Reports about Save the Children's work helping children and families who cannot afford basic food in Mozambique have appeared on ITV’s Breakfast programmes, ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Lorraine’, for two days running, thanks to TV News London's Director, Malcolm Douglas, who is currently working with the charity as a broadcast PR consultant.
Malcolm visited northern Mozambique as a TV producer for Save the Children, together with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky who interviewed families and health workers, and reported for ITV on the hidden hunger crisis in the country.
Natasha is pictured in Ampivine where she talked to mothers whose children have died or who have stunted growth because of the lack of good food. Joaquim (pictured left and below) is aged two and a half but he weighs only 14 ½ lbs (6.6 kilos) which is half the weight he should be. After he had been weighed Save the Children ensured he received treatment at the local hospital. Without this help he could have died within days.
Natasha also met Ali who is four years old but at 3 feet tall he is at least 6 inches (14 cm) shorter than he should be because his growth has been stunted through malnutrition. His mother, Haiwa, has five other children whose growth is also stunted because they have never had a proper nutritious diet.
Malcolm Douglas, pictured centre below with Natasha, and the Save the Children team who produced the reports for ITV says: “ When you first arrive in Mozambique you think it looks like a fertile country and that people should be eating well, but their diet is mostly boiled cassava roots and very poor in nutrients. They can hardly ever afford to eat proteins like eggs, milk and meat. We filmed Save the Children’s classes for mothers showing them how to add vitamins and minerals but it’s tough for the families because they can’t afford this on a regular basis."
Malcolm’s work in Mozambique was part of Save the Children’s ‘No Child Born to Die‘ campaign which aims to expose the reality of hunger and malnutrition experienced by millions of children across the world. Malnutrition is the underlying cause of 300 child deaths every hour but it is rarely cited on death certificates, because children's weakened systems succumb to other common killers like pneumonia or diarrhoea.
Save the Children says that a package of basic measures including breastfeeding and fortifying basic foods with essential minerals or vitamins, would save the lives of two million children a year and prevent over 60 million young lives from being blighted by malnutrition.
Save the Children’s Chief Executive Justin Forsyth said: "The world has made dramatic progress in reducing child deaths, down from 12 to 7.6 million, but this momentum will stall if we fail to tackle malnutrition. After a year of record food prices, millions of parents with little money have cut back on food for their families.
“Every hour of every day, three hundred children die from malnutrition. This is often simply because they don’t have access to the basic, nutritious foods that we take for granted in wealthier countries. By acting to stop the hunger and malnutrition crisis in its tracks, world leaders have the chance to change this for millions of children across the world.
“Last year Britain showed powerful leadership on helping the world’s poorest children, galvanising global action and funds to secure vaccinations for millions of children, potentially saving four million lives. Save the Children is now asking British Prime Minister David Cameron to do the same to stop children dying because of malnutrition. We are asking him to help lead the biggest push in history to reduce hunger, and hold a World Hunger Summit to agree and fund concrete action to tackle this crisis.”
Save the Children works in more than 120 countries worldwide.
Save the Children, 1 St. John's Lane, London, EC1M 4AR
Telephone +44 (0)20 7012 6400 Fax +44 (0)20 7012 6963
22 February 2012
Are fear and lack of confidence holding you back? Many people have a fear of public speaking, making presentations and giving media interviews. In fact speaking in public comes up consistently in surveys as one of the commonest fears. It’s right up there with fears of heights, spiders and flying.
Alongside our public speaking and presentation training courses, for the first time, TV News London is now providing Confidence Coaching. So, if you have fears that are holding you back from speaking in public, we can help you to increase your confidence and release your true potential as a communicator with TV News London’s new Confidence Coaching sessions.
These individual sessions are run by Executive Voice and Communications Coach, Louise Collins, who works on breathing and visualisation exercises to reduce nerves and adrenalin and increase confidence. Louise also uses NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming - as part of the training. Each trainee is expected to work on exercises between coaching sessions so that their improvement will be steady and permanent.
Results from this training are remarkable as people who have always been very nervous about public speaking – either giving talks or media interviews – are able to speak in public with confidence for the first time in their lives.
