BACK TO SCHOOL… 🚍 FU LOVES THE MIDLANDS #23
This week’s newsletter is brought to you by the female contingent of FU Media, as our lovely bosses Kevin and Jon are taking some much-deserved time off!
I don’t know about you, but with September just around the corner and the majority of 2020 being a bit of a write-off thanks to Corona, the “Back to School” season seems even more poignant this year. It’s a chance for a fresh start and for things to (hopefully) start looking a little more ‘normal’ again.
Who remembers the excitement of new stationery, a clean, crisp uniform and shiny new shoes? Playground adventures, making lifelong friends, learning and creating – these are all things that evoke fond memories which have carried us through to adulthood.
If these last few months have taught us anything, it’s that the little things count and that life is too short. So, dig out your favourite notebook, treat yourself to a new pair of shoes and get ready to take on the last few months of 2020 with all the aplomb of a five-year-old on their first day of school!
Be happy, be safe and make every second count.
Until next time…
Rebecca, Francesca & Scarlett
OBLIGATORY BAD JOKE
What kind of magic do cows believe in?
WE’RE NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD!
We are thrilled to announce that FU Media has been shortlisted for PR & Marketing Agency of the Year at The City of Birmingham Business Awards.
It’s an honour to be amongst so many great individuals and businesses, who we’re looking forward to celebrating with, and toasting to, on Thursday 26th November at The Grand Hotel.
If you feel inspired to vote for us, we’d be so grateful. Click here to see the full shortlist and to VOTE now.
Thank you so much for all your continued support!
BRAND-NEW BAR CELEBRATES EXPRESSION
It’s encouraging to see entrepreneurs investing in new businesses during this time and particularly in the hospitality industry. Here in the city Portrait, a brand-new venue, is launching in The Arcadian this weekend and is inspired by a pioneering female protestor from the early 20th Century, Bertha Ryland.
Discover more here.
AUGMENTED REALITY ART TRAIL TRANSFORMS AND BRINGS TO LIFE CITY’S VACANT UNITS
BID Leicester has teamed up with design agency Arch Creative to deliver a spectacular new project, designed to improve the appearance of empty shops in the city centre and turn them into points of interest.
Working with ten community focused local artists spanning a range of styles and mediums, Street Stories celebrates the innovative achievements of pioneering people from Leicester, and also explores some powerful themes including human rights, the environment, consumerism and identity.
Learn more here.
LOROS APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Local charity, LOROS Hospice has launched an urgent appeal for shop volunteers who can spare a few hours a week to enable the phased reopening of its charity shops.
Find out more here.
SNAP A SNAZZY SELFIE IN SOLIHULL
Visitors to Solihull town centre are being encouraged to get ‘insta’ the spirit and share their experience on social media.
Solihull BID – the Business Improvement District for the town centre – has installed large selfie wings for the perfect photo opportunity.
Find out where you can snap a selfie here.
AWARD-WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER TO PREMIERE NEW WORK AT THE REP
Birmingham-based award-winning choreographer, Rosie Kay, is returning to the stage on Saturday 21st November to perform the premiere of her new solo work as part of a triple bill: Absolute Solo II. The performance will take place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and will be one of the venue’s first shows on stage since re-opening its doors for select performances in October.
Find out more about the show and how to grab tickets here.
USE IT, PLANT IT, WATCH IT GROW
We’re amazed by the world’s first and only patented plantable pencil that grows into vegetables, flowers and herbs when you’ve finished using it.
Instead of throwing them out when they become too small to use, just plant the Sprout Pencils into soil, and water – the capsule cleverly dissolves and will sprout into anything from cherry tomato plants, sage and basil, to carnations and sunflowers.
Discover more here.
FREE-FLOWING FIZZ AT PITCHER AND PIANO
If you fancy bubbles with your ‘bubble’ at a stylish destination, look no further than Pitcher & Piano in Birmingham.
Available every weekend until 2pm, (pre-bookings only) you can enjoy free-flowing prosecco, Bellini’s, or Mimosas with your brunch – just the tipsy ticket to kick-start your weekend!
