April Welcome from Verity Manners

Welcome to the April edition of the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club newsletter; spring is around the corner and the roll out of the Covid vaccine continues apace, so there is reason to be cheerful.
Within each newsletter we take the opportunity to introduce ourselves as Steering Committee Members and tell you a little about our respective businesses.

During the winter of 1989, my husband Tim built an 18 hole golf course at Wrag Barn near Highworth on land that had previously grown cereals and grazed cattle. Over the next 30 years we built a clubhouse, driving range and a six hole academy course. The club opened for golf membership in 1990 and the business has developed into a strong community of members with a section for Seniors, Men, Ladies and Juniors. There is an opportunity to compete on a friendly and more serious level either at home or against surrounding clubs.

Every summer we hold a Junior Golf Week, when priority on the course is given to the Junior section and a series of competitions are held with the Ladies and Seniors culminating in a match against the Men who always lose! I have an abiding memory of being stuck in a bunker when playing in a competition with an 8 year old Junior: “Just pretend you’re hitting a £5 note out from under the ball” – sage advice indeed.

We pride ourselves on the family ethos and have signed up to the R&A Women in Golf Charter which promotes the inclusion of ladies and family golf. The sight of a Junior playing with their parents and grandparents is really special, although I have to admit it’s not always entirely harmonious.

In the clubhouse we have a Spike Bar and changing rooms downstairs and 2 party rooms upstairs where we celebrate life events and hold conferences for up to 140 people. The best thing about our venue is the most wonderful views towards the Marlborough Downs – you can waste many hours on the balcony watching golfers on the 18th green on a summer’s day.

My main role is marketing; I trained in social media with Digital Mums graduating in September 2016 and from September ’18 to January ’20 I hosted a radio show every Thursday on Swindon 105.5FM, I’m now a roving reporter and sometimes drive the desk for Girls About Town on a Wednesday.

During the past 12 months, golf has seen a resurgence and our business model has completely changed. We have taken this opportunity to restructure our staff and streamline the Food and Beverage department with new menus and an emphasis on local suppliers. On the course we’ve taken the opportunity to carry out maintenance work such as drainage and tree work while there are no golfers.

We’re thrilled to welcome our members back from 29th March and look forward to a season of social and competitive golf with our friends.

If you haven’t heard of us and would like to know more: www.wragbarn.com

Best wishes
Verity Manners
FLBC Steering Group

Welcome to the FLBC Business Awards 2021

FLBC Awards 2021 - Helen Webbfrom Helen Webb, the Chair

Dear FLBC Members & Supporters

Thank you for watching this year’s Fairford & Lechlade Business Awards which came to you from The Barn Theatre in Cirencester and thank you to our sponsors The Lakes by yoo without whom we could not have put on such an event. If you missed it or want to watch again you can do so HERE >

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It wasn’t our normal awards evening however we felt it we still needed to celebrate those businesses that have managed to survive and thrive in these times. In my day job as Head of Marketing at the Air Tattoo I can totally empathise with how difficult it has been for some organisations this year and for some it has been devastating both personally and from a business perspective. However, it has also given people time to think, review and evolve and the judges agreed that the award entries were outstanding and a fantastic representation of what can be achieved in our small corner of the Cotswolds; spanning Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.

You may have noticed that we looked a bit different as Allison Murray, the winner of the Business Person of the Year in 2020, kindly offered to look at our branding. We’ll explain more about this process at the AGM in April but a huge thank you to Allison for this as she did this as a volunteer.

On the matter of volunteers, a huge thank you to my steering group, particularly Shirley from Cotswold Boat Hire who is the Vice Chair. All our steering group are volunteers so this has been a labour of love, to make sure we put on a professional event, worthy of our members and the finalist and winners tonight. Thank you to all those that entered the awards and voted for the Hospitality Awards and to those that joined me on the judging panel. Congratulations to all our finalists and winners!

