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INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

A Brian Ashby film, directed by John Stephenson OBE

Starring James Purefoy, Aneurin Barnard, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark, Adrian Edmundson & Dervla Kirwan

The making of a masterpiece: A tale of love, lust and murder

 

Directed by John Stephenson OBE with final screenplay by       Brian Ashby, Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson O.B.E.

 

INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

From the makers of “Sense and Sensibility” and “Gosford Park”

This summer, prepare for a solar-plexus knockout as Carnaby International presents astonishing Mozart drama and British feature, Interlude in Prague, arriving in cinemas nationwide from 25th May 2017 and on DVD and Digital HD from 29th May 2017.

From the makers of Sense and Sensibility and Gosford Park, the powerful and eagerly anticipated feature is an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder. Based on true life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the undisputed operatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The dates and locations are real but the plot is fictitious.

 

Shot and set against the beauty and splendour of the Bohemian capital, exactly where the story takes place and where Mozart himself walked the streets over 226 years ago, Interlude in Prague stars James Purefoy (Solomon Kane, John Carter, Ironclad), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk, War & Peace, The White Queen), Les Miserables’ Samantha Barks and Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship, Les Liaisons Dangereuse, The Falling) alongside Ade Edmondson (Ade in Britain, Guest House Paradiso, Bottom) and Dervla Kirwan (Ondine, Entity).

The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s colourful life during one of his several visits to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart, played by Aneurin Barnard, is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka (James Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is most appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However Mozart’s unconventional presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. Zuzanna Lubtak, a young and beautiful soprano played by Morfydd Clark, is to be betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter. Saloka, a narcissist and sexual-predator, develops an overwhelming fury that results in brutality and murder. In a tangled web of passion and violence, the drama is captured by the magnificent and enchanting music of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

 

Directed by John Stephenson OBE (Animal Farm, Five Children and It, The Christmas Candle) with final screenplay by Brian Ashby, Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson OBE, Interlude In Prague is produced by Productive International’s Huw Penallt Jones (Damascus Cover, The Man Who Knew Infinity, The Edge of Love, Cold Mountain, Chaos) along with Hannah Leader (Damascus Cover, Lucky Number Slevin, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) and Brian Ashby with cinematography by Michael Brewster (The Christmas Candle, Five Children and It, Animal Farm) and production design by Oscar winning Luciana Arrighi (Only You, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Jakob The Liar). Hybrid’s Charlotte and Mike Truman, on board as composers and music producers, have collaborated with Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Prague Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Miriam Němcová, whose work includes internationally revered recording of Mozart’s Requiem, to produce a captivating original music score inspired by Mozart’s work.

 

Interlude in Prague was adapted from screenwriter, Brian Ashby’s, original factional script about Mozart’s visit to Prague to conduct the Marriage of Figaro at the Nostitz Theatre. Working together with Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson OBE, Ashby then adapted this into a screenplay for a full feature film. Ashby is currently penning a novel for Interlude in Prague, based on the screenplay.

Director, John Stephenson OBE, said: “When I first read the script for Interlude in Prague, I was immediately captivated. At its core it is a love story and a tragedy of epic proportions and the characters, the passions, the heartbreak and catastrophic outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary story. We shot this entirely in Prague, a city unaffected by time, across spectacular locations steeped in history and cultural significance. We used a fast moving camera and cutting edge post-production techniques to capture the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller. The result, I believe, is a glorious heart-in-mouth thriller which we hope will strike a chord with audiences around the world.”

Creator, Brian Ashby added: “Having written three books I decided the next one should be a screenplay about Mozart’s intriguing life and glorious composition.  I began writing it way back in 1999 but because of my naivety about the film industry I made little progress in promoting it until I contacted a fellow Member of Mensa, Helen Claire Cromarty, who introduced me to a Director, John Stephenson.  That was some three and a half years ago and, from that meeting, the film has flourished with a red carpet world premiere set to take place in London’s Leicester Square. I knew it was going to be a steep learning curve.  I did not realise it was going to be vertical!  I hope the public thinks it is worthwhile.”

Interlude in Prague will be released in the UK by London-based Carnaby International, who is also handling worldwide rights for the film. A share of the film’s profits will be donated to two charities including Marie Curie1 and Foundation Derbyshire2.

