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Join us – workspaces available soon

We have workspaces available soon! Come and join a thriving work hub with all the benefits of rural working.

Choose from a ground floor workspace ideal for a small business of 1-2 people and opening onto a beautifully landscaped courtyard, or a bright first-floor studio for 2-4 people with a high ceiling and large windows.

Services include superfast internet, free private car parking, a managed reception open from 9am to 6pm and meeting rooms for hire. You’ll also find an onsite cafe, Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen, and the Club Room, our studio members breakout space.

Become part of a thriving creative business community that includes design agencies, sports tech and software brains, hospitality and events, filmmakers, architects, sports massage therapists, PR, media and marketing companies.

With the launch of an additional 40 plus workspaces at neighbouring Leather Factory in 2021/22, the campus here is growing, bringing further exciting opportunities for collaboration and an extended programme of business and social events for studio members.

Only 9 miles from Bath and 10 minutes from Bradford on Avon, Glove Factory Studios has easy access to mainline trains and the M4.

Welcome Movers and Shakers

Quite a number of movers and shakers have joined Glove Factory Studios this year! In recent times, we’re delighted to have welcomed companies large and small, established and just starting, from across a whole range of sectors.

A walkabout reveals plenty of new branding on studio doors including a major local recruitment firm, a new independent mortgage broker, established quantity surveyors, a British furniture manufacturer, a tree consultancy, and a landscape consultancy.

They make for a lively bunch, and it’s always exciting to hear new voices and fresh ideas. Our newcomers are already making their mark among Glove Factory’s thriving, friendly business community.

Hello and welcome to all our new studio members:

White Horse (pictured)

Crescent Mortgages

Tree Source

South West Greenhouses

Peter Gunning & Partners

Ocee Design

Burton Reid Associates

If you see yourself here, please do get in touch about upcoming studio availability.

Holt Village Scarecrow Trail

Holt Village Scarecrow Trail – We’re In!

Come along and keep the kids entertained in the annual Holt Village Scarecrow Trail which will be taking place over the bank holiday weekend from Saturday 28 August through until Wednesday 1 September.

This year’s theme is music related and will feature scarecrows or cryptic clues depicting any singer, song or band. The Main Trail will feature 50 amazing scarecrows including, of course, entries from Glove Factory Studios and Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen. (And what better excuse for a quick refuelling while you’re sussing out our scarecrows!). There are also 20 Children’s Trail clues for younger adventurers.

This promises to be lots of family fun and there are prizes to be won!

Trail booklets will be on sale from Saturday 21st August at Holt Superstore, BA14 6QH. All monies raised at this year’s scarecrow trail will be donated to Holt Pre-School.

Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen

Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen launches 16 June

We can’t wait to welcome you back to Glove Factory Studios on Weds 16th June for the launch of Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen.

Wild Herb is the new culinary venture from Sian and James Scott, owners of the award-winning Mes Amis Cafe Deli in Beckington Village.

“We are delighted to be joining Glove Factory Studios under our new Wild Herb umbrella.
It is a fabulous location, and we look forward to sharing our passion for food and hospitality with you!”
– Sian & James

What can you expect? A new location for the cafe overlooking the fields and lakes, a simple menu, speedily delivered, and, of course, delicious coffee, cakes and tasty light meals.

There will be a focus on deli-style lunches – think seasonal, healthy, colourful and, most importantly, flavour-packed salads, alongside hot and cold lunch specialities. Perhaps enjoyed with a glass of wine on a sunny afternoon!

You’ll find the new cafe servery and outdoor seating area on the gravel terrace overlooking the field. All food will be served in recyclable takeaway containers, so you’ll be able to sit and enjoy the view, or simply collect and go.

Do please come along, no booking required.

Opening times for June will be Weds to Fri, 9am to 4pm, with more days being added through July.

Wild Herb also offers catering for events and meetings at Glove Factory Studios and elsewhere – email the Wild Herb team for more information.

FRAHM Packaging

D&AD 2021 Success for FRAHM

Congratulations to studio members Nick and Emmalou Hussey at FRAHM and the brilliant creative team at Supple Studio.

The packaging for FRAHM jackets has been recognised at this year’s D&AD Awards in two categories. A Wood Pencil for Writing for Design and shortlisted for Applied Print Graphics.

Reinforcing FRAHM’s ‘Tough Beautiful’ mantra, Supple Studios’ creative sees UK native beetles (nature’s very own tough and beautiful creatures), printed large scale onto FRAHM’s boxes and bags. You’ll certainly know when your jacket has arrived, although you might also need to revive the ashen-faced courier!

FRAHM also speak openly about mens’ mental health – with every jacket purchase supporting the charity Mind. The packaging tape carries the message ‘Open Up’ as an economical, playful way to remind recipients that their jacket purchase supports mental health.

Fantastic work all round!

