Connect with us

Current

Katie Price reveals the remarkable transformation of her Mucky Mansion

Katie Price revealed the remarkable transformation of her Mucky Mansion on the latest episode of her Channel 4 series on Wednesday night. 

The former glamour model, 43, has been renovating the delipidated home in West Sussex and has now shown off the results and told how she was ‘really proud of what she achieved’ in creating the ‘happy home’.

Final scenes in the episode revealed a sleek new kitchen diner with stylish pink sofas and a roaring fire, pretty lighting details and the incredible themed bedrooms for her kids. 

The reality TV star’s series aired as planned despite her recent arrest on suspicion of breaching her restraining order, after she allegedly branded her ex-husband Kieran Hayler’s fiancée Michelle Penticost a ‘gutter sl*g’ in ‘abusive messages’. 

Wow: Katie Price revealed the remarkable transformation of her Mucky Mansion on the latest episode of her Channel 4 series on Wednesday night

Wow: Katie Price revealed the remarkable transformation of her Mucky Mansion on the latest episode of her Channel 4 series on Wednesday night

Amazing: The former glamour model, 43, has been renovating the delipidated home in West Sussex and has now proudly shown off the results and told how she was 'really proud of what she achieved' in creating the 'happy home' (pictured is daughter Princess' bedroom)

Amazing: The former glamour model, 43, has been renovating the delipidated home in West Sussex and has now proudly shown off the results and told how she was ‘really proud of what she achieved’ in creating the ‘happy home’ (pictured is daughter Princess’ bedroom)

The stunningly spacious kitchen boasted all the modern appliances before the cameras panned around the home to show off the stunning living-room set-up, with plush pink and green velvet sofas overlooking the countryside views.

Candles and mirrors were tastefully dotted around to decorate stylishly and made the room appear light, bright and airy.

Elsewhere in the house, 14-year-old daughter Princess’ room had been transformed with a huge pink bed, as well as a neon light-up sign spelling out her name.

Woah: Final scenes in the episode revealed a sleek new kitchen diner (pictured) with stylish pink sofas and a roaring fire, pretty lighting details and the incredible themed bedrooms for her kids

Woah: Final scenes in the episode revealed a sleek new kitchen diner (pictured) with stylish pink sofas and a roaring fire, pretty lighting details and the incredible themed bedrooms for her kids

The bed was covered in comfy cushions and she had cream seating and personalised storage to pack away all her clothes. 

While youngest son Jett, eight, had his room transformed into a jungle paradise, with touches of green and dark wood to give it a natural feel.

The entrance hallway had also been changed – with a neon sign spelling out ‘Welcome to Pricey Woods’ on the wall, as a nod to Katie’s fiancé Carl.

Remarkable: While youngest son Jett, eight, had his room transformed into a jungle paradise, with touches of green and dark wood to give it a natural feel

Remarkable: While youngest son Jett, eight, had his room transformed into a jungle paradise, with touches of green and dark wood to give it a natural feel

Cosy: The stunningly spacious kitchen boasted all the modern appliances before the cameras panned round the home to show off the stunning living-room set-up, with plush pink and green velvet sofas overlooking the countryside views

Cosy: The stunningly spacious kitchen boasted all the modern appliances before the cameras panned round the home to show off the stunning living-room set-up, with plush pink and green velvet sofas overlooking the countryside views

Cute: The entrance hallway had also been changed - with a neon sign spelling out 'Welcome to Pricey Woods' on the wall, as a nod to Katie's fiancé Carl

Cute: The entrance hallway had also been changed – with a neon sign spelling out ‘Welcome to Pricey Woods’ on the wall, as a nod to Katie’s fiancé Carl

A large lip-shaped love seat and three identical pink dog statues had been added to the space to give it pops of colour, matching the pink staircase bannister. 

Sitting to review her the finished property, Katie told her mum Amy and sister Sophie how she was pleased of ‘what she had achieved’ in transforming the house.