Best wishes
Helen Webb
Chair – FLBC


Most Outstanding Business Student of the Year Award

Each year we work with Farmor’s School to find the Most Outstanding Business Student. As part of the Business Studies curriculum the students put together a plan for a business idea they have had. The school then shortlists 6 of the best plans and the Judges selected 3 finalists:

Charlotte Jaques – Amet Plants 
James Cobbing – JC Charcoal – Air Purifier 
Rosie Baker – Love the Lentil Things 

The Winner

Rosie Baker – Love the Lentil Things

The judges were extremely impressed by all six entries from the students however they were able to narrow it down to three Business Plans that particularly stood out with a design for a new Charcoal Air Purifier and creating fake plant garlands and flowers using recycled waste plastic.

The winning entry from Rosie and her business called Love the lentil things, a vegan/vegetarian fast food stall that located in the grounds of Cirencester park. Her aim was to try and educate people on the importance of eating clean good food and had realistic cost and profit projections as well as concentrating on customer satisfaction.

New Business of the Year

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. The judges commented that the fact that they had survived the past year was an amazing achievement as it is difficult enough to start a new business let alone in the current environment. The Finalists were:

Leanne’s Pet Care
Lechlade Marina Ltd
Iris & Wilf

The Winner

Lechlade Marina Ltd

The judges commended Ian and Jules at how quickly they had restored the Lechlade Marina that had fallen into such disrepair over the past few years. The neglect has been all but wiped away and it is now a lovely part of the Thames with a waiting list for moorings. Not only have they bought about a positive change to the Marina and with it the surrounded area but have immersed themselves in the local community, joining the steering group for the business club, the River user Group for the Upper Thames as well as sitting on the Lechlade Town Council. The judges had a huge amount of respect for what has been achieved as a new business in just the last two years.

The Most Innovative Business of the Year Award

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 so relevant for this year as so many businesses have had to innovate to survive. The judges were impressed by all the businesses in this category and what they had achieved and the Finalists were: 

Beanology C.I.C
Lechlade Craft Barn
Buscot Tearoom
Jen Winnett Art


Jen Winnett Art

The judges were astounded by the energy and passion Jen had for her business as well as it being a very unique brand she has termed ‘eco art’ with the products her very own colourful animal portraits with an eco-twist in terms of paper, packaging, clothing. The were impressed with the diversification during lockdown and use of social media to raise the profile of her fledging business. The were heartened by the recent launch of free online art lessons for children, using art to help them as it had helped her.

Business Person of the Year

This award is about celebrating personal business acumen which should be recognised and encouraged, highlighting the skills and ability of a business owner or employee. The Finalists were:

Lizzie Skinner – Beanology C.I.C
Penelope Warren – The Trout Inn
Aggy Dadan – edible by Aggy


Lizzie Skinner – Beanology C.I.C

The judges were impressed with the positive impact one person could have on other peoples lives. Born in 2006 as a pre-schools music and movement group, with aims to reduce isolation and increase mental health support, joy and happiness. Since COVID this has developed with the company name changed to Beanology and Lizzie started delivering her courses on online as well as 1-1 workshops. The number of testimonials about how the courses and interaction have helped so many with their well being and mental health cannot be ignored, so, well done Lizzie for bringing light into peoples lives. 

Business of the Year Award

Business of the Year is the premier award is open to any business that can demonstrate a successful track record of excellence and achievement. This year we had some very strong entries for this award, and all were outstanding businesses, but, there was only have one winner.  The Finalists were:

Boots Fairford
Bulldog Websites
The Paperback Shop


Bulldog Websites

The judges were delighted to award the accolade of Business of the Year to Bulldog Websites who had been finalists for a number of years. They offer an excellent service to build and maintain websites, manage social media and general advice on all things digital in a professional but friendly manner. Their business has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and has progressed further during recent time, offer business options to evolve their digital offering. The judges thought that they were worthy winners and shows that perseverance pays dividends!  Congratulations Bulldog Websites, the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club Business of the Year.

