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Nathan Baranowski at Rooster Talks Glove Factory Studios



Friday 2nd March
8am to 9am

Admission is FREE
RSVP: Eventbrite

Technology is transforming the way we live our lives, be it at home or at work, it is all around us. Some of it is good and some of it seems scary and almost sci-fi. As we transition into a technological era and adopt new ways, we are all left with the challenge of what to adopt and why.

Nathan Baranowski from ojo solutions is a technology strategist who works with organisations to help them understand how to adopt the right technology to enable and release their organisation’s potential.  In this interactive and explorative session, Nathan will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the future and how technology can transform lives. He will share his thinking through real-life examples of the key digital themes every business needs to consider in order to adopt the right technologies to realise their goals and future potential.

Whether you are a techie or a technophobe this session will offer something for everyone.

Join us for March’s Rooster Talk. Free admission with coffee and croissants from The Field Kitchen.

Rooster Talks: Getting to ‘YES’. Sales Skills for the New Year with Simon Hares – SOLD OUT

Friday 5th January 2018
8am to 9am

Admission is FREE
Book via Eventbrite

Supported by Innovate2Succeed

As business owners we want to start the New Year on a high and bring in some new business to keep the pipeline ticking over.

January’s Rooster Talks session with Simon Hares will start your New Year off on the right footing, exploring tried and tested sales techniques that will help you to generate some new business.

You will come away with the following skills:

– Feeling more confident about selling and the sales process
– How to navigate your way through the sales process to help avoid those pregnant pauses!
– How to get to grips with asking the most effective questions
– Understanding the value of differentiating yourself and your business to deliver value
– The importance of getting to ‘YES’ and asking for the business
– Some tactics of negotiation skills and how to come away with a Win/Win

Simon Hares is a leading sales trainer with over 25 years of experience selling everything from luxury retail, trade goods and advertising. Having presented at Rooster Talks many times before, you know you can expect an interactive and caffeine-fuelled session that will leave you with some essential tools and techniques that will get you closer to ‘YES’.

Rooster Talks: Impactful Me – Simple Ways to Unlock Real Confidence with Simon Tyler – SOLD OUT

Friday 1st December
8am to 9am

Admission is FREE
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Supported by Innovate2Succeed

The inimitable Simon Tyler returns, in his near resident spot, for our December edition of Rooster Talks to talk confidence.

Simon has spent the past year working with business executives and teams on how essential confidence is to performance, and explaining how it can undermine peak performance across your business.

His focus remains on attitude and impact, of which both are rooted in simplicity, and he has helped many discover the confidence they already had. This may have been hidden behind hopes and beliefs, unhelpful stories and odd experiences or even wonky mind-sets!

Expect to be involved in sensitively challenging tasks which aim to increase those confidence levels, whilst enjoying fresh coffee and croissants.

Digital Marketing: Beyond Telling Your Story with Tom Beavan of Boson Web – SOLD OUT –

Friday 3rd November
8am to 9am

Admission is FREE
RSVP: or Eventbrite

Supported by Innovate2Succeed

What does a successful website mean to you?

A successful website doesn’t sit in isolation.  It’s part of a marketing strategy, carefully targeted to a well-understood audience.  There are many aspects to consider, some more appropriate than others.  Branding, Design, Search Engines, Social Media, PR, Pay Per Click Advertising, Content Marketing, Email are all possible ingredients.  How do you decide which media to focus on? Which services are most likely to drive success for you?

In this talk Boson Web will share insights to help you choose the most appropriate media for your business.


Rooster Talks: ‘You and Your Business’ or ‘Your Business and You’? with Matthew Rogers and Dee Gerrish

Friday 6th October
8am to 9am

Admission is FREE
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Supported by Innovate2Succeed

The traditional method of setting goals and gauging the success of a business does not automatically provide you with what you need and want. As the business owner, it puts you last in the queue.

Director Matthew Rogers FCCA and Business Consultant Dee Gerrish MCIM of Clear Vision Accountancy Limited help owners focus on their businesses from a new perspective.  One which starts with the owner.

With many years directly advising business owners under their belts, they work to help owners develop strong, positive businesses which also deliver the life they want for themselves and their families.

Matthew and Dee are clear and passionate about the accountant’s business advisory role in this process. They will share the significant, life-changing differences for business owners when an accountant produces financial information which truly serves them as the owner.

Take this chance to step off your daily treadmill and learn how to change your focus to ‘You and Your Business’.

The Recovery Studio

The Recovery Studio

Sophie at The Recovery Studio is a qualified Sports Physiologist and Clinical Sport & Remedial Massage Therapist.

The Recovery Studio provides professional remedial massage for all sport, occupational and lifestyle-related injuries, aches and pains. Treatment consists of a wide range of remedial techniques, to include muscular dysfunction or postural assessment, soft tissue release, acupuncture or Kinesio taping.

Sophie is also a keen sportswoman herself and takes great interest in sports-related injuries and rehabilitation. To date she has worked with a variety of both recreational and elite athletes, to include triathletes, runners, professional golfers, netball players, the England Rugby 7’s team and Team GB in preparation for Rio 2016.
PH: 07843 643 112

Fire and Feast: Autumn

Friday 15th September

£30 per  person
Tickets available here


These Fire and Feast events showcase a theme, a particular ingredient or one of the fantastic producers we work with.

Arrive at 7pm for a welcome drink in the seasonal courtyard before making your way to your feast table, with food being served from 8pm. Once you have enjoyed the delicious food, head back out to around the fires and enjoy the evening with your drinks. For this Feast we will be celebrating with locally-produced cider; the perfect accompaniment to those autumnal September evenings.

Our Autumn Feast will host the best ingredients of the British Autumn: beetroot, pork and apples grown in our kitchen garden.

higher futures, skills search, higher education, jo mills

Higher Futures Drop In with Jo Mills

Tuesday 12th September
From 9am

Are you finding it difficult to recruit people with the right skills? Or are you unable to find a suitable course that matches your people’s needs? Higher Futures aim to offer you solutions to these frequently raised issues with simple, free to access advice.

Based in Swindon and Wiltshire, the Higher Futures Team focuses on the needs of both the employer and the learner; identifying skills gaps by way of assessment and providing access to substantial higher education offers to bridge that gap.

Jo Mills, a member of the Higher Futures Team, will be at Glove Factory Studios on Tuesday 12th September from 9am to answer any and all of your questions, and offer businesses of any size the support you may need.

Rooster Talks: The Importance of innovation for ambitious SMEs with David Riddell

Friday 1st September
8am to 9am

Admission is FREE
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The innovate2succeed programme, linked with BusinessWest, is an intensive coaching programme designed to stimulate innovation, improve competitiveness and reduce the risks of, and improve the efficiency of, launching a new product or service.

The programme supports high growth businesses wanting to introduce new technologies or process to their business, or those wishing to launch new products and services to their customers and markets.

David Riddell is an Innovation Specialist. He will give an overview of the innovate2succeed programme and explain how their strategic support can help you achieve your goals.

David is the Project Manager for the innovate2succeed projects in Devon, Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. His role directly supports ambitious SMEs to enhance their capability to develop and commercialise innovative new products and services. After spending his early career working in product development teams in the UK and New Zealand, he has worked with all three sectors to support those trying to develop new products and services.

Motherlode Media

We are a digital content company, specialising in building centralised digitised media archives and creating compelling social media channels and digital marketing campaigns.

We also do design and build, specialising in Drupal and WordPress for enterprise partners.

We work with clients across the music, entertainment and non-profit sectors.