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The Fairford & Lechlade Business Club (FLBClub) were thrilled to be celebrating their 10th anniversary of the prestigious Business Awards, which are designed to recognise local businesses’ excellence and achievements during the previous year up to January 2017.

The headline sponsor for the 2017 Awards is The Lakes by yoo, who have long been a member and supporter of the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club.


Business of the Year

Sponsored by:
Weenie Business Solutions, Swindon
Presented by: Amelia Bishop:

Business of the Year is the premier award and is open to any business that can demonstrate a successful track record of excellence and achievement. This year, we had 20 entries for this award and all were outstanding businesses. But we can only have one winner!

Lechlade Craft Barn
Lynwood Café, Lechlade
The New Inn, Lechlade


Plan-A-Planning, Cirencester


024 BOTY Winner - Amelia Bishop & Andrew Pywell

The judges decided that Plan-A-Planning was a worthy winner as this business – and specifically Andrew Pywell – demonstrated tenacity and a lot of hard work setting up and establishing a business in the property arena at the time of the housing crash – not the best time for this type of business!  Over the subsequent seven years, the business had grown to be the local ‘go to’ expert to resolve planning issues and now has a wide range of clients with glowing testimonials as well as employing three additional staff.

Business Person of the Year

Sponsored by:
Moore, Allen & Innocent
Presented by: Richard Marriage

Business acumen should be recognised and encouraged and this Award highlights the skills and ability of a business owner or employee. There were 11 entries for this Award this year.

Neil Dowler – Fairford Roof Tiles
Shaun Higgins – Edward Bays, Highworth
Will Pearce – Boots the Chemist, Fairford


Peter Paredes of Paredes Photography


021 Person Winner - Richard Marriage & Peter Paredes

The judges selected Peter because he had moved to the area and set up a successful photography business relatively recently. And, as well as moving himself, his family and his business to a new area, he has also got involved in and helped with a wide range of local groups and events firmly establishing himself in the community.

New Business of the Year

Sponsored by:
The Federation of Small Businesses
Presented by: Terry Lockwood

This category is open to all new ventures started within the last 2 years with those entering showing how their business has progressed from an idea to a trading business. There were 7 entries for this Award this year.

Lechlade K9 Centre
Loriland, Lechlade
Purely Divine, Fairford


The Coffee Post, Fairford

019 New Winner - Terry Lockwood & Maxine Hastings

The Judges were most impressed by the determination of The Coffee Post to succeed when everyone was telling them that a coffee shop and post office combo wouldn’t work!  It must be very rewarding to demonstrate that they were wrong and you were right, particularly to the Post Office, who now uses The Coffee Post as an example to others as to how to have a successful post office business!

Most Innovative Business of the Year

Sponsored by:
The Railway Inn, Fairford
Presented by: Jo White

All businesses are innovative in some way, so entrants had to illustrate how they have managed successfully to introduce new ideas, products, customers, techniques or technology to help grow their business. This category was a very, very close run thing, so all the finalists should take comfort from that! There were 12 entries for this Award.

Bulldog Websites, Fairford
Lechlade Festival


Gail Gibson – Performance Coach

016 MI Winner - Jo White & Gail Gibson

The judges thought the business concept – combining business and performance coaching with fitness, especially running, was an extremely innovative idea and one that obviously had legs!

The Bob Warren Hospitality Award

This is a new award for this year, which has been set up in memory of Bob Warren, former landlord of the Trout Inn, Lechlade, and long-time supporter of FLBClub.

Over 20 nominees were asked to encourage their customers, friends and family to vote for the hospitality venue (café, pub, restaurant, B&B or hotel etc) that best demonstrated the spirit of Bob Warren – offering great hospitality, excellent customer service, a warm and friendly atmosphere and provided a fantastic all-round experience. There were nearly 500 votes in total for the nominated businesses.

