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10 Out and About

Your guide to the very best events happening in and around the Cotswolds this month

29 Who Wants to be An Entrepreneur?

Anna Garrod reveals the story behind her success in the demanding music industry

Do you dream of ditching the day job? Take inspiration from these unmissable 32 pages, featuring interviews with the creative talent residing right here in the Cotswolds along with tips and advice from the entrepreneurial experts themselves

19 Blushes Hairdressing

61 Hot Property

16 Real Life

How velcro rollers can help to give you a good hair day, every day

20 Top Marks! A report celebrating the success of schools across Gloucestershire

23 Rendcomb Juniors Martin Watson, the Headmaster at Rendcomb Juniors writes about the important decision for those choosing their child’s first school



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We feature some of the most beautiful properties that are for sale or to let in and around the Cotswolds

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86 The Greatest Show on Turf Cheltenham Racecourse’s Andy Clifton discloses his leading hopes

92 Saddle Up Monochrome fashion fit for the races, to take you from day into night

97 Say Hello to Hats! Laura Leigh hairdressing helps with finding that perfect hairstyle

101 Win a Festival Makeover Stuart Holmes offers the chance to win the perfect prize for race week

It’s here! Celebrate Cheltenham Festival with race tips, fashion, reviews, interviews and more

104 Let it Reign

85 Place your Bets

107 Kim Bailey...

Everything you need to know about the four-day spectacle

Equestrian inspired fashion for gorgeous glamour at the races

...reviews the menu at The Old Butchers in Stow on the Wold

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108 A Gift for Mum

141 Hotel du Vin review

Your chance to win a glam makeover with the team at A-List Aesthetics

Sports Presenter, Jill Douglas, shares her thoughts on the menu

117 Gatcombe Competition

143 A Country Delight

Win two free tickets to the Gatcombe Spring Horse Trials

Shelle Duffin, samples the menu at The New Inn, Coln St Alywyns

119 The Country Life

147 Get Set... Bake!

Mandy Hall tells all about life at Cotswold Farm Park

Join in the Comic Relief fun this month and get your baking on

121 Bird’s Eye View

148 Tom’s Travels

Sudeley Castle’s Head Gardener, Jon Hodder takes to the skies

Part two of Tom Rains, Head Chef at The Daffodil’s gastronomic mission

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127 Business Style

151 Sporting Style

26 Our very own Cocktail Party

Including comment from Brunsdon and Gloucestershire LEP

Cheltenham Town FC news and meet a triumphant trio of golfers

80 Ladies that Lunch

133 What’s in a name?

162 Kate Justice

Chris Morgan of Rickerbys turns to Shakespeare for inspiration

The Heart FM presenter discusses the magic of The Festival

124 Art Couture Painswick

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137 Gloucester Rugby Breakfast



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It’s that magical time in March once more when The Festival attracts crowds of visitors to Cheltenham and the Cotswolds. To make things easier this year, we have put together a guide to take you through each and every aspect of The Festival (from page 81). Gallop your way through the pages, beginning with a guide to the racing calendar of the four-day fiesta, and head to the final straight as we help you to jump the hurdles concerning what to wear, where to eat, expert tips and even how to spend your winnings, with ease. This issue also includes our EXCLUSIVE ‘Who wants to be an entrepreneur’ supplement. We have taken a selection of successful and inspiring business men and women from Gloucestershire and asked them the same set of questions in order to find out what they believe it takes to turn a unique idea into a money-maker. I’m sure that many of you may long to ditch the monotony of your day job and take a risk with a great idea but all too often fear of the unknown prevents this from happening. Turn to page 29 to discover how some of the biggest names in local business took the risk and how it has paid off for them. Of course, we can’t forget our lovely mums on March 10th and on page 108 we show you the results of a fabulous makeover from the team at A-List Aesthetics and offer you the chance to win a makeover of your own... or for your mum. Have a wonderful month!

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ST EDWARD’S SCHOOL CONCERT Thursday 7th March With conductors Stephen Bryant and Jennifer Taylor, the pitch perfect, annual concert of vocal and instrumental music returns. Starting at 7.30pm in Pittville Pump Room. Tickets: £10 (£6 concessions) MOTHERS DAY Sunday 10th March

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or start as you mean to go on with Guinness and a selection of local ales. Bring along clients for guaranteed high quality service and delicious food; larger tables are readily available. Bookings can be made on 01242 238811 or book online: www.montysbraz.co.uk GOLD CUP Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th March During the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the Gold Cup Hotel Du Vin will be offering an Alfresco Guiness bar, bbq with a seafood offering and live entertainment from 5pm. The “Dancing Ledge” Irish band will be playing in the bar from 9pm and the Bistro will have extended opening times with a special races menu available. To book please contact the Bistro on 0844 736 4254

Treat your nearest and dearest to a whole new dining experience in Cheltenham. Le Brunch is nations favourite Sunday lunch with a French twist. A heart warming soup course is followed by a help yourself lavish French Market Table, the centrepiece of Le Brunch at Hotel du Vin. An exciting choice of fresh seafood, crustacean, charcuterie, pâtés, rilletes and a selection of salads, vegetables and freshly baked artisan breads. Then a plethora of your Sunday lunch favourites including traditional roasts. And a few delectable delights to finish including traditional apple crumble. Four courses for £29.95 for adults and £14.50 for kids. To book please contact the Bistro on 0844 736 4254. MONTY’S BRASSERIE Tuesday 12th March - Friday 15th March Throughout the March Cheltenham Races, award winning Monty’s will be open from 10:30am for a special brunch menu. A selection of dishes using locally sourced ingredients will be available to give your day the perfect start. Offers will include eggs Benedict £10.50, Sirloin Steak £12.50, Poached Haddock £10.50 and of course a delightful full English breakfast for just £12.50. Alongside the food, enjoy a glass of chilled Champagne; 

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MERCURY Saturday 16th March

Not to be missed, Mercury are the world’s most authentic tribute to the genius Freddie Mercury and Queen. This dynamic stage show fully emulates the true charismatic appeal of rock’s most flamboyant front man. Experience the extraordinary vocal range and outstanding delivery of Joseph Lee Jackson as Freddie Mercury. Be blown away by the intricate guitar work of Glenn Scrimshaw as Brian May. Both create a result that needs to be seen, but mostly heard, to be believed. “Freddie was an original. Mercury are the next best thing” Jer Bulsara, Freddie’s Mum. At 7.30pm in the Town Hall. Tickets: £15 (£14 concessions). www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

YOUTH MAKES MUSIC – A HOLST CELEBRATION Sunday 17th March Gloucestershire Music continues their Holst theme with a full evening concert given by the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra, Gloucestershire Youth Sinfonia and the Colwell Arts Orchestra. This concert is given in association with the Holst Museum and will include works by the great man himself including ‘Beni Mora’ performed by the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra. Starting at 7pm in the Town Hall. Tickets: £5 (free entry to Gloucestershire music card holders). www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk VINTAGE WEDDING FAIR Sunday 17th March Come along and meet the Cotswold’s finest vintage wedding suppliers. 11am, Pittville Pump Room. Tickets: £2 (preregister for free admission). For more details or to register, please contact info@marrymegroup.co.uk

ISBOURNE HOLISTIC CENTRE PRESENTS DR MASARU EMOTO Tuesday 19th March If thoughts can affect water, and our bodies are 60 per cent water, what effect do our thoughts have on us? Join us in welcoming Dr Emoto Masaru, renowned for his claims that human consciousness affects the molecular structure of water, as he shares his ground-breaking experiments, plus a preview of his latest unpublished photos in this talk! 7pm, Town Hall. Tickets: £13 (£16 after 4 March). For further info/bookings contact the Isbourne Holistic Centre on 01242 254321 www.isbourne.org FAB CHELTENHAM RED CARPET FASHION SHOW Friday 19th April Fashion and Beauty in Cheltenham is back, after the tremendous success of 2012’s event! This premier event will take place in the magnificent Town Hall which will play host to a glittering Black Tie dinner followed by an imaginative, high energy, glamorous and captivating catwalk show. 7pm. For tickets and further details see www.fabcheltenham.co.uk or call Gill Brimfield on 01242 278044. www.cheltehnhamtownhall.org.uk

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www.montpellierwinebar.com ENGLISH TOURISM WEEK 16TH24TH MARCH Wednesday 20th March

Anne Barlett will be leading a Blue Badge guided coach tour through the South Cotswolds, explaining some of the history and heritage behind its natural beauty. The fascinating day trip with take you through picturesque villages such as Painswick, across Minchinhampton Common to Tetbury. A coffee stop in Tetbury will be followed by the Reserve Manager from Slimbridge WWT welcoming you to the Visitor Centre and giving an illustrated talk on the history and important work of the trust. On the return journey we will enjoy a tea stop at Gloucester Folk Museum to meet the curator, who will talk about the historic building. Return time 5:30pm approx. Coach meeting points: Cheltenham Racecourse P&R, Cheltenham Park Hotel, The Queens Hotel, Cheltenham, The Chase Hotel, Brockworth. Entrance fee £18.50 Advanced booking is essential through either: www.marchants-coaches.com Tel: 01242 257714 www.VisitCheltenham.com Tel: 01242 533878 LADIES LUNCH CLUB AT ELLENBOROUGH PARK Wednesday 20th March The Ladies Lunch Club is offering a prelunch welcome drink, a delicious two course lunch with a choice of wine, followed by either tea or coffee. After lunch, the executive head chef at Ellenborough Park, David Kelman, will do an ‘Easter Treats’ food demonstration. Pre-payment is required to secure your place, of just £25.00 per person. For bookings and for more information please email events@ellenboroughpark.com or call 01242 545454. www.ellenboroughpark.com THE HOLLIES Thursday 21st March The Hollies will perform their classic hits, including – The Air That I Breathe, Carrie Anne, Stop Stop Stop, Bus Stop, Long Cool Woman, I’m Alive, , He Ain’t Heavy,

He’s My Brother and many more gems, in a celebration of all things Hollies. Two hours full of pure and simple, complex and sophisticated live performances by The Hollies. Don’t miss out! 7.30pm, Town Hall. Tickets: £28.50, £26.50. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

SENSATIONAL SUSHI & CANAPÉS WITH MASTERCHEF FINALIST ANDREW KOJIMA Saturday 23rd March In an exciting collaboration with Watermark, the Foodworks Cookery School is hosting an evening with Masterchef finalist Andrew Kojima. Be wowed as you watch Andrew create inspirational Sushi and delicious canapés in the Foodworks state-of-the-art, purpose built kitchen. With plenty of tasters throughout the evening, there’s no need for supper! 7.00pm – 9.30pm, £68 per person. If you need any more information, please contact Harriet or Nathalie on 01242 870538. www.foodworkscookeryschool.co.uk RICHARD DIGANCE Sunday 24th March Richard Digance, described by Bob Harris as a national treasure, recently enjoyed his 40th year of touring and he continues to maintain his unique position in entertainment as a top singer, comedian and poet. His latest one-man show features new songs from his latest album Old School Photograph and poems from his new book, My Words. 7.30pm, Town Hall (Pillar Room). Tickets: £16.50 (£14.50 concessions). www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk HOWLERS AT THE HALL Wednesday 27th March Cheltenham’s biggest and best comedy club showcases the finest in new and established stand-up talent. 8.30pm, Town Hall (Pillar Room). Tickets: £12 (£9 students). For full details: www.howlerscomedyclub.com. SPRING BALL Saturday 6th April Calling all ballroom dancers – take to the floor in this magnificent building and join the Town Hall team as we celebrate the start of spring with our annual ballroom

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extravaganza. Hosted by James and Joanna Whitehead from Viva La Dance and featuring fantastic live music from Toni and The Sapphires along with star cabaret from British Closed Amateur Ballroom champions, Kyle Taylor and Polina Shylyaeva – this promises to be an evening not to be missed! 8pm, Town Hall. Tickets: £16.95 per person. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL Wednesday 1st-Monday 6th May Held over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Cheltenham Jazz Festival will be bursting with superstar names, jazz legends and Cheltenham exclusives – alongside the best of British talent. With a free outdoor stage and fabulous food & drink, Montpellier Gardens will be the perfect setting for your bank holiday celebrations.

FAMILY FISH AND CHIP SUPPER Every Friday until 29th March Indulge yourself in a traditional fish and chip supper, served in the Brasserie – no extra charge for the newspaper! £10.95 per person or £25.00 for two, including a bottle of house wine. For bookings and more information: 01926 330214, reception@mallory.co.uk www.mallroy.co.uk

THE PATE’S FOUNDATION CONCERT Friday 8th March Join us at Pittville Pump Room for the joint Foundation of Pate’s Grammar School and The Richard Pate School. The musical celebration will feature ensembles from both schools. Including orchestras, choirs and jazz bands; this will provide an excellent evening of entertainment. Tickets will be available from either school reception from February. 7:00pm. Tickets: £10 (£5 children) THE CHELTENHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Saturday 9th March The CSO return to the Pittville Pump Room to perform the appealing Symphony No.5 by Tchaikovsky, music 

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which exhibits uncharacteristic optimism for this composer. The Orchestra are also joined by Tim Keasley, 2012 Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year, in the Oboe Concerto by Vaughan Williams, and the concert is completed by Brahms’ Tragic Overture. 7:30pm. Tickets: £14 (£7 students, under 15 Free). MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH Sunday 10th March Spoil your number one this Mother’s Day with an extra special 3 course lunch and a gift for all Mums. £35.00 per person. For bookings or more information contact: 01242 862352, info@thegreenway.co.uk www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com

MOTHERING SUNDAY LUNCH Sunday 10th March Treat the most important lady in your life to a beautiful three course Sunday Lunch with coffee served in the Waterside Brasserie and receive a Mother’s Day gift compliments of The Arden Hotel. £32.50 per person. For more information or bookings, contact: email: enquiries@theardenhotelstratford.com or 01789 298682. www.theardenhotelstratford.com

WEDDING SHOW Sunday 17th March Warwickshire’s most glamorous event returns, featuring bridal fashion previews, chefs’ demonstrations and exhibitors from some of the area’s most prestigious wedding suppliers - this fabulous show is a must for anyone planning their big day! Complimentary event; please pre-register and be entered into the prize draw. To preregister or for more information: 01926 330214, reception@mallory.co.uk www.mallroy.co.uk FEET FIRST PRIMARY DANCE FESTIVAL 2013 Wednesday 20th March Join Feet First in an exciting dance festival that gives a great opportunity for primary school pupils to showcase their talent and enjoyment for dance. Featuring 20 schools, it is an event you don’t want to miss. 1.15pm in the Town Hall. Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions). www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk 

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WEDDING FAYRE Sunday 24th March The Greenway Wedding Fayre brings you a wonderful opportunity to see how this stylish country house hotel can make your special day complete and total perfection. With a wide range of exhibitors on hand to show you how they can make your day an experience to cherish for a lifetime. 12:00pm-4:00pm. No entry fee. For bookings or more information contact 01242 862352, info@thegreenway.co.uk www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com

EASTER SUNDAY LUNCH Sunday 31st March Get into the holiday mood and spend time with your family and friends over a lazy three course Sunday lunch. Either in the Main Restaurant for £45.00 per person, or in the Brasserie for £27.50 per person. For bookings and more information: 01926 330214, reception@mallory.co.uk www.mallroy.co.uk EASTER MONDAY EGG HUNT Monday 1st April Entertain the children with an afternoon searching for treats and treasures in Mallory’s beautiful gardens, then enjoy a leisurely bank holiday menu in the Brasserie. For bookings and more information: 01926 330214. reception@mallory.co.uk www.mallroy.co.uk HALF-TERM, KIDS GO FREE! Come to historic Stratford-Upon-Avon for half term! Kids stay free when sharing a room with an adult. Alternatively stay in one of the interconnecting rooms and children pay half the adult price in their own room. For more information or bookings, contact: enquiries@theardenhotelstratford.com or 01789 298682. www.theardenhotelstratford.com MICHAELA STRACHAN’S REALLY WILD ADVENTURES Friday 5th April Adapted from her own book of children’s poetry, popular TV presenter Michaela Strachan will take families on a delightful journey through an alphabet jungle of animal rhymes. From antelopes to zebras, from orphaned orang-utans to polar bear dentistry, this is a whistle-stop interactive

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THE TIMES CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL Tue 4th-Sun 9th June Every year The Times Cheltenham Science Festival welcomes hundreds of the world’s greatest thinkers to Cheltenham Town Hall for six jam-packed days of debate, discovery, experiments, enjoyment and hands-on fun. 2013 promises Cheltenham’s trademark mix of outstanding scientists, popular faces and comedy geniuses, all asking some pretty big questions. It’s a festival not to be missed! www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

CHARITY BREAKTHROUGH BRUNCHE Wednesday 6th March The first of our Breakthrough Brunches is at Le Beaujolais Restaurant, Cirencester. Brunch £12.50 each, booked in advance. These will be held at noon on the first Wednesday of each month at venues of your choosing. Please confirm reservations and forward your suggestions for future venues cotswoldbreatkhrough@gmail.com 0797 353 7706

DURSLEY MALE VOICE CHOIR CHARITY CONCERT Saturday 23rd March In aid of the cancer charity Hope For Tomorrow, this concert will feature a choir of just over 70 members and Wynne Evans, one of the UK’s leading tenors who has sung as a principal with all of the major opera houses and orchestras, including the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and English National Opera. In 2009 Wynne became the face and voice of the Go Compare advertising campaign, and in 2010 signed a six album deal with Warner Bros – his first album A Song In My Heart went straight to number one in the Classical Charts. Sponsored by Renishaw, The Regent

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Arcade and Everhot Ltd. 7.30pm, Town Hall. Tickets: £20, £15. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

LINC’ING TOGETHER Friday 8th March 2013 Linc are holding a Bavarian Night! Starting at 8pm, in Churchdown community centre. For a fantastic evening of fun and a delicious meal, tickets are just £12.50. Tickets are available from Karen on 07816115036 or visit www.lincfund.org SPRING GARDEN PREVIEW Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th April At Highnam Court 10:30am till 5pm. Light Lunches & Afternoon Teas with music on the lawn. Garden related stalls and much more. www.piedpiperappeal.co.uk

BOND BALL Saturday 25th May Gloucester Rugby Player Alex Brown will be holding a James Bond Ball for his benefit year at Hartpury College, with ‘Odd Job’ and ‘Jaws’ look a-like attending as well as ‘Surley Bassey’ (A Shirley Bassey

Tribute band). Arrival 7.30pm for 8.00pm, carvery dinner. Carriages 1pm. £45 a head or £450 a table of ten. For tickets or more information contact The Pied Piper Appeal Office. www.piedpiperappeal.co.uk GLOUCESTER WALKATHON Sunday 26th May This route is based on the Glevum Way Ramblers route around Gloucester through some beautiful countryside. The entire route is 25 miles, there are 10 Checkpoints around the course so you or a team can walk between as many as you can. www.piedpiperappeal.co.uk

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NATIONAL HUNT FESITVAL During March, Cheltenham Town is welcoming all race-goers to enjoy as much breakfast as you can eat! On all four days of the festival, from 9:30am until the first race, the buffet style racing breakfast will be readily available; held in the club’s main bar in the Abbey Business Stadium. There

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is plenty of room for coaches and parking and as a special offer, coach drivers are offered a free breakfast when driving guests into the ground. For bookings and enquiries please contact Cheltenham Town’s commercial department – 01242 588107 or email Leanne Sheath. leannesheath@ctfc.com www.ctfc.com CHELTENHAM DESIGN FESTIVAL Thursday 11- Sunday 14th April 2013 The Cheltenham Design Festival is for everyone who wants to discover the power of creative thinking. For four days of events ranging from conversations with some of the UK’s top designers to free workshops where young, curious minds can learn and explore ideas, the Parabola Arts Centre opens its doors to all. Book tickets online. ww.cheltenhamdesignfestival.com

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THE FESTIVAL AT CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th March The highlight of the season at the home of Jump racing. Tickets available from £25. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.cheltenham.co.uk or call 0844 579 3003. CHELTENHAM PARK HOTEL WEDDING SHOW Sunday 14th April

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JODIE’S 10 WEEK BOOTCAMP!

