Job’s fair for young people to take control of City Hall

East Midlands Chamber are hoping for success with their jobs fair this Thursday 4th February.

The event will take place at the Leicester City Hall which is situated at 115 Charles Street, LE1 1FZ, and will be running from 3pm-7pm, it is being held by the ‘East Midlands Chamber’, a business organisation corporation who are currently the second largest chamber of commerce in the country.

Individuals looking to attend the job’s fair are being asked to book in their places, although they will also be accepting anyone who wishes to drop in for general visit. The job’s fair will include over 30 exhibitors, with Samworth Brothers, British Gas and East Midlands Airport being among the visiting exhibitors.

The fair itself is scheduled as follows:

Starting at 3:30pm there will be a featured ‘Case Study’ looking give a real life example of some of the relationships that employees and employers share.

At 4:00pm until 5:00pm the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), Connexions Leicester City and Prospects (County) will be hosting a presentation set to include two guest speakers.

The first speaker will be The Director of Inward Investment, Leicester City Council, Helen Donnellan, who will be speaking about ways of attracting more employers, jobs and opportunities into the area.

The second speaker will be Group HR Director of Mattioli Woods, Michael Crowe, who will be talking about potential opportunities in the finance industry.

By 4:15pm the event will be focusing on the food and drink industry and what will be required of employees to enter the industry and starting at 5pm the event will turn its emphasis to employability skills, with the final event commencing at 5:45pm being an Industry in Focus workshop.

By Jason Cowlishaw

DMU Global Hands society offers life changing trip to the Gambia

By Nathan Rodrigues


Global Hands has announced details of their upcoming visit to the Gambia Development School, describing it as an ‘incredible’ experience.

The trip will take place around June 15-25 and lasts between 7-14 days, which includes various visits to Fort Bullen and Kunta Kinteh Island to learn about the history of slavery, as well as the Serrakunda Market to understand the impact of globalisation.

This is part of the society’s focus on teaching students about important world-wide issues such as poverty, forced child marriage and domestic violence.

Nuala Flannigan, 20, the chairperson for Global Hands society, attended the trip in 2014 and described the ‘amazing’ occasion of meeting the villagers and helping to build the Gambia Development School.

She said: “This was an absolutely incredible experience for me, not only for my interest in architecture, but that I was able to physically participate in the construction of the school.

“Another favourite moment was with the villagers, who welcomed us into their homes, cooked food and showed us different aspects of their daily life – from going to the market for food, to working and even playing football.”

The educational trip also features a day placement for members based on their course and a visit to Sandele, an eco-resort teaching young Gambians how to live sustainably.

The society had previously raised over £10,000 for the building and maintenance of the school through fundraising stalls as well as promotional work, and Nuala said this life-changing impact is what made her join.

She said: “It’s inspirational I always had an interest in helping the unfortunate and I agree with the group’s motto to teach people how to fish, rather than give them a fish.”

If you are interested in joining the society or would like further details, visit



DMU students bring back ‘Soul Sessions’ after great success

By Anita Amoah


Three De Montfort University students who organised the event ‘Soul Sessions’ are back to provide another night of good vibes.

Itunu Para-mallam, 20, Tiffannie Roberts, 20 and Lauretta Afful, 21, made an event called ‘Soul Sessions’ when they found that they wanted to provide a “diverse range of creativity” for University students in Leicester.

They successfully did their first ever event on October 20, 2015 and received great feedback from it.

Lauretta Afful said “Soul sessions is an event aiming to bring people together through poetry and sound.”

She also said that it was the “best audience” she had encountered in Leicester and they asked for more nights like ‘Soul Sessions’.

Those who did not get to go to the first event were able to have a glimpse of it from social media outlets such as Twitter and Snapchat and took to Twitter to say that it looked like such a “great night” with “calm vibes”.

Blogs have raved about it describing the artist line up as “unfiltered” and “authentic” with “versatile vocalists” who mean every note they sing; along with ‘rappers/poets who are nothing but sincere about every story told’.

They recently posted a recap of their first event were people expressed how good it was, asking when the next event would be, describing it as a “serious vibe” and as “something different”.

The popularity has resulted in online tickets being sold out for their next event, yet there is still a chance to buy them on the door.

The artists said to be performing are Emmanuel Speaks, Ayo Wrote, Emily Grace, Sabyena Silver, Lisa Labi as well as many others.

The event will be on the 2nd February 2016 and will take place at the Fat Cat, Leicester.


New Leicester Gin Bar Proves a Hit with Locals

By Lauren Dewfall

Hogarths Gin Palace was a roaring success when it officially opened its doors on Friday.

The bar, located on Hotel Street, offers over 150 flavours of gin and 20 different tonics as well as unique cocktails and craft ales.

Customer Louisa Codling, 19, said: “Hogarths is juGin Bar Photost what the Leicester bar scene needed. The mix of the local pub and fancy gin bar works perfectly.”

The new Leicester location is the seventh Hogarths to open in the UK following successful launches in South Shields, Preston, Bolton, Wakefield, Ilkeston and Swansea by parent company Amber Taverns.

The former Square Bar location has been fully renovated and remodelled, with a library meets traditional public house feel.

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury, Gary Roberts, operations director at Amber Taverns said: “After the launch of our first Hogarths in Bolton in October 2014, we quickly identified a number of potential sites with the former Square Bar in Leicester being close to the top of the list – both for its location in the city centre and its fantastic architecture.”

The new addition to the city centre’s bar scene is the second gin bar to open on Hotel Street in recent months, with 45 West opening late last year.

Miss Codling said: “I think Hogarths works really well because it isn’t just focused on the gin, it’s still very much a place you could use to meet up with friends and have a mid-week pint.”

With an extensive range of spirits, craft beers, classic and contemporary cocktails and of course gin, Hogarths has something for everyone to enjoy.

Mr Roberts said: “Hogarths Gin Palaces create a fantastic venue for a quick pint, gin or a chilled evening out.”

DMU second year student secures work experience at top lingerie brands

A second year De Montfort University student has been offered three internships at leading lingerie companies, after impressing the businesses with her hard work.


Contour fashion student, Georgia Phillips, from Gloucester, will spend time working alongside leading underwear brands Mimi Holiday, Bordelle and Fleur of England.

The work experience will aim to give the student a chance to work on her practical and marketing skills, which will help her in her future university projects.


Miss Phillips, 21, who has always wanted to work in the fashion industry, said: “I am so excited and grateful for the opportunities as they will really help shape my future and I know I’ll have a fantastic time.”


Bordelle will encourage her to use her sewing knowledge to help with small items such as briefs, whereas Mimi Holiday will help to build her PR and marketing experience.


It is unclear which role she will be given at Fleur of England.


The internships are all unpaid, however she will receive a small amount of money for travel.


Miss Phillips will spend the three week Easter break at the internship based in Bristol, Fleur of England and then will spend a month at both Bordelle and Mimi Holiday’s London offices during her summer holidays.


She added: “I’m expecting to learn a lot from these experiences and develop my skills and knowledge of how the industry is run from different angles.”


De Montfort university is one of the only two institutions in the UK that offer a Contour fashion degree and the student believes it is ‘the teaching of the cutting edge Contour Fashion course’ at DMU, which helped her to secure the internships.