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ITS OFFICIAL, BRIGHTON IS THE HAPPIEST CITY IN THE UK

ITS OFFICIAL, BRIGHTON IS THE HAPPIEST CITY IN THE UK

  • Study reveals Oxford is the most satisfied city
  • Edinburgh ranks bottom for happiest and satisfied, favouring the words anxious and depressed
  • 33 is the a happiest age
  • Survey reveals forty winks, close friends and enough time with our favourite food and entertainment seem to keep a smile on us all

 

Its official, Brighton is the happiest city in the UK. In a nationwide survey into the satisfaction of the nation, Brighton and Hove came out as the Happiness Capital, with over a third of the city’s populace choosing the word ‘Happy’ to describe their lives.

At the other end of the scale, just 16 per cent of Edinburgh residents described their lives as ‘Happy’, favouring the words ‘Anxious’ and ‘Depressed’.

As for the city which has the highest level of general life satisfaction, it was Oxford, which came top with a score of 6.72 out of 10, while Edinburgh came bottom once again with an average of 5.89 out of 10. When asked to rate their life satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10 the average Brit gave themselves a middling 6.37 out of 10.

 

Marketing Director Kerry Collinge, for 9NINE Super Seed brand, who commissioned the study, said: “Brighton residents have found themselves topping our happiest city chart. Maybe it’s the sea air and sunny weather that keeps them smiling!”

Just 1 in 10 Brits rated their life satisfaction at 9 or above (indicating excellent life satisfaction).

The study, which quizzed 3,000 Brits, also looked into the ways we boost our mood and found 3 in 5 look to bed for comfort in hard times, while over half lean on family for support.

43 per cent of those surveyed play their favourite music when they need to raise their spirits, and reading a book proved more popular for boosting our serotonin levels than sex.

Typical British weather is most likely to get us feeling down in the dumps, with 40 per cent claiming that inclement weather has a negative effect on their emotions.

Nearly half of the women polled in the study thought time to relax was important for their well-being, while 35 per cent of men preferred sex as a way to unwind.

When it comes to having a bad day, women are twice as likely as men to be brought down by living in a messy home, with 37 per cent claiming that untidiness has a negative effect on their mood compared to 18 per cent of men.

 

Most Brits believe that they will be at their happiest at the age of 33, and just over a third believe that their best years are now behind them.

 

An optimistic fifth think that they are currently having the time of their lives.

When asked to describe how often they feel in a positive mood, 58 per cent said that they are usually happy people, and only 6 per cent said they rarely or never feel happiness. A quarter of Brits describe themselves as anxious, and only 1 in 7 consider themselves a generally confident person.

 

Women are more likely to describe themselves as anxious, sensitive and loving, while men prefer to describe themselves as confident, happy and proud. Worryingly, 44 per cent of those polled believe that they have experienced a panic attack at one time or another in their lives, and 3 in 5 have suffered from anxiety.

 

In order to make their lives better, 1 in 6 would like to improve their physical fitness and 16 per cent would like to have more certain financial security.

 

Marketing Director, Kerry Collinge from 9NINE, who commissioned the study, continued: “Happiness is at the heart of our brand, our study has helped to show that when it comes to the secret of happiness the simple things in life are usually best. Forty winks, close friends and enough time with our favourite food and entertainment seem to keep a smile on the faces of most.”

 

 

THE HAPPIEST CITIES IN THE UK:

  1. Brighton and Hove
  2. Leicester
  3. Portsmouth
  4. Newcastle
  5. Oxford
  6. Chelmsford
  7. Norwich
  8. Bristol
  9. London
  10. Cambridge
  11. Manchester
  12. Belfast
  13. Coventry
  14. Cardiff
  15. Birmingham
  16. York
  17. Plymouth
  18. Sheffield
  19. Leeds
  20. Glasgow
  21. Southampton
  22. Liverpool
  23. Edinburgh

 

BEST UK CITIES FOR LIFE SATISFACTION:

  1. Oxford
  2. Bristol
  3. Brighton and Hove
  4. Chelmsford
  5. Leeds
  6. Leicester
  7. Newcastle
  8. Southampton
  9. Manchester
  10. Portsmouth
  11. London
  12. Norwich
  13. Glasgow
  14. Cardiff
  15. Belfast
  16. Liverpool
  17. Coventry
  18. York
  19. Sheffield
  20. Plymouth
  21. Cambridge
  22. Birmingham
  23. Edinburgh

TOP TEN WAYS TO LIFT SPIRITS

  1. A good night’s rest                           59.57%
  2. Spending time with family              53.40%
  3. Spending time with friends            46.97%
  4. Having downtime to relax               44.40%
  5. Listening to music                           43.27%
  6. Regular exercise                              39.87%
  7. Watch TV/A film                               35.80%
  8. Reading a book                                34.80%
  9. Doing your hobby                            32.33%
  10. Eating your favourite meal                         29.53%

 

TOP TEN THINGS TO PUT YOU IN A BAD MOOD

  1. Poor weather                                                40.10%
  2. Having no time to yourself             35.53%
  3. Sitting in traffic                                 32.27%
  4. A heavy workload                            29.90%
  5. Coming home to a messy home   27.70%
  6. Checking the news                         19.93%
  7. Checking your bank statement     19.07%
  8. Using public transport                     13.33%
  9. A bad hair day                                  12.70%
  10. A bad outfit day                                8.47%

 

 

We all experience cloud 9NINE feelings and being healthy has a lot do with it! All 9NINE products have natural benefits derived from the Super Seeds in each bar, and opting for the healthier choice no longer means sacrificing on taste. Choosing the right foods that make you feel good and enable you to stretch your adventure boundaries are part of what 9NINE stands for.