Book now for the next block which starts on Wednesday 20th March. WHEN: Every Wednesday morning at 7am. WHERE: Hart Fitness Bootcamp at CLC Sports Centre, Cheltenham. WHAT IS IT: This is a 10 week course which includes fortnightly weigh in’s and body stat assessments plus a nutrition program to follow throughout the course. HOW MUCH IS IT: £120 for the whole course (£99 for CLC members). Lose up to 8-12 pounds | Drop 1 -2 dress sizes or belt notches | Improve fitness | Challenge yourself | Change eating habits | Expert guidance on your exercise technique Nutritional advice and support. Are you up to the challenge? To sign up or for more information call Jodie Hart on: 07787 561 303 or email: Jodie@hartfitness.co.uk

11.30am-4pm. Free entry and goody bags. Interactive and inspirational information and entertainment for your special day. Over 50 exhibitors and performers. Workshops, catwalk shows and more... MOTHERING SUNDAY CELEBRATION AT THE DAFFODIL

Treat your Mum to lunch in real style at The Daffodil on Mother’s Day, Sunday 10th March, with tables available from Midday until 4pm. A sumptuous three course lunch with coffee and petit fours will be served to the backdrop of relaxing live jazz trio, followed by an exclusive Daffodil goody bag gift for all Mum’s! Featuring the very best local produce, the menu includes a fantastic selection of dishes ranging from twice baked Gloucester Soufflé to Roast Sirloin of Beef and a mouth watering selection of desserts including warm Chocolate Fondant and Head Chef Tom’s signature Bread and Butter Budding. At just £34.50 per person, this special day is always a sell so make your reservation early on 01242 700 055 or online at any time by visiting www.thedaffodil.com 

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“I have heard it said lately 'Let your passion drive you but know that there is no balance when this happens', for me this happened early and seemed to remain,” Anna says. In keeping with our focus on creative talent in the Cotswolds this issue, we asked Anna to shed a little light on her pitch perfect business journey. “Having been an average student, I left Charlton Park school, signed up to Gloscat to do A-levels and promoted my first party/gig at a club called 'Gas' in Cheltenham as my 18th birthday party. I remember going into the Retreat one Tuesday evening of the Easter holidays to find everyone in there had a ticket. There were 1200 in the venue by 9.30pm, with queues round the block. After a year of successful gigs and parties I went to college to learn the business aspects, became social secretary of the student union and things took off. “I had my own business promoting bands and comedians etc from Lee Evans to The Prodigy in and around the South East. I was approached to turnaround Hammersmith Palais, worked for EMI and then became Group Marketing Director of Po Na Na PLC with a turnover of 27million, putting in place a marketing strategy for over 50 venues worldwide. I went on to work with venture capitalists in a buyback of Po Na Na and now consult to a range of businesses and personalities.” Anna is able to recall many highlights when it comes to her creative career. “The pinnacle of my career was eventually being part of the buyback of the Po Na Na empire with a venture

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The best part of my job is always the people, no matter who they were, from door staff to artistes everyone was positive and enjoyed being at work. Being positive is easy when so little negativity surrounds you capitalist and owning ten per cent of the business. Being host venues to: The Brits, NME awards, Kerrang and countless credible artistes are up there and enjoying the memory as Bobby Gillespie stepped in for Joe Strummer with the Clash to sing White Man at Hammersmith Palais @ Hammersmith Palais!” she says. “Bringing select people together for networking and sponsorship opportunities, I remember one particular journey with Noel Gallagher and a few others in a private jet where we flew out of a private airport in London, arriving in Ibiza at sunset and departing the next morning at sunrise, I needed that day off needless to say! Not many people believe me when I tell them that he and I played Scrabble on the journey over!” Amongst the high points, Anna also mentions the memories of winning awards and acclaims for businesses that she was involved with, eg: Po Na Na being mentioned alongside brands such as Apple, Virgin Atlantic and Alexandra McQueen. “The best part of my job is always the people, no matter who they were, from security to artistes, everyone was positive

real life and enjoyed being at work. Being positive is easy when so little negativity surrounds you.” It goes without saying that many may look to Anna for a little advice on how to carve a career in the music industry. “There are many different routes into the music business and so it's important to know exactly which roles drive and excite you the most, so research is key. Qualifications still count unless you are on the artiste side. Be in the knowledge you will work relentlessly to gain a lowly position in a music company but it will pay off. You can always try putting on a music type event with a twist and try the entrepreneurial route. Music is a passion and so stay with it.” Anna lives here in the Cotswolds and a project taking up most of her time at the moment is as a consultant for Jamie Oliver and Alex James for 'The Big Feastival'. “After a sell-out festival here on Alex's farm in the Cotswolds in 2012, The Big Feastival 2013 will be a landmark date in the UK festival scene and makes for a fantastic close to a Cotswold summer. Dedicated to the 'family' it has three main stages, music, live cookery and a fantastic children's arena. It will be a celebration of British food with top chefs, pop-up restaurants, cookery school, farmers market and more. Jamie is busy working out his lineup of top chefs and I am working to help bring in the best local producers in and around the Cotswolds. Alex is key to curating the music line-up which is very exciting and we will be announcing this and more in mid March. Keep reading Cotswold Style for more information and visit www.thebigfeastival.com LinkedIn/Anna Garrod.” CS

The entrepreneur who has inspired me is... This month we are very excited to have a ‘Who wants to be an entrepreneur?’ supplement in the magazine. We thought that we would ask Anna what she believes to be the 3 secrets of entrepreneurial success: 1 Do not be afraid of failure. 2 Employ people smarter than you. 3 Anything is possible with time, passion and hard work.

Turn to page 29 to begin reading the supplement

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...Jamie Oliver! Jamie is a social entrepreneur, he is an inspiration to me as he excels in his field and continually motivates people in everything that he does, there is no shortage of ideas and he and his team constantly evolve. There is no doubt that he is driven by passion, humanity and

the ability to work incredibly hard. They say it is about seeing the opportunities and so we should all keep looking. My partner, Richard, is a huge inspiration to me. He has the creative ideas and drive, has set up three successful businesses including the limited edition etailer www.20ltd.com and Smith&monger.com all based in London.



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Not Just For Mum! The staff at Blushes hairdressing agree that Velcro Rollers are your new best friend, when your hairdresser is not at hand! How many times have we all impatiently waited for our rollers to set in while we are getting ready to leave the house? Well now the new craze of sleep-in rollers is sweeping the heads of many fabulous females, even celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Cheryl Cole are in on the secret to having big, gorgeous waves without the hassle, and the ‘fashion bible’, Italian Vogue have praised them

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as a top beauty secret! They are great for either creating waves or curls with body to them or if it’s just volume you’re looking for, they’re especially great for that too. With the only differences to the standard rollers we know of, they have a spongy filling on the inside and featuring a soft, bendy velcro rather than a hard velcro, making them surprisingly comfy to sleep in! So, by simply putting the rollers in before you go to sleep, and sleeping on them throughout the night, unravel them in the morning and gently brush your hair through and you will end up with gorgeous, voluminous locks. If you are a mum on the run with the kids’ school run to tackle and need to get out of the door in a hurry, they are definitely a handy time saver. Even if you’re going on a girly night out and don’t want the bother of waiting for rollers to set in and dry, you can use these on wet or dry hair and still quickly create the voluminous, waves or bouncy curl effect. No matter what time of day and no matter what the occasion, the spongy hair rollers are definitely a revolutionary time saver compared to the average rollers! CS

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Celebrating your schools’ successes across Gloucestershire...

Airthrie School

Beaudesert Park School

Meet the head: Beth Sullivan I took over as Airthrie’s Principal in January 1983 and love the unique homely environment and charming buildings which are full of character. The School has undergone a considerable amount of modernisation and expansion to provide the appropriate facilities required for today’s education. We continue to embrace technology and change whilst retaining our longstanding values. We have a large garden and are ideally located next to the Cheltenham Ladies’ College sports complex, which we use daily. As a school we endeavour to promote happiness and wellbeing in every child; from this happiness comes a growth in confidence and self-esteem and inevitably success follows. This year Airthrie’s excellent final results showed pupils achieving a 100% success rate in Independent School entrance examinations and at least 95% of Year 6 pupils gaining offers of scholarships and Grammar school places. My staff and I work very hard to secure the school’s continued success, and we look forward to welcoming new pupils to the Airthrie family.

Beaudesert Park School in Minchinhampton enjoys a reputation for providing an outstanding all-round education within a happy, nurturing environment. Set in 30 acre grounds, the school caters for 380 boys and girls aged 3 – 13, all living within 25 miles. Facilities are excellent, class sizes are small and academic results are high. Along the way, children have lots of opportunity to explore talents in drama, art, music and sport, as well as activities from bushcraft to ballet. The school has a reputation for being a place where children can really enjoy being children, and Headmaster James Womersley had this to say; “There is a great deal of hot air generated when talk turns to the best way to educate children. Prep schools like Beaudesert try to simplify matters. Put simply, we teach them interesting things in a structured, disciplined environment, we make sure they know how to behave well, and we get them outside as much as possible!” Beaudesert’s next Open Morning is between 9.30am and noon on Friday 15th March. All very welcome.

29 Christchurch Road, Cheltenham, Glos, GL50 2NY Tel: 01242 512837. www.airthrie-school.co.uk

Beaudesert Park School, Minchinhampton, Glos GL6 9AF www.beaudesert.gloucs.sch.uk

Cheltenham College Cheltenham College pupils are celebrating success in all walks of school life, from a second consecutive year of record academic achievement to unbeaten seasons on the sports field. Building work is now well underway on the new Girls’ Boarding House, set to open in September 2013 and to mark the occasion, the school is offering a limited number of Year 10 Founders’ Scholarships, worth up to 50% of the fees. Cheltenham College Junior School is



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Without waiting to be asked, he shook my hand, introduced himself and asked if he could help. He set the tone of my day and since then I have yet to be disappointed by any child. To lead the Junior School as it strives to become one of the country’s leading prep schools is a great honour and I am greatly looking forward to September.” also facing exciting times ahead. In September, Jonathan Whybrow will be taking over as Headmaster, having previously been Head of a leading coeducational prep school in the East Midlands. He shares his first experience of the Junior School; “On my first ‘official’ visit, I was greeted by one of the pupils.

Cheltenham College is holding two Open Mornings this term; Saturday 23 February for the Junior School and Saturday 16 March for the College. For more information please visit www.cheltenhamcollege.org or call 01242 265 600

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Cheltenham Ladies College

Through an exceptionally rich and

girls, and in the past year we are

community, we nurture intellectual

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King’s School

Westonbirt School

Born in Perthshire, Scotland and in his sixth year as Headmaster of The King’s School, Gloucester, Alistair Macnaughton has lost none of his excitement and enthusiasm for a school which continues to flourish. “This famous Cathedral School inspires achievement and provides a special sense of identity and powerful community unlike any other. We offer academic excellence, small class sizes, outstanding pastoral care and a unique programme to identify and develop individual talents. “Founded by Henry VIII in 1541, We step into the year 2013 with a brand new 2.5 million pound Sports Hall plus a new Gifted and Talented Sports programme designed to support, develop and nurture talented pupils.” Alistair is always keen to meet prospective parents and discuss what King’s can offer their child. To make an appointment please contact the Registrar Sharon Bird; registrar@thekingsschool.co.uk, 01452 337337. King’s next full school Open Morning is on Saturday March 9, 10am – 12pm.

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range and breadth of opportunities for

integrated curriculum and strong sense of

Westonbirt School, an independent boarding and day school for girls age 11-18, based near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, welcomed Mrs Natasha Dangerfield as the new Head in January 2013. Mrs Dangerfield joins Westonbirt School from Harrogate Ladies’ College where she was Deputy Head and Head of Boarding. She was previously at Gordonstoun School as Director of Pastoral Care and prior to that at North Foreland Lodge and Downe House. During her time at Harrogate Ladies’ College, Mrs Dangerfield oversaw significant developments in balancing the academic and pastoral needs of the school. She is also an excellent sportswoman and was a Yorkshire County Lacrosse Coach. Mrs Dangerfield has relocated with her husband and three young children. Prospective parents and girls will have the opportunity to meet Mrs Dangerfield at the Open Door Day on Thursday, 7 March, 09:30am – 12:30pm. Westonbirt Prep School will also be holding its Open Morning at this time. For further information please contact our Registrar on 01666 881301, email: registrar@westonbirt.org www.westonbirt.gloucs.sch.uk

Proud of our local roots and welcoming an international outlook, we promote mutual respect, integrity, courage and the productive exchange of ideas. The Cheltenham Ladies' College, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3EP www.cheltladiescollege.org

Wycliffe College Wycliffe is a strong, welcoming community where we nurture potential and celebrate each individual success. We provide an outstanding education for over 700 boys and girls in the Prep and Senior Schools. With 300 boarders coming from across Britain and the world, pupils have the opportunity to make friends with those from different backgrounds and nationalities. Head of Wycliffe College, Margie Burnet Ward said: “We offer a distinctive heritage, academic excellence with a balanced curriculum, a progressive outlook and a nurturing ethos – bringing out the best in every pupil.” Wycliffe for the past two years has been in the top 2% of schools in the country for ‘Value Added’ – ensuring all children fulfil their academic potential and with 38% A Level grades at A/A*. It was the first independent school with a national Gifted and Talented award and a much-praised learning support unit. For further information about a Wycliffe education please call Miss Charlotte Philips on 01453 820412 for the Senior School and Mrs Wendy Robertson on 01453 820471 for the Preparatory School. Please visit www.wycliffe.co.uk



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Choosing your child’s first school?

Selecting a school for a child of any age is always difficult but when it is for your first child, aged 3, it takes on a whole new significance. Rendcomb’s Nursery and Reception (ages 3-5) provide the ideal starting point for a child’s education. Small classes and highly qualified staff ensure each child develops at their own pace and is able to develop the confidence, individual and team skills, vital to access the school curriculum and thereby flourish. Stimulating indoor facilities and extensive and truly wonderful outdoor areas facilitate each individual’s learning experience in a safe, happy and challenging environment. With over 200 acres of lovely Cotswold estate as the backdrop to our daily life, we naturally place a great emphasis on outdoor learning whether it be through lessons, activities, sport or play. Our flagship Forest School plays a key role in this process and pupils of all ages benefit from the unique opportunities that it affords. Rendcomb Juniors is committed to providing an invigorating all-round education which is stimulating, challenging and exciting. Each child is valued as an integral part of the school community and through dynamic teaching, diverse opportunities and considered pastoral care we aim to develop the talents of each pupil in the school. We believe that every pupil can succeed and we strive to ensure that there is a positive energy and an achieving atmosphere in all areas. Rendcomb Juniors exists for the pupils – to facilitate their intellectual, emotional, physical, moral, spiritual, aesthetic and social development. We nurture confidence in contrast to arrogance and expect consideration, respect and tolerance towards others at all times. Our commitment is to provide the best learning environment possible by equipping the school with both human and material MARCH 2013

Martin Watson is the Headmaster at Rendcomb Juniors. He writes here about this crucial stage in family life

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Each child is valued as an integral part of the school community and through dynamic teaching, diverse opportunities and considered pastoral care we aim to develop the talents of each pupil in the school resources to the highest level. In an ever changing and demanding world, much of the content of today’s curriculum will certainly be challenged and even replaced during the educational journey that our pupils are on. Importantly en route they will learn work and social skills that will be of life long value. Developing a work ethic, a passion for learning and discovery through independent and team work initiatives will enhance their self confidence and communication skills. Current and prospective parents regularly comment on the all roundness

of our pupils and remark positively on their enthusiasm, drive and energy for school life in general. Saying farewell to our Y6 pupils each July is always a sad and emotional occasion but we are also proud to see them emerge so well equipped to meet the challenges of Senior School. Reading about Rendcomb is informative but to get a real sense of our wonderful school a visit is essential. Our Admissions team (01285 832306) will be delighted to arrange a visit so that you can see how Rendcomb Juniors can change your child’s life. CS 

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there’s something about Rendcomb...

we get the balance just right... Rendcomb College will be hosting Two Open Days this term to accommodate the number of Admissions requests that they are receiving at present.

On Friday 1st March, the Nursery and Juniors will be hosting an open house where prospective parents will have an opportunity to visit the school, meet pupils and teachers and to speak with Headmaster, Martin Watson and Deputy Head, Anne Haas. Younger pupils benefit from a nurturing environment at Rendcomb with strong pastoral care, a broad curriculum and opportunities for outdoor learning in the School’s 220 acres. The following day, Saturday 2nd March, Seniors will be welcoming families to have a tour of the School, experience teaching and learning and to look at some of the numerous co-curricular activities that take place at Rendcomb. Headmaster, Roland Martin is meeting parents individually who are interested in entry for the School.

www.rendcombcollege.org.uk Tel. 01285 831 213 Email: info@rendcomb.gloucs.sch.uk Near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7HA MARCH 2013



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Welcome With a word from our guest author Professor Andrew Burke, Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield Whether you delve into business school research or scan the press, you will find a consistent picture of what defines entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs exploit new opportunities and in order to do so they challenge the norm, they are innovative and they take risks. They often revolutionise industries overturning long established technologies, business models and dominant firms. So in terms of entrepreneurial performance, there is a widely held view that the objective is to be more entrepreneurial than anyone else. As a result, budding entrepreneurs feel compelled to look for a breakthrough ‘big idea’. Images of light bulbs and figures shrieking ‘Eureka’ frequently appear on marketing material aimed at entrepreneurs. Among the plethora of management texts and “I did it my way, so can you” books for entrepreneurs, they are encouraged to be highly innovative and to do things differently – after all, doesn’t competitive advantage require differentiation from competitors? They are told to be ambitious and to have the courage to take on the associated financial and career risks. One Government quango for entrepreneurship even argued that British entrepreneurs do not take enough risks. While this picture gives a reasonably accurate account of the actions of a

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typical entrepreneur, it is misleading if you are interested in the ingredients of successful entrepreneurial strategy. As we know, most entrepreneurs are unsuccessful. Typically, more than half of business start-ups fail between four to five years after start-up. Of those that survive only a small minority, around 4%, become successful (whereby the owner is demonstrably more affluent than they would have been in employment). One of the aspects that distinguish these entrepreneurs from the rest is their approach to strategy. So what makes a successful entrepreneur’s approach to strategy different? There are two distinct features. Firstly, usually unknowingly, entrepreneurs embrace rather than reject corporate strategy. Successful entrepreneurs alter archetypal entrepreneurial strategies in a manner that is akin to a conscious attempt to accommodate some of the winning ingredients of corporate strategy. Secondly, successful entrepreneurs will often trade off or tone down the archetypal brash entrepreneurial behaviour for a more civilised version. The outcome is an entrepreneurial strategy that is a winning formula for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial corporations alike. CS For further information contact the author at andrew.burke@cranfield.ac.uk



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CHARLIE BELDAM

ALAN BERESFORD

DARRELL BLAKE

Director, Cotswold Gold

CEO, Omega Resource Group Ltd

Director, Blushes Hairdressing

When did you establish your company? Cotswold Gold was established after I left University in 2010.

When did you establish your company? Two other founders and I (James Strickland and Raymond Pugh) started our business on the 28th March 1998.

When did you establish your company? 25 years ago, with a continued successful partnership with my brother Mark . We opened our first salon in Gloucester and we are now operating three salons in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester. We see around 2000 clients a week between all three salons.

What inspired you to do it? Cotswold Gold was formed out of a piece of coursework in my final year. I wanted to add value to a crop that we already grow on the farm, without changing the everyday farming practice. What were you doing before? Before I set up Cotswold Gold I was studying at the Royal Agricultural College on an Agricultural Land Management Course. During the breaks between terms I worked on the farm at home in the summer and was a ski instructor in the winter months. What was your age when the company was founded? 22 What was your initial investment? Cotswold Gold was set up at first by sending home grown rapeseed oil to be contract pressed. By doing this Cotswold Gold managed to keep the overheads low whilst bring money from sales in to help to cover the costs of installing the machinery. All the building work was done in our spare time to again cut costs. This made the initial investment £40,000. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? I believe you have to be flexible to change and the most important thing is to have passion for what you are selling. Is it for everyone? NO! The highs are higher, the lows are lower and that is not for everyone. The responsibility and risk of going it alone are huge but if you can make it pay off then the reward feels amazing. What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? This may sounds very silly but the best bit of advice I was given was someone saying, "it will not work, give up... you are trying to make a vegetable oil." At this point I had to make sure it would… just to prove them wrong. Did you ever take “no” as an answer? This is not a sob story but being very dyslexic at school and not being expected to get through GCSEs I was brought up having to prove people wrong. This I believe put me in good stead for running my own business and not taking no for an answer. There is always a way of turning a no in to a yes if you are positive and passionate enough not to give up.