Loft studios available summer 2021

Loft Studios available

We have two bright and airy second-floor loft studios with pitched ceilings and exposed oak beams available now.

At 500 sq ft, the first is an ideal size for a team of 6 – 8 people. Need more space for a meeting room or your own company breakout area? You’re in luck, a second studio of 265 sq ft is also available. And it’s directly opposite! This second space features a beautiful Bath stone wall and will easily accommodate meetings of up to 8 with a comfy sofa or two.

Located close to reception at Glove Factory Studios, the studios are accessed via their own spiral staircase with a private walkway joining the two.

Loft Workspace Available

Services include superfast business-grade internet, free private car parking, a managed reception and meeting rooms for hire. You’ll also find an onsite cafe (reopening June 2021), a members-only club room and plenty of parklands for a lunchtime stroll or early morning run. Glove Factory Studios is a COVID-19 secure workspace.

Join us, and you’ll be part of a thriving creative business community. We’re currently home to design agencies, prop-tech, sports tech and software brains, hospitality & events, filmmakers, architects, sports massage therapists, PR, media & marketing companies.

Workspace available

Interested? You’ll find photos and further information in our detailed listings.

If you’d like to arrange a viewing, get in touch directly by email at or call 01225 784080.


Openwater swimming lake at Glove Factory Studios

Glove Dippers outdoor swimming season launched

Outdoor swimming has certainly become popular over the last year with a huge interest in the launch of the 2021/22 Glove Dippers season. Alongside familiar faces from previous years, we’re excited to have welcomed many new members this year.

If you’re an experienced wild swimmer looking for new and safe swim spots, head over to Glove Dippers website for membership details. You’ll join a friendly and supportive community and enjoy the gentle waters and peaceful surroundings of a 100m lake situated in the private field behind Glove Factory Studios.

Membership offers year-round swimming at the lake, with an annual membership of £100 and for Holt residents, £80. Members sign in using a simple smartphone app before each swim session and sign out afterwards. All swimmers must be accompanied by a spotter or a fellow Glove Dipper and there are WhatsApp and Facebook groups set up to help find swim buddies.

Club members can be found outdoor swimming at several locations around Wiltshire and Somerset, but the Glove Dippers lake is a favourite swim spot for many, particularly when local rivers are flooded and in the winter months. The lake water is tested regularly and consistently rated as ‘excellent’.

With a new changing hut and outside shower installed this season, and the cafe reopening this summer for post-swim nosh-ups, we’re predicting a truly splashing year ahead for Glove Dippers.


Green Traveller productions celebrates 10 years

Congratulations to studio members Green Traveller, celebrating their 10-year anniversary. Founder Richard Hammond looks back at a decade in sustainable travel and tourism below.

It wasn’t that long ago when going green meant either travelling overseas on an expensive conservation safari to Africa or – for the committed few – a weekend of hedge-laying in Wales. Things have changed hugely since those days of niche eco travel.

Nowadays, the concept of sustainable travel is becoming enshrined across most sectors of the industry, from rural B&Bs, city-centre boutique hotels and luxury hideaways to winter sun package holidays and adventure travel worldwide.

This year Green Traveller celebrates its 10th anniversary of producing videos about sustainable travel and tourism. We specialise in telling inspiring stories about people and initiatives that are moving the agenda on, from the pioneers of low carbon transport to the innovators committed to biodiversity conservation and the organisations that are driving local economic empowerment.

It’s been quite a journey: our first films looked at the local green initiatives of B&Bs in the Brecon Beacons. The interest in this early work (and the realisation that it was possible to produce high-quality content without having to commission high-end Soho production agencies) gave us the inspiration to invest in more kit, software and training to position ourselves as the leading film production company for sustainable tourism in the UK.

Over the last decade, we have filmed for a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sectors, from local tourist boards and transport operators (such as Eurostar) to the European Union and international NGOs. One of our most impactful productions was a series ‘Transforming Our Lives’ for the World Travel and Tourism Council, which profiled the lives of people whose lives had been positively transformed by tourism, including a female Masai safari guide in Kenya, an ecotourism guide in Baja California and a pineapple farmer in Saint Lucia. The series was shown on a 22-metre screen at the WTTC’s annual conference in front of the world leaders of the travel and tourism industry.

One of the things we have loved about our work is that we have got to see so much of the UK. Over the past three years, we have filmed the entire length of England’s coast for an initiative funded by England’s national tourist board, and we have also produced Green Traveller’s Guides to many of the UK’s protected areas – its National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lady’s Slipper Orchid, one of the rarest wildflowers in England. Photographed for Green Traveller’s Guide to Arnside & Silverdale AONB. Photo: Diana Jarvis/Green Traveller

There have been so many highlights, but in particular it’s been great to visit places that are not well known, such as the stunning Durham coastline in the northeast, the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the northwest, and the understated Mendip Hills right here on our doorstep.

