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Lisa FullerLisa FullerFebruary 17, 2018
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Entrepreneur, Jordan Kensington was invited to Buckingham Palace on Valentine’s Day (14.02.18) to be honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace to celebrate his achievements.

Kensington who was born in the UK but has an African background from Cameroon, Africa proudly represented the continent at the reception hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the achievements of the Commonwealth Diaspora community.

The event, which was held on Wednesday evening, was also attended by The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Gloucester, and by Prime Minister Theresa May.

The event offered an opportunity to recognise people of Commonwealth heritage who have made a positive contribution to business, community and culture in the United Kingdom.

Jordan Kensington commented “18 years of running several companies and getting hardly any recognition. It was great that the first recognition I got was from the very top! God is Good”

“I am happy, proud and excited but at the same time,” said serial entrepreneur Kensington

“I  am representing young people around the UK and the world who sometimes are underlooked to show them that hard work, dedication and being smart with our present choices certainly pays off. It is a huge honour”.

The serial entrepreneur is behind the brand Invincible, a media, events, hotel property and brand marketing agency he launched at age 18 in 1999. Kensington made his millions in the early 2000’s investing into the property market both in Europe and Africa. In the entertainment industry, he championed a plethora of artists and entrepreneurs founding the Urban Music Awards and British Small Business Awards. His net worth is reported to stand at 18 million dollars. His media and marketing agency Invincible has worked with brands such as Samsung Mobile, Footlocker, British Airways and much more.

When introduced the Queen commented “Jordan Kensington, we are all very proud of your achievements”

His book, ‘Mr. Invincible’ – Following My Intuition was released in December and sold over 5000 copies in its first week. Mr Invincible – Following My Intuition is an autobiographical journey that sees one of Britain’s most inspirational serial entrepreneurs go through his start-up years of launching a successful media, music, entertainment, and property company with offices in six countries from age 18. The book recounts memorable stories, featuring characters such as Beyoncé, Diddy, Boris Johnson, MP Vince Cable, Kanye West, and many more. Kensington is often called the King of Urban Music in Europe, as he is well known for championing urban music in Europe; through the prestigious Urban Music Awards (an organisation he created over 15 years ago).

Overall, the book sees an actual woven connection to the core title “Following My Intuition”, which shows that every aspect from random meetings, acquaintances, and opportunities exists in life to open the doors and windows to bigger and better things; especially if we decide to believe in our gut instincts, and appreciate the cards dealt with. A great read, and already shortlisted by the judging panel of the Global Best Books Awards in the “Best Non-Fiction” category.

To Order ‘Mr Invincible’ – Following My Intuition. Go here

 


Lisa FullerLisa FullerJanuary 26, 2018
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The Lamborghini Urus, the first Super SUV and the third model line for Lamborghini, makes its UK debut in London. The UK, which is the third largest market for Lamborghini, forecasts a doubling of sales with the introduction of the Urus, reflecting worldwide expectations. Deliveries to customers of the Urus commence in summer 2018, when the Super SUV joins the Lamborghini Aventador and Huracán super sports car model ranges.

In a presentation by the Automobili Lamborghini board to more than 500 guests at the RHS Halls in London, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali said: “The UK is an extremely market for Lamborghini, which has a strong motoring heritage and a particular enthusiasm and empathy with performance cars. The Lamborghini super sports DNA of design, performance, driving dynamics and driving emotion is clear within the Lamborghini Urus, which is also as much a luxury SUV as the most powerful. An SUV for the city and the open road, the Lamborghini Urus opens the door to new possibilities for both our customers and our brand, and we are proud to formally present it to one of our most significant markets.”

The Urus features a 4.0 litre V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp at 6,000 rpm and 850 Nm of maximum torque already available at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l the Urus claims one of the highest specific power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio at 3.38 kg/hp.

The Urus accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds, 0-124 mph in 12.8 seconds, and with a top speed of 190 mph it is the fastest SUV available.

In 2017 Automobili Lamborghini set a sales record for the seventh year running: up 10% over the previous year, Lamborghini delivered 3,815 cars around the world.

The UK currently operates eight Lamborghini dealers, with two further authorised outlets opening in 2018. Its Lamborghini London dealership is one of the largest by volume in the world: Automobili Lamborghini has 145 dealers serving 50 countries. The UK, which also achieved a sales record in 2017, is the third largest market behind the USA and Japan.

The Lamborghini Urus retails in the UK from £165,000 on the road.


