Curry & Business Charity Night

On October 30th, 2018, ​Town or Country​ is proud to be host the latest Curry Business networking event at the recently-reopened Kuti’s Brasserie in Southampton.

The event, which was launched by the Waterlooville-based digital marketing agency ​Tillison Consulting​ in 2014, is dedicated to business networking with a distinction. A selection of authentic Indian dishes will be served at the event, which starts at 6.30pm, and proceeds will be donated to ​Breast Cancer Haven​.

Founded in 1985, Town or Country provide cost-effective serviced accommodation in Southampton and Portsmouth, with value for money and, most importantly, that home-from-home experience.

Sharon Wood, Business Development & Partner Relationship Manager of Town or Country, says: ‘We are delighted to be returning to Kuti’s Brasserie for our fifth time as hosts of Curry Business. We last hosted in January and can’t wait to get stuck back in, especially in the name of a charity as vital as Breast Cancer Haven.

‘As far as networking is concerned, Curry Business is a can’t-miss event for businesses in Southampton and across Hampshire. It brings something unique to the table and the atmosphere is always enjoyable!’

Food for the evening will be priced at £20 per person, and an additional £5 donation to Breast Cancer Haven will be requested.

Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity offering free emotional, physical and practical support to anyone affected by breast cancer. From their welcoming centre in Titchfield, counsellors, therapists and health professionals from the Wessex branch of Breast Cancer Haven offer patients the support they need to help them with their own personal challenges of living with breast cancer.

Mark Tillison, Managing Director at Tillison Consulting, says: ‘Breast Cancer Haven is a charity we have supported multiple times over the last year through Curry Business, and we are thrilled to continue supporting the important work that their staff carry out not just in the Wessex region, but across the UK.’

Hosted in locations across Hampshire, Curry Business has helped Tillison Consulting raise in excess of £5,500 for local charities including No Limits, The Murray Parish Trust and Smile Support & Care.

Mark adds: ‘Curry Business is a social evening with no agenda other than to enjoy the company of other businesses while supporting worthy causes. There are no subscriptions, no memberships, no commitments – if you gain some business from it, consider it a bonus.’

To reserve your place for the event, or to receive updates about future events via the Curry Business mailing list, visit ​tillison.co.uk/curry​.

For further enquiries, please contact Danny Randon: ​danny.randon@tillison.co.uk

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Get A Grip On Your Group!

 

 

00-whatsapp-tips-lead_stuff-1024x768.pngFor any lovers of the game of golf you would know that Europe have regained the Ryder Cup, 2018. (The only link I have ever had to the game is that attempting to get the ball through the windmill, up the ramp and over the bumps on a crazy course near the seaside).

However, it was the way that Europe won the event that really impressed. Team Captain, Rory Mcllroy, told the press it had nothing to do with diet, discipline or who had the best golfing jumper but What’s App. Each day the team would keep in touch with updates on how they were doing and swapping tips to improve. It was, for some, a  good platform for them to vent any frustrations putting them one step ahead of the game mentally. Thus gaining one over the US team and eventually winning the event.

This got me thinking; do you utilise the app to your benefit? Does your group or do your work colleagues need one? I have returned to study academically, I missed out first time around (I really was a day dreamer at school, always wondering what was beyond the hills of Dartmoor for me). My cohort set up a What’s App group instantly. It was a good way to keep up to date with everything, especially if you are a little unorganised; you can play off those strengths of those who have other skills in your squad.

As I get older you feel you need to be more private in life but the benefits of having a support network are positive:

  1. A chance to get everything off your chest. That nightmare day selling, the customer who is constantly proving hard work or perhaps you just need a confidence boost
  2. Knowledge is power, sharing links, photos and videos is a good way of gaining. Communication is always the key!
  3. Keeping it social…and professional. Having a group that can share the good times and the bad is a gain. You become there for each other, especially if off the field things are not so great.
  4. In this together. You have one goal and you can all be apart of that using the Whats App group.
  5. Security. Most of Whats App is encrypted and often means sharing sensitive info can be done safely. However, breaches do happen – be aware of any ‘leaks’ that you might not want anyone outside of the circle to share.

If used in the correct manner, the benefits of a group will certainly out weigh the negative and improve performance. And that has got to be the best hole in one.

