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Richard Donohue

Lace market’s new chef for Merchants

The Lace Market Hotel, Nottingham, part of the Finesse Collection of Hotels, has appointed Richard Donohue as head chef of the hotel’s contemporary restaurant, Merchants.

Born in Nottingham, Richard, 27, a former Clarendon College catering and hospitality student, has travelled extensively across the USA, Europe, New Zealand, Finland and South Africa working in a number of high class restaurants to gain inspiration for his menus.

His 12 years of experience includes working at a number of top class and Michelin-starred restaurants such as The French Laundry, Harts, Hambleton Hall and Chez Domanique in Helsinki, as well as Head Chef at Marco Pierre White in Nottingham.

While working in New Zealand, Richard was appointed as the Executive Chef at the Duke of Marlborough, by Simon Gault, the head judge on New Zealand’s Master Chef TV programme.
Ben Orton, General Manager, Lace Market Hotel, said, “We are delighted that Richard has joined the team.”

The restaurant is planning a number of special launch nights in January featuring a six course tasting menu.

Limited places are available. Anyone wanting to attend should email rbro@hfnseolcincm.utnteiescleto.o.

Tom Waldron-Lynch

Nottingham BID elects Vice-Chair

The General Manager of Nottingham's Park Plaza and Chino Latino, Tom Waldron-Lynch, has been elected vice chair of the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) – the organisation that aims to boost income for businesses by attracting more visitors to the city centre.

With around 770 members made up of retail businesses and licensed premises in the city centre, and a combined income of over £850k, the Nottingham BID is one of the largest in the country.

It has quickly become a key, influential voice in Nottingham, delivering a series of initiatives around marketing, environmental, safety and access issues, and licensing matters, which the businesses themselves said will make a difference to them, in terms of attracting visitors to the city.

Tom has played an active role as director of the BID since it was first formed earlier this year, following the merger of the city’s original Retail and Leisure BIDs.

He was nominated by current BID chair, Jeff Allen, and voted for unanimously by the BID’s board of directors.

“As the responsibility and influence of the Nottingham BID continues to build, it naturally follows that workload increases,” says Jeff Allen, who volunteers his time to the BID whilst managing his own city centre business, Castle Sound & Vision.

Tom is looking forward to supporting Jeff in delivering the BID’s vision.

“I firmly believe that Nottingham is a city that’s hard to beat in terms of our retail and leisure offer, and I’m determined to spread that message as widely as possible,” adds Tom.

The BID has also appointed its first business crime reduction ambassador to help members tackle shoplifting and other offences.

He is 23-year-old Andrew Evans, formerly from Scunthorpe, who was previously working as a loss prevention officer for a supermarket in Hull.

“Shop crime has actually been on the decrease for the past five years, but like most other city centres, Nottingham has its fair share of misdemeanours,” said Andy.

Important art gets first public showing

The first public exhibition of one of the most important collections of modern art in private hands in this country is being staged at the Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham.

There will be 60 works on display including some by David Hockney, Peter Blake, Damien Hirst and Bridget Riley.

The owner, David Ross, was the co-founder of Carphone Warehouse. Apart from his passion for collecting art, he supports the arts, sports and education through the David Ross Foundation. He is also an alumnus of The University of Nottingham and a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.

The collection is particularly rich in paintings by artists of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s.

More on this story at this link.

Flagship of the fleet

Nelson raises roof with new fleet flagship

Belper-based Nelson Distribution has raised its profile with a new flagship tractor unit.

The firm invested £80,000 in a Mercedes-Benz Actros truck with an automatically adjusting ActivFreddie air deflector.

Changing the air flow over the various trailers hauled will result in significant fuel savings over the lifetime of the vehicle.

Tests have shown that ActivFreddie delivers an 11 per cent fuel saving when pulling a 4.95m refrigerated trailer at 50 mph, compared to a unit fitted with a fixed deflector.

It has a sensor which detects the trailer’s height and automatically adjusts the spoiler accordingly, making further adjustments as required when the vehicle is moving.

Family-owned Nelson Distribution provides contract distribution, next-day network pallets and just-in-time transport services to customers.

Managing Director Simon Nelson, who bought the lorry at first sight, said: “I’d heard some very positive reports about the fuel efficiency of the Actros and as soon as I sat in a BigSpace cab I made up my mind there and then,” he recalls.

Nelson Distribution was founded in 1949 by Jack Nelson, Simon’s grandfather.