Lisa FullerLisa FullerJanuary 25, 2018
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With eleven botanicals in total, the remaining botanicals featured in the gin include vanilla, pink peppercorn, angelica and liquorice, resulting in a smooth and fresh taste that can be enjoyed as a sipping gin, a cocktail gin or with the classic tonic water. A CollaGin G&T is best served with a slice of fresh pink grapefruit and star anise.
CollaGin is distilled with America’s number one collagen brand which does not affect the taste, smell or appearance of the gin. Co-Founder Camilla Brown comments: “This really is the smoothest gin I have ever tasted and works so well in many different ways. We’ve used complementary botanicals and a dose of pure, powdered collagen to create a surprise and delight product that gets people talking.”

Co-Founder Liz Beswick adds: “it took a year in the making and we have had many hurdles along the way, but we are so proud of the result. The gin is fragrant, soft and the aftertaste is velvety, with a hint of vanilla. It has been worth the highs and lows of starting our own business to beautify the world of
spirits.”

Over 50m bottles of gin were consumed in the UK alone outstripping sales growth in beer and sparkling wine. Annual gin sales rose 20% to smashing through the £1bn barrier, and CollaGin is set to capitalise on this ever-growing market with their unique offering. It has also been announced today that the company has signed an exclusive partnership deal with the National Film Academy -producers of the annual National Film Awards UK to become the exclusive Gin sponsor for the 2018 awards ceremony! CollaGin will be sponsoring the Best Independent Film 2018 and sampling on all the tables at one of the UK’s most prestigious film award shows.

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Nominations for the Best Independent Film 2018 sponsored by CollaGin are;
God’s own country
Film stars don’t die in Liverpool
The Intent
Jawbone
My Name is Lenny
Lady Macbeth
Rise of the Footsoldier 3
Eat Locals

Voting is currently live here, and winners will be announced in March.

CollaGin is distilled in the Midlands, UK and bottled in Lancashire, UK. The bottle is 50cl at 40% proof and available now at DrinkSupermarket.com or  Collagin.co.uk for £34.99.

Get a taste of CollaGin at the National Film Awards UK taking place on the 28th of March 2018 or for more information. Visit: www.collagin.co.uk 


Lucy ColemanLucy ColemanJanuary 24, 2018
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David Hugh – the company behind the widely celebrated Elysium chair launched the £38,000 Elysium-R at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London. The chair was in exhibition at the branch  until 19 January 2018 alongside the new Phantom, with a window display from DavidHugh showcasing Elysium-R to the Mayfair public Elysium is reported to be one of the most technologically advanced chairs in the world neutralising gravity, implementing floatation theory and taking comfort to a new level – and the newcomer takes that even higher.


– Priced at £38,000, Elysium-R is presented in a near-black pure aniline leather, with a black chrome-plated stainless steel base and a stunning almond-gold frame. It incorporates pioneering gel-filled, black-anodised aluminium armrests that sweep back to offer more support. Just 18 Elysium-R chairs are being made available worldwide.


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonDecember 22, 2017
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Last week , I joined the Greg Secker Foundation and the Salvation Army in Wandsworth as we took part in  delivering gifts to local residents and children in need. With millions of UK children facing a Christmas in poverty this year, social development charity, the Greg Secker Foundation, has joined other businesses in the UK to help the Salvation Army support the Basket Brigade initiative.

Since 2012, the Greg Secker Foundation has partnered with Learn to Trade in an alternative Christmas party they call the “Basket Brigade”.  Greg Secker and his employees use the opportunity to come together, and work with the Salvation Army to provide food hampers and Christmas presents to families who struggle to put food on the table at Christmas.

 

With changes to Universal Credit and Child Benefit coming into effect this year, 1 in 3 children under 16 are now believed to be living in poverty in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.A community particularly feeling the impact of these welfare reforms is the London Borough of Wandsworth and this happens to be one of my favourite banners since that’s I was born in St. Georges Hospital which is located in the Borough. According to research, Wandsworth’s foodbank has distributed 42 tonnes of emergency food and goods from its five foodbank centres between 2016-17 – an increase of 31% on the previous year. And, according to Lieutenant Katy Shubotham from the Salvation Army the number of families needing support over Christmas this year has almost doubled in the London Borough.

 

Last year The Greg Secker Foundation worked with the Salvation Army to create 76 baskets for families. Yesterday the team packed 100 baskets to provide Christmas day essentials for 323 people and presents for 179 children in Wandsworth. You’ll find images from the packing floor yesterday available here.  

 

“While most of us spend the next 10 days frantically preparing for a Christmas day feast, there are millions of families in the UK going hungry; worried about how they’ll get together enough money to put food on the table,” says Lieutenant Katy Shubotham from The Salvation Army. “Every year there is a greater need for the Basket Brigade programme, and every year I am absolutely blown away by the generosity we receive from the community and local businesses.”

