Naomi WakelingNaomi WakelingJune 4, 2018
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Rising classical singer and lyricist Carly Paoli has been shortlisted in the first ever Sound of Classical poll, with the winner to be revealed at the Classic BRIT Awards on June 13th. The winner will collect the award in person during the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London, to be broadcast on ITV.
Speaking about the news Carly said “I had to pinch myself when I found out that I was nominated for a Brit Award and I’ve been thanking the Lord ever since I received this incredible and completely joyous news. Since I was a little girl, I dreamt about singing and sharing my music with an audience. Now that my dreams have come true, I hope other young people can be inspired to follow theirs. I am so excited, so grateful and so thrilled by this prestigious nomination.”
Signed to the independent London-based record company ABIAH, Carly released her debut album Singing My Dreams in 2017. The record charted at No. 2 on the UK’s Official Classical Albums chart, while earning 5 star reviews. Carly recently performed a headline concert at London’s Cadogan Hall leading Classic FM’s David Mellor to write a glowing 4 star review in the Mail on Sunday under the headline ‘Nobody does it better’.

From Mansfield, Carly studied at Tring Park and The Royal Northern College of Music and has worked with Jose Carreras, Andrea Bocelli and David Foster. She has performed alongside stars including Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-winning singer Jennifer Hudson and was invited to perform for the Prince of Wales and the Pope. Carly recently signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV. Her songwriting credits on Singing My Dreams include co-writes with Ennio and Andrea Morricone and James Horner having written English lyrics for Se Tu Fossi (Cinema Paradiso) and the theme from Legends of the Fall which now bears the title Memory of You.

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongApril 9, 2018
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Toni & Guy is one of the most successful brands to come out of the hairdressing industry. With more than 475 salons across 48 countries, CEO, OBE and co-founder Toni Mascolo and his brother Guy started TONI&GUY back in 1963 with a single salon in Clapham, London. The company expanded successfully through the ingenious creativity, quality and exciting marketing strategy.

‘Early Days’

Having arrived in England from their native Italy in the 1950’s, The Mascolo family settled in Clapham, South London, with eldest sons Toni and Guy both following their father’s footsteps into hairdressing.

A celebrated hairdresser himself, Francesco Mascolo had taught all of his sons to cut hair from an early age and despite Toni’s interest in academic studies and a desire to pursue a career in law, his move to London put an end to that dream and Toni began working as his father’s assistant in a busy London salon.

Toni soon realised how much he enjoyed working as a hairdresser and continued to work alongside his father building a large clientele at Viccari’s salon in Cox Street, Mayfair. When this salon was sold, Francesco secured a place at the award-winning Renato’s in Dover Street, where Guy his younger son joined him to fulfill his apprenticeship.

Following three days of unemployment (the only such period in his lifetime), a young Toni Mascolo grew a moustache to create a more ‘mature’ appearance and became the manager of South London salon, Gerard’s, at just 16. Always keen to better himself, it wasn’t long before Toni moved back to Victoria Street, near Westminster, enjoying a high profile clientele and working gruelling fourteen-hour-long days in an effort to save enough money to buy his mother a house of her own. Meanwhile, Guy moved back to South London where his talent saw him headhunted to join busy Clapham salon, Cecile Moss.

Italian hairdresser Toni Mascolo a co-founder of hairdressing chain ‘Toni and Guy’ with his honorary OBE (Officer of the British Empire) awarded in recognition of services to the British hairdressing industry, in London, Monday, Oct. 27, 2008.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

12th December 1962 saw the tragic loss of their beloved mother and the realisation for Toni and Guy that they would now have to support their father and three younger brothers, the youngest of which, Anthony, was just five years old.

In 1963 Guy was offered the opportunity to take over the salon where he worked. Despite the huge risk involved, Toni elected to leave his well-paid job in a central London salon to join his brother in Clapham, though it would mean abandoning the large, loyal client base he had built.