 

9NINE has spent a lot of time looking at the benefits of seeds, what they offer and how they can improve moods; for example, research shows that magnesium improves mindfulness which could in turn lead to an elevated mood. Key ingredients in 9NINE products include:

 

Magnesium – restores mindfulness with good energy

Fibre – boosts your body with good digestion

Copper – activates your immune system

Phosphorous – looks after your mental energy

Vitamin E – gets your skin glowing

Thiamin – gets the best energy out of your food

Potassium – gives your heart the love it deserves

Manganese – maintains strength through healthy bones

Calcium – keeps the balance with happy hormones

Zinc – gives a natural immune boost

Protein – an essential building block for a balanced life

Iron – keeps oxygen moving around the body

 

– ENDS –

 

 

Join in the conversation:

@9NINEBrand

 

https://www.facebook.com/9NINEBrand/

 

 

 

www. http://9ninebrand.com

 

 

Notes to editors:

 

For more further information and media interviews please

contact: Siobhan Connor at Connor PR on 07966 177025 or email:

siobhan@connorpr.com

 

 

About 9NINE

9NINE products are handmade in a craft bakery in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen in North Wales. Their unique blend of Super Seeds are a favourite for people leading healthy lifestyles and they have just unveiled some brand-new packaging, and several exciting new products including:

 

Super Seed Fusions which have been created for sprinkling and sharing and come in three fabulous street food flavours – Spanish Patatas Bravas, Argentinian Chimichurri and Indian Mango Kuchela.

 

Seed Bombes which come in packs of three pop-in-your-mouth-on-the-go convenient little bundles of Super Seeds mixed with double cocoa. They aim to drive value into the indulgent treats and confectionery category, and flavours include Coconut, Raspberry and Vanilla.

 

Since launching over 10 years ago, 9NINE Super Seed bars have rapidly grown to become the most widely distributed mixed seed bar in the UK. The 16-variety strong range is currently stocked at major retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons, W.H Smith, E.H Booths, McColls and Holland & Barrett, as well as independent retailers nationwide. 9Brand Foods will be rolling out to a number of high street convenience retail chains throughout spring/summer 2017. 9Brand Foods is a subsidiary of Wholebake Ltd. Visit: http://9bar.com

 

 

Connor PR working with 9NINE Super seed bar, Connor PR expert in news generation, Connor PR expert in survey news generation, Connor PR expert in FMCG PR

 

SUPER SEED BRAND 9NINE CREATES AN ADULT PLAYGROUND IN LONDON

PLAY ON

When was the last time you really played?

  • Play matters, whatever your age, so why don’t we do more of it as adults?

  • Super Seed brand 9NINE is creating The Playground – a playground for adults – in London Fields from 29–30 July 2017

  • One-hour slots allow people to play on giant swings, see-saws and other playground favourites

  • The free event will raise awareness of how play evokes happiness and well-being

 

All work and no play makes for a dull, grey, drag of a day. Super Seed brand 9Nine understands that healthy eating is just one part of a happy well-rounded day, so in addition to their 9NINE bars, Seed Fusions and Seed Bombes, they decided to throw a playground for adults into the mix!

 

The Playground will be set up in London Fields on 29 and 30 July.

 

 

The concept of Play is nothing new – it has helped to form the society we live in today and provides anticipation, pleasure, imagination, social interaction, surprise, fun, liberty and laughter, and that’s just for starters. Playing is good for our mental health as well as our physical well-being, but we seem to stop buying into it once we reach adulthood.

 

We need to step back from the screens, get up from the chairs and remember why we loved that fun, silly, creative Play so much as a child. 9NINE Marketing Director, Kerry Collinge, says “Happiness is at the heart of our brand and while we feel we have nailed the nutritional side of things, we wanted to do something that gave physical presence to a topic that we believe needs more column inches. Play is in our DNA – we’re simply bringing the right tools to the table!”

On 29–30 July, 9Nine is taking over London Fields for their adult-only Playground experience. “We’re talking giant slides, jumbo swings and super-sized see-saws” says Collinge. In addition to the Playground itself, there will be DJs, refreshments and 9NINE snacks. She continues, “In a world where our actions are usually dictated by what we have to do, we wanted to provide a place where people could come and let go and feel happy and free without any stress or rules”. We never lose the capacity to Play, we shouldn’t let age be a barrier.

 

Once described as ‘The most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today’, Professor of Psychology, Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire says, “This is a great opportunity for adults to find their inner child! Research shows that being playful makes us happier, more open-minded, gets the creative juices flowing, helps us bond together and can even help those suffering from depression. Humans are hardwired to play, and this doesn’t stop in childhood. It’s great to see 9NINE championing lifelong playfulness; every adult could benefit from an afternoon in a giant playground!”

 

 

While the event is free, it will generate donations that will be given to Play England and Hackney Play, and invested into Hackney play initiatives.

 

9NINE

We all experience cloud 9NINE feelings and being healthy has a lot do with it! All 9NINE products have natural benefits derived from the Super Seeds in each bar, and opting for the healthier choice no longer means sacrificing on taste. Choosing the right foods that make you feel good and enable you to stretch your adventure boundaries are part of what 9NINE stands for.

 

9NINE has spent a lot of time looking at the benefits of seeds, what they offer and how they can improve moods; for example, research shows that magnesium improves mindfulness which could in turn lead to an elevated mood. Key ingredients in 9NINE products include:

 

Magnesium – restores mindfulness with good energy

Fibre – boosts your body with good digestion

Copper – activates your immune system

Phosphorous – looks after your mental energy

Vitamin E – gets your skin glowing

Thiamin – gets the best energy out of your food

Potassium – gives your heart the love it deserves

Manganese – maintains strength through healthy bones

Calcium – keeps the balance with happy hormones

Zinc – gives a natural immune boost

Protein – an essential building block for a balanced life

Iron – keeps oxygen moving around the body

 

“Being outdoors, active, socialising, having fun and playing… what’s not to love about the idea of an adult playground. Working with 9NINE, I know how they always put well-being at the forefront of their product development and I just love the idea of doing something out in the community that mirrors the way they think. It’s going to be a great event – see you there!”

