The first SHBC meeting in April was sponsored by Shawcity, the UK’s leading supplier of health and safety monitoring instrumentation, who are based on Shrivenham Hundred Business Park. They used the session to showcase the life-changing work by Oxfordshire charity, SpecialEffect. Guests had the chance to try the charity’s special eye-control software ‘StarGaze’ and hear SpecialEffect’s Nick Streeter talk about their incredible work and how to get involved with their events. The Shawcity team car, ‘City City Bang Bang’, which is being driven in the charity’s Twin Town Challenge in May, was on display.

 


Equine facilitated learning

 

Graham Dawson, CEO of Routes2Success, spoke about equine facilitated learning in July 2017.

Graham explained how this process works across a very broad spectrum of topics and issues ranging from leadership to personal relationships and wellbeing and how it is equally applicable for young people and Chief Executives. In management terminology, a horse might be defined as ‘500kg of instantaneous, non-judgemental feedback mechanism’. He works regularly with senior executives and teams from large organisations, as well as helping young and disadvantaged people develop emotional resilience. Graham’s first career was in the Army where he rode horses competitively but stopped when his ‘star’ ride retired. After leaving the Army and working in project management and management consultancy he trained as a coach and Neuro Linguistic Practitioner before being enticed back into the equine world. He talked about the power and application of Equine Facilitated Learning as a process illustrating it with anonymised accounts of the benefit it has delivered.


Protecting your business from a cyber attack

 

In June 2017 Richard Marsh the CEO, Computing Information Systems (CIS) made clear the importance of protecting your business from a cyber attack.

Richard is CIS’s CEO. With a BSc(Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering, Richard offers a rare understanding of how software and hardware interact at every level. Richard has directed IT for larger corporations such as Autonomy (AU. or AU,L) taking them through mergers and acquisitions. Richard has also helped to start and build smaller companies on very small budgets, assisting growth into multinational companies and eventually IP, the most successful being blinkx(BLNX) the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine. Richard has a vast experience working on worldwide scales, with projects over most of North America and parts of Europe. Now concentrating his skills on virtualisation and the SME market Richard helps CIS to provide some of the first class solutions that help many smaller companies grow and achieve contract wins in markets above their level.


Finding and funding good care for an ageing parent, relative or loved one

 

In March 2017 John Kirk, owner of Home Instead Senior Care Swindon & Vale of White Horse and Chair of the Swindon Dementia Action Alliance came and spoke about finding and funding good care for an ageing parent, relative or loved one.

We are all ageing and most of us don’t like to think about the time we might become so frail that we or someone we love might need additional care and support. Finding and funding good care is difficult enough when it’s planned but many of us tend to leave it until the situation has become critical. John’s presentation provided SHBC members with guidance on how to be better prepared. Home Instead is based on Shrivenham Hundred Business Park. All of us are ageing and most of us don’t like to think about the time we might become so frail that we or someone we love might need additional care and support.  Finding and funding good care is difficult enough when it’s planned but many of us tend to leave it until the situation has become critical.


Entrepreneurship, enterprise and relationship-building for success.

 

In April 2017 we had Sarah Gardner the Founder and Chief Executive of charity Action Through Enterprise (ATE) gave an insight into entrepreneurship, enterprise and relationship-building for success.

Following five years of teaching in Newbury, Sarah Gardner took a sabbatical to volunteer in a poor and neglected part of Ghana where she saw first-hand many barriers to children accessing education, disabled children being included in the community, and challenges for people starting up and sustaining small businesses. Sarah shared her experiences of setting up and leading a successful, small charity to tackle these issues, the importance of relationship-building to succeed, and the entrepreneurship of the small business owners ATE mentors to grow and survive in this tough environment. ATE is based on Shrivenham 100 Business Park.


Helping young people with disabilities help themselves

 

Jackie Smith, CEO of Uplands Educational Trust (UET), discussed the importance of helping young people with disabilities help themselves in May 2017.

Uplands is a school for students aged 11-25 years with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition. Since joining the school, Jackie has, together with the Board of Trustees, formed the charity Uplands Educational Trust (UET). She explained how, with the help of local businesses, disabled young people can make a valuable contribution to their community.


Meeting the Demands of the Engineering Education Supply Chain

 

 

In June 2016, we welcomed Professor Gareth Neighbour, Head of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Oxford Brookes University and Director and Trustee of UTC Swindon.  His subject was ‘Meeting the Demands of the Engineering Education Supply Chain’. He examined the role of employer-facing education and links to UTCs, apprentice training, employer endorsed degrees and meeting the demands of specific sectors such as Formula One.  Gareth joined the Department in June 2011 from the University of Hull where he had formed the Materials and Process Performance Group.

 


The Defence Academy: Today and Tomorrow

 

 

In July 2016 we heard about The Defence Academy: Today and Tomorrow with the DA’s new Operations Director, Mark Alexander. Mark has over 25 years’ finance and commercial experience at a senior level – he was involved in the privatisation of the electricity industry in 1990, the flotation of AEA Technology plc on the London Stock Exchange in 1996 and has held senior financial positions at science & engineering business AEA Technology, train operator Chiltern Railways and construction group Bovis Lend Lease. Responsible for the DA’s overall business strategy and increasing its offering to both existing and new customers, he will be giving an insight into how the DA is changing and what it can offer to local businesses and residents.

 


Masterclass on how to master presentations

 

 

In October 2016 Michael Trigg, the Presentation Maestro gave us a short Masterclass on how to master presentations to give us a winning edge. He shared tips on how to keep your audience interested from start to finish and a bomb proof structure that works in every context.

After 5 years in the Army, 2 years in the City and 6 years with Procter & Gamble, Michael has been training and coaching people full time for 30 years. He’s worked with over 65 different organisations, 60 different nationalities and for the last 20 years has focussed exclusively on teaching presentation mastery. His Linked In profile, YouTube channel Presentation Maestro and site www.presentationmaestro.com will tell you more.

 


Economic Development in the Vale of the White Horse

 

 

Cllr Matthew Barber, leader of the VWH District Council was our guest speaker in November 2016 who gave us an insight into the “Economic Development in the Vale of the White Horse”. Matthew has been a member of Vale of White Horse District Council since 2003 and Leader of the Council since 2011. He is a Chairman of Vale4Business, is a collaborative partnership that brings together the key businesses in the Vale of White Horse to support long term economic growth. He is also Board Member of Science Vale Oxford and a Director of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. www.vale4business.co.uk