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A TAMWORTH mum is launching a unique and inspirational range of children’s clothing after struggling to find outfits which suited and celebrated her daughter’s rare look and unique spirit – and is looking for models to show off her new clothing range.

With only 2% of the world’s population born with red hair, Jennie Marshall, of Tamworth, wants her daughter to feel empowered by her difference and to celebrate the unique look and spirit that being a redhead brings.

So, when her daughter was born with a full head of gorgeous red hair, she was determined to make sure she would always be proud of her unique look and set about instilling a sense of confidence which could combat any negativity to difference.

That empowering attitude has now inspired a new business – Redhead Threads – which celebrates the MC1R gene which makes all redheads so unique and special.

Using colours that compliment rather than clash with red hair the mother of one, who illustrates her own designs for each of the outfits, is keen to create a range which helps empower children to believe in and be proud of what makes them stand out and be different.

“As a red head you are born to stand out,” says Jennie, who has been praised by other mums for her inspirational messages. “I have always brought my daughter up to be proud of who she is. Her hair makes her unique and special as there are very few people in the world that share that specific gene. So, I always wanted to give her the skills and knowledge to deal with any negativity that may arise. Through Redhead Threads we now want to share that empowering message further changing stereotypes and negativity to difference.”

Choosing a tailored palette of colours for her range Jennie compliments skin tone, eye colour and of course their glorious red hair to show it off to its best.

“I also focus on delivering empowering messages about being different and how great that is! So, this range not only provides clothes that finally compliment all children’s colourings but celebrates their unique FULL ON spirit too!” says Jennie.

Creator of Redhead Threads, Jennie Marshall

Creator of Redhead Threads, Jennie Marshall

Jennie is now looking for models to take part in her latest photoshoot on Sunday 12th November to unveil her new clothing range. With a new Redhead Threads t-shirt, a copy of their own photo from the day and a goodie bag for the winning entrant Jennie is keen to find a local red head boy aged between 5 and 10 years with a mass of red hair and bags of personality to model her new range.

“Blue eyes and red hair are the rarest making up only 1% of the population but we are just looking for a youngster who is keen to celebrate their unique look and who can help us rock the red head gene,” said Jennie, who is also now creating adults t-shirts in the range following numerous requests from parents keen to support their little red heads.

Please send a photo with your name and contact details to [email protected] by 1st November. Winning entrants will be notified by 3rd November. The photoshoot is at The Studio, Tolsons Mill Business Park, Fazeley, Tamworth. Entrants must be available for the photoshoot on 12th November at 10am for approximately 2 hours.

Redhead Threads is a unique enterprise, based in Tamworth, which focuses on providing artisan designs to empower and celebrate red heads.

More information is available at www.redheadthreads.co.uk

SHOP keepers, café owners, accountants and night club managers have been hitting the streets in a series of action days to talk to other businesses about the £2million decision they are being asked to make this month.

Ballot papers have now been sent to hundreds of businesses across the centre of Tamworth, seeking their vote on plans to create a Business Improvement District in the area.

The postal ballot marks the culmination of more than 18 months of planning, research and campaigning by a steering group of Tamworth-based business owners and managers representing a cross section of industries.

Members of the steering group have been out and about talking to businesses in the town centre, retail parks and the Riverside leisure area in a bid to secure a ‘yes’ vote for the plans.

BID Action Day Sam Panton, Derek Nickells, Charlotte Oliver

BID Action Day – Sam Panton, Derek Nickells, Charlotte Oliver

If successful, the BID will generate more than £2million over five years to be spent on delivering projects to achieve the vision of ‘developing Tamworth town, the retail parks and the Riverside area into a cohesive, quality destination which offers a unique retail, leisure and heritage experience with a profile that is recognised regionally and nationally and is welcoming to all’.

Rob Holder, Chair of the BID Tamworth Steering Group and manager of John Lewis Tamworth, said: “We are checking that everyone has had their ballot paper and that they are happy with the proposal and answering any last-minute questions or queries. Even Arriva buses are helping to remind people about the ballot with a BID Tamworth bus travelling around some regular bus routes. This is a really exciting opportunity for all businesses and we are encouraging them all to say YES!”