 

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Join in the conversation on Twitter: @interludeprague or on Facebook: facebook.com/interludeinprague

 

About Carnaby International                                                                                                                                                                         Carnaby International Sales and Distribution PLC is an all rights UK distributor and International Sales agent, whilst also offering co-production and financing. Carnaby International PLC was established in 2001 and is dubbed an ‘Indie Giant’.  The company was originally set up with the specific purpose of financing and producing British feature films with 14 feature films and over 800 hours of TV programming – which has sold extensively worldwide – to its credit.  The company’s Finance and Production Division is based in Essex and headed by Terry and Michael Loveday, whilst Co-production, Sales and Distribution is based in London’s Soho and run by Sean O’Kelly and Andrew Loveday.  The company has raised over $80M in the last 7 years and is continuously looking for commercial projects with strong talent.

Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness                                                                                                                                 Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS. For more information visit www.mariecurie.org.uk
About Foundation Derbyshire                                                                                                                                                       Foundation Derbyshire is improving the quality of life for people in Derbyshire by investing and distributing funds, on behalf of a wide range of donors, to local voluntary organisations, charities and projects.

 

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The making of a masterpiece: A tale of love, lust and murder

 

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Interlude in Prague is a story of love, lust, and murder based on true events that inspired Mozart’s operatic masterpiece Don Giovani.

 

LONG SYNOPSIS

From the makers of Sense and Sensibility and Gosford Park, the powerful and eagerly anticipated feature is an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder. Based on true life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the undisputed operatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The dates and locations are real but the plot is fictitious.

The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s colourful life during one of his several visits to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart, played by Aneurin Barnard, is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka (James Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is most appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However Mozart’s unconventional presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. Zuzanna Lubtak, a young and beautiful soprano played by Morfydd Clark, is to be betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter. Saloka, a narcissist and sexual-predator, develops an overwhelming fury that results in brutality and murder. In a tangled web of passion and violence, the drama is captured by the magnificent and enchanting music of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

CAST AND CREW

Baron Saloka

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Josefa Duchek

Zuzanna Lubtak

Herr Lubtak

Frau Lubtak

Constanza

Barbarina

Ferdinand

Fraulein Ribber

Marek Novak

Hana

Henry Novy

Johann Bohac

Jakub

Laporel Bloch

Hans

Maria

Wanda

Herr Burgen

 

 

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Music composers

JAMES PUREFOY

ANEURIN BARNARD

SAMANTHA BARKS

MORFYDD CLARK

ADRIAN EDMONSON

DERVLA KIRWAN

CHARLOTTE PETERS

RUBY BENTALL

TRENT GARRETT

KLARA ISSOVA

NICKOLAS GRACE

ANNA RUST

EDMUND KINGLSEY

KRYSTOF HADEK

RAYMOND THIRY

IAN BONAR

JIRI MADL

ALENA DOLAKOVA

CLAUDIA VASEKOVA

ROSS WILLIAM WILD

 

 

JOHN STEPHENSON OBE

 

BRIAN ASHBY, HELEN CLARE CROMARTY & JOHN STEPHENSON OBE

 

HUW PENALLT JONES & HANNAH LEADER

 

DAVID MINKOWSKI

MATTHEW STILLMAN

 

SIMON MOSELEY

 

TOM HARBERD

 

HELEN CLARE CROMARTY

PHIL HUNT

SEAN O’KELLY

ANDREW LOVEDAY

COMPTON ROSS

 

MICHAEL BREWSTER

 

LUCIANA ARRIGHHI

 

EMMA E. HICKOX, A.C.E

DAVIDE FREEMAN

JOHN & ROS HUBBARD

 

PAM DOWNE

 

KATIE PICKLES

 

MIKE & CHARLOTTE TRUMAN

DIRECTOR’S VISION

It is rare to come across a film script that offers as much dramatic possibility as Interlude in Prague. It is a love story and a tragedy of epic proportions.

Set in Prague during the year 1788, it tells the story of a few turbulent months that influenced the creation of an operatic masterpiece.

Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, a frustrated and misunderstood Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is brought to Prague by Baron Saloka, a narcissistic, vain and self-obsessed aristocrat.

We will feel Mozart’s relief to have left the drawing rooms and parlours of Vienna behind and his happiness to be in a place where he feels his talent is fully appreciated.

Zuzanna Lubtak, a soprano beautiful, young and innocent, is betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter.

We will create a sumptuous world of Baroque theatre, where Saloka, who is a terrifying sexual predator, aroused by beauty, will become insanely jealous and develop an overwhelming hatred for Mozart. This results in callous brutality, rape and murder.

