It’s a close shave for our man Olley at a Turkish barbers on Westside

It’s a close shave for our man Olley at a Turkish barbers on Westside

16th May 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

What used to be a short-back and sides is now a trim, cut-throat shave, hot towel and face massage. Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY ...Read more

Meet Commodore Steve and Turnip the dog as our man Olley goes GoBoating

Meet Commodore Steve and Turnip the dog as our man Olley goes GoBoating

9th May 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

Imagine collecting hundreds of plastic bottles and creating a boat for fun days out in the sun. Well now you can! New GoBoats are availa...Read more

On the buses: Westside’s visitors will soon be enjoying modern and dependable omnibus

On the buses: Westside’s visitors will soon be enjoying modern and dependable omnibus

21st April 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by DanielDyson

While everyone loves talking about the progress offered by the Metro tram extension along Broad Street, Westside business leader MIKE OL...Read more

Phew! After years of disruption, Metro tram finally spotted back in Centenary Square

Phew! After years of disruption, Metro tram finally spotted back in Centenary Square

12th April 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

It’s not carrying passengers yet, as testing is still being carried out. But Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY is hopeful that shiny n...Read more

Praising the brave pioneers behind controversial road charging plans in the West Midlands

Praising the brave pioneers behind controversial road charging plans in the West Midlands

6th April 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

As elected mayor Andy Street and city leader Ian Ward discuss road charging, Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY argues that their actio...Read more

Alfredo impresses Westside boss with his frothy logo coffee maker

Alfredo impresses Westside boss with his frothy logo coffee maker

1st April 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

As a kid I only drank tea, writes Mike Olley. It was really the only hot beverage available. As a mature male I have taken a shine to...Read more

Thanks Rishi … but you could have done a lot better for businesses in your mini-budget

Thanks Rishi … but you could have done a lot better for businesses in your mini-budget

25th March 2022 - News / Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY has been scrutinising chancellor Rishi Sunak’s latest handouts to help struggling businesses and vul...Read more

How war in Ukraine means a Westside worker is pretending not to be a Russian

How war in Ukraine means a Westside worker is pretending not to be a Russian

22nd March 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

Putin’s invasion has Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY thinking about nationalities, and hoping that peace comes soon so that everyone...Read more

MPs: we don’t need new laws to tackle drink-spiking, but we do need more bobbies

MPs: we don’t need new laws to tackle drink-spiking, but we do need more bobbies

10th March 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

MP Richard Graham has been so moved by how one of his constituents suffered from drink-spiking that he is campaigning for a new law. But...Read more

VLOG: The book that saw me fall in love with its author for her vision of a world without men

VLOG: The book that saw me fall in love with its author for her vision of a world without men

3rd March 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

To celebrate the forthcoming International Women’s Day on 8 March, Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY introduces us to a novel set in a...Read more

Let’s not forget gritty truth behind dramatic licence of Windrush

Let’s not forget gritty truth behind dramatic licence of Windrush

16th February 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

As the Birmingham Rep celebrates the vibrant reggae of the Windrush generation, Westside leader MIKE OLLEY reminds us that it wasn’t suc...Read more

A shout out for the Birmingham Film Festival as it emerges from Covid

A shout out for the Birmingham Film Festival as it emerges from Covid

11th February 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY welcomes one and all back to Westside after Covid … including the creative entertainers behind the B...Read more

A note on Boris Johnson’s badly faked sincerity and nonsense apologies

A note on Boris Johnson’s badly faked sincerity and nonsense apologies

20th January 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As the Conservative government hurtles towards more ridicule, Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY explains just how stupid the prime min...Read more

The true cost of the long-delayed Westside tram could be trebling

The true cost of the long-delayed Westside tram could be trebling

13th January 2022 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

With Midland Metro Alliance bosses unable to say when their trams will be finally carrying passengers along Broad Street, Westside busin...Read more

Banking, nightlife, Covid rules and memorial services: no two days are the same on Westside

Banking, nightlife, Covid rules and memorial services: no two days are the same on Westside

