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Boutique Chic – Lifestyle Plymouth

Posted on 30th August 2011 in Plymouth Events, Uncategorized


A fabulous brand new fashion, home and lifestyle event is set to take Plymouth by storm next week.

Lifestyle Plymouth will be a three-day extravaganza, taking place from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September, with a programme packed full of shows and demonstrations from leading industry experts.

The event will be held in a marquee on the Plymouth City Centre Piazza, where members of the public will be able to come and find out everything they could ever need to know about fashion, beauty, health and home decorating.

The main stage will play host to a wide range of demonstrations and shows, including hair and beauty tutorials, fashion shows, dance performances, home decorating presentations and much more.

As well as experts from big name brands such as Clinique, Sony, B&Q, Debenhams and Lush taking to the stage, the marquee will also feature stalls from some of the city’s top retailers as well as a big screen to watch all the action on.

Saturday night at Lifestyle Plymouth will be Ladies night, when the women of Plymouth will be entertained with beauty demonstrations, a La Senza fashion show featuring the Plymouth Calendar Girls and a cocktail demonstration and tasting session courtesy of Blush Lounge.

Clint Jones, Plymouth City Centre Manager said: “We’ve had great success in previous years with our fashion and beauty event, Style Plymouth, but this year we wanted to expand to encompass home and lifestyle as well, so there really will be something for everyone. The whole event is completely free and we can guarantee that everyone who comes will walk away having learnt something new – what better way to spend a weekend?”

Highlights of Lifestyle Plymouth will include:

Friday 2nd September

Forever Living  – Aloe Vera products presentation.

Revive Beauty – Younger looking skin, the easy way.

Street Factory – Dance performance

Havannas Specialist Clinic – Scars and Skin Camouflage

Debenhams Beauty Tutorial: Benefit Cosmetics

Lush – Skin Care Demonstration

House of Fraser – Clinique Anti Aging Skin Care

 

Saturday 3rd September

Teach Old Clothes New Looks by Jessie Coffey

High Street Fashion Show

Debenhams Personal Shopper presentation

Debenhams Kalmora Spa demonstration

La Senza Fashion Show featuring Plymouth Calendar Girls

The Blush Lounge cocktail mixing and taster presentation

Mr. Buns Cupcake Decorating Competition

Prize draw and Finish

 

Sun 4th September

On stage décor – Inspired Rooms

The Sony Home Experience – The Sony Centre

B&Q – How to purchase your new kitchen, bathroom and bedroom

 

Housing Market improves in South-West

Posted on 27th August 2011 in Uncategorized

BRITAIN’S property market has roared back to life with a triple dose of good news – rising prices, record low loan rates and mortgages at their most affordable for 12 years.

House values in England and Wales rose by 1.3 per cent last month, the biggest monthly increase since January 2010.

Nearly all regions of England and Wales saw prices rise, according to Land Registry figures. The biggest increase was 2.2 per cent in the South-west.

Experts have hailed it as a hugely positive sign that the sluggish housing market is recovering, although property values were still down year-on-year.

In good news for home- owners and first-time buyers, mortgages are getting cheaper as lenders become more competitive.

The Bank of England base rate has been at 0.5 per cent for 29 months, which has kept tracker plans down and forced lenders to drop the rates on fixed-term deals.

 

 

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Argyle Secure last minute future!

Posted on 26th August 2011 in Plymouth News

Plymouth have secured the funds to avoid a winding-up order, according to the club’s administrator.

The npower League Two club appointed the P&A Partnership as administrators back in March and have since been the subject of numerous failed takeover bids.

But it was confirmed today that Bishop International Limited were close to finalising a deal which would save Argyle. Which has come as a huge relief to the City of Plymouth which has recently lost it’s battle to keep it’s airport open and supporters of the club maintained positive by camping overnight at the stadium to show their support.

A statement on the club’s website said: ‘The joint administrators of Plymouth Argyle Football Company Limited (in administration) are satisfied that Bishop International Limited has secured the necessary funding and everything is agreed between the numerous parties.’

Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle added: ‘This has been a complex deal involving a dozen stakeholders. I am very grateful for the assistance I have received from everyone involved in the sale.

‘I can now look forward to the new club obtaining the share from the Football League and retaining their status as a Football League member club.’

The Football League now have to confirm the takeover.

 

Newquay Enterprise Zone

Posted on 17th August 2011 in Plymouth News

The government have announced Newquay Airport as a new Enterprize Zone. It’s anticipated that this could create upto 1,000 jobs in the local area and throughout Cornwall.

