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North East Women In Business Champion Awarded Obe In New Year Honours

North East Women In Business Champion Awarded Obe In New Year Honours

DURHAM entrepreneur Nickie Gott is to be awarded a OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2016 for services to women into business and female entrepreneurship in the North East.

Nickie, 49 founded She's Gott It! in April 2002 and the company based on the Lambton estate has now become… renowned for creating exciting events internationally, including the recent Hitachi plant opening attended by the Prime Minister and Chancellor and the opening of the new Crowne Plaza Newcastle

A previous winner of the North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, NE Entrepreneur of the Year and Region's Best Small Business award, most recently Nickie's company has been awarded two national event awards; Best Practice and Best Event at the National Outdoor Events Awards.
Following being named North East Woman Entrepreneur in 2007, Nickie became actively involved in supporting and growing the region's female business community and entrepreneurs. 

Her commitment to growing the region's female talent pool led to her forming the North East Women's Advisory board, part of the North East Chamber of Commerce, in September 2012.   

Through this group Nickie actively supports and promotes female entrepreneurship, as she believes passionately in the need to use networks and mentors to grow regional talent.  

Nickie also now drives and supports the annual North East Women Entrepreneur of the Year awards that take place each November and acts as a business mentor to a number of businesses.

On being told of her impending OBE, Nickie said: 'I was swept away with shock and gratitude when I opened the letter to see I have been being recommended for this prestigious honour. Championing women to start and grow their own business is my big passion, so being nominated especially for my services to women into business is wonderful.'
Nickie has overcome numerous challenges in her life to become the success she is today, including failing all of her 8 O-levels at 16, being made redundant at 3 months' pregnant with her first child, having a seriously ill second child and recovering from breast cancer and treatment in 2008.

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The IIC Show Returns in 2016

The 2016 IIC Show -
now in its second year, specialises in bringing forward the idea of inclusion, independence
and choice for people associated mixed ability. Taking place at the renowned Manchester Central
Convention Complex doors will open in just 9 days. The IIC Show is the most comprehensive retail and resource
event in… the North West of England.
! The show will take place over 2
days on Sunday 31st of January &
Monday the 1st of February and will boast
a range of exciting, beneficial and essential products and services aimed especially at those associated with
mixed ability. Along with a selection of exhibitors at the show there will also be extremely invaluable and
high quality CPD accredited seminars and essential advice points which will be set out across the exhibition.
These seminars and advice points will be very useful for healthcare professionals, special needs educators,
occupational therapists and many many more.
! There will be up to 100 exhibitors showcasing products and services over the weekend. Including but not
limited to:
Mobility car showroom
Special Educational Needs zone (SEN Zone)
The latest innovations in mixed ability technology
Specialist free advice areas
Recruitment zone
Assistance dog demonstrations
Adaptive sports zone
These are just some of the excellent features available over the weekend at the IIC Show 2016. The exhibitors
who are taking part in IIC Show 2016 will be covering a wide range of disabilities including:
Physical and motor skills
Intellectual (learning and literacy)
Along with all of the features at the event, there will also be a selection of prestigious names sponsoring the
core elements of the show. Renault UK are on-board as the headline sponsor for the Moving and Handling
Theatre. Experia Innovations are also leading the way as headline sponsors throughout the show sponsoring
the Special Needs Education (SEN) stage, a perfect fit for the mixed ability educational sector.

Registration for the IIC Show 2016 is free and can be completed online before doors open on the 31st of January
The show is an excellent opportunity for both public and professional individuals to come and gain a
insight into the different aspects of mixed ability and explore the different solutions, support and
services available for those who are associated mixed ability.

Register online for free now:
The IIC Show 2016

31st January - 1st February 2016 10AM-4PM
Manchester Central
Windmill St
M2 3GX

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Using Roller Banners To Boost Brand Awareness at Trade Shows

So we all know that roller banners are a great tool for marketing. They are super versatile, and as mentioned before on this blog we believe they are the ultimate guerrilla marketing tool. You can display them outside or inside, at conferences, shop windows, shopping centres… practically anywhere.

They really come… into their own at trade shows giving any trade stand a slick, professional look which can really boost your brand recognition. Here's a few pointers to ensure that you make the most of your roller banners and help promote your brand.

Position is key
Positioning your banner is everything. You can have a kick-ass design and a banner print that knocks it out of the park but that won't matter if you're deploying it where nobody will see it. Look carefully at the layout of the trade show, pay particular attention on how people will move past your spot. You want to put your roller banner in an area that will get the message to the most people as possible. Think about how to angle the banner to ensure that people will read it as they walk by. That will make the difference in drawing people to your stall.

Use of both text and graphics
You can have the best quality banner money can buy but without a great design you're not going to attract anyone's attention. You can always use our design service (just contact us and we'll take you through your options) but if you already have a design in mind or even a graphic designer who does work for you then you probably want to use your own design. Remember make it clear, use imagery that's appropriate for the message you're conveying and as always remember to KISS (keep it simple stupid!).

Don't forget contact info!
You'd be amazed at the number of times people forget the basics. If you're going to be displaying your banner remember to include contact info at least somewhere in the design! Doesn't have to take up the whole banner especially if you expect people to contact you directly at the trade show but it's always a good idea to include your info somewhere on the design - someone might photograph your booth or banner. You want to make it as easy as possible for people to track you down after the show.