She said: ‘The journey of this house hasn’t just been about me, it’s been about the journey of my kids, my mum, my sister,’ the star told the cameras.

Decoration: Candles and mirrors were tastefully dotted around to decorate stylishly and made the room appear light, bright and airy

Decoration: Candles and mirrors were tastefully dotted around to decorate stylishly and made the room appear light, bright and airy

‘I’ve put my touch on it, and so have my family. But this just goes to show you can turn things around, and I’m really proud of what I have achieved.’

‘This is my land and my house, now the house is coming back together like I’m coming back together,’ Katie continued.

‘In the past this place has been called the Mucky Mansion, but it’s not that any more, it’s now my happy home.’

Nice: Katie landed a £45,000 payday for her Channel 4 documentary, and avoided paying a penny for renovations to her 'Mucky Mansion', it's been reported

Nice: Katie landed a £45,000 payday for her Channel 4 documentary, and avoided paying a penny for renovations to her ‘Mucky Mansion’, it’s been reported

Girly: The bed in Princess' room was covered in comfy cushions and she had cream seating and personalised storage to pack away all her clothes

Girly: The bed in Princess’ room was covered in comfy cushions and she had cream seating and personalised storage to pack away all her clothes

Elsewhere on the episode Katie came across one of her old glamour modelling shots from back in the day and joked about her breasts, saying ‘they don’t look like that now.’ 

Katie was sorting through piles of posters and photos from when she posed for lads mag shoots and came across a mug with her photo on it. 

She then quipped: ‘Isn’t it funny how you change. That was my second boob job. I’ve had loads since then.’ 

Katie then added: ‘My areolas don’t look like that any more! They’ve been chopped on and off so many times.’

Before: The kitchen looked a mess before as they got it ready for the big reveal and tidied it up

Before: The kitchen looked a mess before as they got it ready for the big reveal and tidied it up 

Views: The main reception room of the house has huge windows to let in all the natural light and a statement fire place

Views: The main reception room of the house has huge windows to let in all the natural light and a statement fire place 

Throwback: Elsewhere on the episode Katie came across one of her old glamour modelling shots from back in the day and joked about her breasts, saying 'they don't look like that now'

Throwback: Elsewhere on the episode Katie came across one of her old glamour modelling shots from back in the day and joked about her breasts, saying ‘they don’t look like that now’

Katie landed a £45,000 payday for her Channel 4 documentary, and avoided paying a penny for renovations to her ‘Mucky Mansion’, it’s been reported. 

Despite the multiple renovations that were needed to her West Sussex mansion, Katie paid nothing towards the costs, while receiving a hefty fee for starring in the series. 

A source told The Sun: ‘Katie hit the jackpot with the show – she got a £45k fee and didn’t have to put any of her own money into the project.

Impressed: Princess looked delighted as she was shown her room which had a pretty pink theme and cosy interiors

Impressed: Princess looked delighted as she was shown her room which had a pretty pink theme and cosy interiors 

Relaxing zone: The living room area is dominated by a huge pink sofa and matching pouffe and has warm touches including a furry grey rug

Relaxing zone: The living room area is dominated by a huge pink sofa and matching pouffe and has warm touches including a furry grey rug 

‘The costs are being paid by the production company and she’s landed a lot of freebies from companies who want the exposure of being on her show or her social media.’

A spokesperson for Channel 4 told MailOnline: ‘Production did not pay for the costs of any renovations of the house.’

MailOnline contacted representatives for Katie Price and Channel 4 for further comment at the time. 

Entrance: The reception area also features an oriental-themed green cabinet with trinkets and candles on top

Entrance: The reception area also features an oriental-themed green cabinet with trinkets and candles on top 

Katie‘s Mucky Mansion sparked a flurry of reaction from viewers when the first episode was finally broadcast on Channel 4 last week. 

For many fans, it sparked questions around how the reality star can afford to make such drastic renovations to her £2 million West Sussex home, after she was declared bankrupt in 2019.

