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Bhujon – The most fabulous restaurant you must give it a try.

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When we stepped inside Bhujon Restaurant in Sutton Coldfield, we immediately knew that we were in for a great evening.

Whilst walking into the sophisticated Bhujon Cocktail area where diners can indulge in classic and a bespoke selection of cocktails. Our eyes were immediately drawn to the spacious and attractive dining area below that just oozes class, comfort and style.

As were a family of six we were seated in a booth which was ideal, it was our own comfortable segment of a larger impressive restaurant, we perused the menu and were given advice and recommendations from the helpful staff.

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It was nice to see not only a good selection of traditional Indian dishes but also some very innovative choices that were something a little different to what you would find elsewhere.

We chose a variety of starters from Lamb chops adraki perfectly cooked and spiced to Chicken Tandoori tenders, chicken delectably seasoned, the starters were a taste of what was to come as each starter was delicious and the attention paid to the presentation was exquisite.

The highlights of our main courses proved to be a Bhujan speciality Tawa Chicken Jalfrezi cooked with onion green pepper strongly herbed and spiced with home-made sauce, it arrived on a piping hot pan and was sizzling as it was placed on the table, it was simply the best Indian dish I have had in a long time. We also tried an old favourite Chicken Massala a mild dish which was perfectly cooked and full of flavour accompanied at the recommendation of staff by fresh okra.

There was a great choice of deserts I personally had the Caramel Royal which was the perfect finish to a great meal. .

Owners Mr Miah and Mr Zaman strive to offer the highest quality food with a first class ambience and excellent service, something they are definitely achieving. They are certainly bringing a new first class dining experience to Sutton Coldfield.

Bhujon offers a terrific dining experience for couples,  families, friends and  large parties.  It’s creative with delicious food, great service and stylish but comfortable setting, it really is a fabulous restaurant and we recommend that you give it a try

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290 – 292 Lichfield Road, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2UG 0121 308 0930

This restaurant review appears in Sutton Coldfield Recommended Magazine, delivered to 40,000 homes and businesses in Sutton Coldfield and surrounding area’s.


It’s Carnival Time in Sutton Coldfield again!

After fears that there would be no carnival at all in Sutton Coldfield this year, now there’s a bigger one than ever. It takes place over two days at the end of June, proving that this 50 year old event has a special place in the life of the community.

The fun starts on Saturday 29th June at Meadow Platt in Sutton Park with a giant children’s picnic. The will be food, fun and games for up to 200 local children and their families.

The Carnival is the following day, Sunday 30th June, and it looks set to be a vintage year with all the usual favourite stalls and activities, including the final of the WOW Factor singing competition and the Sunday Afternoon Laze acoustic sessions; plus the addition this year of a beach!

August Antics in Sutton Park

It’s a fantastic line up but we’re the first to admit that one carnival does not a summer make. So what else is happening this summer in Sutton Coldfield?

Look no further than Sutton Park. We sometimes forget how lucky we are to have this oasis in our midst; an historic landscape covering an area of over 2,000 acres and attracting more than two million visits every year. Special activities this year include the Sutton 6 Pack and August Antics – ranger organised events which will keep the whole family happy. Pop into the Visitor Centre at Town Gate to find out more.

Whatever the Weather

There may be the odd rainy day, not too many we hope; so what’s happening away from the weather? A trip to the newly re-opened library is a good start, where you’ll find a brand new children’s section and an exciting “Once upon a time” story area.

There’s a family festival at the town Hall on 16th June from 12pm to 4pm, called Mum’s the Word, celebrating family life. Also, check out the summer’s blockbusters at the Empire, Sutton’s wonderful art deco cinema.

There’s plenty going on, so enjoy your Sutton summer, 2013.

This article appears in Sutton Coldfield Recommended Magazine, delivered free to 40,000 homes

and businesses in Sutton Coldfield and surrounding area’s. 


Tax Tips Starting a Business – What Do You Need To Do?

Welcome to the Hill Lillis & Company  Tax Tips.

One of the most challenging things you may do is to set up a new business, our primary advice is “Do what you love, love what you do”. Your business is going to be your        livelihood – you should have a good time doing it, but make sure you get the ground work sorted from the outset; it helps to prevent a whole load of future problems!

