LIVERPOOL’S FIRST OF A KIND YOUNG FEMALE PROFESSIONALS NETWORKING GROUP TO HOST INAUGURAL EVENT

Liverpool’s first of a kind young female professionals networking group, Future Boss Club, is set to present its inaugural event.

The aptly named ‘How to Network like a Boss’ will take place at Love Thy Neighbour, Bold Street on Thursday, April 27 and will commence the series of innovative, insightful and interactive workshops.

In a bid to inspire and support women from the ages of 18 to 30, the forthcoming event will explore methods to understand the power of a proper introduction, learn how to pitch with confidence and ultimately ‘network without the nerves’.

Event Organiser and Future Boss Club Board Member Abi Inglis said: “We are excited to present the first instalment of our varied collection of events, which certainly break the mould when it comes to delivering something new amongst the young female business community.

“After collating the thoughts and opinions of women from a range of industries, it became apparent that the issues surrounding networking certainly dominated the cause for concerns. The notion of imposter syndrome and lack of confidence when ‘working the room’ seems to be what puts so many people off networking, which is why we want to step in and prove that networking done naturally can be enjoyable and most all effective in more ways than one.”

‘How to Network like a Boss’ will be headed by guest speaker Bernie Cox, who has become renowned across the city for her charismatic training initiatives at The Women’s Organisation. In addition to learning about the fundamentals of effective networking, members and guest visitors will be encouraged to put their newly acquired knowledge into action following the workshop style activities.

Abi added: “Not only will our events help young women grow and develop on a person and professional level, we want provide a strong support network that will tackle the issues and questions that often go unanswered. By sharing our combined knowledge, experience and forward-thinking outlook, we hope to create a unity of fearless leaders of tomorrow.”

‘How to Network like a Boss’ will take place at Love Thy Neighbour, Bold Street on Thursday, April 27 between 6-8:30pm and is priced at £5 for members and £10 for non-members. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. To book a place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/future-boss-club-presents-network-like-a-boss-tickets-32683923495

For more information about Future Boss Club and to become a member visit www.futurebossclub.co.uk or email info@futurebc.co.uk

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR CIRCO’S NEVER EVER LAND CONCEPT IN LIVERPOOL

The team behind the city’s CIRCO brand has unveiled its next generation of entertainment in the form of Never Ever Land.

With just over one month to go until the new Seel Street venue’s grand opening, owner Jason McNeill has unveiled a series of teasers, detailing the transformation that has converted the former ‘freak show’ into a ‘kaleidoscope of thrill-seeking enchantment’.

Being the first of its kind in the UK, having drawn inspiration from other live performance and creative event hotspots across the globe including Coco Bongo and Cirque De Soleil, CIRCO Never Ever Land will revolve around four key concepts – CIRCO Dinner Shows, CIRCO Live Lounge, CIRCO Nightclub and CIRCO Private Hire, available for corporate and private events.

Jason said: “As an iconic Liverpool institution that continues to stand for all things weird and wonderful, CIRCO Never Ever Land is set to raise the bar when it comes to delivering a mesmerising experience like never before. As part of our next generation, it’s all about letting people’s imagination run wild and allowing them to enter a modern-day wonderland that’s filled with surprise, alongside a hint of strangeness.

“Our signature circus inspired branding has been realigned to mirror our new mystical vibe that couldn’t be any further away from the phrase ‘down to earth’. Likewise, our iconic brand logo also features a subliminal shocked emoticon, which pretty much sums up the reaction that we anticipate.”

The new 7,000 sq. ft. space, which has a capacity of 250 seated and an impressive 1000 standing, will feature two dinner shows a week at 6pm with doors opening for a nightclub with a difference at 11pm. In addition to its live performances, the unique venue can also be hired on an exclusive basis for private events such as corporate occasions and weddings.

Jason added: “In line with our steps in turning it up a notch, not only has the new space been specifically designed to enable our new aerial and acrobatic performances, many introductions have been made including our very own live artist lounge, corporate and social creative event space, together with our late-night nightclub transformation.

“Whether guests have formerly experienced our original Albert Dock concept or are yet to be enthralled by what we’ve got in store, things will never ever be the same again…”

For more information visit www.circoliverpool.com or call 0151 709 0470.

SAVE THE DAY LAUNCHES EMERGENCY BRIDAL KIT

Beauty and personal care guru, Save the Day has launched its first emergency kit for brides just in time for wedding season. Packed with more than 40 big day essentials, the ultimate kit for brides to be contains everything needed to tackle any last minute emergency from dress disasters to make-up smudges. Stylishly packaged and carefully curated, the Bride to Be Survival Kit from Save the Day contains everything brides need to ensure they stay looking flawless and stress free on their big day. 

