‘Sorry Swindon’ says Weighbridge Brewhouse

‘Sorry Swindon’ says Weighbridge Brewhouse

July 2nd 2019

‘Sorry Swindon’ says Weighbridge Brewhouse as it relaunches with a little help from its friends.

Hello listeners – few days ago I published this post about the Weighbridge Brewhouse following my invitation to one of their dry runs. So what follows now is their official press release.

Long-established Swindon venue, The Weighbridge Brewhouse, relaunched last week [26 June] with a refurbished restaurant and bar, and changes to its food and drink menus – thanks in part to its friendly Facebook followers

The Weighbridge took to the popular social media site to apologise for previous changes at the venue that hadn’t quite ‘hit the mark’.

The restaurant and bar asked its following to suggest what they would bring back and what new elements they would introduce for relaunch, with the aim of making it up to its loyal customer base.

Followers saw a number of their ideas implemented during a successful four-day relaunch, which invited guests from local businesses, press and loyal customers to the venue to attend lunch and dinner services, experience the new decor and enjoy live music from local artists. 

This included the reintroduction of The Weighbridge Brewhouse’s famed Dauphinoise potatoes, brought back by popular demand to complement its new, broader menu boasting ingredients from handpicked local suppliers and a great offering for those with dietary requirements. 

Drinks at The Weighbridge Brewhouse have also been refreshed with a new cocktail menu – featuring delicious Strawberry Daiquiris and After Eight drinks – and a more extensive wine list by fine wine merchants Berry Bros & Rudd.

The bar area has been overhauled with a striking, illuminated tree at its centre to create an informal bar space and a new feature wall filled with station clocks reconnects to the unique venue’s past as a weighing station for trains. Luxurious teal fabric stools line the bar, updated with new silver chrome pumps, to link the restaurant’s decor. 

The Weighbridge Brewhouse’s restaurant also features further illuminated golden maple trees throughout and a new wall of black and white pictures showcasing the Weighbridge building and Swindon’s railway heritage.

To celebrate its relaunch, The Weighbridge Brewhouse also ran a relaunch raffle to raise money for local Swindon charities, Prospect Hospice and Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home service, as well as Bowel Cancer UK. Prizes from The Weighbridge Brewhouse, its owners the Upham Group, and suppliers – such as Berry Bros & Rudd – as well as ticket purchases and generous donations from its valued customers, helped to raise £1,800 for the three charities.

David Butcher, director at The Weighbridge Brewhouse said: “The relaunch has been a wonderful event, allowing us to showcase the fantastic changes we’ve made to The Weighbridge Brewhouse, from the food and drink menus to the decor, as well as additional training for all our teams.

It’s also enabled us to reconnect with some of our valued customers past and present, who we hope have enjoyed the changes – many of which have been thanks to their feedback online – and we look forward to seeing many more of them over the coming months.” 

David continued: ‘The icing on the cake has been the amount everyone has helped us raise for three amazing charities and we’d like to say a massive thank you to our staff, suppliers and our generous customers for getting behind it.’ 



Latest News from RIAT

Latest News from RIAT

Latest News from RIAT: UK’s first female fast-jet fighter pilot is keynote speaker at inaugural business event at Europe’s biggest air show 

Latest news from The Royal International Air Tattoo’s Business Club

Jo Salter, the UK’s first female fighter pilot, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Business Club event at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo. 

She was the first female fast-jet pilot flying The Tornado GR1. She admits that her first flight was the high point of her career at that time of her life. Today, Jo is the Chief of Staff to the Head of Technology and Investment at PwC (Price Waterhouse Cooper)

Helen Webb, Head of Marketing for the Royal International Air Tattoo, said: “We are thrilled Jo has agreed to come along and share her inspirational story with us. She is still heavily linked to the RAF, is a trustee of the RAF Club and a member of 601 Squadron RAuxAF. We know our guests will enjoy hearing more of her experiences.”

Jo was inspired to join the RAF after attending several airshows during her childhood in Croydon. After taking A levels in maths, physics and electronics, she applied to join and, aged 18, became an engineering officer in the Comms-Electronic branch. She also knows Wiltshire and the Cotswolds well as she spent three years studying for her undergraduate degree at Shrivenham and lived nearby during those years. 

“I am looking forward to sharing my view that leadership and achievement are about the person rather than the sector someone works in or the size of their business. I ran my own consultancy for some time and I have learned that from personal experience,” Jo said.

“Diversity isn’t just about gender, race or religion, it’s about thinking differently and allowing people to be their true selves in the workplace.”

Jo will be one of a number of speakers at The Air Tattoo Business Club which will be held for the first time at the show where companies can network in one of the Air Tattoo’s premier hospitality suites.