What inspired you to do it? A desire to be self-employed, and hopefully grow a really successful company. What were you doing before? Myself and Ray were doing technical recruitment and James was a Sales Manager for Budweiser. What was your age when the company was founded? I was 23, James 25 and Ray 26. Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? No, it was early enough and we were still very young. What was your initial investment? Very small as it was the bank's. We were turned down by five banks due to our age, before finally being approved by the sixth bank we presented to. The current number of full time employees with your company? 100+ What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Zest, ideas, determination, patience, maturity, enthusiasm, and an ability to cope with worry, enabling you to find clarity or self-belief even in the most difficult of times. Also, if you don't know something, don't be afraid to ask, depending on the audience! Is it for everyone? No, not all. That's no bad thing either, but it wouldn't suit many characters. Also, if there are several founders it takes a special chemistry and mix of skills for the partnership to survive. What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? From my dad, 'If you're not being successful or earning enough money, don't blame the company, you've only got yourself to blame'. Did you ever take "no" as an answer? Yes, but never the first 'no!', and 'no's' won't always be 'no's' forever

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

1. Passion 2. Family support 3. The Brand Cotswold Gold

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What inspired you to do it? I was working in London and it was a mutual ‘now or never’ decision for us both really. What were you doing before? I was working at Vidal Sassoon in London and learning my craft. What was your age when the company was founded? I was 26. What was your initial investment? It was £7,000. No bank would lend us the money and so we actually borrowed from our mother. She became a partner in the business until the loan was repaid to her. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Having your own vision. We always knew what it was that we wanted to achieve and didn’t ever want to sacrifice quality. You have to be prepared to put the hours in and always remain true to your vision. Is it for everyone? No, I don’t believe that it is. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a 9-5 kind of person, but as an entrepreneur you just can’t be! What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? Generally, in business, nothing happens by accident, you have to make it happen.

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success: 1. Be prepared to take risks 2. The ability to stand in your client’s shoes and see things from their point of view 3. Don’t surround yourself with negative people

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NICK BROADY

JOHN CAINES

FRED CAIRNS PALMER

MD, Avenue Cars of Gloucester Limited and Gloucester Coatings

Talking about Maxima and now Director and Founder, Angels4Angels

MD, WaterCoolersDirect.com

When did you establish your company? Avenue Cars in 1988 / Gloucester Coatings 2010

When did you establish your company? First established Maxima in 1975, aged 26.

What inspired you to do it? Gloucester Coatings – recognising the potential in a failed business that was based in one of my properties. Avenue Cars – Being able to do the job better than the companies I was working for, and doing it for myself and my team. What were you doing before? Managing four garages for a local businessman. What was your age when the company was founded? 26 Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? No as I needed the experience to direct my own company. What was your initial investment? My house, lots of personal guarantees, and all of my spare cash. The current number of full time employees with your company? Full time 20 What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Drive, initiative, being prepared to take a risk. working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and being a ‘people’ person Is it for everyone? Not really, as you sacrifice a lot. It is dependent on your drive What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? Never fall out with anyone, as you may need their help in the future. How do you contribute to the community? • Vice chairman and trustee of the Pied Piper appeal and Cloud 9 • President of Brickhampton Golf Club. • Head up the Sports action group for the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire

What inspired you to do it? The emergence of low cost computers that could actually help business. What were you doing before? Previously Financial Director of Westbury Homes. Glad I did NOT start earlier because about seven years of working life as an accountant and then as an FD gave me insights into business management without which I would not have had the knowledge and credibility to run my independent business. What was your initial investment? No initial financial investment – just ‘sweat’ and effort. The current number of full time employees with your company? From that start up we grew to over 500 staff across eight countries by the time I sold most of my shares to the management team in 2001 and left the business. Since then, I have acted as coach and investor to early stage enterprises. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Entrepreneurs need to be self reliant, resilient and persistent , they are probably ‘misfits’ as employees. Definitely not for those who need security and don’t like change.

When did you establish your company? The company was established in 2004 and we operated from a sofa in a loft, at my house in Dursley. We have come a long way since then and now operate from our prestigious offices on Gloucester Business Park. In those relatively short 8 years we have quickly grown to become the most successful online water cooler companies in the UK. What age were you? I started WCD at the age of 37. What was the initial investment? £25,000 and a lot of sweat! Current number of full time employees? 25 people and a great network of engineers, installers and distributors. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen to your customers; they are the best source of ideas and inspiration for me. Always be different and make yourself stand out (for all the right reasons of course). Never stand still… work hard and innovate. Deliver the edge at all times. A positive can-do attitude is probably the most crucial trait as there are lots of challenges, particularly when starting up and even today during these tough economic times. Is it for everyone? No, I think you have to be a certain type of person to maintain the level of drive required. It’s important to have that ambition but also to be able to sustain that energy and ignite it in the people around you. What is the best piece of advice you were given? My mentor and good friend, MD at Encyclopedia Britannica said to me “If you want to sell what John Jones buys then first you must look through John Jones’ eyes.” I have never forgotten this and it still rings true for me today.

Did you ever take “no” as an answer? Without accepting defeat easily, it’s smart to know ‘no’ for an answer when it shows you don’t have your proposition right – but come back to the same customer or objective with a new and improved offer; that’s resilience.

Did you ever take “no” as an answer? No is the very short answer to that! Hannibal Barca was one of the great leaders of all time. When crossing the Alps he is believed to have said: ‘We will either find a way, or make one’. I love this quote.

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

1. Knowledge of your industry 2. The drive to succeed 3. As much luck as possible deliver that ‘little bit more’. Happy customers bring in new customers.

1. Put yourself to see as customer does

1. To listen and understand what your customer wants and deliver what you promise. 2. Never stand still, innovate and be different from all the rest out there. 3. You are only as good as your team.

Did you ever take “no” as an answer? No!

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2. Work only with colleagues who are fully capable and fully aligned with you 3. Deal with problems promptly



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DARCEY CROWNSHAW

GEORGE DAVIES

KATIE DOBSON

MD, Snow Business International Ltd

Fashion designer and Retailer

MD, The Cutlery Commission

When did you establish your company? 1983. What inspired you to do it? A phone call. The company I worked for wasn’t interested in the potential order because it was too small. What were you doing before? Working as a manager at a company that supplied paper based products. What was your age when the company was founded? 29 Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? I had my ‘first business’ at the age of 11 collecting and returning bottles and jam jars, then progressed to carrying buckets of coal up from cellars for old ladies, cutting front hedges and washing cars, progressing again to photography before ‘giving up’ at the age of 25 to get a real job. What was your initial investment? £300 borrowed from a bank, I stayed with that manager as he was moved from branch to branch until he retired. The current number of full time employees with your company? 30 at the Snow Mill but we account for many more jobs at our overseas branches and at the companies who now manufacture for us. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? A desire to do things your own way, the ability to take responsibility for failures and a respect for (but not an aversion to) risk – not to mention being into what you do to a degree where it is your job, hobby, holiday and weekend pastime.. Is it for everyone? No What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? Invest in equipment - it just keeps paying back. Give good friendly service at a fair price – it is better to earn £10 a year for 20 years, than £100 for just one year. How do you contribute to the community? By giving people a place to work, paying taxes, giving work experience opportunities, buying locally where possible, contributing to selected local causes. Did you ever take “no” as an answer? Understanding what the no means is

When did you establish your company? I was 28.

When did you establish your company? February 2012

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success: 1. My work is my hobby so instead of playing computer games, I play ‘Snow Business’, and just like computer games, when you succeed at one level, you move up to the next level. 2. Failure is never anyone else’s fault, if failure occurs – learn from it and try again. 3. Being fair but determined. People like doing business with people who charge a fair rate and deliver what they promise – or even deliver that ‘little bit more’. Happy customers bring in new customers.



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What inspired you to do it? I was working on a project based around school wear and thought there was a huge gap in the market. I was approached by Hepworth who sought my expertise in ladies wear. I travelled around 20/30 different towns to seek a national gap and found one laying between M&S and Jaeger… this was the birth of Next. From here I established the mail order business and saw a gap in the market for out of town fashion supply and so set up George at Asda. What was your initial investment? The only time I ever went to a bank in my life to borrow money was for my first business and I have never borrowed from a bank since. I like to control my own funding. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? You become very driven and in other words you have to do something. You have to have the vision to see things ahead of everyone else, especially in fashion, and team this with extensive research. I don’t rely on a marketing team to give me the information, I visit my staff in person and believe that is the key to success. Remain visible and I make sure that everybody calls me George, never Mr Davies! What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? You never crack it. You have successful periods, but what about tomorrow? Think ahead. Never become complacent. Did you ever take “no” as an answer? No! I have never taken no as answer and I suppose that what I’m good at is detail.

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success: 1. Determination 2. Detail 3. Vision

What inspired you to do it? I was already making cutlery 'for fun' and getting such good feedback that I decided to leave my job and start a business What were you doing before? I worked part time as a receptionist. What was your age when the company was founded? 30 Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? Nope. I didn't have the confidence or knowledge What was your initial investment? Nothing. I had the tools and bought vintage cutlery from car boot sales. The current number of full time employees with your company? I have 4 'Spoonettes'! What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Passion. If you don't love what you do then you won't succeed. It's not enough to be driven by money- you need to wake up everyday with a spring in your step and love every second Is it for everyone? I think it is! If you have an idea, and you believe you can do it then anything is possible. I really do believe that What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? "Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life". It is so easy to become consumed by your new enterprise but it is important to find a healthy work balance. Did you ever take “no” as an answer? Oh yes! When I started out I found everything quite intimidating and took bad advice from people I trusted at the time. There were many things I wanted to do and was often told 'no'. Things have changed now though and business is booming!

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success: 1. Surround yourself with people who are passionate about the business 2. Never get complacent and constantly strive for better 3. Accept that you can't do everything and invest in experienced people to help you

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DEBRA DREW

SARAH FENWICK

MD, Fabric Architecture

MD, Energist UK

When did you establish your company? October 2000

When did you establish your company? In 2006, in partnership with my father.

What inspired you to do it? After a successful career working for large organisations, I wanted to take all I had learned and do my own thing What were you doing before? Business Development roles for very large companies, at executive level reporting to The CEO. What was your age when the company was founded? 45 years old. Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? Yes, I do. I was always a very entrepreneurial thinking employee… committed to proving my value to the organisation and willing to take risks. What was your initial investment? £80,000 and 80 hours a week! The current number of full time employees with your company? 16 Is it for everyone? It is for more people than realise it. Our current generation are proving how incredibly rewarding it is to go your own way. I am amazed at the stories I read every day of creative ideas and brilliant opportunities people are creating for themselves. What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? My mantra is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm". How do you contribute to the community? I have set up a Charity for the work my husband and I undertake in Africa, for women and education as well as digging wells.

Managing Partners, Expectations Recruitment

What inspired you to do it? We were building and so owned a small construction company and I still remember the day that we made the decision to set up Energist UK. My father read an article in one of the industry news bulletins and it talked about our particular area of regulations coming in. The conversation happened around the fact that we were going to be affected by that as builders and so Energist UK was born. My father is rather entrepreneurial; he is 74 now and has only ever worked for himself.

When did you establish your company? April 2003

What were you doing before? My background was in sales and marketing.

What was your age when the company was founded? I was 54 and Victoria was 29.

What was your age when the company was founded? 35 What was your initial investment? Around £15000 and we now operate with a team of 42. Our target for this year is £2million. How do you contribute to the community? We raised nearly £4000 for charity last year and we do something everything month so charity is quite a focus for us and we are obsessed with dressing up. I feel our place as a business is about building profit, growing, providing employment and careers. We are ethical and do what we should do but I don’t pretend to be out there saving the world.

Did you ever take “no” as an answer? Once I have thrown my hat over the wall…no is not an option!

Did you ever take “no” as an answer? Yeah I think so, being honest I probably did. But then you just get around it. Well, I do. Sometimes it’s internally and you have to overcome your own barriers.

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

1. Determination 2. Fearlessness 3. Enthusiasm

1. Celebrate your successes 2. Fix your focus 3. Get on and do it!

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JO LONG & VICTORIA MADDOCK

What inspired you to do it? We had worked together in business for some time. I (Jo) was a founding Director of Office Angels and Victoria had managed a small string of agencies. Victoria asked me to be a mentor to her and Jo said only if she could be a partner in the new company!

What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Spirit. This trickles through the organisation. We encourage people to be their own boss within the company. In a small company, passion is so important and people need to feel valued. You can’t be a wimp. What is the best piece of advice you were ever given? From my father, ‘ There is no such word as can’t’. Did you ever take “no” as an answer? We don’t believe in saying never! The worse thing it to get a rejection and to let it show. Always keep hold of your dignity.

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success: 1. Be passionate about what you do 2. Never lose sight of what your aims and objectives are 3. Never underestimate the competition



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CHARLES MARTELL

SIR DAVID MCMURTRY

MIKE MELLOR

MD, Charles Martell & Son Ltd

Chairman and Chief Executive, Renishaw plc

MD, Space Catering

When did you establish your company? 1972 What inspired you to do it? The Old Gloucester breed of cow was almost extinct and I wanted to help ensure its survival by putting it back to what it does best which is to produce milk for making Double and Single Gloucester cheese. What were you doing before? I was at Cardiff University and a warden at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge. What was your age when the company was founded? 26 Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? No, would have been too young. What was your initial investment? About £500 for 3 Gloucester cows and a bull. £100 for a collection of slightly rusty vintage cheesemaking equipment. The current number of full time employees with your company? 5 What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? I've never thought of myself as an entrepreneur but I do believe that I'm driven by what I love doing, but guided by my head. Is it for everyone? No What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? My dear late grandmother told me once: 'Just be true to yourself.' As useful to me as a guide in business as well as in life.

When did you establish your company? April 4th 1973 (we are 40 this year!) What inspired you to do it? Whilst working at Rolls-Royce I invented a product that solved a major measurement problem faced by manufacturers worldwide and for which there was therefore significant potential. What were you doing before? I was Deputy Chief of Engine Design at Rolls-Royce in Filton (I didn’t leave to work full-time with Renishaw until 1979) What was your age when the company was founded? 33 What was your initial investment? John Deer (co-founder) and myself invested from our own personal funds. The current number of full time employees with your company? Just over 3,000 worldwide, of which 1,750 are in Gloucestershire. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? A belief in your own abilities, not following convention, and surrounding yourself with a team people who add additional skills that complement your own strengths Is it for everyone? If you have an original patentable idea, are prepared to work very hard, seek out sources of business advice, but be prepared for the inevitable set-backs then you have a chance of success; and you’ll also need a little luck at times. What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? “Don’t give up”! How do you contribute to the community? We set up a charities committee 30 years ago run by employee representatives that distributes funds from the company; we have strong links with schools and we also support many regional festivals and sporting activities through sponsorship.

When did you establish your company? May 2000 What inspired you to do it? The company I was with was bought and I found myself still in the industry but as MD of a company that was very focused on catering equipment hire and less interested in designing and supplying turnkey projects. We had a chat and a deal was done for me to form a new company and take over that part of the business. I had always wanted to have my own business eventually and it was a perfect opportunity. What was your age when the company was founded? 33 Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? No, I had a great 'apprenticeship' working for two guys who remain close friends to this day. They gave me the start I needed and I learned a massive amount from both of them. What was your initial investment? I borrowed £150,000 to get it started and give us a bit of working capital. The biggest commitment was taking over contracts for vehicles and taking on existing staff. The current number of full time employees with your company? 31 What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Lots of ingredients; you have to want to do it and lots of people don't, you can't be too risk averse, being a good communicator is really important and you need to be decisive, staff, customers, and suppliers all hate it if you can't make your mind up, it creates a lot of doubt. Is it for everyone? Definitely not but for every good entrepreneur there are dozens of really talented people backing them up who just don't have the appetite for the owners role and the entrepreneur would be lost without them.

Did you ever take “no” as an answer? Not easily!

Did you ever take "no" as an answer? About 100 times a week from my teenage daughters, and yes, occasionally at work!

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

1. Work hard. 2. Be driven by your ambition but guided by your brain. 3. Never give up.

1. Strong patents. 2. An idea that can be developed and funded out of your own resources. 3. Finding a strong complementary partner.

1. Work hard and be seen to lead from the front. 2. Communicate really well at all levels. 3. Keep a very close eye on the margin.



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CAMILLA MILES

ROB REES

JESSICA SAINSBURY

MD, Corinium Care

Director, The Cotswold Chef

MD, Cowley Manor

When did you establish your company? 1995

When did you establish your company? We first set up here in The Cotswolds in 1994 and have adapated and changed a great deal since, now solely working as a not for profit organisation.

When did you establish your company? In 2002 when we opened Cowley Manor.

What inspired you to do it? I was running a nanny agency, and my clients started asking me if I could find a carer for their parents as well as a nanny for their children. I sold the nanny agency when the live-in care agency took off. What was your age when the company was founded? 33 Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? It was the perfect time to start a business: I’d just moved to the Cotswolds for family reasons and wanted to start my own business that would be both a challenge and a success. What was your initial investment? £50 for stationery, bags of energy and tons of enthusiasm. The current number of full time employees with your company? Corinium Care has 17 staff at our head office in Nailsworth, and more than 800 registered carers. We also have staff in New Zealand and Zimbabwe. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? A willingness to take risks, and the ability to listen. Also recognising your own strengths and weaknesses so you can fill the gaps in your expertise by bringing the right people on board to help. Is it for everyone? Being in charge is not for everyone – thank goodness. But what every entrepreneur needs is a great right-hand person – someone with good judgment who will act as a sounding board and a calming influence. What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? Be brave and listen to your instincts. Did you ever take “no” as an answer? Not often, but I’m always prepared to listen.

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success: 1. Insisting on high standards 2. Putting the personal touch at the heart of all we do 3. Taking time to get the best out of the people who work for you because they are the real key to success.

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What inspired you to do it? It’s about freedom and delivering your wish list of activity. It’s certainly hard work and requires dedication but there is no easy job out there so working hard for yourself feels more comfortable. What were you doing before? I was inspired by great foodies doing great things as a young chef working in first class eateries around the globe from London to Bath, to the Cayman Islands. What was your age when the company was founded? I was 22 years of age. Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? No I wasn’t ready. I’ve learned so much in the last 20 or so years about money, strategy, vision, customers and staff . What was your initial investment? Mine originally was time and knowledge – I had a backer! The current number of full time employees with your company? 8 currently and then as Chairman of another organisation I have just over 70 staff. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Belief in product, knowledge of your customer, clear strategy and a huge amount of evidence based risk taking. What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? Be nice to everyone on the way up as you never know who you may need on the way down. Did you ever take “no” as an answer? Yes. Admitting you are wrong is important. Being honest with yourself and others is a must.

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success: 1. Great family support and trust 2. Stunningly dedicated staff who share your vision 3. Try and do as much as possible without the bank’s money

What inspired you to do it? Before we had children, my husband Peter and I spent quite some time travelling together and were always amazed how many hotels did things we didn’t like. That’s when we decided to search for our own hotel and we found Cowley Manor. We knew we wanted to be in the Cotswolds and fell in love instantly when we saw this wonderful house in a magical hidden valley with a series of lakes set in gorgeous grounds. It was a labour of love that took us 3 years to transform before we opened in 2002. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Passion, courage of conviction and an unrelenting eye for detail. Is it for everyone? Absolutely not, it takes perseverance and resolute tenacity. You have to be able to deal with the unexpected and stay true to your original vision. How do you contribute to the community? All of our hotels are deeply rooted within the local communities in which they are based. We also personally support a number of charitable causes. Giving backing and helping to improve has always been important to us.



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DENNYS SHORTT Chairman & CEO, DCS Europe plc

MEREDITHE STUART-SMITH

EMMA SUMMERS MD, Juice Recruitment

MD, Meri Meri When did you establish your company? In 1994 in a stable block at my farm near Broadway. What inspired you to do it? I wanted to be my own boss. What were you doing before? I was working for my father but wanted a change of direction. What was your age when the company was founded? 29yrs Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? Yes but doing a job and learning skills for 10 years was good for me. What was your initial investment? My house! I persuaded the bank to lend me money against my house as security and used Invoice Factoring. The current number of full time employees with your company? 313 employees – 283 in DCS and 30 in Enable Software. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Passion, energy and good planning. Is it for everyone? No – only for those with true passion and a strong composition. What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? What you believe... you create. How do you contribute to the community? We sponsor several sports clubs and I am Strategic Director of a football club. We support the local hospice, the air ambulance and MacMillan. I help in education with local schools and am on the Board of Warwick Business School. Did you ever take “no” as an answer? I remind myself for every 10 people that say no – there are 90 that will say yes.

