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Anicca Digital takes over Leicester pub


Anicca Digital, a leading digital marketing agency based in Leicester, has invested £500,000 into purchasing and refurbishing a former pub on Frog Island, Leicester. The building, at 1 Abbey Gate


overlooking the River Soar, has been transformed into state-of- the art offices to house its 26 employees. The building will have open-plan office spaces, meeting rooms and dedicated training rooms for staff and clients. Ann Stanley, Founder and Managing Director of Anicca Digital, said: “This is a key milestone for the company, we’ve been established for over a decade and to buy our own premises has always been part of our vision. We’ve taken a near derelict heritage building to a purpose-designed space that will enable our company and its services to grow. It has been an exciting project.”


Trainee solicitor earns full qualification


A Derbyshire-based law firm is celebrating after one of the firm’s trainee solicitors achieved full qualification. Irena Stavrinidou is well on her way to carving out a successful career in the legal profession and is now a fully-qualified solicitor working in the private client team at Derbyshire Family Law. Simon Leach, Director at


Family Law Group, said: “We would like to congratulate Irena on her achievement. Right from when we met Irena, we knew she was the sort of person who really saw family law as a vocation. She is an important member of the Chesterfield and Derby team and her qualification is a rich reward for her hard work.”


Awards celebrate creative talent in Derby


Creative and digital businesses from across Derby and Derbyshire were recognised at the Mainframe Awards, highlighting the finest talent that the city and county has to offer. Adam Buss, Derby Quad CEO,


said: “It is fantastic to celebrate the creative and digital talent we have in Derby and Derbyshire. Mainframe is supporting the development of the creative industries and encouraging creativity through networking and bringing some of the brightest creative talents to talk in Derby for the first time. It is brilliant to see business growing, jobs being created and positive contributions all the businesses make to the local economy.”


10 business network June 2018


L-R: Dan Whitehead, Rhianna Manani, Hira Ram


Athena takes centre stage at venue awards


Leicester-based Athena has won two awards at the inaugural National Venue Awards at the home of Lancashire Cricket Club – Emirates, Old Trafford, in Manchester. Athena was originally designed


and built in 1936 by Robert Arthur Bulllivant as an Odeon cinema. The venue represented one of the largest, most extravagant buildings within the region, comprising simply of one cinema screen seating over 3,000 guests. It was subdivided into four screens in the 1960s and remained closed throughout much of the 1990s. Recently the building has been restored to its former glory and retains its original art deco splendour, along with a newfound reputation as a leading events venue within the Midlands. The Athena team scooped Best


Event Venue for 500-1000 guests and won silver for Best Awards Venue at the prestigious ceremony. The National Venue Awards celebrate the very best event


‘To be shortlisted for these two awards has been amazing, but to go on and win is a massive achievement’


venues in the country, showcasing creativity, quality and excellence of service. They are a sister event to the already established and successful London Venue Awards. The National Venue Awards seek to give the same recognised benchmark and badge of excellence for venues from anywhere in the UK. Hira Ram, General Manager at


Athena, said: “To be shortlisted for these two awards has been amazing, but to go on and win is a massive achievement. I am so proud of the whole team for the hard work they put in everyday to make Athena the venue of choice for our clients and these awards are testament to that.” Rory Ross Russell, Co-Founder of


the National Venue Awards, said: “We have been delighted by the


venue industry’s enthusiasm and response to these, the first National Venue Awards. Awards are a great benchmarking tool for venues and the ceremony was a fantastic showcase of all the many examples of award-winning innovation and creativity that occur in this fast- paced and versatile industry.” Athena has built a solid


reputation within the events industry over the past 13 years and hosts many conferences and award ceremonies such as the National Fitness Awards, the British Gymnastics Awards and the National Dentistry Awards. Among other factors, the judges


noted Athena’s ‘Innovative use of venue spaces for wide ranging events, demonstrating excellent customer service and support with an engaged team’.


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