 Dean Russell, Independent Advisor at The Greg Secker Foundation adds: “We’ve been running the Basket Brigade initiative since 2012, and working with the Salvation Army in Wandsworth for two years now. Seeing the difference everyday items that most of us take for granted can have for these families makes it all worthwhile, it really helps spreads some joy over the Christmas period. If more businesses dedicated employee time, business profits and resources to giving back to their local community, families up and down the country would benefit.”

 Katy continues: “Those living in poverty should not have to just ‘get by’ at Christmas, they deserve to experience joy. With the continued support of the Greg Secker Foundation we have been able to make Christmas a little brighter for over 100 families in Wandsworth. If we had the resources of a foundation in every Borough offering the same amount of generosity, Christmas would be a happier, more celebrated occasion for millions of families in the UK.”

 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongNovember 15, 2017
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2017 has been an amazing year for business in the borough . The nominees for the Chelsea Monthly Awards are here and represents some of the most successful businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs in London. From restaurants to hotels. Health care facilities to estate agents. The list covers a plethora of successful nominees.  The Chelsea Monthly Awards takes place on Friday, the 8th of December 2017 where all winners will be announced.  Click here for Tickets

Please, find below some of the nominees. Full List will be announced  on the 5th of November 2017.

Chelsea Monthly Awards – The Nominees list:


Best Restaurant:

Kitchen W8 (W8)
Clarke’s Restaurant (W8)
Bluebird Chelsea (SW3)
L’Etranger (SW7)
The Five Fields (SW3)
The Ivy Chelsea Garden (SW3)
Zaika of Kensington (W8)

Best Bar:

K Bar (SW7)
Barts Bar (SW3)
Nam Long Bar (SW5)
The Troubadour (SW5)
Portobello Star (W11)
Eclipse Bar South Kensington (SW5)
Juju Bar (SW3)

Best Hotel:

The Ampersand Hotel (SW7)
The Gore Hotel Colezione (SW7)
Bulgari Hotel London (SW7)
Mandarin Oriental London (SW1)
Egerton House hotel (SW3)
Crown Plaza London (SW7)
The Kensington Hotel (SW7)


Best New Business:

Claude Bosi at Bibendum (SW3)
Garage 108 (W10)
Bread Ahead Pavilion Road (SW1)
Prezzemolo e Vitale (SW3)
Maddox Gallery (W2)
Core by Clare Smyth (W11)
Dinings (SW3)
CLINIC | DPC Dental Pro Care(SW6)


Best High Street Shop:

Bodyism (W11)
Church’s (SW3)
Rag and Bone (SW1)
Smythson (W11)
Caramel (SW3)
Rene Caovilla (SW3)
Hirst Antiques (W11)


Best Luxury Shop:

Harrods (SW1)
Baar and Bass (SW3)
Sunspell (W11)
Boodles (SW1)
Harvey Nichols (SW1)
Anya Hindmarch (W11)
Feathers (SW1)

Best property/estate agent:

JLL (SW3)
Douglas & Gordon (SW7)
Marsh and Parsons (SW3)
Winkworth (SW3)
Palace gate (W8)
Saunders 1865 (SW7)
TLC London (SW5)
Foxtons (W11)

Best private health care company:
HB Health of Knightsbridge (SW3)
Dr Rita Rakus Clinic (SW3)
Chelsea Private Clinic (SW3)
The Kensington Clinic (W14)
Cadogan Clinic (SW1)
Botonics (W1)
EF Medispa (W8)
Oasis Dental Care (W8)
London Cosmetics Clinic (SW3)


Best PR Company:

Midas (W8)
Taylor Herring (W10)
The Article Agency London (SW10)
JPR Media (SW10)
Public Eye (SW10)
Peretti Communications (SW5)
Nexus Communication (SW7)

Best Beauty & Hair Salon:

Beauty and Melody (SW1)
Richard Ward (SW3)
Mimi et Mina (W11)
Aldo Coppola (SW3)
Paul Edmonds (SW3)
Valentino Salon (W8)
Sebastien (W8)
Limoz Logli Haire & Beauty (SW3)

Local Entrepreneur of the Year:
Francis Boulle
Gina Miller
Larissa Kunstel Tabet
Lady Karren Brady
Ben Goldsmith
Sir Ronald Cohen
James Palumbo

