MEMBERS’ BENEFITS

  • Membership is corporate, so you and all your team can attend meetings
  • 6 evening and 4 breakfast meetings each year free for members to attend
  • Extended networking to help your business grow
  • Inspirational speakers on relevant, interesting, helpful and educational subjects
  • Interactive liaison with other members to promote and support member businesses
  • A monthly online Newsletter exclusively for members to use free of charge to promote and advertise their business and which is emailed to all members and non-members – a total of around 1,000 businesses
  • Free listing on the Club’s website directory
  • A dedicated FLBClub page in the Fairford & Lechlade Ripples magazine
  • Each new member gets a free mention in the Ripples magazine with a link to their contact details
  • Discounted advertising rates in the Ripples magazine
  • Promotion for businesses on the FLBClub Facebook page, LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Free entry to the Business Awards
  • Discounts on Business Awards tickets

Join FLBClub today: https://www.flbc.org.uk/join-us/.

FLBClub Steering Group

The following members were elected on to the Steering Group at the AGM in April 2019 and will remain on the committee until April 2021 when they will either step down or apply for re-election:

Helen Webb (Chair)
T: 01285 713300 ext 5319
E: helen.webb@rafcte.com

Shirley Wheeler (Vice Chair)
T: 01793 727083
M: 07947 993784
E: info@cotswoldboat.co.uk

Chris Roberts (Administrator)
T: 01285 712150
M: 0744 350 0744
E: chrisrobertsmbe@gmail.com

Andy Briggs (Committee member)
T: 01865 301705
M: 07977 936882
E: biburyantiquesfair@gmail.com

Andrew Garland (Committee member)
T: 01793 278653
E: andrewgarland@actioncoach.com

Simon Hersom (Committee member)
T: 01285 711735
E: simon@hersom.org

Zena Kennedy (Committee member)
T: 01793 861049
M: 07730 927888
E: Twooneservices@outlook.com

Ian Lindsay (Committee member)
M: 07889 070623
E: idlindsay@hotmail.co.uk

Verity Manners (Committee member)
T: 01793 861327
M: 07879 626820
E: veritymanners@aol.com

Please feel free to contact any of the members of the Steering Group if you have any queries, suggestions or concerns.

 

 

FLBC meetings and AGM

All Club meetings have been postponed for the foreseeable future.

The Club’s Annual General Meeting was scheduled to be held in April 2020 but, owing to the corona virus restrictions, it has been decided not to hold the next AGM until April 2021. The current Steering Group members have agreed to stay on the committee until elections can be held next April. If, however, any member of FLBC would like to join the Steering Group, please contact admin@flbc.org.uk.

In the meantime, the annual accounts up to end March 2020 have been audited by Morris Owen Accountants and are available for members to view. If you would like a copy of the accounts, please contact admin@flbc.org.uk.

To find out who the members of the Steering Group are, please see: https://www.flbc.org.uk/flbclub-new-steering-group/.

 

How can the FLBClub help?

A new workplace is coming to the fore with the necessity to work from home and at a distance. People are struggling to come to terms with enforced distance working, but are adapting and the number of people using Zoom for the first time and saying “I can’t hear you. Can you hear me?” are becoming less common.

Do you need some guidance on how to work remotely? Perhaps webinar-style guidance on Zoom or Skype or Conference calling? Perhaps one of our expert members can help. Would you appreciate a weekly/fortnightly/monthly virtual meeting to air concerns, feelings, advice? Are you experiencing frustrating technical issues? Can the FLBClub help? We might be able to point you in the right direction of someone to help.

Join the FLBClub Facebook group

A new benefit for FLBClub members is a new FLBClub Facebook group. It is for FLBC members to post adverts, but is open to the public to join and view. So, if you post an advert to this group, anyone will be able to see it and what you have to offer. Non-FLBC-members will not be allowed to post/advertise.

Please go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/270801327234332 or search “Fairford & Lechlade Business Club group” on Facebook to start your free posting/advertising. Click on the Join button and join either as a private individual or on behalf of your business. The more members that join the group, the more beneficial it will be to the whole club membership. Get your name out there and also see what other members have to offer.

The group will be regularly monitored and members are allowed to post/advertise regularly. There is no limit, but we would ask you not to post/advertise excessively. Suggested number of posts/adverts is one per week.

This is YOUR page for promoting your business. Please use it regularly to help local member businesses.