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success: 1. Be passionate about what you do. If you are not passionate about your job then leave and try something else. 2. Be energetic. All entrepreneurs work very hard - 6am start and 8pm home. Even after 20 years I am still doing that. 3. Learn to plan strategically. I use the Harvard Balanced Scorecard method - see www.mystrategyplan.com



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When did you establish your company? In 1985 What inspired you to do it? I have always loved making things and selling them. What were you doing before? I was involved in museum programs. What was your age when the company was founded? 27 What was your initial investment? My family gave me about £50,000. The current number of full time employees with your company? 65 What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? No pride, patience and flexibility What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? Don't throw good money after bad. How do you contribute to the community? I am a patron of Cheltenham Festivals. Meri Meri has a very strong GSCE week long intern program. We teach students the basics of product design. The students move through the studio working with designers, art workers, photographers and our web team. Did you ever take “no” as an answer? What does no mean???

When did you establish your company? Juice was established in May 1998 so we are 15 years old this year. What inspired you to do it? I used to walk past the employment agencies during my lunch break and felt that as good as they were, the industry was dated. I wanted to create an environment that was dynamic, innovative, fun, and enthusiastic. What were you doing before? Prior to establishing Juice, I worked for Deloittes where I was responsible for Search & Selection in the South West. I recruited FD’s, MD’s and CEO’s for Deloittes clients. What was your age when the company was founded? I was 26 – gosh I am giving my age away now! Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? No not at all – looking back now – it was perfect – I was young and hungry and I am still very ambitious today! What was your initial investment? £7,000 from selling my car - I had no bank loans or overdrafts and never have. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Passion, hunger and determination to be the best at what you do. Is it for everyone? It depends on you as an individual. If you love what you do, whatever it is, you can be successful. You do however need to sleep, eat and breathe it – you never switch off! What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? Be positive and determined – even during hard times – positivity and determination will stand you in great stand. Did you ever take “no” as an answer? No – never! There is always a way!

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

1. Know your market place 2. Careful of your costs and overhead 3. Value the people in your company.

1. Planning 2. Hunger and determination 3. Passion and enthusiasm

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Four common approaches shared by successful entrepreneurs: 1. Solve the last 10% of the innovation problem

EMMA WHITELAW

KAY WILLIAMSON

MD, Chapel Spa

MD, Gravitas PR

Being the best innovator is not the objective. Successful entrepreneurs solve the last 10%, rather than the first 90%, of the innovation problem. The timing or order of an entrepreneur’s innovation is important. Successful entrepreneurs are rarely the first to introduce an innovation to the market. Their contribution is usually marginal compared to the totality of the final innovation. So why then are they successful? The answer is because their marginal contribution to innovation solves the last remaining part of the consumer problem and as a result has a dramatic commercial impact.

When did you establish your company? I brought Chapel Spa from Center Parcs in Jan 2007

When did you establish your company? 1992.

2. Reform rather than revolutionise

What inspired you to do it? I was tired of working hard for someone else! What were you doing before? Spa Manager at Cowley Manor What was your age when the company was founded? I bought the business at the age of 25 Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? No, it was the best time. I had built up invaluable experience and had no family ties or commitments. What was your initial investment? £200k The current number of full time employees with your company? 8 full time but due to nature of business and opening hours, have another 12 more part time.

What inspired you to it? Two firms asked me to manage their PR and the firm was born. What were you doing before? I was in London working on iconic consumer brands and working for HP, Butlins and Whyte & MacKay Whiskey. What was your age when the company was founded? 32. Do you wish that you had taken the plunge sooner? No, the time was right in 1992. What was your initial investment? Nothing. It was self-financing. The current number of full time employees with your company? 7. What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Bravery, the ability to apply intelligence and to develop a great team.

What do you believe it takes to be an entrepreneur? Belief, Self Motivation and someone who does not quit.

Is it for everyone? It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but you can be an entrepreneurial employee in the right workplace.

Is it for everyone? It can be! Most of it’s mental - you can learn the practical skills as you go.

What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? From my Dad who said “you can do anything you set your mind to” or my mentor who said “Know where you are heading – have a clear vision – and accept it may take changes of route to get there”

What is the best piece of advice that you were ever given? Ensure you know your figures and profit and whats in your bank account every day. This will allow you to make the best decisions. How do you contribute to the community? We do numerous charity work each year and I love helping local small businesses to develop too. I have frequent coffee sessions with ladies seeking and needing advice and happy for them to pick my brains. I love seeing other people succeed. Did you ever take "no" as an answer? Only from well respected family members and business role models. Sometimes other people do know best.

How do you contribute to the community? We partner local universities and colleges by helping their students get a realistic picture of careers in PR. Equally we support jointventures and initiatives to support business clusters around health, food science, life sciences and the low carbon economies – sectors that could give the Cotswolds an extra dimension. Did you ever take “no” as an answer? I’m pragmatic, but I like to take the attitude that any problem has a solution so often that’s a NO!

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

And finally… what are your 3 secrets to success:

1. Know that your staff are your most important asset. 2. Always know where your business is at financially - this allows you to make important and sensible decisions for the future. 3. Have great business relationships and willingly do favours for other people.

1. Be self aware or work on being so 2. Hire people who are better that you or who balance out your skills 3. Have a cause you really care about – ours is to improve the quality of life for people and the plant by promoting good health and the environment.

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Revolutionising business rarely requires revolutionary innovative steps. Most successful entrepreneurs are reformers not revolutionaries. Instead of light bulb flashes and shrieks of Eureka, most successful entrepreneurial ventures make modest innovation contributions. If you take a look at the dominant firms in entrepreneurial markets such as the Virgin Group, Innocent, Ryanair and Facebook, you will typically find that successful entrepreneurial ventures did not introduce massive innovation steps. Their innovation is more continuous and built on an existing innovation platform provided by other firms.

3. Agility – being able to change strategy and tactics Successful entrepreneurial creativity is an ongoing process which enables entrepreneurs to change their mind. Business ideas come from having an idea to solve a consumer problem and/or a new application for a technology/innovation. In both cases many other people will have been in the same situation and have had the same thoughts so entrepreneurs can usually bank on similar ventures launching at the same time. Sadly, many promising entrepreneurs waste their time trying to keep their ‘unique idea’ secret when what they should be doing is putting it into action. The reality is that many other ventures will be doing just that with the same idea. Furthermore, successful innovation develops and improves as part of an iterative process that requires putting the idea into practice. In essence, the development and refinement of the basic idea into a fully fledged entrepreneurial strategy emerges through an ‘into action trial and adapt or proceed’ approach.

4. De-risk before taking risk Successful entrepreneurs neither embrace risk nor rely exclusively on courage to take risk. Instead they minimise risk to acceptable levels by using corporate finance strategy. That is not to say that entrepreneurs are experts or even understand corporate finance but they do understand its underlying logic or intuition. They adopt strategies that allow them to hedge and spread risk. For further information contact the author at andrew.burke@cranfield.ac.uk



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ALL THE RIGHT MOVES It’s not too late to apply to university or college this year. Before you get started read these top Dos and Don’ts from Cathy Gilbert, Director of Customer Strategy at UCAS

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research your university and degree course choices carefully before applying. For me, that should include going to open days as well as looking at the online information. You’ll spend three or four years studying in higher education, so you should be really passionate about the course content and your chosen place of study.

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a burning question at any stage of the process why not ask our team of experts on Twitter (@ucas_online) and Facebook (/ucasonline)? You’ll get a clear answer back very quickly.

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forget that some universities and colleges will ask you to sit an admissions test in addition to the standard qualifications. The Admissions tests section of the UCAS website will help you understand some of these.

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be tempted to submit a copied personal statement or one downloaded from a website. Thankfully, only one percent of applicants did this last year.

UCAS is quite clear that personal statements should be an applicant’s own work, although we do advise that parents and teachers check them over. Our computer system has tens of thousands of personal statements on file and similarities will be flagged up to the universities.

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panic about tuition fees. There is a wealth of information out there to help you understand the costs of higher education – and remember you won’t have to pay anything upfront. You can visit the Student finance section of our website to find out more, or visit Moneysavingexpert’s Students section. CS

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FUTURE Introducing your teenager to the UCAS Card is a great way to start their higher education journey

Parents who want to discuss the routes to university or college with their children can use the free UCAS Card as a starting point. After signing up, teenagers are sent regular, relevant information about their options, alongside key information on the application journey. The card also provides discounts at a range of stores, both online and in the high street. When young people register for the card at UCAS.com they will be sent a monthly newsletter, concise emails about interesting courses, details on key application dates and the free discount card. Debbie Scott of UCAS Media said: “The UCAS card is the information source for 17-18 year olds wanting to find out about

their next step in education. “The appeal of the discount card scheme is obvious but it is the wealth of inside information and educational benefits that are of most value. Registered students receive great guidance on the UCAS application process, helping them from start to finish.” The information is designed to complement the good advice that they receive in school and can form focal points in ‘next steps’ and UCAS sessions. Students are sent tailored information about courses and individual universities and colleges depending on the choices they make in the UCAS Card registration. Pupils are not bound by their choices at registration either. They can change their criteria at any point throughout their UCAS Card membership, meaning the information sent to them also changes.

It's not too late to apply this year. UCAS will send applications to universities and colleges up until 30 June. Applications received after this date are sent into Clearing automatically.

Email bulletins UCAS Card members will receive monthly email bulletins. These will focus on options other than higher education, reminders about vital UCAS deadlines and guidance about filling in key parts of the application. Secure, official information The UCAS Card does not have its own website - it operates securely within the main UCAS site. This means that there are no security or access issues for schools and colleges. It's a safe, official route to useful, relevant information. How do students register? To register, students need to go to www.ucas.com/ucascard. The UCAS Card scheme is the platform for young people to start looking into higher education and researching their UCAS application.

About UCAS UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is the UK's shared admissions service for higher education. The charity manages applications from over 600,000 applicants each year for full-time undergraduate courses at over 300 institutions across the UK. CS MARCH 2013



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Who inspires you? We asked the business women who helped to make this supplement happen to name an inspiring entrepreneur of their own... Angie Petkovic, apt marketing & pr

For me, inspiration comes from the people I interact with and those who share the sam e principles and values as me . A particular successful entrepreneur who influence s and inspires me is Richar d Millington, Director of Feverbee and ex- student of Gloucestershire Unive rsity. Richard joined me on pla cement eight years ago and challenged me even then; it’s not usual to mentor a student that asserts their beliefs, but Richard did and made me question and rep osition many of my own business approaches. Since graduating with a First, he has gone on to establish his own incredibly succes sful company with associated training courses, working with clients including The UN , The RSPCA, and BAA. He is a walking, talking exa mple of just how far and well you can succeed if you put your mind to it! Truly inspirational!

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Starker’s in the rain? Not likely…

Eric Barton shares the mouse mat with IT supremo Roger White, Managing Director of SSL Clouds are wonderful things. Unless of course one of them lets go with the old h2o and you’re bereft of an umbrella or in the nude. William Wordsworth in 1804 had a few poignant, wandering, lonely scribbles on that very subject. Not the nudity… the clouds! I’m still landlocked in the blissful ignorance of a cloudless World. Not so the IT gurus of today’s business milieu. Computers now feel like the norm in the workplace. It makes us wonder what we did before computers. It feels natural to work at a computer because it blends into the 

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business lifestyle. A scrap of paper and a biro isn’t going to cut it. When was the last time you watched somebody writing a letter with a pen? The invoices, letters, confidential documents, receipts and more can be done in less time than doing it manually. It’s true to say we live in an immediate World. In the damp, soggy fog that can envelope any companies’ IT strategy there is always a ray of sunshine, hope and help to burst the clouds of confusion that still shroud some companies IT planning and spend. Roger White and his team of cloudbusters at SSL (Severnside Software Limited) are keen to point out that with some forward planning and the right

approach it’s not all doom and gloom and you can easily avoid problems before the ‘bugs bite’ or you irrevocably watch your company grinding to an ITled gridlock. Roger White says, ‘companies need to keep their IT strategy and planning up to date and more importantly plan for the future expansion of their operation’. Never a truer word said. Talk to any entrepreneur and they’ll openly admit to wanting their own business embryo to be become bigger, stronger, increasingly efficient and more profitable. Its common sense to want growth and IT plays a huge part to not only the forward planning, but the smooth day - to - day running of any company. Just think of your emails MARCH 2013


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going into meltdown or all your sales records or invoices disappearing into to a deep, awful void never to be seen again. Roger goes on to further say,’ it’s crucial that companies get a handle on their IT strategy and likely needs in both the medium and long-term. At SSL providing the key advice on this very area of 24/7 IT support is one of our real strengths. We don’t want companies to be out in the proverbial rain without any cover or support’. Computers have indeed transformed the workplace and workplace mobility will be the next revolution to impact corporate Britain as emerging technologies continue to enable and power our daily work lives. Roger White comments, ‘the growth and emergence of the Cloud and networking are now becoming indispensable to more and more companies and individuals alike’. Another important growth sector within the computing world will be the continuing rise of Big Data. According to analysts, there will be countless opportunities for the creation of new businesses to crunch the massive amount of information being generated every day by companies which is simply too big to store and analyse in house. Again that’s where Roger White and the ‘cloud busters’ come in at SSL; giving straight honest easy to understand advice that helps crystallise your way forward. It’s a scary reality that if you don’t keep up with this stuff then your company could be affected and you could easily founder on the shoals of indifference. Roger White is very emphatic when he says, ‘I don’t want any of our existing or potentially new customers to get bogged down in the IT maelstroms that can easily develop through either accepting the status quo or indeed being ill informed’. There’s and old adage that says people get bored, people get headaches…computers don’t. Companies like SSL are at the technological coalface when it comes to identifying not only problems but solutions. Like the ‘march of the penguins,’ the growth of office based technology is becoming inevitable and ever - more crucial to the every day operation of MARCH 2013

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even the smallest companies. When man went to the moon the Apollo spacecraft computer only had 1k of memory. It is now predicted that within the next forty year span one £1,000 computer will be more intelligent than the entire human race. That’s bonkers. Within fifteen years, one single computer will be smarter than the average human being, or somebody from some god forsaken mid – American inbred backwater. Within five years, one computer will have the brainpower of a mouse (of the animal variety) and Artificial Intelligence will have officially outsmarted all of humanity. The stellar moment in time at which computers ‘outsmart’ humanity is known as the ‘singularity.’ Computers are already acquiring the ability to learn from past events and mistakes, and after the singularity, they will be better at doing so

than any human being on earth. This coming paradigm shift leads us down one of two paths: One embracing technological progress and one rejecting it. Scary stuff. Roger White finally comments with a sage of friendly advice, ‘as a company don’t get left behind with any of these advances and certainly don’t be left naked or exposed.with your IT planning or current needs’. Roger White and the SSL team are always on hand to help with strategy, planning and support. It’s soothing to know they’re just a call away and can administer the complete 24/7 support and planning package that could just make the difference. Remember even poets use computers, starker’s or not! CS For more information www.ssl-uk.net Tel: 01452 720250



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Angels4Angels turning local entrepreneurs’ dreams into reality The UK economy needs entrepreneurs and growing businesses to help it recover. If the Cotswolds is anything to go by, the country’s prospects are in good shape… But new ventures need nurturing and a recent Cheltenham initiative has just that objective in mind. To enable local budding entrepreneurs to realise their aspirations, Cheltenham based businessmen John Caines and David Cribbin have combined their first-hand experience in angel investing and numerous business successes, to form a managed business angel syndicate. Angels4Angels provides an effective and free service to the growing number of investors seeking to back early stage entrepreneurial business ventures. John Caines comments, “Angels4Angels brings together the ideas of good practice derived from independent research and my observations from the past 10 years of working with entrepreneurs, business angels and venture capitalists. Our aim is to contribute to the bigger picture of creating worthwhile employment and the sort of businesses that will enhance a competitive UK economy, as well as giving our investors a good return. When approached at a professional and portfolio level, it can also be a very good investment vehicle.” He continues: “The recipe for success is capturing excellent experienced business people and matching them to relevant ambitious entrepreneurs.” Since its inception in May 2012, thirty investors have joined John Caines and David Cribbin in committing to fund start up businesses. These investors range from experienced angel investors through to recently retired business owners and busy hands-on executives, 

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all looking for new investment opportunities. David Cribbin comments: “In early September 2012 we completed our first investment which is not only a good investment for our members, but will also mean employment for over 300 people. We expect to complete two further transactions over the next few weeks. With proven processes now in place, we aim to upscale Angels4Angels rapidly towards our aspiration of national coverage, investing several £millions per year in entrepreneurial businesses.” Together with other ventures being evaluated for investments later in the year, the Angels4Angels portfolio covers such diverse businesses as smart energy metering, innovative footwear, medical devices and crowd funding of good causes. David added: “The diversity of ideas that we see and the enthusiasm of the innovators starting new businesses can only bode well for the UK – our mission is to enable more entrepreneurial dreams to turn into reality”. From their principle of only investing where there is a suitable Lead Investor to add effective mentoring and financial support, Angels4Angels enables experienced people to put something back into both the economy and next generation of business leaders. Caines comments: “Successful mentoring is a fulfilling role for

What are Business Angels?

Business Angels are individuals who invest in early stage entrepreneurial business ventures. An increasing number of angel investors organise themselves into angel syndicates to share research and pool their investment capital. Angels4Angels is one such local syndicate. Lead Investors in addition to the clear benefits for the recipients of their accumulated wisdom. Businesses backed by angel investors tend to create jobs of good quality in ventures that add to the UK's competiveness as a further boost to the economy.” Successive governments and business leaders recognise the contribution that new businesses add to boosting enterprise and growth. This is reflected in the long established Enterprise Investment Scheme (“EIS”) which provides attractive tax incentives to investors in such businesses. Cribbin adds: “Angels4Angels will seek to take advantage of such tax reliefs so that investors may be able to obtain both income tax relief and a capital gains tax free return on disposal.”

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The Angels4Angels team The Angels4Angels team possesses a diverse set of skills and experience – but they all have the same fundamental motivation to kick start that sustained uplift in the UK economy by releasing and supporting the energies of our entrepreneurs.

JOHN CAINES John brings a wealth of experience to the angel investment process. Following an accountancy qualification and an MBA from the London Business School, John founded Cheltenham-based software company Maxima and developed it to a profitable 500 staff group before a successful exit in 2001. John has assisted many businesses as a Non Executive Director including Gloucestershire-based companies, such as Cotswold Collections and Kallidus. John has chaired the South West Angel and Investor Network - SWAIN, is author of 'The Effective Entrepreneur' and in 2009 was awarded an OBE for 'services to entrepreneurship and business'. DAVID CRIBBIN David brings valuable experience in identifying investment opportunities. In 1988, qualified accountant David joined £8m turnover Agri-Supply business Masstock as CFO, and in 2005 became CEO. At Masstock, David led the acquisition and integration of 40 companies and as CEO achieved unprecedented growth in Are you an entrepreneur? Are you an entrepreneur with the ambition and credentials to build a highly successful business, who requires funding to achieve your aspirations? Do you recognise the benefits an experienced lead investor/mentor with knowledge of your sector can bring to your business? If so – you are invited to contact Angels4Angels.

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skills and expertise

revenue from £170m to £330m and an eight times growth in earnings. David jointly led two MBO's and a successful exit to Origin Plc in 2008. During his time at Masstock, he completed an MBA from Warwick Business School and attended the prestigious Advanced Management Programme at Harvard. Since his successful exit from Masstock in 2010, David has made a number of personal investments in early stage growth and jointly invested with venture capital backed businesses. He is also involved in a number of charitable foundations.

VICTORIA FRANKS Victoria communicates regularly with investors and entrepreneurs. Victoria’s background as Marketing &

How to become a part of Angels4Angels and make a difference… Are you looking to invest? Perhaps you are looking for a new challenge after exiting a successful business or you would like to diversify your investment portfolio? Angels4Angels would welcome

Left to right: Victoria Franks, John Caines, David Cribbin and Helen Lovatt

Communications Manager at Cheltenham based Software company Maxima means she is fully equipped to build a sustained programme of communications to investors and entrepreneurs in the Angels4Angels community.

HELEN LOVATT Helen introduces investors to the benefits of angel investing. Helen’s involvement in the local business community and background as a corporate finance lawyer, including time in-house with Venture Capital and business development, positions her perfectly to introduce high net worth investors to angel investment and early stage entrepreneurial business ventures. enquires from potential Investors who are looking to join a managed angel syndicate as either a passive or more hands-on business angel.

