February mentoring offer from Insight SBM

February mentoring offer from Insight SBM

January 19th 2016

Hello Listeners

If, like me with my AA Editorial Services, you’re a small business owner. And if you feel you could use some mentoring support – this is for you.

Rob Moody, of Insight Business Mentoring, has a fab February offer to share.

See a previous article about Rob and his business here: https://swindonian.me/2015/08/06/gaining-an-insight-business-mentoring/

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in 2015 Rob helped several small businesses by offering 1-2-1 business mentoring for a greatly reduced fee with places being snapped up within days.

This year, 2016. he’s running it again. But with a slight twist – a focus on sales. In Rob’s own words:

“Why sales? Sales are essential to every business, yet many business owners don’t feel comfortable selling. Very few business owners worked in sales before setting up their business so they don’t think they have the knowledge or skills to be good at it.”

Find out more about how to supercharge your sales with Rob’s mentoring services and how to apply here http://insightsbm.com/pay-what-you-can-afford-sales-mentoring/

If you’re interested then be quick as there are only five places.

The early bird catches the worm!

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The Greenhouse Kitchen

The Greenhouse Kitchen

17th January 2015

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The Greenhouse Kitchen

Okay listeners, I’ve been trying to get round to writing this post for goodness only knows how long. It’s ridiculous. Anyway ….

“Betta belly buss dan good food waste”

Roughly translates as ‘it’s better to overeat than to waste great food.‘ And certainly when I visited the Greenhouse Kitchen I didn’t leave a scrap.

https://www.facebook.com/The-Green-House-321912961252237/?fref=ts

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Tucked away on a corner of Eastcott Hill this is a ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it establishment’.

As soon as I saw the green door the first thing I though of was the song of that name. And for those of a certain age the song is not associated with Shakin’ Stevens! I remember the Frankie Vaughn version from the 1960s from I think – but it was written in 1956:

“Don’t know what they’re doin’ but they laugh a lot behind the green door
Wish they’d let me in so I could find out what’s behind the green door”

Well – what’s going on behind this green door is cooking up a Caribbean storm is what.

Now don’t visit this place expecting ambiance. Unless it’s changed since I visited back in November you won’t find any. Now I won’t lie – I like a bit of ambiance, a bit of hygge, and some dimmer lighting and a T-light on the tables wouldn’t come amiss.

However I will sacrifice that for tasty food. And at least there’s a fun and funky sun, sea and sand muriel on the wall (yes – I know it’s ‘mural’- okay?) to add a cheery note.

It would have been nice too if they were licensed – a can of Jamaican Red Stripe would have gone down a treat. Hopefully in the future.

All of that said, I enjoyed my goat curry no end! It was filling and tasty.

Judging by the number of people coming and going either eating in or collecting take-aways it’s certainly popular. It’s also very reasonably priced and is definitely worth a try.

I absolutely intend to make a return visit and try something else on the menu next time.

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Meanwhile, here’s the 1956 version of ‘The Green Door’:

Swindon 175: Save the dates

Swindon 175: Save the dates

January 13 2016

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Hello Listeners

2016 is the year of Swindon 175: http://www.swindon175.com

“On 25 February 1841, GWR directors gave the go-ahead for the railway works to be built in Swindon – following the advice and recommendations of Locomotive Superintendent Daniel Gooch. He identified the town as being the ideal place for the GWR’s central repair workshops. Construction started immediately and a new town was born!

Throughout 2016 we will be celebrating this historic occasion plus the huge achievements that Swindon has made in the last 175 years.”

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https://www.facebook.com/swindon175/?fref=ts

So this post is a simple shout-out for some of the events planned so you can get them in your diary. More details will come as each one gets closer. But for now – lick your pencils and get them diarised.

5TH FEBRUARY – 
SWINDON175 SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES ACROSS THE TOWN

26TH MARCH
– GWR WORKS HOOTERS SOUNDING AT STEAM

1ST APRIL – 10TH APRIL
SWINDON FRINGE (YOU COULD CONTACT MATT FOX, MADAM RENARDS)

5TH JUNE – 3RD JULY
– SWINDON ARTS TRAIL (DAVID ROBINSON – SWINDONARTIST@GMAIL.COM)

11TH JUNE
GWR CHILDRENS FETE, GWR PARK FARINGDON RD

23RD JUNE – 
“A SNAPSHOT OF SWINDON” ON THE 175TH DAY OF 2016

9TH & 10TH JULY – 
“BRUNEL” THE OPERA THE LITTLE MAN IN THE TALL HAT

19th NOVEMBER

– STEAM HOSTS SWINDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

LOOK OUT FOR NEW BREWS FROM ARKELLS! – Mine’s a pint!

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The Lydiard Park Debate – January 2016

The Lydiard Park Debate – January 2016

13th January 2016

The Great Lydiard Park Debate

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Simply for information: I was at the meeting/debate last night about Lydiard Park and House and recorded the first hour of it and Lord Joffe’s speech at the end. So links to those are below.

  1. The first hour of the Lydiard debate:

     

  2.  Lord Joffe’s closing speech: Lord Joffe speech

Then protect Lydiard Park Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1700197666895354/?fref=ts

And here’s a link the the Swindon Link magazine coverage: http://swindonlink.com/2016/01/the-future-of-lydiard-park-swindon-debated-at-packed-public-meeting/:

“More than six hundred residents attended a meeting on Tuesday 12 January to discuss the future of Lydiard House and Park, with the organisers calling for a three month delay in the process.

The heated debate was organised by the Friends of Lydiard Park, who are trying to safeguard the future of the council asset and want the delay for a staff community trust to have time to put together an effective bid.

The final speaker of the evening was Lord Joel Joffe of Liddington, who lives in Swindon, who was a member of Nelson Mandela’s defence team in the 1960s and later was instrumental in bringing Allied Dunbar, now Zurich, to Swindon.”

And the Swindon Advertiser’s: http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14199451.Hundreds_turnout_to_discuss_future_of_Lydiard/

 And via Index Wiltshire and Solo 16 – Lydiard from the air. It’s easy to see why it’s loved so much from this fantastic piece of footage: