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Weston Hospicecare receives lottery cash injection

Weston Hospicecare 300x59 Weston Hospicecare receives lottery cash injectionWeston Hospicecare has been awarded nearly £143,000 by the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Reaching Communities Programme’,

The charity is one of only seven organisations in the South West to have received funding.

The Hospice says it will use the Grant to fund the Compassionate Communities Network which will provide direct support to carers of Weston Hospicecare patients.

Julian Abel, Medical Director at Weston Hospicecare said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this Grant and so pleased that the considerable time and thought put into it has paid off.”

The aim of the Compassionate Communities Network is to encourage people in the local community to help each other out and support those caring for someone at the end of their life.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact Weston Hospicecare on 01934 423900

Family business offering touch of class

Family Business 300x238 Family business offering touch of classA FAMILY-run business in Weston-super-Mare has brought style and sophistication to the resort by swapping a strip club for a cocktail and champagne bar.

The Kimitri family opened Club Tabu on the Boulevard to the public on Friday August 5, 2011, at the site of the former Players Lounge strip club.

The venue underwent an extensive renovation and now boasts luxury décor to appeal to its clientele.

Weston Town Mayor, Cllr Cyril King, conducted the official opening ceremony by cutting the ribbon.

The Kimitri family, who own several businesses in Weston and Bristol, said they wanted to bring the modern designs of London to the seaside town and help to clean up the evening trade.

Owner Kerry Kimitri said: “Weston needed a sophisticated venue tailored toward the older customers who do not wish to mingle with kids in the night clubbing trade.

“After the tenants left the Players Lounge I felt this was the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate the building with a complete refurbishment.

“Many residents in the town had always been opposed to the strip bar and its previous establishment Vamps, which was a pole dancing club.

“I felt it was time the community were heard and I have created a classy venue for people to enjoy a safe and friendly night out.

“Club Tabu is situated in an up and coming area of town, which has seen significant investment recently with the opening of other quality bars and restaurants.

“As it is further away from the main night clubbing area it also does not attract troublemakers.

“I am delighted the town Mayor, Councillor Cyril King, assisted with our official opening and I look forward to welcoming more customers.”

Club Tabu is for people over the age of 21 and customers can choose to opt for a free platinum membership card, which allows free entry and queue jumping privileges.

As well as the boutique cocktail bar there is an exclusive VIP area and the dress code is smart.

For more information on Club Tabu contact Kerry Kimtiri on 0787 962 6614.

Former Weston journalist fights back against redundancy

Tudor logo 1 300x124 Former Weston journalist fights back against redundancyA former Weston journalist has fought back against redundancy by setting up her own PR firm.
Morwenna Tudor, aged 31, set up Tudor Communication in February this year, after being made redundant from her previous job as a communication manager when the government cancelled the project she was involved with. Since then, she has seen her business go from strength to strength, working with local and national companies.
After leaving university, Morwenna worked as a journalist for four years on local newspapers in the town, before moving into a PR role within the fire and rescue service. Clocking up more than 10 years’ experience in the industry, she also worked with international clients at a marketing and communications agency and as a communication manager both regionally and nationally on a government project.
She said: “I’ve always been passionate about good communication and, when I was made redundant from my previous job earlier this year, it seemed like a great opportunity to set up my own business. This has enabled me to focus on the work I enjoy and to become more involved with my local community.”
Morwenna balances her paid work with a number of voluntary roles, including being the executive member for PR with the Weston and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, volunteering with Guide Dogs for the Blind and working on Weston’s RNLI week.
Among the clients she has worked for are the Weston Business Improvement District bid, North Somerset Council, The Wine Tasting Co and RSL – a Coventry-based company.
Tudor Communication offers a wide variety of services to clients, including writing news releases, copywriting, developing case studies and trade press articles, proofreading, media training, stakeholder consultation and engagement, development of communication strategies and production of newsletters. Full details of the services offered can be found on the website at www.tudorcommunication.co.uk
Morwenna added: “Every client is treated as an individual and I bring together all the skills I have developed over the past 10 years to ensure they receive the communication support they need in order to help promote and grow their business.”
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Morwenna Tudor

Royal seal of approval for Weston

Grand Pier1 300x200 Royal seal of approval for Weston Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited Weston this week to officially re-open the Grand Pier three years after it was destroyed by fire.