Ministers said companies that choose to develop at Newquay airport will be able to share tax breaks worth nearly £2.5m.

The Cornish zone bid was led by the Local Enterprise Partnership. One of its board members, Cornwall councillor Lord Teverson, said: “We put in our bid at the end of June. The government made a decision very quickly.

“We’re just one of 11 to be announced across the country. It’s a really good sign that shows it was a quality bid and something that could really work.”

The government said new enterprise zones had been selected “because they have little or no business at present and would therefore act as a catalyst for new growth”.

Other new zones have been announced at sites including Warrington, Gosport, Norfolk, Hereford, Kent and Oxfordshire.

Plans for 21 nationwide zones were originally set out in March’s Budget.

£140m – Britain’s most expensive home

Posted on 14th August 2011 in Expensive Property

The most expensive home in Britain is believed to have been sold to a wealthy russian for an estimated £140m.

There was intense speculation yesterday due to which oligarch has bought Park Place, a 300 year old country house set in 200 acres of land in Oxfordshire.

The wealthiest russian with a fortune of £15billion – steel tycoon Vladimir Lisin, 54 already owns a castle in Scotland. The former owner Michael Spink bought the estate for £40 million in 2007 and spent millions on restoring the beautiful property.

This Grade II listed property, which backs on to the Thames near Henley, includes 200 acres of parkland, listed monuments, houses, cottages, stables and a boat house.

Park Place once belonged to Frederick Prince of Wales, John Latsis a greek shipping billionaire and the local council that ran it as a school.

 

 

‘Revive’ 25,000 Empty Homes in Devon and Cornwall

Posted on 13th August 2011 in Plymouth Property

The Government has indicated that it intends to double the number of empty homes it brings back to life, to help improve the housing market in Devon and Cornwall.

There are currently 25,000 properties that are standing idle in the South-West, yet a number of new housing initiatives have been announced in the Region.

During last year’s spending review, they announced 3,300 properties would be ‘fit’ to live in the 2015 and have commited £1000million to renovate vacant homes and are now looking to increase this to a larger umber of properties

“We can go much further beyond the conservative estimate of 3,000 brought back into use by 2015. This view is likely to be reflected when we publish the bidding criteria for the fund in the autumn.”

East Devon District Council and neighbouring Exeter City Council are already ahead of the game, as these changed are due to be implemented next year, by offering a “matchmaking” scheme, putting owners who have the derelict homes in touch with people who’re keen to renovate them.

Jill Elson, East Devon’s cabinet member said “A dilapidated and run-down building is an eyesore and it is in everyone’s interest to restore it.”

Cornwall Council is already offering interest-free loans of up to £20,000 to encourage landlords and owners to restore empty properties.

 

Cooking up a treat in Plymouth!!!!

Posted on 12th August 2011 in Plymouth Events

Flavour Fest, the South West’s premier food festival is back for 2011, taking over Plymouth City Centre from 19-21 August. 

Now in its 8th year, Flavour Fest has grown to become one of the largest and most successful food festivals in the South West. One of the highlights in Plymouth’s events calendar, the free entry event regularly attracts more than 150,000 visitors to the city. 

Amanda Bishop, Events Coordinator for Plymouth City Centre Company has been in charge of Flavour Fest since 2009, she said: ”The great thing about Flavour Fest is that its energy is contagious. If you’re in Plymouth when it’s on you just can’t help but get involved.” The sights, sounds and smells of Flavour Fest carry to every corner of the city centre drawing crowds hungry to experience the fabulous food and drink on display.

”Flavour Fest now takes over the whole of the Piazza, transforming the space into a bustling, Continental-style market” said Amanda “and this year is bigger and better than ever before, so we’re also using Sundial Square and Place De Brest on Armada Way.” 

All the favourites are back for this year, along with some new elements to whet the appetite and spark the culinary imagination.  

The Food Market

Over 120 local food producers and traders from across the South West will set up shop on Plymouth’s Piazza, selling the very best of regional produce.

You can expect everything from fantastic fruit and veg to outstanding organic meat and everything in between including home baked cakes, artisan bread and pastries, preserves, chutneys, cheeses, beers and wines plus much more. At Flavour Fest you can always try before you buy, so come hungry and ready to sample! 

The Cookery Theatre

Celebrity chefs stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of regional culinary talent on the stage of Flavour Fest’s Cookery Theatre, with a full programme of demonstrations over the three day festival.