13th December 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Westside is a banking centre as well as the largest entertainment district in the Midlands, which means almost no day is the same. MIKE ...Read more

REVIEW: Morecambe and Wise’s stage show left a resonating joy in my heart

REVIEW: Morecambe and Wise’s stage show left a resonating joy in my heart

8th December 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Westside’s blogging reviewer MIKE OLLEY enjoys classic comedy watching The Play What I Wrote at the Rep, which included a cameo performa...Read more

It’s that WOW-erful time of the year on Westside

It’s that WOW-erful time of the year on Westside

3rd December 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Most people are getting ready for Christmas, but Westside BID team members are busy organising the district’s WOWs awards for January. M...Read more

Tony, Bev, Jasper and Ray: a real ‘stars in his eyes’ week for our man on Westside

Tony, Bev, Jasper and Ray: a real ‘stars in his eyes’ week for our man on Westside

24th November 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

From Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi to 1970s Aston Villa star Ray Graydon; and from another old rocker Bev Bevan to renowned comedian Jasper...Read more

Climate change scaremongering is not always accurate, but it’s helping us all to change

Climate change scaremongering is not always accurate, but it’s helping us all to change

16th November 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As world leaders make their Cop26 commitments, Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY explains why the worst-case environmental scenarios p...Read more

Touring the big wheel and ice rink that has returned to Birmingham’s Centenary Square

Touring the big wheel and ice rink that has returned to Birmingham’s Centenary Square

5th November 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

The big wheel reaches 40 metres high, while The Flyer can spin at 14 revolutions a minute, and the ice rink has skates ready for everyon...Read more

You just gotta laugh! Comedy shows have returned to Westside

You just gotta laugh! Comedy shows have returned to Westside

28th October 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

After more than 18 months of Covid-19, we all need a laugh. And Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY got just that when he enjoyed a nigh...Read more

Meet the unsung heroes of Brindleyplace – the security team who keep it really safe

Meet the unsung heroes of Brindleyplace – the security team who keep it really safe

21st October 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Westside BID leader MIKE OLLEY describes how security in Birmingham has changed over the decades and introduces us to the security team ...Read more

We work hard to keep everyone safe on Westside – even unpleasant characters like racist Sharna Walker

We work hard to keep everyone safe on Westside – even unpleasant characters like racist Sharna Walker

13th October 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

With the safety of women in public spaces firmly in the national spotlight, MIKE OLLEY reveals that even the woman who caused criminal d...Read more

The curtains are coming up at theatres again! And The Rep is leading the way

The curtains are coming up at theatres again! And The Rep is leading the way

4th October 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

As theatres plan a future that both keeps people safe and drives their business, Westside’s MIKE OLLEY introduces us to The Rep’s plans,...Read more

Freshers’ week: a time when Westside becomes one of the love capitals of the world

Freshers’ week: a time when Westside becomes one of the love capitals of the world

29th September 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As tens of thousands of freshers descend on Broad Street, business leader MIKE OLLEY describes how Westside looks after its new customer...Read more

Celebrating Tristan Price, who exemplifies just how well Westside’s door staff do their jobs

Celebrating Tristan Price, who exemplifies just how well Westside’s door staff do their jobs

20th September 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

While most nightlife visitors are ‘sober, mild mannered and behave impeccably’, Westside business leader Mike Olley explains how the are...Read more

Why new ‘nightclub’ restrictions could actually mean: ‘be vaccinated or stay at home’

Why new ‘nightclub’ restrictions could actually mean: ‘be vaccinated or stay at home’

10th September 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As the government announces new Covid-19 ‘passport’ arrangements, Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY challenges what they mean by ‘high...Read more

From Commonwealth Games to Commonwealth nations, we’re proud of Birmingham’s links

From Commonwealth Games to Commonwealth nations, we’re proud of Birmingham’s links

28th June 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY explains why he’s feeling privileged to have made a new friend in the high commissioner of Pakistan ...Read more

On yer bike, Transport for West Midlands! Help us to help you keep an eye on your cycles

