Leamington Spa based, natural beauty, start-up brand JKB Argent launches with its debut product 'Millionaire Hair Mist'

JKB Argent was founded by natural remedy pioneer Jas Braich who has made a business out of sourcing and blending ingredients found in nature to become powerful beauty tools. With a heritage of distilled alchemy knowledge passed on by her grandparents and her mother, Jas’s interest and passion in home remedies and beauty blends have developed into natural and beautiful potions which actually work.

Naturally Jas produces blends for herself, her family and friends and with a career honed in the retail pharmacy business Jas understands what works effectively, health and beauty worries customers have and is the go –to woman in her community providing sound advice on health and beauty worries.

With this knowledge and insight Jas created an apothecary business from her kitchen table providing natural, luxe blends in beautiful packaging.Founded by natural remedy pioneer Jas Braich, all products are made by sourcing and blending natural ingredients.

With a rich heritage of distilled alchemy passed on to her by her grandparents and mother, Jas complemented her passion and research into home remedies and beauty applications with skills honed in retail pharmacy. The brand has launched with its debut product, Millionaire Hair Mist (£35), a nourishing oil mist that offers a lightweight formula that softens hair, while acting as a foundation to protect the hair shaft against impurities.

The bottle and packaging takes its cue from the luxury Tom Ford fashion and beauty range, Millionaire Hair Mist not only smells divine but is proven to keep your hair shiny, soft and fresh.

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The Coventry and Warwickshire based, 2 office accountancy practice of Armstrongs Accountancy Limited have relocated its Nuneaton office to the heart of Nuneaton’s town centre. The move is to actively strengthen the firm’s foothold and presence across the town. Armstrongs’ new North Warwickshire office officially opened for business on 1 July 2016.

The award winning accountancy practice relocated its Nuneaton office from Hollybush House to new, larger premises opposite Nuneaton’s town Hall, Coton Road. Its head office continues to operate from its Westwood Business Park location. The firm set up their second office in Hinckley in 2007 moving to Nuneaton last year. New premises are needed as Armstrongs is consistently growing, the move being a result of the firm’s and its clients successes.

The Nuneaton team are actively involved with all clients at the office and focussed on helping the partners at Armstrongs in growing the firm’s presence within the area and continuing the Armstrongs’ ethos of adding value and support to their clients in a personable, professional approach. The firm are proud of providing excellent service, focussing on client retention and attracting new clients whilst keeping a firm eye on plans for growth.

Paul Farmer, a partner at Armstrongs, said ‘We pride ourselves on being a modern, growing and dynamic accountancy practice. We have made strides in growing the business by investing in staff, their development and innovative office systems and practices. Everyone at Armstrongs shares the ambition to continually develop and improve on what is done and how it’s done.’

Armstrongs are an award winning firm of chartered accountants serving a diverse range of local clients for more than 40 years. It manages the affairs of audit group companies, SME’s, partnerships, sole traders, and charity accounts. The company also offers added value services such as tax compliance and advises high-net worth individuals on tax strategy and planning. Its passion for helping small and medium-sized businesses succeed has earned them accolades within the accountancy industry.

Armstrongs are the first accountancy practice in the West Midlands and Warwickshire area to have won the 2014 Midlands Independent Firm of the Year award at the British Accountancy Awards. Additionally, Paul Farmer was a finalist for UK Practitioner of the Year award making him one of the top 9 practitioners in the UK.

Paul joined the leadership team of Nuneaton business network group, George Eliot BNI in 2015, helping the firm through its 50 BNI members build upon its existing connections within the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire business community.

The new Nuneaton office can be found at: Anker House, Coton Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 5TQ.


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Melon Communications MD, Helen Toomey Hesk has been appointed to the judging panel of Midlands Media Awards and Student Awards for the second year running.

The awards are organised by Cloud 9 Event Management on behalf of The Birmingham Press Club, which holds the crown of the oldest press club in world.

The Midlands Media Awards and Student Awards celebrate the very best of media talent and its diversity throughout the Midlands region. Designed to recognise core-values, creativity and headlines, the best editorial teams, news and sports photographers, journalists and new talent. The awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 20 October 2016.