FLBC Business Awards – THE RESULTS!

FLBClub Business Awards 2020

THE RESULTS!

Sponsored by:

The 13th annual FLBClub Business Awards, which was once again sponsored by the Lakes by yoo, turned out to be a very lucky event for some local businesses. As well as the presentations of the top Awards, guests at the prestigious dinner held at the end of January at Sudbury House Hotel in Faringdon also enjoyed entertainment on arrival by Delores Vintage Singer.

There were eye-catching statement floral arrangements by the Fairford Flower Collective providing an impressive centrepiece to the room with red, black and silver balloons supplied by Fabulous Partyware adorning the tables and the glittering stage. The centrepiece for each table was an incredible edible creation made by Award-winning cake-makers, Maxine and Georgia from The Coffee Post in Fairford.

Once again, businesses from all over the Cotswolds, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire competed to win one of the coveted awards at the Awards Dinner that was hosted by Gary Holland, former Mayor of Lechlade and Director of the Lechlade Music Festival. As well as the main Awards event of the evening, there was competition amongst the guests bidding for superb auction lots in the now famous Awards Auction conducted by Philip Allwood of Moore, Allen & Innocent and TV personality in 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.

Once the Auction was over, the evening began in earnest with the presentation of the Awards. The judges were extremely impressed by the quality of the entries, which showed passion and enthusiasm. The great range of businesses taking part made the judging process even more difficult in selecting both finalists and eventual winners.

Outstanding Business Student of the Year
Sponsored by: The RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises (Air Tattoo)
Presented by: Helen Webb

Winner:
Lilly Chambers

Finalists:
Rosie Etheredge
Josh Mason

The judges were extremely impressed by all six entries from the Business Students at Farmor’s School. However, they were able to narrow it down to three Business Plans that particularly stood out as well as looking at the issue of sustainability in clothing and a photography business with a difference. The winning entry from Lilly was for a business called Pancake & Milkshake Magic – a mobile service visiting local villages to provide a sweet option. The concept, plan, supporting research and financials were all well thought out and comprehensive; and the judges felt that should she start up this business, it would be a real success and they would be first in the queue for a pancake and milkshake!

Business of the Year
Sponsored by: Andrew Garland Action Coach
Presented by: Andrew Garland  

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, there were 12 very strong entries for this award and all were outstanding businesses. But, we can have only one winner!

Winner:
Fabulous Partyware, Lechlade

This really was a difficult decision. However, the judges were impressed by the journey of Hayley and Fabulous Partyware from a fledgling, part-time business run from home to a successful full-time online and retail business with a premises on Lechlade High Street and a team of five people, all in just five years. Not only is the business financially successful, it offers a level of customer experience that has been lost by many businesses and, when in a competitive market and the online world of Amazon, it is this that makes her business succeed and stand out from the crowd. Congratulations Hayley and team. You are the FLBClub Business of the Year!

Finalists:
Bulldog Websites, Fairford
Ripples Community Magazine for Fairford & Lechlade

Business Person of the Year
Sponsored by: Hersom Whittaker Ltd
Presented by: Simon Hersom

Business acumen should be recognised and encouraged and this award highlights the skills and ability of a business owner or employee.

Winner:
Allison Murray of Allison Murray Design, Eastleach

The Judges felt that Allison epitomised what was great about both living and creating a successful business in this corner of the Cotswolds, bringing her extensive experience of working for top London design agencies to help local entrepreneurs create dynamic and meaningful brands.  Many of those identities you see every day have been designed and implemented by Alison; Made By Bob, Thyme at Southrop, Butler Sherborn, Lynwood & Co and Fairford!  Her business is all word of mouth recommendations and she also works to encourage young people into the industry through the school career circuit. The judges were extremely impressed with the scale of her business and Allison’s ethos.

Finalists:
Lizzie Skinner of Back to Bean, Quenington
Max Abbott of Sourdough Revolution, Lechlade
Mark Pargeter of Alexander George Fine Antiques Ltd

New Business of the Year
Sponsored by: McGills Chartered Accountants
Presented by: Sharla Dandy

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.

Winner:
Corky & Prince Wedding & Event Flowers, Kempsford

The winner demonstrated to the judges that there is still room for new businesses to be successful, even in a competitive market, if you do your research, have a solid idea and understanding of your customers. A clear vision, a beautiful product, executed well and doing that little bit extra collaborating with others as well as giving back to the community is why Corky & Prince Wedding Flowers were worthy winners.