9NINE Brand Ambassador, Professor Greg Whyte OBE

 

 

The 9NINE Playground *Age restriction for main playground entry (18+)

London Fields (West Side, London E8 3EU – opposite the entrance to the lido)

Friday: Press and VIP Day 4pm – 7pm Please email siobhan@connorpr.com if you wish to attend this

Saturday: 11am – 10pm

Sunday: 11am – 9pm

For more information visit: www. http://9ninebrand.com

 

You’re Never Too Old for a Playground

 

 

– ENDS –

 

 

Join in the conversation:

@9NINEBrand

 

#PlayOn #9NINE #9NINEFeeling

 

https://www.facebook.com/9NINEBrand/

 

 

Notes to editors:

 

For more information, media interviews and high res images please

contact: Siobhan Connor at Connor PR on 07966 177025 or email:

siobhan@connorpr.com

 

 

About 9NINE

9NINE products are handmade in a craft bakery in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen in North Wales. Their unique blend of Super Seeds are a favourite for people leading healthy lifestyles and they have just unveiled some brand-new packaging, and several exciting new products including:

 

Super Seed Fusions which have been created for sprinkling and sharing and come in three fabulous street food flavours – Spanish Patatas Bravas, Argentinian Chimichurri and Indian Mango Kuchela.

 

Seed Bombes which come in packs of three pop-in-your-mouth-on-the-go convenient little bundles of Super Seeds mixed with double cocoa. They aim to drive value into the indulgent treats and confectionery category, and flavours include Coconut, Raspberry and Vanilla.

 

Since launching over 10 years ago, 9NINE Super Seed bars have rapidly grown to become the most widely distributed mixed seed bar in the UK. The 16-variety strong range is currently stocked at major retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons, W.H Smith, E.H Booths, McColls and Holland & Barrett, as well as independent retailers nationwide. 9Brand Foods will be rolling out to a number of high street convenience retail chains throughout spring/summer 2017. 9Brand Foods is a subsidiary of Wholebake Ltd. Visit: http://9bar.com

 

 

Play England

Play England’s vision is for England to be a country where everybody can fully enjoy their right to play throughout their childhood and teenage years, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 31 and the Charter for Children’s Play.

To achieve this vision, we aim to ensure that:

 

All children and young people have the freedom — time, space, permission and opportunity — to play throughout their childhood and teenage years. All residential neighbourhoods are child-friendly places where children and young people can regularly play outside; and everyone is aware of the importance of play — outdoors and indoors — as part of children and young people’s daily lives.

 

Hackney Play Association

Hackney Play Association is a local charity that aims to improve children and young people’s health, well-being and quality of life, through play.

Our vision is for Hackney to be a child-friendly borough, in which all children and young people have access to a range of high quality, inclusive play opportunities in their locality.

We believe that play is vital for children and young people’s health and wellbeing, particularly for children facing barriers due to poverty, disability, gender and race.

 

Connor PR working with Super Seed Brand 9NINE, Connor PR and adult playground in London, play

 

 

Nadiya Hussain is supporting ‘Be School Ready’, PTA UK’s national campaign to help families with children starting school in September

Exclusive interview with The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain

NH Nadiya with Bake Me A Story

Nadiya Hussain is supporting ‘Be School Ready’, PTA UK’s national campaign to help families with children starting school in September. The Be School Ready magazines, produced by PTA UK, which is also celebrating its 60th year, have been distributed providing both practical and emotional support for parents, carers and children so they can start school life with confidence.

http://www.pta.org.uk/BeSchoolReady

Get your kids making their healthy after school snacks as well as eating them! Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story is a book of recipes and stories devised and written by Nadiya herself. Cook up a batch of Carrot and Nutmeg Cookies on a Sunday afternoon and share the story of Rapunzel’s Enchanted Carrots while the cookies bake or read about Ruby-Red and the Three Bears and their Very Berry Muffins while you wait for your own to rise! Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story publishes 8th September 2016 in hardback, priced £14.99

 

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As a mother of three very lively children it is safe to say that I have had my fair share of ‘mum I’m starving’ ‘how long before dinner?’, I’m so hungry’, ‘please can I have a crisp?’, ‘if I can’t have crisp, can I have a small biscuit?’. Whether you have one child, three like me or more, I know it’s the worst feeling trying to decide whether your child should have a snack or should I just let them have whatever they want. If not to just keep them quiet before dinner but ease your own guilt.

I spent years wondering what the right thing was to do during that very intense time between school pick up and dinner time. I will not lie, there have been times where I have just given the kids the easiest option, a packet of crisps, a small bar of chocolate, a biscuit (or two). But I noticed that the kids were like yoyos. After school the kids slumped, tired and exhausted from the day. They walk through the door and as I rush around they have a quick sweet treat and they are then the polar opposite, high as kites, excitable before the inevitable sugar crash to follow.

A few years ago I decided that I needed to overhaul my eating habits along with the kids. I just couldn’t do the constant peak and trough that come with lots of sugar all day long. Better eating habits didn’t mean taking everything away, it just meant eating sugar in moderation and incorporating more fruit and vegetables where possible. I thought it would be a difficult change to make when in fact the transition was the opposite of our sugar crashes and slumps. The transition was smooth.