Firstly you need to decide how you are going to trade; the main choices are as a sole trader; as a partnership, through a LLP or through an incorporated structure. Each has different tax and accounting consequences and needs to be registered in a different way. Once you have set up the business you will need to notify HM Revenue & Customs:

 

  • A limited company needs to be register for Corporation tax
  • A sole trader or partnership needs to register as self-employed and this will also         include registration for class 2 self-employed national insurance.
  • CIS registration is necessary if you intend to work within the construction industry
  • If you have employees then you will need to set up a payroll system and operate PAYE, advising HMRC as you make payments to your staff.
  • VAT registration is also necessary if your turnover exceeds the relevant thresholds. For certain B2B trades you might wish to consider registering for VAT even if you do not expect to reach these thresholds, particularly if there is a flat rate VAT scheme that can be used to simplify your VAT computations.

 

As well as notifying HMRC there are many other factors you will have to consider for your new business:

 

A Business plan is very useful; it enables you to set out your goals and plan how you will achieve them, particularly how your cash flow will cope.

Your business will probably need a business bank account and you may need to obtain additional start-up funding.

You will probably need to arrange business insurance, this could include public     liability, employee liability, trade insurance, professional indemnity, premises or vehicle insurance.

You will need to ensure you are keeping proper business records.

 

We offer a free 30 minute consultation, so if you would like any additional information regarding the above or any other tax issues concerning you, then please contact us or visit us in our offices in Walmley Village, Sutton Coldfield.

This article appears in Walmley Pages Magazine, delivered free to homes in Sutton Coldfield, postcode B76

 


Fashion – Winter Coats 2012/2013

The most popular length this year is to the middle of the knee and midi. Faux fur is big; from full fur to a furry collar or hood, cropped or long, leopard printed or plain, fading out colour, shaggy….the choice is yours! Leather is popular, mostly seen as large block inserts or for collars, cuffs or hem. The puffer is back but discards its previous sleeping bag image as it appears with a more structured shape, embellished or with graphic print.

 

Oversized coat anyone? Exaggerated proportions with wide set shoulders are popular; ensure they are not ill fitting – sleeves should fall to just below the wrists. Warning – petite figures can look swamped in this style! But they do allow plenty of space to layer on snugly jumpers beneath if you don’t mind looking a little larger than usual.

 

Once again, the military style is king – choose woollen coats with leather trim, double breasted with shoulder straps or a classic trench coat. Fashionistas are loving this look which can be feminine and flattering. Coats without fasteners are also bang on trend; they won’t offer the best protection against the cold but you will look hot! Fasten with your own belt to warm them up or choose a coat with hidden fasteners.

 

This year’s colour palette is either subdued shades or brights; you can merge with the crowd or stand out. The classic black and white shades are always current – this year a black and white combo is also popular. Vividly contrasting colour blocks feature too, or choose a coat that plays on light and dark shades of the same colour. Imitation snakeskin print and animal print are hot and, for knitted coats, pastels are a great choice if you want to look smart and professional.

 

All ready to face the elements? Let it snow!

Sarah Hughes

This article appeared in Walmley Pages Magazine, delivered free to 8,000 homes in the

B76 postcode area, including Walmley, Sutton Coldfield and Minworth.


Printer Inks – How much??

Ever run out of ink halfway through printing an urgent document, or an essay that’s due in yesterday, or photos you want quickly? No time to shop around on the internet and wait two days for delivery, so you nip to the stationers or supermarket and……how much?? You’ve got to be joking!

Cartridge World to the rescue!

Thankfully, there is a solution that is cheap, convenient and also environmentally friendly: Cartridge World in Lichfield city centre. Cartridge World refill your empty cartridges with inks that are carefully formulated to match the colours and the quality of branded inks –at a saving of up to 40%. Cartridge World also stock a range of branded inks, printers and computer accessories such as keyboards, mice and leads, all of which are competitively priced.

Inking in the details

Cartridge World came to Lichfield 4 years ago thanks to local lad Michael Rees. After successfully completing a design degree, Michael quickly realised that design jobs were a lot thinner on the ground than design graduates; that’s when he decided to become the master of his own destiny. He took on the local Cartridge World franchise while still in his early twenties and has built his business throughout the worst recession in living memory. What’s the key to his success? “Along with most people, I didn’t see the recession coming, but I did see a business model that made sense whatever the economic weather. People will always want convenience and value, and the need to protect the environment is only going to increase. In some ways the recession has helped, because of the savings we offer in these cash-strapped times”.

An extra 20% off for Recommended Readers!

