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

Angry, sad and struggling to be hopeful as government forces us to live in caves

Angry, sad and struggling to be hopeful as government forces us to live in caves

5th November 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As the nation enters a second lockdown, Westside BID general manager Mike Olley has got an enormous emotional turmoil to to get off his ...Read more

All together now: ‘Always look on the bright side of life!’

All together now: ‘Always look on the bright side of life!’

22nd October 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

While COVID-19 shenanigans threaten to get us all down, Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID, reminds us that there’s plenty of p...Read more

Boris Johnson and his lacklustre inner cabinet need a kick up the backside

Boris Johnson and his lacklustre inner cabinet need a kick up the backside

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

How can the government expect public trust when almost every one of the actions it’s announced to contain COVID-19 has failed? Mike Olle...Read more

Pensioners will especially mourn the temporary closure of Cineworld

Pensioners will especially mourn the temporary closure of Cineworld

6th October 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Cineworld’s closure will damage the economy, causing many job losses. Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID, also laments the impa...Read more

Why the new law that closes hospitality venues at 22:00 hours is a disgrace

Why the new law that closes hospitality venues at 22:00 hours is a disgrace

1st October 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

The latest legislation imposing a curfew on pubs and bars is supposed to help the battle against COVID-19, but it might end up making th...Read more

‘On yer bike!’ Old moaners told to stop whining on about youth scooters

‘On yer bike!’ Old moaners told to stop whining on about youth scooters

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

They might be too fast and tricky to handle for older people, but that’s no excuse to stop young people having fun on scooters, accordin...Read more

Everyone’s talking about lockdown, but now’s the time to calm down

Everyone’s talking about lockdown, but now’s the time to calm down

11th September 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As Westside begins to reopen its entertainment district, BID general manager Mike Olley has a very simple message. Wash your hands, keep...Read more

Remembering when COVID-19 began, and what we’ve been doing since

Remembering when COVID-19 began, and what we’ve been doing since

24th August 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

The latest Westside World newsletter is a ‘Lockdown Diary’ of everything the BID and its members have been doing since the crisis began....Read more

Finding out how safe pubs are when it comes to COVID-19

Finding out how safe pubs are when it comes to COVID-19

19th August 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

A scientist who said pubs are “dangerous places” for COVID-19 has been criticised by a pub owner who claims they’re relatively safe. Who...Read more

From the Black Death to COVID-19 – pandemics have always resulted in society advancing

From the Black Death to COVID-19 – pandemics have always resulted in society advancing

11th August 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As we all start our long journeys of getting to grips with the pandemic, Westside BID general manager Mike Olley reminds us that things ...Read more

All together now: ‘Skippy, Skippy, Skippy the (home-schooled) bush kangaroo …’

All together now: ‘Skippy, Skippy, Skippy the (home-schooled) bush kangaroo …’

5th August 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Is working from home possible, or do we need to get back to the office? Westside BID general manager Mike Olley balances the argument be...Read more

Once upon a time, there was no magic money tree – but now there’s a whole forest

Once upon a time, there was no magic money tree – but now there’s a whole forest

27th July 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As the UK government continues to spend billions and billions funding the lockdown, Westside BID general manager Mike Olley explains his...Read more

BLOG: From face masks to lowering toilet seats when flushing – where’s the evidence?

BLOG: From face masks to lowering toilet seats when flushing – where’s the evidence?

21st July 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As the rule about wearing face masks in shops comes into force this week, Westside BID general manager Mike Olley remains sceptical over...Read more

Posh boys of government aren’t all bad, but arts rescue plan seems a bit self-indulgent

Posh boys of government aren’t all bad, but arts rescue plan seems a bit self-indulgent

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

As the government promises a big spend on theatres, art galleries and museums, Westside BID general manager Mike Olley laments the lack ...Read more

Look left, look right, look left again: COVID-19 means we must think safety first

Look left, look right, look left again: COVID-19 means we must think safety first

7th July 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As we all start emerging from lockdown, Westside BID’s general manager MIKE OLLEY explains why we should all be following social distanc...Read more

BLOG: Let’s be honest – someone’s got to pay for the government’s huge spends during COVID-19

BLOG: Let’s be honest – someone’s got to pay for the government’s huge spends during COVID-19

29th June 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As the UK reveals its borrowing more than it earns, Westside BID’s general manager MIKE OLLEY asks if it’s time to be more honest about ...Read more

BLOG: Beware of the data you’re sharing in the new cashless society we’re entering

BLOG: Beware of the data you’re sharing in the new cashless society we’re entering

22nd June 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

As we begin to emerge from the lockdown, everyone’s talking about an end to cash and the oncome of IT and apps to pay for your goods and...Read more

BLOG: How working from home could accelerate youthful and residential city centres

BLOG: How working from home could accelerate youthful and residential city centres

16th June 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

The push towards working from home during the pandemic could end up helping to make Birmingham city centre a more residential, younger a...Read more

BLOG: Normality after COVID-19 equals the opening of nightclubs

BLOG: Normality after COVID-19 equals the opening of nightclubs

5th June 2020 - Olley's Oracles / by WestsideTeam

Real normality after COVID-19 will only come with the opening of nightclubs, according to Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID. ...Read more

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