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HBN Breakfast: Do beautiful websites convert the best? / Event expired

Friday 2nd October

Admission: free
8am to 9am
Please RSVP

Ryan Webb is CRO Director at SearchStar and spends his days finding ways to improve user interaction, engagement and conversion on clients’ websites. Having started life as a radio and press buyer, he defected to the digital side of life in 2005 when he realised it was far more interesting (and where all the cool kids were)! Over the past 16 years, Ryan has helped more than 200 businesses improve their websites and marketing strategies.

The marketing industry has spent the last 15 years working out how to get well-targeted traffic to websites. Over the last few years the industry has woken up to the necessity of maximising the value of traffic with Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) to make a tangible difference that shows on the bottom line. The assumption is often that the most ‘beautiful’ sites get the highest conversion rates – but is that really true?

Ryan will talk through the essentials of CRO, dispel some of the myths and share the approach SearchStar take when critiquing websites. Then he’ll take a look at some well-known websites to establish whether we think the ‘beautiful’ ones do perform the best.
The aim is that anyone who comes along will leave with a general understanding of Conversion Rate Optimisation and a “landing page scorecard” that they will be able to use to critique their own website.

You will have an opportunity to join the interactive Q&A, putting your questions direct to Ryan and of course there will be a delicious breakfast as usual provided by Sam’s Kitchen.

To book a place please RSVP to


Glove Factory Supper Club with James Runcie / Event expired

Thursday 24th September

7.30pm to 11pm
Admission: £45 per person
(Includes drinks and a 3 course meal)

James Runcie joins us to talk about his expansive career and mysterious inspirations.

Sam’s Kitchen welcome you with drinks and a deliciously fresh 3 course supper.

Nic Bottomley from Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights will introduce James and will be selling his books on the night.

James Runcie is an award-winning film-maker, author of 7 novels, theatre director, visiting Professor at Bath Spa University, and the son of a former Archbishop of Canterbury. James is a fascinating man with many a story to regale, and we are delighted to have him host our Autumn Supper Club.

Aside from writing Vol. 5 of The Grantchester Mysteries, James is also writing a play about Dr Johnson for Oran Mor in Glasgow, and will  be running a creative writing course at Dartington in August 2015.

James directs plays; dramatised readings; and high-end documentaries on cultural subjects. He’s been working at the Southbank Centre where he’s been responsible for productions such as tributes to Seamus Heaney and Maya Angelou, and a rehearsed reading of all of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. His most well-known documentaries are J.K.Rowling: A Year in the Life; and My Father, a profile of Lord Runcie, the 102nd Archbishop of Canterbury. James chairs high-profile literary events where he has interviewed people such as Marilynne Robinson, Richard Ford, Hilary Mantel and J.K.Rowling.

To find out more about the man behind the mysteries, please join us for another wonderful evening with an extraordinary group of diners – people who have great ideas, who do business differently and are writing their own big or small success stories – coming together over discussion with delicious fresh food and drinks.

We hope you can come and we look forward to spending an enjoyable evening together.

Starter Menu
Serrano ham & Manchego cheese
Sardines on toast
Roasted red peppers
Salted almonds
Gordal olives

Main course
Braised pork shoulder, Oaxacan mole sauce
Charred tortilla
Avocado & green leaf salad
Sweetcorn salsa
Soured cream
Tomato rice

Dark chocolate mousse, salted caramel, toasted almonds, vanilla cream

Rooster Talks Sales Skills with Simon Hares at Glove Factory Studios

HBN breakfast: Management School – Self Management and managing employees in small businesses

On Friday 11th September  Simon Hares spoke live from Glove Factory Studios in Holt and his presentation was streamed live in real-time direct to Salisbury, Royal Wooten Bassett and Ludgershall, courtesy of The Enterprise Network.

Through his business, SerialTrainer7,  Simon’s aim is to “leave people better than I find them”, and his modus operandi are training and development solutions that  help businesses discover the answers to commonly asked questions like “How can I manage my time more effectively?” and “How do I become a better sales person?”.

Simon addressed the thorny questions of better self-management and how to manage staff in a small business context.

The session was broken down into these sections – The Role of the Manager, Self Management – Including Managing Time & Priorities, People Management, Quality Management, Stress Management and Performance Management.

Within each area Simon covered the top line methods to start people in business on the right track by referring the best thinking, the most useful techniques and some recommended approaches.

If you would like to view the presentation please click on the links below
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Sharky and George at Glove Factory Studios

Sharky & George Adventure Days / Event expired

Wed 19th & Thurs 20th August

10am to 4pm
Admission £55 per child
To book contact
or call 01173 778 096

Sharky & George Adventure days are simply a day full of fun, games & themed activities. From firing water rockets to treasure hunts & tomfoolery, the day is stuffed full of adventure!

