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What’s On 4 2014 Awards Winners Announced

November 21, 2014
What'S On 4 Me 2014 Award Winners

What’S On 4 Me 2014 Award Winners

Welcome to our What’s On 4 Me 2014 Awards! We are delighted to announce that the Winners and Runners Up for our 2014 What’s On 4 Me Awards were announced at the Awards Ceremony at Earls Court on 20th November 2014!

Our Awards celebrate the very best adult’s activity providers in the UK – in association with Ideal Weight brought to you by the team behind the Ideal Home Show.

2014 Award Finalists Announced Tomorrow!

October 7, 2014

earls courtOur 4th National Annual Awards in association with Ideal Weight are about to reveal over 20 Finalists in the 2014 Awards.

We have received thousands of votes for those companies, organisations and individuals providing the very best lifestyle and “Me Time” activities, classes, events and support for adults across the UK!

Our What’s On 4 Me 2014 Awards recognise the great work that your activity providers do, especially the ones who you feel go above and beyond the call of duty, and our Awards will give them the praise they deserve at our fabulous Awards Ceremony hosted on the catwalk stage at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas!

2014 What’s On 4 Junior Awards

July 7, 2014

What's On 4 Little Ones 2014 AwardsOur 2014 What‘s On 4 Junior Awards celebrate the very best kid’s activity providers in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

Our 8th National Annual Awards reward, celebrate and recognise those companies,organisations and individuals providing the very best activities, classes, days out and parties for young families and children across the UK.

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Junior Awards took place in association with Drayton Manor Hotel & Theme Park and we enjoyed an emotional and exciting 2014 Awards Ceremony at this fantastic family-friendly venue on Friday 20th June 2014. Click here for more details regarding the Drayton Manor Hotel and Theme Park.

The Womens Business Club – What’s On 4 Me 2013 Sponsor

November 8, 2013

The Womans Business Club

What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Sponsor

Womens Business Clubs LogoOur sole aim at the Women’s Business Club is to help you grow your business so you can make more money and gain more time! Join us for our Networking events , Business Growth Workshops, the Maximise conference and for personal Mentoring.

Membership is not a requirement to attend events but why would you not join us for fantastic benefits and savings? We only allow one person from a profession to join each location, this helps avoid any conflict of interest. Annual membership is £120 and can be purchased when you book into a networking event.

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British Nannies – What’s On 4 Me 2013 Sponsor

November 7, 2013

British Nannies

What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Sponsor

British Nannies Logo (Web version)Providers of high quality childcare to families across the UK and internationally. We take pride in listening to – and meeting – every detail of a parents childcare wishes and a Nanny’s career aspirations.

Whether you need someone to help look after your children full-time while you work or just for the holidays, we can help! We can help find Nannies & Au Pairs for any family based anywhere in the UK.

We have a proven track record of finding highest quality childcare that is suited to your needs. As part of the British Nannies Group service we are able to help find and place Nannies in destinations around the world.

We’d be very happy to offer a 10% discount on our placement fees when the special offer code WO4M is used.

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Joanna Helcké – What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

November 5, 2013

Joanna Helcké, Leicestershire

What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

From academic to pregnancy and postnatal fitness expert

DSC_1690 copy (5)What motivated you to start the business?

I started off life with a career in academia which explains why my title is “Dr”. Everything was ticking along quite happily until I had my first two sons within the space of 17 months – it turned my life upside down, and to be honest I found it really quite hard going.

One day a leaflet dropped through my letterbox announcing the opening of a fantastic new gym on my doorstep. I joined, started exercising regularly and my life was quite simply transformed. I suddenly felt wonderful, as if I could take on the world! This planted the seed in my mind which eventually grew into my business, Zest4lifeUK.

Tell us about your business…

Zest4lifeUK specialises in pregnancy and postnatal fitness and was born out of my desire to bring together health, wellbeing, fun and friendship for mums-to-be and new mothers. It’s all about creating social networks and providing support for mothers because it’s my firm belief that health is not just about physical fitness but also about mental wellbeing. So Zest4lifeUK offers a range of specialist pre and postnatal fitness classes which are accompanied by all sorts of social aspects, such as tea and coffee after the lessons, meals out, a breakfast club for mums-to-be and a very lively facebook page! Time and time again people tell me how important the social aspect is –exercising and socialising seem to be the perfect combination.

