Author Archives: Alix Kirkham

Ben Veal Second Mountain Comms

Rooster Talks: Living and Working with Purpose, with Ben Veal

Friday 3rd March 2023

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Ben Veal is the founder of Second Mountain Comms, an award-winning independent consultancy based at Glove Factory Studios that specialises in helping purpose-driven companies and charities reach new heights. Two (and a bit) years since launching, Ben has built up a client base of 15+ national and international clients, won not one but two regional CIPR Independent PR Practitioner of the Year awards, received the ‘Mark of Excellence’ at the national CIPR Excellence Awards and picked up the ’Start up of the Year’ trophy at the Creative Bath Awards. It’s been quite the journey so far – but it’s not all been uphill.

Unexpected redundancy at the height of the first lockdown sent Ben spiralling downwards. Feelings of anxiety, imposter syndrome and depression all led to big questions about whether the time had come to take a new career direction.

Having climbed the ‘first mountain’ of his life, and dropped into a valley, Ben paused, reflected and then began the long and winding journey up the ’second mountain’ – founding a business that would put purpose before profit and place family first.

In March’s Rooster Talk, Glove Factory Studios member Ben will share his personal story about launching a business during the most unsettling of times, aiming to give back to society, carving out a niche in a very crowded market, and life lessons learnt from this journey as we all move forward into a brave new world.

Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen welcome you with platters of delicious light breakfast, teas and coffees all courtesy of Glove Factory Studios.

This event is free however booking is recommended to reserve your seat.

We look forward to seeing you!

Simon Hares Rooster Talk

Rooster Talks: Selling in a Tough Environment with Simon Hares

Friday 6th January 2023

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Simon Hares is back to kick start 2023 with another of his energetic Rooster Talks.

We are in a recession, sales has changed, buyers have changed – but have sales approaches changed? Not necessarily although we know that what got us here in sales may not get us to where we need to be.

In this Rooster talk, Simon returns to his regular New Year slot to help business owners stay confident and on top of their sales activity.

Join us in the Club Room to hear Simon share his best tips and techniques to improve conversations, keep those conversations moving, and deliver exceptional value. Simon guarantees you will walk away feeling more confident about selling in this tough environment.

Simon Hares is a Bath based Training Consultant with over twenty years experience in training and developing people, whether one to one in a room with coffee, or in a group environment. Simon’s business ethos is ‘getting you there faster and leaving you there better’ and nothing motivates Simon more than seeing people use something they learned from him, and clearly benefitted from, that they then pass on to someone else.

Enjoy delicious teas, coffees, and light breakfast made by our on-site cafe Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen, courtesy of Glove Factory Studios.

This event is FREE however booking is recommended.

Glove Factory Studios Christmas Tree

Holt Christmas Cheer

Tuesday 20th December

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Glove Factory Studios and Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen are pleased to invite residents of Holt village, Glove Factory Studios’ workspace members, Glove Dippers’ cold-water swimming members, and their friends and families to an evening of hearty Christmas cheer.

The Christmas tree will be twinkling in the courtyard, fire pits will be stoked and crackling, and there will be festive music to encourage you to break into a Christmas carol or two!

This is an opportunity for Glove Factory Studios and Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen to thank the people of Holt and their guests for your wonderful support this past year. Come along and enjoy a hot toddy, a glass of mulled wine or a mocktail, and mince pie on the house.

Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen will be serving food and drinks should you wish to enjoy supper around the fire.

If you’d like to enjoy a special Supper-Pot meal then please email to place your order and let them know about any dietary requirements.

All ages are welcome so bring the family and any well behaved pet on a lead.

Glove Factory Studios Members Christmas Lunch

Studio Members’ Christmas Lunch

Thursday 15th December


‘Tis the season to eat and be merry! Gather your work colleagues and studio neighbours to book a table together at Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen for a lip-smacking Christmas feast.

Down tools and pop over to the shelter at Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen for canapes, a show stopper of a main course, plus pudding for £15 per person. Please contact Sian on to book your place and do let her know about any allergies or food preferences.

Welcome drinks from Glove Factory Studios will be served around the fire from 13:30pm before we move through to feast.

Have your crackers at the ready!

Helen Webster Swimmer

Glove Dippers’ Talks: Helen Webster on How to Stay Safe in Cold Waters as Temperatures Drop

Thursday 8th December

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From chilly dippers to aspiring Ice Milers, it’s important to know how to stay safe as the temperatures drop and the water gets colder.

In this session, open-water swim coach Helen Webster explains how to enter and exit cold water safely. She’ll talk through the kit you can wear to help protect you from the cold, as well as top tips and tricks for getting warm again afterwards.

Find out what happens to your body in cooler water and what the health benefits are. Plus, the session will cover how to manage the cold-water shock response and the ‘after-drop’. You’ll also explore how acclimatisation and individual experience and physiology affect how long you can stay in the water.