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In just a matter of weeks Manchester's King Street will welcome its newest and most anticipated exclusive bar and restaurant.

Quill, a luxurious and contemporary bar and eatery, will officially open its doors for the first time on Friday, October 30, following a private VIP event on Thursday, October 29, and… a series of soft launches.

The exclusive spot will be located in the heart of the iconic city and will mark the beginning of a new era in King Street - once described as the Bond Street of the north.

More than £1 million has been invested into Quill, which will offer true exclusivity to its guests, with private dining areas, intimate seating spots and cocktail stations.

Quill will be split over two floors of the four storey building with the bar area based on the ground floor and the restaurant located on the first floor. The restaurant will seat up to 60, including a 21 private dining area.

There will be private areas in the bar for enjoying Quill's bespoke cocktails and more than 200 people can be accommodated in the whole venue.

It has all been created by bar and restaurant interior design specialists Collective Design, winners of one of the most prestigious design awards in the UK, The Interior Designer of the Year. They have worked to create what has been described as an 'opulent oasis' in the centre of Manchester.

Guests will also be able enjoy an open kitchen, where they will be able to see Quill's newly appointed Head Chef hard at work. Though he is yet to be named, the new Head Chef has extensive experience in high end dining having working in at multiple 4 AA Rosette rated and 3 AA Rosette rated restaurants, an AA Restaurant of the year and in a number of venues with 2 Michelin Stars.

The food, both from the A La Carte and 8-course Tasting Menu, will follow a modern British theme with European influences and the Head Chef promises refined dining without the formality of formal dining.

Behind the venture is Chris Longmate, CEO of On The Wall Group, who said he was keen to bring something very luxurious and exclusive to King Street as it becomes the place to be in Manchester.

'King Street really is the new location when it comes to high end venues and Quill will be an integral and central part to this,' said Chris.

'The restaurant and bar have been designed in intricate detail by the award winning designers at Collective Design, who are specialists in this area. When we set out we wanted a refined dining experience for our customers and Collective Design have created a truly beautiful place to enjoy our food.

'And on the ground floor you will find something slightly different, with these cocktail stations and unique seating areas to enjoy our drinks offering. I see it as the place to escape to, an opulent oasis in Manchester.

'Now as the opening approaches we are just really excited about the opening now and can't wait to see guests inside enjoying Quill.'

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Quill reveals name of new Head Chef

The wait is over and at last accomplished chef Curtis Stewart has been named as the Head Chef at Manchester's fine dining restaurant and bar Quill.

Mystery has surrounded the identity of the newly appointed Head Chef since the King Street venue hit the headlines this week, as news of… its official opening on Friday October 30th was unveiled.

Since then people have been asking who would be in the kitchen of Quill and today the exclusive venue revealed that Curtis would be taking on the role of Head Chef and offering an A La Carte and 8-course-tasting menu.

Expectations are high and the food is set to be of an exceptional quality with the 27-year-old having worked in fine dining establishments, multiple 4 AA Rosette and 3 AA Rosette restaurants and a number of venues with 2 Michelin Stars.

It is also somewhat of a homecoming for Curtis, who first discovered his love of cooking in his hometown of Bury, Greater Manchester. He also attended Wigan and Leigh catering college and founded his ethos and style, which is based on using simple but high quality ingredients, cooked in an uncomplicated way.

This has developed over his years as a chef and Curtis says he is now confident in being able to express who is and his own distinctive style on a plate, using not so familiar flavour combinations and enhancing the diners experience with modern techniques.

Curtis said: 'I'm delighted and honoured to have been appointed Head Chef at Quill. It's a beautiful venue in the heart of Manchester, a city with a great foodie reputation. We are here to change the scene and will be serving top quality dishes and contemporary cuisine.

'It's exciting for me also to return to my roots at this stage of my career, when I feel I have truly discovered my own style and what I bring to the table.

'It's also fantastic to be part of the launch of Quill and share my vision with the venue and the guests coming through the doors.'

More has also been revealed about the cuisine at Quill, with guests set to enjoy modern British food, with European influences from both the A La Carte and 8-course-tasting menu.

The dining concept promises fine dining and high levels of gastronomy in a comfortable and relaxed environment, without the restrictions formal restaurants once had, and food that plays on perception and touches on nostalgic memories.

Curtis added: 'Quill is a fine dining restaurant and we will be competing with some of the biggest names in the industry, which are right on our doorstep. I want to create a vibe and venue where people come to experience great food and exciting cocktails, but without traditional formality. We are confident our food will surpass expectation and set the standard for the King Street food scene.

'Manchester has made a real mark on the culinary map in recent years, and it finally feels like this city is ready to except refined food.

'Over the last two years I have created a food concept enabling the modern customer to fully submerge themselves in a gastronomic experience. The food we serve will touch something in our guests, whether that is through a not so familiar flavour combination or transforming something ordinary into the extraordinary.'

The venue itself in King Street is also going to be extraordinary and more than £1 million has been invested into Quill, which will offer private dining areas and intimate seating.

Chris Longmate, CEO of On The Wall Group, the restaurant company behind Quill, said: 'The official opening is just around the corner and we cannot wait to see Quill full of guests.

'We are offering a beautiful place where our guests can enjoy excellent food, drink and cocktails in intimate settings.

'Curtis is a great addition to our team and he promises to deliver the highest standard of food every time. The extensive knowledge that Curtis will bring is such an exciting prospect for Quill.'

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