About three years ago I started thinking about how I could expand my business. My initial thoughts turned towards franchising but I have to confess that I’m a bit of a control freak and I would be breathing down the poor franchisees’ necks. So I decided to create an online pregnancy and postnatal fitness system which would be accessible to women everywhere and anywhere. I’ve spent that last two years working on this huge project and it is due to go live in November 2013 – I am incredibly excited about it as it will be the first of its kind in the UK.

What were the first steps you took when setting up your business?

Well of course the first thing I had to do was retrain and gain a whole series of vocational qualifications, ranging from personal training and Pilates to aquanatal and pregnancy/postnatal fitness. Part of my personal training qualification included a business module which gave me the opportunity to reflect on the business I was going to set up. We had to prepare a business plan and I remember that whilst everyone else had created a fictitious one, mine was for real! So by the time I had completed my qualifications I had a name for the company, I had purchased a domain name, I had a professionally designed logo, and I had high quality headed notepaper.

During my studies I also offered to set up a postnatal Pilates class at the college where I was studying so that I could gain hands-on experience of teaching new mums. By the time I qualified I felt ready to steam ahead with my business plan, which is exactly what I did.

Most effective marketing?

Now that my business has been going for nearly 5 years I have the pleasure of being able to let word-of-mouth do the work for me. It’s always lovely to know that you have been recommended. Having said that, this has been underpinned by years of extremely hard work and of never ever letting standards fall. Interestingly, people often say to me “Jo, you are everywhere” and I think there’s a really important lesson to learn from this comment: successful marketing is cumulative and people will eventually come to you when they have heard enough about you and seen you in many different arena. I give talks for the NHS, I write for local magazines, I get myself into the local newspapers, I support many local business and they in turn support me, I organise charity events and, above all, I remember everybody who I have ever taught and when I bump into people – which is all the time – I chat. A lot.

With the forthcoming launch of my online pregnancy and postnatal system I now have to take marketing into a completely new sphere: a national sphere. Scary but exciting!

What has been your biggest challenge?

There is no doubt in my mind that the biggest challenges are yet to come. The shift from local to national is enormous and feels daunting, yet at the same time incredibly exciting. I was giving a talk last week and I commented that it feels as though I am standing at the very bottom of Mount Everest looking upwards and, boy is it high! In answer someone said “Jo, you just don’t realise how high you have climbed because the peaks are up in the clouds”. I like that!

What do you most love about running my own business?

It would be far quicker for me to answer the question “What don’t you enjoy about running your own business?” because I quite simply adore what I do. Teaching  mums-to-be and new mothers makes me happy, whilst developing my national online fitness system gives me a huge buzz of excitement and anticipation.

What advice would you offer to others?

Choose to work in a field that you are passionate about because people will always sense genuine enthusiasm and will be drawn to you and your business.

What is your business philosophy

Always exceed your clients’ expectations by going the extra mile or two. Aim to delight.

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Jane Langston, The Amatsu Training School – What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

October 22, 2013

Jane Langston, The Amatsu Training School, Herts

What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

amatJane Langston has been practitioner since 2000, and a Teacher of Amatsu since 2003, working with Active Balance Training Ltd and Amatsu UK Ltd with the inspirational Dennis Bartram. Jane has taught in Hertfordshire (North West London), Hartlepool and Dublin, having been an assistant trainer since 2001.  The Amatsu Training School was formed in 2005 and Jane has a proven track record of teaching to a high standard. She was a founder member of the Amatsu Therapy Association (ATA), and acts as an External Examiner for  Amatsu Therapy International and is a Senior Practitioner with the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine. Jane is also a member of Amatsu Therapy International and the Institute for Learning, having completed the City and Guilds PTLLS at level 4.

