Literacy Charity ‘ @CWBeanstalk ‘ Thanks Volunteers With Tour of #Coventry


Last Friday, to celebrate Volunteers’ Week, Beanstalk Coventry & Warwickshire thanked its volunteers with a Literary Tour of Coventry city centre. The fascinating walk was guided by Dr Eleanor Nesbitt of Warwick University who explained the links with local landmark buildings and their associations to famous writers and poets. It was attended by existing volunteer s and people interested in learning more about the charity.

Beanstalk is a children’s literacy charity whose dedicated volunteers go into local schools for two 90 minute sessions per week and volunteer for at least one year. Sessions are fun and aim to ignite a love of reading.

There are existing vacancies across Coventry primary schools.Beanstalk are looking for people to volunteer as ‘Trained Reading Helpers’ to support children in Coventry.

All of our volunteers receive training prior to being placed with a school and receive on-going support including a school tour, regular visits, additional training and also the opportunity to attend other social events such as book exchanges and coffee mornings.

If you are interested then you can complete an application form at or for any enquiries,  can email or call on 0121 771 2922

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We have a CPD accredited online Level 1 & 2 food safety course in catering ideal for front of house staff & open food handlers on our site at .We also licence our content for use on your own learning management system. We can offer discounted bundles for purchases of more than 10 courses. Tweet us at   or email for free trial .

Twinings Tea Advertise their New Flavour in a Solavia Fine Glassware mug.

Solavia Fine Glassware are thrilled that Twinings Tea chose their mugs to advertise their new flavour, Strawberry and Raspberry. Their mugs are in the latest advertisement as well as being used in recent promotional content. The Angelo mugs are very popular due to their simple and classic design. They come in a set of 2 and cost £6. Solavia Fine Glassware is a Midlands-based glassware company, that specialises in exclusive handmade glassware and luxury crystal.

For more information check out Solavia Fine Glassware’s website,

Fast growing care provider officially launches in Coventry & South Warwickshire


A fast growing company which provides care and home services to children and adults in Coventry and South Warwickshire is celebrating its official launch.

The SureCare franchise for Coventry and South Warwickshire was opened in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Lindsley Harvard and Coventry’s Lady Godiva, Pro Porretta, on November 24th.

The franchise is run by Tervinder Bhangal and her husband. Previous to SureCare, Tervinder worked for Coventry City Council as a Social Work Team Manager for the Transition & Children’s Disability Team.

More than 20 staff have already been taken on by the company and they are looking for another 30 highly trained and experienced people to join the team over the next 12-18 months.

As well as providing care for elderly people and those with physical and learning difficulties, SureCare Coventry & South Warwickshire offers child care, overnight and live-in care plus respite care.

Tervinder said: “We are delighted to have opened a SureCare franchise in the area and the response from the local community has been really positive. People have told us that they have been crying out for a local company which provides quality services, particularly live-in care.

“We pride ourselves on running a service that gives people the best quality of life, supporting them to lead the life they choose.

“My aim is to be known for providing high quality, vetted staff to meet the care needs of both adults and children across all age groups. An emphasis will be placed on providing comprehensive supervision, training and mentoring in order to ensure quality, consistent and personalised care.

“We want to support people to continue to remain active and engaged in their communities by working in close partnership with key stakeholders in Coventry and South Warwickshire.

“In addition to live-in care, these services include personal care and support, childcare, respite and holiday care, dementia care and home services.

“The success of the business will be based upon providing safe and compassionate care to meet the needs of the most vulnerable group of people in our society.”

Gary Farrer, Managing Director of SureCare, says: “I am delighted to welcome Tervinder and her husband into the business. Like all our franchisees, she is passionate about wanting to provide the best possible care to our clients.”

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Lindsley Harvard, said: “It’s fantastic to see businesses launching that are not only bringing jobs to the city but providing services to the most vulnerable people. I wish SureCare every success in their business.”



SureCare is one of the UK’s most established providers of care and home services.

Established in 1994, the family owned company is led by Managing Director Gary Farrer, his son Josh, the company’s Franchise Sales Manager, and their experienced management team.

With its headquarters in Chester, the company has a growing network of franchises and branches across the UK providing a comprehensive range of services.


#Nuneaton woman invests last few pounds to get business off the ground

Unable to find a job, local businesswoman decided to take the plunge herself.


A Nuneaton businesswoman who used her last few pounds to launch a marketing service is now working with clients across the country.

Hashtag Marketing Consultancy was founded by Ruth Warwick after she was made redundant while on maternity leave.

Unable to find a part time role at a senior level, she decided to take the plunge and used the last of her funds to set-up her new venture.

One year on, Ruth, aged 33, has developed a strong client-base and provides marketing solutions to companies from a range of industries based in the Midlands and across England.

The company offers services including marketing strategy and planning, website design and management, social media, PR, events, design and print, advertising and customer experience guidance.

Ruth said: “With a few pounds in one pocket – literally – and enthusiasm in the other, Hashtag Marketing was born.

“I was initially concerned about being able to sustain a regular income and how I would cope with the demands of a new business whilst keeping things running smoothly at home.