"I coach people to find and communicate the best of themselves - even when the pressure is on!” Louise says. " It’s really rewarding, both for me and for the people I coach, to see the great progress they can make and how communicating effectively can make a huge difference to their confidence and in turn the whole of their lives."
- Body Language
- Vocal Skills
- Breathing Techniques
- State Management (controlling physiology and mind)
To book your Confidence Coaching sessions - Call us at TV News London +44 020 8275 8854 or email us on email@example.com for more information.
15 March 2013
Malcolm Douglas, TV News London's broadcast PR expert, (pictured above in his Christmas jumper) helped Save the Children to launch their Christmas Jumper Day this morning outside 10 Downing Street. Children from St Nicholas preparatory school in Kensington raised more than £500 by taking part in Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day, where people wear a festive sweater and donate £1.
Samantha Cameron who was dressed in her own woolly red Christmas jumper, posed outside 10 Downing Street with the children and praised them for raising money for Save The Children and said that they looked amazing in their homemade Christmas jumpers.
Speaking about the day itself, Samantha Cameron said: 'It is a fun and simple way to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children across the world. It is heart-breaking that eight million children under five die each year and I'm proud to support Save the Children's vital work.'
Mrs Cameron's woolly red jumper was bought from the charity's shop and the money donated will help feed children in the world's poorest countries.
This is the first time the charity has used Christmas jumpers to raise money, and 650,000 people across the UK are expected to take part today.
Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children, said: 'We wanted to do something fun that could get everyone up and down the country involved so this seemed perfect.
'It also has a serious purpose which is that we want everyone to raise money by donning a jumper and donating a pound.'
The pupils from St Nicholas school decided to raise money for the charity after hearing about its work.
Armel Esper, 10, said: 'We chose the charity because if the children died early they would not have lived for a long time and we are children so we wanted to save their lives.'
Her classmate Nathan Leon, 10, spoke about meeting Mrs Cameron and said: 'I was quite nervous at first but it went surprisingly well. She was pleased that we had raised the money for the charity.'
14 December 2012
TV News London’s media trainer Jon Kaye (ABOVE RIGHT) features in Channel 4's series Jewish Mum of the Year. Jon chaired a radio phone-in with the finalists, Sandi Firth, (LEFT) mother of two from Leeds, and Jacqueline Curzon, an Orthodox mother of six from Edgware, North London. The two were answering listeners' questions to see which of them could win the prize of becoming an agony aunt for the weekly newspaper Jewish News.
The Channel 4 series set a series of challenges for eight Jewish mothers including matchmaking, running a coach trip for pensioners, organising a bar mitzvah and cooking and hosting a Friday night dinner. The judges were former EastEnders actress, Tracy-Ann Oberman, herself a multitasking Jewish mum, and Dovid Katz, a Yiddish scholar.
As well as the radio phone-in, the final episode of the series also featured the two remaining mums hosting a traditional Friday night dinner for a party of 16, including family, judges, the other mums, and celebrities including David Baddiel and Jay Rayner.
The winner of the title of Jewish Mum of the was 65 year old Sandi Firth, a glamorous granny, twice divorced and the oldest mum in the competition. “This is for all Jewish mums”. she said when handed her trophy.
For more info about Jewish Mum of the Year and to view episodes see - http://www.channel4.com/programmes/jewish-mum-of-the-year
Jon Kaye presents Sunday Jewish Radio on Spectrum Radio on Sundays at 12noon on 558AM and DAB Digital Radio. The programme is also online throughout the week - www.spectrumradio.net/programmes/sundayjewish and deals with topical issues, celebrities and theological discussions.
13 November 2012
TV News London’s Managing Director, Roz Morris was proud to attend this year’s Women of the Year Lunch at the InterContinental Hotel London Park Lane. Roz is on the Women of the Year Lunch Nominating Council and has previously led the PR campaign and served as a director on the board of Women of the Year Lunch.
Every year since it was founded more than 50 years go every one of the 400 guests at the lunch is recognised as a ‘Woman of the Year’, and is celebrated for their achievements and contribution to society. This year the Lunch started with a song from the Military Wives Choir and included appearances by Dame Helen Mirren, P.D.James, Sandi Toksvig, and Lorraine Kelly, as well as many of Britain’s female Olympic and Paralympic medal winners. These included Katherine Grainger, Rebecca Adlington, Beth Tweddle, and Christine Ohuruogu.