In January 1963 the first TONI&GUY salon opened its doors and the brothers worked hard to build the business. With a large rent to pay, it was a struggle to survive. Having inherited some busy stylists from the original salon, including a young Pauline O’Donnell (later to be Mascolo, when she marries Toni in 1970), helped to boost the salon’s business, which quickly gained momentum. The brothers’ early promotional activity included leaflet drops in the local area advertising their ‘Italian style’.

A time of extreme change in youth culture, the 1960’s saw an explosion in fashion as attitudes were changing. TONI&GUY offered a unisex service in contrast to the traditional culture of salons and barbershops that were unable to cope with the new graphic shapes for women and men’s longer styles. By the end of 1964 the salon was fully booked and the brothers realised that they were destined for bigger things.

Fast forward to 2010, Toni & Guy where already a force to be reckoned with dominating the entire global sphere and most recommended amongst hairdressers and the industry as a whole.

TONI&GUY further cemented its fashion credentials as the partnership with the British Fashion Council continued to develop throughout the decade.  Toni Mascolo continued to expand the salon network, adding new territories to the ever-expanding global presence. The launch of a new salon group, essensuals London, also saw Toni establish his first franchise salons in North America – with doors opening in New Jersey and Plano, Texas. Toni received further awards thanks to his unique style of leadership, including a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Fellowship of British Hairdressing.

Toni Mascolo departed us last year. But, his impact and legacy has and will never fail to keep his name alive for centuries to come. His family commented, “It is with deep sorrow that the family announce the passing of founder, leader, husband, and father, Giuseppe Toni Mascolo”. Toni was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.

Toni Mascolo was highly respected within the hairdressing community, he was known as approachable and someone who made time for everyone. It is no surprise that he built up a lengthy list of achievements, which transcended the industry to include business, entrepreneurship and charity. He along with his wife Pauline started the TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation in 2003, which has raised more than £2,014,735 for a variety of causes and organisations. But it wasn’t all about hair, Toni was an avid supporter of Chelsea Football Club, and launched or has been involved with, several independent projects such as coffee shops, property, and most recently his very own pasta sauce. Toni is survived by his wife Pauline, brothers Bruno and Anthony and his children Sacha, Christian and Pierre and his many grandchildren.

‘The Future of the Brand’
With an eye firmly on the future, TONI&GUY continues to take on exciting new challenges and collaborations. 2013 saw label.m receive the ultimate seal of fashion approval, as the range became the ‘Official Haircare product of London Fashion Week’ – a landmark move for the British fashion council and a first for the hairdressing industry. This plus numerous collaborations with key British design talent reinforces TONI&GUY’s position as the fashion-led hairdresser.


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongMarch 25, 2018
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It seems there is no stopping British, TV Presenter, Louise Gookey. Each year she seamlessly takes the helm hosting some of the biggest awards ceremonies in the country. She is a presenter and journalist with a love for entertainment and the arts and has just been confirmed to host this year’s National Film Awards for the fourth year running. She can currently be seen reporting events across London for Winkball.com and talking through the papers with Penny Smith on Talk Radio. She is also the voice of the travel on both LBC London News and BBC Radio Northampton. On top of this, she has just finished presenting the latest instalment of health programs for Diabetes.co.uk which is followed by over 300,000 people.

However, Louise is no stranger to the entertainment industry having originally trained in musical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She worked as a performer before making the move into presenting and most recently training as a journalist and passing her NCTJ qualification in Multimedia Journalism.

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She has worked with teams over at London Live, Showbiz TV, Muzu.tv, Maverick TV, Radio Jackie, Juice FM, Hoxton Radio, Vibe FM and even took some time to entertain brunch lovers across London on the Breakfast Clubs debut radio show.
Louise’s passion for presenting lead her to host an array of award ceremonies including the National Film Awards, Urban Music Awards, National Reality TV Awards and Luxury and Lifestyle Awards where she got to meet and interview guests on the red carpet as well as hosting the events.

When it comes to working with brands, she has also worked with Skinny Tan, Argos, Vax, Hoover, Ideal Homes, Cannon, British Gypsum, and Just Eat.