Ballot papers have to be back by 5pm on Thursday 2nd November and if it is a positive result the BID operations will start on 1st April next year.

BID Action Day-  Sam Panton and Charlotte Oliver with staff at Game

BID Action Day-  Charlotte Oliver and Sam Panton with staff at Game

If businesses have any questions or would like to know more about the BID and its proposal, they can visit www.bidtamworth.co.uk, where they can find a copy of the business plan which has been produced from feedback gathered from local businesses about the issues and improvements they feel would be most important.

Businesses can also email [email protected] or phone 01827 214131.

BALLOT papers have started arriving through the letterboxes of hundreds of businesses across the centre of Tamworth seeking their vote on plans to create a Business Improvement District in the area.

The postal ballot marks the culmination of more than 18 months of planning, research and campaigning by a group of Tamworth-based business owners and managers representing a cross section of industries.

Papers started landing on doorsteps from October 5 and businesses within the proposed BID zone have 28 days to return the paper with their yes or no vote.

The 'BID Tamworth' Arriva bus pictured outside the Town Hall

The ‘BID Tamworth’ Arriva bus pictured outside the Town Hall

If successful, the BID will generate more than £2.5million over five years to be spent on delivering projects to achieve the vision of ‘developing Tamworth town, the retail parks and the Riverside area into a cohesive, quality destination which offers a unique retail, leisure and heritage experience with a profile that is recognised regionally and nationally and is welcoming to all’.

The plans have been progressed by a group of like-minded business people who have spent several months speaking to businesses within the proposed BID area to find out how they would like the area to be improved.

All that information has been used to create a business plan which details how the money would be spent on improving the area over the next five years. This business plan was revealed at a launch event at Tamworth Castle last month and is also available online at www.bidtamworth.co.uk.

The BID proposal and business plan has four objectives which aim to promote and build awareness of the town as a whole, make it welcoming and more accessible, boost its leisure and heritage appeal and encourage investment and growth from new businesses.

Rob Holder, Chair of the BID Tamworth Steering Group, which has led the initiative, said: “Using input from businesses across the area the Steering Group has worked hard to develop a plan which we believe will make a real difference to the future of businesses in Tamworth.

“All towns and cities across the country are facing the challenges of changing lifestyles, increased mobility and increased competition from other retail destinations and commercial centres. We have a lot to shout about in Tamworth and we should be proud of our town. It is in an ideal position to promote itself nationally and internationally as a welcoming place with so much to offer visitors, its residents and businesses.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for all businesses and we are encouraging them all to vote yes.”

The BID Tamworth steering group.

The BID Tamworth steering group.

Members of the BID steering group will be out and about in Tamworth town centre and Ventura retail parks over the next few weeks to spread the word.

Ballot papers have to be back by 5pm on Thursday, November 2nd and if it is a positive result, BID operations will start on April 1st, 2018.

Further information is available from the BID Tamworth website www.bidtamworth.co.uk.

Businesses can also email [email protected] or phone 01827 214131.

THE Post Office are proposing to re-open the branch in a new location in Atherstone

They are proposing to re-open the branch in a new location – Frozzone, which is at 14-16 Church Street, Atherstone, CV9 1HA

This change is part of a major programme of modernisation taking place across the Post Office network, the largest in the history of Post Office Ltd.  The Programme is underpinned by Government investment and will see up to 8,000 branches modernised and additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.

What will this mean for customers?