Taking to Twitter, many viewers also shared their thoughts around the ‘ill-timed’ series, which aired just five days after Katie was arrested on suspicion of breaking her restraining order. 

Claims: Despite the multiple renovations that were needed to her West Sussex mansion, Katie paid nothing towards the costs, while receiving a hefty fee for starring in the series

Claims: Despite the multiple renovations that were needed to her West Sussex mansion, Katie paid nothing towards the costs, while receiving a hefty fee for starring in the series

In the show, Katie reveals her plans to completely transform her mansion, after a string of personal woes including a stint in The Priory in 2019. 

Along with fixing the damage caused by a break-in at her home, the star is told her house is rife with damp and mould, adding yet more work for her team of builders.

However, by the end of the opening episode, Katie revealed she’d finished transforming her son Jett’s bedroom, unveiling the jungle-themed room to her children.

Chat: Sitting to review her the finished property, Katie told her mum Amy and sister Sophie how she was pleased of 'what she had achieved' in transforming the house

Chat: Sitting to review her the finished property, Katie told her mum Amy and sister Sophie how she was pleased of ‘what she had achieved’ in transforming the house

Given Katie’s bold plans for the home, which include re-doing the entire kitchen, new floors, and removing the dark woodwork, many viewers were perplexed how she could afford the renovations.

The series, filmed months earlier, came after the star was declared bankrupt, and she is currently in the midst of paying back creditors, with a hearing scheduled to take place next month.

Other viewers noted the awkward timing of the series, days after Katie was arrested for allegedly breaching her restraining order by sending abusive messages to her ex-husband Kieran Hayler’s fiancée Michelle Penticost.  

However, some fans were quick to slam trolls for piling on Katie, praising the star for her clear devotion to her family. 

One wrote: ‘@Channel4 have totally misjudged the mood of the nation in giving Katie Price a TV show. There may still be some deluded fans that don’t care that she exploits her disabled son and has been caught drink and drug driving 6x, but it’s only a small %.’

‘Channel 4 knocking out a house renovation for Katie Price, nice that, who’s next, Fred and Rose getting their back garden done? Ridiculous?’ another wrote. 

A third tweeted: ‘I thought Katie Price was bankrupt? How is she affording these renovations? Genuinely interested to know!’

‘Anyone else remember when Channel 4 were cool, making cutting-edge and ground-breaking telly? F**k me…’ one added.

Love: Fans watching the series have praised the troubled star for making her kids' rooms incredible (pictured is Princess' bedroom)

Love: Fans watching the series have praised the troubled star for making her kids’ rooms incredible (pictured is Princess’ bedroom)

A fan also posted: ‘I’ve always thought Katie Price’s vacuous persona was a deceptive facade. It turns out she really is awful.’ 

‘Just when you think the UK couldn’t sink any lower… you see that #MuckyMansion is trending at number 1,’ a fan also posted.

‘@Channel4 aren’t you a bit embarassed showing this, recently caught drunk/drug driving and breaking a restraining order and you still show this!’ a viewer wrote.

Details: In the cosy lounge there are cushions with the initials of all her children: (L-R Harvey, Junior and Princess)

Details: In the cosy lounge there are cushions with the initials of all her children: (L-R Harvey, Junior and Princess) 

Working hard: The episode showed Katie painting a storage box to go in Princess' room that had her name engraved on it

Working hard: The episode showed Katie painting a storage box to go in Princess’ room that had her name engraved on it 

One added: ‘How does she get to keep her house when she’s bankrupt?’ 

Defending Katie, one fan wrote: ‘Really enjoyed the show and Jetts room looked great and more importantly he loved it! Can’t wait to see the rest of the transformations. 

‘Despite what people may think about @KatiePrice its clear how much she loves her kids and how important sorting out her home is.’

Painting: Katie took a hand on approach to the renovations and was seen getting her hands dirty

Painting: Katie took a hand on approach to the renovations and was seen getting her hands dirty 

Another added: ‘Katie has been through so many ups and downs it’s no wonder her mental health has suffered and awful, sad things have happened. Good on her for pushing towards and working to support herself and her kids.’

