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Member News & Testimonials

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Each aspect of what we do at In and Around Covent Garden is targeted to add value to members’ business activities as well maintaining the wellbeing of the sociocultural fabric of Covent Garden. Below are some testimonials we gathered from various Covent Garden people. For more information about getting involved, please click here.


In and Around Covent Garden and Covent Garden Business Forum Membership
“Having received your recent membership renewal invoice, I took the opportunity to review the results of our last full year's membership of In and Around Covent Garden. I am delighted to confirm that for the 12 months ended May 2011, we have generated new business sales in excess of £ 20,000 – this amount can be directly attributed to new clients we have met at regular Covent Garden networking events. Given the nature of our business, I would expect these clients to spend similar amounts with us or even more going forward, proving that your events can be profitable as well as immensely enjoyable. Thanks to you all for your on-going help and support.” Steve Ord, Sales Director, Sarum Colourview
“We really benefit from the IAACG limelight. Whenever we are mentioned in the magazine I always get people in the shop commenting they have seen us, it works!” Jo Lawbuary, Partner, Ganesha
“Mon Plaisir has certainly benefited from our involvement with In and Around Covent Garden and we would certainly recommend that every restaurant in the area should join in.’’ Alain Lhermitte, Proprietor, Mon Plaisir Restaurant
“I am looking forward to being part of such a fabulous, diverse and special community and, at long last, a member of the Covent Garden Magazine, a truly iconic symbol of the area”. Gary Holder, Director, Gary Holder London Store
“We have been members of IAACG for many years and have always found it a useful organisation to belong to for a number of reasons; it provides regular well organised networking opportunities each month at a varied and interesting range of venues in the local area. It acts as a voice for our concerns in the local community. The business forum and Way Forward meetings give further opportunities for our contributions in this respect. The magazine is widely distributed in the local area and helps us increase our local exposure. In summary we would recommend to any business in the local area that it consider joining IAACG.” Quentin Earle, Associate, Alliotts
“We are most grateful for the coverage you gave our make-up exhibition. This has resulted in several people arriving at our building clutching copies of the magazine.” Neil Handley, Curator British Optical Association Museum


Advertising / Promotional Opportunities
“Covent Garden magazine has proven to be an enormous asset to Cafe Pacifico and La Perla’s events promotions. As a very busy restaurant group, we have relied on the magazine as our primary source of advertising with excellent results. The staff are efficient and helpful, and advertising space is very reasonably-priced. We will continue to work with the magazine in the future, and wish them every success.” Sheila Lakeman, Cafe Pacifico
“Thank you for the mention of Moti Mohal in the current issue. My wife Elizabeth and myself went there last night and had the most wonderful  meal.  We have never had such gorgeous Indian food. Because of your article, I asked for the various apple chutneys which were stunning  and original. Never tasted anything quite like it. And when I  recognised the chef,  Ani  Arora, thanks to the picture in your  article, I was able to thank him warmly. He seemed such a charming and modest man. As new residents, we think your paper is excellent” Robert Parker, Covent Garden resident
‘‘Luckily, through your magazine, I was able to find out that a new branch of this restaurant [Gourmet Burger Kitchen] had been opened in Covent Garden and I was able to try it out without a long trip getting there (it was quite good, also). Do keep up the good work, your publication is terrific.’’ Paul Gedney, reader from New York, USA


Networking Events
“I have made a few good contacts through your networking events. We have one student working at Browns, two at St Martin-in-the-Fields (in the café and gift shop) and a great financial contact with Hyman Capital. I think next year I will just have to synchronise my holidays with your events so I won’t miss any of them.” Julita Greda-Tomaszewska, Careers Counsellor, Kaplan Aspect London
‘‘A big thank you from us for a great evening last night. It was a brilliant venue with some really interesting people (the wine was lovely too). Thanks for introducing us to so many people and helping us to fly the Hatty flag. Looking forward to the next event.’’ Siobhan Reid & Jo Donelan, Directors, Hatty Blue Recruitment
“It was a pleasure for us organising the In and Around Covent Garden Networking Event. We would like to thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this fantastic idea of bringing together the professional people of Covent Garden. As a new director, it was also a fantastic opportunity for me to get to know many people in this area. I think we made a lot of new friends and useful contacts. Hopefully we also managed to gain some new admirers for Hungarian Cuisine. On behalf of the HCC Team, I would like to thank you for all your help in the organisation. We definitely would like to volunteer to host [an event] again in the future.” Dr Ildikó Takács, Director, Hungarian Cultural Centre
“Thanks so much for last night - we all really enjoyed it! I met Ana [Doria Buchan, Education Officer at Benjamin Franklin House] at the networking event above Covent Garden Tube station back in the Autumn. I visited and then I took my class to visit Benjamin Franklin House. Ana came to the school to do a workshop about Benjamin Franklin's inventions. We went to a Science Day for primary schools organised by Benjamin Franklin House.” Bryony Kite, Teacher, St Clement Danes CE Primary School


In and Around Covent Garden Magazine
“What a lovely and delightful magazine. Content wise its great, and wonderful for people like myself who are new in the area.” Claudia Barrulas, reader and Covent Garden resident
“I love the articles on the history of Covent Garden, street by street. Carry on the good work of producing your magazine, as well as the website, because it is full of useful items and helps to keep me in touch when I am not in London.” Geraldine Taylor, reader
“How interesting, well-researched and unusual the pieces are about the history of the area. I make a conscious effort to always read these and learn a lot from them  and am sure everyone values them as much as I do. They make Covent Garden come alive with history.” Chloe Steele, reader


In and Around Covent Garden Website
‘‘Congratulations! The new website is great. I have added it to my favourites!.’’ Jean Rymer
‘‘What a lovely website. Well done!’’ Cllr Barbara Grahame, City of Westminster


In and Around Covent Garden New E-newsletter
“Excellent layout and easy to browse. Keep it up” Rohit Shah, Shah Dhanani & Co
“That looks fabulous! Thanks!” Alice Todd, aka


Way Forward for Covent Garden Annual Business Meeting and Networking Event
‘‘I very much enjoyed this occasion the last two years and am pleased to say that I will be able to attend this year [2008]  also.’’ Cllr Keith Moffitt, Leader, Camden Council


Covent Garden Community
“Do pass on my thanks to all your wonderful team and may I take this opportunity to say how grateful I am that you all look after the best interests of the unique Covent Garden so assiduously.” The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Westminster Councillor Louise Hyams


Spirit of Reciprocity
Since joining in April, Spotlight Recruitment enjoyed a busy and successful 2008. Working across the sectors of office support, sales, marketing and HR, they have achieved their reputation by representing the most talented candidates using an intelligent and creative approach. Spotlight’s media and corporate clients appreciate their first class service and, as a New Year offer, Spotlight are delighted to offer fellow members of IAACG a 20% discount on recruitment of permanent staff in 2009. To find out more contact Nicola Stafford, Managing Director, Spotlight Recruitment


Members Working Together
Strand Travel’s 21st birthday bash was hosted on fellow In and Around Covent Garden member, the RS Hispaniola. To celebrate 21 years of trading, Strand Travel invited friends and clients on board the floating venue having hired it for the evening. With unrivalled views of the Thames at night, drinks and food, a good time was had by all; especially those who won in the prize draw. The top prize was tickets to NYC for two with overnight accommodation.



Getting there

Travelling to and from an event is an important part of the overall experience. Covent Garden, the heart of the UK's the most exciting place, is opened to all routes wherever you are, whatever you want.




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