Helen said ‘I am looking forward to appraising this years’ entries in the ‘Campaign of the Year category’. I feel privileged to see evidence of such a high standard and quality of work. I could appreciate when I judged last year, the creativity, skill, attention to detail and time that went into each entry’

The award categories are as follows:

Blogger of the Year

Business Journalist of the Year

Campaign of the Year

Columnist of the Year

Feature Writer of the Year

Headline of the Year

Journalist of the Year

Magazine of the Year

Public Choice

Newcomer of the Year

Newspaper of the Year

News Photo of the Year

News Reporter of the Year (Daily) or (Weekly)

News Website of the Year

Radio Journalist of the Year

Scoop of the Year

Sports Photographer of the Year

Supplement of the Year

The Tony Flanagan News Photographer of the Year Award

TV Journalist of the Year


To submit your entry please note the deadline is 5 August 2016. Find out more at www.midlandsmediaawards.co.uk

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London based technology consultancy Panoptics (www.panoptics.com) has announced the success of technology infrastructure upgrade project for City based, The Brewery Venue located near London’s Barbican Centre.

Panoptics has been fully managing its IT operations for the last 5 years. The venues’ existing IT platform worked competently supporting its day to day operational requirements. As the business was growing rapidly year on year the aged infrastructure and hardware required significant financial outlay and project time to enable the venue to meet its future business goals.

Andy Lang, Technical Director at Panoptics said ‘the project win represented an important stage in the development of Panoptics – with another high profile contract endorsing our capability to work to the very highest of standards and demonstrating our presence within the global events sector. We are also delighted to build on our working partnership with our colleagues at The Brewery Venue.’

As one of Panoptics first clients, The Brewery  requested a consultation process working in partnership to find the best solution for the venue. Researching and providing a detailed cost analysis comparison explaining and advising in detail all available options, Panoptics were able to show a cost saving over 3 years and the avoidance of a large Capex bill within the first year.

The venue’s systems were migrated to the Panoptics cloud platform with no interruption to services, enhanced with integrated Back-Up and Disaster Recovery and the provision of scalable capacity for their immediate and future operational requirements. The Brewery now has an enterprise class, high availability, reliable, robust and scalable Infrastructure. Project success was clearly demonstrated when a significant outage was caused by a third party carrier cutting through a fibre circuit. Within an hour the entire infrastructure was restored with no data loss.

The Brewery saved sizeable capital expenditure and has clear costs calculated and mapped out for future budgetary control. The Brewery’s IT infrastructure has been migrated to a cost effective, robust solution with minimum impact on day to day operations and allowing for the growth of the business over the next 10 years.

The technical environment of the Brewery is complex as it needs to be flexible allowing spaces to be linked together or used in isolation suitable for individual capacity requirements of every event. Some events are private annual internal staff meetings or they may be open, requiring heavy social media traffic and online sharing.

Simon Lockwood, Creative Director at The Brewery explained ‘Our visitors are assured of a good all round experience. We operate a one event contact with our clients, all client and event details must be instantly available to the Brewery account manager. We pride ourselves on our facilities, quality of cuisine provided by our award-winning chefs and our entire service so it is vital our processes run seamlessly without interruption. Highly available technology processes are vital to bring this together’

This technology advantage was a major factor in helping to secure a double award win for the Best Event Venue at the ‘London Venue Awards’ and Event Venue of the year at the ‘Event Awards’.


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I have started to notice a growing trend of people building connections using social media and jumping right in with a hard sell message.There is no mistaking that over time, social media channels used in the right way can bring you customers and valuable business connections. But social media is an engagement tool, it is NOT a sales tool. I have been more than irritated by a few selling and spamming messages which I have recently experienced.

Let me share with you contacts from this year alone which highlight a clumsy and rude approach via social media. After having accepted a friend request from a friend of a friend, I received this personal message:

‘I develop individuals to increase their monthly salary and start earning an extra income immediately working part time from home around their other commitments. Could I send you a 5 minute video for you to have a look at and to see if this is something that could help you bring in some more money, or free up some of your time, by working from home.’

Oh dear, this sentiment takes me back a few years, are pyramid marketing schemes making the rounds again? ...big sigh. Unfriend.

I received an invitation from a lady I had met at a business networking lunch. She opened with this charming message:

Would you like to weight? I can help individuals lose weight, give me a call if you are interested in losing few pounds... BLOCK

Don’t let me forget the business contact who once connecting with me on Facebook attempted to connect with my school friends, family, good friends and acquaintances. Uncomfortable and more than a little creepy.

The way social media works and the way we use it changes all the time. I do hope that in our ever increasing online world folks don’t forget simple manners and business etiquette. I love social media, I love having that immediate contact with friends, making new friends, building business connections and keeping in touch with old colleagues.

It has taken me years to build my connections on social media. Be sure to put the time in, there are no quick wins to making ‘friends’, real or virtual. Earn it, don't forget to be nice and the rewards will come.