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Oliver Ormson as The Prince in Sleeping Beauty Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 8 Dec 2018 13 Jan 2019 2Wolverhampton Grand Theatre today announced that Oliver Ormson will play the Prince in this year’s pantomime alongside the previously announced Debbie McGee, Richard Cadell & Sooty, Doreen Tipton and Ian Adams.

Musical Theatre actor Oliver was most recently seen at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre playing Lucas Beineke in The Addams Family musical in 2017.

Commenting on the labour market figures for August 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The continued rise in employment and the drop in the unemployment rate is further confirmation that the UK’s jobs market remains in good shape, despite subdued economic conditions.

“With earnings growth continuing to slow, the pace at which pay is exceeding price growth remains negligible, and is therefore unlikely to provide much respite to the financially squeezed consumer. Achieving sustained increases in wage growth remains a key challenge, with sluggish productivity, underemployment and the myriad of high upfront business costs weighing down on pay settlements. As such, there remains precious little sign that wage growth is set to take-off - undermining a key assumption behind the Monetary Policy Committee’s recent decision to raise rates.

Gareth Jones LThe boss a leading technical academy is urging businesses and the Government to do more to ensure the UK fully commercialises the wealth of IP it creates.

Gareth Jones, joint Managing Director of In-Comm Training, believes the recent BAE Systems contract with Australia highlights a worrying trend where our design and value added engineering is exported overseas for other people to complete the manufacturing work, resulting in fewer jobs and the prospect of a competency gap developing.

Dr Gupta GynaecologistMulti-lingual Dr Sunanda Gupta practices privately as a gynaecologist at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital, in Tettenhall. With almost 20 years as a consultant community gynaecologist, Dr Gupta has over 30 years of service in the NHS. Her impressive track record includes extensive experience and expertise in gynaecology, including contraceptive and reproductive health.

Qualifying in 1976, Dr Gupta possesses a dual certificate in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and in Community Gynaecology. In 1990 she qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College in 2002. In 2006, she attained Fellowship of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health. In addition to English, she also speaks Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

The Advertising Association, the UK industry body for advertising, has launched a new competition – AAccelerate for Growth - where ten SMEs in the West Midlands can gain access to a unique high value multi-platform advertising campaign, at an exceptional discounted cost, to drive company growth and complete with an independent evaluation of the business impact.

The competition is part of the Advertising Association’s AAccelerate for Growth pilot programme and the West Midlands is the proving ground for what the organisation aims to be a national programme to enable SMEs to advertise more.

Preparations for the 2019 Black Country Business Festival are in full swing, with a number of sponsorship deals already signed and applications to host an event opening after the summer.

The second annual Black Country Business Festival will see a fortnight of business events from conferences, seminars and tours to expos, workshops, demonstrations, showcases, networking sessions and debates, taking place all over the region from 13th to 24th May 2019.

Truckman has left a lasting impression at the Burwarton Show with not only its Isuzu approved hardtops, but also its staff’s award-winning cattle.

The leading 4x4 hardtop and accessories manufacturer showcased a number of its products at the show on the Isuzu stand, which was hosted by the local Imperial Halesowen dealership. Accessories on show included the Truckman Grand hardtop, new alloy, tyre and drawer storage solution DECKED, and the brand-new Thule FreeRide 532 bike rack.

Consultant Mr Simon HobbsThe newest minimally invasive treatment option for visible varicose veins enables people to have their veins treated with much greater comfort and less bruising. The VenaSeal Closure system is a new sealing system using medical grade superglue, involving many fewer injections and is relatively painless. Choosing private treatment with a consultant vascular surgeon at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton hospital, means that you can be sorted out in one visit and will be back on your feet quickly!

Varicose veins are caused by a malfunction of valves in the veins. When the valves fail, blood flows backwards and pools in the veins causing a bulging appearance. Both men and women with varicose, or spider veins, often experience cramping or aching in the legs. Sadly for patients, the NHS no longer offers treatment for the majority of patients.  When the vein valves weaken, pooled blood can cause painful and unsightly bulges at the skin’s surface. Symptoms include aching and itching, swelling and restless legs at night and the sensation of throbbing over the vein. If left untreated, this can lead to bleeding, eczema, phlebitis and potentially leg ulcers, which take a long time to heal.

Kira MalouProducer Karl Sydow is delighted to announce casting for the new 2018/19 UK tour of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage, visiting Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Monday 1st - Saturday 6th April 2019.

The iconic story of Baby and Johnny, featuring the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, returns to the stage, following two blockbuster West End runs, three hit UK tours, and multiple sensational international productions. 

Olio HubThe National Express Foundation is urging organisations across the Black Country to take advantage of an additional £100,000 of funding to support young people, before it is too late.

National Express doubled the amount of funding it provided to the Foundation in 2018. In April the charity awarded nearly £230,000 to support young people and last month the charity launched an additional funding round for the first time.

Applications for the additional £100,000 of funding must be received by Friday 24th August 2018.

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