Tuesday, 23 February 2010

New business is cooking on gas

Congratulations to Leanne McHugh, a former administrator at the John Buddle Work Village in Benwell, who was so inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of the village’s tenants that she has set up her own catering business there.

Leanne, 23, who worked at the village for two years, has launched Love Food Ltd to provide catering for weddings, private dinner parties, corporate events and much more. The business offers tailor-made outside catering packages, creating bespoke menus to suit all occasions, themes and tastes.

Leanne is working alongside fellow director Jonathan Wardale, former head chef of catering company Fresh Element, a successful previous tenant. Fresh Element left the village kitchens last year to open Six Restaurant at the Baltic on Gateshead’s Quayside.

The John Buddle Work Village, which has been a Uniquethinking client for several years, is run by charitable trust Reviving the Heart of the West End (RHWE) which provides office and workshop units to support young businesses and promotes urban regeneration in areas of social and economic deprivation in West Newcastle.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Mike's the talk of the Times

Many thanks to the infamous Mike Grahamslaw who was the star of the show at our networking event, the Gosforth and Jesmond Business Network last week.

Mike, who is sales director for Accent Magazines came along to our new venue, the Townhouse Hotel, to speak to more than 60 business people about his life and work and love of Newcastle.

This was the seventh event we've organised and we're really pleased the informal format is working - what better way to do business in lovely settings after work. Speed networking is still popular but not obligatory.

Mike did actually say "uniquethinking is by far the best PR consultancy in the North East" but I bet he says that to all the girls - and he'd had a few drinks by that point.

Anyhow if you'd like to come along to the next event in April, register on the site now - it's £5 on the door.

Thanks to Mike for being the perfect guest speaker.