Runners up:
Colosseo Ristorante, Fairford
La Bobina, Faringdon
Lynwood in Lechlade
The Coffee Post, Fairford


7a Coffee Shop, Fairford

The Howard Dowler Award

In memory of Howard Dowler, one of the founding members of the Business Club, this is a special Award made by the Chair to the person or business that has made an outstanding contribution to the community.


Penny Warren from The Trout Inn, Lechlade

027 Howard Dowler - Helen Webb & Penny Warren

It was felt that Penny has worked hard not only to keep the pub business thriving after her husband Bob’s death last year, but has also perpetuated the legacy that he left for helping a huge number of groups and organisations in the community. In addition, Penny has continued to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support group and has raised £3,390 this year alone. For this achievement, she was also presented with a certificate from Macmillan Cancer Support.


Thank you to:


  • FSB
  • Moore, Allen & Innocent
  • Not Just Bouquets
  • Paredes Photography
  • RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises (RIAT)
  • The Lakes by yoo
  • The Railway Inn, Fairford
  • Weenie Business Solutions Ltd, Swindon.

Media Partners:

  • BBC Radio Glos
  • Cotswold Life
  • Ripples Magazine
  • Swindon 105.5 FM
  • Wilts & Glos Standard.

Donors of auction/raffle prizes:

  • Andy Briggs of Lechlade Antiques Fairford
  • Arkells Brewery
  • Artisan Hire Centre
  • Edward Bays Ltd, Plumbing
  • Celebrant-Services
  • Cotswold Boat Hire
  • Cotswold Hoburne
  • Cotswold Life
  • De Vere Cotswold Water Park Hotel
  • Lynn Ede
  • Fairford & District Choral Society
  • Fairford Therapy Centre
  • Fairford Town Football Club
  • Lechlade Craft Barn
  • Lechlade Music Festival
  • Londis
  • Lynwood Café
  • Paredes Photography
  • RIAT
  • Swindon 105.5 FM
  • The Coffee Post;
  • The New Inn, Lechlade
  • The Swan Hotel, Bibury
  • The Trout Inn, Lechlade
  • Thyme at Southrop
  • Wrag Barn Golf Club.

Award photos available to buy

If you were a winner, finalist, sponsor or guest at the Awards Night dinner, Peter Paredes Photography has taken some amazing photos that are available for you to buy and will be a great keepsake to put on your office desk or wall.

The images will be available to view at Please leave it a day or two to give Peter chance to upload all the photos. They will be online very soon and will definitely be worth the wait!



















Awards photos from 2016 still available to buy

The official photos and promotional photos taken by Peter of Paredes Photography are available to purchase from Peter’s website:

This would make a great souvenir of the Awards Night to put in your office, shop or at home.

Without more ado, here are the worthy winners and finalists:

Outstanding Business Student of the Year 2016

Sponsored by:
Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises

Presented by:
Helen Webb, Head of Marketing

Yr 10 Enterprise Team from Farmor's School with sponsor Helen Webb
Yr 10 Enterprise Team from Farmor’s School with sponsor Helen Webb

Winner: ‘Seasons’ Young Enterprise Team


Clare Bartoszewska    Holly Brogden
Ruth Corris                  Emily Fey
Joshua Hooker            Rebecca Noles
Alice Wilder                 Li Yang

The Young Enterprise Team from Y10 at Farmor’s School has been selected as outstanding for running their own business in a very organised and proactive way. They have done this in their own time, in addition to the school curriculum.

The group has sold milkshakes through the school canteen and Christmas cards at a number of events including the Lechlade Christmas Market. In keeping with their name, they are also planning to sell greeting cards for different future seasons and events e.g. Valentine’s Day and plan to change their milkshake flavours according to the seasons. They have also made a link with a Teenage Cancer Trust, to whom they are donating some of their profits.

Most Innovative Business of the Year 2016

Sponsored by:
Business West

Presented by:
Ian Mean

Finalist: Gable End Farm

Finalist: Lechlade Music Festival

Winner: Geo-4D, Faringdon

Sponsor Ian Mean with Brian Critchley of Geo-4D
Sponsor Ian Mean with Brian Critchley of Geo-4D

The judges thought this was a particularly interesting business and well deserving of the ‘innovation’ accolade. An established geo-consultancy, they have a core business offering both onshore and offshore 3D ground modelling.