On yer bike, Transport for West Midlands! Help us to help you keep an eye on your cycles

21st June 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As the new green bicycles start littering Birmingham’s streets, Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY calls for a simple helpline from TfW...Read more

We must act now to prevent a new Windrush-style scandal hitting our EU workers

We must act now to prevent a new Windrush-style scandal hitting our EU workers

14th June 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY calls on all EU nationals working on Westside to get busy with their paperwork for settled status – ...Read more

Olley declares Churchillian war of words after hitting WiFi brick wall on Westside

Olley declares Churchillian war of words after hitting WiFi brick wall on Westside

7th June 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Annoyed by a self-congratulatory but inaccurate press release about Openreach’s Wifi and broadband ‘achievements’, Westside business lea...Read more

Doorman who displayed calm response to alleged racist abuse is a credit to Westside

Doorman who displayed calm response to alleged racist abuse is a credit to Westside

1st June 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As police carefully investigate woman said to be involved in shocking racist incident on Broad Street, business leader MIKE OLLEY warns ...Read more

‘Come on, England!’ Hospitality venues getting busier on Westside ahead of Euro 2020

‘Come on, England!’ Hospitality venues getting busier on Westside ahead of Euro 2020

25th May 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As the UK steadily emerges from lockdown, Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY celebrates his birthday at a top restaurant and starts get...Read more

It’s a big Westside welcome to the ‘1st Birmingham Commonwealth Games’

It’s a big Westside welcome to the ‘1st Birmingham Commonwealth Games’

18th May 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

From jobs to new housing, and from road improvements to renovating the Alexander Stadium. Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY reports on...Read more

Please, Birmingham City Council … rethink the Clean Air Zone’s timing and fining

Please, Birmingham City Council … rethink the Clean Air Zone’s timing and fining

10th May 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As the city rushes into the new Clean Air Zone era, Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY asks its leaders to slow down its introduction, ...Read more

Brexit means Brexit … but it also means more blue-chip firms heading to Brum

Brexit means Brexit … but it also means more blue-chip firms heading to Brum

30th April 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Despite the fears of ‘Remainers’ in the Brexit debate, not all the talent that’s leaving London is moving abroad. Westside business lead...Read more

Olley rides again, and watches new venues opening in vacated spaces across Westside

Olley rides again, and watches new venues opening in vacated spaces across Westside

23rd April 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As the Westside BID team delivers crucial goods around the district on their new cargo bikes, business leader MIKE OLLEY witnesses the a...Read more

Olley’s ‘magical mystery tour’ around Brindleyplace

Olley’s ‘magical mystery tour’ around Brindleyplace

19th April 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As Westside emerges from lockdown, business leader MIKE OLLEY gets all ‘love me do’ over the UK’s top slice of real estate. As youngs...Read more

Politicians and authorities praised for helping more Westside venues to reopen outside

Politicians and authorities praised for helping more Westside venues to reopen outside

1st April 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

After months of planning, new outside hospitality spaces have been agreed in principle in and around Broad Street. Westside business lea...Read more

Oy, taggers! Hands off our new Banksy (even if it is pee-ing on a wall in Gas Street Basin)

Oy, taggers! Hands off our new Banksy (even if it is pee-ing on a wall in Gas Street Basin)

25th March 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

It’s less than a knee high, painted in black and grey, with a bright splash of urine yellow. But Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY exp...Read more

Restaurateurs demand upfront payment to stop ‘no shows’ closing them down

Restaurateurs demand upfront payment to stop ‘no shows’ closing them down

17th March 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Thoughtless customers casually deciding not to turn up after booking restaurant tables have prompted a tough response from venues strugg...Read more

From Blue Peter-style cut-out to the world-famous Black Sabbath ‘heavy metal’ bench

From Blue Peter-style cut-out to the world-famous Black Sabbath ‘heavy metal’ bench

12th March 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As Broad Street gets spruced up ready for its reopening after lockdown, Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY recalls how one of the distr...Read more