  • Post Office services will be offered from a till on the retail counter in a modern open plan branch
  • Longer opening hours
  • The majority of Post Office products and services will still be available
The Frozzone store where it is proposed to site the Post Office

The Frozzone store where it is proposed to site the Post Office

Consulting on the proposed new location

The Post Office are now starting a 6 week local public consultation and would like you to tell them what you think about the suitability of the proposed new location.  Before they finalise their plans, they would really like to hear your views on the proposed location, particularly on the following areas:

  • How suitable you think the new location and premises are and how easy it is to get there
  • Are the new premises easy for you to get into and is the inside easily accessible
  • Are there any other local community issues which you believe could be affected by or affect the proposed change
  • If the move were to proceed is there anything we could do to make it easier for customers

You can share your views on the proposed move through our easy and convenient new online questionnaire via the link below. When entering the site you will be asked to enter the code for this branch: 23420599 postofficeviews.co.uk

Dates for local public consultation:

  • Starts – 5th October 2017
  • Ends – 16th November 2017
  • Proposed month of change – Jan/Feb 2018

Web Forward

A TAMWORTH Web Agency is celebrating after being awarded Google Partner status for 5th year running.

Webforward has been running successful search engine campaigns for its customers for several years.

Having met Google’s stringent criteria for quality and expertise, Webforward has been awarded official Google Partner status for the 5th year running.

Google requires all partners to demonstrate best practices and customer care over a sustained period of time. Partners must also pass exams on a regular basis. These qualifications ensure that the professionals endorsed by Google maintain their expertise and keep pace with the many changes that Google introduces.

Only when a company or individual has met this standard can they earn official partner status.

Richard Leishman, director of Webforward, said: “I am over the moon that Google have once again awarded us with Partner status. I am blessed to have such a great team who work incredibly hard which have done wonders for our clients. Being a Google Partner means that our customers can rest assured that they are receiving the very best search engine marketing services by a dedicated team that has been trained and tested by Google.”

Webforward is currently the only Google Partner in Tamworth and one of 15 businesses in the whole of Staffordshire and the West Midlands entitled to display Google’s Partner Badge.

Webforward is based on Orchard Street, Tamworth. The company specializes in Website Design, Online Marketing, and Bespoke Platforms.

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Wherever Bar, Tamworth

A POPULAR Tamworth bar is the latest venue to close its doors for the final time in the Town Centre.

Wherever Bar, which is described as Tamworth’s Sophisticated Social Playground has closed it’s doors to the shock of many customers.

The much loved cocktail bar on Orchard Street, has been trading for six years and become popular for its cocktails and tapas in a more grown up setting.

Wherever achieved 4.5 stars out of 5 on trip advisor.

In a statement on their Facebook page, Andrew Webb, the owner has said:

“A big thank you to everyone that has supported wherever over the last 6 years. It’s definitely been an experience mostly great. I’ve met some fantastic people but with everything great it must come to an end. Wherever closed it’s doors this week yes I’m a little sad but we all need to move our lives forward. Good luck to my team as they go their separate ways. I’ve got your backs if you need me. Thank you”

staffordshire and stoke on trent growth hub

AN event at Tamworth Snow Dome today, Thursday 21 September, saw local business gain advice on digital marketing at the Digital Marketing Growth Hub Roadshow.

The free event which was organised by the Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub was designed to support local businesses; evaluate their website and social media status; and advice on setting up these vital tools for business.

Growth Hub partners were on hand exhibiting and expert guest speakers were there too cover Digital Marketing topics such as Social Media and Website Awareness, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Grants and Funding Available and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Here you can see Nichola Kent from Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub talk about the event.

Start Mart logo

OPENED by Mayor Cllr John Chesworth & Mayoress Mrs Tereasa the inaugural START-Mart or Small Tamworth ARea Traders market got off to a good start.

Paula Burton of “Paula’s Kitchen” who started this initiative said: “START-Marts initiative is to offer small Tamworth based businesses an opportunity to have a regular outlet where they can present their produce and build a strong client base. Helping them to expand their businesses, and hopefully allow them to take the next step in furthering their businesses.”

The START-Mart will open in St Editha’s Church Hall every other week from Saturday from the 16th of September.