On top of this Louise is a huge travel fan and experiences new cultures as often as possible. This naturally led on to Louise documenting these travels and turning them into vlogs which will be published very soon.

 You can watch Louise Gookey live on the National Film Awards red carpet by logging on to www.facebook.com/nationalfilmawards live at 18.00 on the 28th of March 2018


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 FullerFebruary 9, 2018
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Calum Scott is joined by vocal powerhouse and 3-time Grammy nominee Leona Lewis on a stirring rendition of his hit single, ‘You Are The Reason.’

Leona Lewis has sold over 20 million records worldwide and topped the charts in more than 35 countries with the single ‘Bleeding Love.’ With her debut album, Spirit, she became the first British female solo artist in more than 20 years to top the Billboard 200. She is currently back in the studio working on new music. A brilliant new video for ‘You Are The Reason’ with Leona and Calum to follow soon.

“Working with Leona was a dream come true,” says Calum.  “As a fan, I first remember watching her on TV before going on to grace the globe with her incredibly beautiful voice. Now having the honour of working with her on one of my own songs is completely surreal and the passion and raw emotion she brings to our duet makes it even more special to me. I can still hardly believe that we did it!”

Leona adds “I remember the day Calum sent me this track, I sat listening at home and had it on repeat. It’s one of those powerful songs that touches your heart and such a beautiful ballad, everyone knows I love singing them! Calum’s performance on it is stunning and I loved being able to join him to make this duet version.”

‘You Are The Reason’ is the follow up to the multi-platinum selling ‘Dancing On My Own’, which reached No.2 on the UK Chart. Streams of ‘You Are The Reason’ have surpassed 50 million worldwide while the official video has already racked up 40 Million YouTube views and amassing over 1M views/day.

April 2018 will see Scott play shows across the UK & Ireland, full dates below.

UK Tour April 2018:
Thursday 12th – The Academy – Dublin
Friday 13th – O2 ABC – Glasgow
Saturday 14th – University – Newcastle
Monday 16th – O2 Ritz – Manchester
Tuesday 17th – Hull City Hall – Hull
Wednesday 18th – Hull City Hall – Hull
Friday 20th – Rock City – Nottingham
Sunday 22nd – O2 Institute – Birmingham
Monday 23rd – O2 Academy – Bristol
Tuesday 24th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London


Lisa FullerLisa FullerJanuary 26, 2018
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Close your eyes and fly to the Secret Gardens of Alexander. A utopia, a fantasy land that euphoria is the only feeling of existence! Introducing  Maria Aristidou, a specialist in couture knitwear, created a fantasy colourful world for spring-summer daywear-eveningwear for women that romance, positive energy and freedom are the safety keys to happiness. A playground of flower patterns with silk viscose and metallic yarns where elaborate embroideries decorate the luxurious knit fabrics creations for the women today.
A collection with carefree curves and sleek cuts with unexpected details, and accessories that complete the beauty of this womenswear secret garden story !!!

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJanuary 15, 2018
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 Jude Law, Julie Andrews, Ewan McGregor, Daniel Kaluuya, Harry Styles, Halle Berry & Gemma Arterton are among stars shortlisted for this year’s prestigious National Film Awards UK in 2018.

The National Film Academy today announced the nominations for the National Film Awards UK  for 2018
This year a record 2.4 million movie fans nominated across 18 categories to make up the official shortlist.  


Dunkirk is nominated in three categories including Best British Film, Best Director, and Best Newcomer for pop star turned actor, Harry styles who receives a nod for his performance as Alex.

Styles goes head to head with ‘Get Out’  star Daniel Kaluuya and an array of new talent including; Harry Gilby (Just Charlie), Harry Michell (Chubby Funny) , Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth), Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion) , Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth) and Ella Purnell (Access All Areas) all nominated for the Best Newcomer category.

Guy Ritchie’s; King Arthur: Legend of the Sword receives three nominations in the Best Drama, Best Action and Best Director categories.