Among the extraordinary women who attended this year was Beryl Renwick, 86, who until recently broadcast as a star of the weekly Beryl and Betty Show on BBC Radio Humberside. They won a Sony Radio Award earlier this year and although Betty, who is 90, was not able to make the trip from Hull, Beryl travelled down by train with her neighbour Audrey as her companion and was thrilled to have a weekend in London culminating in the Women of the Year Lunch. "I’m so thrilled to be here and it’s a wonderful occasion" she said.
Beryl was nominated by Roz Morris as one of her guests and sat at her table at the Lunch. She is pictured above (left) with Sandi Toksvig (centre) and Roz. Also at Roz’s table were Nikki King, CEO of Isuzu Trucks UK, June Walter, Deputy Editor of Good Housekeeping magazine and Carole and Sara Hughes founders of the charity Anna’s Hope.
“This was a truly outstanding event “ Roz says. “The breadth of women’s achievement is truly amazing. So many women are doing so many good things. They make us al feel humble because they don’t just talk– they get on and do things which are outstanding in all fields.”
The Women of the Year Lunch was founded in 1955 by the late Tony Lothian OBE, Odette Hallowes & Lady Georgina Coleridge to celebrate women’s achievements and an environment in which women might meet and network. This year’s ceremony on October 22 was hosted by Sandi Toksvig and the awards were presented by actress Dame Helen Mirren DBE, singer and actress Beverley Knight, broadcasters Sue MacGregor and Lorraine Kelly and the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP.
Familiar faces amongst the attendees, also included Dame Mary Archer, Kathy Lette, Maureen Lipman, and Fifty Shades of Grey author, E L James.
Five awards were presented to exceptional women who have each proved an inspiration to others through their courage, selflessness, dedication and achievement.
The 2012 Women of the Year Award winners are:
• Barclays Women of the Year Award: The Iraqi-American women’s rights activist, author and co-founder of Women for Women International Zainab Salbi
• Good Housekeeping Women of the Year Award: Team GB Olympic & Paralympic Women Medallists
• Sacla’ Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award: Best-selling crime writer & Life Peer P.D. James
• Women of the Year Award: Campaigner for justice, following the murder of her son Stephen in 1993, Doreen Lawrence
• ITV1’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award was been won (on a viewers’ vote) by: Kate Woolveridge who has been recognised for her tireless work to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Cardiff through her work with the “Forget me nots choir”
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of the Women of the Year, said: “The magic of this event – and what makes it unique – is the way in which it brings together the most fabulous women from the widest range of geographical, social, ethnic and political backgrounds; from the very well-known to unsung heroines doing outstanding work in their community.
“Our special winners today embody this: from P.D. James, the best-selling crime writer, to women’s rights activist and author, Zainab Salbi, and from the brilliant Team GB Olympic and Paralympic women medallists to Doreen Lawrence, who has campaigned tirelessly for the victims of racist crime and reform of the police service.
“Their achievements, dedication and passion are an inspiration to women everywhere, encouraging us all to fulfil our ambitions, support others and stand up for what we believe in.”
Clare Blampied, Managing Director of Sacla’ UK, presented the Award and said, “Lady James is an inspirational winner for Sacla’, loved by generations for her wonderful books written over the past 50 years and for her amazing energy, passion and enthusiasm for everything she tackles. Her impressive career is motivating, if a little daunting for us all! ”
Lindsay Nicholson, Editorial Director, Good Housekeeping, said of Team GB’s Olympic & Paralympic Women Medallists:
“London 2012 was – undeniably – the women’s Olympics. Our incredible Olympians and Paralympians broke new records and won more medals than ever before. But, for me, most importantly they sent out a message to all young women that there is so much more to aspire to physically than being Size Zero.”
Olympian and Paralympian athletes at the Women of the Year Lunch included Katherine Grainger, Rebecca Adlington, Beth Tweddle, Zoe Newson, Samantha Murray, Christine Ohuruogu, and Sarah Storey.
In presenting Doreen Lawrence with her award Beverley Knight said, “It is a joy to present such a quietly courageous, determined and humble woman, as Doreen certainly is, with an award. I have admired her for years, the grace with which she has dealt with injustice after cruel injustice on both sides of the law to eventually see some resolution. She is the embodiment of the saying “never give up”.”