Finalists:
Cotswold Virtual PA Services, Quenington
Jen Winnett Art, South Cerney

Most Innovative Business of the Year
Sponsored by: The Bull Hotel, Fairford
Presented by: Stephen Pitt

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 close run thing, so all the finalists should take comfort from that!

Winner:
Sourdough Revolution, Lechlade

The judges were impressed with how innovative a business could be with just one simple product, ‘sourdough’.  However, produced well and with care and passion, a very successful business could be developed. In the space of four years, Sourdough Revolution have a wholesale business, retail sourdough pizza outlet, expanded product range and employ 12 people.  This is despite losing one of their biggest customers, just as they were about to expand. Sourdough Revolution was certainly a revelation to the judges.

Finalists:
Chute Design (Cirenterprise) of Cirencester
Fishing Ticket.com Ltd, Highworth
MT Recruitment, Bampton

The Bob Warren Hospitality Award

This award was set up in 2017 in memory of Bob Warren, former landlord of the Trout Inn, Lechlade, and long-time supporter of the FLBClub.

A massive 33 nominated venues 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. All the votes have been counted and the top five venues are:

Winner:
The Swan at Southrop

Runners up:
Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Filkins
The Bull Hotel, Fairford
The Crown, Lechlade
The Five Alls, Filkins

The Howard Dowler Award
Sponsored by: Fairford Roof Tiles
Presented by: Neil Dowler   

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 local community. Howard’s son, Neil, was attending to present the Award.

Winner:
Ian Lindsay of Lechlade Marina

When Ian and Jules joined the Business Club two years ago, they were still in the process of buying Lechlade Marina and drove from Northampton to regularly attend meetings to get to know the local community. Since purchasing the Marina, Ian has transformed it from the previously unloved state to a going concern which offers a great place to moor a boat. I am sure he will say there is still a lot to do, but he has made a significant difference to those that moor their boats, many of whom live there.

He has not only brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to the Marina, but also to the community, joining the Steering Group for the Business Club, the River User Group for the Upper Thames and is current Secretary of that group as well as sitting on the Lechlade Town Council. In a short space of time, he has made a positive contribution to the local area and community.  From a personal perspective, he offers valuable insights at our meetings and is also a thoroughly nice chap!

Sponsors:
Headline sponors: The Lakes by yoo

Other sponsors: Andrew Garland Action Coach; Hersom Whittaker Limited; McGills Chartered Accountants; The Bull Hotel, Fairford, RAFCTE (Air Tattoo); Fairford Roof Tiles; ECI Telecom; The former Faringdon Chamber of Commerce; Hyperion House (Diva Care); Fabulous Partyware; Fairford Flower Collective; The Coffee Post; Redhouse Photography & Film.

Media partners:
Cotswold Life magazine; Ripples Magazine and Wilts & Glos Standard.

Thanks also to:

Philip Allwood, Auctioneer from Moore, Allen & Innocent; Gary Holland, compere and former Mayor Lechlade and Director of Lechlade Music Festival; Delores Vintage Singer; Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon.

FLBClub Awards 2020 – THE PHOTOS!

Here are the photos taken on the night of winners, finalists, sponsors and guests. Please feel free to copy any of the photos for you own use on your website, Facebook page or just share with colleagues, family and friends. For an original digital copy, please contact the photographer:

Ian Plested of Redhouse Photo & Film
M: 07838 411216
E: info@redhousephotography.co.uk

When using the photos, please give a credit: Photo by Ian Plested of Redhouse Photo & Film.

The Lakes by yoo supports FLBClub Business Awards 2020

One of the stunning lake-side homes at The Lakes by yoo

Fairford & Lechlade Business Club (FLBC) was thrilled to have The Lakes by yoo as the headline sponsor for the FLBC Business Awards 2020 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:

The Club supports businesses across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, so the competition was open not only to Club members but also to non-members, who have their business in the postcode areas: GL7, GL54, SN6, SN7 and OX18.

FREE for FLBC members!

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.

GDPR and FLBC

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!

Fairford & Lechlade Business Club would like to make you aware that we have updated and changed our Privacy Policy in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You do not need to do anything about this as a member. It is for information only.

The new Privacy Policy can be accessed here at: https://www.flbc.org.uk/privacy-policy.

Please be assured that, as a member of the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club, we take your personal data very seriously.