If you are interested in joining Angels4Angels please contact Victoria Franks on 07971 971 899 / victoria.franks@angels4angels.co.uk or visit www.angels4angels.co.uk for more information CS



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Brewin Dolphin – supporting entrepreneurs and business in Gloucestershire Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK’s largest independentlyowned private client wealth managers, with 39 offices throughout the UK and Channel Islands. Committed to personal service, we offer a wide range of financial solutions to help you make the most of your investments. For more information, please contact Paul Nurden on 01242 577 677 or email paul.nurden@brewin.co.uk brewin.co.uk/cheltenham

The value of investments can fall and you may get back less than you invested. Brewin Dolphin is a member of the London Stock Exchange and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority No.124444 

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Raising our game Paul Bates, Publisher of Cotswold Style, met up with Ed Mawle, Divisional Director at Brewin Dolphin Cheltenham and asked him about entrepreneurs in Gloucestershire... Have you noticed an entrepreneurial shift in Gloucestershire over the past few years? Yes, it’s interesting to note that since 2008, the number of entrepreneurs in the country as a whole has grown by 367,000, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. This shift has definitely been reflected in Gloucestershire with more and more people deciding to leave the comfort and safety of salaried employment. We, of course, have a lot of home-grown talent in the county but due to Gloucestershire’s location and popularity, we also benefit from an ongoing influx of progressive businesses and individuals who choose to relocate to the area.

What is the profile of the typical Gloucestershire entrepreneur? Interestingly, there is no ‘typical’ entrepreneur, no mould that can be easily stereotyped. Ages vary widely, from people in their 20s starting out in business on their own to those who have worked in industry for maybe 20-30 years. The nominees showcased by Cotswold Style and those whom we come into contact with at Brewin Dolphin do, however, share certain attributes: a spirit of adventure, a compelling personal drive, a belief in themselves, a confidence in others and a willingness to get stuck in – traits which set them apart and which make them so exciting to work with. How important is the Entrepreneurs Award for Gloucestershire? It is hugely important. Firstly, it provides

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a stage to showcase the business talent that we possess in the county. Secondly, it encourages our entrepreneurs and gives them public recognition for their ingenuity and tenacity. Finally, it provides press coverage and networking opportunities which cannot be underestimated in a climate where bank lending and business funding is more discerning.

What have Brewin Dolphin done to foster entrepreneurial spirit in Gloucestershire? Two things: Through increasing our brand awareness via the Brewin Dolphin Cheltenham Cricket Festival and via our association with Gloucester Rugby, we are trying to raise the profile of local business in Gloucestershire. By fostering relationships and engineering networking opportunities, we hope that entrepreneurs – (both small business owners and the entrepreneurially-minded within larger organisations) – will have a better platform from which to drive their businesses forward. Secondly, we help entrepreneurs to make the most of their money and to plan for the future in relation to their personal finances as well as their overall objectives for their business. Formulating a coherent and suitable investment strategy for our clients obviously represents the core to our bespoke wealth management offering, but we also take a wider look at their finances and personal circumstances. This will often require the expertise of other associated private client professions in the area with whom

we find our services dovetail perfectly, both from a technical and relationshiphandling perspective.

What attracts you to working with entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurs make things happen. Refreshingly, they see opportunities rather than obstacles. They tend to be excellent networkers and their energy is contagious. Entrepreneurs force us to raise our game - a challenge we revel in. They work on short timelines so decisions are made swiftly. We also find they are only too happy to recommend the services of people they trust and firms with which they’ve had a good experience. Entrepreneurs are extremely valued clients at Brewin Dolphin. They challenge us, they make us think and they empower us. A happy side effect is that their success is great PR for our services! CS The value of investments can fall and you may get back less than you invested. The opinions expressed in this document are not necessarily the views held throughout Brewin Dolphin Ltd. Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC and its subsidiaries (including Brewin Dolphin Limited), as well as their Directors, representatives and employees, accept no liability for any direct or consequential loss arising from the use of this document or its contents.



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At Brewin Dolphin, we can’t do our job without knowing what makes you tick. So we’ll always invest our time. Before we invest your money.

At Brewin Dolphin, we believe it’s essential to understand what’s important to you. It’s the key to creating and managing your bespoke portfolio. When it comes to your investments, the first thing we earn is your trust. For more information, please contact Alex Barrell on 01242 577 677 or email alex.barrell@brewin.co.uk brewin.co.uk/cheltenham

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BOLD & BRAVE… Eric Barton meets up with Kay Williamson, Managing Director, Gravitas PR The very essence of any entrepreneurial activity is usually based on the ability to overcome fear, conquer self doubt and harness the mind. Stacking shelves in a supermarket is usually borne out of necessity rather than desire. Patently there is a big difference between shoving cans of beans in aisle three to the heady heights of handling high profile PR campaigns, but there is a link in that it only takes the desire and the brainpower to make the difference. PR is at the very beating heart of most companies and their external profile is in most cases crucial to them. Think horses versus beef in ready meals here. Kay Williamson, Managing Director and owner of Cheltenham PR outfit Gravitas has cut a swathe through the PR world since she emerged in the 1980’s with a history degree from Lancaster University and a gritty knowledge of the media from working for pennies with local press ‘up North’ as an intern. Her desire to get on led her to leave her Manchester home for London. As Kay explains,’ I was always going to be journalist and a move to London seemed the right thing to do’. As her experience in London widened she also embraced the PR ‘super mix’ that sometimes only a stint there can offer. Kay says,’ I worked on iconic brands like Butlin’s and HP to The National Maritime Museum, and for big PR consultancies. A sojourn of twelve years saw Kay’s enthusiasm wane for the ‘big smoke’. Kay says,’ I knew Gloucestershire through the Badminton Horse Trials and decided that Cheltenham would offer the best challenges outside London’. Then when two former clients asked her to manage their PR the die was cast. Kay says,’ I decided this was my time and formed Gravitas PR’. In fact you’ll find that Gravitas PR was born in a recession and it takes real self belief and guts to open MARCH 2013

up shop in an economic downturn. Her first big break was winning the PR account for South West Nuffield Health Hospitals. Kay says,’ this prestigious client was so prized that I was editing speeches for them on the eve of my wedding’. Kay Williamson is clearly passionate about PR, crisis communications, her clients and her team’s achievements. Her passion is at the very core of the business where she instils those very self same qualities in her hugely dedicated team. Kay goes onto further say, ’my role is like that of a creative director here and I have to be a catalyst through the culture I create. It’s the staff here that really makes things happen’. They must be doing something right as Gravitas PR can boast a host of high profile clients; everything from the skincare brand where they created Cheltenham’s first pop-up beauty shop to the wild flower turf company who supplied London’s Olympic Games. The last recession bit many local firms and Kay simply says, ‘it’s been tough and we hunkered down a bit, but we also hired more people and have expanded.” Starting any business is daunting and only entrepreneurs who have been through this mill know what they’re talking about. Kay Williamson is very

direct on this, ’my advice is if you want to start something up, just do it – and while you’re still young, as you can always go back to stacking shelves. If you believe in what you’re doing follow your heart, not just your mind… and above all be bold and brave’. And what of the future at Gravitas PR? Kay says: “In the next three years I’d love this building to be bursting at the seams with talented, dedicated people who can deliver work for our clients in the spirit of bravery and intelligence that clients need’. Kay Williamson has come a long way from borrowed offices and computers to owning a four - storey office building in Lansdown Place in Cheltenham. Just shows you what bravery can do. CS For more information www.gravitaspr.co.uk Tel 01242 211000



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MAKING YOUR ‘LIGHTBULB MOMENTS’ LAST A LIFETIME In today’s competitive marketplace entrepreneurs and their precious ideas need guarding. RICKERBYS LLP can make sure your ‘next big thing’ isn’t over before it begins. The team has produced a free guide to Intellectual Property, from creation through to expansion and beyond and is essential for anybody who sees potential in their bright ideas.To request your copy contact:

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Entrepreneurship: Never a better time? As we come to the fifth or, perhaps, even the sixth year of the UK’s economic downturn it is interesting to note that there are still good reasons for entrepreneurs to feel confident about the ability of business to thrive and continue in what many commentators would have us believe is an unbelievably harsh climate. In this brief article I set out a number of factors which suggest that everything is not doom and gloom especially for those with an interesting and original idea:-

1. The Patent Box. This new regime will allow worldwide profits from the exploitation or eligible patents or other qualifying rights held by companies which are subject to UK corporation tax to be taxed at a lower rate of 10% rather than the main rate of 24%. This new regime comes into effect on 1st April this year with the lower rate being phased in over a five year period; 2. China. The growth of the economic powerhouse has slowed markedly over the past year or so. Companies are no longer as completely wed to the lower production costs offered by the far East. There are undoubtedly quality issues in cases of large scale manufacture which have caused production to be concentrated either within the UK or in facilities over which greater control can be exerted from the UK.

3. Education. Business leaders in the UK are beginning to concentrate far more on establishing direct links with schools in order to ensure that there is a ready supply of suitably qualified students. The Government’s commitment to the education sector now encompasses “studio” schools MARCH 2013

which are designed to provide a vocationally based approach to education. It is highly encouraging to see Gloucestershire College pioneering the ‘Gazelle’ scheme that puts ‘entrepreneurship’ as a core theme in their business related vocational training. 4. Finance. Many successful companies are sitting on large “war chests” of money which are simply waiting for good ideas to emerge. 5. Entrepreneurs remain active and committed. The food and drink sector is increasingly fast and (forgive the pun) fluid. Entry costs are relatively low for the right quality product (probably not involving horsemeat). Entrepreneurs increasingly focus on branding issues with which to badge their product. In some cases the wackier the better!! A good example is that of Innocent – the smoothie maker.

6. Entry costs. The internet and the rise of the “App” is the obvious example. Entry costs are not particularly high. I am aware of one client who produced a modern take on an established computer game where the royalties provide a steady monthly cheque. Gloucestershire has always been a great place to do business. There is no doubt that entrepreneurship is alive and well within the Uk in 2013.It is just a little more difficult to identify than before. Whatever the economic climate, there is room for original thinking and new business opportunity. For further information or advice, please contact Richard Knight, Partner and Head of the Corporate Team at Rickerbys LLP Solicitors on 01242 246468 or email Richard at Richard.knight @rickerbys.com



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Make a difference Renishaw plc is a UK company, which employs over 3,000 people in more than 30 worldwide locations. We develop and manufacture world class products - our core skills rest in measurement, motion control, spectroscopy and precision machining. From jet engine and wind turbine manufacturing, to dentistry and brain surgery, we apply innovation to solve tough engineering and scientific problems. Part of Renishaw’s ongoing success is due to our commitment to invest in the training and development of our people through structured career and development programmes. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Please see our website for a full list of over 100 UK based Engineering and Scientific opportunities. The majority of these roles are based in south Gloucestershire, within easy reach of Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Swindon and The Cotswolds Join a global company that encourages personal achievement. Latest vacancies include: Application Engineers

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JOIN THE DEBATE See what the future holds: 11-14 April 2013

For great ticket deals and more information visit cheltenhamdesignfestival.com Discover how creative thinking changes lives for the better at the Cheltenham Design Festival – with four days of inspiring events for all the family at the Parabola Arts Centre, it’s a vision of our future. 

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Cheltenham gets creative

The Aston Martin Rapide S will be making an appearance along with Aston Martin's celebrated Design Director Marek Reichman

From cars to mobile phones, design affects our lives in every way as the Cheltenham Design Festival shows

Back for its second year from 11-14 April, in a blaze of its signature yellow, the Cheltenham Design Festival will set the Parabola Arts Centre abuzz with debates, talks and interactive events that show the power of innovation. Last year saw a host of worldrenowned creative thinkers taking the stage as designers, branding experts, engineers and digital masterminds talked about the power of creativity. For 2013 the organisers have added an extra day and invited even more innovators to demonstrate how good design improves our lives. This year's festival will feature even more family events, including a series of fun, free workshops for young artists, inventors and photographers. If you think creativity doesn't touch your own life, think again. Everything around us is designed; our phones, our cars, the chairs we sit in and the shoes we wear. Good design is seamless; when it works we don't even notice it's there. This four-day event is a chance to see creative thinking in action and take part in some fun and fascinating discussions and debates. Motor enthusiasts have a chance to hear from Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's Design Director, who will explain how the iconic car manufacturer achieves a perfect balance of design and performance. It's a rare chance to hear MARCH 2013

from the man behind one of the most prolific periods of new model introductions at Aston Martin – including the DBS which featured in the 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace. It's also an opportunity to under the bonnet of the Rapide S itself and appreciate its grace and poise. The Cotswolds is a centre of innovation, a fact that hasn't escaped the festival's organisers. Oli Christie of mobile games studio Neon Play in Cirencester will be showing what it takes to create and launch successful mobile games while the architects behind the new-look Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum will be explaining how they took inspiration from the museum’s collection for the new design. The Cheltenham Design Foundation, the charitable trust behind the festival, are passionate about nurturing creativity locally. Their Design Academy, free Saturday classes for 14-16 year olds, has been a huge success and allows local young people to experience many different design disciplines. At the 2013 Festival, all young creative minds can get involved in the Sunday Studios, free to 816 year olds. Covering illustration, inventing and photography, these handson workshops are a great way to explore ideas and see where they lead. In the Ideas Lab workshop, budding inventors

Right: BBC Radio 4’s Fi Glover returns for 2013 to chair more lively debates at the Festival

can get tips from the Science Museum's Inventor-inResidence Mark Champkins, who'll be showing how to research ideas, take them to the next level and pitch a product. As a successful candidate on the BBC's Dragon's Den, Mark will also be giving advice to inventors for all ages in the Parabola's main auditorium so it's a great opportunity to learn from someone who actually tamed the Dragons! During the Festival there will be events and workshops taking place at the Parabola, so you can soak up the atmosphere and discover something new. This year's Design Academy students will be showing an exhibition of the work they've produced, from soft drinks packaging to self-portraiture and building designs – a chance to see what the next generation of Cotswolds creatives are up to. CS Tickets will be on sale from the Town Hall box office or the Cheltenham Design Festival website. To find out about all the events, sign up for the Sunday studios and to buy tickets, go to cheltenhamdesignfestival.com 

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MAKING PROGRESS As legislation makes dropping out a thing of the past, a new UCAS website is helping thousands of teenagers make the right choice after GCSEs From this summer, by law, teenagers must stay in some form of education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. The UCAS Progress website is helping councils, schools, colleges and parents meet this challenge, by letting young people search for post-16 courses all in one place. Since September last year, younger students in Gloucestershire have been using UCAS Progress (ucasprogress.com) to find courses ranging from apprenticeships in engineering to A-level maths. Gloucestershire county council and local education providers have teamed up with the Progress team to deliver regional content for the new web service. While UCAS is best known for managing university applications, UCAS Progress is for younger students searching for courses like BTECs, Diplomas, A-levels and apprenticeships. It’s free to use and can also accessed on mobile devices like tablets. Teenagers can search for courses by region, type of course, or just a simple keyword, then save and share them with friends, family and advisers. From September - under a change in the law known as Raising the Participation Age - teenagers must continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. And from 2015 that requirement extends until they turn 18. 

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Nationally, the UCAS Progress service receives over one million page views a week. Andrew Webster, Information, Advice and Guidance Manager for Prospects said: “We’re very positive about seeing the introduction of UCAS Progress within the Gloucestershire area because of the support it offers to young people making career choices. “Using UCAS Progress students can find out information about schools, academies, colleges and training providers, and view information by course, provider or on a map. “By typing in their postcode or the location of where they want to study, they can find learning opportunities within a chosen distance. “UCAS Progress is a great way for them to explore the options open to them and is a helpful supplement to the expert face to face careers guidance provided by Prospects Careers Advice Plus.”

More than 70 local authority areas in England, including Gloucestershire, are using UCAS Progress as either a search tool, or as a complete search and apply system. Gina Bradbury, Head of UCAS Progress said: “As the demands of Raising the Participation Age become a reality this year, we’re very excited to be working with Gloucestershire’s Local Authority and education providers, to help young people make informed choices about the future. “With so many changes within education, and new responsibilities for schools and colleges, we have worked to develop a service that is efficient and effective for students as well as for the teachers and advisers supporting them.” CS For more information contact the UCAS Progress team on 0871 468 2568 or email ucasprogress@ucas.ac.uk

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#EnTTrepreneurs Supporting EnTTrepreneurs; why Tayabali Tomlin is the right Accounting firm

Research shows that aside from friends and family, accountants are the most trusted advisers for any business. Accountancy is an integral, necessary service and making the decision about who to use can be difficult; entrepreneurial businesses looking to grow should be selecting a firm that can support them as a start-up and adjust to their needs as they expand.

At Tayabali Tomlin we recognise that entrepreneurs need more than just ‘an accountant’ and we specialise in creating added value services for each of our entrepreneurial clients. As a profession, accountants are particularly risk adverse which directly contrasts with entrepreneurs’ risk-taking instincts; we’ve recognised this gap, addressing the disparity so we can help you achieve your personal and business goals. This means your attitude to business becomes the focus of our work and our service, leaving you free to concentrate on optimising your business. We’re here to help... For any business, choosing the right accountant is a critical decision. Pick the wrong firm and it will cost you a lot of money, slow your growth, and give you additional stress and worries. To make it simple, we offer individual support for tax returns and end of year accounts or a range of ongoing fixed fee packages to support and help you manage and optimise your business. Contact us today to find out how we can help your business fly and ensure you have a forward-thinking accounting team on your side. MARCH 2013

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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Wellington Square, Cheltenham

An elegant, substantial Grade II listed semi-detached town house with an open outlook over Wellington Square. The house has the advantage of a detached 2 bedroom cottage to the rear boundary.

Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 639414 email:cheltenham@hamptons-int.com

Guide Price £1,195,000 • 5 bedrooms • 3 bath/shower rooms • 3 reception rooms • Kitchen/dining room • Parking • Walled south/west facing garden

The Only National Agent With 5 Cotswold Offices. At Hamptons International our unrivalled coverage of the Cotswolds and access to the key London market will ensure your property is seen by the widest possible audience. Call us now to arrange a free, no obligation market appraisal. 

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The Park, Cheltenham

Guide Price: £350,000 A spacious and well-presented first floor apartment situated in a handsome period • 3 bedrooms • 2 bath/shower rooms Grade II listed semi-detached villa within this sought after area on the south side • Sitting room of Cheltenham. Energy Rating D. • Kitchen/dining room • Utility area • Garage Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 639414 email:cheltenham@hamptons-int.com

It’s Important To Make Time For The Things You Love. At Hamptons International we know your move is important to you and so our knowledge, expertise of the local market and personal service can take the strain out of moving. Leaving you free to relax, safe in the knowledge that everything’s being taken care of. MARCH 2013



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Imperial Square, Cheltenham £1830pcm Furnished

Century Court, Cheltenham £795pcm Unfurnished

Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 263559 email@hamptons-int.com

Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 263559 email@hamptons-int.com

A light and spacious raised ground floor apartment within this elegant terrace of purpose built apartments overlooking Imperial Gardens. A particular feature of this apartment is the fact that it has its own main entrance and two south facing terraces to the rear. The property comprises hallway, elegant drawing room, kitchen, master double bedroom with en-suite, 2 further bedrooms (1 with en-suite) and bathroom. The property has the advantage of having one underground car parking space with secure gated access.

A beautifully presented 1 bedroom apartment within the well managed and secure environment of Century Court. The apartment offers convenience and security together with contemporary living within walking distance of Montpellier. This rarely available apartment faces the quiet inner courtyard and comprises entrance hall, living room/dining leading to south west facing balcony, kitchen, double bedroom and bathroom. The apartment has 1 allocated underground parking space and the advantage of a residents only gym. The communal gardens are beautifully maintained with seating and a water feature.

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Tivoli, Cheltenham £1375pcm Furnished

Montpellier, Cheltenham £1595pcm Unfurnished

Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 263559 email@hamptons-int.com

Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 263559 email@hamptons-int.com

A well presented 3 bedroom furnished house in Tivoli within close proximity of Montpellier, The Suffolks and the Bath Road. The accommodation has its own main entrance and comprises entrance hall, kitchen/breakfasting room, sitting room with doors leading to decked area and private rear garden, three double bedrooms all with en-suite facilities, gas CH, and on road parking.



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A beautifully presented duplex apartment situated on the ground and lower ground floors of this attractive period property. Situated in the heart of Montpellier this apartment retains many period features which give the property a feeling of elegance. The accommodation comprises hallway, living room with an open outlook to the front and side, breakfasting kitchen, master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, further double bedroom, bathroom with shower over. Benefits include gas CH, single garage, video entry phone access.