One of the first things I knew I had to tackle was the time between school pick up and dinner. Upon picking the children up my first question is always ‘how was your day?’ and all three kids always respond with ‘Great, what’s for dinner?’ One of my first tips is that I always take a bottle of water (not chilled). I find children are weary of drinking chilled water because it’s cold and harder to drink quickly. So I take a bottle of water at room temperature and allow them to drink to their fill as soon as I see them. I never believe my children when I’ve asked them if they’ve drunk lots of water through the day. What I like to address is the fact that they may just be very thirsty.

As a fruitier alternative to plain water I like to have water bottles with wide necks and to this I add slices of oranges, kiwi and strawberries and leave it to infuse during the day and take that with me on the school run. Once they have drunk all the water they can finish the fruit inside too.

In between sorting the children, preparing for dinner, finishing emails and doing laundry, I always have a few snacks that I have pre prepared or snacks that can be quickly made. Here is a list of a few of our favourites:

  1. Frozen Yoghurt – small pots of yoghurt, I just pierce a lolly pop stick through the covering and stick the whole thing in the freezer. When frozen, peel off the top of the yoghurt pot and ease the frozen yoghurt out of its pot.
  2. Frozen Blueberry Yoghurt Sticks – take a wooden skewer and pierce it with about 10 blueberries. Dip the whole stick into yoghurt and place the sticks on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen take them off the sheet and place inside a freezer bag and store in the freezer.
  3. Apple and Peanut Rings – core and horizontally slice a green apple, spread the tops with smooth peanut butter and eat straight away.
  4. Houmous Celery Sticks – cut slices of celery sticks about 2 inches long. Fill the inside with houmous and serve.
  5. Summer Fruit Spring Rolls – take a circle of rice paper and soak for a few seconds till soft. Squeeze off any excess water and place down. Add any fruit, the more colourful the better and wrap like a spring roll.
  6. Boiled eggs – I like to keep boiled eggs in the fridge during the week. They are quick simple and nutritious and very easy to eat.
  7. Turkey Ham wrapped Cheese sticks – take a small stick of cheese and wrap around a slice of turkey ham.
  8. Mini omelettes – whisk up some eggs and add onion, cheese, chives and chopped peppers. Pour the mix into a 12 muffin cupcake tin and bake in the oven. Once cooled these can be stored for a week.
  9. Steamed edamame beans – these are great placed in a bowl, splashed with a little water and the covered in cling. Cooked in a microwave for 3 minutes and then sprinkled with salt and paprika.
  10. Plain popcorn – plain popcorn, quickly popped and a large handful is just enough.

In terms of drinks on a warm day I love to make the kids a quick cold smoothie after school and a nice warm drink on the colder school days.

Cold Drink – in a smoothie maker I like to add ice, mint, 1 green apple, the juice of a lime, half water and half apple juice and whizz.

Hot Drink – in a pan add coconut milk and heat up, to this I like to add unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract and honey, boil and serve.

These are all great ways to give the kids a little something to eat to take the edge off the hunger before dinner. But also a great way of getting some of their 5 a day in too.

This is just enough food to keep them sustained long enough to get on to help cook dinner in the kitchen with me, which is their favourite thing to do after school.

PTA UK marks its 60th year by launching Be School Ready Campaign

 

PTA UK marks its 60th year by launching

Be School Ready Campaign

    • PTA UK launches Be School Ready campaign with a magazine that aims to help mums, dads and kids get off to a great start this September
    • Includes an exclusive interview with The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain
    • Celebrity words of wisdom from Dom Joly, TV Medic Dr Ranj, TV presenter and author Clare Nasir and BBC6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins
    • Show-stopping snack ideas from this year’s Celebrity Masterchef Champion Kimberly Wyatt
  • The Be School Ready magazine also includes advice from experienced parents on starting school and how to play an active role in a child’s education, some fabulous offers and prizes as well as pull out activity pages for children http://www.pta.org.uk/BeSchoolReady

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Starting school is a huge milestone for children and parents alike. So, with two months to go before hordes of newly-uniformed four-year-olds pass through classroom doors for the first time, what can mums and dads do to prepare their children and themselves for the big day?, and limit the potential for tears – the children’s and theirs – on the big day?

PTA UK, the leading membership body for Parent Teacher Associations and a registered charity, is marking its 60th year by launching ‘Be School Ready’ campaign to support, engage and champion parents in education as well as PTAs. The Be School Ready magazine will be given to new parents nationwide by their school PTAs so that mums, dads and kids can get off to the best possible start and enjoy school life to the full.

The Be School Ready campaign helps to encourage parents to have a voice in strengthening their children’s education. Yet the first day of school can be just as daunting for parents, as it can be for children, especially when they’ve never experienced it before. Getting involved in a PTA is a fantastic opportunity to feel part of the school community and is particularly valuable for parents who have children starting school for the first time giving parents some much needed support, and showing them that no matter how much time they have to offer, their involvement in their child’s education need not end at the school gates.

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The magazines are set to reach over 100,000 parents and will include a wealth of top tips from parents and an exclusive interview with Nadiya Hussain who won the sixth series of BBC’s The Great British Bake Off. Nadiya shares her secrets for dealing with the hunger gap between pick-up and dinner. Show-stopping snack ideas will also be featured from this year’s Celebrity Masterchef Champion, Kimberly Wyatt, mum to one-year-old Willow. Healthy and nutritious food is certainly one great way to limit the tears – for children and parents alike!

PTA UK asked celebrity parents to share their experiences of school life and provide words of wisdom for new starters. Comedian, writer and TV documentary maker Dom Joly who lives in Gloucestershire with his wife Stacey and children Parker.