Tickled your tastebuds? Find out more here.
THE ONLINE THERAPY PLATFORM MAKING MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT MORE ACCESSIBLE
On a mission to break down the barriers people face when seeking help, web-based mental health and wellbeing platform, Healingclouds, connects users to a pool of therapists via video call, with 60 to 90 minute sessions available from as little as £35.
Find out more about the service here.
NETFLIX DOC CREATES BUZZ FOR HEAVEN SKINCARE
Following founder Deborah Mitchell’s appearance on a brand-new documentary, staff at Heaven Skincare have been working around the clock to keep up with orders. Demand for the beauty brand’s famous Bee Venom Masks rocketed after the products were featured.
Find out more here.
THE LEICESTER SALON STYLING IT OUT IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
Despite a challenging year for the hair industry, Mewies & Co. has been recognised for its excellent interior design and is one of just eight UK hair businesses in the running to win the Salon Design award at HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards 2020.
Find out more about the salon’s success here.
MARVELLOUS MUSHROOM RECIPES BY MIGUEL
We’d make a witty pun about being a “fungi”, but we’ve already indulged the bad joke of the week… However, whilst we’re on the subject of mushrooms, why not try your hand at one of these meat-free recipes from celebrity chef, Miguel Barclay.
Find them here.
ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS VIRTUAL TOUR COMES TO THE BELGRADE
Following the success of their exuberant co-production Wise Children in 2019, the Belgrade Theatre Coventry is delighted to be virtually hosting another spectacular show from visionary director Emma Rice when Romantics Anonymous makes its digital debut this autumn.
Discover more about the critically acclaimed musical here.
DS AUTOMOBILES OPENS ITS LARGEST UK STORE IN LEICESTER
DS Automobiles is opening the doors to its largest British showroom to date, right here in Leicester. The new store will include models from across the DS Automobiles range, including electric E-TENSE models and the upcoming DS 9.
Find out more about the new store here.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR GARDEN ECO-FRIENDLY
In recent times, those of us lucky enough to have a garden have no doubt spent a great deal more time taking in its beauty and enjoying being closer to nature, but could we be doing more to help our green spaces flourish and thrive?
Those with regular green fingers will know how rewarding it is to bask in the glory of your hard work, but for those novice gardeners looking for creative ways to refresh their garden, there are a few simple things you can do to make it an environmentally friendly space, that’s both sustainable and teeming with wildlife.
Check out top tips from the experts at Serenata Flowers here and learn how to make your green space even greener – after all, change starts at home!
THE EVOLUTION OF CYCLING POST LOCK-DOWN
Wherever you go, you can see it; cycling has enjoyed a massive resurgence and become more popular than ever during the last few months.
People have dusted off old bikes to take their daily exercise, families are out cycling together, and friends are going for socially-distanced bike rides.
Now, with more people returning to work, increasing numbers of people are planning to commute by bike. This is great for those who want to avoid public transport and also means using the car less, saving both money and pollution.
But where will the resurgence of cycling take us next? Catherine Bedford from Dashel tells us more here.
SHOP SUSTAINABLY AT SELFRIDGES SOLUTION STORE
As part of its recently launched Project Earth initiative, Selfridges Birmingham has opened a new in-store sustainable shopping offering – The Solutions Store. Located on Level 1 (next to chocolate and confectionery), The Solution Store is a hub for purchasing smart and sustainable – perfect for eco-conscious shoppers.
Discover some of our favourite products from the store, to provide you with environmentally friendly solutions for your everyday routines here.
£1,000 BOOST FOR CHARITY THAT SUPPORTS THE ELDERLY
A charity that supports older people in the community, at home and in the NHS has received £1,000 from a regional housebuilder. Birmingham & Coventry Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) was awarded the donation by Persimmon Homes Central through its Community Champions scheme.
Find out more and how you can nominate a charity or organisation here.
THIS WEEK’S MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE
“It’s ok to be a glowstick; Sometimes we have to break before we shine.”
– Jadah Sellner