The winners were selected by a judging panel. President and Chair of Women of the Year, Baroness Kennedy and Teresa Graham, were joined by a terrific line-up of judges from across a wide variety of sectors including: Camila Batmanghelidjh, Chief Executive, Kids Company; Melanie Dawes, Director General of the Economic & Domestic Affairs Secretariat at the Cabinet Office; Ronke Phillips, ITV London correspondent and Jasvinder Sanghera, CEO & Founder of Karma Nirvana, a support group for victims of honour violence.
The 2012 Women of the Year Lunch was sponsored by Barclays, Good Housekeeping, Sacla’ and ITV1’s Lorraine.
For more information see the Women of the Year website
11 November 2012
There’s never been a better time for entrepreneurs to use the media to promote their businesses. And that includes both social and traditional media. That was the message from Roz Morris, Managing Director of TV News London, and Social Media Coach and Trainer, Barbara Gibson, when they ran a TV News London Media Awareness Seminar for the 2012 class of The New Entrepreneurs Foundation at their offices in Smithfield in central London.
The aim of the Foundation is to create a new generation of outstanding entrepreneurs who will play a role in Britain’s future growth and prosperity and create new market-leading businesses. The New Entrepreneurs Foundation started in 2011 and is sponsored by major companies including Tesco, Deloitte, Virgin, Rothschild, Diageo, Pearson, Santander and Talk Talk.
Each year it has more than a thousand applicants and selects up to 30 of the UK’s brightest, entrepreneurially minded young people to work for a year with some of the country’s leading entrepreneurs. The aim is for budding entrepreneurs to gain real business experience before they set out on their own. Pictured above (left to right) Roz Morris, Managing Director, TV News London, Neeta Patel, CEO, The New Entrepreneurs Foundation, and Barbara Gibson, Social Media Coach at the seminar on October 24th 2012.
Both Roz and Barbara gave the young entrepreneurs insight and advice on how to make good use of media opportunities and how to successfully and carefully promote their online presence on social media. Barbara focused on the benefits of social media and the need to take care that whatever you put online will not damage your business image.
“It’s important not have a split personality online – i.e. a business image and an image for friends. Try to be authentic and develop your own voice that reflects your personality to the advantage of your business”, she advised during a presentation packed with practical advice.
Roz explained how traditional media still matters as well. ‘Don’t get carried away with the idea that you can always reach more people on social media when traditional media such as print, radio and TV are still reaching mass audiences” she told her audience of entrepreneurs.
She pointed out that although You Tube now has 60 TV channels, it only reached an audience of 8 million worldwide for Felix Baumgartner’s recent record-breaking highest and fastest ever jump from a balloon on the edge of space.
That same weekend UK TV audiences alone were more than 9 million each for Downton Abbey and The X Factor, plus more than 11 million for Strictly Come Dancing, and more than 4 million for BBC TV Ten O’clock News.
Meanwhile 89% of the UK population listen to radio each week (RAJAR official figures) and every person in the UK aged 4 and upwards watches an average of 4 hours of TV every day (Ofcom figures). “Media awareness is now an essential business skill for entrepreneurs” Roz added after explaining the mysteries of writing an effective news release and urging her audience to make the most of the huge number of media opportunities now available to businesses and especially helpful to start-ups.
Find out more about The New Entrepreneurs Foundation here:
31 October 2012
The London 2012 Olympics depends on thousands of volunteers of all ages to help it to run smoothly and for the past four years TV News London has provided media awareness and media interview training for more than 80 teenagers from the London Borough of Waltham Forest who are Youth Ambassadors for the event.
The Youth Ambassadors are a selection of talented young people from schools and colleges within the Borough responsible for making sure the younger voices of the local community were heard and they were given the chance to have an input into developments of the London 2012 and Paralympics Games.
This year has been very exciting for them. Some of the teenagers selected to be Waltham Forest Youth Ambassadors have carried the Olympic Torch on its way to the Stadium and most of them were at the spectacular ‘Isles of Wonder’ Olympic opening ceremony on Friday July 27 in the stadium in the Olympic Park. A few took part in the ceremony. One of these is Haider Ilyas who was playing his drums as a Ceremonies Volunteer Performer.