AmatsuJane has a scientific approach to the teaching of the art of Amatsu, by virtue of her background as a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, specialising in Haematology.The school has produced award winning students, with Kim Holmes being awarded the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine’s Best Complementary Medicine Student Award 2011.

Jane will be assisted throughout the courses by Taz Faruqi, another qualified teacher.   Together they amass over 18 years of Amatsu teaching, and over 22 years of clinical practice. They will be ably assisted by Gina Croft , who has a keen desire to teach Amatsu, and will be participating on the Trainers’ Programme. Additional classroom and kitchen support is provided by Noura Abi-Chahine.
The Amatsu Training School Ltd  is proud to have been awarded the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine’s Award for Best Complementary Therapy Company 2012 – a tremendous accolade indeed!

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Lindsey Allen, Lindsey Allen Fitness – What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

October 22, 2013

Lindsey Allen, Lindsey Allen Fitness, Bromsgrove

What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

Lindsey AllenWith more than 10 years experience in the fitness industry as a gym manager, personal trainer and studio instructor, I moved to Bromsgrove from a successful career managing the BBC Fitness Centres in London. I am based at The Ryland Centre where I offer a variety of classes including high energy, fat burning and body conditioning.

I am passionate about promoting the physical and psychological benefits of leading a healthy & active lifestyle, and committed to making exercise accessible to everyone, regardless of their fitness level or goals. My classes are designed to be a welcoming and nurturing place for people to exercise and take time out, in a bid to support a healthy work/life balance.

Whatever exercise you’re into or whatever level of fitness you’re at, I have a class to suit you. My unique selling point in Bromsgrove is introducing Hour of Power to the West Midlands which is the most exciting & dynamic full body workout on the UK fitness scene. It truly is “The Ultimate Workout”! I also over Boxercise Circuits, Pump fx, LBT’s, Abs, a HIIT class called 60 Minute Fat Loss, Little Black Dress Club and Real Results.

As a personal trainer, I dedicate my time and expertise to each individual client and work with them closely to ensure they achieve their goals. I will always discuss their exercise likes and dislikes so that the workouts always remain fun & effective!

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Ideal Weight – What’s On 4 Me 2013 Headline Sponsor

October 22, 2013

Ideal Weight

What’s On 4 Me 2013 Headline Sponsor

Ideal_weight_120x120At Ideal Weight we see things differently. We believe that losing weight isn’t the hardest part – it’s keeping it off that’s tricky. That’s why learning the skills for long term weight management is at the heart of what we offer.

Unlike most weight loss plans, we don’t believe ‘one size fits all’. Your ideal weight is personal to you, and only you should decide what it is. We offer a range of eating plans to kick start your weight loss journey combined with weekly weight management sessions with one of our Ideal Weight coaches.  This means that when you reach your ideal weight you’ll have all the tools and skills you’ll need to stay there.

We use the Body Mass Index to accurately measure if you are overweight or obese and your Ideal Weight coach will use this calculation to help you choose which of our plans is suitable for you. The Body Mass Index calculation is a basic and widely accepted way to measure if you’re overweight or obese. Medical professionals use BMI to assess health risks. For example, the higher your BMI the higher your risk of certain diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems and some cancers.

We know the only way to successfully maintain your ideal weight once you’ve reached it, is to change your relationship with food. Our coaches are trained weight management experts who’ll not only support and listen to you through the usual ups and downs of your weight loss journey, but more importantly, they are there to help you build a positive relationship with food for the future.

Weight Loss Plans

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Our range of weight loss plans have been developed to fit in with your lifestyle. Ideal Weight offer three eating plans to help you kick start your weight loss journey. On the 4 Plan, all your meals are replaced with four nutrition packs a day and you will have a daily milk allowance. Because this is a very low calorie eating plan and your long-term health is important to us, not everyone who comes to us can do the 4 Plan, and those who are able to, can only stay on this plan for a maximum of eight weeks. Your coach will discuss whether this is an option for you.

