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.

NEW ENTRIES WELCOME YOUR BUSINESS

ACHIEVEMENTS SHOULD BE CELEBRATED!

CLICK ON THE AWARDS TAB FOR MORE DETAILS

 

How to enter

Judges

  • 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.

YOUR BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENTS SHOULD BE CELEBRATED!    

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

Judges

  • 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.