Olivia reflects on her first week

My first week at Holland Alexander has come to an end. It’s been an exciting week! I took part in the East Midlands Homes & Property show in Loughborough which was a really positive experience. I was team leader on the second day of the event which was nice for the team to give me that responsibility already.

The team have been lovely and very welcoming. I came into the office today to receive flowers from Louise as a welcome and a thank you for my work during the event! Amazing.

 I can’t believe I’ve completed one week already, with lots of exciting events to come I have a feeling my time with the team will fly! I know I’m going to learn loads, and be given new challenges which will allow me to gain invaluable skills for the future. So a big thank you form me already for having me as part of the team.

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East Midlands Homes and Property Show

Holland Alexander event company exhibition servicecsSaturday 10th September: 10am-5pm

Sunday 11th September: 10am-3pm





On Saturday 10th-Sunday 11th September the East Midlands Homes and Property Show is being held at Loughborough University. A major event for anyone with an interest in homes and property the show is set to be a big success.

A huge variety of exhibitiors will be attending the show from estate agents to interiors companys, some companies who will be in attendance are:

Taylor Wimpey           The Nottingham Building Society            Bentons Estate Agents           Miller Homes

In addition to the exhitiors, visitors will be able to visit the presenters zone where Property and Business expert presenter Jonnie Irwin will be hosting the show as well as presenter seminars over both days of the show. As a presenter of ‘To buy or not to buy’ , ‘Escape to the Country’ and ‘wreck or ready’ for the BBC, and ‘Dream homes’ for Sky1, Jonnie will provide a brilliant insight into the property market. Alongside Jonnie, there will be a series of seminars covering a spectrum of subjects.

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When Lou volunteered at The Big Chill

Lou volunteered at last weekend’s Big Chill Festival in Herefordshire with the purpose of seeing a major outdoor public event from the inside.

 Lou said “I wanted to volunteer at the Big Chill for various reasons, the main being to get out of my comfort zone in producing typically smaller, indoor events.

On arrival to the festival I received a brief from the organising team and I was delighted to be nominated as a CAT Team Leader for the five days.. (Camping Assistant Team).

Shift activities include a range of tasks from supporting customers on arrival to the festival with moving equipment and setting up tents to providing information on arena times. Unbelievable how much collateral petite under 18 girls need for a weekend!

The overnight shift was brilliant with constant situations to resolve as the festival goers returned from the arena to their tented homes.. J some were just funny and some, more serious.

Being on radio comms taught me a few pointers on anticipating and reacting to situations on such as huge site and remembering to report minor issues rather than typically sorting it yourself as most event managers would instinctively do. Awesome acts I did see were the Chemical Brothers, Nenah Cherry (Buffalo..What..!) and Calvin Harris.

Being on “the other side” has many pros and only a few cons. I didn’t love my two man tent which although was a convenient pop up style, developing a system to get dressed without touching the roof of the tent  which was usually damp was like rhythmic gymnastics at stupid o’clock each night, bore off. The drop box toilets..lets move on.  

I love the whole experience and even patrolling fields usually led to something to sort out. The range of types of people who volunteered led to a great mix and team vibe.  

In closing, I am converted. CAT Team Leader OUT.”


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Four Winds Festival Media Release: Four Winds Festival is just days away

Four Winds Festival 2011 Media Release

19 June 2011

Four Winds Festival is just days away

After months of planning and preparation the Four Winds Festival featuring the spectacular performance of “The Way the Winds Blow” will be held thisweekend at Rutland Water, (6.30pm).

Told in an atmospheric treat of music The Way the Winds Blow is the story of Rutland Water narrated by Hannah Gordon featuring giant Osprey puppets, 100 boats and over 500 local and international artists.

The evening show is ticketed with gates opening at 5.30pm and the performance starting at 6.30pm. Tickets are available online now at www.fourwindsfestival.co.uk and show visitors are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance.

In the final week to the staging of the show, the cast including Senegalese drummers, crew and the thousands of pieces that will create the puppets will be arriving at Rutland Water.

