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Glove Dippers Wild Swimming at Glove Factory Studios

Wild swimming in Wiltshire with Glove Dippers Club

Are you the adventurous type? Then come on over and join Glove Dippers, our open-water swimming club! The 2019/20 season is live and dipping.

The lake boasts a 100m length, and we guarantee it’s a gorgeous spot to swim while you listen to sheep chatting in the nearby fields. The water quality is regularly tested and rated as excellent.

Facilities include access to toilets and showers during Glove Factory Studios’ opening hours (9am – 6pm) and free onsite parking.

Oh, and there’s always hot chocolate in The Field Kitchen to warm you up afterwards. The cafe is open daily serving food until 3 pm, and Glove Dippers receive a 10% discount.

Head over to smarturl.it/glovedippers to find out more and join.

Tennis ball factory photography exhibition by David King

David King photography at The Field Kitchen

We’re bouncing into tennis season with a box-fresh photography show exploring the Price of Bath factory: the UK’s last remaining manufacturer of tennis balls, squash balls and racket balls.

Photographer David King captures a moment in time behind the scenes prior to the company’s move to a new factory. Still a family-run venture, J Price has been making tennis balls in Britain for over 80 years and spanning three generations.

A professional photographer based at Glove Factory Studios, Dave is inspired by “finding beauty in often overlooked and unnoticed subjects, relying on some 30 years of design experience to create simple yet powerful images”.

The exhibition in The Field Kitchen runs until the end of July and is just a small selection from a huge documentary photography archive.

Workspace available

3 – 4 Person Workspace Available

If the arrival of spring has you thinking about starting ventures fresh and new, then we have the perfect workspace to keep that inspiration flowing.

We have a first floor, 3 – 4 person workspace available with all the trimmings: 24-hour access; 1gb superfast internet; free onsite parking; cafe open daily; meeting rooms for hire; dog-friendly; and beautiful courtyard, lakes and countryside to explore.

Close to Bradford on Avon, we’re only 9 miles from Bath with easy access to mainline trains and the M4.

See yourself here? Then get in touch to book a tour.

Contact Tom today on 01225 784080 or by email.

Spring 2019 Events

Spring events at Glove Factory Studios & The Field Kitchen

Come and join our spring events for families, crafty types and business brains.

 

Easter Egg Hunt – Mon 22 April

For some family fun on Easter Monday head over to The Field Kitchen for this year’s Easter Egg Hunt around the courtyard, lakes and fields.

As always, young explorers, with hunt card in hand, are invited to search our courtyard, lakeside and fields for clues to unlock their easter egg reward. There’ll be games and activities for kids of all ages and The Field Kitchen will be rustling up snacks and drinks for explorers of all ages.

 

Heritage Makers at the Glove – Sat 27 April

We’ve invited local crafters along for a Heritage Makers at the Glove event.

Spoon carving, green woodworking, forging, stonemasonry and pottery will all be on display with unique handmade items for sale. All made using the traditional techniques and tools practised for centuries.

You’ll have the rare opportunity to see a blacksmith at work (take a peek at this glorious video of The Nowhere Forge in action) and stone carving in action with Jem Hobbs.

Potter Jane Scott will be leading a morning workshop in The Engine Room and the terrace will be home to traditional wood furniture carvers and spoon makers.

 

Rooster Talks

Rooster Talks take place on the first Friday of every month, 8 – 9am, and is an opportunity to listen to inspiring speakers while enjoying free coffee and croissants in The Field Kitchen.

Next up is performance coach and ultra-elite runner Anna-Marie Watson who’ll be making the connection between the athletic mindset and peak business performance

For May’s Rooster Talk, Robin Worrall joins to share insights on building a brand and telling an authentic brand story. And in June, we’ll be exploring the world of creative AI, voice and online bots with Tiny Giant.

 

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LSE Market Opening for Irithmics

LSE Market Opening Ceremony for Irithmics

Congratulations to the Irithmics team who were invited by The London Stock Exchange to join the Market Opening ceremony last Wednesday.

Based here at Glove Factory, Irithmics is a financial technology (fintech) company. The LSE provides Irithmics’ AI technology and data directly to companies listed on the exchange, representing over £4 trillion of capital.

Impressive stuff! And nice to see in-house collaboration on this too with Glove members Whitespace providing Irithmics design collateral for the occasion.

 

 

Northbank

Q&A with new members Northbank.

We ask new Glove Factory members Northbank to share the who, what and where! 

Tell us about Northbank in a nutshell?

Multi-disciplinary branding and design consultancy. Northern at heart, southwestern by choice. Unpretentious, experienced, dedicated, approachable, questioning, thoughtful, opinionated. Attention to the finest details. Football, running, cycling. City and countryside.

You do a lot of branding work – what are your top tips for brand development?

Don’t skimp on the research, ask the right questions, involve the client in the process, craft a story that’s compelling and true, be confident, consistent and creative.

What has inspired you recently? Any exhibitions, music, books or places you’d like to shout about?

  • Places: New Art Centre, Roche Court. Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross
  • Exhibitions: Anni Albers at Tate Modern. George Shaw at The Holburne Museum, Bath
  • Books: Currently reading Another Planet by Tracey Thorn and Erebus by Michael Palin.
  • Music: When we’re not listening to Woman’s Hour on R4 the dial is generally set to 6Music until Steve Lamacq drives us to a mix of football-related podcasts and Spotify playlists.