Dom Joly image

 

and Jackson gives his advice to parents of children starting school in September – “Dress up as a small child and sneak into your kids’ classroom to spy on the teacher”. While it’s not clear how this approach will do anything other than embarrass the children, it gives us an insight into his approach to parenting. When asked what being a parent means, Dom replied “It forces me to grow up more than I’d like”.

 

TV Medic Dr. Ranj Singh is co-creator and presenter of the pioneering

CBeebies show Get Well Soon and also has a kids’ health segment

on ITV’s This Morning. He is the author of two Oxford Treetops In Fact

books for school children – Food Fuel and Skelebones – and has this to say:

 

Education is hugely important and a wonderful privilege. However, alongside that we need to support children in terms of their emotional well-being and resilience.

Teaching children that it’s OK to talk about how they’re feeling, or when they’re experiencing trouble, is just as important as getting them to achieve.”

 

Emma Williams, Executive Director PTA UK said:

“I am delighted to be running our Welcome Packs initiative again this year. Starting school can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time for children and parents alike. I want parents to know that PTA UK is there to support them through the journey. By being involved in their school and education, mums, dads and carers can make a real and positive difference to how well their child does at school. The Welcome Packs are part of a bigger ‘Be School Ready’ campaign that we are launching this year which provides a wealth of resources to help parents play an active role and start school life with confidence.”

 

The PTA is a perfect way for a parent to engage with their child’s education. John Hattie from Visible Learning said:“The effect of parental engagement over a student’s school career is the equivalent of adding an extra two to three years to that student’s education.”

Media information

Celebrity interviews and food recipes from Nadiya Hussain and Kimberly Wyatt alongside images are available on request.

For all media enquiries please contact Siobhan Connor at Connor PR

Tel: 07966 177025

siobhan@connorpr.com

Full interviews and images are available on request.

Emma Williams, Executive Director PTA UK and mother of four is available for interview. Emma has a child starting reception in September.

Join the conversation:

#BeSchoolReady

@PTAUK

http://www.pta.org.uk/Parents/Be-School-Ready

https://www.instagram.com/pta.uk/?hl=en

About PTA UK

Be School Ready is PTA UK’s 2016 flagship campaign. The Welcome Packs form part of the annual initiative that started in 2015 and was created to introduce parents to their PTA support network when their children are starting school. The Be School Ready packs were sent to 1,667 member associations, reaching over 100,000 parents, across England and Wales.

Established in 1956, PTA UK is the UK’s leading PTA membership organisation. As a charity, PTA UK’s main objective is to advance education by encouraging the fullest cooperation between home and school.

 

 

 

 

Izzy Wizzy Let’s Get Baking Busy…Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

Izzy Wizzy Let’s Get Baking Busy…

Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

 

  • The pie’s the limit for Michelle Heaton, but will Sooty’s cakes rise like a well-behaved soufflé or fall at the final curdle?
  • Limited edition Orla Kiely apron for Sport Relief – perfect for those wanting to get messy in the kitchen

 

Roll up, Roll up, CITV’s Sooty and Sweep have collaborated with TV personality Michelle Heaton in the kitchen for a fun-packed photo shoot to raise some dough for Sport Relief.

 

The nation’s favourite bear has been ‘Izzy Wizzy’ baking cakes for a Sport Relief Bake Sale in a bid to inspire the nation to get their baking trays out and raise some money for Sport Relief. Meanwhile, Sweep has slipped on his boxing gloves to show his knockout support for Sport Relief.

 

Sooty and Sweep’s new look is thanks to designer Orla Kiely, who has created a limited edition apron for Sport Relief. The apron is presented each episode to the winner of ‘The Great Sport Relief Bake Off’ and is available to buy exclusively from Sport Relief official partners: brands-for-less homewareretailer, HomeSense, TK Maxx stores, tkmaxx.com and sportrelief.com. The apron retails at £12.99 with at least £5.25 going to Sport Relief.

Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

The nation has been inspired to join in the Sport Relief fun and games and host their own bake sales to raise money to help transform people’s lives both across the UK and in the world’s poorest communities. So if you’re a fan, the apron is the perfect way to ‘rise to the occasion’, supporting a great cause whilst baking yourself proud in the kitchen.

Sooty’s right hand man, Richard Cadell told us Sooty had whispered in his ear that holding a bake sale is a piece of cake and he and Sweep had loads of fun with their new friend Michelle, even if she was a little bit messy in the kitchen!

 Michelle Heaton said: “I urge everyone to put on a pinny, get baking and throw a showstopping bake sale for Sport Relief. Baking with Sooty & Sweep was the icing on the cake for me! By purchasing this apron from HomeSense and TK Maxx you can help to transform people’s lives both across the UK and in the world’s poorest communities.”

 Since 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £262 million. The Sport Relief Games will take place between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th March, bringing the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives.

The money raised from the apron will go towards helping people living incredibly tough lives. Half of the money raised by the public for Sport Relief is used to make a difference right here at home in the UK, with the other half used to make a difference in the world’s poorest communities.

Don’t miss out on your very own limited edition Orla Kiely apron from HomeSense, TK Maxx stores, tkmaxx.com, sportrelief.com and help raise money for Sport Relief 2016

 

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Details and Prices:

All profits from the sale of the apron and the tea towels will be donated to Sport Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

Apron £12.99 with at least £5.25 going to Sport Relief

 

ABOUT SPORT RELIEF

 

Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. Since 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £262 million. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.  It all leads up to the Sport Relief weekend and an unmissable night of TV on the BBC, broadcasting live from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

Sport Relief 2016 will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016. You can run, swim, cycle or even walk yourself proud at events across the country. There’s a distance for everyone in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, whether you’re sporty or not. Find out more at www.sportrelief.com.

Comic Relief is a UK charity, which aims to create a just world, free from poverty.

