It’s going to be a “monster” bash

Birmingham Press Club is preparing to deliver a MONSTER Christmas lunch on Wednesday, 16 December.

In fact, it's a Hollywood Monster-sponsored occasion as the Birmingham-based signage contractor has generously offered its backing for an event which marks the Club’s 150th anniversary.

The lunch, which will be held at the International Convention Centre, will be attended by more than 130 guests, including the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Raymond Hassall.

Hollywood Monster , (www.hollywoodmonster.co.uk) created in 2009 with the merger of Hollywood Signs and Monster Digital, employs more than 65 people and is the largest signage contractor and wide format printer in Birmingham. Its skilled craftsmen can provide clients with a range of graphics and digitally printed products – from A4 sign boards and banners to the largest building wrap or structure.

Managing director Tim Andrews, who said he was delighted to be sponsoring such a memorable milestone in the history of the Press Club, set up Hollywood Signs with his father, John, in 1991, from their family home on the outskirts of Birmingham. However, continued expansion of the business now means that it operates from a 30,000 sq ft factory.

Tim said: “The vision of the company is to become the number one signs and graphics business within the UK through excellence and dedication to its employees and clients across the UK.”

Experts in consultancy, project management and planning, the company offers a bespoke service from supply only, to a fully experienced, safe and insured installation service. It tackles small jobs to the most intricate projects that require road closures, civil engineered bases, structural engineered structures, abseiling, cherry pickers, cranes, public spaces, listed buildings, shopping centres and alike.

Further support for the Christmas lunch, which will be attended by former Press Club chairmen Gerry Armes, Terry Field, John James and Jerry Johns, has come from Deliveroo, an entrepreneurial enterprise launched in London by ex-investment banker William Shu as an online service to deliver food from restaurants to a customer’s kitchen table.

Deliveroo (www.deliveroo.co.uk) is sponsoring the drinks reception.

Established in 2013, Deliveroo now operates in 50 cities in twelve countries, including Birmingham – its head office for the Midlands, which opened in April of this year.

Deliveroo has created its own network of drivers and bike couriers as well as its own website.

Jake Lourie, Deliveroo’s regional manager in the Midlands, said: “In the Midlands, we are partnered with over 100 restaurants, the majority of them local independents, and have a full-time and part-time driver force of over 40 in Birmingham alone.”

He added: “Since our launch Deliveroo’s service has become very significant to many restaurants in the area as some have had to hire more staff and some establishments  have created second businesses off the back of their Deliveroo success. Others are only looking to expand in other cities if Deliveroo is there too."

Last minute bookings can be made up until 12 noon on Friday, 11 December.

Individual tickets for the three-course lunch, which will follow a welcoming drinks reception at 12 noon, are priced at £48.50 + VAT (a total of £58.20). Tables of ten may be booked at a rate of £485 + VAT (£582). To reserve your place log on towww.birmingham-press-club.co.uk and click on Events