The judges were extremely impressed that in the current economic climate an arts venue, starting from scratch with a specific vision had been so successful in such a short space of time and was really appreciated by the local community as a positive resource.
They were also hugely supportive of the educational and development opportunities at the Barn Theatre, encouraging those just graduated in the arts and school children to get involved.
Many people have asked how the FLBClub manages to organise such great Club meetings in fabulous venues with superb hospitality. The answer is that many businesses enjoy showing off their premises to other business folk and are only too happy to welcome our Club members. The FLBClub is now getting a reputation for organising interesting and useful networking meetings in fabulous venues.
For the November meeting, members were treated to a tour of Arkells’ Brewery in Swindon. We were treated to a welcome local gin, run or beer on arrival and then Alex Arkell, Head Brewer, gave members an interesting 15 minute talk on the history of the successful family business that goes back six generations.
Then, it was time for tastings and we enjoyed savouring the flavour of a small glass of IPA, beer and lager.
Next, a short walk across the courtyard to the brewing area, where we learned about the brewing process, saw the hops, barley, Mush Tun, Brewing Vats and Yeast Room. The aroma was intoxicating!
Back to the Grape & Grain Shop where we had a lovely buffet and the opportunity to buy souvenirs and gifts.
The shop is open during normal shop hours and anyone can just go along and buy a huge variety of beers, lagers, whiskey, gin, run, etc. It is worth going to the shop alone just to get some unusual and unique Christmas presents. No appointment necessary. Just call in.
The FLBClub would like to sincerely thank the Arkells’ team for their hospitality and the opportunity to visit their successful and historic brewery.
Fairford & Lechlade Business Club (FLBC) is thrilled to announce that The Lakes by yoo has agreed to be the headline sponsor for the FLBC Business Awards for the fourth year running. The 850 acre private estate, which has featured on TV programmes, The X Factor, Celebrity Hunted and Made in Chelsea, has long been a member of the Business Club and supports the communities around Fairford and Lechlade and local businesses.
Other sponsors pledging support for the Awards event that is now in its 13th year are:
Representatives from these generous sponsors will be able to present the Awards to the winners at the Awards Dinner being held on Saturday 25th January at Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon.
A sponsor is still needed for the Drinks Reception and for the Table Decorations. If you would like to be part of this prestigious event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss details.
With the Club supporting businesses across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, the competition is open not only to Club members (in any postcode area), but also to non-members in the postcode areas: GL7, GL54, SN6, SN7 or OX18.
The Awards Dinner will also feature the popular Awards Auction with wonderful lots, which will be auctioned off by TV personality, Philip Allwood of Moore Allen & Innocent. Philip has appeared on Going for a Song; Flog It; Bargain Hunt; Dickinson’s Real Deal; Cash in the Attic; Beat the Dealer; Antiques Road Trip and many others.
Our compere for the evening will be Gary Holland, former Mayor of Lechlade and a Director of Lechlade Festival.
The evening will be rounded off with a raffle to win really fabulous prizes.
If you could donate an auction or raffle prize for the Awards Dinner, please contact email@example.com.
The FLBC monthly Newsletter has always been one of the benefits of being a Club member – a place where you can advertise to other members what is going on with you and your business absolutely FREE OF CHARGE.
Now, the FLBClub are going one step further. The monthly Newsletter is still the place for members only to advertise their news, but it will now be delivered to non-members as well.
Around one thousand people on the FLBClub database will receive the Newsletter and learn more about our members and their businesses.
However, only FLBClub members will be allowed to advertise in the Newsletter, but around 1000 members and non-members will be able to read it.
As a signed up member of FLBClub, you will not have received an email from the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club asking you to confirm your agreement to be on our mailing list. This is because you already signed up to received information from the Club when you joined as a member. You have a legitimate interest in receiving information from us, so you do not need to do anything!