Howard Dowler Award

This award is in memory of Howard Dowler, one of the founding members of the Business Club, this is a special Award made by Helen Webb as the Chair of the Business Club to the person or business that has made an outstanding contribution to the local community. She didn’t have to think for long about this as this person and their team has done everything they could to keep the hospitality spirit alive in the local community during lockdown and when they could open, put in place an impressive COVID safe environment for their customers.

The 2021 Howard Dowler Award Winner:

Penny Warren – The Trout Inn, Lechlade

The Bob Warren Hospitality Award

This Award was introduced in memory of Bob Warren, former landlord of the Trout Inn, Lechlade, and long-time supporter and one of the founder members of FLBC.

Friends, family, customers and local residents were asked 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 33 venues up for this award and the 6 that had the most votes were finalists:

7A Coffee Shop
Buscot Tea Rooms
Kushi Indian Dining
Lynwood & Co
Spikes Diner
The Coffee Post


The Coffee Post

Congratulations to Maxine, Georgia and the team, not only have you kept us going with delicious cakes during these times you have also kept the post office open, such an important amenity.

Special Award for 2021 – Service to the Community

The judges felt that we needed to recognise another business and team in the local area that similar to post office was essential to the local area and carried on and became even busier than usual, despite the obviously difficulties of operating in a COVID safe way.

Winner – Service to the Community Award

Boots Fairford – Will Pearce & Team

FLBC Online Awards Ceremony – Join us!

The judging has taken place and the finalists and winners have been decided. We will be announcing them online at 7.30pm on Saturday 27 February with the help of The Barn Theatre to put on a professional and fun broadcast. Join us ‘virtually’ as we celebrate local businesses who have gone above and beyond over the past year. Put your evening dress and tux on, grab a drink and get involved from the comfort of your sofa, and it’s free! Get updates and notified when we go live by clicking ‘interested’ or ‘going’ on our Facebook event HERE.

A huge thank you to our sponsors The Lakes for their continued support and thank you to everyone that entered this year, it was amazing to see so many business innovating, changing and growing in these challenging times.  On the 27 February you will see awards presented in the following categories;

Business of the Year

Business Person or the Year

New Business of the Year

Most Innovative Business on the Year

Outstanding Business Student of the Year (in Partnership with Farmors School)

The Bob Warren Hospitality Award (voted for by you!)

The Howard Dowler Award (chosen by Helen Webb, the Chair)

…..and this year we have a new award for Service to the Community!

Join us HERE and you will find out who wins! 

February’s Welcome from Andrew Garland, FLBC Steering Group Member

Welcome to the February edition of the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club newsletter, we trust that during these COVID and frosty times you, your family, friends and colleagues are keeping well.

On Saturday the 27th of February, the Annual Business Awards will take place, albeit virtually. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Club, its members, and the wider community to show case the business talent within our region. Supporting our local community rests at the heart of what we do, each year we are astounded by the calibre of entrants, their achievements and more especially the resilience they have demonstrated in these times – well done to all those entrants.

Within each newsletter we take the opportunity to introduce ourselves as Steering Committee Members and tell you a little about ourselves and our respective businesses.

andrew garlandAfter 30 years of working for other people and companies, I finally decided to do something for myself. In January 2018 started my own coaching and consultancy business. Initially I started my working life as an apprentice aircraft engineer working my up to senior roles. How naive was I to believe prop wash was a cleaning compound! Soon I found myself working in the Middle East where I quickly discovered how little I knew about business, people, and different cultures. I often recall the experiences my wife and I had within those local markets where anything goes, I almost sold my wife Tina to Bahraini Jeweller!