Mozart is a savant, ill-equipped to deal with the passion and violence which surrounds him. His whole being is affected by it and it becomes the creativity behind the astonishing music and drama of Don Giovanni.

In the finale we will see Mozart’s masterpiece mirroring the tragic events and the characters that took over his life in Prague, Saloka in particular being preserved forever as the anti-hero, Don Giovanni.

Shot entirely in Prague, a city unaffected by time, the film will combine all the beauty of eighteenth century bohemia with the glory of Mozart’s music. Yet the story centered around the sexual politics of 18C, the passions, the heartbreak and awful outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary setting.

Fast moving camera, modern post-production techniques, shot and edited with the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller it will result in a film which delivers passion, emotion and heart-in-mouth entertainment

John Stephenson OBE, Director, Interlude In Prague

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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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

 

 

CONNOR PR LAUNCHES THE LOOPY SHREW

THE LOOPY SHREW OPENS ITS DOORS 

Your Home from Home…

Offering local farm to table, Modern British classics in a casual yet charming space to wine and dine, work, relax and celebrate

Directors Luke Jenkins, Mark Davies, Danielle DiTella, Ann DiTella, Deputy Mayor of Shrewsbury Councillor Ioan Jones

The team behind Porterhouse.SY1 have announced the launch of The Loopy Shrew, a restaurant and wine bar with boutique rooms; offering locally sourced seasonal food, fine wines and local beer and ales.

This new venture is headed up by entrepreneur Danielle DiTella, business partner Luke Jenkins, Executive Chef Daniel Smith, Ann DiTella and Partner Mark Davies, all working together alongside an amazing team transforming The Bellstone into a new and exciting venue that showcases their love of all things food and drink.

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The official launch party was held last night and the evening was used to showcase what The Loopy Shrew has to offer. Tastings of the new menu, samples of the wine list and viewing opportunities of the refurbished hotel rooms, meeting and private dining areas were on offer. The Loopy Shrew will be open for business from today.

LA-born and Shropshire bred Danielle DiTella has gained a wealth of restaurant experience. Through the years herself and the DiTella family have made a name for themselves opening the current Porterhouse.SY1 and formerly owned the very popular and busy The Mytton and Mermaid, Mad Jack’s and Cromwells.

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Danielle said: “We love Shrewsbury; what it has become and especially its future potential. The vision of our new venture is to be a hub of Shrewsbury activity, supportive of all things local, quality, fresh and sustainable. There’s been lot of recent debate over the pronunciation of Shrewsbury V Shrowsbury which has always made us smile and in turn inspired the name of our new venture, alongside the beautiful loop of the river that encircles our quirky, original and vibrant town. THE LOOPY SHREW

 

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The restaurant will be opening during the day and evening, seven days a week for breakfast, coffees, lunch and dinner. There is space for up 80+ covers and facilities for private dining, celebrations, meetings and large parties as well as an outside terrace.

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Danielle added: “We will make sure our customers feel welcome at any time of day, whether it’s to have a breakfast meeting, quick coffee and cake, after-work drinks or to indulge themselves in a an evening of fine wines and great good. We’ll be offering Host your Roast on Sundays and alongside our main menu a host of sharing dishes and boards. Luke, myself and the whole team can’t wait to welcoming our regulars, local businesses, friends and family and look forward to meeting our new neighbours and customers”.

 

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The Loopy Shrew

Wine Bar, Restaurant, Boutique Rooms

15/17 Bellstone, Shrewsbury SY1 1HU

www.theloopyshrew.co.uk

 

Media enquiries

Please contact Siobhan at Connor PR Siobhan@connorpr.com

Tel 07966 177025

 

 

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

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/mar/27/loaded-

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

Loaded Lafta Awards

Loaded Lafta Awards

Loaded.co.uk - The original, sexiest and best men's magazine - Index - Loaded Laftas

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.

CMYUK puts Shrewsbury on the wide-format map with strategic move to tailor-made premises

CMYUK puts Shrewsbury on the wide-format map with

strategic move to tailor-made premises

 

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Strategic and diligent planning, plus the logistics behind the most suitable location from which to service its growing customer base, has led to the creation by CMYUK of its state-of-the-art showroom, training and demonstration facility in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Mrs Beverley Baker, was in attendance at the official opening ceremony held on 25 February 2015, where she joined by EFI’s Ken Hanulec, VP Inkjet Solutions, and Paul Cripps, Managing Director of EMEA, who flew in from overseas. They joined local companies and display production specialists who all played a major role in the development and creation of the new premises for the UK’s leading wide-format distributor.