Already confirmed are local lads turned celebrity chefs James and Chris Tanner and Master Chef of Great Britain Peter Gorton along with Richard Hunt from The Grand in Torquay, Matt Corner from The View at Whitsand Bay, Richard Valder from Angela’s Restaurant in Exeter, Nick Barclay from The Blue Plate in Looe and Neil Haydock from Watergate Bay’s Hotel and Extreme Academy.

Plus, it wouldn’t be Flavour Fest without our annual Ready Steady Cook competition which this year sees BBC Radio Devon’s Gordon Sparks take on BBC science expert and Tomorrow’s World presenter Adam Hart-Davis, who with the help of a couple of our celebrity chefs will battle it out for the 2011 crown. 

The Food is Fun Pavilion

Sponsored by Castles Kitchens, the Food is Fun Pavilion is designed to get young people cooking from an early age. Face painting and refreshments will jostle with colouring, bread making and other activities to encourage kids to take an interest in what they eat and understand what goes into their food.

Slow Food UK will be running a Taste Adventure and there will be demos, especially tailored for young people, from some of the region’s best chefs.

The Cocktail Marquee

New for this year, the Cocktail Marquee will play host to some of the region’s best mixers and shakers with demos from the best mixologists in the south west, a series of talks on contemporary cocktail making and interactive sessions where you can have a go at mixing your own drink.

Flavour Fest runs from Friday 19th until Sunday 21’st August in Plymouth City Centre

Find Details, travel information and the programme of demos and activities online at:

www.plymouthcitycentre.co.uk/flavourfest 

www.facebook.com/flavourfest

Twitter @flavourfestsw

 

Drakes Dragon Encounter

Posted on 11th August 2011 in Plymouth Events

One of the leading business tycoons and Dragon’s den celebrity Deborah Meaden vistited staff and members of the Council today after the Drake’s Circus shopping centre won the Dragon’s Challenge, which was run in conjunction with the Evening Herald.

Mike Jones who’s the general manager of the shopping centre said “We want to pick her brains about how we can tap in to the tourism market and make the best use of how we talk to visitors to our area and attract them to Plymouth,”

This boost to the retailers and the shopping centre in general will only act as a positive to the figures that were provided recently that showed shops  throughout the country saw sales drop by 1.4% in May.

Her visit though was primarily down to the great work that ninteen organisations in Plymouth supported. They all signed up for the Dragon’s Challenge in October last year, all hoping to raise the most money for the national children’s charity.

Drakes Circus efforts contributed to a total cash pot of £42,437.25, of which other fundraisers including Nash & Co solicitors, City College Plymouth, Brittany Ferries, the Holland Inn and Bambinos nursery helped out with.

The money raised was donated to the Child’s Voice Appeal, which supports ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline.

 

Medics on the Move – Stylish Waterside 4 Bed

Posted on 9th August 2011 in Plymouth Property to Rent

This stylish, waterside townhouse is part of the new Pheonix Quay development situated in the up and coming vibrant coastal quarter of Millbay, just a short walk to Plymouth city centre and the historical Barbican, host to a range of fine eateries, bars and shops. This townhouse is also a short walk to Stonehouse and The Royal William Yard, with stunning panoramic views and two fabulous bar/restaurants, the Cremyll ferry is also accessible from Stonehouse which frequently goes to Mount Edgecumbe.

This townhouse is perfect for modern living, situated over three floors, the ground floor comprises of Cloak room, study/single bedroom and third double bedroom, leading out to a decked courtyard area. A second double bedroom with en-suite and open plan kitchen/living area on the first floor, complete with integrated appliances, this living area benefits from uninterrupted sea views and balcony. On the second floor is a another double bedroom, with separate contemporary bathroom and a South facing roof terrace and utility room on the top floor, perfect for entertaining.

Contact Medics on the Move on 01752 299959 for more information or a viewing.

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Plymouth & Bristol Finalists in Britain in Bloom

Posted on 9th August 2011 in Plymouth Leisure

ROYAL Horticultural Society (RHS) judges will be visiting Bristol and Plymouth as part of the UK-wide judging tour for RHS Britain in Bloom 2011.

Bristol and Plymouth is among the 76 finalist communities, chosen from more than 1,000 cities, towns, villages and urban communities throughout the UK.

Roger Burnett, RHS Britain in Bloom UK judges chairman, said: “It’s an absolute privilege and joy to be a judge involved in this hugely worthwhile campaign.

“As well as enjoying the breathtakingly stunning displays and seeing the colossal efforts communities have made to make their towns, villages or cities nicer places to be, I also love meeting the people responsible. They are truly wonderful and the passion they have is both inspiring and infectious.”

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