More than four in ten brides* worry about achieving perfection on their wedding day, with stresses and concerns often casting a shadow over proceedings. The team behind Save the Day aims to change that with stylish, practical kits for any occasion. With all the essentials tucked into a chic make-up bag, brides know they’re well prepared should a mishap happen. Whether it’s a dreaded wardrobe malfunction minutes before the ceremony or a beauty disaster before the pictures are taken, clever multi-tasking solutions such as handy safety pins, a sewing kit, tissues, bobby pins and stain remover wipes make light work of disaster management.

Julie Jones, Co-Founder of Save the Day, said, “I’ve worked as a bridal make-up artist for years and over that time I’ve noticed the little, last minute things a bride needs are often the hardest to put your hands on in the middle of the chaos. I often carried around things like spare bobby pins to fix flyaway hairs and straws to prevent lipstick getting smudged to ensure that everything went off without a hitch. The ultimate Bride To Be Survival Kit takes all of this experience and transforms it into a beautiful gift and wedding essential for brides and bridesmaids.”

The Bride to Be Survival Kit contains 44 wedding essentials in total along with a stylish black and white compact bag. As well as beauty essentials, including Insette hairspray and Nivea face wipes, brides will find a range of useful items, from earring backs to blister plasters. The original bag is designed to be on hand throughout the wedding celebrations, ensuring that brides look just as stunning during the last dance as they did when they first said ‘I do’. 

The bridal themed survival kit is the first product to be launched by the Save the Day brand but the firm already has plans to develop a range of other kits for both special occasions and daily life.

To find out more visit savethedaykit.co.uk/.

*https://www.gettingpersonal.co.uk/wedding-gift-ideas/top-8-wedding-worries-and-how-to-deal-with-the

FUTURE BOSS CLUB HOSTS EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH AT HUS LIVERPOOL

A newly established North West networking group, Future Boss Club, marked its arrival with an exclusive launch event held at the city’s latest social hangout, HUS.

The aptly-named group, which was created by young females for young females to help support the next generation of future leaders, welcomed both rising talent and decision makers to explore the forward-thinking concept.

future boss clubWhile connecting with the region’s integral circuit, guests were treated to a trio of inspirational talks from Chair of Future Boss Club Rebecca Keegan, Chief Executive of The Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Colin Sinclair and Chief Executive of The Women’s Organisation Maggie O’Carroll, in additional to canapés, fizz and live entertainment from Christine Gregory.

Chair of Future Boss Club Rebecca Keegan said: “Future Boss Club was established by a diverse cohort of 11 female professionals who agreed that the North West’s business scene was in need of a shake-up to make our professional landscape the best it can be for young women.future boss club

“The aim of the network was to create a concept that could really support our future leaders both professionally and personally. Not only do we want to encourage females within the business community to make lasting affiliations with one another for their employment endeavours, we hope to provide a strong support network that tackles issues head-on including body confidence, assertiveness and conflict resolution to name just a few.

“We’re looking forward to uniting young female professionals from across the North West and working together to inspire and support our fellow sisters in business.”

Membership is charged annually at an introductory price of £50 for individual corporate membership and £30 for individual charity/non-profit membership. Company memberships are priced at £300 for up to 8 members or £750 for 8 – 20 members.

To find out more about Future Boss Club or to become a member visit www.futurebossclub.co.uk or email info@futurebc.co.uk

Review: Yard & Coop, Liverpool

What is it? Yard & Coop is a restaurant specialising in buttermilk fried chicken, offering sides and cocktails as well.

Where is it? Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DN (there is one in Manchester too).

Me and my friend had a table booked on Saturday evening at 7pm. Since I have never been to this restaurant before, I wasn’t sure what to expect upon arrival and the size of the place really surprised me. It’s huge! It was also very busy, which I liked. To me personally it feels strange to sit in a half empty restaurant. They had a DJ playing disco-like music, which was nice, but it was really loud. Me and my companion had to talk to each other in slightly raised voices, however we got used to it quickly.  The decor can be described as barnyard-chic, so if you are a fan of posh minimalistic interior, Yard & Coop is the exact opposite. It’s a place where you go to relax, eat some hearty food and forget your diet.

We decided to start off with some alcohol (what else?). I really wanted a cocktail, but I couldn’t decide. I hate sweet alcoholic drinks so I asked our lovely waitress Sharon for recommendation and she suggested the Rooster’s Kick (£7.50), which is a mix of several different rums, pineapple and orange juices, topped with passion fruit. Honestly, it was the best cocktail I’ve had in a long time. Not too strong, not too sweet – just the way I like it. My friend ordered her favourite Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider and the glass came with strawberries and lime, which we thought was a nice touch.