Throughout 2020, we have produced a series of promotional videos about West Sussex, as well as a range of digital content for the Great West Way – a 125-mile touring route between London and Bristol on ancient routes through idyllic English countryside. The work involved researching, writing and designing 26 multi-modal itineraries (including 11 trade and 15 consumer itineraries) and supporting online content for themes such as ‘Walking in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, ‘Fine Food and Drink’, ‘English Gardens’, and ‘Towns Connected by Public Transport’.

The work for the Great West Way was commissioned by Visit Wiltshire using LEADER funding. The aim of the itineraries is to provide an easy-to-follow route in areas that are not heavily signposted, giving people the confidence to travel off the beaten track.

Our most recent campaign, in December 2020, has been with the Spanish Tourist Office to promote sustainable travel in Spain where we produced videos of eco-adventures across 5 regions in Spain.

As for 2021 and beyond, we’re planning to develop our work on interactive films whereby viewers can click on the videos and learn more about the content within the video itself, without having to click out of the video. We think it’s the future for film and so we are planning to invest our time and energy in this evolving technology.

Richard Hammond, Founder, Green Traveller.
Dec 2020.


Featured image: The Mendip Way. Photo: Rhiannon Batten.

10 Year Anniversary for The Virtual Forge

Studio members The Virtual Forge celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2020, and we invited them to share their story with us. Huge congratulations to The Virtual Forge on a brilliant first decade!

Ten years ago Matt Wicks and Garrett Doyle formed The Virtual Forge with the goal of creating a company where people wanted to work, respected each other and created great and beautiful software. They wanted to bridge the gap between design and development and come to a common understanding, creating more cohesively designed and developed products.

The objective was to form a team of bright, creative and inspiring professionals who were keen, able to challenge and were sufficiently enthused by the love of their daily creations, whichever part of the business they joined.

We’re now a global team, spanning 3 continents, with a client base we’re immensely proud of.

The early days …

The Virtual Forge was founded in Bath in October 2010 by Garrett and Matt, but our story begins before then, in a small town in America in 1987 where The XL Group was founded. We acquired The XL Group in 2017 and this is now our Data Centre of Excellence in Philadelphia.

Initially, Virtual Forge was a very small team based in the UK, including our current Head of DevOps, Christian Backlund. This team quickly grew and in subsequent years we opened offices in various locations including India (2013), Portugal (2014) and the USA in 2017 with the acquisition of The XL Group.

The home of our UK operation is Glove Factory Studios, a rural workspace near Bath, alongside offices in London and Warwick.

The bit between the beginning and now is a long story, full of lessons learned, successes and failures. We’re delighted to say there are many more successes than failures, and we’d like to thank everyone who has played an important role in getting us to where we are now.

And now?

We’re a global software company that is immensely proud of the development, UX, data and cloud services we provide our clients. With over 100 people working from the UK to Dubai, to Bratislava, Portugal and the US, Virtual Forge is truly virtual by name and virtual by nature.

In 2020, we’ve proved that the team really can pull together in the midst of huge disruption. So, here’s to the next decades of The Virtual Forge.

We’ll just leave this here with a simple sign-off: whatever comes next, we’re certain it’ll be big.




Words courtesy of Gemma Christie at The Virtual Forge.

COVID-19 Secure Workplace

We are committed to ensuring the safety of our studio members, guests and staff in a COVID-19 Secure environment.

Glove Factory Studios rural location offers easy access and plenty of space for its members to continue running businesses safely from their individual studios.

We’ve carefully reviewed government guidelines and maintain a comprehensive risk assessment. Practical safety measures are in place to ensure our members, staff and visitors can safely access studios, communal areas and outside space.

These include:

  • sanitiser stations at all entry and exit points,
  • increased daily cleaning of communal areas,
  • clear signage in place to support physical distancing and encourage frequent handwashing
  • meeting room and coworking studio safety protocols including spaced seating
  • temporary closure of The Field Kitchen to members of the public
  • workspace viewings available only by pre-booking and carried out with safe physical distancing


Visiting Glove Factory Studios

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste and smell, we ask that you do not visit Glove Factory Studios.


Glove Factory Studios Commitment

Keeping our team and studio members safe and healthy is our priority.

  • Our small team work in separate studios to ensure social distancing. They carefully observe COVID-19 Secure operating guidelines.
  • All contractors must provide a COVID-19 Risk Assessment prior to accessing the site and observe guidelines at all times while on-site.
  • All our visitors must complete a COVID-19 health questionnaire prior to their visit
  • All studio members are required to observe government guidance for safe working in offices and restrict access to staff and essential business visitors only.

We regularly review guidance around COVID-19 and closely monitor the latest developments and advice. In the meantime, Glove Factory Studios remains open 24/7 for its members who choose to work safely from their workspaces.

Thank you to our studio members, contractors, suppliers and local community for your resilience, support and good spirit in such difficult and uncertain times.