Two local groups get cash injection

October 31, 2015 by  

Two Potters Bar-based groups are celebrating a much-needed cash injection, courtesy of the local council’s Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme.

This scheme allows every councillor to give [Read more]

Poole gets new affordable homes

October 31, 2015 by  

Residents of Poole had the pleasure of showing the town’s mayor around a brand new block of affordable homes recently, as the Terrace Row development was launched.

This scheme cost £2.2 million to complete and consists of [Read more]

Opening date set for revamped Westgate Centre

October 30, 2015 by  

A reopening date of October 2017 has been pencilled in for Oxford’s Westgate Shopping Centre, which is currently undergoing a major refurbishment.

The developers responsible for this revamp, which is costing £440 million, stated that it marks the start of a countdown for the next two years, with companies set to be announced for the new-look centre.

Once it is completed, the complex will measure 800,000 sq. ft. and will feature new spaces for the general public, a terrace on the rooftop, luxury cinema, 25 cafes and restaurants and over 100 brand new shops.

Several companies had already been confirmed for the centre, including Goldsmiths, Schuh, Next, Primark, Curzon Cinemas, Michael Kors and John Lewis, but now Sticks ‘n’ Sushi and River Island have also signed up.

The UK managing director for Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Andreas Karlsson, told the Oxford Mail that the city had been one of its favoured locations since it had opened its first UK outlets, adding:

“We’re really excited Westgate Oxford will be one of our first restaurants outside of London.

“The rooftop terrace will also have breathtaking views over the famous Oxford city skyline, making it the perfect setting.”

All of the shops that are based within the revamped centre will be able to rely on places that print glossy brochures and catalogues in Oxford, to help them promote their goods and services to residents.

Preston planning major festive celebrations

October 29, 2015 by  

Residents of Preston look set to celebrate the festive season in style this year, with several weeks of activities topped by a celebrity switching on the [Read more]

Shakespeare in Wembley

October 28, 2015 by  

An adaptation of The Merchant of Venice has recently been updated by bringing the action of the play to Wembley.

The Merchant of Vembley has been given an Asian theme by writer Shishir Kurup. The new version has attracted really positive reviews, with several critics engaged by the humour of the work. If the play proves to be a huge hit, it may benefit entrepreneurs using brochure printers in Wembley. Businessperson Angelina Melwani has stressed the serious side of the production to the Harrow Times:

“In Merchant of Vembley Shishir Kurup has taken one of Shakespeare’s most difficult plays, opened it up completely and made it relevant to today in so many ways. I think it makes everyone look inward and question their own prejudices, especially in today’s current social and political climate.”

Ajay Chowdhury has directed the play. He is a tech entrepreneur who is currently based in London. He has enjoyed a diverse career, having been the chief executive for Seatwave, a ticket agency.

The actors starring in the Merchant of Vembley have come from disparate backgrounds. Vijay Doshi actually grew up in within the Wembley district, so he might have found it quite straightforward to identify with his role.

However, Mr. Doshi had never been on the stage before in a professional context and he may have been a little nervous about working with experienced individuals like Emilio Doorgasingh. Mr. Doorgasingh is a veteran actor who has starred at the National Theatre.

Local Indian restaurant could win Tiffin Cup this year

October 27, 2015 by  

An Indian restaurant within Abbots Langley is in with a chance of taking home the Tiffin Cup this year.

The quality of Forest of India has earned it a commendation in [Read more]

Hampton Court Palace prepares for Halloween

October 27, 2015 by  

Hampton Court Palace is reportedly 500 years old and its team is keen to exploit its history in the run-up to Halloween.

Down the years, the building has developed the reputation of [Read more]

Glyndwr University appoints new Chancellor

October 26, 2015 by  

Public figure Trefor Jones has just received the prestigious post of Chancellor of Glyndwr University.

Trefor Jones is a chairperson of a hospice and his work has already been recognised with [Read more]

Ceremony honours local mathematicians

October 26, 2015 by  

A ceremony was held recently in Nottingham, to honour two local mathematicians with legendary reputations, and it saw the city name trams after them.

George Green was the creator of algorithms that are [Read more]

Dozens of posts created by Redrow move

October 25, 2015 by  

Homebuilder Redrow has underlined its commitment to Kent by creating approximately forty new positions within Chatham.

Fifty-five employees are poised to drive development in Kent following the decision, and will be based at Prince Regents House. The bulk of the workers are new to the firm and their various skills could bring a breath of fresh air with them to the business. Their efforts could lead to increased demand for promotional items from Tunbridge Wells. Other Redrow staff will work on building sites throughout the county.

The policy shift by Redrow in Kent will mean that there is the capacity for more emphasis to be placed on Essex too. Chris Lilley, an executive at the south-eastern division of Redrow Homes, has said:

“Moving to the new Chatham office is part of our strategy for growth as it not only means we’re now closer to our existing sites, but we’re ideally placed to identify land with development potential in Medway and throughout Kent.”

During the year to come, the regional division of Redrow aspires to make further progress. There is the ambition to create seven more outlets.

Land has been purchased in the Strood area to facilitate one of the developments which the company is backing. Over 600 properties are to be constructed near the river and local jobs should be generated by the scheme. To achieve the best possible outcome, Redrow is committed to working with the local authority.

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