Best Luxury Concierge Service:
Queen of Clubs Lifestyle luxury services (W14)
Concierge Slovakia (SW3)
Chelsea Concierge (SW10)
White Circle collection (SW3)
Harrods Concierge Service (SW1)

Best recruitment agency:
Recruitment Squared (W8)
Extraman (SW5)
Nurole (W8)
Sports Recruitment (SW1)
James Beck Global Partners (W8)
Sequoia Associates (SW7)
Joyce Guiness (SW3)

Best Highstreet Bank:
HSBC (SW3)
Barclays Bank (W11)
Lloyd Bank (SW3)
Metro (W8)
Natwest (W8)
Royal Bank of Scotland (W11)
Santander (SW3)

Best Interior Design Company:
Oro Bianco Interior Design (SW7)
Taylor Howes (SW7)
Helen Green Design (SW3)
Casa Forma (SW7)
Business Interiors (W11)
HBA (W2)
Godrich (W11)

Click here to Vote for the Chelsea Monthly Awards 2017 and joins us at the awards party on the 8th of December 2017


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongNovember 3, 2017
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PR is an essential ingredient for any company looking at ways to connect with consumers, increase exposure, improve brand awareness, and engage with its audience creatively.In the past, PR as an industry has been highly stereotypical with it’s general activity being to generate a few headlines and no interest in generating actual customers. However, Bank Republic a new PR company launched in 2017 has already been at the forefront of several campaigns this year all aimed at going against traditional structures and strategies that upset clients and consumers in the past. The growth of Bank Republic has been the fact that it acknowledges that PR involves many people beyond the traditional communications professionals in your company, and they understand that being able to measure performance builds trust with clients. Managing Director, of Bank Republic, Preslava McCarthy commented “Bank Republic offers a fresh take on public relations by bringing thought leadership, content marketing, and digital PR together to help our clients control their messages, earn placements in reputable publications, and build true industry influence”.

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It seems Bank Republic’s unique process for content creation, more than 5,700 publication relationships, and custom content publicity stunts has been a winner for all their clients.

Paul Lister from Dechavel Watches who banks with Bank Republic commented “We had used a few US and UK , PR firms in the past and we were never impressed with the results. After completing our merger this year. We decided to sign a 2 year contract with Bank Republic and the results have been amazing. Bank Republic is dedicated to helping you actually understand which PR efforts are driving results for your business. We needed audience engagement in the Luxury sector especially after the release of our Royal Collection of watches and we were impressed with the level of engagement and most importantly sales generated”

Companies will always  need brand awareness, media coverage, and audience engagement, especially in a world where traditional advertising is now frowned upon. The PR industry has been in need of an overhaul for a long time and Bank Republic are simply setting the trends for others to follow by disrupting and rewriting the rules one brand at a time.


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonOctober 29, 2017
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The office of the future may not be based on how many floors you can manage or how much staff you can cram into one space.  The rise of  technology  has led to entrepreneurs wanting much more than your standard box stereotype when it comes to office space. There is a disruptive demand for a space where individuals can exchange ideas, network and enjoy the work/life balance that is essential to build a successful brand. With London being  the global capital of entrepreneurs and innovation. The new buzzword is ‘Disruptive workspace’ and every workplace designer’s tongue is talking about incubation, cross-pollination, symbiosis and co-working concepts that are causing even more walls to come down and hierarchies to flatten further. In today’s parlance, the corner office is no longer seen as a prize, it is seen as a burden. Introducing…LABS, the company re-defining London’s coworking revolution, has launched LABS Hogarth, it’s 27,000 square foot space in Holborn. The building is a short walk from Holborn tube station, and includes a variety of design-led, sophisticated workspaces including open plan cafeteria and bar, private offices, dedicated desks, dynamic lounge areas, fully equipped meeting rooms, and event spaces.

Bianca Bass, Head of Marketing at LABS who took us through the whole concept and the future of coworking added “In the past coworking has been associated with freelancers and entrepreneurs, LABS is redefining the way established businesses work, with tenants varying from KPMG to King’s College London, and providing our members events by companies such as Uber and many more”.

Events are a primarily vehicle used by entrepreneurs for networking and LABS takes it’s concept of events one step further.   “Members are welcome to host their very own events within the LABS spaces, everyone from Twitter to Uber have already booked LABS Hogarth to create and host their experiences”.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as LABS’ mission is to help businesses not just work, but grow, no matter what their size or industry. Behind LABS are some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and technology experts who are keen to share their knowledge, including the Israeli billionaire, Teddy Sagi who is the Founder of LABS.
Israeli entrepreneur Teddy Sagi lives in Tel Aviv but has strong U.K. ties to many of his assets. He founded Playtech in 1999 and sold a 12% slice of Playtech for almost $400 million in 2016; there were some further sales in 2017, as he wanted to further diversify his investments and fund his real estate and co-working interests. He now owns only 6.3% of Playtech.

