Welcome to our new members – January 2020

The Health Box, Lechlade
Contact: Lola Renton
T: 01367 358869
E: shop@thehealthbox.co.uk
W: www.thehealthbox.co.uk

MyOnCall Cotswold Chauffeur Private Hire, Lechlade
Contact: Nick
T: 01367 252711
M: 07944 042227
E: info@myoncallcotswoldchauffeur.co.uk
W: www.myoncallcotswoldchauffeur.co.uk

Aspire Academy, Churchdown, Gloucester
Contact: Barry Jackson
M: 07795 288490
E: barry@aspire-academy.net
W: https://www.aspire-academy.net

Doug Tanner Not Just Travel, Siddington
Contact: Doug Tanner
M: 07425 370400
E: Doug.tanner@notjusttgravel.com
W: www.dougtanner.notjusttravel.com

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) 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 admin@flbc.org.uk 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.

FLBC Business Awards Presentations & Dinner 2020

The Awards Presentations & Dinner 2020 will be held on Saturday 25th January at 7pm at Sudbury House Hotel.

A three course dinner plus welcome drink will cost £35 per member or £38 per non-member. For the menu choices, please visit: https://www.flbc.org.uk/buy-tickets-to-the-awards-dinner/.

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 admin@flbc.org.uk. 

Closing date for Awards has been extended

Too busy over Christmas to complete your entry for the FLBClub Business Awards 2020? The good news is that the closing date for receipt of entries has been extended from noon on 31st December to midnight on Monday 6th January.

We cannot stress enough how entering the Awards can be a real benefit to your business whether or not you win. Previous entrants have said that filling in the entry form helps them focus their mind on what is right and what needs improving with their business and has helped them review strategies and aims for future optimisation. Finalists have said how they have been thrilled to be chosen to receive recognition on stage at the Awards Dinner and receive praise from their employees, colleagues and customers. Winners receive a framed certificate to display at their business premises, a year’s free membership of the FLBClub and lots of valuable publicity, as well as the kudos and increased esteem of their work colleagues, customers, suppliers and competitors!

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. And it is absolutely FREE to enter for members and non-members.

Don’t delay any more. It does not take long to complete the entry form and you can enter more than one category. You can also enter even if you have been a winner or finalist previously. Go to: https://www.flbc.org.uk/enter-the-awards/.

Good luck!

Take the following six steps to submit a Business Award entry

The clock is ticking!

You have until midnight on Monday 6th January to enter the online FLBClub Business Awards. That’s still plenty of time to write an award-winning entry.

  1. Decide on the category or categories you wish to enter.
  2. Prepare your written submissions off-line for each entry, including any embedded thumbnail visuals and URL links to video files.
  3. Complete the on-line entry form – https://www.flbc.org.uk/enter-the-awards/ – including the important 50 words minimum to support your entry including testimonials from customers or staff or case studies.
  4. Upload your written submission on-line and take another look at the Judging Criteria for each category to make sure you have included as much relevant information as possible.
  5. Submit your completed entry no later than midnight on Monday 6th January.
  6. Don’t forget to keep Saturday 25th January free to attend the Business Awards Dinner. The event starts at 7pm at Sudbury House Hotel and you can book your tickets and choose your meal options here: https://www.flbc.org.uk/buy-tickets-to-the-awards-dinner/.

How the Awards judging and presentations work

People have often asked in the past how entries are judged and if entrants can know the result before they book their place at the Awards dinner. Here is a little check-list explaining the process:

  1. Write your entry or entries and submit before the closing date, which is now midnight on Monday 6th January.
  2. After the closing date, our Chair, Helen Webb, collates all the entries and sends them to the judges, who consist of sponsors of the Awards event.
  3. The sponsors/judges read through all the entries and decide on their personal top three in each category.
  4. The judges then meet with Helen Webb at Douglas Bader House in mid January to discuss their top three in each category to reach a unanimous decision on the overall winners/finalists.
  5. In the meantime, if you have submitted an entry for an Award, you should keep Saturday 25th January clear in your diary; book your place at the Awards Dinner and choose your menu for the night. 
  6. Every single person/business that enters stands an equal chance of winning. It doesn’t matter whether you are a large company or a sole trader working from home. If you can impress the judges with what you have achieved, how you have overcome problems/pitfalls, then you could be a winner.
  7. Winners/finalists are NOT notified before the Awards Dinner. The FLBClub believes that the winning has a more positive impact if it is announced on the night and is a surprise for everyone, not least the winner!
  8. Winners and finalists receive their Awards from the sponsor of the category they have won in front a large group of business people from across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. Professional photographs are taken on the night and there will be full media and social media coverage after the event.

So, what are you waiting for? Enter at: https://www.flbc.org.uk/enter-the-awards/.

Find out about… The Howard Dowler Award 2019 Winner – Shirley Wheeler, Cotswold Boat Hire, Buscot

Sponsored by: Fairford Roof Tiles

Shirley was chosen by the Chair of FLBC, as she is hugely supportive of the Business Club. As Vice-Chair of the Club, Shirley provides great input and advice all with a smile on her face – whatever the circumstances. She successfully runs Cotswold Boat Hire whilst supporting other businesses, friends and family whenever they need help. The past year has been particularly challenging for her, but she is the type of person that just carries on with a smile!

Find out about… The Bob Warren Hospitality Award 2019 Winner – Spike’s Diner, Fairford

Spike’s Diner is the brainchild of Stuart Pike (S-Pike), who is chairman of Fairford Town Football Club. Stuart and his wife, Sam, have for several years been the caterers for events at the Cinder Lane clubhouse for either the Football Club or for private or community events. The natural progression was to create a business of it and call it Spike’s Diner. It has proved very popular with a loyal following. Their menu comprises typically American-diner type food e.g. quarter pounders; the giant Spike burger and even the mega Spike burger! Stuart believes that fast food and football go together and claims his burgers are ‘the finest hamburgers in football’.

Find out about… Business Student of the Year 2019 Winner – Amelia Snell

Sponsored by: RAFCTE (Royal International Air Tattoo)

The winning entry was from Amelia Snell with her business idea: Elixir. The judges particularly liked Amelia’s business idea Elixir – a homemade cordial and liqueur business with Amelia selling these products and running cocktail-making classes to support and promote the business and use of the product. Not only was the idea great, but the amount of research that was in the business plan was also impressive.

Could you donate an auction/raffle prize please?

The Steering Group of FLBClub still require auction/raffle prizes for the Business Awards Auction and Raffle being held at the Awards Dinner on Saturday 25th January. Would you be able to donate something please? 

We are not asking for a holiday abroad for a family of four or a brand new car, although either of those would be very welcome!! Raffle prizes are usually really nice items ranging in price from £10 up to around £100 and are often items that reflect your business and can help to promote it e.g. a meal voucher from a pub or restaurant or a voucher for a beauty treatment from a beauty therapist. Auction prizes generally have a greater value i.e. over £100 or they can be something that money just cannot buy! In the past, we have had tours of Highgrove Gardens; a special golf package with meal included or a stay in a lodge at the Lakes by yoo.

All donors are listed on our website and in the Table Programme on Awards night. Please let admin@flbc.org.uk know if you can donate anything. Thank you!