Once again, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to eat and Sharon came to the rescue. One of the dishes she offered was Dirty Bird Fries – a bowl full of chips, bacon, cheese, buttermilk fried chicken thigh, blue cheese sauce, BBQ sauce and spicy Bee’s Knees sauce. For only £8, I received a massive plate of deliciousness that I wasn’t even able to finish and that almost never happens (I do love food). I chose sweet potato fries instead of
regular fries, because it’s not that often that I get to eat them, and fries would be in my top 3 list of favourite foods that I very rarely eat. Now when I’m writing this review, I can still feel the taste of that meal in my mouth, it was that good. My friend ordered Parma Bird (£12), which is a buttermilk fried chicken breast wrapped in parma ham with Mamma Mia sauce, parmesan cheese, rocket, tomato and mayo in a brioche bun topped with dill pickle and she opted for sweet potato chips as well. Again, it was a rather large portion, but she managed to finish it, because she was smart enough not to eat much before going out.

After having a bigger meal, I like to have some coffee to help me digest. I didn’t see coffee on the menu, so I asked our waitress Sharon about it. It turns out that they only have regular coffee, which I think was a filter coffee. Coffee is the one thing that I am addicted to, so I was a little bit disappointed, I’m not gonna lie. It wasn’t the best coffee I’ve ever had, but it was alright. My friend ordered a toffee popcorn milkshake (£4.50) and after her first sip the expression on her face was priceless – she described the taste as having a foodgasm. I was so full after our meal, I didn’t think I would be able to finish a milkshake, but I’m definitely coming back to have one soon!

All in all, we really enjoyed our evening at Yard & Coop. We thought that the food was lovely and great value for money. The service was friendly and Sharon was really attentive. The only let down to me personally was the lack of good coffee.

My score: 4 out of 5

Find out more and book a table on Yard & Coop’s website

Jurga Skeiryte

GINO D’ACAMPO IS OPENING A RESTAURANT & PROSECCO BAR IN LIVERPOOL

Gino D’Acampo, the UK’s favourite Italian chef, has announced that he will be bringing his restaurant brand Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant to Liverpool city centre this July. The new restaurant which will be located on the corner of Dale & Castle St, in the former grade 2 listed HSBC bank, will be open all day every day serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner until late.

Gino’s popularity continues to go from strength to strength, with his rating busting primetime TV series, Gino’s Italian Escape now into its 4th series, with filming for a 5th series set to commence at around the time of the opening. Gino is a firm fixture on day time television, regularly appearing on This Morning and other primetime shows including Celebrity Juice, alongside his close friend Leigh Francis, who is better known to fans as Keith Lemon. He is also set to start an 18-date national tour of Gino’s Italian Escape for 2017 in April and May.

Gino first made his move into the eating out market with the launch of Gino D’Acampo My Pasta Bar in central London and then moved into restaurants when he teamed up with friend & business partner Steven Walker, founder of Individual Restaurants.

The new opening in Liverpool will proceed a planned restaurant launch in Harrogate and also follows the hugely successful launch of his restaurant brand Gino D’Acampo My restaurant in Manchester, London’s Euston station and Leeds. Gino plans to open more pasta bars & restaurants in major cities and travel hubs, both in the UK and internationally.

The 150-cover restaurant is over two floors and includes an open kitchen, deli bar, Prosecco Bar and private dining space. Phase two hopes to include a stunning all weather roof terrace with an additional cocktail bar, that is sure to be a big hit with summer sun seekers.

The design has a true Italian feel, with the use of white marble, washed woods and Riva green leather reflecting Gino’s passion for his homeland of Naples in Southern Italy.

Gino promises to serve real Italian food as it should be. The day to evening menu is packed full of favourites from his books and TV programmes. No compromises are taken on any recipes and Gino insists on the use of well sourced, seasonal, artisan ingredients by utilising his vast range of contacts across the diverse regions of Italy.

It’s not just the food Gino is keen to make a statement with. His Prosecco Bar showcases an all Italian list of more than 40 Prosecco’s, sparkling wines and regional wines all available by the glass. The wine list is complemented by classic Italian cocktails including seasonal Bellini’s, artisan Italian Beers and last but not least great Neapolitan coffee.

Gino says “When I am back home in Italy I love visiting cool bars for Aperitivo….an Italian tradition for a pre-dinner drink with friends. I love it.

At My Prosecco Bar its Aperitivo time 4pm until 6.30pm everyday where my guests can drink, relax and also enjoy some wonderful Cicchetti on me! Salute!”

He goes on to say. “After months of planning for the opening, I can’t wait to welcome guests to My Restaurant Liverpool this summer.”