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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