Sharky & George has a simple aim. To find the fun in everything. Our jaw-dropping children’s parties are all about getting everyone involved in active, imaginative and energetic games, races, competitions, adventures and missions always involving a certain amount of mischief! Sharky (Charlie) and George have never quite grown up, and don’t intend to any time soon. They have managed to build a whole team of guys and girls who are complete experts in fun with boundless energy, effortless charm and totally brilliant with children of all ages. So whether you’re interested in a woodland survival party, a chocolate making extravaganza, a movie making masterclass or a couple of hours of good honest fun, Sharky & George will do everything we possibly can to create the most awesome party imaginable.

Find out more at

studio space to rent

Last remaining studio spaces for rent

A rare opportunity to let one of the few remaining brand new stunning studio spaces for rent in this remarkable rural location. Take a generous and light workspace for 2 – 20 people and benefit from a fully serviced office, free parking, fantastic food in the onsite cafe & kitchen, and exceptional broadband via a dedicated 1Gb fibre optic leased line.

Knowing all of this means you can feel confident of wowing your clients, attracting the very best employees, getting on with your business and not worrying about managing your building. You might even make new connections and pick up opportunities by being part of our vibrant and engaging business community.

Call us on 01225 784080 or email to check availability and arrange a viewing.



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Kitchen Table Cookery

Joanna Weinberg and Clare Liardet, the masterminds behind Kitchen Table Cookery, took over Sam’s Kitchen last night.

It was a very special evening in a beautiful setting and we explored a host of new flavours and foodie ideas with Kitchen Table Cookery’s 12 course, best-of-the-season tasting dinner and cookery demo.

Richard Hamblin, Vitner’s Cup winning sommelier introduced and carefully matched 6 stunning wines and we all had a fabulous evening.

Opening of the lakes

We had a magical evening with Daniel Start for the opening of our Lakes. The weather was gorgeous, the BBQ delicious and the water temperature was perfect. Thank you to everyone who came and made the evening such a success.

You can see more photos of the event on our Facebook page.

Many of you showed an interest in further wild swimming events here at Glove Factory Studios and we are looking into two family orientated weekends this summer and the possibility of a membership scheme. We will keep you posted.

Mette Pop Up

A pop up installation showcasing the storymaking skills of multidisciplinary studio, Mette, and their rich interpretation into engaging ideas, products and spaces.

Showcasing the creative processes behind selected projects including their acclaimed customisable kitchen workbench series, Chop & Change, and Mattergarden, their forthcoming feature installation for 100% Design 2015.

This event welcomes press, architects, interior designers, retailers, specifiers and design-lovers.
Viewings by appointment. Contact Caroline Santos on 07960 866284 or, or enquire at Reception.

Hero of the week – Carl Wheeler

Our new ‘Hero of the Week’ is Glove Factory Studios very own Carl Wheeler. Nothing is too much trouble for Carl, he will go out of his way to help anyone, he is a pleasure to be around and is never without a smile –  an all round good guy and such a hard worker.

Claire Cathcart of Savage Strength says “Without a shadow of a doubt – Carl is the man! He managed to unblock and open our window in the depths of the heatwave! Plus he always has the biggest smile and always willing to help – proper gentleman!”

Congratulations Carl, you are brilliant and all your hard work is really appreciated.

Best of the season demo & tasting with Kitchen Table Cookery / Event expired

Thursday 16th July

7.30 – 10.30pm
Admission:  £35 per person

Come and explore a host of new flavours and foodie ideas with Kitchen Table Cookery’s 12 course, best-of-the-season tasting dinner and cookery demo.

Clare Liardet and Joanna Weinberg of Kitchen Table Cookery school will magic up refreshing, no-fuss ideas for a delicious and inspiring evening of summer cooking.

Alongside, Vintner’s Cup winning sommelier Richard Hamblin will introduce and match characterful, independently produced wines from his new Frome-based wine venture, More Wine.

Kitchen Table Cookery was born out of a belief that everyone can cook – and more importantly – eat delicious, exciting food every day. Summer to us is the season when you want to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen and more time drinking rose in the sun with friends and family. Our mission is to deliver an array of tricks and treats to make that a reality, from our secret gazpacho to the best way of transforming disappointing tomatoes.

Richard Hamblin, wine lover, sommelier and winner of the prestigious Vintners Cup has recently set up More Wine, a small independent wine merchant based in Frome.  His focus is on introducing diverse and interesting wines, with a minimum of fuss and no pretence.