Ben Glover

Content Creator/Social Blogger

What You Need To Do This Autumn

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  1. Go rock climbing. Red Spider, near Fareham, Portsmouth are passionate about climbing and bouldering. There are over 250 problems set by some of the best route-setters in the country for the ultimate challenge. The kids castle & pirate ship (consisting of tunnels, slides and climbing), complete with mezzanine for parents to relax and supervise their children simultaneously prove popular and fun for the family. Plus the coffee is good!
  2. Go Walking. We are truly blessed to have some of the best of British countryside, all within distance of our serviced properties.
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    The Hundred Acre Wood, Wickham has various tracks that the family can all take part in. On site the giant sandpit and assault course should wear them out for at least a few hours. And you may just spot a famous bear…

  4. Pick pumpkins! Our soil in Hampshire soaks up some of the sky’s goodness, giving you the chance to pick the finest fruit and veg around. October is pumpkin picking time; from Pickwell Farm, Bursledon to Romsey, you will find the ‘pumps’ in the UK.
  5. Whats SuP! Paddle boarding has boomed this summer. With its ease of storage and simplicity to blow up, from serviced property to water it is the perfect hobby, even in the autumn sun. Check out WeSUP, the stand up paddle boarding club on the river Hamble.

Ben Glover

11 Things To Do At The Southampton Boat Show ’18

The Yacht Market Southampton Boat show returns to the city this month, celebrating 50 years since it’s launch. Whilst some of the exhibits might be well out of range of our bank accounts, the event still offers something for everyone. From food, drink, to meeting celebrities, this year is proving bigger and better.

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Whats SUP

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With paddle boarding being the must have activity of 2018, this is your chance to get on top and enjoy a paddle around the marina arena.

Bubble and Chic

Enjoy the bubbles and taste of fresh sea food along at the champagne and food terrace dedicated to your taste buds. Dress to impress and don yourself some boaters for the added experience.

The Hairy Boaters?

A new, live theatre attaches itself to the champagne bar with guest chefs the Hairy Bikers (Si King and Dave Myers) riding in. They will be on hand to knock up something special in the Mariner’s Grill for the a la carte menu. Their expert knowledge of seafood is second to none and it will be well worth booking in advance for one of their demos.

Gin Up

The latest in on trend drinking now has it’s own festival. Unwind and relax with a cocktail from mixologists, the finest in live entertainment or why not even take a masterclass yourself with your own unique combo.

Subject to conditions, tickets required HERE.

Centre Stage

The boat show is a family event, and this year’s stage events make sure all have some fun. From the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles to meeting a mermaid there is plenty to entertain. Check out the timetable HERE.

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Sea Science

Too much plastic, melting ice caps and over fishing. We’ve been ploughed with how our planet is slowly being overrun by with we put in to it. The Science of the Sea experience is your chance to see how this is being combated. Visit the research teams and vessels involved and take part in the daily chat.

Let’s Rock Pool

Here is your chance to see first hand some of the sea creatures of our blue planet. From gobby fish to sea anenome, there is plenty of aquatic life to explore in the rock pool.

The Festival Green

In Mayflower park, the green is back with live entertainment, experts for your questions and the ever popular Guinness tent. This year sees a special residence The Timbers Barn, with a fine selection of food and drink, all supped from the comfort of some very funky seating.

Whatever Floats Your Boat

kaskelotAs always, there is the chance to climb aboard the various vessels and boats gracing the waters of show show. From research vessel RV Callista to the latest sailing boats, there is always fun aboard. This year see a seafaring beauty Kaskelot, a Danish clipper built in 1948 that his since found fame in many movies.

Over The Bridge

The exhibits continue over the foot bridge from Mayflower Park into the Quays car park. 100’s of displays and stalls will be ready to peruse from kayaks to clothes. Over spilling into the new West Quay III shopping complex, this year is going to be massive.

The YachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show is from the 14th-23rd of September 2019.

Ben Glover

Content Creator

Out (& About!) Southampton Pride ’18!

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Pride. It is not just a celebration of sexuality but of everyone. This colourful festival is back on the streets of Southampton and all are invited. With the extra flamboyant parade beginning at 2pm, expect big shows on wheels, dancing, party people and colourful representatives from all over the area including South Central Ambulance Service and Hampshire Constabulary (last year saw some colourful emergency vehicles!).

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Live Entertmainent from 11am

The main stage sees many acts singing, dancing and with plenty of fun for all the family to enjoy, including the Cheeky Girls!

The Stage Door, Southampton has all the doors wide open with a dedicated area for the kids and your pets! As always, superb food and drink will be in order. You can soak up the atmosphere from inside or simply enjoy Al fresco from the outdoor arena.

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The Acoustic Stage, inside the O2 Guildhall

The Acoustic Stage will be showcasing the latest talent if bands are more your thing. From some new music to the stuff we all know and love to sign along too!

The party continues at The Stage Door!

Not only will the food and drink be on flow but the Pride Village promises to offer something unique to buy and remember the day.

Each year Southampton grinds to a halt and produces the most magnificent of colours from all walks of life. Dark colours are not an option!