Back to school as an adult student I graduated with a master’s degree and my commercial career started. Over the years I have held several senior roles including Chair of Board, CEO, Managing Director, Sales Director, Group Marketing Manager, Operations Manager, and Aircraft Maintenance Manager. The sectors I have worked within have been quite varied including Aviation, Engineering, Plumbing, Electrical, Lighting, HVAC, Fenestration, Construction, Education, Health, Tools & Test Equipment, CCTV & Security, Data & Communications, Consumables, Wholesale and Distribution. I have been fortunate to work with family and community-based organisations, small, medium, and large sized, national, and international businesses. I consider my specialism as knowing “the business of business” so to say.

What I have learn over all those years is that continuous education and on-going self-development sits at the heart of one’s goals, both personal and professional. I am passionate about sharing knowledge, learning and self-development, but more importantly I enjoy helping people make the right decisions. I push one to learn and apply those learnings with structured guidance and support every step of the way.

I am an ethical family man whose foundations are based upon honesty and integrity and are a keen participant in my community. Recently I was appointed to The Grove Learning Trust in Highworth. With the benefit wide ranging experience, formal training an insight to behaviours, my business can support most businesses owners irrespective of size of their business to achieve what some consider not possible. The speed of that achievement simply comes down the commitment one is prepared to make. It all starts with a chat over a coffee.

Being a member of the Fairford and Lechlade Business Club has been a most rewarding, having a small part in helping businesses in our villages and communities thrive. Finally, my favourite saying “If you think that you can or cannot… you are right” Henry Ford.

Ian Lindsay’s January 2021 Welcome

Dear all

Welcome to the January edition of the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club newsletter and a Happy New Year from the Chair and the Steering Group. As a member of the steering group, who are all volunteers, I have been asked to tell you a little about myself and my business.

Ian Lindsay

I bought Lechlade Marina with my wife Jules in June 2018 from Trustees in Bankruptcy, and knew we were embarking on a restoration project that would take several years to complete. But we saw the enormous potential to restore the marina and were ready to take on the challenge of returning it to a first-class facility at the head of the navigable Thames for annual boat moorings and slipway launching.

I came to Lechlade with the benefit of 25 years’ experience managing private rural estates, on which I was responsible for the renovation of properties and running diversification projects. With a 25-year career in office management and bookkeeping, Jules brought a great deal of administrative knowledge and experience to the business.

The long-neglected site required some significant clearing before specific projects could be started, but, by the spring of 2019, the loo and shower block had been refurbished, and a new marina office was up and running.

Then began the mammoth task of replacing the entire electricity and water supply, which hadn’t been upgraded since the marina opened in the early ‘80s. At the same time, the bridge that gives access and carries services over to moorings on the island was overhauled.

This summer we installed a new floating pontoon, a very welcome addition for owners of smaller vessels using the slipway either for day trips or longer expeditions.

After 25 years of managing estates for other people, the last two years have been incredibly rewarding, knowing all the work Jules and I have done is for our own business. We’ve had some first-class contractors and suppliers carrying out the more specialist work, but we’re extremely grateful to all our moorers that have helped out as well. 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, but we’re all working together to ensure Lechlade Marina continues to prosper and are looking forward to even greater success in the years to come with many more projects to plan and complete.

Through the Business Club I met many local businesses and several them have undertaken work for us. I found the club so valuable I have been delighted to give something back by joining the steering group. I also currently sit on Lechlade Town Council and am Secretary for the River User Group for the Upper Thames.

Best wishes
Ian Lindsay
FLBC Steering Group Member

Vote for your Hospitality Venue of the Year

The Bob Warren Hospitality Award is open for you to vote for your THREE favourite hospitality venues that best demonstrate the spirit of Bob Warren, late landlord of The Trout Inn, Lechlade (such as great hospitality, excellent customer service and a fantastic all round experience).

This is particularly relevant this year where the hospitality industry has had to adapt to survive.

Please vote for your favourite cafe, pub, inn, restaurant, or hotel.

Vote now >

Fairford & Lechlade Business Awards 2021 – Sponsored By The Lakes

As previously announced a virtual production, presented by The Barn Theatre.
This mean they will be slightly later in the year and will be live streamed on Saturday 27th February 2021 at 7pm.
You still have time to enter!

