The FLBClub Business Awards Launch

As mentioned previously, we are still going to hold the FLBC Business Awards 2021 in January and we will be launching the event virtually starting at the earlier time of 7pm on Thursday 22nd October. As we will not be able to meet up in person, we will be changing the format slightly to make the event more interesting, fun and useful to potential judges and entrants of the Awards.

So, make yourself comfortable in front of your tablet or computer at 7pm, have a glass of wine or beer handy and find out about the Award categories, how to enter, how to write a winning entry, what winning an Award has meant to previous winners, what our previous sponsors and judges got out of being involved with last year’s Awards and, finally, what the new format will be for the Business Awards 2021.

In addition, be prepared to be amazed by our guest speaker!

Drum roll….. Tim Carson of Alton Barnes Farm near Marlborough will be talking about crop circles!

We have had Tim as a guest speaker at the FLBC before and many of the members, who heard his previous magical and fascinating talk, have said he was the best speaker the Club has ever had! Crop circles – aliens or hoax? No one seems to know for certain how crop circles are made. But Tim did manage to turn the nuisance of having his fields damaged by hoaxers or aliens to his advantage. He not only charged sightseers who wanted to go along, see the crop circles and take photographs, but also had one photograph displayed on the front cover of a Led Zeppelin LP record.


If you would like to attend the virtual FLBC Business Awards Launch on Thursday 22nd October, please email to register. We will then send you the invite and log in details to join the meeting.

Look forward to seeing you there virtually!

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This will be the 14th Annual Business Awards and will be completely different to all the others that have gone before!
Despite being unable to meet face-to-face, we are planning on everyone having a great time.

We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with The Barn Theatre, Cirencester to live-stream the whole event.

As well as the usual eagerly anticipated announcement of the winners and runners up, there will be other fun elements to the event. Even though the event will be virtual, we are hoping that everyone attending will dress up and we may give a prize to the best dressed man or woman. There will be no Awards Dinner as such, but please feel free to treat yourself to a glass of something whilst attending virtually and we will present a prize to the person drinking the most attractive cocktail or mocktail! In addition, instead of the Grand Auction, we will be holding a FREE raffle. You will not have to buy a raffle ticket but, when you attend, your name will be put into a hat to win a really great prize.

A No-Cost Business Awards for businesses to enter and enjoy. This is the Club’s way of supporting local businesses at this difficult time – we will be applauding and rewarding those businesses that have overcome the Covid-19 odds in 2020 and treating all our virtual guests to a good night out absolutely FREE of charge!

Details of how to enter and entry forms will be available on our website after 1st November 2020.

More details to follow. Keep watching the website and reading the next Newsletters.

FLBClub next meetings

Needless to say, there have not been any Club meetings for quite a while as everyone has been struggling with lockdown and then trying to get back to work.

The Club is now tentatively starting to arrange some interesting – albeit virtual – meetings for our members and non-members. Please feel free to virtually bring along a guest or let your non-member colleagues know that they are welcome to attend two Club meetings completely free of charge.

Here is a little taster of what you can look forward to. Full details will be provided further in this Newsletter and on our website

The first of our virtual meetings will be the FLBClub Business Awards Launch in October. Yes! We are still going to hold the Business Awards, but in a completely different and fun format.

In November, we are extremely privileged to have Andrew Garland offering us a free Business Planning workshop (Link to the article under Club Highlights not Events). Andrew is an extremely experienced Action Coach and his strap line is: ‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe – it can achieve.’

We are still hoping that it will be possible to hold a proper breakfast meeting  at Wrag Barn Golf Club in December, but this will obviously be subject to Government guidelines and restrictions.

January has always been the month when we hold the FLBC Business Awards. We are currently endeavouring to plan a virtual Awards Ceremony  – more about this further on in the Newsletter on online

Business Planning Workshop

‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe – it can achieve’

A free virtual Business Planning Workshop presented by Action Coach, Andrew Garland (Link: Starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th November.