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Tel: 01242 500259 | www.cookresindential.co.uk

Lansdown Road, Cheltenham We believe this magnificent Grade II listed home was built in the early 1830’s and has been refurbished to a high standard still retaining many original features including original working fireplaces, cornicing, sash windows and architrave. This property is set within the popular area of Lansdown within easy reach of Montpellier and the local train station. The main residence has stone steps to an entrance vestibule leading to the front door. The accommodation is arranged over two floors and offers a striking entrance hall with stone flooring, original cornicing, original stone balustrade within the stunning staircase, original windows and features. The drawing room includes three full-length sash windows, original cornicing and remarkable marble fireplace. The kitchen is open plan to a dining area and family reception area with log burner and has double bi-folding doors leading out to a terrace; this has been refurbished to a modern and contemporary style. This room has also been fitted with surround sound. There are two skylights within this room both with electronic opening vents providing ample light into this area. The current owner have had installed a bespoke handmade walnut and silver style kitchen with soft closing units, granite worktops, cabinet lighting and central island which includes an instant hot water tap, double sink and breakfast bar. The floor is stone and also includes under floor heating. Other fitted appliances include a wine cooler, microwave/convection oven, hot drawer and dishwasher. Through a frosted glass sliding door from the kitchen is a utility area housing washing machine, tumble 

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dryer and stainless steel sink with double drainer and crockery storage shelf beneath. Above this floor space is a mezzanine landing which would be an ideal space for study. This has not been done by the current owners but is an ideal space for someone wanting to personalise this area. This level also offers a formal sitting room with an eye-catching working fireplace and original cornicing. A bedroom with fitted storage, working gas fireplace and en-suite wet room fitted with travertine tiles, perfect for those looking for a bedroom on the ground floor. Upstairs there is a landing with floor to ceiling window and large airing cupboard. There are three generous bedrooms, two with fitted wardrobes and a family

bathroom with separate claw-foot bath and shower unit. The master suite offers fitted wardrobes, double doors opening out to a balcony area and double feature doors leading into an attractive generous en-suite bathroom. This en-suite bathroom offers a regency style suite including claw-foot bath, walk in double shower and his and hers sinks. Outside there are two outhouse buildings, both ideal use for a granny annex / guesthouse or use for offices. Both of these buildings offer en-suite shower rooms and double doors out to garden / courtyard. One offers a vaulted ceiling exposing beams. Within the grounds to this impressive home are two courtyard areas, one housing hot tub and three areas of lawned garden. There are many features including a brick built BBQ, log storage area, pond with water feature and topiary in the form of a horse jumping a fence. Perfectly in keeping with the famous Cheltenham Racecourse landmark. Arrival to this home is accessed via electronic gates and there is parking for numerous vehicles of all sizes on the gravel driveway and a double garage which is unusual for a property so close to Cheltenham Town Centre. This is a truly rare opportunity to acquire one of the most prestigious period homes within one of the most popular areas of Cheltenham.

Guide Price: ÂŁ1,400,000 Cook Residential, Cheltenham

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Cleeve Hill Cheltenham Setting the scene: Cleeve Hill House is an attractive Edwardian detached home situated in an elevated position with spectacular views towards Cheltenham and looking straight down the home straight of the famous Cheltenham racecourse. Why we love it: The house offers elegant well-proportioned accommodation arranged over 2 floors. On the ground floor and reached via the impressive entrance hall is a drawing room with bay window, a formal dining room and smaller sitting room with open fireplace. The kitchen/breakfast room is towards the rear of the house and has a range of fitted units with a utility/boot room. Off a rear lobby there is a study, cloakroom and two store rooms. A lovely substantial staircase rises to the large open and light landing where there are four good sized double bedrooms, a fifth bedroom or dressing room and two large bathrooms. A door leads from the landing onto a balcony which takes full advantage of the magnificent views. Outside there are a range of outbuildings, ample parking for multiple cars and a lovely private lawn enclosed by hedging and surrounded by mature planted borders. Details: Knight Frank, Cheltenham. 01242 246959. Guide Price: ÂŁ795,000; Nick.chivers@knightfrank.com. www.knightfrank.co.uk/ch100107 

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Elkstone Cheltenham Setting the scene: A pretty stone build period cottage quietly located in the picturesque village of Elkstone. Why we love it: Situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the cottage offers accommodation full of character, with a spacious sitting room with inglenook fireplace, a stunning light and bright kitchen/breakfast room and guest bedroom with adjacent shower room. On the first floor, the split level master bedroom has a staircase rising to a further pitched room with beamed ceiling, whilst two further bedrooms are served by a luxury fitted bathroom. Outside, there is a small courtyard garden and to the front, off road parking for two cars. Details: Knight Frank, Cheltenham. 01242 246959. Guide Price: ÂŁ395,000 Nick.chivers@knightfrank.com. www.knightfrank.co.uk/che070082

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Mythe Grange Mythe, Tewkesbury Gloucestershire Setting the Scene: Mythe Grange is a substantial house with wonderful views towards the Malvern Hills, The property is situated about about half a mile from the market town of Tewkesbury which offers an excellent range of day to day shops as well as the renowned Tewkesbury Abbey. Why we love it: The property offers well proportioned accommodation which is arranged over three floors and it is believed to date from the 1920s. It offers a potential purchaser the ideal opportunity to modernise and update the house to create a charming family home. The benefits include: Entrance hall, reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, study, kitchen, breakfast room, pantry, utility room, cloakroom, range of stores and gardener’s wc, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, four further bedrooms, two bathrooms, two separate wcs, linen cupboard, range of attic rooms (four further potential bedrooms), coach house with stable, tack room, garage and loft over cellars, landscaped gardens, paddocks. Outside, the property is approached through stone pillars leading to a gravelled drive with parking to the front of the house. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn and include some mature trees. There are also some post and rail paddocks. In all the property extends to about 6.7 acres. Guide Price: £1.5 million Details: Savills, Cheltenham Tel: 01242 548 000 www.savills.co.uk 

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Painswick Road, Cheltenham Setting the scene: A handsome period mid-terrace town house offering well-proportioned accommodation arranged over four floors. There is also a generous lawned rear garden and potential for off road parking. Why we love it: The property was beautifully renovated and extended in 2011 by the current owners creating a fantastic synergy of traditional period features with contemporary living space and offering well-proportioned accommodation arranged over four floors. Guide Price: ÂŁ935,000 Freehold Details: Hamptons, Cheltenham. Tel: 01242 639414 cheltenham@hamptons-int.com 

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Cheltenham is one of the UK’s most handsome towns and coupled with the elegant and sophisticated architecture and award-winning gardens, it’s a vibrant and dynamic place to set up home. What’s more, there’s an impressive range of retail therapy opportunities to enjoy, as well as an equally impressive range of places to relax and refresh afterwards. However, it is the latest example of contemporary living that is creating a stir in the town. Seventy Nine The Park, brings modern living to one of the most soughtafter address in town. Located in the beautiful and prestigious address of The Park, the light contemporary-designed building, landscaped gardens and gated entrance, sits perfectly in this tree-lined road, perfectly complementing the surrounding Georgian villas. Inside, MARCH 2013

Linden’s renowned attention to detail is evident with every fixture, fitting and finishing touch exuding quality. The beautiful area of Montpellier is just a short walk away, with its cafes, bistros, boutiques and bookshops that give it a positively continental feel. The collection of just nine exceptionally-spacious two- and three-bedroom apartments and one luxurious penthouse, by housebuilder of the year Linden Homes, has already attracted the attention of discerning buyers, with four properties, including the penthouse, sold before the show apartment is even open. Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cheltenham itself offers the best in town and country living. Just a short drive out and you’ll find yourself in the middle of

rolling hills and spectacular scenery – perfect for walking, cycling or simply enjoying being out in the fresh air. With easy access to the M5 motorway and Cheltenham Spa mainline rail station, providing direct access to London and, beyond, the location really does offer the best in town and country living.

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THE FESTIVAL 2013 FIRST DAY - CHAMPION DAY Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (Old Course) 1.30 William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) 2.05 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (Grade One) 2.40 JLT Specialty Chase (Handicap) (Grade Three) 3.20 Stan James Champion Hurdle (Grade One) 4.00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase (Handicap) 4.40 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (Grade Two) 5.15 Pulteney Land Investments Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed)

Distance 2m 110y 2m 3m 110y 2m 110y 3m 7f 2m 4f 2m 4f 110y

Prize Money £120,000 £150,000 £90,000 £400,000 £50,000 £85,000 £60,000 TOTAL £955,000

Distance 4m 2m 5f 3m 110y 2m 2m 5f 2m 110y 2m 110y

Prize Money £85,000 £120,000 £150,000 £350,000 £80,000 £75,000 £65,000 TOTAL £925,000

THIRD DAY - ST PATRICK’S THURSDAY Thursday, March 14, 2013 (New Course) 1.30 Jewson Novices’ Chase (Grade Two) 2.05 Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Listed) 2.40 Ryanair Chase (Grade One) 3.20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Grade One) 4.00 Byrne Group Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade Three) 4.40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Amateurs) 5.15 St Patrick’s Derby (Charity Flat Race)

Distance 2m 4f 3m 2m 5f 3m 2m 5f 3m 1f 110y 1m 5f

Prize Money £100,000 £80,000 £275,000 £275,000 £90,000 £60,000 TOTAL £880,000

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SECOND DAY - LADIES DAY Wednesday, March 13, 2013 (Old Course) 1.30 John Oaksey National Hunt Chase (Amateurs) 2.05 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) 2.40 RSA Chase (Grade One) 3.20 Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade One) 4.00 Coral Cup (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade Three) 4.40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade Three) 5.15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade One)

FOURTH DAY - GOLD CUP DAY Friday, March 15, 2013 (New Course) 1.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade One) 2.05 Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (Grade Three) 2.40 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) 3.20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (Chase) (Grade One) 4.00 CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup (Amateurs) 4.40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 5.15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (Handicap) (Grade Three)

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Distance 2m 1f 2m 1f 3m 3m 2f 110y 3m 2f 110y 2m 4f 110y 2m 110y

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William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

Andy: The first Festival bet I had this year was on Dodging Bullets, he ran at the Festival last year and finished fourth in the Triumph Hurdle. He is still a Novice going into this year’s Festival. He won the Conditions race at the Showcase meeting and then won well at the Open meeting. Last time out he was third in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. If My Tent Or Yours runs in the Supreme and reproduces his form of the Betfair Hurdle, he wins. However, I am hopeful that Dodging Bullets will run well. I also have a lot of respect for Nicky Henderson’s River Maigue. Cathryn: I agree with Andy, Dodging Bullets has been on my shortlist for the Supreme Novices Hurdle since November. Another horse that catches my eye at a huge price is Court Minstrel, he finished third behind Dodging Bullets at the Open meeting. I feel there is a lot more to come from him.

Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase

Andy: This is always one of the most exciting races of the Festival, it’s the first chase of the meeting and they go hell for leather over two miles. I cannot see outside the first two in the market: Simonsig and Overturn. I’m a huge 

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Simonsig fan; he has been wildly impressive in his two starts this season. He won the Neptune at last years Festival in great fashion. Second favourite Overturn who was runner up in the Champion Hurdle last year, was arguably the better hurdler but Simonsig is more likely to win. However, if I have a bet in the race it will be Overturn. Cathryn: Again, I agree with Andy’s assessment of the race. I would absolutely love to see Overturn win, he is an admirable dual purpose performer. Andy is spot on in saying that Simonsig is the most likely winner. However, on the day, I will most probably back Overturn. Stan James Champion Hurdle

Andy: There must be a huge temptation to run My Tent Or Yours in this race, reproduction of his Newbury form would see him placed in a Champion Hurdle. Hurricane Fly is a worthy favourite, winner of the race in 2011, he was below par last year when finishing third. He’s closing in on Istabraqs record as the most successful Irish Hurdler of the modern era. If Grandouet lines up for the Champion Hurdle he would be my each way selection against Hurricane Fly. Cathryn: This race is all about Hurricane Fly, if he was a man I would marry him, I absolutely love him! Winner of the race in 2011, his sheer class carried him into third place last year when he clearly wasn’t right. This is basically a group one Flat horse running over hurdles. When he first came in to the care of Willie Mullins, Willie considered running him in the Irish Champion Stakes. After he won his first Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown, he was entered in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. He is unbeaten this season; he won the Irish Champion Hurdle for the third time on his latest start. He will be the first Champion

Hurdler since Comedy Of Errors to regain his crown. The nearest challenger in my eyes is Zarkandar, but Hurricane Fly will win!

Pulteney Land Investments Novices’ Handicap Chase.

Andy: If Colour Squadron were to line up, he takes my eye for this race, finished last season off coming second to Dedigout at Punchestown in the Champion Novice Hurdle. He has been shaping with promise in Novice Chases this season. Cathryn: I’m completely with Andy, Colour Squadron will be my selection if he is declared to run on March 12th. SECOND DAY – LADIES DAY – WEDNESDAY 13TH MARCH

Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle

Andy: I think Taquin Du Seuil is a top class horse and he will run very well, he was narrowly beaten by My Tent Or Yours at Ascot before claiming two impressive victories at Sandown and Newbury. Cathryn: The New One could possibly be my banker of the week, loves Cheltenham and he beat My Tent Or Yours in an Aintree Bumper at the end of last season. Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase

Andy: This race is dominated by Sprinter Sacre, it is a race to watch, not bet in, if he runs to within a stone of his best form – he wins. He is the new star of National Hunt racing. Cathryn: I echo Andy’s words. Sprinter Sacre is a monster and the Queen Mother Champion Chase looks a formality. MARCH 2013


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SHOW ON TURF RSA Chase

Cathryn: I am very keen on the chances of Reve De Sivola, he has previous Festival form and he beat Oscar Whisky by a neck in the Cleeve Hurdle on Trials Day.

Andy: The favourite Dynaste has a profile similar to Grands Crus. To win an RSA you need a horse that is a real dour stayer. At the time of writing, I would be with Hadrians Approach each way at the prices. Cathryn: The RSA is a real test; Dynaste to my eye isn’t a true stayer. My two selections are Boston Bob and Rocky Creek. Boston Bob has previous Festival form; he was second in last year’s Albert Bartlett. I have been a fan of Rocky Creek since his days in the Irish Point to Point field. He is a future star of staying chases.

JCB Triumph Hurdle

Andy: Our Conor was very impressive in the Spring Juvenile at Leopardstown, but I would be against him rather than for him in the Triumph. The Irish haven’t won the race for ten years; although they came very close last year with Hisaabaat. Far West and Rolling Star have got rock solid form, they won’t be far apart and Swnymor won’t be far away either. Cathryn: I was blown away by Our Conor’s performance in the Spring Juvenile. He beat a very good horse in Diakali. I think the Triumph Hurdle trophy will be heading back across the sea this year! Following Our Conor home will be Far West.

Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle)

Andy: I know that Jonjo O’Neill thinks an awful lot of Shutthefrontdoor, if he decides to run him in this race he is certainly worth a second look. Cathryn: I am with Shutthefrontdoor too. I have been a massive fan of this horse since he was running in Bumpers last year.

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

Andy: I think the favourite At Fishers Cross will run very well. If the ground turned heavy I would be with Coneygree. Cathryn: I’ve been with Coneygree since his impressive victory at the Open meeting in November. The relentless gallop he maintained in deep ground at the December meeting, cemented my views. I’m confident that he can handle better ground.

Andy: A Cracking race this year, I’m a big Oscar Whisky fan. If it’s good to soft, he will win the World Hurdle. Reve De Sivola, will almost certainly be in the first three. MARCH 2013

Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup

Andy: I backed Bobs Worth and Silvinaco Conti at the start of the season. I will be surprised if one of them doesn’t win the Gold Cup. Bobs Worth won the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle in 2011 and the RSA Chase in 2012. Festival form always repeats itself. Silviniaco Conti is a really progressive horse with tactical speed; Ruby Walsh can put him where he wants in the race. His trainer Paul Nicholls knows what it takes to win a Gold Cup. Cathryn: There are three horses that appeal to me in the Gold Cup; they are Bobs Worth, Sir Des Champs and First Lieutenant. The latter may line up in the Ryan Air but I think he would have a great chance in the Gold Cup. He relishes spring ground and loves Cheltenham. He won the Neptune in 2011 and finished second to Bobs Worth in last years RSA. I like Bobs Worth for all the same reasons as Andy. Sir Des Champs is also a dual Festival winner and carries the main hope of Ireland. Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (Handicap)

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THIRD DAY – ST PATRICK’S THURSDAY – THURSDAY 14TH MARCH

Andy: If Cue Card runs in this he has a great chance. It’s hard to say at this moment in time with the main protagonists holding multiple entries. Cathryn: As Andy said, it is impossible to make a confident selection at this stage. If the former Champion Chaser Sizing Europe or the 2011 Neptune Hurdle winner First Lieutenant were to line up here, they would be on my shortlist.

Below: Reve De Sivola and Oscar Whisky

Above: The New One, At Fishers Cross and Coneygree

Andy: At this stage it’s impossible to say what is going to line up in the Handicaps. If Kid Cassidy lines up in this race, he will be on my shortlist. Cathryn: I agree with Andy on Kid Cassidy. I will also be interested in the chances of last years County Hurdle winner. Alderwood. CS 

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What the Festival means to me It is Thursday March 16th 1989; I’ve been thirteen for three days. It’s been a good week; as well as my birthday, it’s been my parents wedding anniversary plus the house has been full of once a year visitors. Cue plenty of late nights and laughter along with constant horse talk. My parents have long given up trying to make me go to school during Festival week. It’s a big day, if the apple of my eye is ever going to be considered a true great; he has to win steeplechasing’s blue riband – The Cheltenham Gold Cup. I take a cursory glance out of the window, as I read the Sporting Life then nearly fall over in shock, the rooftops are white and it’s raining heavily. I inwardly groan; the weather combined with the fact that Cheltenham really isn’t his track doesn’t bode well. Before leaving the house, I’m talking to the poster on my bedroom wall; “you can do this Des, I know you can” It continues to rain; we arrive at the Racecourse to find a dramatically white Cleeve Hill keeping an eye on the Fire Brigade pumping water off the track. This is nothing short of a disaster, since Whitbread Day last year I have waited for this moment. My Dad, sensing my infinite despair, tells me “Look Charlie, if this carries on they may not run him, don’t be too disappointed ok, there’s always next year and you know he’s great” I respond with “Dad, they have to run him, it’s now or never” I refuse lunch and take myself off to watch the Triumph Hurdle in solitude. I go back to MARCH 2013

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where everyone is, get a telling off for having muddy trousers then promptly take myself off again to watch the Foxhunters, with the strict instruction to be back with them for the Gold Cup. I relax a little, I can see him in the parade ring and he looks fantastic. I catch flashes of white through the hordes of his huddled adoring public. The challenge is on; we’re really at the races. He goes to post under my adoring eye. The tapes rise, the roar goes up, the flying grey goes to the front as normal, so far so good. Then, Golden Freeze falls, Carvill’s Hill falls, The Thinker falls. It’s a war of attrition and my brave soldier is out there fighting. At the second last he’s tired whilst Yahoo the mud lark is a length up and bouncing in the conditions. I can smell defeat, I can see darkness and my head is practically on the floor. Suddenly, the noise around me starts to build, my eyes jerk back to what is unfolding on the course and it’s nothing short of a miracle

but then that’s him all over. Desert Orchid actually accelerates into the last, on landing he drifts towards the stands whilst gaining ground with every stride. I start to shout and 69,999 people do the same, it’s an amazing sound and it’s the sound of success. Dessie passes the post in front, remarkably with a swagger that says “Come on, me accept defeat – never” In the midst of the roars there is a hailstorm of hats and papers, people turn and start to run towards the paddock, Dad grabs me and we run into a wonderful pandemonium. Along with the object of my affections, something else in the Winners Enclosure grabs my attention; the reporters are scribbling away whilst gathering quotes from the winning connections. A light bulb goes on; I cannot ride and I’m definitely not an artist, however, I can write. I make a mental note to talk to the careers tutor the minute I step back into school. CS Cathryn Fry Twitter @cathrynfry



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“I love a challenge” Cathryn Fry meets Mark Holder, one of the twelve riders chosen to take part in the St Patrick’s Derby, the Charity race in aid of Cancer Research UK. Mark is no stranger to Festival glory; his Father Richard, trained Ikdam to win the Triumph Hurdle in 1989 Q) What is your involvement in racing? I grew up on a farm, my dad trained under a permit. In 1980 he decided to apply for a full licence. We had a reasonable amount of success, Mayotte finished placed in the Waterford Crystal Stayers Hurdle (Now the World Hurdle) at The Festival in 1983. I worked for my father for 10 years, but I was always more fascinated with the betting side of things than the training. My Father had met an old time professional punter called Billy Baugh at Wincanton in the early 1980’s, he inspired me and for the past twenty years I’ve made my living from betting on horses. Q) Tell us your memories of Ikdam? Ikdam had been bought the previous summer specifically for the Triumph Hurdle. He turned out to be slower than we’d thought was well beaten on his first 3 starts. He ran okay without winning in his next three runs; we knew his only real chance of running well at the Festival was if the going was very testing. Our prayers were answered with torrential rain on the day of the race that turned the going to heavy and this was before the days of Cheltenham’s new drainage system. So it was proper heavy going. There’s no feeling like having a Cheltenham winner, my father was of the old school and not a man given to emotional outbursts. I ran and grabbed his arm as Ikdam walked back in, he was shaking. It was easily the best day of my racing life. No money can buy that feeling. It was unbelievable. For the next week we all walked round with smiles on our faces. Cheltenham can do that to you.