You’ve been in business for 20 years, looking back what advice would you give to the newly-formed Northbank?

Tunnock’s Teacakes aren’t the answer. Trust your instincts. Work with people you admire in sectors that interest you. No free pitching. Believe in yourself and never undervalue your work. Stay curious, keep looking, listening and learning. Be brave and walk away from time-wasters.

What are you enjoying most about your new studio at Glove Factory Studios?

Swans outside our window. Daily 8am pond swim with the Glove Dippers (joke). Cycling commute. Sunsets. 25% discount at the Field Kitchen. The buzz. Clean air. Dog walking in the surrounding fields. Welcoming clients and friends here. Space to think.

Find out more about Northbank.

Outdoor Swimmer and Wild Wiltshire Swim at Glove Factory Studios

Outdoor Swimmer Magazine features festive Glove Dippers!

February’s edition of Outdoor Swimmer magazine includes a lovely feature about Glove Dippers Club and group members Wiltshire Wild Swim.  

On Christmas Eve, an enthusiastic bunch of swimmers arrived at Glove Factory primed for a swim. They were joined by Ella Foote, Outdoor Swimmer magazine’s contributing editor. She had been invited by Wild Wiltshire Swim founders Kirsty Field and Sarah Webb, in support of Ella’s annual swim project, ‘Dip A Day December’.

As you can see, everyone embraced the festive spirit!!

Take a look at Glove Dippers  to join the wild swimming club here at Glove Factory Studios, and head over to Wild Wiltshire Swim to find out more about the group.

You can follow Ella Foote’s swimming adventures on Instagram @ellachloeswims. And don’t forget to check out Outdoor Swimmer.

 

Outdoor Swimmer Article featuring Glove Dippers

Outdoor Swimmer Article features Wild Wiltshire Swim and Glove Dippers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workspace available

Workspace available

Fancy joining the thriving creative community at Glove Factory Studios? We currently have a 4 – 6 person courtyard studio available.

All workspaces are inside our gated premises with 24-hour access, free private car parking, bike racks, and a managed reception. There are meeting rooms for hire, onsite cafe The Field Kitchen open daily, plus a wild swimming lake and open countryside to explore for a morning run or dog walk.

We’re near Bradford on Avon and only 9 miles from Bath with easy access to mainline trains and the M4.

Can you see yourself here? Then get in touch to book a tour and find out more about workspace.

Contact Tom today on 01225 784080 or by email.

Workspace Award 2018

Best Venue or Workspace Award for Glove Factory Studios

We were delighted to receive the Best Venue or Workspace Award at this year’s Bradford on Avon Business Awards. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.

But we can’t take all the credit! It has to be shared with Glove Factory members. Huge thanks to the 40+ companies creating, collaborating, succeeding and making this workspace thrive every day.

And congratulations to Glove Factory members also nominated in various categories. A round of applause to Whitespace, Team Eleven, Boson Web and The Field Kitchen.

The hugely well-attended awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday 18th October was great fun as the town’s business community celebrated together at St Margaret’s Hall. This year there were 129 nominees in 19 categories and over 3,500 people voted.

Fantastic work as always from the team at BOA Business who organise this and many other networking events throughout the year. Do get involved if you’re a business in the area.

And, naturally, if you’re looking for a workspace – get in touch with us!

Photo credit Red Rabbit Photography – director Nick Kirkham receiving the Best Venue or Workspace Award
Glove Factory Studios

Introducing new members 222 Sports

We are delighted to welcome 222 Sports Limited to Glove Factory Studios. Let’s find out what they’re all about …

 

Tell us about your product Swimtag in a nutshell?

SWIMTAG is a platform used by leading pool operators to attract, motivate and support their recreational swimming members. We have over 220 active clients (swimming pools) and have processed over 2.5 million swims.

The majority of our clients are based in the UK. However, we also have SWIMTAG systems installed in Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Spain and Australia.

 

How did you come up with the idea?

The idea for a swim length tracker came to Phil during a watersports holiday with David and Kieran in 2008. We played with the idea, built some crude prototypes and wrote the business plan. 222 Sports Limited was incorporated in 2009, we won grant funding from the SWRDA, signed for an EFG bank loan and found angel investors willing to support us to bring the concept to life. Fast-forward to 2018!

 

What’s the appeal of Swimtag?

SWIMTAG makes swimming fun and competitive, which motivates swimmers to do more in the pool. We host swimming competitions, challenges and training plans which are used by thousands of swimmers every week. SWIMTAG is free to use for members of the pool, it’s very simple to use and highly addictive!

 

Who’s in the team?

We have a dedicated team of five in the UK who design the hardware, develop the website and apps, sell the systems and support our ever-expanding user base.

 

What are you hoping to achieve in the business over the next couple of years?

We are constantly working on new exciting features for the website and developing the next generation of hardware. We have big plans to expand into new international territories with new distribution partners. Watch this space!

 

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve been given?

Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, cash is a reality.

 

Three adjectives that describe Swimtag?

Innovative. Inspiring. Motivational.

 

What are you enjoying most about your new home at Glove Factory Studios?

The beautiful view from our studio window over the field and lakes.

 

You can find out more about 222 Sports and Swimtag at www.seeyourswim.com.