Sir Elton John receives his first National Film Academy nomination for theBest Breakthrough Performance’  following his cameo appearance in Kingsman (The Golden Circle).  The film also receives a record nine Academy nominations including;  Best British Film, Best International Film, Best Comedy and Director  Matthew Vaughn picks up a nomination for Best Director.  Taron Egerton is nominated in the Best Actor category for his role as ‘Eggsy’ while American actress Halle Berry is nominated for two categories including the Best Supporting Actress & Best Breakthrough Performance for her role as ‘Ginger’ in the franchise. Keith Allen goes head to head with Colin Firth who are both nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Gemma Arterton picks up a nomination in the Best Actress category for her role as Catrin Cole in  Their Finest and competes in the same category with  Alice Lowe (Prevenge) , Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) , Tatjana Inez  (Redwood), Ruth Wilson (Dark River) , Emily Beecham (Daphne), Kristin Scott Thomas (The Party) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Fast  & Furious 8)

The National Film Awards UK is one of the few motion picture awards shows to provide a platform for movie fans to nominate and vote for their favourite films and talent. Voting goes live from the 15th of January 2018 until the 26th of March 2018. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at The Porchester on the 28th of March with highlights televised for broadcast on Sky Showcase and syndicated across all major global territories.


Full List of  the National Film Awards UK (2018)  nominees:
Best Actress
Alice Lowe ( Prevenge)
Florence Pugh ( Lady Macbeth)
Gemma Arterton (Their Finest)
Tatjana Inez  (Redwood)
Ruth Wilson (Dark River)
Emily Beecham (Daphne)
Kristin Scott Thomas (The Party)
Nathalie Emmanuel (Fast  & Furious 8)


Best Newcomer
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Harry Styles (Dunkirk)
Harry Gilby (Just Charlie)
Harry Michell (Chubby Funny)
Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth)
Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion)
Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth)
Ella Purnell (Access All Areas)

Best Supporting actress  in association with Serenity & Grace
Naomi Ackie ( Lady Macbeth)
Patricia Clarkson (The Party)
Julie Walters (Film stars don’t die in Liverpool)
Kelly Macdonald (Goodbye Christopher Robin)
Judith Roberts (You Were Never Really Here)
Halle Berry (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Jane Asher (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Elarica Johnson (How to Talk to Girls at Parties)


Best Supporting Actor  in association with DeChavel Watches
Robert Webb (Back)
Sam Gillet (A Caribbean Dream)
Keith Allen (Kingsman ‘The Golden Circle’)
Jordan Stephens (Access All Areas)
Paul Whitehouse (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Lucien Laviscount (Snatch)
Matt Lucas (Brian Pern: A Tribute)

Joseph Vijay (Mersal)


Best Drama
The Limehouse Golem
My Cousin Rachel
Breathe
I Am Not a Witch
You Were Never Really Here
Borg vs McEnroe
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A Caribbean Dream
The Hatton Garden Job
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Best TV Drama Series
Broadchurch, S3
Guerrilla
White Gold
Taboo
Howards End
Back
Halcyon
Snatch
The Cuckoo’s Calling

 

Best Thriller
Prevenge
Redwood
You Were Never Really Here
Eat Locals
The Moving Theatre
Hellriser
The Snowman


Best Foreign Language Film
Happy End (France)
Loveless (Russia)
In The Fade (Germany/France)
The Square (Sweden, Germany, France)
A Fantastic Woman, (Chile)
Vaya (South Africa)
The Insult (Lebanon)

Mersal (India)


Best Action
Antimatter
Trespass Against Us
Jawbone
Baby Driver
Essex Heist
Smoking Guns (aka A Punters Prayer)
Borg vs McEnroe
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
We Still Steal the Old Way


Best Independent Film
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


Best ScreenPlay
Francis Lee (God’s own Country)
Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth)
Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Simon Amstell (Carnage: Swallowing the Past)
Shakirah Bourne ( A Caribbean Dream)
Oliver Veysey (Access All Areas)