Guests will spend the day with like-minded organisations, enjoy business round-table discussions with pilots and aircrew who will drop in throughout the day for photo opportunities.

The event starts at 9.00am with refreshments and structured networking followed by guest speakers from 10am-11am.  The flying display is from 11am-3pm with lunch served during this time – those who want to stay in the room can take part in facilitated round-table discussions. Afternoon tea will follow at 3.00pm with guests departing from 4.30pm.

The cost is £220 (plus VAT) per person.  Details are available here https://www.airtattoo.com/bc or email businessclub@rafcte.com 

Switch on To Swindon: TechSwindon launch event at Nationwide Building Society HQ

Switch on To Swindon: TechSwindon launch event at Nationwide Building Society HQ

7th June 2019

Switch on To Swindon: TechSwindon launch event .

A campaign to support and promote Swindon’s growing digi-tech community launched last night to a packed business networking event at Nationwide Building Society’s Pipers Way headquarters.

And below a few photographs from Elmar Rubio photography:

TechSwindon is a Switch on To Swindon (SOTS) branded project. It will work with organisations and business groups to run a series of meet-up events for start-ups, micros, SMES and larger companies. These companies either provide digi-tech products and services or are reliant on it to do business. 

The year-long campaign will culminate in a two-day summit in spring 2020. The summit will have high-profile speakers from Swindon and around the world. In venues across the town it will welcome up to 1,000 visitors a day.

The aim of the campaign is twofold:

  1. To work with partners to enhance Swindon’s digi-tech cluster 
  2. To showcase its impressive capability to attract inward investment and a pipeline of additional skilled staff to allow business growth.

DigiTech is a strong and growing industry. Swindon boasts the UK’s 3rdmost productive tech sector with over 2,800 companies. In Swindon and Wiltshire there are over 25,000 companies delivering digi-tech products and services. And over 25,000 companies reliant on digi-tech to operate.

Jenny Groves, Chair of Switch on To Swindon said “We use the Switch On brand to promote Swindon as the destination of choice to live, work and do business.

Our 600 plus passionate ambassadors provide their time and support to share these positive messages. Both local businesses and new investors are set to benefit from the TechSwindon focus on attracting and developing additional talent. This alongside the timely recent announcement of Institute of Technology funding for Swindon College and partners”. 

After the last SOTS event, local design company Bravedog won a competition to develop a Big Idea. They have worked in partnership with Ambassadors and Swindon Borough Council to create the concept of TechSwindon.

A number of businesses have already signed up to support the campaign, and lots more opportunities for business engagement and promotion will be announced over the coming weeks. 

Switch On To Swindon is proud to unveil Nationwide Building Society as its first TechSwindon sponsor. Last night, Nationwide confirmed its support and sponsorship of the year-long campaign to build and promote Swindon’s tech capability. 

Also at the Switch On To Swindon event, over 400 delegates heard Nationwide Building Society’s latest news and a business in the community round up from Shirley Ludford of Swindon 105.5.

They were wowed too by demonstrations from some of Swindon’s digi-tech community.

Councillor Oliver Donachie, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Place, said: “Advances in digi-tech are essential to Swindon’s industrial growth in all of its key sectors, particularly advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, business finance and professional services and logistics.

“I am delighted we have launched the TechSwindon campaign, which will keep Swindon at the forefront of this dynamic sector.”

For more information, visit www.switchontoswindon.com, email kris@techswindon.org or call 07736 839042.

Outside the Nationwide HQ there was something of a motor show going on. Despite the fact that cars are lost on me – I’m a non-driver – the car that runs on hydrogen is interesting.

See other Switch on to Swindon related posts here: https://swindonian.me/category/switch-on-to-swindon/

Zapp Active bringing festival alive

Zapp Active bringing festival alive

Award-winning app developer Paul Harding uses tech to bring Lechlade Festival alive. 

Zapp Active: Latest news from Cotswold Apps 

A Gloucestershire father of two is using his new tech platform, Zapp Active, to live stream activities and behind the scenes moments from the popular Lechlade festival. The festival runs from Friday May 24 to Sunday May 26.

Paul Harding lives in Lechlade yet runs his apps business from Swindon. He has already won a major award for Kids Covered, his innovative app for childminders and parents.

He’s now developing, with designer Matt Tyson, Zapp Active. Zapp Active is a platform for communities to promote local events, activities, points of interest, the High Street and independent traders.

Zapp active developer paul harding and the lechlade festival team

Paul is supporting Lechlade Festival for free this year because of his love of live music, his home town and the surrounding area. 


“I’m doing this for 2019 to test the platform and see how it works at a live event, to record what’s behind the scenes as it happens. Any band, trader or individual or activity associated with the event can feature on it and can even have its own page on the platform. I’m hoping this will significantly raise the festival’s profile.”