The budget in five words: jam today but Marmite tomorrow

The budget in five words: jam today but Marmite tomorrow

4th March 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Chancellor Rishi Sunak played a careful balance in this week’s budget. Plenty more COVID-19 assistance this year, but the harsh reality ...Read more

The state’s mistrust of licensees is going to cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds

The state’s mistrust of licensees is going to cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds

26th February 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

While pleased that an end to lockdown is finally in sight, Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY is frustrated at government plans that co...Read more

You ain’t seen nothing yet: 50 years of change will result in such a vibrant Westside

You ain’t seen nothing yet: 50 years of change will result in such a vibrant Westside

22nd February 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WSBadmin

From a dreary 1970s to the top nightlife, banking, swish trams and aperitif culture arriving in the 2020s. Westside business leader MIKE...Read more

It’s time to take our hats off to those on Westside who have kept trading despite COVID-19

It’s time to take our hats off to those on Westside who have kept trading despite COVID-19

15th February 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY acknowledges the hospitality sector’s lockdown challenges and shines a light on some top operators w...Read more

Olley was struggling to be jolly … now he’s smiling as the 10-millionth Briton to get his jab!

Olley was struggling to be jolly … now he’s smiling as the 10-millionth Briton to get his jab!

4th February 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

It may have been a sharp prick that made him say “ouch”, but Westside business leader Mike Olley’s vaccination has transformed him from ...Read more

Let’s go nuclear? They say this harmless energy can power electric cars and other growing power needs

Let’s go nuclear? They say this harmless energy can power electric cars and other growing power needs

27th January 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As he beetles around Brum in his electric car looking for rare charging points, Westside business leader Mike Olley asks: ‘Can we go gre...Read more

My fury at insurers who ignored the basic classroom lesson of ‘utmost good faith’

My fury at insurers who ignored the basic classroom lesson of ‘utmost good faith’

21st January 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

After a Supreme Court ruling that COVID-19 business interruption claims must be paid out, Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY rages agai...Read more

It’s time to clamp down on angels of death who flout COVID-19 regulations

It’s time to clamp down on angels of death who flout COVID-19 regulations

7th January 2021 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As England enters it’s third full lockdown, Westside BID general manager MIKE OLLEY calls for severe punishment for those who break the ...Read more

Let’s have a big cheer for The Rep’s decision to stage justice

Let’s have a big cheer for The Rep’s decision to stage justice

18th December 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

With the city’s courts almost paralysed by COVID-19 restrictions, Westside is opening its venues for justice to take place. MIKE OLLEY, ...Read more

The risk of catching COVID-19 from hospitality venues is much smaller than we thought

The risk of catching COVID-19 from hospitality venues is much smaller than we thought

14th December 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

New research shows we’re very unlikely to be infected by visiting bars, pubs and restaurants. MIKE OLLEY, general manager of Westside BI...Read more

2 + 2 = 1½ as the government makes a granular mess of its homework

2 + 2 = 1½ as the government makes a granular mess of its homework

4th December 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As the hospitality sector and scores of Tory MPs show their rage over the new tiers system, MIKE OLLEY, general manager of Westside BID,...Read more

The prime minister’s youthful buffoonery is no excuse for this Tier 3 lunacy

The prime minister’s youthful buffoonery is no excuse for this Tier 3 lunacy

26th November 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As Birmingham suddenly enters the new Tier 3 lockdown, MIKE OLLEY, general manager of Westside BID, calls on Boris Johnson to explain th...Read more

Down with conspiracy theories! But let’s raise our glasses to the truth

Down with conspiracy theories! But let’s raise our glasses to the truth

23rd November 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

While legal changes may soon make it harder for inglorious social media giants to spread anti-vaxxer lies, we also need the truth to ass...Read more

Don’t believe the doomsayers, we’re still working hard here on Westside

Don’t believe the doomsayers, we’re still working hard here on Westside

13th November 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

There may be a temporary close of hospitality and events venues, but Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID, reminds us there are s...Read more

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