The festival production has sought local participation from its inception in bringing the story to life and

will include:

·Rutland primary schools

·Rutland secondary schools

·Youth Brass 2000

·Rutland Concert Band

·Amateur dramatics groups

·Opera groups

·Sailability group

·Rutland Sailing Club – Adults and youth sections

·University of Leicester Sailing Club

·25 technicians drawn from local arts societies and trained and supported by a professional team

·The professional theatre company El Glayu from Asturias in Spain

·Performers from St Mary’s University College, London

·Senegalese professional percussionists supporting 60 young Rutland people

Peter Davis, Head of Music at Oakham School is the Musical Director.

Prior to the evening shows on the banks of Rutland Water visitors can enjoy for free a range of family based activities at the Four Winds Festival. From 12noon to 4pm, workshops and hands-on experiences are on offer with puppet making, music and wind chime production, sailing opportunities and views of the Rutland Water osprey nests.

The festival title of “Four Winds Festival” refers to the four kinds of wind represented in the show: The wind used by the sailors in their sails; The wind on which the Osprey flies between Rutland and Senegal;The wind used by the musicians and singers; the wind with which the boats sail and finally the winds of creativity which pulls everything together.

There are just 5,000 tickets for both the Saturday and Sunday evening performances and organisers indicate that tickets for the show are selling fast and recommend snapping tickets up as early as possible to guarantee a place at this unique and breathtaking event. Arts for Rutland, the organisation leading, promoting and supporting the arts in Rutland have joined forces with a number of supporters to bring the Four Winds Festival to the East Midlands.

The Four Winds Festival, incorporating The Way the Winds Blow is part of the Igniting Ambition Festival 2011, a Cultural Olympiad programme in the East Midlands and has attracted funding from Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). MJE Productions are the lead sponsor.

Tickets for The Way the Winds Blow are on now sale priced at £5 for concessions, £10 for adults and a family ticket for five guests is £25 and available online at www.fourwindsfestival.co.uk. The latest festival news is also shared on the festival’s twitter account @4windsfestival.

Image: Production crew test the 11m Osprey puppet








Notes to Editors:

For further information, images and interviews please contact Holland Alexander, the Four Winds Festival PR team on 0116 2616 6867 or email to louise@hollandalexander.com or claire@hollandalexander.com. Interviews and images can be taken of the preparations on site on Wednesday 22nd June from 2pm to 5pm.

1. Arts for Rutland

Arts for Rutland is a Registered Charity and is committed to leading, promoting and supporting the arts in Rutland. It consists of a committee and representatives of many arts organisations and individuals as

would like to be involved. The Arts include, film, theatre, music, comedy, dance, visual arts, creative writing and any other art form which the organisation recognises. Arts for Rutland seek to promote the wealth of enterprise and activity in the county by whatever means possible.

2. Igniting Ambition as part of the Cultural Olympiad Programme

The Four Winds Festival is part of Igniting Ambition, a Cultural Olympiad programme in the East Midlands which invests in projects and people that take the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as their inspiration to create once in a lifetime cultural opportunities for audiences and communities.

Igniting Ambition is funded by Legacy Trust UK an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the European Regional Development Fund and the East Midlands Development Agency with the support of Arts Council England and many others.

Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK and is also a principal funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival. The trust is funded by a £40 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund (£29m), the Department for Culture Media and Sport (£6m) and Arts Council England (£5m).

Legacy Trust UK supports a wide range of innovative cultural and sporting activities that celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and will leave a lasting legacy in communities throughout the United Kingdom.

Legacy Trust UK is a principal funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival 2012. The Trust is funded by a £40 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund (£29m), Department for Culture Media and Sport (£6m) and Arts Council England (£5m).

3.Anglian Water – Rutland Water Park, Festival location

Set in 4,200 acres of open countryside, the water park is the central attraction in England’s smallest county of Rutland and offers activities for all the family, including cycling, bird watching, fishing, sailing and other watersports. There is also a nature reserve managed with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. In the summer the reserve is home to several pairs of breeding ospreys. In 2001 it became the first place these magnificent birds of prey had successfully bred in England for 150 years.

Work to expand and improve the nature reserve at Rutland is an example of Anglian Water’s commitment to the environment. This is reinforced by the company’s Love Every Drop manifesto, which includes commitments to cut carbon emissions and protect and enhance biodiversity.