Sagi is a strong believer in the future of coworking and is investing in Holborn and Camden to rejuvenate these areas, attracting a range of workers and businesses who bring innovation and entrepreneurship. He mentioned “Across the globe, the way established businesses work, and the way they want to work is changing. The coworking revolution is causing a generational shift in the way the property industry works. LABS is the future.”

Interested? 
Lounge membership starts from as little at £50 per month (+ VAT) and other options include coworking, dedicated desks and private offices. LABS is on track to reach up to 500 co-workers at Hogarth House, and has started to develop more coworking space in the Midtown area. As part of LABS’ global expansion plans, offices are soon opening in Tel Aviv and Bucharest, as well as six sites across Camden and Holborn.

Chelsea Monthly in collaboration with VooVix TV and Labs brings you a brand new TV show called #TheBusiness . Follow us : @ChelseaMonthly for new episodes each Friday and for more information on LABS . Click here


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongSeptember 22, 2017
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Toyota took the concept of aiming high to a new level by using an iconic sports car, a global drifting superstar and a satellite circling 660 miles above the Earth to create a world first.

New films released today show world champion drift king Fredric Aasbø burning rubber around the Millbrook skid pan in a Toyota GT86 to “paint” the car’s famous logo in tyre marks large enough to be photographed from an orbiting satellite.

The films Fredric Aasbø and the Donuts from Space are available to view on Toyota’s official UK YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHhcg4pC6No&feature=youtu.be

This was not simply a matter of driving a fast car in circles to create “donuts” on the ground. It called for precision planning, for the driver, the camera crew and the team plotting the exact time at which the satellite would pass overhead to capture the image.

The production team collaborated with the aeronautics and space giant Airbus to schedule a high resolution image of the completed 86 logo from one of its twin Pléaides satellites, circling in space, 800km above the earth. Experts at the National Geo Centre helped calculate the precise time at which the satellite and 86 logo would be in perfect alignment.

The only factor that could not be controlled was the weather, but after four months of planning the two-day shoot in August was completed in fine conditions, ensuring a pin-sharp image could be obtained.

Fredric Aasbø, a Formula Drift World Champion and Toyota Global Ambassador, completed the task in his Icom Toyota Express Service 86-X, a unique competition version of the GT86, powered by a 3.4-litre turbocharged straight-six engine, tuned to produce a mighty 1,150bhp.

He practised the manoeuvres needed to produce the 86 design using a virtual reality system before executing the real thing on the 137m diameter skid pan at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire, working in inch-perfect synchronicity with two road-going GT86 cars.

“When I was told about the project I thought is this for real, then it was ‘heck yeah, let’s do it!’” he said.

“Drifting is controlling a car that is essentially out of control,” he explained, “but this was the first time I had used my car as a paintbrush. It was epic and the highlight of my year.”


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongAugust 21, 2017
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Bio-Synergy joins the list of sponsors for the 7th annual National Reality TV Awards 2017 sponsoring the Best Reality Competition Show category.   Nominees include; Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent , Big Brother , Come Dine with Me, The Jump, Celebrity MasterChef, Love Island, Take Me Out, Britain’s Got Talent, Me and My Dog: The Ultimate Contest , Dance Dance Dance , Coach Trip and CelebAbility

Bio-Synergy is the leading health and fitness brand behind one of the best ranges of sport nutrition. Whether you’re preparing for an endurance event like a Marathon or simply looking to maximise your gym workouts, Bio-Synergy’s clean, effective and high quality range of nutrition and supplements is here to fuel your performance and help you #MAKEITHAPPEN.

 

The award-winning range includes everything from Whey Hey® Protein and Creatine to Body Perfect Capsules and Skinny Water. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle or enhance your performance, Bio-Synergy’s constantly evolving collection delivers the perfect solution no matter what your goal.

Since its launch 20 years ago, over 4 million passionate sports and fitness enthusiasts have chosen Bio-Synergy to achieve their goals and fuel their performance. Its protein and supplements have been used by many of the world’s most respected athletes and teams, in fact, Bio-Synergy has fuelled more Gold medals, PB’s and World Cup wins than any other brand!

The 7th annual National Reality TV Awards 2017 takes place on the 18th of September in London. Winners for the Best Reality Competition Show sponsored by Bio-Synergy as voted for by the public will be announced. For more information on Bio-Synergy. Click here



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