The 14th Fairford & Lechlade Business Club Awards event has always been a time to celebrate and recognise the achievements and success of our local businesses.
Now more than ever, it is so important to applaud those businesses that have overcome adversity and lockdown restrictions.





How to enter


  • All our judges are completely independent including the Mayors of both Lechlade and Fairford.

    Ian Lindsay of Lechlade Marina receives The Howard Dowler Award 2020

Award categories

  • Business of the Year
  • Business Person of the Year
  • New Business of the Year
  • Most Innovative Business of the Year
  • Business Student of the Year from Farmor’s School
  • The Bob Warren Hospitality Award – chosen by YOUR votes
  • The Howard Dowler Award – chosen by the Chair of FLBC and awarded to the business or person who has made an outstanding contribution to the community

For updates keep watching the website: www.flbc.org.uk and read the next Newsletter.
Remember the next Newsletter is not out until the 6th of January to fit Christmas in – so continue to send your articles in!

The FLBClub NO-COST Business Awards 2021

We are thrilled and excited to announce that the FLBClub Business Awards 2021 will be presented by The Barn Theatre in a professional live-streamed event on Saturday 27th February 2021 at 7pm. 

The FLBClub Business Awards event has always been a time to celebrate and recognise the achievements and success of our local businesses. Now more than ever, it is so important to applaud those businesses that have overcome adversity and lockdown restrictions. 

This will be the 14th Annual Business Awards and we believe that FLBClub have been presenting Business Awards longer than any other Chamber or Business Club in the area. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, these Awards will have to be completely different to all the others that have gone before. Despite being unable to meet face-to-face and the negative effect of Covid-19, we feel that it is doubly important and inspiring to have this event go ahead.


There will be no Awards Dinner as such this year, but please feel free to treat yourself to a glass of something whilst attending virtually and enjoy an attractive/delicious cocktail or mocktail!

 There’s also bound to be a little bit of Barn Theatre magic sprinkled in – more details to follow. 

How to enter


  • All our judges are completely independent.

Award categories

  • Business of the Year
  • Business Person of the Year
  • New Business of the Year
  • Most Innovative Business of the Year
  • Business Student of the Year from Farmor’s School
  • The Bob Warren Hospitality Award – chosen by YOUR votes
  • The Howard Dowler Award – chosen by the Chair of FLBC and awarded to the business or person who has made an outstanding contribution to the community

How to write a winning entry

  • Allow enough time to prepare your entry – last minute submissions are rarely successful.
  • Basically tell your story about what you do, how you do it and what is special about your business. Keep your language simple and try to avoid technical jargon. 
  • Be passionate and enthusiastic about what you do.
  • Identify a problem you have encountered and how you successfully overcame it.
  • Include testimonials.

The FLBClub Business Awards 2021 is a No-Cost event 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.

More details to follow. Keep watching the website: www.flbc.org.uk and read the next Newsletter. 

The next FLBClub meeting is a 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 . Starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th November. If you would like the link to join, please email admin@flbc.org.uk. 

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. 

Welcome to our new member!

Prime Cap Payments Ltd, Lechlade
Contact: Jamie Lesinski
M: 0203 417 5781
E: Jamie.lesinski@primecappayments.com
W: http://www.primecappayments.com

Prime Cap is a currency broker, offering both private and corporate clients access to terms, rates of exchange and tools tailored to their transactions.
We are referred and relied on to provide simple, clear and personalised guidance before, during and after currency exchanges primarily associated with property transactions.
A broker is a business, like Prime Cap, that sits between you and a regulated financial institution and arranges, negotiates or ‘brokers’ the sale and exchange of the currency you hold. We make sure the rate of exchange you can access is live, can be booked in real-time and is appropriate for your needs.
Prime Cap does not hold client money. Our role is to negotiate the rate of exchange our clients can use and to then guide them through the process of settling and completing a transaction – this is a service we have been providing for nearly 15 years.