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In Brief

A travel and tourism student at Burton and South Derbyshire College has proved so good during a hotel work experience placement that she’s now been taken on full-time job. Katie Holland (pictured), a travel and

tourism student, was offered the job by Dovecliff Hall Hotel in Burton, after a year-long work experience spell there. The historic hotel snapped her up her after

being impressed by her customer service skills. Hotel assistant manager Marie Humphries

said: “Katie has been a big help to us and has even been working on some advertising campaigns. “It’s good to have the time to get to know the

student and give them experience on each of the areas. That way, we can learn their strengths and weaknesses, and help them move forward. “Katie has got excellent customer service

skills and we can see a lot of potential in her as her confidence grows.”

Former investment director at LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, and entrepreneur champion, Shalini Khemka, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Burton Chamber annual business lunch. Ms Khemka is the founder, chief executive

officer and board director of E2Exchange, a non-profit organisation that seeks to form partnerships with entrepreneurial and corporate firms, to promote and connect entrepreneurs. She has extensive experience of UK export

finance and has served on the advisory board of the Centre for Entrepreneurs and development board of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The lunch featuring Ms Khemka is on 23 May

at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium, and will follow the Chamber’s annual general meeting. The event will be hosted by Chamber president Nik Hardy, managing director of Hardy Signs.

Couple go for a Burton due to love for golf club

A high-flying professional couple have swopped the bright lights and buzz of Hong Kong for the backwaters of Burton – and it is all thanks to the town’s golf club. Dr Geoff Parkes, an associate

dean, and his barrister wife Caroline Bradley were searching for a new home in the UK after a spell of work in the Far East and United States. The couple, also keen golfers,

after researching places to live which were commutable from their new jobs in Birmingham and Nottingham, said they were persuaded to settle in Burton after visiting Branston Golf and Country Club.

‘Right from walking through the door we were impressed and delighted with what was on offer’

From brights lights, big city to Burton: Caroline Bradley and Geoff Parkes at Branston Golf and Country Club

“And from our new home in Stapenhill there’s Dr Parkes, an associate dean for International

at Aston Business School, said: “Having travelled extensively in the Far East, while in Hong Kong we looked at Derby and Leicester before our internet search found Branston Club. “Right from walking through the door we

were impressed and delighted with what was on offer so we joined the Club as full members and then started looking for a house nearby.” Ms Bradley, criminal barrister at Nottingham

Chambers, said: “Branston Club is exactly what we were looking for – we couldn't believe our luck.

Guests stump up to hear Beefy

More than 350 people from Burton’s business community packed out the town’s Pirelli Stadium, to hear from cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham. The event, organised by The Do Club, raised

more than £5,000 for Burton YMCA, to help in its fight against homelessness in the region. As well as former England superstar Botham,

the event – supported by Burton & District Chamber of Commerce – featured another England cricketer, Geoff Miller. Steve Dixon, founder of the Do Club, said: “We

are delighted with how the evening went and that we could bring Sir Ian Botham and Geoff Miller to Burton-on-Trent to entertain a cross section of companies and their guests from the business community. We could not have achieved this without the support of the Burton


& District Chamber in promoting the events for which we are grateful. “To raise over £5,000 for Burton YMCA on the

evening is a fantastic achievement and shows the generosity of the Burton business community and I look forward to working closely with the Chamber again in the future.” Chamber divisional director Chris Plant said:

“Burton and District Chamber of Commerce were delighted to support this engaging and insightful event with two cricketing legends. “Not only did the event feature inspiring and

interesting talks from Sir Ian and Geoff, but the event also managed to raise an exceptional amount of amount for a local cause, Burton YMCA, which does some incredible work in the community.”

the joy of cycling or walking to this family friendly club where everyone is so welcoming, the food’s outstanding value and there’s so much going on at this splendid place that was recently one of just four finalists nationwide for a ‘Most Welcoming Club of the Year’ award.” Branston managing director Ben Laing said:

“What an accolade for Branston Club and for Burton – we’re delighted that Caroline and Geoff’s search has brought them here where they’re enjoying the friendship and hospitality for which Branston Club is famed across the Midlands.”

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