Category Archives: Previous Events

Rooster Talks: Ideas Don’t Matter – with Matt Wicks and Simon Ker

Friday 6th March
8am to 9am

Admission is free
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Ideas Don’t Matter? We all have those Next Big Thing ideas for businesses, products or services that could change the world.

In reality, few of those ideas turn into actual products that people know and love! Fewer still make their way out of the idea stage.

Why is that?

Because we don’t have confidence in our ideas?

Because we’re unwilling to risk money to make them happen?

Because we start building the idea and then run out of money – or motivation – before it’s ready to launch?

Sometimes our ideas actually make it into the world, only to fail because they turn out to be, well, bad ideas.

Join Matt Wicks and Simon Ker from The Virtual Forge to explore how modern product design and development processes enable mediocre ideas, executed properly, to succeed over brilliant ideas, poorly executed.

Based in the UK, Portugal and North America, The Virtual Forge is a global software company focused on development, UX, data and cloud services. Their clients include some of the world’s most prestigious brands.

Join us for March’s Rooster Talk Free entry plus coffee & croissants on the house at The Field Kitchen.

Rooster Talks: The Innovation Roadshow – with Sinclair Brown

Friday 7th February
8am to 9am

Admission is free
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What does Innovation mean to you? It can be hard to define as it means different things to different people – new products and services, new technology, patents, R&D and new markets to name but a few.

In February’s Rooster Talk, Sinclair Brown, from the Innovate 2 Succeed programme, will provide an overview of the latest innovation tools, resources and activities. He’ll explore ways for SME businesses to move on from business as usual, differentiate their business from competitors and commercialise their ideas.

The session will explore:

  • The challenges of innovation
  • How to structure your innovation strategy and processes to create more value
  • Addressing the barriers to innovation – tools and models
  • Resources to support SMEs to find new partners or develop their innovation

We’ll also hear from various guests invited along to share their innovation experiences and expertise.

Sinclair Brown is an Innovation Specialist with Business West and has supported over 80 business across the South West with strategic business, innovation and coaching advice.

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

 

Fire & Feast Winter at The Field Kitchen

17TH JANUARY 2020
7PM

£30 per person
Book Tickets

For Fire & Feast Winter, The Field Kitchen chefs are planning a sumptuous 3-course sharing feast! Join us to savour the very best seasonal ingredients – venison, scallop and passion fruit.

You’ll eat your fill of a selection of starters, mains and puddings; all showcasing our hero ingredients and the imagination of our chefs!

Start your evening from 7 pm with a welcome drink while the firepits burn brightly in the courtyard here at Glove Factory Studios. Feasting begins at 8 pm with dishes served on large sharing plates to guests gathered around the long tables in The Field Kitchen. This is truly a social affair!

These events are always popular, so book your place early for Fire & Feast Winter.

If you’re vegetarian/vegan or have any dietary requirements, our chefs will rustle up something perfect for you – just let us know when you book.

Rooster Talks Sales Skills with Simon Hares at Glove Factory Studios

Rooster Talks: 20/20 Sales Presentation Skills with Simon Hares

Friday 10th January
8am to 9am

Admission is free
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Everyone in sales has to present at one time or another, whether it’s one on one, to a small group or to a larger gathering. Of course, the issue is that few people enjoy doing it!

For January’s Rooster Talk, Simon Hares will share a few simple steps to help you feel more assured, assertive and more authoritative as a presenter.

Even those people not in sales will gain something from this session. As usual, Simon will bring along some recommended reading material and engage you all with a fun and dynamic session.

Simon will be exploring key points for sales presentation skills including:

  • What are the four main aims of a presentation?
  • What are the key constituents that help to create a great presentation?
  • What type of structure can help make presenting a lot easier?
  • How to handle the audience and dealing with their questions?

This promises to be a dynamic and engaging session with the always inspiring Simon Hares.

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

Simon Tyler Rooster Talks 2019

Rooster Talks: Stepping into the Impossible – Your Attitude, Your Choice with Simon Tyler

Friday 6th December
8am to 9am

Admission is free
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Simon Tyler is back to unleash the possibilities that lie dormant in your attitude and choices and change your relationship to the impossible!

In December’s Rooster Talk, Simon will explore the ways in which attitude and choice influence all aspects of business and personal life and how everything is possible if you can only harness their power.

Interactive, fun, inspiring – Simon’s Rooster Talk will leave you uplifted and feeling anything is possible.

Simon Tyler is an inspiring and entertaining speaker and coach. He works with individuals, teams and companies to positively change and boost attitudes, and enhance the impact they have.

His entertaining, pragmatic and stimulating words, rooted in simplicity, and his ability to connect with everyone he meets, means he is trusted by many organisations to influence positive change.