As a business owner, chances are you started your business because you were good at delivering that unique product or incredible service. Andrew has found in coaching sessions that it doesn’t necessarily mean you are good at getting the best out of your team, or know the hundreds of strategies that can increase the profits in your business.

Too often, owners find themselves the poorest paid, working the longest hours or lost sight of the original reasons they went into business in the first place.  Do you want to:

  • Improve profits?
  • Get your time back?
  • Quickly grow revenues?
  • Build incredible value for your family?
  • Gain control and confidence of your future?
  • Capture the freedom to live the life you want?
  • Create a passive income from your business?

Andrew works with business owners to focus on the things that matter in improving, driving and growing your dream. We are about learning and taking practical actions, not pondering on theories or debating concepts.  With the help of a business coach, we help you make things happen.

Breakfast at Wrag Barn

We are still hoping that this may go ahead on Thursday 17th December, but as things are changing on an almost daily basis, we will have to wait until nearer the time to see if it will be safe to do this. In the meantime, thanks to Verity Manners and everyone at Wrag Barn for offering this wonderful venue for our meeting.

The golf course has been open since May and Wrag Barn’s members have enjoyed a summer of good golfing weather. The Clubhouse is still open until dusk for drinks, and bar snacks are available until 3pm with table service or the option to order via the members’ app. All Covid guidance is in place for checking in with the NHS app, but please wear your face mask until seated at your table.

Members’ Benefits – Do you know what you are offering?

When members join the FLBClub, they are asked if they can provide a discount or benefit for other members that buy from them or use their services. Many of our new members are very happy to do this and the benefit is displayed on our website under the name of each member.

Over time, members forget what they have offered or want to change what they have offered. Could you please click on your listing on our website and check if you are still happy with what you are offering. If not, then please change the benefit or let us know and we can change it for you:

What A Carve Up

Sir Derek Jacobi, Sharon D Clarke & Stephen Fry among initial casting announced for digital production of ‘What A Carve Up!’

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester, the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield and the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich have announced initial casting for the world premiere of Henry Filloux-Bennett’s online play What A Carve Up!, based on Jonathan Coe’s critically acclaimed satirical novel.

The digital production, directed by Tamara Harvey (Home, I’m Darling), chronicles the events leading up to the ‘Winshaw Murders’. Filled with murder, mayhem and madness, the murder mystery turns a satirical eye on what it is like to be a member of one of the most corrupt, powerful and toxic families in the country.

Initial casting announced for the production are Fiona Button as Josephine Winshaw-Eaves, Sharon D Clarke as Kim Bolton, Rebecca Front as Hilary Winshaw, Stephen Fry as Patrick Mills, Sir Derek Jacobi as Findlay Onyx, Griff Rhys Jones as John Stephens and Tamzin Outhwaite as The Journalist.

Tamara Harvey said of the announced casting: “There are some casts so dazzling that my job, as a director, is to not get in the way. This is one of them. My only sadness, of course, is that we don’t get to be in the rehearsal room together. But the fact that these brilliant actors have all agreed to create this piece to raise money for regional theatres is one of the ways we’re all still fighting to ensure that there will still be rehearsals rooms across the country, somewhere, somehow, in our future.”

The murder mystery is written by Henry Filloux-Bennett (Nigel Slater’s Toast), based on the award-winning novel by Jonathan Coe, and directed by Tamara Harvey (Home, I’m Darling). Produced by the Barn Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre.

The play, which will be available internationally, will run from 31st October – 29th November 2020. Tickets can be purchased at: with audience members receiving a screening link which will activate at their booked performance time for a 48-hour period. A premium option, consisting of a physical programme and pre-theatre dining recipe card, will be available for UK residents.