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The new showroom and demonstration facility has been tailor-made to accommodate a broad range of EFI, VUTEk and Mimaki wide-format printers, and Zünd cutting systems in a lay-out that enables visitors to ascertain exactly which technology is right for their application and business needs. Each machine is positioned to simplify access to, and viewing of, every part of a job’s work-flow so that customers can establish exactly how the equipment will function in their own premises.

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CMYUK’s decision to base its showroom and demonstration centre, complemented by full training facilities, in Shrewsbury was the culmination of the need to match a variety of criteria all of which were crucial to the company’s ability to serve its growing customer base from the best location. Communication links to and from the north, south and west of the country have become increasingly important as businesses outside the east, south east and London regions, already served by CMYUK’s southern office, need a reliable and knowledgeable sales, service and technical channel.

Easy access to key parts of the UK make Shropshire’s second largest town an excellent choice logistically, with its good rail and road links boosted by the fact that CMYUK’s new premises is only an hour away from Birmingham and Manchester. With direct and remote communications increasingly playing a vital role in today’s businesses, particularly when investing in new technology, the wide-format specialist supplier believes strongly that its new Shrewbury base offers an efficient, well-connected hub that serves the entire country, to the benefit of all new and existing customers.

Robin East, Director of CMYUK, states: “Shrewsbury is growing exponentially as a centre for technologically based enterprises and to be part of this thriving business community now means that we can expand and increase our sales and support network throughout the UK.”

As the UK’s principal distributor of EFI wide-format and VUTEk printers plus Fiery end-to-end productivity software, CMYUK has been instrumental in driving the growth in digital printing technology throughout the display production, sign-making and commercial print markets. The company is also a prolific supplier of products from the Mimaki portfolio as well as Zünd cutting tables, and now covers all budgetary and production needs. For more than a decade the company has been involved in sales and support for a vast range of businesses, ranging from small enterprises through to major production houses that want to benefit from the adoption of ink-jet’s versatility for interior and exterior applications.

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For further information please contact Robin East at CMYUK on robin.east@cmyuk.com, telephone +44 1743 810000 or +44 7739 518477.

CMYUK Demo & Training Centre: Unit 3B, Vanguard Way, Battlefield Enterprise Park, Shrewsbury, SY1 3TG

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Shrewsbury School Charity Fashion Show raises £3000 for charity

I was asked to compere the annual Shrewsbury School Charity Fashion Show which took place a few weeks ago. Organised entirely by A level students at Shrewsbury School and now in its 6th year, the show raised £3000  for Brain Tumour UK and Ethiopiad which is a fantastic achievement. I also met the fabulous Jeans Woods Since  who you may recognise after her appearance on Channel 4’s Fabulous Fashionistas, a documentary about stylish older women.

http://www.shrewsbury.org.uk/news/£3000-raised-charity-catwalk

 

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‘The Only Way Is Essex’ TV Star Ferne McCann to launch St Nicholas Bar and Spa in Shrewsbury

‘The Only Way Is Essex’ TV Star Ferne McCann  to launch St Nicholas Café, Bar and Spa in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Ferne McCann, star of ITV2 show TOWIE, will officially launch the opening of St Nicholas Café, Bar and Spa on Tuesday 13th May.

 

Ferne joined the BAFTA-winning TV show in 2013 and became an instant hit with the press and public. Since joining the show Ferne has impressed with her refreshingly honest personality, humour and feisty ways. She’s a stunning and stylish addition to the show who doesn’t hold back with her opinions.

 

Ferne’s fashion is also gaining her recognition – she launched Ferne With Lasula in December 2013 and her second collection has recently been released.

 

Ferne kicked off 2014 as the new face of Caprice’s lingerie collection ‘By Caprice‘ and later in the year she will be going back to her hair styling roots and releasing a new hair colour range.

 

Shrewsbury’s Tootsies Beauty Retreat owners, Stephanie and Ben Smith, are the team behind Shrewsbury’s first Moroccan inspired Day Spa.

 

Located in the heart of Shrewsbury within an old converted church, St Nicholas dates back to 1865. Their philosophy fuses ancient expertise with modern innovation. A concept echoed throughout the contemporary Spa, bringing together the hugely beneficial rituals of Moroccan wellness and grooming, including Hammam, Rhassoul and Salt-Infused Steam Room experiences, with scientific advances in skin care and products to deliver tangible results.