He says: “I feel so happy and fortunate and thank God for allowing this once in a lifetime opportunity to perform at the greatest show on earth, the Olympic Games. We don’t know whether the Olympics will ever return to London again, so I truly feel privileged to be given this opportunity.
“Drumming is a hobby that I really enjoy, whether I’m playing Spanish drums, Pakistani drums or African drums. In my spare time I practice playing drums with my friends, who are known as the ‘Bongo Brothers’, they have been very supportive of me practising for the Olympics. I really appreciate their help. I feel I am not only an ambassador for my college, my family, my borough and my city, but the whole United Kingdom.“
Waltham Forest Youth Ambassador, Ryan Richefond, did very well in his media training course and he’s good at sport too, including football, golf and karate. He told us when he did the course that he had hopes of becoming a sports journalist. He is now working as a ball boy at Wimbledon for the Olympic tennis championships and has just been signed to play for Crawley Town FC, so maybe the sports journalists will be writing about him soon.
Tasmia Syeda Tahia did media training with TV News London last year. She says :”I have had many exciting opportunities as an Olympic Ambassador, from touring the Olympic Park to attending the Love Your Borough Awards and meeting Olympians Jonathan Edwards and Kriss Akabusi.
“More recently, I helped launch the audio tour of the Olympic Park. Most of all, this opportunity has taught me to never stop believing in myself and to strive for success. “ Tasmia is 17 and is writing her first novel called ‘Silent Voices’.
Steven Cheung, a Waltham Forest Youth Ambassador and Olympic Torchbearer, has for the past eight years been a role model for the local community of Waltham Forest and Chinese communities across Britain, inspiring over 1,000 young people to become actively engaged within their community through the Young Advisor Charity.
Steven has been able to work with various organisations, including the Department for Communities and Local Government, The Ministry of Justice, The Princes Trust, Waltham Forest Council 2012 Team, The Mayor of London, The Metropolitan Police, British Council, British Youth Council, UK Youth Parliament, and the office of The Speaker, UK Parliament, to be a representative and voice the concern of the youth and BME community. He has also had meetings with the chair of London 2012 Lord Sebastian Coe, athletes such as Paralympians Ade Adepitan and Tanni Grey-Thompson and Olympians Kelly Holmes and Jonathan Edwards.
Steven also sits on the board of the British Chinese Project to encourage and elevate the presence of UK Chinese in Britain through volunteering, becoming a school governor, or taking part in political participation.
As a member of the Legacy Now Youth Panel, Steven has worked with The London Development Agency (LDA) EDAW, Allies and Morrison, KCAP and Fundamental Architectural Inclusion in overseeing the Legacy Masterplan Framework (LMF) - spatial plan for homes, parkland, schools, workspace, health and sporting facilities to be developed on the Olympic site after the 2012 Games, and as part of ongoing community engagement and consultation
He says :”The Panel has provided budding planners and designers the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience, while offering the next generation's vision on the regeneration opportunity. These are a few examples of the things I have done:
- Meet planners, architects and decision makers
- Visit the Olympic Park site and other regeneration developments
- Take part in Olympic site model making with masterplanners
- Review designs and plans
- Undertake work experience placements
- Present and consult with wider groups of young people
- Communicate developments via website, blogs and e-bulletins
- Make creative projects including a film about the process
- Plan for a large scale youth event in summer 2009.
In the Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday 12 August, Haider Ilyas will again be drumming . Plus Claudia Sermbezis, one of our TV News London trainers who ran some of the media training courses for the Waltham Forest Youth Ambassadors, will also be performing in the Olympic Stadium. Claudia will be dancing during the first 20 minutes of the closing ceremony. She says she’ll be wearing a lime green costume, but can’t tell us more!
TV News London’s Managing Director Roz Morris says: “ We’re delighted to have helped the Youth Ambassadors to prepare for their roles in the 2012 Olympics and we’ll be looking out for Haider and Claudia on August 12.”