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For the next week we all walked round with smiles on our faces. Cheltenham can do that to you one. So many people have their lives directly or indirectly affected by cancer. My best friend died of leukaemia when we were nine years old and I’ve lost two close relatives to the disease, another is in remission. Also, as a man who is as passionate as you can be about National Hunt racing, the chance to ride around here is like a football supporter playing at Wembley. I love Cheltenham, there’s something about the whole place that makes me glow inside

Q) How are you preparing for the big day? You’ve got to be so much fitter to race ride than most people realise. I am making sure that I can be as fit as I can be. I go to the gym every day, I ride every day and I practise on the mechanical horse every day! I’m totally exhausted all of the time, but I want to ride as well as I can. Q) What horse are you riding and who for? As yet, I’m not sure. I’ve been riding out for trainers Mike Blake and Tim Vaughan since I was told that I had been accepted for the race, so it’ll almost certainly be on one of their horses. I’d like to thank OLBG.com who have kindly and generously sponsored my race-wear for Cheltenham. If you would like to donate please visit: www. justgiving.com/mark-holder CS 

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Left: Lotus Cropped suede & leather jacket, Boutique3, £149; Mother White Jeans, Boutique3, £210; Zebra Print loafers, Keith Scarrott, £119.95; Silver linked necklace, Beards, £650; Silver linked bracelet, Beards, £435; Silver earrings, Beards, £350. Above: Joseph silk shirt, Boutique3, £225; Twenty8Twelve Leather Panel Trousers, Boutique3, £235; Bridle Belt I Capriole Belts @ Cowley Manor Village Shop or 07736497108; Studded Toe Capped Heels, Keith Scarrott,£139.95; Gold Chain Necklace, Beards, £235; Gold and Silver Cross Bracelet, Beards, £345; Gold Chain Bracelet, Beards,£165; Silver Bracelet, Beards, £535 Right: Graham and Spencer Dress, Boutique3, £195; White ankle socks, Stylist’s Own; Black Suede Ankle Boots, Keith Scarrott, £179.95; Gold ‘Africa’ bracelet, Beards, £4,635; Gold 'Africa' long necklace, Beards, £5,157; Gold 'Africa' short necklace, Beards, £4,757.

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SAY HELLO

TO HATS! We can't wait for Cheltenham races so that we can pop on the most adorable of outerwear and an amazing hat! Wearing the perfect head gear comes with its own dilemmas, namely what to do with your hair! Hat hair, by definition, isn't a typically sought after look. Laura Leigh has found some styles that allow for wearable, enviable locks and hats that will keep you both warm and chic. Hair and makeup by Laura Leigh Hats by Denise Innes – the British school of millinery Jacket by Joules Photography by Rob Wheatman

The trilby The cool trilby adds a masculine edge to a look, so keep things feminine with free flowing hair and easy, air dried waves. Also, try pulling your hair back or to the side in a loose bun. Make sure that you allow some tendrils to sneak out in front for a laid back, less polished look. Q: What kind of hat would be suitable for Cheltenham Ladies day? A: Dress for fashion. Don’t forget that Wednesday is Ladies Day at Cheltenham and an excuse to add a bit of glamour. Dress to be seen with a more eye-catching hat. Milliner Denise Innes has some fabulous designs. info@thebritishschoolofmillinery.com

The beret A brimless loose-fitting beret or small hat works best with shorter hair, try flipping the ends for a cute retro look or add some soft vintage waves.

THE BLOWDRY BAR The Laura Leigh blowdry bar is a quick solution to a bad hair day. Contact us directly to book in time for Cheltenham Ladies day and have one of our famous blowdries or up do's, prices from £14. Call 01242 530 598 to book. Q: How can I avoid hat hair? A: The secret to avoiding hat hair is all in the blow-dry. The bigger you can make it the less it will fall under your hat. Apply a volumising mousse to clean, damp hair, use a large round brush and section the hair off. Working up from the nape of the neck. For extra bounce roll the ends around the brush. Use a good hairspray that is humidity resistant. We recommend Sebastian Re-shaper hairspray £16.

The wide brim Volumous hair is an ideal compliment to this favorite classic shape. If you are going for full-on big hair, start with volumising mouse , blowdry the hair and then create waves with Velcro rollers and brush out to create soft movement.

Laura Leigh Hairdressing, Lower Ground Floor, 105 The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1NW, Tel: 01242 530598; www.lauraleighhairdressing.co.uk

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the festival

From

Farming to Fashion A firm favourite on our television screens, local farmer Adam Henson is announced as Ladies Day Ambassador for 2013…

Cheltenham Racecourse has announced that popular countryside TV presenter and local farmer Adam Henson will be the Official Ladies Day Ambassador for The Festival in 2013. Ladies Day will take place on Wednesday, March 13, the second day of the four day Festival. Adam has spent his life in the countryside having been born and bred in the Cotswolds and brings farming to the public on a Sunday night by

presenting to millions from his tenanted farm in the Cotswolds. For many years Adam, along with his father Joe Henson, has nurtured and developed Cotswold Farm Park, showcasing the best of British farming and rare breed animals such as Belted Galloway cattle, Cotswold sheep and Golden Guernsey goats. Adam is passionate about the British countryside and wants to share his enjoyment with as many people as possible. Talking about his involvement with Cheltenham Racecourse Adam said: “I am thrilled to be working with Cheltenham for the upcoming season and to be endorsing Ladies Day at The Festival in 2013. As someone who really enjoys a day at the races, I want to encourage both women and men to attend The Festival and see for themselves what a great day out a visit to Cheltenham Racecourse really is”. Adam’s partner, Charlie Gilbert, and hairdresser Stuart Holmes will be judges at this year’s event. CS

Stuart Holmes are delighted to offer you the perfect prize for race week. For your chance to win a cut and blow-dry, make-up session with a top make-up artist and a manicure simply email editor@stylemagazines.co.uk before the closing date of March 10th 2013.

This can either be claimed during race week or up until July 31st 2013. Treatments are non-transferable.

Also for ALL Cotswold Style readers, Stuart Holmes will offer a complimentary glass of champagne during race week when they visit the salon for hair or beauty treatments. All that you need to do is mention Cotswold Style at the time of booking.

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Hat The Claudia fascinator – Lisa von Hallwyl millinery Dress @ The Boutique Shoes Keith scarrot Bracelet @ The Boutique Shawl Mondays Earrings Beards

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Photography by Matt Darlington www.mattdarlingtonphotos.co.uk

Styling and Millinery Lisa von Hallwyl millinery www.lvhdesigns.co.uk Makeup Kirsty TL www.onlinepictureproof.com/kirstytl Hair Blushes www.blushes.co.uk Assistant Andy Willis www.andywillis.co.uk Models Harrie Blake and Charlotte Yorke Producer Rachel Fisher www.thecotswoldconcierge.co.uk Location Royal Agricultural College www.rac.ac.uk



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CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY IN STYLE

What better way to spend Mother’s

courtesy of the Cheltenham makeover team!

Day than by treating yourself to a brand new look? A-List Aesthetics, Laura Leigh Hairdressing and Donna Banfield Make up artist have teamed up to offer one lucky reader the chance of a luxury makeover!

MEET THE MAKEOVER TEAM

COMPETITION

Claudia Ehler (A-List Aesthetics) Laura Leigh (Hairdressing) Donna Banfield (Make up artist)



Busy mum of three, Lucy Garbutt (in her mid 40’s), was selected to experience this exclusive Mother’s day makeover package and give her verdict on each treatment. She was looking for inspiration regarding her hair and make up and wanted to freshen and brighten dull winter skin as well as address some fine expression lines and wrinkles to regain a more youthful look.

To win your own personal makeover, email editor@stylemagazines.co.uk telling us why you deserve a makeover in no more than 50 words. The closing date for entries is April 1st 2013 and the winner will be notified after this date. The runner up will receive 50% off an Intraceuticals Oxygen infusion Facial. A-List Aesthetics 07779 334 813 www.a-listaesthetics.com Donna Banfield 07798 854 898 www.donnabanfieldmakeup.weebly.com Laura Leigh 01242 530 598 www.lauraleighhairdressing.co.uk

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So, here’s what the package includes: A-List Aesthetics Whether you’re looking to combat the effects of aging or just want to look stunning for that special occasion, Intraceuticals Infusion is the must-have treatment. Unlike any other treatment on the market, it uses therapeutic-grade oxygen and Hyaluronic Acid serum, a substance naturally found in the skin and deemed ‘the fountain of youth’, to deliver a powerful cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants into the skin. This leaves the skin looking plumper, brighter, firmer and more flawless immediately after treatment. Even more lift and lustre can be seen as results intensify in

Donna Banfield Make-up Donna Banfield is a Cheltenham based freelance make up artist with over ten years experience. She says: “The most important thing when applying your make up is to understand and work with your own features; what looks great on one person may not flatter another. Lucy’s skin was already primed for make up and noticeably plumper and smoother from her A-List treatment, I further enhanced this by using Estee Lauder ReNutriv Ultimate Lifting Makeup Foundation which boosts moisture levels and tones the appearance of skin so it looks lifted, smoother and more radiant. I used copper tone eyeshadows to bring out the blue in Lucy’s eyes, MAC’s Sheertone Blush in Peachykeen to give her cheeks a healthy glow, and completed the look using a rose pink lip colour with a subtle gloss finish (YSL Vernis a Levres # 15 Rose Vinyl). Lucy’s verdict: “I love my new make-up look and felt a million dollars after the makeover. My husband asked whether I had put blue lenses in my eyes as he said they shone so much! My son Archie thought someone had made my eyes bigger and they all peered at me with wonder afterwards. What artistic genius and mind-blowing skill. Donna made me look and feel fabulous!”

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the following hours after treatment. A unique three step Hyaluronic acid moisturising home regime further helps to enhance moisture levels in the skin. For Lucy, the aim was to deeply hydrate and brighten her complexion, lift the jaw line and work on easing fine lines and wrinkles around the forehead and delicate eye area. A double infusion of Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin A, C and E and green tea extract was used. Atoxelene, a natural alternative to botox injections, was infused to target fine expression lines and wrinkles in the upper half of her face. Lucy’s verdict: “I have been very surprised by the transformation of my skin practically overnight! Tension lines

in my brow have eased considerably due to the deeply hydrating nature of the facial, and my whole face feels fresh, glowing and plumped as one might feel after a lovely long holiday with plenty of sleep, exercise, sunshine and good food! I love the healthy tone and elasticity the treatment has instantly given my skin. Even the skin around my jaw line feels like its standing to attention and is taught again! What a miraculous treatment!”

Laura Leigh Hairdressing Laura Leigh hairdressing is an award winning hair salon on Cheltenham’s fashionable promenade offering a selection of high quality services to both men and women. Laura says: “Lucy wanted to maintain the length of her hair so it was essential to use a reconstructive repair mask to boost the moisture levels in the hair and to add more shine. Long seamless layers were added to create volume, texture, and movement. A sweeping fringe was added which compliments her cheekbones, features and facial structure perfectly. The colour was updated by choosing a softer glossier shade of blonde. A variety of iridescent blonde shades were added throughout the style to add depth and texture. This colour has helped to warm up her complexion and gives the hair a healthy shiny glow.” Lucy’s verdict: “The team at Laura Leigh hairdressing are welcoming, fun, efficient and dynamic! It’s a lovely place to relax with wonderful cappuccinos etc on offer and a chance to catch up on all the celebrity gossip – and that’s before thinking about hair! Laura spent quite some time discussing my hopes for my hair… banishing grey, thinning, the frizz and fuzz etc. She suggested a different colour tone which she suggested would compliment my skin colour and Nadine efficiently blended the colours to give my hair a wonderfully natural look – I’m thrilled with the result!”

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Jennings of Tewkesbury specialise in the finest oriental rugs and carpets The magic and the mystery of the Orient; its art, culture and ancient history are all captured in the enduring beauty and hand-woven craftsmanship of traditional Oriental rugs and carpets.

As a family business we have specialised in offering the finest hand-made Oriental rugs and carpets for more than 50 years. We travel far and wide to find the best examples and carefully select individual rugs and carpets from established weavers who use vegetabledyed hand-spun wool or the finest silk.

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With our wide knowledge and expertise we offer a very high level of personal service to our customers. So, come and see our exquisite selection for yourself. Our period Tudor shop is only a stone’s throw from Tewkesbury Abbey. We’ll be delighted to see you.

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WIN two free tickets to the

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THE PRIZE

The lucky winner will receive: • Two free admission tickets for Saturday 23rd March

• A car pass for the VIP car park • A welcome info pack

THE LAND ROVER GATCOMBE SPRING HORSE TRIALS will take place over the weekend of 23RD/24TH MARCH 2013 The popular Land Rover sponsored event, held annually at the home of HRH The Princess Royal, Gatcombe Park, takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March. The event features an entry of 250 on each day which includes a number of leading international riders. Starting at 9am on both days, the event will feature the dressage, show jumping and cross-country phases running throughout the event. The event attracts many interesting shops to the trade stand area, which will include the Gatcombe Collection. At various times during both days, HRH The Princess Royal will present prizes to winners in each of the various sections. Amongst the leading international status riders competing at the event will be Gatcombe based Zara Phillips along with, potentially, riders from 12 other countries. Thus, giving a truly international flavour to this popular local event. This year the event celebrate its 21st MARCH 2013

• Hosted lunch for two in the VIP hospitality unit

• Personal hosting through the day • An exclusive chauffeured tour of the course in a Land Rover • Meet some of the leading riders and officials

• Half day for two at a Land Rover Off Road Driving Centre of your choice

anniversary. The event takes place on a course designed by HRH The Princess Royal and her event organiser Pattie Biden. This course utilises a different area of the Gatcombe Park Estate to that used by the Festival of British Eventing which takes place in early August. Gatcombe Park is situated at Hampton Fields, mid-way between Minchinhampton and Avening; the event will be signposted from both directions. Spectator admission is £6 for a car and all occupants. For information about the event visit www.gatcombehorsetrials.co.uk CS

To win just answer this question Gatcombe Park is the home of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. It is situated near? 1. Hampton Court 2. Hampton Fields 3. Hampton Wick

Please email your answer to editor@stylemagazines.co.uk before 15th March 2013.

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The

Country Life Mandy Hall explains how she gained her dream job at Cotswold Farm Park, in the first of her regular monthly diary series… PHOTOGRAPHY BY CRAIG DERRICK

I had been an annual pass holder at the Farm Park for three years, and absolutely adored going there in all weathers with my little girl, Lola. When I was made redundant from my ten year career in property, I decided I wanted to live “The Country Life” dream. The Farm Park was advertising for seasonal staff and I decided to just go for it. I was able to transfer the customer

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service skills gained in my previous job, with my unwavering passion for animals and farming. I had previously had three of my own horses, dogs and cats. I was fortunate enough to be accepted as part of the core Display Team and feel proud to have been given this opportunity at the Farm Park. My role is both people and animal based. We start work at 8am and all the animals have to be mucked out, fed and watered, which is the part I love the most. The animals we are responsible for are: donkeys, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, quail, cows and ducks. There are health checks to be carried out too, and claws to be trimmed. If any of the animals are hurt or unwell, we immediately inform the stock manager who ensures that the relevant medication is taken. We have plenty of eggs to

collect and clean to sell in our shop. We have just opened for 2013 and it's LAMBING SEASON, which is my favourite time of the year and my favourite season at The Farm Park. It is incredibly busy and we are expecting around 1400 lambs. The maternity barn/ward is set up for the 750 expectant ewes. It is a fantastic set up, as lots of visitors sit quietly watching lambs being born. Sometimes the ewes need a little assistance with delivery from our Stock Managers and a members from our Display Team is always at hand to answer any questions. I often see people grab a coffee and go into the barn, all cosy watching it all unfold for hours. It's fascinating and special, although sometimes it can be quite emotional. We sadly lose some lambs a long the way, but that's just the reality of farming... Part of my job is to hand-rear any lambs that aren't feeding too well, or have been rejected by their mother, which for me is such a privilege. These lambs then become our feeding lambs for the rest of the season, which means the public get the chance to bottle-feed them twice a day, which is a fabulous sight and always great fun to enjoy at any age. I love the people aspect part of my job, I'm so proud of the Farm that I want to ensure that everyone has a fun day out. The more mature generation who visit us are wonderful and I love to hear their stories from the war and other times gone by. I think everyone should visit us at least once, because I know you'll fall in love with it as much as me! CS The Cotswold Farm Park is open every day from 10:30am. Lambing is on until 21st April 2013. The annual pass is available from £36 for children, £42 for adults, £40 for seniors and special offers for families. For more information visit www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk.

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Bird’s eye view Sudeley Castle’s Head Gardener, Jon Hodder, comments on his great admiration for birds of prey The Cotswold Eagle is often easily viewed at this time of year. The leafless trees and bare landscape will evidence its presence, although its simple colourings make an excellent camouflage at any time of year. I am writing about the Buzzard, known to scholars and keen birders as buteo buteo, originally classified by Linnaeus in 1758 as falco buteo. I grew up in the east of England, (some years ago!). It was not a good time for predatory birds. The effects of DDT were still evident. Sparrowhawks were a rare sight and Buzzards just a picture in a book. The most common bird of prey then was the Kestrel: a beautiful bird, which is also known through the sublime poetry of the old rural name, the Wind Hover. When I first heard that name fall from the lips of an old Suffolk ploughman it was as if the last thousand years had not occurred. For there, in that simple term was the descriptive beauty of the Anglo-Saxons. The deconstruction of the name may be assumed to be obvious, as the Saxons often had poetic but fairly literal ways of describing things. In the case of the Wind Hover this is not so. The echo of the past is still strong in the term, but the true origins are perhaps subtler still. The word Wind is as good now as it was in the time of Edward the Confessor: Hover is where the true poetry and word play occurs. The Saxon word for Hawk is Heafoc. Wind Heafoc. Say it quietly to yourself, and you may hear the past whispering back. And so it was that, when I moved westwards and settled in MARCH 2013

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Nearly every winter there is a friendly Buzzard that appears on the North Lawns of the Castle. He is usually there in the mornings, walking about in a relaxed manner, occasionally dabbing for earthworms Gloucestershire, I found the presence of the Buzzard a source of joy and wonder. I still do. Nearly every winter there is a friendly Buzzard that appears on the North Lawns of the Castle. He is usually there in the mornings, walking about in a relaxed manner, occasionally dabbing for earthworms. He will usually fly lazily away at the presence of a human, but only to perch in a very nearby tree. He is certainly more assured than the everguilty Heron, who will readily spring into his hangdog, arch-winged flight at the slightest sign of movement. The Herons old name? The Night Fisher. Descriptive and accurate, but it lacks the poetry of the Kestrel’s, perhaps

because the Heron is not a bird which easily lends itself to the sense of soaring freedom engendered by the little brown hawk. Over the winter Gary Cope, our falconer and owl expert, has been handling and training the owls that now live in the Pheasantry. If you share my admiration for birds of prey you may be interested in coming along to one of his weekly talks where you will learn more about Eagle, Barn and Snowy Owls and see them at close quarters. The talks take place every Sunday at 3.30pm during the season. CS

by Jon Hodder Sudeley Castle and Gardens reopens for the 2013 season on the 17th March. Check the website www.sudeleycastle.co.uk for full details of events including Tudor Family Fun Days, literary and historical talks and events, or call 01242 602308. Sudeley Castle Gardeners can be seen on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SudeleyCastle Gardeners