 

Best Documentary  sponsored by Bank Republic
Kingdom of Us
Almost Heaven
Halfway
Williams
My Generation
Blue Planet 2
Dark States
The Moving Theatre


Best British Film
Dunkirk
T2 Trainspotting
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Victoria & Abdul
6 Days
Lady Macbeth
Journeyman


Best Actor  in association with DeChavel Watches
Jamie Bell (6 Days)
Ray Winstone (Jawbone)
Mike Beckingham (Redwood)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Bill Nighy (The Limehouse Golem)
Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier 3)
Matt Lucas (Brian Pern: A Tribute )
Ewan McGregor (T2 Trainspotting)
Paddy Considine ( Journeyman)
Taron Egerton (Kingsman – The Golden Circle)
Jude Law (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword)
Rupert Grint (Snatch)

Best Comedy  sponsored by Bank Republic
T2 Trainspotting
Mindhorn
The Party
Carnage: Swallowing the Past
Kingsman ‘The Golden Circle
Access All Areas
Brian Pern: A Tribute


Best Breakthrough Performance
Harry Styles (Dunkirk)
Mark Strong (6 Days)
Halle Berry (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Johnny Harris (Jawbone)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Margaret Mulubwa (I am not a witch)
Sir Elton John (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Simon Day (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Marc Warren (Snatch)


Best Director
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Danny Boyle (T2 Trainspotting)
Rungano Nyoni (I am not a Witch)
William Oldroyd ( Lady Macbeth)
Andy Serkis (Breathe)
Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman , The Golden Circle)
Guy Ritchie ( King Arthur: Legend of the Sword)

 

Best International Film  sponsored by Invest Nation
Get Out
Bright
Girls Trip
Kingsman – The Golden Circle
Borg vs McEnroe
The Shape of Water
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
American Made, Barry Seal
The Wedding Party 2


Global Contribution to Motion Picture
Julie Andrews
Judi Dench
Sean Connery
Halle Berry
John Cleese
Rowan Atkinson
Tom Cruise
Colin Firth


Vote Live now by clicking on www.nationalfilmawards.org/voting  
Voting officially commences (15/01/18 until the 20/03/18) with winners of each category announced at the star-studded National Film Awards 2018 awards ceremony taking place on the 28th of March 2018 and televised for broadcast on Sky Showcase (Sky 261, Freesat 402, Freeview 254).

Tickets for the NFA 2018 are out on sale now at www.nationalfilmawards.org


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJanuary 8, 2018
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London Fashion Week Men’s event kicked off with a party by Liberty London to host Belstaff . Attendees included; Delphine Ninous (Belstaff Creative Director), Laura Robertshaw (Liberty London Menswear Buyer), Ross and Hugo Turner, Max Rogers, Gregory Emvy, Clym Evernden, Roger Frampton, Michael Hennegan, Teo Van den Broeke, Jack Saunders, Jack Fox, Fletcher Cowan, Jack Brett Anderson, Henry Conway, Alistair Guy, Slick Rick, The Lotto Boyzz

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Liberty London menswear buyer Laura Robertshaw and Belstaff creative director Delphine Ninous attend luxury emporium, Liberty London, London Fashion Week Mens Event to celebrate the launch of the Belstaff Origins collection in store at Liberty on January 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Nicky Sims/Getty Images for Liberty London) *** Local Caption *** Laura Robertshaw;Delphine Ninous

Held in the store’s Menswear department, guests enjoyed music from DJ James Brackenbury of Steady Levels and drinks from Holy Water. Synonymous with the city its shop stands in, Liberty London is a brand driven by discovery. Born in 1875 from the adventurous and disruptive spirit of Arthur Lasenby Liberty, the brand has remained true to its heritage and is famed for its print, fabrics and design. Liberty London continues to be associated with the worlds of arts and culture, building on its founder’s legacy to seek out the new and beautiful.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Ryan Barrett attends luxury emporium, Liberty London, London Fashion Week Mens Event to celebrate the launch of the Belstaff Origins collection in store at Liberty on January 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Nicky Sims/Getty Images for Liberty London) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Barrett

Today, Liberty London is recognised for its cultural collaborations, inspiring curation and directional design. The iconic Regent Street shop encompasses six floors of fashion, beauty, Little Liberty childrenswear, accessories and homewares- bringing together the world’s leading premium and luxury brands and housing them alongside its own Liberty London range.