However, they have now expanded their services to include aerial mapping using drones, as they already had experience and expertise using data similar to that generated from drone surveys and, more importantly, it opens up new markets.

This development in harnessing the latest technology, enhancing their skills and range of services led the judges to select Geo-4D as the winners of the Most Innovative Business of the Year.

New Business of the Year 2016

Sponsored by:
McGills Accountants

Presented by:
Simon Nuttall

Finalist: Bulldog Websites, Fairford

Finalist: Cirencester Sports Massage

Winner: Bluestone Insurance Services

Simon Nuttall (sponsor) with Pauline Rushton & members of Bluestone Insurance Services
Simon Nuttall (sponsor) with Pauline Rushton & members of Bluestone Insurance Services

The judges made their choice as they were impressed by the speed at which Bluestone Insurance Services has established themselves as a real contender in the insurance broker market – a very difficult market to break into as a new business. This demonstrates their business model of guiding and assisting their clients through the insurance process, helping them understand ‘risk’ and finding the best policies for them is working!

Business Person of the Year 2016

Sponsored by:
Moore Allen & Innocent

Presented by:
Roy Bowyer

Finalist: Tim Boyd of New Wave Seafood
Finalist: Chris Tanner of Fairford Town Football Club

Winner: Miles Gannon of M Gannon Plumbing & Heating

Miles Gannon & sponsor Roy Bowyer
Miles Gannon & sponsor Roy Bowyer

The judges were impressed with the single-minded determination to set up a business as well as the honesty and humour of this entry. Miles has continued to grow a successful plumbing and heating business against the odds by providing good customer service and now employing additional staff.

The judges believe that his goal to grow the business further and employ more people seems highly achievable!

Business of the Year 2016

Sponsored by:
Cotswold Woollen Weavers  

Presented by:
Trish Poole

Finalist: Big Yellow Marketing
Finalist: Chloros Environmental
Finalist: Perry Bishop, Faringdon

Winner: New Wave Seafood

Tim Boyd of New Wave Seafood and sponsor Trish Poole
Tim Boyd of New Wave Seafood and sponsor Trish Poole

The judges were extremely impressed with New Wave Seafood, which was set up in 1989 by Tim Boyd in Poulton as a one-man band supplying restaurants and hotels with top quality seafood from Cornwall around the Cotswolds. In 2001, the business moved to Horcott Industrial Estate in Fairford with 12 employees and one building. However, in the past 15 years, they have grown substantially, increasing their offering to include specialist fine foods. They now supply over 600 catering establishments with 16 vans and employ 77 people.

The Howard Dowler Award 2016

Helen Webb, Chair of the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club chose:

Mike Tanner of Fairford Town Football Club (FTFC) as the worthy recipient of The Howard Dowler Award.

Helen Webb, Chair of FLBClub and Mike Tanner of FTFC
Helen Webb, Chair of FLBClub and Mike Tanner of FTFC

Mike has been with the Cinder Lane club since 1973, serving as Chairman for 22 years. He is currently President as well as being a committee member and one of a number of valuable volunteers at the Club. Through the FTFC, Mike has sponsored events in Fairford; holds fundraising events for local groups and currently supports the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital as the Club’s Charity of the Year.

As well as all this, Mike washes the football kit, sorts and tidies up the dressing rooms, cuts the grass, does maintenance and repairs around the Club; paints the white lines and helps out behind the bar with heavily subsidised prices on the drinks!

Thank you to our Sponsors:

The FLBClub is extremely grateful to our sponsors, without whom the Business Awards would not happen and the Awards Dinner would not be so affordable!

The FLBClub would like to thank:

And Faringdon Chamber of Commerce for their support and encouragement of their members to enter the Awards competition.