‘Everyone slating Katie Price need to be ashamed yes she has made bad choices but for her to want to get back in her house after all the bad memories and wanting to start again good on her! No one’s perfect!’ a third continued. 

Katie Price’s Mucky Mansion continues on Wednesday at 9pm on Channel 4. 

Warm and cosy: They got the stunning fireplace back in order on the episode, with Katie creating a calm atmosphere in the lounge

Warm and cosy: They got the stunning fireplace back in order on the episode, with Katie creating a calm atmosphere in the lounge 

Light and airy: Katie was seen renovating one of the reception rooms which had pretty pink sofas in it and was taking shape nicely

Light and airy: Katie was seen renovating one of the reception rooms which had pretty pink sofas in it and was taking shape nicely 

Thrilled! Katie was clearly getting into the spirit of her renovation challenge as she painted furniture in the stable areas

Thrilled! Katie was clearly getting into the spirit of her renovation challenge as she painted furniture in the stable areas

Sleek: Katie Price's Mucky Mansion continues on Wednesday at 9pm on Channel 4 (pictured is new the modern kitchen)

Sleek: Katie Price’s Mucky Mansion continues on Wednesday at 9pm on Channel 4 (pictured is new the modern kitchen) 

Source link

Current

Folkestone dubbed the new Whitstable after undergoing a dramatic transformation

Every year around this time we hear of plans to regenerate run-down seaside towns and dreary resorts, from Margate to Morecambe. 

Yet none could match the dramatic transformation of Folkestone on Kent’s south coast.

Just ten years ago, Folkestone was on the slide. ‘I moved here in 2015 from Gran Canaria to work in a hotel and parts of the town, notably the harbour area, were scary — so I moved on to Canterbury,’ says Alex Rodriguez, 31, now a freelancer working in corporate communications.

Turning the tide: The Kent seaside town’s once off-limits harbour is now an enticing location

Turning the tide: The Kent seaside town’s once off-limits harbour is now an enticing location

‘Then I heard about the changes going on, so in 2020 I moved back here with my husband and picked up a three-bedroom Victorian end-terrace house for £240,000. 

I have never regretted it — Folkestone nowadays has a really cool vibe and beautiful scenery.’

It is difficult to imagine the Folkestone that Alex found back in 2015. Much of the harbour and seafront was occupied by railway sidings, a squalid fairground and a flea market. The Old Town area was, to put it bluntly, a slum.

It took the ambition of Sir Roger De Haan to create the Folkestone of today. He bought the town’s harbour in 2004 with a view to regenerating it.

‘My parents started [travel company] Saga and when I sold the company in 2004 [for £1.35 billion] I was still only in my late 50s and I needed to carry on working,’ Sir Roger told me. ‘I decided on four strands of regeneration: education, buildings, the arts and sport.’

These areas were in desperate need of attention. Folkestone had one of the five least academically successful secondary schools in England. 

With an investment of £34 million, Sir Roger had architect Norman Foster design a replacement and it is now judged ‘good’ by Ofsted. 

Sir Roger also helped set up performance venues and ploughed money into a variety of sports facilities.

But the flagship of the new-look Folkestone is a development of 84 apartments on the sea-front. Set on shingle at the top of the beach, it is built of glistening white, glazed bricks. 

Broad balconies give the exterior a Gaudi-esque look, while inside the curvature of the tall windows means rooms are bathed in light. Materials of wood and pebble echo the seaside theme.

Prices range from £430,000 for a one-bedroom flat to £2.2 million for a penthouse. Six more blocks are planned, totalling 1,000 units (shorelinefolkestone.co.uk).

Nearby is the restored Harbour Arm, with its champagne bar, food stalls. Stroll south along the seafront and you pass brightly painted beach huts and a landscaped coastal path.

