The FLBClub Business Awards Launch

As mentioned previously, we are still going to hold the FLBC Business Awards 2021 in January and we will be launching the event virtually starting at the earlier time of 7pm on Thursday 22nd October. As we will not be able to meet up in person, we will be changing the format slightly to make the event more interesting, fun and useful to potential judges and entrants of the Awards.

So, make yourself comfortable in front of your tablet or computer at 7pm, have a glass of wine or beer handy and find out about the Award categories, how to enter, how to write a winning entry, what winning an Award has meant to previous winners, what our previous sponsors and judges got out of being involved with last year’s Awards and, finally, what the new format will be for the Business Awards 2021.

In addition, be prepared to be amazed by our guest speaker!

Drum roll….. Tim Carson of Alton Barnes Farm near Marlborough will be talking about crop circles!

We have had Tim as a guest speaker at the FLBC before and many of the members, who heard his previous magical and fascinating talk, have said he was the best speaker the Club has ever had! Crop circles – aliens or hoax? No one seems to know for certain how crop circles are made. But Tim did manage to turn the nuisance of having his fields damaged by hoaxers or aliens to his advantage. He not only charged sightseers who wanted to go along, see the crop circles and take photographs, but also had one photograph displayed on the front cover of a Led Zeppelin LP record.


If you would like to attend the virtual FLBC Business Awards Launch on Thursday 22nd October, please email to register. We will then send you the invite and log in details to join the meeting.

Look forward to seeing you there virtually!

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This will be the 14th Annual Business Awards and will be completely different to all the others that have gone before!
Despite being unable to meet face-to-face, we are planning on everyone having a great time.

We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with The Barn Theatre, Cirencester to live-stream the whole event.

As well as the usual eagerly anticipated announcement of the winners and runners up, there will be other fun elements to the event. Even though the event will be virtual, we are hoping that everyone attending will dress up and we may give a prize to the best dressed man or woman. There will be no Awards Dinner as such, but please feel free to treat yourself to a glass of something whilst attending virtually and we will present a prize to the person drinking the most attractive cocktail or mocktail! In addition, instead of the Grand Auction, we will be holding a FREE raffle. You will not have to buy a raffle ticket but, when you attend, your name will be put into a hat to win a really great prize.

A No-Cost Business Awards 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!

Details of how to enter and entry forms will be available on our website after 1st November 2020.

More details to follow. Keep watching the website and reading the next Newsletters.

FLBClub next meetings

Needless to say, there have not been any Club meetings for quite a while as everyone has been struggling with lockdown and then trying to get back to work.

The Club is now tentatively starting to arrange some interesting – albeit virtual – meetings for our members and non-members. Please feel free to virtually bring along a guest or let your non-member colleagues know that they are welcome to attend two Club meetings completely free of charge.

Here is a little taster of what you can look forward to. Full details will be provided further in this Newsletter and on our website

The first of our virtual meetings will be the FLBClub Business Awards Launch in October. Yes! We are still going to hold the Business Awards, but in a completely different and fun format.

In November, we are extremely privileged to have Andrew Garland offering us a free Business Planning workshop (Link to the article under Club Highlights not Events). Andrew is an extremely experienced Action Coach and his strap line is: ‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe – it can achieve.’

We are still hoping that it will be possible to hold a proper breakfast meeting  at Wrag Barn Golf Club in December, but this will obviously be subject to Government guidelines and restrictions.

January has always been the month when we hold the FLBC Business Awards. We are currently endeavouring to plan a virtual Awards Ceremony  – more about this further on in the Newsletter on online

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 (Link: Starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th November.

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.

Breakfast at Wrag Barn

We are still hoping that this may go ahead on Thursday 17th December, but as things are changing on an almost daily basis, we will have to wait until nearer the time to see if it will be safe to do this. In the meantime, thanks to Verity Manners and everyone at Wrag Barn for offering this wonderful venue for our meeting.

The golf course has been open since May and Wrag Barn’s members have enjoyed a summer of good golfing weather. The Clubhouse is still open until dusk for drinks, and bar snacks are available until 3pm with table service or the option to order via the members’ app. All Covid guidance is in place for checking in with the NHS app, but please wear your face mask until seated at your table.

Members’ Benefits – Do you know what you are offering?

When members join the FLBClub, they are asked if they can provide a discount or benefit for other members that buy from them or use their services. Many of our new members are very happy to do this and the benefit is displayed on our website under the name of each member.

Over time, members forget what they have offered or want to change what they have offered. Could you please click on your listing on our website and check if you are still happy with what you are offering. If not, then please change the benefit or let us know and we can change it for you:


  • 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:

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.

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

Shirley Wheeler (Vice Chair)
T: 01793 727083
M: 07947 993784

Chris Roberts (Administrator)
T: 01285 712150
M: 0744 350 0744

Andy Briggs (Committee member)
T: 01865 301705
M: 07977 936882

Andrew Garland (Committee member)
T: 01793 278653

Simon Hersom (Committee member)
T: 01285 711735

Zena Kennedy (Committee member)
T: 01793 861049
M: 07730 927888

Ian Lindsay (Committee member)
M: 07889 070623

Verity Manners (Committee member)
T: 01793 861327
M: 07879 626820

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



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 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.