 

Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1billion. That money has helped, and is helping, people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world.

For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit www.comicrelief.com

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

 

About HomeSense

HomeSense launched in the UK in April 2008 and has 39 stores in the UK. HomeSense operates a unique ‘off-price’ concept, which offers quality and branded homeware for less than the recommended retail price. These savings are passed on to customers through a combination of opportunistic buying, established relationships with manufacturers and simple, no-frills operation. HomeSense is part of TJX Europe, a subsidiary of TJX Companies, Inc. Find your nearest store and loads more information at www.homesense.com

 

About TK Maxx

TK Maxx and HomeSense are the official Sport Relief sponsors for the fifth campaign running and have raised £17.7 million since 2005 through sales, customer donations and staff fundraising. TK Maxx is a designer brands-for-less retailer implementing a unique ‘off-price’ concept which originated in the US. It sells designer and high street brands of womenswear, menswear, homeware, gifts and accessories at up to 60% less than the recommended retail price (RRP). TK Maxx launched in the UK in 1994 and now has over 250 stores nationwide. Opportunistic buying and a no-frills operation means TK Maxx can pass huge savings on to the customer. A typical store has over 50,000 items in stock and receives 10,000 new pieces, styles and colours a week, which means stock is consistently fresh. TK Maxx is part of TJX Europe, the European subsidiary of the US group TJX Companies Inc. For more information see www.tkmaxx.com

 

Orla Kiely

The creative world of Orla Kiely was founded in 1995 to express visually, her love of pattern, colour, texture and rhythm, which as components all play and work together. Once hailed as the ‘queen of print,’ she is world renowned for her instinctive graphic discipline to simplify and stylise everyday motifs and forms. With clean, orderly repeat constructions and a boldness of scale, her work achieves strength with a very modern quality, while her love for all things mid century creates charming, uplifting and instantly recognisable prints.

 

From a small collection of accessories, commissioned exclusively by Harrods following her graduation from the Royal Academy of Art, the range has grown to include a complete ready-to-wear collection as well as homeware and stationery. Through key collaborations, Orla Kiely has launched a perfume, designed sold out shoe collections for Clarks – an ongoing partnership as well as publishing two books –  ‘Pattern’ & ‘Home’ which celebrating both her prints and her love for interior design.

 

Globally, the brand is gaining momentum with key stockists in both fashion and home. Orla Kiely has a number of shops through the UK and has grown significantly with global reach in New York following the launch of her collaborations with Uniqlo and Target.

 

The Orla Kiely customer is creative, intelligent and stylish. She is not afraid to stand out and does it fashionably. The combination of luxurious fabric and attention to detail leads to a loyal following including Kate Middleton, Kirsten Dunst , Keira Knightley, Alexa Chung and Emma Watson.

 

She continues to work with fashion contemporaries, Leith Clark, Liz Goldwin and Venetia Scott.

 

Orla Kiely regularly presents at London Fashion Week and continues to surprise and impress, her presentations reaching cult status amongst fans and press alike.

 

The Sooty Show

The Sooty Show is the longest running children’s TV show in the world. The iconic yellow bear made his TV debut on the BBC in the 1950s and is currently enjoying a revival in the UK, with The Sooty Show airing daily on CITV and on ITV at weekends. Sooty, Sweep and Soo, with their current owner and presenter Richard Cadell, perform to sell-out audiences in their live tours and Sooty the Movie is set to go into production this year. www.thesootyshow.com

 

Sports Personalities Bake Up Some Fun for Sport Relief 2016

On Your Marks, Get Set… BAKE!

SPORTS PERSONALITIES BAKE UP SOME FUN FOR SPORT RELIEF 2016

 

Seven of Britain’s favourite sport stars have joined together to swap their boxing gloves for oven gloves and tennis rackets for sieves in a fun-packed photo shoot for Sport Relief.

 

Two-time World Champion boxer Amir Khan; tennis coach and current captain of the British Fed Cup team Judy Murray; former England rugby union player Ben Cohen MBE; TV presenter Suzi Perry; former Olympic skier and TV presenter Graham Bell; Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer; and Olympic Badminton Silver Medallist and ITV Eternal Glory Winner Gail Emms MBE

Two-time World Champion boxer Amir Khan; tennis coach and current captain of the British Fed Cup team Judy Murray; former England rugby union player Ben Cohen MBE; TV presenter Suzi Perry; former Olympic skier and TV presenter Graham Bell; Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer; and Olympic Badminton Silver Medallist and ITV Eternal Glory Winner Gail Emms MBE

For those wanting to ‘sport’ a new look in the kitchen, designer Orla Kiely has created a limited edition apron for Sport Relief. The apron is presented each night to the winner of ‘The Great Sport Relief Bake Off’ and is available to buy exclusively from Sport Relief official partners: brands-for-less homeware retailer, HomeSense, TK Maxx stores, tkmaxx.com and sportrelief.com. The apron retails at £12.99 with at least £5.25 going to Sport Relief.

 

Those championing the campaign are (pictured left to right): two-time World Champion boxer, Amir Khan who recently announced he will fight Mexico’s Saul Alvarez for the WBC world middleweight title on 7 May in Las Vegas; tennis coach and current captain of the British Fed Cup team, Judy Murray; former England rugby union player, Ben Cohen MBE; TV presenter, Suzi Perry; former Olympic skier and TV presenter, Graham Bell; Channel 4 Racing presenter, Emma Spencer; and Olympic Badminton Silver Medallist and ITV Eternal Glory Winner, Gail Emms MBE.

 

Since 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £262million. Sport Relief 2016 will take place between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th March, bringing the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The money raised from the apron will go towards helping people living incredibly tough lives. Half of the money raised by the public for Sport Relief is used to make a difference right here at home in the UK, with the other half used to make a difference in the world’s poorest communities.