The revamped Old High Street is now bursting with independent shops and studios — not unlike popular and chi-chi Whitstable on the north Kent coast.

‘It has a really cosmopolitan atmosphere,’ says Alex. ‘There are lots of freelancers and we meet in a coffee shop twice a week, which gives a real sense of community.’

There’s a lot to attract newcomers, with London’s St Pancras just an hour away. So, with so many seaside towns looking to re-invent themselves, what’s the secret of a successful regeneration?

‘In areas where the economy is broken, it is not enough to just fix the buildings,’ said Sir Roger. ‘You have to give the town a whole new economic purpose … there must be one over-arching grand ambition.’

Source link

Continue Reading

Current

Majority of Businesses (82%) Set to Boost R&D Funding in the Next Three Years

Businesses And R&D Funding

More than 78% of R&D professionals believe that an enhanced 50% R&D tax credit will incentivise green tech development

A recent report by the Industry Research and Development Group (IRDG) and KPMG sheds light on the state of Research and Development (R&D), highlighting the urgent need for increased funding to keep pace with other leading innovation-driven nations. Titled ‘Ireland’s Innovation Index,’ the report presents insights gathered from a survey of 394 respondents representing various sectors, including engineering, technology, medical, and software.

Growing Ambitions for R&D Investment

The findings of the report reveal that a significant majority (80%) of respondents plan to boost their R&D expenditure in the next three years, while 67% have already increased their R&D budgets over the past three years. Encouragingly, only a mere 4% anticipate a decrease in future R&D spending. This heightened commitment to R&D investment underscores its critical role in driving economic growth and competitiveness.

R&D Landscape

Ireland has demonstrated commendable performance in the realm of R&D, with a substantial proportion (69%) of multinational companies considering Irish R&D grants and tax supports on par with or even superior to those offered by other countries. Only 31% expressed a less favorable opinion. Moreover, 64% of the survey respondents have taken advantage of the Research and Development Tax Credit (RDTC), while 53% have availed themselves of semi-state grant supports. These figures indicate the value that companies place on government incentives to support their innovation endeavors.

The Need for Increased Funding

Despite the positive strides made, the report highlights the pressing need for Ireland to bolster its R&D funding to match the levels seen in leading innovation-driven nations. According to the IRDG, an additional €2 billion in funding is required to bridge this gap effectively.

Embracing Sustainability and Digitalization

The report also emphasizes the potential of enhanced R&D funding in promoting green tech development. An overwhelming 78% of R&D professionals believe that an improved 50% R&D tax credit would serve as a powerful incentive to drive innovation in sustainable technologies. This highlights the need to align R&D investment with the challenges of sustainability and digitalization, ensuring continued economic prosperity and positioning Ireland as a global leader in these areas.

The Importance of Support for SMEs and FDI

Dermot Casey, CEO at IRDG, underscores the significance of increased investment in innovation, particularly in supporting innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to create the next generation of Irish success stories, akin to industry leaders like Kingspan and Fexco. Additionally, such investment is crucial to bolster the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) sector. Businesses are poised to invest, but they require robust support to overcome challenges related to accessing skills, talent, and administrative burdens.

Competition in the Global Landscape

Ken Hardy, head of KPMG’s R&D incentives practice, draws attention to the intense competition among European jurisdictions, including neighboring countries like the UK, which are actively vying to attract R&D activities. In light of this landscape, Ireland must fortify its support systems and allocate a more substantial budget to maintain its competitiveness. Hardy commends the positive sentiment among over two-thirds of Irish RD&I professionals who view Ireland’s support systems as comparable to those of other countries.

Charting the Path Forward

The report underscores the urgent need for Ireland to bolster its investment in R&D, both to stimulate innovation and to address the challenges presented by sustainability and digitalization.

By increasing funding and providing comprehensive support to innovative companies, Ireland can seize opportunities for economic growth and maintain its position as a global hub for research and development. The collective efforts of industry, government, and academia will be instrumental in driving Ireland’s innovation agenda and securing a prosperous future.