 

Stephanie Smith said: “We’re delighted to have Ferne open St Nicholas, she’s fun, fashionable and is a great ambassador”.

 

St Nicholas Spa will be using the famous La Sultane de Saba range – a concept based on the ancient and precious beauty ritual of oriental women, which is transmitted from mother to daughter and from generation to generation. Through its authentic and original products, its thousands of flavours and colours, La Sultane de Saba has the vocation to make you dream and let you travel, discovering faraway horizons, towards the lands of the sun, where body and spirit come back to the essence of relaxation and wellness.

 

Stephanine Smith, Director of St Nicholas said: “We chose La Sultane de Saba not only for the quality of products and treatments but as a brand that clearly stood apart as offering something truly different and remarkable. Providing memorable experiences and a place where people wanted to return to was really important for us”.

 

La Sultane de Saba brings age-old remedies back to life. A combination of high-quality, pure, natural ingredients, which harness the powers of plants and spices, are used alongside specialist techniques to create exceptional treatments that heal mind and body. Therapists at St Nicholas Spa have been trained to mix and blend these recipes to offer customised treatments to suit individual needs. La Sultane de Saba products are made using rare and precious essences. The products are free from parabens, not tested on animals and do not contain any animal ingredients. All products adhere to strict laboratory testing.

 

In addition to the luxury spa, St Nicholas boasts a newly-renovated café offering a range of drinks and a host of delicious food. There are also various options available for private hire – it is the perfect location for any even from birthdays and weddings to corporate parties or christenings.

 

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Media Information

 

St Nicholas, 24 Castle Street, Shrewsbury, SY12BQ, Shropshire

www.stnicholasretreat.com

@StNicholasShrew

 

Media enquiries or to arrange a press trip: siobhan@connorpr.com / Tel 07966 177025

Photos from the event are available on request

 

It’s time to say down with cute and up with cool! Rockabye-Baby!

It’s time to say down with cute and up with cool!

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With such a fresh and welcomed approach to dressing kids, it’s no wonder Rockabye-Baby has been selected to showcase its clothes at House of Fraser’s POP at HOF – a pop-up at the flagship Oxford Street store. Following a competition organised by The Great Retail Revival Foundation, Rockabye-Baby was one of just ten small businesses selected from nearly 200 of the UK’s hottest new retailers in a sales event offering the winner a year’s concession at the store. Tattinger is sponsoring the event and people who buy any POP at HOF brands get a free glass of champagne!

 

Rockabye-Baby has a refreshing attitude and a motto to match – don’t give into mainstream cute. Owner and founder, Emma Parkes-McQueen, believes kids should be able to dress as individually as they think – scrap those stereotypes; crush those clichés. This bright and funky range of luxury cotton clothes for children up to the age of eight look fantastic, have a musical theme and are even packed in 10-inch record sleeves.

 

This great new brand has been given the chance to shout out to a wider audience – so whether the kids like a whiter shade of pale or a slightly purple haze, Rockabye-Baby has something to suit. Head to House of Fraser, Oxford Street, between Monday 12 May and Monday 26 May to get some of the latest fashion must-haves for kids.

 

 

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Notes to editors:

Owner and founder of Rockabye-Baby Emma Parkes-McQueen is available for interview.

For all media enquiries please contact Siobhan@connorpr.com

siobhan@connorpr.com     Tel 07966 177025

Following a competition organised by The Great Retail Revival Foundation, Rockabye-Baby was chosen as one the UK’s hottest new retailers to showcase its clothes at House of Fraser’s POP at HOF – a pop-up at the flagship Oxford Street store. The winner secures a year’s concession at the store. Tattinger is sponsoring the event and people who buy any POP at HOF brands get a free glass of champagne.

 

FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/rockabye-baby/133581963319701

Twitter: : @RockabyeBabyLDN

@gr8retail #popathof @houseoffraser

Website: www.rockabye-baby.com

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rockabyebaby/

www.thegreatretailrevival.org/competition.html

www.houseoffraser.co.uk

 

KIDS Rock Out competition

Go into The House of Fraser Store on Oxford Street, London

Try on a Rockabye-Baby Item of Clothing

Show us your best Rock Moves and Rock Out

Take a pic, send it in to our FaceBook page in a private message with the little rockers name and email address https://www.facebook.com/RockabyebabyLDN

We will announce one winner on Sunday May 18th and another on Monday May 26th May

There will be two prizes2 x £100 vouchers each week.

 

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