08 August 2012
Children’s cartoon favourites Roobarb & Custard are now supporting the PDSA, Britain’s leading veterinary charity, in a campaign to raise £1 million. The loveable green dog and pink cat from the cult TV series, narrated by actor Richard Briers, which started in the 1970’s and was the first ever animated TV series on British TV, will be involved in a huge range of PDSA activities over the coming year. They will be featured on PDSA retail vans and be the faces of a text campaign as well as taking part in fundraising and online initiatives.
Part of the campaign is a specially commissioned new cartoon “When Roobarb and Custard met the PDSA” which sets out how the characters got involved in supporting the charity’s work. Roobarb and Custard are pictured with PDSA supporters and pop stars Pepsi and Shirlie at the launch of their new partnership with the charity. The fun-filled event was held at the Design Council in Central London, complete with a screening of the new PDSA cartoon and clips from classic shows, including the first ever episode of Roobarb and Custard shown on TV. In addition, the activities PDSA has planned with the cartoon duo over the coming year were announced.
Roobarb and Custard have already appeared on a range of PDSA T-shirts, modelled and supported by singer and TV presenter Alesha Dixon. Now, Bulldog Licensing, the brand licensing agency for Roobarb & Custard, has pledged to a long-term link with PDSA.
TV News London works with the PDSA providing media training for its spokespeople and our Managing Director, Roz Morris is pictured at the Roobarb and Custard launch (left) with James Puxty, PDSA Head of Public Relations.
Since 1917 PDSA has provided free vet care for pets in need and promoted responsible pet ownership through education and awareness. Every year PDSA vets provide more than 2 million free treatments to more than 350,000 sick and injured pets in some of Britain’s most deprived towns and cities. The charity relies entirely on public support as their vet services receive no lottery or Government funding.
Text 'BUILD' to 70099 to donate £2 plus your normal standard text rate and get your exclusive, free Roobarb and Custard screensaver.
Click on the link below for more information about the PDSA Roobarb and Custard campaign:
13 February 2012
For the first time interviews with Holocaust survivors filmed for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation Institute are available to be viewed in Britain. The video archive, which has more than 50,000 interviews, collected over the past 18 years, is now open to academics, students and, by appointment, members of the public, at the University of London's Holocaust Research Centre at Royal Holloway, as well as in the US at the Shoah Foundation Institute in the University of Southern California.
Spielberg started the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in 1994 to gather the testimonies after his experience of making the film ‘Schindler's List’ about the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, who helped more than a thousand of his Jewish workers avoid the Nazi death camps. The opening of the archive in London was on Holocaust Memorial Day, Friday 27 January 2012.
The interviews are mainly with Jewish survivors, but also include other persecuted groups such as homosexuals and Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as liberators and war crimes participants.
TV News London was one of the British production companies commissioned by the Shoah Foundation Institute to record interviews with Holocaust survivors in a project led by our late colleague, Su Newland, during the 1990’s.
TV News London’s Managing Director, Roz Morris, says: "We are very proud to have played a part in the compilation of the Shoah Foundation Institute archive. I’m sure Su, who was a terrific broadcaster – many people will remember her tremendously popular ‘Secret London’ series on LBC Radio – would be very pleased to know that the Shoah interviews are now available in London so that these terrible events can never be forgotten."
For more information click on the link below to the Evening Standard website: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24030762-spielbergs-film-archive-on-the-holocaust-comes-to-a-london-college.do
30 January 2012
The Grove, Middlesex University’s new £80 million centre for the study of creative industries, has just been officially opened and Roz Morris, Managing Director of TV News London, was among more than a hundred guests who attended the opening ceremony at the university’s Hendon Campus in the London Borough of Barnet, North London. Creative industries are estimated to contribute £60 billion a year to the UK economy and Roz, who is also a Governor of nearby Barnet and Southgate College, joined guests including Councillor Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council, and the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Lisa Rutter.
“I’m pleased to see that Middlesex University is providing high quality training facilities for students who want to work in TV and radio and also in fashion, graphic design, animation and other creative fields”, Roz says. “In addition the media facilities we have at Barnet and Southgate College mean that media students in North London have terrific opportunities for training to join the media industry.”
As well as speeches from Middlesex University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Driscoll, and Sir John Sorrell, Founder and Chairman of the London Design Festival and Co-Chair of the Sorrell Foundation, the event included music from a choir and a student rock band, plus a street dance performance choreographed by members of Flawless( Winners of ITV’s Britain’s Got talent), and a fashion show with white paper outfits made and styled during the evening.