Princess Anne last visited the town back in 2008 where she saw the fire ravaged pier first-hand and met with the owners and those involved in plans to rebuild the landmark. Since her last visit the pier and surrounding public space has undergone a transformation.

Crowds of people waving Union Jack flags lined the streets as the Queen’s daughter unveiled a plaque to commemorate the official reopening of the pier.

The Echo understands that Princess Anne also opened the public space situated near the pier that will now be known as the Princess Royal Square. The Royal guest learnt how work had first begun on the square in 2010 and cost around £3.9 million.

The princess also viewed the new tourist information centre and met local residents.

A visit of such magnitude can only be good news for business in the town and the Echo believes local traders will have been given a boost from this Royal seal of approval.

Opportunity for networking at next Weston Chamber meeting

chamberoc Opportunity for networking at next Weston Chamber meetingThe future of the county’s economy will be on the agenda at the next meeting of the Weston and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce on Tuesday July 19.

The meeting, which will be held at the Royal Hotel in Weston is open to both members and non-members. The chamber’s new president Gail Parsons will be speaking at the gathering, outlining how she sees the association developing in the coming years.

There will also be an open forum where Weston Chamber members will be able to introduce themselves and share business news. The forum will also provide an opportunity for networking and discussing issues related to the local economy.

The chamber’s membership has risen to 91 within the last year and comprises of businesses, shops, organisations and individuals trading in Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding area.

The meeting is at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.

You can find out more about the event by visiting the chamber’s website at www.westonchamber.co.uk

Weston businesses pledge support for RNLI Lifeboat Week

logo 300x260 Weston businesses pledge support for RNLI Lifeboat WeekA host of local businesses have pledged their support to Weston RNLI’s first ever fund-raising event – Lifeboat Week.  The theme is ‘go mad for the RNLI’ and it will run from July 30 to August 7 in order to celebrate the work of the charity and raise funds to keep the service in operation.

All money raised during the week will go to the RNLI’s Weston crew and businesses that have already signed up for the event have agreed to put up posters or flags in their window and have a collection box to raise funds.

Organisers are urging more businesses to come forward and get involved in the week-long charity event by helping in any way they can, such as coming up with a fun way to raise funds for the RNLI.

The RNLI have access to the Italian Gardens for the week and two Weston firms have already agreed to put on a circus skills workshop and karaoke session.

According to members at Weston RNLI it’s vital that they raise funds to keep the station going because the operation is entirely supported by voluntary donations. The crew work without pay, and all the money raised during Lifeboat Week will help keep the local Weston station and crew above water.

As well as businesses pulling together to raise money for the RNLI, there is also a full programme of events for the public to enjoy – a full listing of events can be found here.

If you would like your business to promote Lifeboat Week, please give Weston RNLI a call on 01934 824587 or email rnli@amiconf.demon.co.uk and to find out specific details about events log onto http://www.facebook.com/pages/Weston-Lifeboat-Week-RNLI/137264399679798

Business update from Terry Gilbert – July 2011

It’s always great to hear good feedback from visitors to the town who heap praise on the new-look Pier and surrounding promenade. Next in line for praise is surely going to be Dr Fox’s restaurant on Knightstone Island and it’s not difficult to see why – the view is outstanding.

As you can see, I like to talk up this town because we are very lucky compared to other regions in the UK.

Of course, nowhere will fully avoid the effects of recession and undoubtedly some of us need to tighten our belts more than others but Weston and the surrounding area must remain positive about its future. Very large sums of money have been committed to the district, bringing contractors and skilled labour to the area – Hinckley Point for example with a demand for 7,000 staff.

And the numbers of new enterprises starting up in the region is above average, which along with our survival, signals we are bucking the trend.

And success is contagious. So don’t forget you live in a town which has the motto “forever forward,” a simple phrase that will put mind over matter and help you feel positive and project results that will benefit your business and life.

But if you are struggling through the recession don’t hesitate to call into our office and share your problem – maybe we can halve them.

So to my final thought – it’s very likely that, personally, you will not be able to affect the balance of payments, the exchange rate, the UK or European economy, so stop thinking about it and prove to one and all that your business can show the way out by leading the recovery.