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

Matt Paish Photographers at The Glove

Moments Kept – Photographers at The Field Kitchen

The Field Kitchen’s latest exhibition is by photographer Matt Paish and features images from North Korea, India, Myanmar and Hong Kong. The images were taken while on a two-year travel adventure, spanning 17 countries when one of Matt’s few possessions was a camera.

A few shots were taken in North Korea; a place often characterised by what is concealed rather than what is on view. These photos are candid, captured in natural light, and some taken from a distance. A couple are even shot ‘from the hip’ to avoid detection.

The presence of shadows and silhouettes is a recurring theme, playing on the dichotomy between the visible and the concealed.

MOMENTS KEPT is inspired by the idea that unremarkable moments can be rendered remarkable by a photograph. There’s often an abrupt, disordered relationship between the story and the storyteller.

Matt’s images have featured in national newspapers and magazines including Vice MagazineWhat Digital CameraNational Geographic TravellerThe Daily TelegraphThe Guardian and The Times. In 2017, he exhibited at The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow, sharing wall space with Martin Parr and Eric Lafforgue.

Matt is also a co-founder of video production company Jooka based at Glove Factory Studios.

Moments Kept can be viewed at The Field Kitchen until 30th November.

Andrew Eberlin

Rooster Talks: The 10 Principles of Good Design – with Andrew Eberlin

Friday 8th November 2019
8am to 9am

Admission is FREE
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What does ‘good’ design look like?

Dieter Rams wrote The Ten Principles of Good Design about 40 years ago. His ‘less, but better’ approach to design has inspired a host of products and a generation of designers.

Jony Ive (designer of iPods, iPhones, iMacs and many other things beginning with an ‘i’) once wrote of him:

He remains utterly alone in producing a body of work,
so consistently beautiful, so right and so accessible.

In November’s Rooster Talk, Andrew Eberlin will explore those guiding principles and explain why they are still relevant in today’s complex world, offering a view on how good design:

  • Can be useful, beautiful and long lasting.
  • Can help reduce yearning for instant gratification and desiring the next big thing.

Less, but better… less design is not a constraint,
but an advantage which allows us more space for our real life.
(Dieter Rams)

After spending a few years in the corporate world, Andrew Eberlin escaped to set up his own web design business in Bradford on Avon 13 years ago. Brighter Side develop easy to use websites which balance creativity with results.

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

 

Stu Smith

Rooster Talks: Busting the Myths of Local Advertising – with Stu Smith

Friday 11th October 2019
8am to 9am

Admission is FREE
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In October’s Rooster Talk, Stu Smith, MD of Mostly Media, will explore how businesses can effectively buy advertising space from TV to Google and everything in between.

Stu will cut through the jargon, dispel advertising myths and point out the pitfalls to avoid when buying advertising both locally and nationally.

With sales pitches regularly failing to deliver on their promises, how can your business ensure its advertising reaches as many potential customers as possible, as cost-effectively as possible? Can TV, radio, press, digital, or out-of-home advertising have a measurable impact on your business or will it be an expensive mistake?

Mostly Media is one of the UK’s leading independent media planning and buying agencies. It works with clients across a broad range of sectors from luxury yachts to house builders, toy manufacturers and even a zoo!

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

Connect with Mostly Media on Twitter.

 

Natalie Sherman of Naturally Social

Rooster Talks: Social Media Strategy for Success with Natalie Sherman

Friday 6th September 2019
8am to 9am

Admission is FREE
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Are you one of the many businesses using social media without really knowing what success looks like? Are you frustrated and fed up with the apparent lack of results or engagement?

Perhaps you’ve concluded that it doesn’t or won’t work for you. Natalie Sherman is here to show you it can!

During September’s rooster talk, Natalie will explore the five key steps to creating a successful social media strategy. Why bother with a strategy? Because “without strategy, content is just stuff, and the world has enough stuff”.

Naturally Social is an award-winning social-first communications agency based in Wiltshire working with businesses, organisations and individuals who put purpose before profit.

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

Connect with Naturally Social on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Wild Women Photo Exhibition by Fran McColl

‘Wild Women’ – Photographers at The Field Kitchen

Wild Women, the new photography exhibition at The Field Kitchen, explores open-water swimming – an activity close to our hearts here at Glove Factory Studios!

The show by photographer Fran McColl explores a community of the bold braving the winter waters of the UK’s lakes and rivers. All captured with a medium-format film camera.

Historically, wild swimming was believed to have healing powers and, in the last decade, there has been an enormous resurgence of interest. Alongside the sheer joy and exhilaration, open water swimming is known to benefit mental health and general wellbeing.

The exhibition runs August through to September. Pop over for a coffee and a browse!