4. Chris Baldwin, Artistic Director and Playwright

Chris Baldwin (Artistic Director of Spiral www.spiraltheatre.co.uk) has written and directed 150 plays for theatres across Europe. He has also been guest director for theatre companies in England, Germany, Spain and Poland and gained an international reputation as a teacher of theatre practice.

Chris is also a member of the European Working Group into the function and management of European Arts Festivals. He is a Professor of theatre direction at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London.

5. Peter Davis, Musical Director

Peter began his musical education as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral returning as organ scholar in his gap year. He studied music at Cambridge University and as an organ scholar at St John’s College, and having graduated with a first-class music degree, he moved into the teaching profession. He became one of the youngest HMC Directors of Music at Haileybury in 2000, building up the school’s music until they won the BBC Songs of Praise title of School Choir of the Year in 2005. He moved to Oakham School as Director of Music in 2005, overseeing one of the largest school departments in the country.


University of Leicester Press Release Enterprising Project Finale Hosted by Dragon

  Enterprising project finale hosted by Dragon 


 This enterprise focused project spearheaded by The University of Leicester which offered enterprise opportunities to students from further education colleges and members of the community across Leicestershire concludes on Thursday.

The Leicestershire’s Got Enterprising Business Talent 2009/2010 Grand Finale will be held at the City Rooms. YO! Sushi Founder and former panel member of Dragons Den, Simon Woodroffe OBE will oversee the proceedings.  There will be a final winner with a prize of £1,250. 

The Colleges-University of Leicester Network (CULN) received over £170,000 funding from the sub-regional partnership under the newly established ‘Leicester and Leicestershire Leadership Board’ . This sub-regional funding was distributed amongst colleges and community organisations throughout Leicestershire to implement enterprise initiatives.   Mike Dalzell, Head of the Sub-regional Support Unit said, “This is the type of project that will inspire and have an impact on young people especially, as it provides an unique opportunity for young people to think through and try out a potential business idea  and at the same time learn enterprise skills and capability to succeed. It promotes enterprise culture and attaches value to this type of learning”.

 The funding for the project, now in its second year, was used to enable people across Leicestershire to learn about business and entrepreneurship, as well as set up their own enterprise projects.  Each enterprise idea was pitched to a Dragon’s Den type panel with the third to first placed winning projects to be announced at Thursday’s Gala Dinner.

 This enterprise competition has created enormous interest from the people involved. 11 Further Education colleges and community organisations from far and wide across the county put together exciting programmes including a focus on topics such as Hair and Beauty, Art and Crafts and Low Carbon Energy.

 Katie Morris, The Colleges-University of Leicester Development Officer commented:

 “This project has shown the entrepreneurial capabilities of a wide range of people across Leicestershire. We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of everyone involved in the project, from the project organisers in each institution, through to the students /parents and clients taking part in the competition. The standard of the entries has been exceptionally high and the project has really highlighted the enterprising talent of Leicestershire residents.”

 The Grand Finale will feature a dynamic presentation on innovation and entrepreneurship by Simon Woodroffe, who was a Rutland resident for seven years.

 The project concludes with the gala dinner for 200 guests which includes members of all finalist teams.

It is certainly an occasion to be celebrated. Our thanks goes to the Sub-Regional Leadership Board and emda for supporting the enterprise activity programme this year.   

 Notes to Editors:

 The participating colleges and community organisations and their enterprising ideas are listed below:

 Regent College 

 Product Name:          TrackNav 2.0

 This product is a pet tracker for pet owners constantly worrying about their pet’s whereabouts. Another added element to the product is a performance tracking application which enables the owner to monitor the pet’s performance and health. The product works by attaching a chip to the pet’s collar. Whilst the technology already exists, this product is unique to the market.

 Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College

 Product Name:          Let’s Cook

 The idea behind this product is to promote healthy eating to young people through an interactive cook book. The touch screen will allow children to access recipes as well as improve technical skills. The recipes can be adjusted to suit the needs of the child and different age levels will be addressed. The cook book will also include in depth nutritional advice and offer guidance about presenting food in an exciting way. There are already cook books out there for children but this product stands out from the rest because of its educational purpose, its interactive features and finally, its fun fairy cake design.