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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CLINIC | DPC Dental Pro Care is the biggest network of dental clinics, established in 2008, and expanding to England from Lithuania. They primarily provide innovative dental treatment which range from dental implantation,teeth whitening services with “Philips ZOOM” technology, prosthetic, surgical procedures and x-ray diagnostics. The DPC team is connected by much more than just a common profession. The one thing that stands out is their enthusiasm about medical innovation and shared desire to see patients confident in themselves with their healthy smiles. The company recently launched in October 2017 and have managed to make the shortlist with a prestigious nomination for Best New Business at the annual Chelsea Monthly Awards. Voting is currently live

The Principal dentist Simonas Bankauskas is an award winning dental implant specialist and three-time ‘’Nobel Biocare’’ Dentist of the year. With his expertise and skills during his career he has placed  more than 30.000 dental implants and now are offering ‘’All on 4’’, “Zygoma“ and immediate implantation options to prospective patients.

Visiting the official premises in London Fulham, you will discover  a state of art clinic with relaxed and contemporary surroundings which is very welcoming new patients

It’s difficult to express this amazing feeling with words, when after the dental treatment, smiling patient leaves the practice and shares positivity. These moments are worth my day, commented Dr. Simonas Bankauskas.

He continued “The vision for Clinic| DPC Dental Pro Care is to achieve a high reputation and  to build a company that  both patients and staff can be proud of. We will be aiming to constantly and purposely grow to become a dental care provider that applies the most advanced treatment methodology.”

Vote for CLINIC| DPC Dental Pro Care at the Chelsea Monthly Awards 2017  and join us as at our annual party as we announce the winners on the 8th of December 2017

For more information visit:

CLINIC| DPC Dental Pro Care

775 Fulham Road SW6 5HA

07714256288

www.dentalprocare.co.uk

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CLINIC | DPC Dental Pro Care is the biggest network of dental clinics, established in 2008, and expanding to England from Lithuania. They primarily provide innovative dental treatment which range from dental implantation,teeth whitening services with “Philips ZOOM” technology, prosthetic, surgical procedures and x-ray diagnostics. The DPC team is connected by much more than just a common profession. The one thing that stands out is their enthusiasm about medical innovation and shared desire to see patients confident in themselves with their healthy smiles. The company recently launched in October 2017 and have managed to make the shortlist with a prestigious nomination for Best New Business at the annual Chelsea Monthly Awards. Voting is currently live

The Principal dentist Simonas Bankauskas is an award winning dental implant specialist and three-time ‘’Nobel Biocare’’ Dentist of the year. With his expertise and skills during his career he has placed  more than 30.000 dental implants and now are offering ‘’All on 4’’, “Zygoma“ and immediate implantation options to prospective patients.

Visiting the official premises in London Fulham, you will discover  a state of art clinic with relaxed and contemporary surroundings which is very welcoming new patients

It’s difficult to express this amazing feeling with words, when after the dental treatment, smiling patient leaves the practice and shares positivity. These moments are worth my day, commented Dr. Simonas Bankauskas.

He continued “The vision for Clinic| DPC Dental Pro Care is to achieve a high reputation and  to build a company that  both patients and staff can be proud of. We will be aiming to constantly and purposely grow to become a dental care provider that applies the most advanced treatment methodology.”

Vote for CLINIC| DPC Dental Pro Care at the Chelsea Monthly Awards 2017  and join us as at our annual party as we announce the winners on the 8th of December 2017

For more information visit:

CLINIC| DPC Dental Pro Care

775 Fulham Road SW6 5HA

07714256288

www.dentalprocare.co.uk

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