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Hotel launches


new events space Malmaison Birmingham has launched Work + Play, a trendy new meetings and events space. The new facility has taken over the hotel’s


mezzanine floor, and is, in the hotel’s words, a ‘new-look space (that) recognises that modern workers are tired of dull, expensive and inflexible spaces’. Work + Play includes six rooms, catering


from 2-120+ people, four ‘touch-down pods’ for meetings up to four people, and a ‘breakout lounge’. A hotel statement said the space matches Malmaison’s style, with high-tech facilities and flexible spaces; giving people a more stylish option for their meetings and events. “Work + Play builds upon the personality of


the Malmaison brand; having refurbished the five existing meeting rooms and added a sixth, as well as the creation of glass touch- down meeting rooms that people can book by the hour,” it continued. “Malmaison’s central location means the ‘pods’ are perfect for people coming off the train looking for a short meeting space. Sleek glass walls create a bright and open atmosphere, which, combined with flat screen TVs, conference phones and air conditioning, make it a perfect spot for collaboration, presentations and idea creation. “The space is designed to be flexible; from


a small board meeting, training conference for 80, private dinner for up to 120, or an awards after party, Work + Play is the perfect space for events.”


Saving lives with a mobile


A tiny Birmingham company is at the cutting edge of new mobile technology which could transform or even save hospital patients’ lives. Centric Web Solutions, based at Innovation Birmingham’s Faraday Wharf headquarters, have developed pioneering new mobile apps to help doctors and patients deal with critical surgery. The brains behind the venture is Ammar Khalid (pictured), director of


the firm, whose work developing state-of-the-art technology could prove vital for patients facing surgery for head, neck, face and jaw injuries. The Birmingham-based IT specialist has devised an app called the OMFS


(Oral Maxillofacial Surgery) Handbook in partnership with doctors. The smartphone device aims to help and guide junior doctors undertaking OMF surgery, saving time and reducing the risk of error in referral procedure. The device is now in use at John


Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and Ammar has high hopes of introducing it into other hospitals in the UK. “This is an innovation which we believe will


save time and costs for the NHS and potentially transform, or even save, people’s lives,” he said. “It has already had a very positive response in Oxford and we would like to extend it into other hospitals in the UK. “We believe we are at the cutting-edge of stuff


which could transform people’s lives. And it is about time we got the word out.”


Ammar Khalid


Patron is flying high with the Chamber


Birmingham Airport has signed up to become the newest patron of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce – joining an ‘elite club’ of businesses helping drive the regional economy. Airport CEO Paul Kehoe joined ABCC


president Saqib Bhatti and Chambers of Commerce membership and business services director Russell Jeans at the airport to mark the new high-profile partnership. And Mr Kehoe said: “We are delighted to be


new patrons of the ABCC. The key thing is that people recognise we support a very important part of the community which is helping the economy improve and the connections that the Asian community has with the sub-continent and South- East Asia are very important for our business.” ABCC president Saqib Bhatti said: “We are


absolutely delighted to welcome Birmingham Airport as a patron. They join an elite club of businesses who are engaging to work with the Asian business community. This is the birth of a new partnership with two of the biggest brands in the city coming together and we look forward to working with them to facilitate their engagement with the Asian business community and the wider region.”


36 CHAMBERLINK July/August 2016


High flyers (L-R): Saqib Bhatti, Paul Kehoe and Russell Jeans


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