We Can’t Thank You Enough For Your Support!

— By Team VoiceOfEU.com

— For More Info. & News Submissions: info@VoiceOfEU.com

— For Anonymous News Submissions: press@VoiceOfEU.com


Continue Reading

Current

Ways Small & Medium-Sized Businesses Can Hire Big Tech Talent

In response to mounting financial concerns, tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet (Google’s parent company) have recently implemented significant staff cuts. This has prompted industry leaders to reevaluate their hiring practices, recognizing the limitations of Big Tech’s ability to weather challenging economic times.

While the tech industry’s overall stability is assured, the combination of a declining economy and a previous surge in hiring has resulted in substantial job losses. However, this situation also presents an opportunity for small businesses and start-ups to tap into a pool of available tech experts.

To capitalize on this unique scenario, small and medium-sized business (SMB) owners must act swiftly to gain a competitive advantage over larger companies and attract highly skilled candidates.

In this article, John Elf, Technology Contributor at ‘Voice of EU’ and Head of Marketing at Vibertron Technologies, provides insights into some simple but effective strategies for attracting talent in a candidate-heavy market.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can leverage consulting services to attract the best talent, just like big tech companies do. Here’s how SMBs can make use of consulting services to enhance their talent acquisition efforts:

1. Talent Acquisition Strategy Development: SMBs can engage consulting firms specializing in talent acquisition and HR strategies to help them develop a comprehensive talent acquisition strategy. These consultants can assess the organization’s needs, identify talent gaps, and devise effective recruitment and sourcing strategies tailored to the SMB’s specific industry and requirements. This strategic approach ensures that the SMB is targeting the right candidates and maximizing its resources.

2. Employer Branding and Positioning: Consulting firms experienced in employer branding can assist SMBs in developing a strong employer brand that resonates with their target talent pool. They can help SMBs articulate their unique value proposition, culture, and growth opportunities, ensuring that the organization stands out as an attractive employer. These consultants can also provide guidance on how to effectively communicate the employer brand across various channels to attract the best talent.

3. Recruitment Process Optimization: Recruitment service provider can help SMBs, same as LCEs, optimize their recruitment processes, making them more efficient and effective. Consultants can review and streamline the entire hiring process, from job postings and candidate screening to interview techniques and selection methodologies. By improving the candidate experience and ensuring a smooth and timely process, SMBs can enhance their reputation as an employer of choice.

4. Candidate Sourcing and Evaluation: Consulting firms specializing in talent acquisition can assist SMBs in sourcing and evaluating candidates. They can leverage their networks and resources to identify top talent and conduct thorough assessments, including skill evaluations, cultural fit analysis, and background checks. By leveraging external expertise, SMBs can access a broader candidate pool and make well-informed hiring decisions.

5. Compensation and Benefits Consulting: Attracting and retaining top talent often requires competitive compensation and benefits packages. SMBs can engage consulting firms that specialize in compensation and benefits to ensure their offerings align with industry standards and meet the expectations of high-caliber candidates. These consultants can provide insights into market trends, salary benchmarks, and innovative benefit options, enabling SMBs to remain competitive in talent acquisition.

6. Training and Development Programs: SMBs can leverage consulting services to design and implement training and development programs. These programs not only help attract talent but also contribute to employee retention and growth.

Consultants can identify skill gaps, design customized training modules, and provide guidance on employee development initiatives, ensuring that SMBs create a culture of continuous learning and professional advancement.

By utilizing consulting services in talent acquisition, SMBs can access specialized expertise, best practices, and industry insights that are typically associated with larger companies. This approach enables SMBs to compete for top talent on a more level playing field, enhancing their ability to attract and retain the best candidates.


By John Elf

John Elf is Head of Marketing at Vibertron Technologies, and an Honorary Contributor at ‘Voice of EU’. A version of this article has already been published.


Continue Reading

Trending

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates 
directly on your inbox.

You have Successfully Subscribed!