TV presenter, Suzi Perry said: “I’m proudly wearing my fabulous Orla Kiely Great British Sport Relief Bake Off apron from HomeSense and TK Maxx. By purchasing this apron you can help to transform people’s lives both across the UK and in the world’s poorest communities – so join in and bake yourself proud for Sport Relief.”

There’s no doubt that baking has captured the imagination of the nation. And the apron is the perfect way to ‘rise to the occasion’, supporting a great cause whilst baking yourself proud in the kitchen.

 

Judy Murray added: “Please shop till you drop and purchase this fabulous Sport Relief apron from HomeSense & TK Maxx stores. Designed by Orla Kiely, the aprons will raise cash that will help people living incredibly tough lives, here at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities. Together let’s make this the best Sport Relief yet.”

 

Don’t miss out on your very own limited edition Orla Kiely apron from HomeSense, TK Maxx stores, tkmaxx.com, sportrelief.com and help raise money for Sport Relief 2016

 

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Connor PR promoting The Dog Rescuers Puppy Farm Special

The Dog Rescuers Puppy Farm Special

Channel 5, 8pm

Tuesday 27th October 2015

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In this special puppy focused episode of Dog Rescuers Alan Davies reveals how the RSPCA cracked one of Britain’s biggest puppy farm operations in Manchester, rescuing 87 puppies from harrowing conditions and eventually bringing the owners of the racket to successful convictions just one week ago. Operation Pagan lasted 5 years and we will see exclusive footage from the raid and talk to the Special Operations Officers who conducted the investigation, who explain how they managed to bring this barbaric business to an end.

 

We see incredible footage of the puppies being rescued and taken to be examined by [RSPCA?] vets and we also visit them now to see how their lives have been turned around by living in loving new homes.

 

The programme also features; information on how viewers can give a rescue puppy a loving home, brand new dog rescues; and a story from Somerset, where we meet three adorable Japanese Chin puppies who, at six weeks old, are enjoying their final days at the animal centre before getting rehomed.

 

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And finally we meet Bruce and Rebel, two 18 month old Lurcher pups who are long term residents of Newbrook Animal Centre. They were saved from living in terrible conditions for days on end and we will do a “live” appeal to see if we can find them a new home. In their heart breaking story we’ll hear how they will have to be rehomed together as Bruce has a degenerative eye disease and will be blind within a year, so will need to rely on best mate Rebel to lead him around in the future.

 

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PUSSIES GALORE: THE WOMAN WITH A THOUSAND CATS

PUSSIES GALORE: THE WOMAN WITH A THOUSAND CATS 

Friday 18th September, 8:00pm – 9.00pm

Channel 5

Katie Glazier

There are over 9 millions cats in our UK homes, with most owners living with a single feline friend, however for someone just isn’t enough. In this extraordinary one hour programme we meet some of the most fanatical kitty lovers who have taken their love one step further. We meet a woman who can’t stop taking local strays in, a man with a cat tattoo obsession, we get an insight into the world of cat competitions and we visit a unique establishment that allows you to enjoy your food whilst stroking a pussy.

 

Lynea Lattanzio is the embodiment of a crazy cat lady, she has over 1000 cats on her premises and is still unable to say no to more. What started off as company for the divorced retiree, has now spiralled into taking over her whole existence.

 

Lynea was refused a cat as a child and has been working hard since, making up for lost time. We visit her Californian home and see her surrounded by her furry family, witnessing just how she manages to keep things ticking. With a thousand cats on the property is it all getting too much for Lynea or will she always be thinking of the many more roaming the streets?

 

From Crazy Cat Lady to Crazy Cat Man, we meet pussy magnet Andy Richards who has spent the last 20 years of his life dedicating his time to helping cats. Andy, the manager of the East Lancashire Cats charity store and owner of 18 of his own, has now racked up 40 cat related tattoos! We join Andy as he embarks upon his latest design, as he goes under the needle for two more tatts. Will Andy’s cat inking obsession come to an end or will he run out of space first?

 

Later in the episode we meet up with some UK based cat crazies as we discover the world of the Cat Competition. We follow Sue Miller from Devon, a self admitted cat obsessive, who is taking seven of her eighteen cats to the West of England and South Wales Cat Society Show in hope of adding to her vast collection of ribbons and rosettes. We see the preparation, the judging and the results and find out just how much her little superstars winning means to her. Will the pressures of the competition get too much for Sue or will see come away with more accolades?

 

In the final instalment of the hour we enter a unique establishment that allows people to eat their lunch and drink a coffee surrounded by their favourite feline. We meet Katie Jane Glazier who has opened up Newcastle’s first of its kind, the Cat Café called Mog on the Tyne! In a café influenced by its phenomenon success in Japan, you can now eat your lunch at the same time as stroking a pussy. Will Katie’s unique business venture be a roaring success or will it be doomed to failure?

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Halls Commercial Department Celebrates its First Anniversary

Halls Commercial Department Celebrates its First Anniversary

by hosting a Property Seminar on Thursday 30 April at Halls

 

Holdings House, Shrewsbury

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To mark their first anniversary, Halls Commercial will be hosting a special celebratory property seminar at their headquarters in Shrewsbury alongside Dyke Yaxley. The evening will be supported by sponsors including Watson Watson, Handelsbanken, Henshalls Insurance Brokers, ASK Mobile Phones and Prince Rupert Hotel and is in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospice.

 

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The evening will be opened by Daniel Kawczynski MP and will feature interesting speaker topics focusing on the property investment market, with contributions from Watson Watson and joint hosts Dyke Yaxley. There will also be drinks and canapés, an art exhibition, music from the very talented Alice Lloyd Brown and an auction of promises to round off the evening.

