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April's Newsletter

Welcome to April's Newsletter

I hope you are keeping safe and well during this awful Covid-19 crisis.

I understand that many businesses, including the entertainment & hospitality sectors and those immediately associated, have been affected, this certainly includes me. However, we must not lose hope but use this time to review, analyse, refocus and strategize our vision and approach. As a presenter, I really love interacting with others and sharing energy. However, not being able to step into the normal realm has not stopped me from presenting and engaging. When sometimes I genuinely wanted to pull a blanket over my head, each day I have got up and done my best to make a difference for myself, and others. Let’s take a look at what I ‘Phil Oldershaw the Presenter’ has been up to this month.


Hosted by Elegant Entertainment, I was able to join forces with them as the presenter and host for evening. This online party was created to raise money to help talented local performers, whom otherwise would have had little work or profiling… as well as a donation going directly to our NHS heroes, and also Hospitality Action who are there to assist people in the industry in need through crisis grants and more. This fantastic event included; Cook-a-longs with two of Birmingham's finest chefs: Michelin Starred TV Chef and author - Glynn Purnell (Purnell's & Purnell's Bistro & Bar) and 'Great British Menu' star Alex Claridge from The Wilderness.

Musical performances from Elegant Entertainment, Aston Performing Arts, Feel Good Gospel Choir, The Collective Live Band, Cast of The Greatest Show PLUS a whole host of other celebrity guests, West Midlands Mayor and comedians live from their homes.

Busking Battles 2019/20

Last year I was fortunate to be able to present and deliver a concept show I had written, initially for television, onto the Birmingham Updates platform. Working in partnership to deliver this online, we filmed; 8 x heats, 2 x semi-finals and a final with plenty of other ‘Facebook Lives’ and content in-between too! The buskers of the streets were incredibly talented, humble and heartfelt, giving us plenty of entertainment. It reached an audience of approximately 1.5 million viewers and gained huge recognition locally, thanks to the viewers being ‘the talent scouts and the judges too’!

We are looking at expanding Busking Battles nationally this year but are currently unsure of our forward timing with current circumstances. Please have a look at these brand-new highlights that have been put together by myself and Ewis Law (cameraman and editor).

Finding Phil's Flavours 

I have created this show for three reasons. One of them being for my own sanity and creativity during lockdown. Two, to enable my creative flair to have some extra time to make the food I love to eat. Three, to enable everyone else to try different flavours at home and to create simple mouth-watering dishes in your own kitchen. With the incredible response on social media platforms, I have decided to post as many dishes as I can each week. Why not give it a try?

Solihull Radio
The Phil O Show

Also helping to keep me sane and to enhance the lives of listeners, and viewers alike on ‘Facebook Live’, I am maintaining to turn up every Sunday and put out my weekly show from 6-8pm. Engaging listeners and viewers worldwide, I have really enjoyed adapting my show to incorporate the audience more, making it more interactive with subjects that allow more comments and music choice around featured subjects while we are unable to have artists and guests in the studio. You can see more about my show via my website www.philoldershaw.com in the podcasts section, or visit www.solihullradio.com for station details.

Webinar on Presentation Skills

I was invited to TAG Network Midlands, to do a webinar on ‘Online Presentation Skills’. As more people are now having to work and present from home, I shared my expertise to help individuals grow in confidence to deliver an outstanding presentation to their customers, colleagues and senior level personnel. The presentation was based on my 6 Steps to Success! Program, and it was great to see that so many people are joining online webinars to engage, learn and improve their own skills. It appears ZOOM! has become everyone’s new best friend.

Phil Oldershaw - YouTube Channel

I have created this playlist for you to visit my YouTube Channel and see Phil Olderhsaw live in action, during April, with a virtual twist. Feel free to watch any other footage via this channel.

Please click on the image to your right to view clips.

Here’s what do next;

Should I be able to assist with anything, including; Online Presenting, Tips & Advice, A Unique Project or a conversation around an idea you have during this unprecedented time, it really would be my pleasure to engage with you.

Please ensure we are connected on all social media platforms (Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube) to see what I’ve been up to.

Contact myself or Sonia, via the return email, if you have an enquiry or any questions that can help us work together to achieve success.

For a chance to win a Nando's for two people, please answer what time The Phil O Show on Solihull Radio is on each Sunday? Please reply with your answer, name and contact number via return email. Good luck! (T&C's Apply)

Thanks for reading!

I hope it gave you something to smile and escape to during this history making time.

Stay safe & have a great month ahead


Presenter - Host – Compére - PR - Events 
Phil Oldershaw
Phone:  07889109302
Web: www.philoldershaw.com

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Acorns Children’s Hospice, Black Country Museum – Fire-walk! - 12th March 2020!