The recipe card included in the premium option will be curated by world-renowned chef Asma Khan. Owner of the prestigious Darjeeling Express in London’s Soho, Asma Khan was the first British chef to be profiled on Netflix’s award-winning documentary series Chef’s Table and in 2019 was named number one on Business Insider’s “100 Coolest People in Food and Drink” list.

Jonathan Coe said of the new adaptation, “I’m thrilled that What a Carve Up! is being brought to the stage by such a talented and experienced team. It’s twenty-five years since I wrote the book but unfortunately its political satire seems as relevant as ever – I’m sure the new adaptation will capture that, as well as the novel’s sense of fun and irreverence. I’m looking forward to getting to know it again!”

A portion of the proceeds raised by What A Carve Up! will be donated to a freelance fund to support the creative workforce that the theatres would not be able to survive without.

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Box Office:

Turn your sitting room into a theatre…
Make the most of your evening by ordering a ticket with goody bag which includes a programme and exclusive pre-show recipe card from Darjeeling Express founder Asma Khan (Chef’s Table), so that you can enjoy a taste of the theatre from the comfort of your home.

How it will work
Once you have purchased your ticket you will receive a booking confirmation including your screening link. This link will be active on the date you have booked to view What a Carve Up! and will expire after 48 hours, so make sure you keep your confirmation email safe. If you have ordered a ticket with programme and recipe card, you will receive the programme and recipe card prior to your booked screening date.

Spotlight on Lechlade and Fairford

We’re delighted to be working with Cotswold District Council (CDC) to help local businesses increase their use of social media.

Maybe* has already helped 1000s of businesses accelerate their use of social media. This has proven to increase customer engagement, footfall and sales and is a critical business skill that drives significant sales when used well.

As part of the programme, every business in the Cotswolds is invited to join the weekly webinars revealing what’s working best on social media and to learn how to replicate it.

It’s 10am every Wednesday.

Each week the Maybe* team do a virtual ‘visit’ of two UK towns to reveal how independent businesses are winning at social media and reveal the steps that other businesses can replicate across the Cotswolds.

It’s 45 minutes of expert insight with clear actionable guidance that any business can take away to improve their performance as well as access to tools that help them see what’s working.

Lechlade and Fairford are set to be ‘visited’ soon: Lechlade on 7th October and Fairford on 21st October. To register for the webinars or to find out more, please click here. (Link:

If you would like your business featured on the webinar, please contact Maybe* on the link above.

A Custard Apple tree plantation

Local wedding florist, Corky and Prince, have launched their social responsibility project with an Indian based group, Chaithanya. The Kempsford-based business and FLBC ‘New Business of the Year 2020’ winner, have funded the creation of a Custard Apple tree plantation on a remote hillside in Chittoor District, in the province of Andhra Pradesh.

“We’d had this in our minds for a while and we were keen to get it started,” says Fi Passey. “Saravan Kumar, our contact at Chaithanya in India, is responsible for pulling the work together and, between us, we aim to kick-start self-sustaining projects for the local villages and a Custard Apple tree plantation was perfect.”

Drawing on his local knowledge, Saravan chose the perfect spot. It may look barren now but, when the trees become established, they will improve the micro-climate. “Two hundred and fifty saplings were planted between monsoon rains this autumn” says Fi “and they will be tended by the villagers with advice from Saravan. The first harvest will be in 2023 and will be a cash crop for the villagers. We’re delighted with the social and environmental benefits of this project.”

Fi and Alan set up Corky and Prince to be as eco-friendly as possible and, in doing so, to give something back to the rural communities supported by Chaithanya. “Meeting Saravan was one of life’s great chance encounters. But that’s another story. We’ve been able to support Chaithanya on several projects since 2008. This is the first under the Corky and Prince banner.”

For now, Corky and Prince are treading water like many others businesses and looking forward with fingers crossed to Chelsea Flower Show with the Fairford Flower Collective next year. “Beyond that” says Fi “we plan to support Chaithanya and visit the project to pluck an apple from the tree in 2023.”