You’ll leave full of knowledge and the confidence you need to enjoy a winter of chillier dipping. Plus, we’ll allow plenty of time for your questions!

Helen Webster is an STA Level 2 open-water swimming coach and RLSS open-water lifeguard and specialises in helping people build confidence and find enjoyment in outdoor swimming. She is also editor of 220 Triathlon Magazine and in that role has interviewed many of the UK’s leading scientists researching cold water swimming.

Ryan Hartley Gove Factory Studios Rooster Talk

Rooster Talk: What does it mean to be a Modern Man? with Ryan Hartley from Always Better Than Yesterday

Friday 2nd December

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Join us for our last Rooster Talk of the year with Ryan Hartley from Always Better Than Yesterday, in the Club Room at Glove Factory Studios.

Just as we make-ready to welcome the most jolly of men, bellowing a hearty Ho! Ho! Ho!, Ryan Hartley from Always Better Than Yesterday will be sharing his thoughts on What does it mean to be a Modern Man? Be he savage or gentlemanly, hunter or philosopher, hard-labourer or technophile, while also being there for his counterparts.

Join us to hear Ryan spark some compassionate thought for the challenges that men face and how men can equip themselves to be good men for those who need them.

Ryan’s years of studying psychology and valuable experience with the Police before completing a leadership development programme, led him to founding Always Better Than Yesterday. Ryan delivers heart-centred coaching and workshops for companies and individuals, leaving them better than they were yesterday and well-equipped to take-on tomorrow.

Delicious coffees, teas and breakfast bites will be available from our on-site cafe, Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen.

Book your seat via Eventbrite and join us in the Club Room at Glove Factory Studios to hear more from Ryan.



Sunday 27th November
10am to 4pm


Bring the family to enjoy wandering around our Autumn food and craft market set in the courtyard overlooking the lakes at Glove Factory Studios. Browse, sample and buy fresh produce from local farmers and food producers or snap-up contemporary craft, jewellery and other wonderful one-off items made by artisan makers.

Discover local foodie produce from cheese to chocolate to mushrooms to gin, or find a unique Christmas present from the many talented makers and designers here in the South West.

Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen will be open all day to tempt you with delicious street food, indulgent cakes, teas and coffees while you mooch your way around the stalls.

Free onsite parking is available but please do walk or cycle if you are local!

Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Entry is free!

Fire and Feast


Next Fire and Feast
10th February 2023

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Savour the very best seasonal ingredients in a 3-course meal cooked over the coals and under the stars.

Prepare to indulge at an Autumn Fire & Feast with a selection of starters, mains and desserts freshly prepared by the talented Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen chefs.

Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen welcome you at 7pm with a drink while the fires burn brightly, before moving into the shelter to settle in with fellow guests beside the log wood burner, overlooking lakes and fields.

You may book up to 8 places. If you’d like to order separately but be seated with friends or family, let us know the details when you book.

If you’re vegetarian/vegan or have any dietary requirements, we’ll rustle up something perfect for you – just mention it when you book.


Saturday 5th November
10am to 3pm


Book your place via Eventbrite to join us in the Club Room at Glove Factory Studios where you can enjoy making your very own mini Guy Fawkes maquette to either take home or throw on your local bonfire!

The wonderful team from Wishing Woods will be on hand to help you select pre-cut vintage material tops and bottoms, before stuffing them with straw, secure tightly and decorate as you like.

Will your Guy Fawkes have an elaborate moustache, a monobrow, earrings, or need to wear spectacles? Style and decorate your maquette with whatever takes your fancy, maybe add a little glitter glamour.

And where would bonfire night be without a little face paint and glitter. Wishing Woods team will have face painting and face glitter available to add sparkle!

We look forward to seeing you and your creations!

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Celestial's drones creating a whale visual

Rooster Talks: Drones for Good with Tony Martin from Celestial

Friday 4th November

FREE event
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Join us in the Club Room on Friday 4th November with Tony Martin from Somerset based company, Celestial, to hear him explain ‘How to rehabilitate the notion of the drone – exploring the concept of Corporate Offsetting, profitability and our differentiation in the marketplace as we focus more on narrative and emotional engagements’.

Celestial is a creative collective of film makers, event producers and tech wizards with a passion for innovative storytelling. They see technology as a means to an end; a tool with which to stimulate engagement and change.

The business is the world’s first drone display company that incorporates organic movement and telling stories in a brand new way, illustrating messages of hope across the night sky. Humanity has become so accustomed to looking down at screens. Celestial’s pioneering drone art inspires audiences to gaze up, reigniting our relationship with the stars.

Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen will welcome you with breakfast platters, tea and coffees courtesy of Glove Factory Studios.

This is a free event however you may wish to reserve your seat via our Eventbrite page.

We look forward to seeing you!