After a couple of months of mental preparation, and fundraising, it was finally time to walk over burning coals in the name of charity! Thank you to Professor Paul Cadman, who had carefully chosen 100 business entrepreneurs, and known networkers, of the city to take part in this fundraiser; while also helping to raise the profile, and cause, of Acorns Children’s Hospital. I arrived, met like-minded friends of Birmingham, drank hot chocolate, shared stories, watched some entertainment, listened to the safety talk (a comedy delivery but serious too) and then headed, via vintage bus, down to the old Victorian streets of the Black Country museum. Even though it was dark, I had actually forgotten how lovely this place was in all its glory, like time had stood still for decades. We walked around by the metalwork and furnaces section, and got barefooted, onto a dark coaled damp floor in the dark evening sky, that was flooded by moonlight. We were also surrounded by press and a crowd of 200-300 people, cameras flashing constantly, as we all raised our energies, engaged and then took our turn and walked the path of glowing heat. 

A huge THANK YOU to everybody who sponsored me, sent messages, love and support as I walked on fire 🔥🔥🚶 for Acorns Children's Hospice, Night at the Museum & Fire-walk.
Personally, you helped me raise £1000!!!

30,000 people seen the Facebook live, on the night of Thursday 12th March 2020 on Birmingham Updates page.

100 Fire Walkers and 250 Spectators. £42,000 was raised from the event  and donations are still coming in 🎉🎉🎉
Life is about the difference we can make for ourselves, and others!

Together we can do anything 🙌💜
(You can still donate via: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/phil-oldershaw )





TEDx BCU – Saturday 7th March 2020.

I get asked to host an array of events, from awards dinners to charity fundraisers, city events to food festivals, and a whole lot more. When Lesley Taylor (BCU Graduate+ Programme Lead) at Birmingham City University asked me to host Birmingham’s second ever TEDx, I was delighted to get involved. I was even more excited to mentor a co-host from BCU, Caprice Bound, who was about to present live, her second and largest event to date!


Guest speakers from all areas of the city included: Anthony Daulphin (Leap of Faith), Victoria Masso (Curiosity, for Tech’s Sake!), Linda Jones (Burn Out to Brilliance), Professor Adam Crizzle (Help Me! I’m Only Human), Sophie Milliken (The Truth Behind the Showreel), Raj Holness, DR Karl George MBE and West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street.

We were also indulged by amazing entertainment from Birmingham’s own, and now legendary, Aston Performing Arts Academy as well as the wonderful Lyriqe, and the superb, Electric, who all performed with such passion and energy.


The team front of house, and back stage in tech, did an extraordinary job in ensuring professionalism, smoothness and a competent delivery in ensuring an inspiring TEDx transpired and will subsequently be seen by millions around the world, once it goes up on the popular TEDx platform.

I enjoyed working with all of the teams in all departments, and also helping to calm the nerves and support the energies of great inspiring speakers who had to deliver to an audience, and cameras, for approximately 15 minutes each. Congratulations to all.

Finally, special recognition goes to Caprice, who pulled off a great co-host presenting roll and to Lesley Taylor, and her team, for making sure the event happened with amazing people on board.

Presenting Millennium Point's - Scholarship Live Final

Hosting the ‘Millennium Point Scholarship Live Final’ was fantastic. All the top five finalists did an amazing job of presenting their presentations in front of the judges to secure a scholarship placement. There could be only one winner!

Although every finalist received a brand new laptop for their efforts it was a big congratulations to Shennice Talburt for securing a scholarship at Birmingham City University.

The Book of Mormon at Birmingham Hippodrome – Thursday 5th March 2020.

It was an incredible night as thousands of people gathered for the media night of The Book of Mormon. Press people mixed with joyous adventurers who were all looking to be enlightened and taken on an incredible journey of music, laughter and a story like no other. Created by the writers of South Park, we were all excited by what we were about to experience. The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well-meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble. Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected.

 During the interval I caught up with the delightfully charismatic and visionary Chief Executive of the Birmingham Hippodrome, Fiona Allan. We talked about the hilarious and controversial show that is The Book of Mormon and also the incredible line-up of other performances scheduled for 2020 at this iconic venue. Birmingham Hippodrome this year is now celebrating 125 years of amazing shows, guests and all things showbiz in our wonderful city and you really should check out the fantastic bookings available.

Check out some of the photos and vlogs from the evening as I mingled with happy people sharing smiles, laughter and some great hospitality by the events team too!

The show culminated in a huge standing ovation, which was most worthy.

Thank you to all involved, including; Fiona Allan and Ben Wooldridge, for a lovely evening.

See more of what the hippodrome has to offer here: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/whats-on/


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