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College

 Product Name:          Companion Coffins

 This business manufactures coffins for pets and animals whose owners would like to give them a respectful burial. Many people have pets that have become a large part of their life and when it comes to parting with them, they would like to do it in a dignified fashion. Companion Coffins design bespoke coffins according to customer needs. These coffins are unique because they are customised and more widely available than other animal coffins on the market.

 Stephenson College

 Business Name:          Aim Higher

 Our business aims to inspire underachieving salons to attract more business through innovative and exciting new styles and approaches. We want to help other businesses to raise their profiles via our creative talent. We are unique because our approach is adventurous, exciting and fun. We create styles to shock and rock this world!

 Leicester College Project 1

 Product Name:          PULSE

 PULSE is a 7th generation interactive gaming accessory consisting of a wireless body simulator which sends waves of vibration to various parts of the human body via rumble motors. It is constructed through five 3cm thick straps which are attached to the chest, right arm, left arm, right leg and left leg. The product operates wirelessly to create a thrilling and exhilarating gaming experience. This product is a unique accessory that is simple and easy to use. It draws upon already existing technology to immerse the gamer in a full sensory adventure.

 Leicester College Project 2

 Product Name:          Universal Winder X1

 The Universal Winder X1 is a multi functional charger that operates without the need for a power source. The product uses already existing wind up technology to create a small amount of energy to power day to day appliances such as mobile phones, straighteners etc. The product is unique because it works with any type of plug and it also offers an USB port. In short, this product can be used all over the world and could become a life saving resource in disaster scenarios. This is an eco friendly device that can be used by anyone who uses powered technology.


 Company: Take Action

 Take Action is an events management project which aims to bring together all of the community organisations across Leicestershire under one roof. It will launch with a one day exhibition that will showcase what each organisation can offer. Take Action will engage with corporate sponsors, celebrity entertainers and local businesses to attract the general public and potential funders to attend and, ultimately, to become involved with community work. This is one of those rare events that will not only maximise profit but also maximise social benefit. Looking to the future, Take Action plans to run the event annually as well as to expand into other areas across the UK.

 Gateway College

 Company: Bugs Away

 Bugs Away is a simple product that captures insects without killing them. It works through the use of pressurised air that creates a vacuum to draw the insects into a detachable chamber. Bugs Away is unique because of its eco-friendly properties; it does not require any power source and can be used by all ages. This product would be a success because it offers a humane solution to an everyday problem. Use Bugs Away to keep the bugs away!

Hand in Hand

 Company: Kibble Arts

 Kibble Arts can reproduce those special moments in either watercolour, oils or cross-stitch. Unique to the market, this service will capture those precious moments forever. Sally will work from a photograph to create your masterpiece. This is a truly bespoke service which will rekindle your memories and deliver a piece of artwork to treasure.

 Tomorrow Together

 Alison Benner

 Business name: Six Little Ducks

 Six Little Ducks is a craft education business. From the starting point of designing and producing cards, Six Little Ducks has developed and expanded into an educational resource. The business can provide craft workshops, craft kits and bespoke designs for a number of different audiences. Six Little Ducks brings the excitement back into crafting.

 Brooksby Melton College

 Company : (Mini) Mayhem Theatre

 (Mini) Mayhem Theatre is a youth theatre company aimed at inspiring creativity in young people aged 9-18 across Melton Mowbray. It is not about grooming the young stars of tomorrow but about encouraging development, confidence building, creativity and ownership amongst the young people. Their voice is always respected, listened to and heard throughout the entire process of each production. This is a community based, inclusive project that benefits all involved. As the Mayhemers say, we’re ‘dreamin’ it real’.

For more information about the Grand Finale event and ‘Leicestershire’s Got Enterprising Business Talent’ please contact:

 Katie Morris on 0116 252 5920, or via email kmm11@le.ac.uk

 PR and Press for the event

Contact Louise Holland, on 0116 261 6868 or via email louise@hollandalexander.com

 There will be opportunities for interviews with Simon Woodroffe and the finalist teams and photographs can be taken – which need to be organised in advance.