It all started on Coventry Market - now Premier Health Products has won a Royal award for outstanding achievement.

The family business began in 1989, when Fakry and Pauline Petros began selling vitamins and supplements direct to customers as well as local health stores.

Now based in Wolfe Road, the business grew over the years and in 2001 saw the couple’s son, Simon, officially join the team.

Over the past six years, and with advice from from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, the company has expanded its trading beyond the UK, exporting goods to mainland Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.

Now Premier Health Products has been granted The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017.

Exporting became a major part of the company’s function after Simon’s brother Adam joined in 2007. The pair took the reins a few years later following their father’s retirement.

A new tattoo studio is opening its doors in Coventry later this month with an unusual offer for ink lovers - tattoos ‘on tick’.

Manhattan Ink will be located in a disused bank in Hertford Street and is offering would-be customers finance packages for their tattoo requirements.

Not only that but customers are also being offered finance deals that can involve paying no interest whatsoever.

The finance offer is an unusual one in the tattoo industry, as Manhattan Ink founder and owner Jamey Bowles explained.

He said: “We also offer some unique USPs, not only are we one of only two studios in the UK to offer finance on tattoos we’re the only shop that can offer up to 12 months at zero per cent interest.”

Manhattan Ink is a fast-growing tattoo business.

It already has three outlets - in Winslow, Rushden and Brackley - and the company’s Coventry operation will be its fourth.

And its ambitions don’t stop at Coventry, with plans to open a further three studios this year alone.

Manhattan Ink will also be featured in a new ITV1 documentary being aired in February starring Karren Brady about the business start-up world.

Jamey said: “We’re the fresh and modern approach to tattoo and piercing.

“This will be our fourth store since we opened our first in 2016.

“We have aims to build another three this year making us the fastest growing tattoo and piercing chain in the UK.

“We also boast modern features and a new take on the industry hoping to remove any negative stigmas from a rapidly expanding market.

“We have been pretty busy since we started our venture including the soon to be screened documentary.”

At nine months old this little boy has spent his whole life in hospital wards.

But, despite now being medically fit, he could still be waiting a while to come home.

Joshua Kent had to be resuscitated for nine minutes before being taken to intensive care when he was born a month early by emergency c-section last year.

After an overwhelming journey, which saw their newborn transferred between hospitals in Coventry and Birmingham three times, his parents now have to install specialist equipment in their house and wait for the council to approve a care package before he can be brought home.

They have been told it could take months.

He has been diagnosed with a lung condition called bronchomalacia, which means he will need long-term ventilation support.

A JustGiving page set up by their friend has already managed to raise more than £1,000 for the new parents in the hope that it will speed up the process.

Cerys Aubrey-Kent, 32, and her partner Tom are now desperate to take their baby boy back to their home in Stoke.

“It’s been nine months in total, it’s a very long time,” she said. “It’s been difficult. Hospital life isn’t very fun and you have good days and bad days.

“He is now medically fit to come home but we need things like a specialist pushchair and equipment for the house in place before he can leave.

“Once he’s home he’ll have nurses with him three or four nights a week and he’ll need to be monitored 24-7.

“The thought of being able to take him home after all this time is scary and exciting. But more exciting than scary, we can’t wait. We’ve waited a very long time for it.”

Joshua spent the first seven weeks of his life in intensive care at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire before being transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for three months.

Whilst there he suffered a stroke, which left him partially-sighted, and had a catheter in his heart.

After another month at Coventry, he ended up in Birmingham Children’s Hospital a second time when his reliance on oxygen began creeping up, where he has been ever since.

The couple have been living at the charity-funded Ronald MacDonald House in Birmingham, which allows parents to stay as close to their babies as possible during their hospital stay.

First-time mum Cerys, who previously suffered two miscarriages before Joshua came along, said she is very grateful for the generous donations the family has received so far.

“The support has been amazing. It’s breathtaking that many people are behind us and wanting him to come home as much as we do. It has been emotional for us,” she added.

At the time of writing the JustGiving page had received £1,455 of its £5,000 target.

The money will be used to buy a special pushchair that can hold a ventilator, oxygen and suction machine as well as a second cot for the nursery so nurses can stay overnight


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