To get you started at Cartridge World, you can enjoy an extra 20% off your refills on your first visit when you bring in a copy of Recommended Lichfield. What have you got to lose? High quality inks, fantastic savings, a genuinely local, friendly service and a 100% no-quibble money back guarantee if, for whatever reason, you are not happy with your inks.

 

This article appeared in Recommended Lichfield, a local magazine and business directory delived to 19,000 in

Lichfield and the surrounding area’s.

Now let’s finish that printing….


What! in Lichfield

What Value!  What Variety! What Choice!

What’s this all about then?

Well, there’s a store in Lichfield that you might not have heard of. What is its name. That’s not a question, it’s actually called What!

You might not have noticed it because it’s hidden at the back of the town centre, opposite the Lombard Street car park (on the site of the old Carol’s store for those of you who have been around a few years).  What! is a treasure trove; an Aladdin’s cave of all the things you could ever want, and more.  The prices are fantastic too, often half the price you’d pay in other stores, so you can have a happy afternoon’s shopping and save a fortune at the same time.

What’s in stock?

•             A huge range of wools for Lichfield’s avid knitters

•             Art and craft materials at fantastic prices

•             A garden section with everything from garden gnomes to patio furniture

•             Brand name households goods including cleaning materials, toiletries, groceries and more

•             Pet food and supplies

•             Good quality furniture in traditional solid wood as well as more contemporary items

•             Toys and games to keep the kids happy

•             Seasonal goods; Christmas decorations from September for the early birds

•             Dulux paints, curtains, carpets, bedding, lightbulbs, you name it…………

Owner and manager Dave has a simple philosophy: stock what customers are asking for, keep the quality high and the margins low – and sell lots. It works; there’s always something new in store and plenty of special offers, making every visit a voyage of discovery.

What! is open every day from 9.00am ‘til 5.30pm and 10am ‘til 4pm on Sundays.

What! are you waiting for? Drop in and pick up a bargain.  You’re guaranteed a friendly welcome and Value, Variety and Choice every time.

152 Lombard Street, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6DP

01543 410828

This article featured in Recommended Lichfield magazine delivered to over 16,000 in Lichfield and the surrounding areas every 3 months.


A Season of Plenty in Lichfield

The holidays are over, the kids are back at school and the nights are drawing in. Don’t get depressed though, because Lichfield still has plenty of events to keep the winter blues at bay.

The autumn brings us fireworks and festivals, light shows and literature, historical celebrations and Halloween fun. Historical Highlights Lichfield’s annual Heritage Weekend, 22nd to 23rd September, is billed “A Right Royal Occasion” this year, celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with royal-themed activities taking place across the city. It’s a chance to find out all about Lichfield’s long and illustrious history. And it would be rude not to, we do live here after all.

Following hot on the heels of the Heritage Weekend there’ll be fun and games in the market square to celebrate 303 years since our very own, world famous dictionary compiler Samuel Johnson was born. While we’re on matters of a literary nature, don’t miss the Lichfield Literature Festival, running for 9 days from 30th September. Halloween and Bonfire Night As the autumn takes hold and there’s a noticeable nip in the air, the spectre of Halloween raises its head. Get yourself in the mood by tagging along on a Gruesome and Ghostly tour around the city; they are run on a number of Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the autumn. On Halloween night itself, there’s the usual Haunting Halloween fun at Erasmus Darwin House. The big weekend for bonfire night this year is 2nd-3rd November, and there’ll be plenty of events to choose from. Probably the most well known locally is the bonfire and firework extravaganza at the Rugby club, which will be on Friday 2nd November. Before Winter Sets In There’s so much more happening in Lichfield this autumn, but we simply don’t have the space to do it justice. Edited highlights include the packed programme at the Garrick (Des O’Connor anyone?), the Roots and Folk Festival on 3rd -5th November, and of course the big Christmas Lights Switch-On, 22nd November in Market Square. Christmas?? I think we’ll leave it there.
This article was featured in Recommended Lichfield Magazine


I Love The Cake

We are a local, Walmley based company who specialise in making cakes in all shapes and sizes, and teaching the world the art of cupcake decorating through workshops! Our chief cake baker and decorator has always had a passion for baking cakes, since being a wee small girl. She dreamt that one day she’d be able to offer delicious cakes of all shapes and sizes – the likes of which she’d only seen in glossy magazines – to anyone who wanted one! It started with cakes for family and friends birthdays and anniversaries, and soon people started to want to give her money for her cakes…I Love the Cake was born in October 2011, and has gone from strength to strength since.