James Evans from Halls Commercial said: “To mark a successful first year for Halls’ commercial department, in which we have seen a strengthening in occupier and investor confidence, coupled with an increasing number of our trademark blue boards across the county, we are very pleased to be joining forces with Dyke Yaxley to host a Property Seminar in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospice.”

 

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2015 will present a real opportunity for people looking to invest in the commercial property market and the first half hour of the evening will feature a short presentation on how investors can leverage this.

Taxation experts from accountants Dyke Yaxley, commercial property specialists from solicitors Watson and Watson will be on hand to highlight key legal and accounting issues as well as the full range of Halls experts from Commercial Property, Agriculture to Fine Art.

Stewart Watson from Watson and Watson added: “We have seen the volume of commercial property transactions significantly increase over the past twelve months. This has not only been evident in the number of transactions, but also the values involved. Multi-million pound deals are becoming commonplace again. Green shoots? Certainly.”

Laurie Riley, Managing Director of Dyke Yaxley said: “Dyke Yaxley are delighted to be supporting this event which brings together the Shropshire business community, mixing business with pleasure, while raising valuable funds for Hope House Children’s Hospice.”

Hope House Children’s Hospices provide vital care and support to terminally ill babies, children and young people and their families across Shropshire, Mid- and North Wales.

They are currently supporting over 650 families and respite care is being provided to over 300 terminally ill local children both at the hospices – Hope House in Shropshire and Ty Gobaith in North Wales – and in the families’ own homes. Other families access their bereavement support and counselling services.

Area Fundraising Manager, Vanessa Thomas, commented: “We are delighted that Halls Commercial, Dyke Yaxley and the other sponsors are staging this exciting event in aid of Hope House. We receive just 17% of our funding from the government and NHS, so are wholly dependent on fundraising events like this to help us raise more than £4 million each year to keep our vital services running for the local terminally ill children and their families who rely on us.

Halls Commercial

Halls Commercial provides a range of specialist commercial property services to clients of all sizes across the UK. We have a comprehensive knowledge of our markets developed over many years of operating in this sector. Our service is forward-thinking, personal and professional, designed to achieve the best results for our clients whatever their requirements. Although we operate nationwide, we retain a particular emphasis on the Midlands. We have been providing commercial property services to the region for many years from our offices in the West Midlands, Worcester and Shrewsbury.

 

Dyke Yaxley

Dyke Yaxley is one of Shropshire’s leading independent firms of Chartered Accountants working with individuals and many of the county’s most successful businesses, both established and growing. We are very proud of our Shropshire roots and the great relationships we have with our clients. We have a great team of people based at our offices in Shrewsbury and Telford – all experts in their field.

 

Watson Watson

Watson Watson Solicitors are a niche law firm. Our core practice areas are Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Property, Mergers and Acquisitions, Financing and Private Equity. We also have significant experience and offer advice in specialist areas including Tax, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Competition, Real Estate and Employment. Our clients include companies of all sizes, funds, private equity houses, banks, entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, charities and football clubs.

 

Hope House

Hope House Children’s Hospices provide vital care and support to terminally ill babies, children and young people and their families across Shropshire, Mid- and North Wales.

They are currently supporting over 650 families and respite care is being provided to over 300 terminally ill local children both at the hospices – Hope House in Shropshire and Ty Gobaith in North Wales – and in the families’ own homes. Other families access their bereavement support and counselling services.

 

It costs more than £5 million every year to fund our services and we currently receive just 17% of our funding from the Government and NHS – 83% comes from donations from people who believe in what we do and want to help. No charge is ever made to families who need our help – and we can only help them thanks to our generous supporters.

 

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Sad day, Loaded magazine to close after 21 years, happy memories of working on the Loaded Lafta’s PR campaign

Loaded magazine to close after 21 years

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I ran the PR campaign for the Loaded Laftas and have many happy memories of working on the magazine

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Loaded Lafta Awards

 

Loaded Lafta Awards

 

 

Once one of the leading titles in a booming lads mag sector, it hit print sales of 350,000 in 2000

 

Loaded, one of the titles synonymous with the mid-1990s lads’ mag boom, is to close after 21 years.

The last issue of the monthly magazine, which launched in 1994, is the April edition which is on sale now.

“As of the current April issue, published on March 26th, Loaded will cease to trade as a printed magazine,” the magazine’s publisher said in a statement. “We would like to pay tribute to our customers, staff and especially our contributors and editorial team”.

Loaded was once one of the the leading titles in a booming lads magazine sector, with sales of 350,000 in 2000.

In recent years the rise of the internet has seen sales plummet, circulation stood at about 35,000 in 2011, the last officially audited figures available for the title.

The magazine is owned by Simian Publishing, a company set up in 2013 for Loaded’s management to take control of the title.

The magazine has had a troubled recent history with four owners in three years and a brief period where it was put in to administration.

Simian acquired the title from Paul Baxendale-Walker, a multi-millionaire businessman who occasionally directs and stars in his own pornographic films, who owned it through Blue Publishing which went in to administration.

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Baxendale-Walker acquired it in 2012 from Cooper Young, the administrators appointed to handle the sale of the magazine after parent company Vitality Publishing ran up a bill of £1m to creditors.

Vitality had acquired Loaded, gay lifestyle title Attitude, Superbike, horoscope title Prediction and Hair magazine from IPC Media, now Time Inc UK, in 2010.

In 2009, Bauer closed men’s monthly Arena after 22 years.

In the same year Dennis Publishing closed the print edition of Maxim after 14 years.

Last year, Time Inc shut Nuts, the weekly that along with arch-rival Zoo shook up the men’s magazine market a decade ago.