The 3 Plan and 2 Plan consist of nutrition packs (you can choose from our range of delicious shakes, soups, meals and bars which are all suitable for vegetarians), plus meals which you’ll prepare for yourself from our list of every day food options, which includes a daily fruit and milk allowance. Using this you’ll be able to prepare yourself meals like creamy salmon, pork stir-fry, curries and casseroles.

You’ll have a weekly session with your Ideal Weight coach to have a better understanding of why you have gained weight in the past and what behavioural changes you can make to manage your weight better in the future.

Maintaining your Ideal Weight

Once you’ve lost weight and are close to your ideal weight, you’ll have already started putting into practise the skills you’ll need to help you maintain your weight in the future. When you reach this stage your coach will introduce you to our weight management eating plans. The 1 Plan is the first step towards weight maintenance. This plan includes one nutrition pack a day alongside three meals which you’ll prepare for yourself from an extended list of every day foods, plus you will still continue to attend your weekly session with your Ideal Weight coach.

Once you’ve finished the 1 Plan, and are ready to start maintaining your ideal weight, you’ll start experimenting with food choices, portion sizes and new recipes, and fully put to use all the new skills you developed during your weight loss phase. And of course, the support of your coach and group will also continue throughout this time.

Ideal Weight Coaches

Our coaches are at the heart of Ideal Weight, so finding the right people to work with us is crucial to our success. We recruit people from all backgrounds, however, there’s one common thread – you must have excellent people skills and empathy. We recruit against a competency framework to ensure that all Ideal Weight coaches offer the best possible service to our clients. If you think you have the skills to help our clients reach their ideal weight and stay there, contact us now, we’d love to hear from you!

Ideal Weight at the Ideal Home Show

Come and visit the Ideal Weight stand located in the Woman’s section for your free BMI check, and enter our competition where one lucky winner will win a spa break voucher for 2. Ideal Weight will also be offering free membership to all new joiners at the show, details of which can be found by visiting the stand.

Ideal Weight will also be returning to the catwalk this Christmas with a new show every day at 12pm and 1pm. They have a great show planned this Christmas, with some festive fun and a few surprises.

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What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Nominee – Social Media Consultancy Limited, County Durham

October 7, 2013

All Awards nominees are given the opportunity to showcase their great work on our Blog.  So, remember to Sign up for our Blog to hear news of other nominees coming shortly!

(To add your blog – email info@whatson4me.co.uk)

SMC 220213-10The Social Media Consultancy Limited was formed in January 2012 by Jayson Gurney, after spending 12 months successfully organising and host 3 regional monthly Social Media Cafes in Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle through his IT business, SOHO IT Solutions.

The main aim of the Social Media Cafes was to help small business owners, managers and non-profit group members to embrace Social Media in an open and friendly networking environment.  Jayson appreciated the need for free professional advice, guidance and support – all the regional Social Media Cafes, of which there are now 5 – Darlington, Durham, Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle and Hartlepool still offer FREE support.

The business has gone from strength to strength – it now offers affordable hands-on training workshops to help business owners gain the skills to manage their own Social Media presence.  In addition to this it has established two monthly Support Groups, again aimed at helping business embrace social media to promote their products and services.

Late in 2012, Jayson received an unexpected phone call from HootSuite inviting him to become a Partner. Several months later, The Social Media Consultancy becomes an official HootSuite Pro partner – strengthening their skills within the Social Media market.

Once again, The Social Media Consultancy have been nominated for a “What’s On 4 Me Award”, last year we made the finals, but 2012 was not our year.  Hopefully, 2013 will be our year as we have been nominated for two categories.

  • Best Hobby to Business Support
  • Best Socialising, Networking or Support Group

We are delighted to have been nominated and would like to thank everyone for their loyal support.

Jayson Gurney, Managing Director

The Social Media Consultancy has been nominated in the following two categories Best Hobby to Business Support and Best Socialising, Networking or Support Group. To vote for The Social Media Consultancy please visit the What’s On 4 Me Awards website and click the Voting Link.

If you want to keep updated and find out how to attend our glittering Awards Ceremony at Earls Court in November, as part of the Ideal Home Show at Xmas, then add your details here

 

 

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