Terry Gilbert – North Somerset Business Enterprise Agency

Quote of the week:

“Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out,”

T4 on the beach gives businesses in Weston a boost

t4 on the beach 300x224 T4 on the beach gives businesses in Weston a boostWeston businesses were given a boost as around 50,000 people descended upon the town for T4 on the beach.

A host of famous names that included Cher Lloyd, Sugababes, The Wanted and Tinchy Stryder attended the annual mega-event, that was held in the town for the seventh year running.

Because of the show, Weston traders experienced  a superb day of business as hundreds of visitors took to the bars and restaurants.

Tarentella in St James Street were one of the businesses to benefit from the event and Restaurant Owner Franco Rinaldi said he was delighted to be counting extra profits: “T4 has a major impact on businesses, especially hotels and restaurants. We also find that because of the show we manage to get repeat trade throughout the rest of the year.”

“It really puts the town on the map and raises its profile. There was a real buzz in the air over the weekend and all of us involved in business put on a good show to ensure visitors come back to the town.”

A previous report into the economic impact T4 has on Weston found that it generated £3m for the local economy and produced the equivalent of 16 full-time jobs over the weekend.

Because of fine weather, an even better set-list  and extended television coverage, it is possible that T4 2011 will give Weston-super-Mare an even bigger financial boost.

Makeover for Weston Street

potholes 15 06 07 300x200 Makeover for Weston StreetA street in Weston-super-Mare will be getting a road makeover next week when carriageway and pavement improvements get under way.

Alfred Street in the town will benefit from resurfacing work to the tune of £90,000. The works will include the resurfacing of the carriageway and a section of foot way and installing a raised bus platform between the junction with Hans Price Close and the Boulevard, there are also some gully covers which will be raised as part of the works.

Works are scheduled to start on Monday January 24 and last for three weeks, which will include some Sunday working.
The road will be closed during this period while the work is carried out. “We will try to make sure all premises can be reached during the work, but the nature of the improvements means it can be potentially hazardous so we may have to restrict access at times. Although this may mean some inconvenience the result of the work will be a much improved surface,” said Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s deputy leader and executive member for highways.

The works will be carried out by Balfour Beatty on  behalf of North Somerset Council. Bus services will be suspended for the duration of the works and alternative service arrangements made. Details of the alternate service will be posted on the affected bus stops.

Services 4, 4A, 7, 83 and 85 will operate on diversionary routes.

Route 4/4A: Services to South Rd will divert via Orchard St to Waterloo St. Services from South Rd will divert via Lower Church Rd, the Seafront and Oxford St.

Route 7: Services will operate via The Boulevard, Waterloo St, the Seafront, Oxford St, High St and Alexandra Parade.

Route 83: Services to Worlebury will divert via Orchard St to Waterloo St. Services from Worlebury will divert via Manor Rd, Milton Rd, Swiss Rd and Locking Rd.

Route 85: Services to the Town Centre will divert via Swiss Rd and Locking Rd. Services to St Georges will divert via High St, Oxford St, the Seafront, Waterloo St and Gerrard St.

For more information contact:
First Bus: 08456 064 446
Webberbus: 0800 096 3039
North Somerset Council Public Transport Team: 01934 426 426 or www.n-somerset.gov.uk/busroadworks

Council still failing to collect rubbish

photo 2 300x225 Council still failing to collect rubbishDespite assurances from North Somerset Council that missed recycling and rubbish collections would be done no later than the weekend of the 8th January many Weston residents are still reporting that rubbish and recycling are still piled high almost a month since collections were interrupted due to the heavy snow which disappeared after a week.

One angry resident who wished to remain un-named said “I understand that while the rest of us had to continue working and adapting to conditions caused by the snow, the health and safety obsessed council had a week when it was too dangerous to send their contractors out to collect rubbish, but the snow was only on the ground for a week so why is it that over 3 weeks later the recycling is still sat outside my house?”.

This author is one of the residents that still hasn’t had their rubbish and recycling collection and whilst the snow has brought some inevitable disruption to collections coupled with the extra rubbish created by Christmas, it has now gone well past the point of reasonable for collections to be back to normal.

Do you have piles of rubbish stacked in your street? Do you think that North Somerset has failed their obligations to the local tax-payers? Can the council justify the council tax increase due in March? Leave your comments and let us know what you think.