Jennie Rainsford, festival director, said: “We’re thrilled to support Paul with his new idea and it will be interesting to see how people engage with the live festival news as it happens. 

“We’re conscious of the fact many of our audience use apps and get their information on the move through smartphones. As a small team we haven’t got the capacity to manage this ourselves. Thus it was obvious that working with Paul would help us start engaging in that modern manner.”

At the event, Paul and his team will take drone footage, interview performers, meet traders, activity organisers and give people a feel for what’s happening as it’s happens.

Paul’s innovative apps have already won him attention. His app Kids Covered, which provides a news and booking system for childminders, was recently named the Most Innovative Tech Solution at the Swindon & Wiltshire Techies 2019 (May 9 2019). 

Anyone interested in keeping up to date with what’s going at the Lechlade Festival this year can visit www.zappactive.com

See also: https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/17329789.swindon-born-paul-harding-launches-kids-covered-to-manage-childcare-payments/

Optimum hosts its first Swindon business breakfast

Optimum hosts its first Swindon business breakfast

Optimum hosts its first Swindon business breakfast.

Swindon-based Optimum Professional Services are throwing open its doors next month, for its first networking event in its new headquarters: a free breakfast for local businesses.

The firm, which provides accountancy and legal services, relocated in March from serviced offices to far larger and newly renovated premises in Stratton. 

On Wednesday June 5, the team will host the free networking breakfast, from 7.30-9am.

All local business people are welcome but you must book!


For more information or to book to attend the networking event on June 5, email info@optps.co.uk, phone 01793 538 198 or visit https://www.optps.co.uk/.

‘When we were looking for new offices, one of the criteria was to have a large enough space to host free events so we could add value to the service we offer to our clients and the local business community,’ said Richard Mathews, CEO of Optimum.

‘This first event is a general networking breakfast. We also plan to run themed events with presentations which will benefit businesses across various sectors. For example, we hope to run an event for landlords to update them on various legislative changes.’

Optimum combines, under one roof, a range of professional services.

The accountancy team offer business planning, personal and business tax planning, audit, bookkeeping, and payroll. While the legal team offer wills and probate, commercial and residential conveyancing and associated services. Things such as such as equity release, powers of attorney, remortgaging, land acquisition and sale.

optimum hosts business breakfast - the optimum team

For more information or to book to attend the networking event on June 5, email info@optps.co.uk, phone 01793 538 198 or visit https://www.optps.co.uk/.

See also: https://swindonian.me/2019/03/29/expanding-law-and-accountancy-firm-optimum-move-into-new-swindon-headquarters/

And – Swindon Business Village –
https://swindonian.me/2017/01/29/business-village-networking-swindon/

Local company helps Abby get to South Africa for the U21 Indoor Netball World Cup

Local company helps Abby get to South Africa for the U21 Indoor Netball World Cup

Latest news from Smarter Media: Smarter Media supporting Swindon athlete.

Elite athlete Abby Miles from Swindon has spent months training and trialling. Her hard work has paid off and the England Netball U21 team have selected her for the team. And digital marketing agency Smarter Media are helping her get there. 

Abby is taking part in the World Cup championship in Cape Town, South Africa in August. She will play a defensive positionin the tournament between Sunday August 4 and Saturday August 10. 

But to get to South Africa Abby needs to raise £3,000 to fund her ticket and her stay. She contacted local Swindon companies asking for sponsorship and Smarter Media decided to help.

Robert Curtis, operations director of Smarter Media, said: “We admire Abby’s achievement– we are all quite sporty in our office and she impressed us with her persistence and passion for her sport. We’ve donated £500 towards her trip and we will be keeping in touch to see how it goes. We’re proud to support someone who is out there putting Swindon on the sporting map.” 

Abby, aged 20, said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be selected as one of 13 girls to represent England U21 in the Indoor Netball World Cup in my chosen sport. It’s an achievement. It’s been a lot of hard work but I am thankful to all those who’ve supported me along the way, especially Smarter Media – this company didn’t know me yet have not hesitated in taking me under their wing.”

All sponsorship and donations will pay towards the costs of flights, accommodation and travel, as well supporting Abby’s many preparation training sessions and weekend camps leading up to the event.

 “I’m very thankful to be receiving financial support from local businesses to help with this tour. Without their support it would be a struggle to find the money myself.”  

Abby started playing netball aged eight. She then joined a club when she started at Lydiard Park Academy. The club didn’t have a child section so Abby played and trained with the senior team. 

 “I love playing competitively and I love the teamwork aspect of the game.  I’ve never been to South Africa and I believe that Cape Town is a lovely place, this is a lifetime opportunity. I will continue to work hard in trying to achieve gold for England.”

To find out more about Abby visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/abby039s-journey-to-indoor-netball-world-cup

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