So, dress up, make-up, take pride and have an amazing time…whoever you are!

For more information click here.

Ben Glover

Out & About: Seaside In The Square!

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There is always something for you as a guest in and around or serviced properties. Where else could you find a 480m2 beach in the centre of a city? Only in Southampton of course! If you love a bit of beach yoga, keeping fit to live music, a bit of cinema and sand art, the Seaside In The Square, Guildhall square has plenty to offer.

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If relaxing is more your thing (it is a beach) there is plenty to do including chilling by the bar or sampling plenty of restaurants and cafes around the square. With a whole host of varieties to choose from you won’t be going home hungry.

Got a mate or a date? The outdoor cinema is completely FREE and is so popular you will need to book well in advance for a romantic spot on the beach. Entry for the 3pm films will be from 2:30pm, and for the 7pm films will be from 6:30pm. Seating arrangements are up to you; either bring a blanket or get cosy on the seats, mind where you out that arm. 😉 No alcohol can or glass and sadly no pets.

Look out for and join in the Seaside in the Square Giant Deckchair Trail 20 July – 22 August >
Kids: Grab a copy of the trail from NST, Westquay, Marlands and other outlets in the city) and get hunting around town for our 14 giant deckchairs! Complete the trail and take your sheet to the beach bar at Seaside in the Square to claim your prize.

Adults: You have the chance to win a prize too! Get a snap of you and your friends on any of the chairs and post it on Instagram using #sotonseaside. Every week, the photo with the most likes will win a £20 Westquay gift card.#

See Calendar of Events > 

Ben Glover

Summer Serviced Survival Guide!

With summer actually being a summer in the UK, attempting to sleep at night can be hard work. Peruse these tips for a better stay.

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Duvet 

Whip out the duvet and just sleep with the cover. It is a light and refreshing way to get a good nights sleep on a sticky night.

Hydrate

We are not your parents and won’t teach you to suck eggs, but water is the source of life. You are pretty much made up of it! Make downing a pint the first thing you do in the morning and a smaller glass before you go to bed. A minimum of two litres a day is the RDA although this should double when the heat is on.

Ventilate

Having good air flow is key to feeling cool. In your serviced property, make sure windows and bedroom doors are open to give the O2 a chance tp get into those lungs and keep you cool. Most can be left on a night latch, remember to lose them on your way out.

Diet

Again, we are not your mum, but a good diet of fresh fruit and veg will give the body all it needs to process the right energies and recover. Avoiding bread, pastries, caffeine, fizzy drinks can make you feel bloated, not what you need on a hot day. With our Food Packs we can help plan your shopping list for your arrival. Don’t forget the fluids!

Switch Off

By turning off all digital devices or popping them in flight mode an hour before bed can help you sleep. Your mind won’t be running at 100 MPH trying to catch up on social media and working out how the next day will go. And go to bed early. (Sorry, not sorry).

Charlotte Glover

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Visit: Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2018

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Goodwood’s infamous monument sculpture has a historical theme for 2018!

For guests that have petrol running through their veins, Goodwood FOS is a mecca. Situated on what used to be a World War II airbase just outside Chichester, West Sussex, every year’s theme just gets bigger and better.

In 2018 it sees ‘The Silver Jubilee’ combining races of historic cars to the modern day track monsters we see today on all wheels. The past 100 years has seen huge advancements in technology when it has come to motor racing and this year’s FOS is not exception. From the hidden rally stages in top of the hill to the noise of the track past Goodwood house, there is a copious amount of noise that is music to the ears of any enthusiast.

Major motor manufactures will be on hand to showcase their latest models and with the theme ‘past, present and future’ we are guaranteed to see into our driving future. Interactivity comes in form of the Goodwood app as well as the chance to pick up some goodies and drive on the purposely created tracks on site (Land Rover always proves popular with it’s off-road moving arena).

Owner and curator, the Duke of Richmond, will showcase his favourite 25 moments of the festival’s history including celebrations, manufacturers, brands and motoring celebrities that have contributed to this stunning arena.

It is also the year the GRRC (Goodwood Road Racing Club) celebrate their 20th anniversary.

The Goodwood Festival Of Speed takes place 12th-15th July 2018.

Charlotte Glover

Marina Based Serviced Properties Just For You

Summer is in full flow and what better way to get on the water. If you are looking for a base off your vessel or need somewhere to stay while your pride and joy is in for repair, let us look after you.

Our properties are fully serviced by our in-housekeeping team and we are available 24 hours a day. The only schedule we work to is yours. You will get an information pack on arrival that includes our EXCLUSIVE Discount Card for money off local restaurants, bars and even the gym!

Stay beautiful.

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Ocean Village Marina, Southampton

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