Sir John Sorrell, who together with his wife Frances, set up and ran Newell and Sorrell, one of Europe’s biggest and most successful design businesses, told the audience in the spacious atrium of The Grove building that his time at Hornsey School of Art, now part of Middlesex University, had set him up for his 40 year career in design. He estimated that he had created more than 15,000 jobs and paid more than £50 million in corporation tax, a reminder of how important design and creative arts are to the UK economy.
‘Britain is a world leader in creative arts and we must continually work to maintain that’ he said, adding that, in his role as a Business Ambassador for the British Government, he had recently visited China and Brazil where they government’s are actively trying to catch up with the UK in terms of creative business. “We must keep telling the Government always to keep our great art schools, because they are so valuable to Britain’s world leading role in the creative industries”, he said.
The Grove is Middlesex University’s most ambitious building project and, at 15,000 square metres, is also the largest, providing facilities for around 3,000 of the university’s 10,000 students. It has state of the art media facilities, including a TV Newsroom, two HD TV production studios, AVID edit suites, two digital radio studios, specialist studios for 3D animation photographic studios and one of the best equipped digital darkrooms in the UK. The building also contains specialist workshops for wood, metal, plastics, ceramics, glass, screenprint, etching, letterpress, sound interaction, electronics, laser cutting and digital print as well as facilities for students working on degrees in fashion, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interior architecture, interior design, jewellery and textiles. The building also has space to showcase student work. The Grove’s large atrium is designed as a venue for events, exhibitions and fashion shows.
28 November 2011
TV News London’s Office Manager Lydia Nicolaides was one of the 300 businesswomen attending the 11th National Everywoman Conference at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The Everywoman network is now over 40,000 women in business from all around the UK and aims to provide advice and to challenge and change mindsets to increase the numbers and raise the status of women in the economic community.
This year’s conference theme was the art of business success and how to inject authenticity, integrity and your own spirit into your business. Maria Kempinska MBE, Founder of Jongleurs, the comedy club, gave this year’s keynote speech with her interesting story and insight into working in a male dominated business arena. She has built a successful brand and empire all by using her bicycle as collateral for a loan to finance her vision.
"Having attended the everywoman conference last year with Roz” Lydia says, “ I knew what to expect this year and came more focused and prepared to network and connect with like-minded women. My goal this year was to try and find some women inventors and innovators at the conference to let them know about a special Women Inventors and Innovators Media Workshop we are running in conjunction with the British Female Inventors and Innovators Network on 12 January 2012. With this in mind, my first stop was to visit the British Library Business & IP Centre stand who were very helpful indeed and I took a bunch of flyers to put up in their centre and pass on.”
“I also very much enjoyed the panel session which was a delight to listen to, with each woman telling the audience their business experiences and advice on how to play to your strengths to stand out from the crowd. “ On the panel were Emma Elston, Director, UK Container Maintenance Limited, Trish Haplin, Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire, Anita Lowe, Chief Executive, Venues Event Management and Vanita Parti, Founder, Blink Brow Bar.
Master classes at the conference this year were presented by Katy Howell, Managing Director, Immediate Future, Amanda Phillips, Managing Partner, An Abundance, Jack Milner, Trainer and Facilitator, Stand Up and Deliver, and Nina Grunfeld, Founder, Life Clubs.
Annie Ashdown, Founder of The Self Confidence Centre was the motivational speaker of the day and brought the conference to a close. “She gave us an overwhelming feeling of solidarity and understanding in the room as open floor questions and responses to Annie’s questions were gaining emotional reactions and touching revelations from women in the audience” Lydia says.
Lydia adds: “Having been to two everywoman conferences now, I think the best thing I enjoy about it is the motivational aspect and sense of empowerment you leave the conference with. You can do anything you put your mind to, don't be afraid to take risks, aim for excellence and kick limited beliefs to the curb. As Annie Ashdown put it to one member of the audience be “ like the oak tree standing strong and tall ."
To find out more about everywoman visit www.everywoman.com
To find out more about TV News London’s Media Workshop for inventors and innovators click here
11 November 2011