We were finalists in The Mall Retail Factor 2012 – you may even have bought a tasty treat from our time in The Mall over the Easter period this year – and you may have sampled our delights at the Sutton Carnival this year! We make cakepops, cupcakes, celebration cakes, cake truffles and most recently, cookies – nothing sweet is safe from our oven!

We also run a number of workshops each month for adults and children on weekends, evenings and weekdays for people like you (yes, you!) to learn the basics like how to create beautiful swirls, decorations and co-ordinate your colours. Will your friends and family believe you created them yourself? Probably not – depends how trusting they are!! BUT you will go home with 6 cupcakes you have lovingly decorated with your own hard-working hands, in a presentation box and some helpful guides and recipes to help you at home. All you need to bring is 2.5 hours of your precious time, an apron and a sense of humour – we’ll provide the rest. Including copious amounts of tea!!

If you are in a cake pickle, and would like to swing by and have a cuppa, a cake and a chat about how to get out of said pickle, drop us a line – we can help you!

Maria Higginson

Chief Baker and Tester

I Love the Cake – 07793 131918

This article featured in Walmley Pages Magazine


Recommended Lichfield Launch

After three years of publishing Recommended magazine in Sutton Coldfield and following many requests from our loyal advertisers we have just launched Recommended Lichfield.

The first edition has been printed and delivered to over 19,000 homes including Lichfield, . Kings Bromley, Alrewas, Fradley, Armitage, Handsacre, Shenstone and Whittington. Testimonies are already being received from happy advertisers proving that Recommended Magazine is going to be equally as successful in Lichfield as it has been in Sutton Coldfield.

Recommended Lichfield will keep readers up to date with events in Lichfield and surrounding areas and also include articles of general interest.

Only reputable business’s with a proven track record can feature in Recommended Lichfield, of you know of such a business or trades person, please call and let us know.

We are now taking bookings for the September quarterly editions of Recommended Sutton Coldfield and Lichfield magazines please call soon on 0121 351 6513 as spaces going fast


Lichfield’s Great British Summer

There’s nowhere better to celebrate the Great British Summer of 2012 than our wonderful historic city of Lichfield. As we go to press, Lichfeldians will be partying in the street to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and the Bower will hopefully have had another bumper year. But leave that bunting out; the summer has only just begun!

Keep 30th June Free

The busiest day of the Lichfield Summer is June 30th with an absolute whirlwind of activities set to take place.

As the nation warms up for the 2012 Olympics, we enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Torch as it passes through Lichfield. There’s a range of events to mark this special occasion, including the annual Cathedral Dash brought forward to coincide with the torch’s arrival.

On the same day the Cars in the Park show at Beacon Park is a must.  Then keep an eye out for the National Town Criers’ Competition around the town and don’t miss the circus skills displays and workshops at Minster Pool hosted by Lichfield Arts and the Lichfield Juggling Cub (a city’s not a city until it has a juggling club!)

City of Festivals

Summer 2012 sees the showpiece Lichfield Festival begin its second 30 years in the city. It’s a packed programme with highlights from some of the world’s best musicians – right here in Lichfield!

Other favourites are the Real Ale, Jazz and Blues Festival 7th-10th June at the Rugby Club, and the Fuse Festival, 6th -8th July in Beacon Park, which is the best, free, family fun to be had anywhere in the country. Throw in the Lichfield Folk Festival and, at nearby Catton Hall, the rather gruesomely named Bloodstock and it’s easy to see why Glastonbury won’t be missed this year, at least by the people of Lichfield.

And there’s more….

There are concerts at the cathedral, shows at the Garrick, Shakespeare in the Park and the usual host of village fayres, fetes and shows. We’ve given you a just a taster here, so stick around this year and enjoy the celebrations as Lichfield’s Great British Summer of 2012 plays out on your doorstep.


What’s On In Lichfield?

No matter what your taste in performing arts, music, interests in hobbies or outdoor pursuits, there’s sure to be something on offer in Lichfield.

Firstly of course there are the magnificent three spires belonging to Lichfield Cathedral, which feature on many local business signs and logos.  Lichfield Cathedral is a wonderful place to visit, explore it yourself or for a small fee, take advantage of an organised tour of the inside or outside of the cathedral. (more…)