Among the varied stalls from high quality had made chocolates to various craft clothing items to a couple of Si-Fi geek stalls Tamworth Informed spotted Chris Pincher MP giving encouragement and support to the stall holder

Entertainment was provided by Teresa Meads singing during day assisred by the local community recording studio Sync Studios

The traders present were:

  • Suzie Q’s
  • Bowbizz by Stephanie
  • Colleens On-line shop/Kleeneze
  • O’Beez Home Sweet Home
  • Naughty but Nice
  • Just For Little’ns
  • Lauren Heaton Accessories
  • Dolly Daydream
  • Geektastic
  • Andrea Mullins Designs
  • Paper Craft Heroes
  • Forever Living
  • Sonia’s Craft
  • Dye Hard
  • Paula’s Kitchen: A Cupcake Witch

START-Mart offers the Tamworth community an exciting and unique shopping experience while helping to support businesses within their own town, and hopefully begin the process of regenerating the town centre.

For further information, contact; Paula’s Kitchen: A Cupcake Witch

STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service are recruiting Retained on-call Firefighters at Tamworth Mercia Fire Station.

To become a ‘Retained’ firefighter within Tamworth, no previous experience is necessary and all training will be provided.  You must however, live or work within 5 minuted from the Fire Station on Lichfield Street.

Would you like to do more to engage with your local community?  Do you want to be able to help those in need of help? If yes, then You could be a Retained Firefighter in your Local Community whilst staying or working from home!

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are hosting a Recruitment Event at Tamworth Mercia, Lichfield Street Fire Station for you to find out more information about the role, the training involved and the recruitment process.

They will also be running some taster fitness sessions so you can come and have a go, you will surprise yourself!

Recruitment Event will be held on Tuesday 12 September starting at 7pm.

Emma Cross at her laptop

A TAMWORTH mum who gave up a successful career in sales to follow a passion for helping people improve their lives has been making the headlines after landing a high-profile celebrity client.

Kerry Katona has publicly credited Tamworth-based personal development coach Emma Cross with helping her get back on track following a split with husband, George Kay, in 2015.

Speaking to OK! Magazine recently, Kerry opened up about the counselling sessions she received from Emma after the relationship breakdown and since.

As well as giving her marriage to George another try, the former Atomic Kitten star has also been inspired to pursue a new career in life coaching.

“Emma is absolutely brilliant,” Kerry said. “I’ve actually signed up to do a life-coaching course in October. I’m really looking forward to that.”

Although 35-year-old Emma has been training and gaining experience as a life coach for more than 14 years, she has only recently taken the plunge by turning her passion into a full-time career.

She was amazed when she got the call from Kerry, who is now one of her regular clients.

“Kerry was one of the first people to contact me through my website,” Emma said. “I couldn’t believe it. We started speaking and hit it off straight away. I went to her house and have been helping her to stay on track since then. People have noticed the difference in her and Kerry has referred me to other people too.”

Emma is a certified NLP (neuro linguistic programming) practitioner and uses proven NLP and personal development psychotherapy techniques to help people lead happier and more successful lives.

This could be for overcoming a trauma, achieving long-term goals, coping with the stresses of everyday life, or just generally making positive and lasting changes for the better.

Although Emma has all the qualifications to back up her abilities, she first turned to life coaching because she found she had a natural talent for helping people get the most out of life.

The mum-of-two believes her own difficult childhood and struggles in life have given her a unique understanding and appreciation of how coaching can make a real difference.

“I didn’t have a great childhood. I had no role models and left school at 15 with no qualifications. I was a single mother by the age of 19 and was headed down a road I didn’t like,” Emma said.

“However, the birth of my first child motivated me to build a better life for us. I started to read self-help books because I didn’t want to continue down the path I was on. My driving force was to give my son a better life and be the role model that I didn’t have growing up. That motivated me to work hard and achieve my goals.

By the age of 22, Emma had a great job in sales and had bought her own house. She soon realised she had a natural ability for helping others make positive changes in their lives and started training as a personal development coach and NLP practitioner.

Earlier this year, she decided to take the plunge by giving up her job as a sales consultant and devoting all her time to her career as a life coach.

“I’m passionate about helping other people achieve their goals, just as I have achieved mine and I believe my own experiences enable me to help bring out the best in others.

“Business has been good so far, especially with getting Kerry as a client. I am hoping to do more work with celebrities, but I can help people from all walks of life,” Emma said.

For more information, or a free consultation, visit www.emmacrosscoaching.co.uk.

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