Breast cancer survivor Sue Cressman, co-proprietor of Nailcote Hall, hopes her new single Survive, available to download, will inspire other sufferers
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I am co-proprietor of Nailcote Hall Hotel, a four-star country house hotel with 49 bedrooms, picturesque views, a championship Par 3 golf course, leisure club and fine dining restaurant. Last month I released my first solo single named Survive for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I have survived breast cancer twice and I hope this song will inspire and give hope and encouragement to people who are fighting breast cancer or any type of life-threatening problem.
HOW DO YOU GET INTO TOWN?
When I come into the city centre to meet clients, it’s usually by train from Solihull. It’s a pretty good service straight into Moor Street or Snow Hill stations
IS BRUM A GOOD PLACE TO WORK IN?
The city and the region as a whole are full of people who want to support one another. There are several really good networking groups for business people – I believe that introduction and word of mouth recommendations from people you trust is a great way to conduct business.
I enjoy meeting clients at Caffe Concerto in Grand Central Station – the coffee is lovely and the cakes are delicious!
I tend to eat on the go, but if in the city with friends or clients I like to go somewhere unusual. I recently visited Chaophraya Thai restaurant near the Bullring, which I can recommend.
The music video for Survive was filmed at Nailcote Hall on our beautiful Cromwell Course which is a wonderful walk. In the city itself, I like to walk in the area around St Philip’s Cathedral.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE CITY?
I can often be seen in the Bullring or market looking around the stalls for fabric for my hobby of dressmaking. My favourite stores are Fancy Silks and Barry’s Fabrics. I also love the wonderful shopping areas in the city – Grand Central shops, the Mailbox and of course the Bullring. These are all great meeting points for my friends to enjoy whenever we have a girlie shopping trip.
Although I am a hotelier, I am completely teetotal, so I am happy with a glass of still mineral water or, if I am being extravagant, a mocktail in Harvey Nichols bar and brasserie
HOW CAN THE CITY BE MADE BETTER?
I wish the road systems were more user-friendly. Only a couple of days ago I attempted to visit the city in my car to get to BBC Radio WM. I was completely confused by a one-way diversion, so much so that I had to park my car on a meter and jump in a taxi due to the lateness the traffic had caused me. After this experience, I am definitely going to keep to using the train!