who impress its organisers …

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Niki Hutchison

Entrepreneur’s free support network reaches 25,000 women and puts her in running for top award 

An entrepreneurial mum of two who started a free Facebook group to support fellow women in business is in the running for a top award after building a community that now reaches around 25,000 people. Niki Hutchison has been named as one of six finalists in the Women’s Champion category of the Digital Women Awards 2022 after her huge success in offering online support. “I was delighted to have made the shortlist,” she said. “To get recognition at a national level really does give you an extra boost and remind you why you’re working so hard.” Edinburgh-based Niki, 43, started …

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Organiser Parveen Talwar with performers Patricia Sahoua, Nicki Reid and Charles James

Crowds flock to first event in city-wide Commonwealth food festival

Crowds flocked to a Birmingham community centre to immerse themselves in the cuisine and culture of Ghana at the first in a series of free, vibrant events celebrating the Commonwealth. Organisers say the inaugural event was a huge success and have thanked all those who gave their help and support. They are now looking forward to hosting nine more events at venues across the city this summer. The first was held at Nechells Pod on Friday, June 3, and focused on Ghana. Families and visitors tucked into tasty Ghanaian food served up by chef Maud Koranteng and they were able …

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Innovator’s harmless dog poo bags set to clean up across the globe

A dog lover is all set for global sales after innovating a range of sustainable dog poo bags that dissolve in water. The idea for what George Greer calls a ‘revolutionary’ new environmentally-friendly product came after walking his beloved four-year-old Swiss Shepherd, Noah. What should have been an enjoyable stroll turned into a rubbish-strewn obstacle course as they visited Loch Long in Argyll and Bute. “There was this awful scene of plastic bags and debris all along the shoreline,” said George, a former payments network director who quit his job to invest his time in his ambitious new venture Project Harmless https://projectharmless.com/ in lockdown last year. …

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West Midlands charity receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

West Midlands charity The Buddy Bag Foundation, which helps children fleeing domestic violence, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE. The BBF provided a bag of essential items to children who find themselves in emergency accommodation. Karen Williams OBE, founder of the BBF, said: “We were thrilled and overjoyed to be awarded the QAVS. “The Buddy Bag Foundation has now had over 4,000 volunteers so this award is recognition of their hard work and support over the last …

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Outstanding achievements recognised by University of Wolverhampton Students’ Union

Students, staff and work placement providers have all been recognised for outstanding efforts at an awards ceremony in Wolverhampton. Organisers of the 11th Wolverhampton University Students’ Union Awards received a record 250 nominations for people and organisations who went above and beyond.  The awards recognised placement providers for the first time this year, to honour employers which offer students vital work experience opportunities. Rapid Response Team – Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust won Placement Provider of the Year.  Claire Watkins, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, who has been responsible for overseeing placements for five years, said she was overwhelmed by the award. “This is amazingly rewarding,” …

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Skevi gives assistants a voice around the world as global support community goes from strength to strength

A former Midlands executive assistant who took voluntary redundancy is now helping hundreds of key business support staff overcome feeling ‘invisible and alone.’  Skevi Constantinou is the founder of worldwide support group, The PA Way, dubbed the ‘Assistanthood’ by its members.  Bringing opportunities to grow in confidence, gain exciting promotions, make more money and find life-long friends, The PA Way is now a multi-award-winning platform and is gaining acclaim from around the globe.  Skevi, who was once told she didn’t deserve a promotion because ‘she would die soon anyway’ due to an incurable underlying autoimmune condition, said too many assistants needed support from …

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Return of popular music event boosts Black Country foodbank

Hundreds of food items and donations of £200 have been handed over to the Black Country Foodbank after live music fans enjoyed the return of a much-loved music festival in a day. Representatives from the foodbank branch at Our Lady and All Saints Catholic Church in New Road, Stourbridge, have thanked Eddy Morton and Trina Keane, owners at nearby Katie Fitzgerald’s for the contributions during its 18th Katiesfest on Sunday, May 22.   Eddy and Trina had already raised hundreds of pounds for the foodbank and are also providing confidential monetary support for two families in crisis, hit by rocketing fuel bills. …

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Artist David Johnson painting the site

Eco-health centre plan for Amblecote meadow aims to preserve site for future generations 

An eco-friendly health and wellbeing centre could take pride of place on ancient meadowland in Amblecote earmarked for housing, if campaigners fighting to save the space get their way.  Plans to consult the wider Stourbridge community are now under way from the Corbett Meadow Action Group, backed by the Stourbridge Community Development Trust who describe the initiative as ‘world-beating’. They have commissioned local artist David Johnson to produce a painting of the ground-breaking facility to illustrate a future scene with a health and wellbeing pavilion built on site. Activists’ proposals also include an ‘outdoor environmental classroom’ which will make use …

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Commonwealth culture and cuisine served up at city-wide food festival

Food and music from across the Commonwealth will be served up at a series of free, vibrant events in Birmingham. Ten food and cultural experiences from Commonwealth member nations are taking place across the city, giving visitors authentic, healthy tastes and experiences from around the globe and promoting understanding of the food that celebrates Commonwealth heritage. Local chefs will be preparing some of the best-known dishes from around the Commonwealth for visitors to try. There will be interactive cooking demonstrations with tasters, herbs, spices and recipe cards given away so visitors can recreate the dishes at home. There will also …

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