“I’ve found ways to manage my time effectively. You really do need to be motivated to run your own business, no one is going to do it for you. You need to set yourself goals and give yourself a reason to get out of bed in the mornings.

“People ask me what it’s like to have my own business and question if I find it lonely working for myself. The honest answer is yes, it can be lonely at times but there’s plenty of opportunity to engage with people whether that be clients, associates or other small business owners.

“The benefits of being my own boss, managing my own time and having the flexibility to work when and how I want to work far outweigh the remoteness that I sometimes experience.”

Ruth was helped to set-up the business by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce which provides free guidance to start-ups through workshops and one-to-one mentoring as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Ruth added: “The Chamber provided me with invaluable support when setting up the business and helped make it a success.

“They provided support with everything from sourcing new clients to looking after finances and filing accounts.”

Margaret Bull, a business advisor at Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce who supported Ruth, said: “Ruth’s passion for her business along with our start-up support has helped Hashtag Marketing Consultancy go from strength to strength.

“Ruth now has built up a strong client-base, working with companies across the country, which will continue to grow in the long-term.”


Contact Ruth Warwick at 07525 068 843 or


Business Rates will change on 1st April 2017

The Valuation Office published draft business rates valuations on all commercial property last Friday, 30 September. All occupiers of commercial premises should be aware of the implications of the revaluation and consider the effect of the tax on business plans and cash flow.

It has been seven years since all non-domestic properties in England and Wales were nationally valued. The 2017 revaluation is based upon shop, office, workshop, warehouse and other sector rental levels, established 1 April 2015. These rateable values will sustain for the next five years.


Between 2010 and 2014 most commercial rental values decreased and have only recovered ground in the last two years. No matter though, if assessments have increased, stayed the same or decreased, rate payers will need to check the new rateable value facts are correct and establish if in its breakdown, the valuation accords with 2015 rents, for the particular location. It is crucial business occupiers make themselves familiar with the new ‘Check, Challenge, Appeal’ process.

This new system may prove confusing in terms of valuation, the challenge process, timing and the cost of an appeal. At Drake Howard Property we have expert valuers to give advice on all aspects of business rates and reliefs which may be available to minimise your liability over the next 5 years. Contact Martyn Howard on 02476 450045 or


Families are invited to meet ‘Father Christmas and Friends’ at EGO Arts Venue this Christmas!

Our family favourite Santa visit, Father Christmas and Friends is set to return to EGO Arts Venue in Cook Street on Saturday 17th December for one week only! A winter trail through a magical Christmas wonderland awaits families in Coventry this Yuletide.

Families are invited to join Ivy Pixie Fairy on an adventure through the Christmas trail for a very special visit to see Father Christmas. Along the way they will meet Widow Winterberry the dormouse in her cosy home, Figgy Fancypants champion Christmas Cracker maker, Poinsettia the singing snowman, Frosty Jack the Ice Prince and Eggnog the Chief Elf !


Co-Artistic Director of EGO Performance Company, Georgina Egan, commented “We wanted to create something truly magical this Christmas for children in Coventry and the local area so we are pleased to bring back Father Christmas and Friends after it’s huge success in 2014. It’s a 40 minute long, interactive experience for children of all ages, joining Ivy Pixie on a magical winter trail to meet Santa. Along the way the children meet all of Santa’s friends, they dance with the Snowman, throw Snowballs at Frosty Jack and much more. Upon finding the Grotto, each child individually meets Santa, where you can take your own photo and listen as Santa gives your child a personal message from the nice list and each child receives a gift if they’ve been good this year!”

 Santa and his friends will be at EGO Arts Venue every day from the 17th to 23rd December 2016.

Trail Times are 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm, 4pm, 5pm & 5.45pm.

Tickets are available now priced at £15 per child, £5 for an accompanying adult and £10 for additional adults. Or a Family Ticket is £45 (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children).Price includes a trip with Ivy on the Christmas Trail, a personalised chat Father Christmas and a photo opportunity for you, plus a gift.

Children under 2s go free with a full paying child.

To book call 024 7622 6060 or call in to EGO Arts Venue, Cook Street Coventry, CV1 1JN, right behind the Transport Museum.

All profits go to the EGO Charity supporting community arts projects.

“This is so fabulous. We went this morning and it’s far from your usual quick sit with Santa and go.  It’s a magical journey from the heart. I smiled the whole way round and the kids loved that Santa knew so much about them. A really lovely journey!” : A Mumsnet review.

For further information, images and to request interviews with EGO’s Artistic Directors Georgina Egan and Corinne Emerson,please contact Kiri Norris on 024 7622 6060 or email:


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  • University of Warwick
  • Coventry City Football Club – Rioch Arena
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  • Walkers Snack Foods
  • The National Health Trust
  • The Local Health Authurity
  • Sol West Midlands
  • Warwick Districk Council & Environmental Health


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Qualified and experienced staff assess the situation, provide a full quotation and when given the authority to proceed, work cleanly, quickly and efficiently to restore your services to you. We will solve any drainage problem, large or small.

Our camera surveys often save the need for expensive excavation and the subsequent upheaval it can bring. We are one of a few companies able to provide this service, and our expertise in this area has gained us a lot of customers in both the public and private sectors.

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