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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.

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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!

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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Cask Corner, Doncaster – What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

October 22, 2013

Cask Corner, Doncaster

What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

CASK CORNER LOGO 17.06.13Cask Corner first opened in 2011 under the patronage of Julie Buckley who’s mission statement was to promote Live Music in Doncaster; to both showcase and fuse young and old talent alike and to provide a platform for them to do this, to bridge the generation gap, to develop past and present musical influences and hone their musical skills, as well as to provide a stage for existing bands. They have achieved this by providing free rehearsal space, giving them an opportunity to perform either at Live and Gigging on a Tuesday, Open Mic on a Wednesday or a gig on a Friday or Saturday night. Also she wanted to make Live Music available to all, not charging an entry fee achieves this.

Julie “Very Rarely Wrong” Buckleys’ happy team consist of Adrian “Damaging Director” Daykin, Lorna “Mousekin” Buckley, Marc “I’m Off For My Sandwich” Jones, Phill “500 points in Scrabble “ Boguszewski, Alanah “Flirty” Flint, Becca “My Zips Stuck” Medley, Joie “It’s not my real name” Carruthers and Daniel “Dapper” Rowley.

Me and the girlsJulie was at Open Mic when she was informed that Cask Corner were finalists at the What’s On For Me Awards, several members of The Smoking Beagles and Groomlake Fugitives asked if they could come along to the awards. This ramshackle band of troubadours are a prime example of what she set out to achieve; the bands were formed by customers, friends and Open Mic attendees ageing from 25 to 53, they played their first gigs at Cask Corner with great success and went on to perform at T-Fest and are now a highly sought after bands.

cask corner photoAll Cask Corners events fit in with those in the Doncaster Community; many local bands performed there during Doncasters music festival MAPFest and they organised some great events for Doncasters first Steampunk weekend with a Music Hall Variety Show featuring lots of local talent. They also host Cask Fest twice a year with live music all day and night! In 2013 they were also proud to be invited to host a VIP tent at Tickhills’ first music festival, T-Fest which was a great success.

Getting to know the customers both in person and via social media is imperative to the Cask Corner team and a massive thank you goes out to all of them, the staff and the musicians for helping to make Cask Corner the great venue that it is.

Thank you, Julie

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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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City Hearts – What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

October 22, 2013

City Hearts, Sheffield

What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

City HeartsCity Hearts was started around seven years ago with the aim to help and support vulnerable women live a free and purpose filled life.  Since then City Hearts has started numerous projects with a view to fulfilling this aim. Projects include a 24-hour residential Restore Recovery Programme for women and two regional UK teams that offer support to victims of Human Trafficking. We have also launched City Hearts International in Ghana, a programme helping in the poorest areas of the city with a homework club and courses teaching young people business skills.  This provides much needed opportunities to prevent young people falling victim to human trafficking.

City Hearts goal is to love people back to life.  This is achieved by providing a high standard of support with the emphasis of moving individuals forwards toward their personal goals, through mentoring, counselling, friendship and practical help.

In 2011, we became part of the national support provision helping victims of human trafficking. Currently we offer accommodation and support to men, women and families caught up in the travesty of trafficking.  We provide a safe refuge for rescued victims and help them access immediate support, medical care, counselling and practical assistance toward a new future. Our trained team of caseworkers provide a high level of care and expertise.  City Hearts has established excellent links to connect victims into the community and to provide ongoing support.

Year after year City Hearts sees numerous lives turned around.  To read some of these stories, such as those of Idore and Jess, or to find out more about what we do, then visit:

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What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Nominee – Amatsu Training School, Herts

October 4, 2013

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AmatsuThe Amatsu Training School in Hertfordshire was established in 2005 by Jane Langston, specialising in the training of Amatsu Practitioners.  What’s that, you ask?  Amatsu is an amazing complementary therapy that uses diagnostic tools from a wide range of disciplines including muscle testing and orthopaedic testing to understand and explain the body’s natural movement principles.  During a treatment the therapist will assess specific dysfunctions and the most effective way to restore balance back to the whole body with minimum intervention. This is possible because of the application of natural body movement, Taijutsu, which is one of the things that makes Amatsu unique.  Taijutsu or natural body movement (as it translates from Japanese) is used by the practitioner to induce movement in the client which then facilitates a deeper level of integrated, whole body correction.  Its definitely more than just a massage!

Our teaching team of Jane Langston and Taz Faruqi have a combined teaching experience of 20 years, and have clinical experience of more than 30 years. They are helped by their trainee teacher Gina Croft who is a whizz at admin too. Together they have written outstanding training modules which are enhanced by video clips of all techniques – no excuse to forget what was demonstrated in class!

The training requires dedication, as it takes two years to complete, and there are over 40 in-class training days and two years of distance learning to supplement the classroom. Our classes are full of information, both theoretical and practical, and are above all, fun!  Our students come from all walks of life and are all ages, which means we have to teach in a variety of styles to suit the needs of the learners. The highlight of the two years is the final revision weekend, which is a residential weekend of non-stop learning.

We have prided ourselves in teaching to the highest standard, receiving the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine’s award for Best Complementary Medicine Company in 2012.

The sister company, The Amatsu Clinic Rickmansworth, is where Jane, Taz and Gina work in their clinical practice, offering quality treatments to the south east of England. 

We are delighted to be nominated in no less than 4 categories in the What’s On 4 Me Awards –

“Best Skill or Academic Learning Provider” or “Most Inspirational Instructor or Tutor” for The Amatsu Training School Ltd and

“Best Beauty, Lifestyle or Wellbeing Service” and “Best relaxation Provider” for The Amatsu Clinic Rickmansworth.

To vote for The Amatsu Traniing School Ltd or The Amatsu Clinic Rickmansworth 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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