Through the autumn to Christmas, Royal & Derngate brings a diverse programme of drama, musicals, comedy, music, dance and family entertainment to Northampton.The theatre’s season kicks off with the smash-hit production of Pretty Woman The Musical, featuring a blazing rock score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and all the iconic moments from the movie. The cast for this ultimate rom-com includes last year’s panto star and former Strictly Come Dancing champion Ore Oduba. Other musicals to look forward to include the Olivier, Tony and Grammy Award-winning show Dear Evan Hansen in January, and West End musical comedy Only Fools...

Royal & Derngate is delighted to announce that it will be opening a new café-bar this autumn, adjacent to the theatre on Guildhall Road.The theatre will be working in partnership with a local company, behind other successful hospitality outlets in the area, to launch Lola’s Bar in September. Lola’s will be situated at the corner of Guildhall Road and Swan Street, taking over the location of John Franklin’s, which closes at the end of July.Lola’s will initially be offering cocktails and small plates in the evening, and coffee and brunch during the day, opening from Tuesday to Saturday every week,...

One of the UK’s leading experts in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has been recruited as a new trustee of Northamptonshire charity Teamwork Trust. Meet Bianca Stringuini, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Hays Plc …I truly believe in Teamwork Trust’s workTeamwork’s mission really spoke to me: ‘To help our service users thrive by giving choices, chances and opportunities to live full, purposeful and independent lives.’ I believe this comes from both CEO Helen’s vision and passion for employability and the Chair’s stewardship, with his great knowledge and commitment.  I am motivatedI love our new Vision: ‘To create a...

Businesses on Brackmills Industrial Estate have voted YES to another five years of Business Improvement District (BID) status.Businesses on the Northampton estate voted in favour of plans to continue the estate’s status as a Business Improvement District (BID), securing a fund of nearly £2.3million which will be spent on improving the estate over the next five years.This positive result follows months of planning, in-depth interviews, surveys and workshops and a month-long ballot in which businesses on the estate were asked to vote on the proposals.Brackmills, home to more than 180 businesses and 11,000 employees, has held Business Improvement District (BID)...

On Saturday 6th July, Delapré Abbey will host "MeNN: Men’s Reset Day", a day of activities dedicated to encouraging men to access mental health services and overcome the stigma of discussing their mental well-being. The event seeks to bring awareness to the mental health services available for men and promote positive mental health practices through the Action for Happiness’ 10 Keys to Happier Living."MeNN: Men’s Reset Day" will be held in Delapré Abbey’s tranquil Walled Garden, and will feature a barbecue, engaging talks, a workshop on nutrition, and activities such as ice baths and breathwork sessions. These activities are designed...

A town centre hotel that has undergone a seven-figure investment programme has underlined its commitment to Northampton by pledging to support local suppliers wherever possible.The Mercure Hotel in Silver Street becomes the town centre’s first four-star hotel as a result of the upgrade, which has seen all 146 bedrooms given a fresh new look as well as a wide-ranging overhaul of public spaces such as the lobby, reception and bar areas.The hotel will be operated under a franchise agreement and the extensive renovation has seen a real focus on the ‘market town’ heritage of Northampton, celebrating both the history and...

Local fine jewellers Michael Jones Jeweller have renewed their sponsorship agreement with Northampton’s Royal & Derngate, increasing their support for the theatre’s programme of home-produced and co-produced drama.Michael Jones Jeweller have a longstanding relationship with the theatre, having been the primary sponsor of Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton productions for the last seven years, as well as being an established Business Club partner.These Made in Northampton shows have brought the theatre national recognition, with recent productions such as The Pope premiering at Royal & Derngate in 2019, then subsequently going on to inspire a major film. It returned once...

A Northamptonshire based organisation is launching a global initiative to help businesses adopt sustainable practices in the face of increasing regulations and public demand for brands to address growing social and environmental threats.The Sustainable Business Alliance (SBA) is working with the University of Northampton Centre for Sustainable Business Practices and two local firms, Be. Partners Ltd and ActNow Consulting to introduce the 'Business Towards Sustainability Programme'.The programme will provide structured tools, training and support to help organisations to build and implement simple strategies and action plans so that they can take action where it is needed most.Speaking about the programme,...

Ballyhoo PR, a public relations and copywriting business in Lamport, has added a new Senior PR and Content Executive to its team.Linda McKeown joins Ballyhoo PR from Weetabix and brings with her more than 25 years of magazine journalism and communications experience accumulated in a wide range of industries including beauty, food and drink, manufacturing and property.Career highlights have included working on a campaign with actress Tamzin Outhwaite for Avon and launching Quick Bite, a magazine for the fast food industry, which was stocked in WHSmith and subsequently acquired by another publisher. Most recently, Linda has developed and executed an...

Independent IT consultancy and NNBN member, 3RS IT Solutions, has teamed up with fellow members, Ballyhoo PR and Say Something Video, to support in their drive to further raise its profile.Having started out from offices in Wellingborough the company, led by husband-and-wife team, Steve and Leila Souch, have recently opened another office in Leicester, alongside an office space in Nottingham. Their collaboration with local businesses is seen as pivotal to future success, providing an opportunity for further growth.“The collaboration with Ballyhoo PR and Say Something Video is an opportunity for us to continue on our growth plan,” says Leila Souch,...

As organisations around the world are gearing up for Pride Month, it’s crucial to approach your own celebrations thoughtfully and avoid falling into the trap of ‘corporate rainbow washing’, according to a local HR expert.“Rainbow washing” is a term used to describe an organisation’s behaviour when they use LGBTQ+ symbols and themes for their own commercial gain, without actually showing any commitment to LGBTQ+ rights and equality in practice.Nicky Buckley, an HR expert and owner of East Midlands HR in Northamptonshire, says "A common example of rainbow washing is when an organisation ‘washes’ their logo or brand in the colours of the rainbow...