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Brunsdon Financial Services CEO Brian Morman explains why it could pay to explore various options for providing money for your ‘third age.’ If you’ve read my articles before, you’ll know I just love statistics, particularly when they come from a reputable source and tend to rock you back on your heels! So, if you can manage to stifle that yawn and read on, I guarantee you’ll be surprised, not to say a little shocked, by these stats. In 2009, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the number of over 65s was greater than the number of under 15 year olds. It is now estimated that by 2050, whilst the number of teens is likely to hover around the same figure, the over 65s are going to double in size. The fastest growing sector in the UK is the over 80s, whose tally is set to rise from 2.6 million (in 2010) to 6.2 million by midcentury. (Source: www.saveour savers.co.uk 7 February 2013). Think about it. There’s a good chance that could include you. Even by 2015, it’s estimated there will be 11.6 million people in the UK over 65 and by 2025 that figure is likely to balloon to 13.9 million. According to the ONS, there are now a record 640 individuals in Britain aged over 105! Make no (old) bones about it, the UK population is getting older. Just take a look around. You’ll notice a greying society, but one that is becoming increasingly healthier due to advances in medical science, better diet, exercise and so on. You probably know where I’m going here. How do you intend to support yourself financially for what could easily be a third of your life, or more, when you are no longer earning a living? According to a recent study by insurer Aviva (Source: Daily Mail, 4 January 2013), 23% of people between the ages of 65 and 74 are still working – the majority because they can’t afford to retire! The fact is, millions of people are simply not saving enough – or at all! It’s MARCH 2013

crucial therefore that as the proportion of retirees in the population soars, you have your own financial resources firmly in place to support yourself. Like it or not, reliance on the State is not a viable option. The Government’s workplace pension initiative, AutoEnrolment, will go some way towards encouraging more people to contribute to a company pension, but for some, especially older workers that have made no previous pension provision, it could be too little, too late. The good news is that there are very good, viable, alternative or additional ways to provide funds for your later years and one of the best is an Individual Savings Account (ISA). If used properly, an ISA has the potential to take you all the way to retirement. An ISA is a ‘tax free’ savings vehicle. You only pay income tax on the earnings from which you save. There is no income or Capital Gains tax on your interest. Downsizing property has always been regarded by many as a retirement nestegg. Think of your mortgage repayments as a form of ‘pension,’ if you like. If paid off before you retire, you would then be in a position to sell up and move to a more modest home and use the difference as an income. There are a number of medium-tolong-term investment opportunities that could be used as a top-up for your retirement income. I would advise you look for investments with a good track record and performance, reasonable charges and some form of volatility management incorporated. We can advise on options that could tick all the boxes. Consulting a financial adviser is always a wise first step when contemplating any type of investment and I would remind you that past performance is not a guarantee of future returns. Also, some of the

options suggested may not suit everyone as individual circumstances need to be taken into account. A pension is still the proven, traditional method of providing a steady income in retirement, but pursuing multiple strands of investment and savings ideas will potentially increase your financial comfort factor during all the extra years the statisticians have promised us! CS

with Brian Morman Brian Morman ACII ABIBA Dip FA is a Financial Adviser and CEO of Brunsdon Financial Services Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority(FSA). The FSA does not regulate tax. Tax treatment may be subject to change in the future. Tel: 01452 623 623 Email: brian.morman@brunsdon.co.uk

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From the very beginning we punched above our weight and it was a very deliberate decision to always become bigger. Sarah has been working in sales and marketing since leaving school at the age of 16. “We moved from North Yorkshire with the family for my dad’s business and I got a job street canvassing for a double glazing company for around four years and it suited my lifestyle. So that was it! But I look back on it now and think I’m fairly fearless when it comes to talking to people and selling as there is such a lot that can go wrong in that early environment that it sort of knocks off all of your edges.” “We are incredibly team-orientated here and we work very hard on involving everybody. So just before you arrived we had a debrief about the figures and we sit around the table in teams and I talk through the figures and everybody has the chance to be involved and to question things and to offer suggestions. We describe ourselves as team members, I don’t believe in having staff, I can’t stand that word and so we refer to each other as partners where it’s appropriate.” Sarah has also developed an Energist UK chocolate bar, with packaging that reads ‘We love building success… and we also love chocolate!’ “I do love chocolate and it is a big thing for me!

This year I am going to set up an online chocolate shop.” Each year, Sarah compiles a bucket list and the chocolate plan is on this for 2013. “The list is stuck to the back of two of the doors in our kitchen and we have the whole year planned out! I am a bit of a list freak but my husband David and I hope to go sailing and to learn French this year. I have also started training to be a Chocolatier.” Sarah’s passion and energy is evident and she even found the time to learn to tap dance a few years ago. I ask if that was her favourite bucket list moment. “This place gets the big tick really. Life is really good and I have a really good balance between life and work. That’s what counts.” CS

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“What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Who knows what Shakespeare would have made of the abundance of corporate names, logos and brands in today’s society. Personally, I suspect that “that which we call Google / By any other name would not be so valuable or successful.” Indeed, the trade mark “Google” is now estimated to be worth in excess of $44 billion! While trade marks are very valuable assets for businesses, they also fulfil various important functions. For example, a trade mark gives a clear indication to consumers of the origin of a particular product or service. It is relatively easy and cheap for a business to register a trade mark, but once goodwill and a reputation has been built up, as the above example shows, trade marks can be worth many thousands or even millions of pounds. Having a registered trade mark is also important for a business in order to be able to take action against ‘copycats’ and prevent competitors from using branding that is confusingly similar. For instance, a Spanish company that owns the trade mark “RAM” for milk and cream was recently able to prevent

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another company from registering the word “BELLRAM” for cheese products. This is a useful reminder – it ‘rams home the message’, if you will – that where consumers are likely to be confused, a trade mark registration is unlikely to succeed. And even if a trade mark is granted in these circumstances, it could still be challenged and revoked at a later date. Recognising the importance of trade marks, companies are increasingly pushing the boundaries of what they try to register, from the smells of perfumes to musical ‘jingles’ (think of the very distinctive Direct Line telephone ringing sound). The latest boundary pushing has come from Apple, which has just been successful in registering a trade mark in America comprising the “design and layout” of its Apple Stores. The trade mark description begins as follows: “The store features a clear glass

Recognising the importance of trade marks, companies are increasingly pushing the boundaries of what they try to register, from the smells of perfumes to musical ‘jingles’ (think of the very distinctive Direct Line telephone ringing sound).

storefront surrounded by a panelled facade consisting of large, rectangular horizontal panels over the top of the glass front, and two narrower panels stacked on either side of the storefront. Within the store, rectangular recessed lighting units traverse the length of the store’s ceiling…” And so the description continues… demonstrating the difficulty of pinning down in writing what really is distinctive about a particular shop layout! The reason that Apple has sought to protect its unique store design in this way is undoubtedly that it has had trouble in recent times with ‘copycat’ stores popping up. Indeed, obtaining registered trade marks is an important element of any company’s strategy to protect its valuable intellectual property, goodwill and reputation. CS For further information and advice, please contact Chris Morgan on 01242 246479 or email Chris on chris.morgan@rickerbys.com

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Better banking This month Diane Savory, Chair of Gloucestershire LEP, talks about the collaborative work between banks and businesses... I’ve always admired business and individuals in Gloucestershire for the way they’ve challenged the status quo. From the invention of the jet engine to producing 200 different types of artificial snow for movie sets, Gloucestershire businesses have never been afraid of doing things differently and our banks are no exception. In an unprecedented move, and with support from Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, representatives from nine of Gloucestershire’s biggest banks - Santander, Yorkshire Clydesdale, Barclays, Handelsbanken, HSBC, Coutts, Lloyds TSB, The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest, have put aside competition for the greater good of Gloucestershire and its economy. In a nutshell, this means better support to help businesses of all sizes flourish. Their efforts are an example of another UK first for Gloucestershire

LEP, delivered right here in our county – and it’s a move that has been recognised and appreciated not just by local business representatives but by the Business Secretary Vince Cable himself. Far from being a talking shop, this collaboration from the banks is about action. I don’t believe in talking shops, I believe in getting things done and our Banking Group takes a very practical approach, examining the challenges that businesses face when it comes to finance, investment and export, and then taking action to tackle these challenges head on. Its recent funding guidance for small businesses is a prime example. Recognising that small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) can often struggle to identify routes to finance, and that current information can be hard to digest, all nine banks have worked together to rewrite funding guidance in accessible and practical language. This

extends from simple definitions of financial terminology through to more detailed guidance looking at the funding available and where it can be accessed. And the really great thing about this collective is that all of the banks have been willing to share impartial case studies which can be found on the Gloucestershire LEP website in order to find the most appropriate form of financing for individual companies. With well over 30,000 SMEs across our county, support of this kind is truly critical in giving our economy the kickstart it needs. But the Banking Group is not just helping start-ups and smaller enterprises it’s also advising firms about investment, export and procurement opportunities that can businesses to grow. And what makes this really exciting is that this isn’t a ‘behind closed doors’ project, delivered in isolation by the banks. On the contrary, they are engaging directly with local enterprise to ensure that the information and guidance provided supports business where it needs it most. It’s this spirit of collaboration and mutual enterprise that really sums our county up – and it’s what Gloucestershire LEP is already harnessing, bringing businesses together to support each other and thrive. The collaborative work of the banks will provide a huge support to a range of organisations – from the start-up, to the more established brand. We should be proud that in Gloucestershire we are breaking new boundaries in our collective mission to realise this county’s full potential. CS If you want to find out more about the Gloucestershire LEP Banking Group and how it can help you visit www.gloslep.co.uk Diane Savory is Chair of Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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Tom Rains, Head Chef at The Daffodil in Cheltenham, shares his monthly gastronomic mission to seek out and enjoy the most interesting, unusual and just plain delicious produce available. Each month, Tom gives us the true story behind the food on our plate and the fascinating producers that make it. In part 2 of a special Parisian themed double feature Tom gets to sample some French delights. Photography by www.lushimaging.com

Bonjour mes amis! Following a fun packed day sampling delights from some of the most famous Parisian gastronomic addresses, the Boss announced that we would be ‘topping it off this evening with dinner somewhere pretty special.’ The words Michelin star were mentioned however that didn’t narrow it down, as Paris has over 80 starred restaurants, more than any other European city! A trip on the metro gave no further clues until we hopped off at the Trocadero and ascended the steps from the garlic infused underworld and there in front of me was probably the most iconic symbol of French culture, the Eiffel Tower in all its glory. It’s pretty impressive in its own right, especially when beautifully lit at night, but even more jaw dropping was the realisation that I was about to enjoy dinner 125 metres up it! The Jules Verne restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower and is one of the most famous restaurants in Paris. It even has its own private lift situated in the south leg of the tower, which whisks you directly to the restaurant. All very James Bond I thought – and then I was told that it did in fact feature in ‘A View to a Kill’ 

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when a poisonous butterfly kills Aubergine. Although the Eiffel Tower opened to the public well over 100 years ago it wasn’t until 1983 that the Jules Verne was built into the existing iron structure. Alain Ducasse took over the restaurant in 2007 and although the building is amazing, as a Chef, my main excitement was to taste dishes from a culinary giant who was the first chef ever to hold 3 Michelin stars simultaneously at 3 different restaurants in Paris – and to think I have a tough job sometimes?! They say if you want to reserve a window table at the Jules Verne then you either have to book several months in advance or ‘know someone’ – we had a window table – nice one Boss! Needless to say the meal was outstanding and the attention to detail breath taking, including the Brittany Sea salt butter arriving to the table in the shape of the Eiffel tower base with a JV stamp! The food was not over complicated but very refined and elegant. There were a couple of dishes that sparked ideas for back home at The Daffodil; a small cookpot with potatoes and black truffle, and a Baba with Armagnac dessert,

complete with dried fruit marmalade and whipped cream. Both were simple, yet clever and delicious. I left the Jules Verne on a total high having experienced the ultimate package of hospitality; beautiful tasting food, knowledgeable caring service, all set in the most breathtaking location. At the time it seemed sensible to stop off for a nightcap on our way back to the hotel and despite our fullness we managed to make room for a quick cocktail at the renowned late night haunt of Harry’s Bar, just off the Rue de la Paix. Harry’s Bar is the birthplace of such legendary cocktails

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as the Bloody Mary, French 75 and the Side Car which was apparently named after the motorcycle sidecar in which an American Army Captain was driven to and from Harry’s Bar, where the drink was born and christened. The following morning we headed for the Gare du Nord to commence our journey home aboard the Eurostar, but not before saying ‘au revoir’ with some classic Parisian fayre at The Terminus Nord Brasserie which is just across the road from the station. Here, I tucked into some deliciously bubbling garlic and butter Escargot’s and then sampled a classic ‘Fruit de

Mer’ platter. The seafood and shellfish section is so busy here that they have a counter next to the entrance with a chap doing nothing but shucking oysters for the heavily laden platters that seemed to be continually flowing through the restaurant, carried aloft on huge trays by fast paced waiters. It all looked like a well rehearsed circus act, I must say watching the stacked up trays certainly gave me the excitement of a trapeze without the safety net! Their technique and professionalism was a joy to watch. Having washed lunch down with a little drop of Alsace Riesling it was

time to climb aboard the Eurostar and nod off for a couple of hours, before arriving back in Blighty to put my observations and thoughts into action back in The Daffodil kitchen.

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“With your help, the Robins can reach new heights” The Robins have given the town of Cheltenham so many moments to savour in the past 15 years. Two trips to Wembley, a pair of wins at the Millennium Stadium and four promotions have been toasted in that period and Cheltenham Town are now a fully-established Football League club. Their progress on the pitch, however, has been hampered by a decline in support which is jeopardising the ambition of chairman Paul Baker and manager Mark Yates. When Steve Cotterill grabbed the club by the scruff of the neck and dragged it through the divisions in the late 1990s, there was a remarkable rise in numbers pouring through the turnstiles at Whaddon Road. The days of around 500 people turning out to watch Southern League matches against Baldock Town were a distant memory. Gates peaked during the 2002/03 campaign, when 4,655 fans on average witnessed the club’s first season in tier three. Since then, the club have lost supporters and it is now a struggling to hit the break even figure of around 3,200 this term. The floating fans are still there, as

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Jon Palmer explains why he wants to see support for the Robins increase this season…

illustrated by the 10,000 who travelled to cheer Cheltenham on in last season’s play-off final defeat by Crewe Alexandra. There was also a sell-out FA Cup tie against Premier League Everton earlier this season of course, but less than half of the 6,000 fans who were there that night returned for the League game against York City five days later. Those who are there week-in weekout to get behind their team do so magnificently and there is a wonderfully committed group of die-hards. But they need help if their club is to

realise its ambition of climbing into League One and stabilising there, something they have not yet been able to do. Their first spell in League One lasted one season and while John Ward and Keith Downing kept them up twice in 2007 and 2008, it quickly went wrong as they plummeted down to the basement division, nearly falling out of the Football League altogether. Yates’ appointment in December 2009 has heralded a dramatic turnaround on the pitch and a new-look board of directors has things in order behind the scenes. Cheltenham underlined their intentions with some eye-catching signings in January, including striker Paul Benson on loan and Jason Taylor and Byron Harrison on permanent deals. Make no mistake about it, chairman Baker now expects Yates to deliver, but should the club succeed it will become even more vital for the town’s football lovers to respond. Times are hard for many and League Two action does not come cheap, but Cheltenham have done all they can to attract families and prices compare favourably to other clubs at their level. Recent investment has brought Cheltenham some breathing space, but the board can only sustain the current wage bill for a limited time unless more people show their backing, so if you are at a loose end on a Saturday, there is a team and a stadium a short walk from town of which we can be proud. If 5,000 fans can travel to Tottenham, surely more than 2,500 can make the effort to show up to roar the team to promotion. With your help, the Robins can reach new heights and really put Cheltenham on the footballing map. CS 

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Triumphant TRIO It wasn't just our national sporting heroes who were basking in success during 2012. Our local sportsmen also have a story to tell

Left to right: Charlie McLean, Nigel Thompson and Jake Phillips

It’s was a great year for British sport. We were spellbound by the achievements of our athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Bradley Wiggins became the first Brit to win the Tour de France. Andy Murray was the first British Grand Slam winner for 76 years. And in golf, Rory McIlroy was victorious in the PGA Championship. But what about all those budding Bradleys, Andys and Rorys coming up through the ranks and winning the local and regional competitions? Nigel Thompson, Charlie McLean and Jake Phillips are members of Brickhampton Court Golf Club – three top class local golfers who are regularly selected for the Gloucestershire County First Team. In 2012, the trio retained the historic, 96th Annual County Mens Championship (the Winterbotham Cup) for Brickhampton (pictured above), against a very strong challenge from both Minchinhampton and Bristol and Clifton clubs. Then, having proved themselves the best three-man team in Gloucestershire, they went on to reach MARCH 2013

the Quarter Finals in the English Club Championship. On an individual level, all three have had impressive success. Nigel became Club Junior Champion way back in 1991 and has been selected for both the First Team and County Teams since the age of 16! Since then he has won the Club Championship at Brickhampton a remarkable seven times and Club Championship at Cotswold Hills twice. His proudest moments to date have been as County Captain in both 2009 and 2010. Charlie has played for the County as a junior since the age of 14 and won the Brickhampton Club Junior Championships in 2006 and 2007. He’s been a member of the club’s A Team for many years, a member of the County Mens First Team and a member of Gloucestershire’s Gold Coaching Squad. But 2012 has been his best year to date. In addition to winning the Cotswold Trophy, he produced probably the best golf of his life by storming through the field to win the West of England Open

Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Royal North Devon in appalling weather - the first Gloucestershire player to win an England Mens Order of Merit event since Chris Wood took the Welsh Open Stroke Play in 2008. Jake’s no stranger to success, either. He’s been a member of the County Junior and Mens First and Second Teams for several years. As a junior, he won the top Gloucestershire junior annual competition – the Mann Cup – and has won the Brickhampton Club Championship twice. He won the Mens Club Championship when he was just 18. That’s some achievement! And he’s also a member of the Gloucestershire Gold Coaching Squad. Ambitions? Charlie and Jake, both still very young men, have their eyes firmly focused on professional golf careers. Meanwhile they’ll both continue to represent their club and county, hoping that one day soon, the England selectors will come calling! With talent like this, that day can’t be far away. CS 

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And they’re off! As the familiar sense of anticipation descends on Gloucestershire ahead of the Gold Cup, people living near Prestbury Park can be nicely divided into three groups: Love It, Hate It and Profit From It...

If you would like to share your thoughts on this subject with Kate Justice, please email the Editor at editor@stylemagazines.co.uk

The ‘Love Its’ almost need no explanation: This is a local sporting event, unrivalled in its prestige, energy and world-wide fame, that has a number of my friends saving up, planning outfits, booking mini buses and researching in The Racing Post long before Christmas. For the ‘Hate Its’ in the town – they probably live near the racecourse and have to allow an extra three hours to get to and from work / school / the supermarket etc. Granted, if you have no interest in racing, that is probably a little annoying. ‘Profit From It’ people have most likely shoved their entire family into one downstairs room, crammed most of their clutter, sorry – belongings – into the garage and rented out every other available space in their house to Irish racing fanatics. This is clearly not without its potential hazards… but most families I’ve spoken to, are now well practised at the shoving and cramming and treat the situation as a bit of a holiday themselves: The joviality and celebration around this esteemed National Hunt Festival is so infectious... you have to try really hard not to enjoy yourself, despite possibly staying up til 4am pouring Guinness and toasting winners. The first time I experienced the Festival, I couldn’t actually attend in person as I was working

in London… but had to catch a train from town before dawn. In a sort of ‘Ibiza Party Island’ style, Cheltenham was as busy at 5am on a Friday morning as it is at 10pm on a normal Friday night. I was astounded and also quite impressed. I vowed never to miss the chance to immerse myself in this amazing fiesta, right on my doorstep. Over the years, I’ve gone via coach with groups of friends and neighbours, driven myself with a prestige parking space as a guest of Guinness, walked in from town, alone as a reporter and been escorted in by officials as a judge of the Best Dressed on Ladies’ Day. (I have yet to experience the arrival by helicopter but I’m not ruling it out this year…) Last year, for me was one of the best yet. I had some work to do – tough job, but someone has to do it and blah blah – but on the whole, I spent the week bumping into people I probably only ever see at Cheltenham, having the odd flutter and indulging in (probably more than) the occasional glass of bubbly. Owners, trainers, jockeys, officials, fellow journalists and even the bookies I’ve met over the years, all remember each other – and me – with much enthusiasm and hearty back slapping. This sense of friendly belonging is impossible to manufacture and accessible to everyone – from all walks of life. It is so addictive, that those who have been once, almost cannot bear to miss it. Royalty, millionaires, teenagers, families, rugby players, young, old, rich, poor, posh or not, you’ll fit in at Cheltenham. You might even go in poor and come out rich. And vice versa. CS

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