The FLBC Steering Group is a collection of Members elected by you at our Annual General Meeting to run the Club, organise events, and provide valuable support for local businesses and organisations in Fairford, Lechlade and surrounding towns and villages. If you'd like to join the Steering Group or think you could help the Club in any way please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I started attending the Business Club when I became Head of Marketing at the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, the organisation that runs the Air Tattoo in 2008. I was soon co-opted onto the Steering Group to help with marketing and has been involved ever since, as Vice Chair for 3 years and Chair for 6 years.
I am proud to be part of the local Business community and the club, contributing in some small way to provide networking opportunities, knowledge and training, and to celebrate achievements through our annual awards.
Hi, I’m Shirley Wheeler, of Cotswold Boat Hire. We run a boat hire and boat moorings business at Brandy Island, Buscot. You might know the big old waterworks building next to Buscot Lock, that’s us!
We’ve been club members for many years, we were delighted when my husband, Greg, won Business Person of the year in 2015. Winners are often invited to join the Steering Group, he nominated me - I became a Steering Group member that year. I’ve been Vice President for 3 years and was delighted to be the Recipient of the Howard Dowler Award 2020 – goodness knows how they managed to surprise me with that!
I bought Lechlade Marina as I saw enormous potential to restore the marina and return it to a first-class facility for annual boat moorings and slipway launching.
I used my 25 years’ experience managing rural estates to manage the renovation projects at the marina.
Through the Business Club I met many local businesses, and some 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.
As a company Director of his own Business Coaching and Consulting Company, Andrew brings over 30 years Leadership experience to Business Club. He has a passion for sharing knowledge, learning and self-development, but more importantly enjoys helping people make the right decisions. Andrew is on a mission is to positively impact one millions lives within our communities, he is striving to do this by empowering 20,000 business owners to rise above those challenges that stand in their way, help them attract amazing employees and clients, to find time for friends and family and create boundless opportunities to all.
I joined the Business Club after attending some breakfast meetings around 2017 when I took over the business and became the managing director and owner of T A Reed (Wiltshire) Ltd, a small verbatim reporting and transcription business in Highworth – changing the name to include “Wiltshire” to reflect where we are based. I joined the business club mainly for the social side and agreed to join the Steering Group at the AGM this year.
I try and give back to the community I live and work in – small businesses are so important to communities like Highworth, Fairford, Lechlade and a networking and business support group is invaluable and fun to belong to.
I am a dentist who joined the FLBC and set up my dental practice DentArtWork Dental Care in Lechlade in 2012. The FLBC networking events have been invaluable and a good way of meeting other like-minded people in business. DentArtWork Dental Care won new business of the year in 2013. I was also a finalist for business person of the year 2015. The FLBC is a fantastic group that continues to support me and my journey as a local business woman.
As well as running a business, I am also a dental advisor, examiner and forensic odontologist. I believe it is important to make time for things you enjoy and to give back to those who have supported me. I look forward to helping our local business community grow stronger and I encourage those who wish to set up their own business to join us.
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