Speed Networking Event

The next Business Breakfast will take place on Wednesday 31st May 8am – 9am at JTs Cafe at the Hesters Way Community Resource Centre and will feature speed networking!

Speed networking is the business version of speed dating. However, in speed networking events, the participants readily share contact information with each other and decide themselves who they will follow up with. This type of event can provide exposure to a lot of people in a short amount of time. It is a way to let others know who you are and what you are looking for, whether new customers or clients, business or sales leads, or a new job or internship.

Round Robin Format Moves Briskly The typical format for speed networking is called a round robin. The event leader will usually ring a bell, sound a buzzer, or blow a whistle to indicate the beginning and end of each round. Once the round begins, you introduce yourself and your purpose for being there, share your business card and perhaps, business brochure. A few questions and answers back and forth can quickly clarify if there is any potential for a follow up phone call or meeting. At the halfway point, the conversation switches to the second person, who introduces themselves and their reason for attending. After a second exchange of information, the event leader rings a bell and you move on to the next person.

Preparation for Speed Networking

  • Practice a 60-second statement that includes your name, title or occupation, and what you are looking for, such as information, leads, a job or internship. Some people like speed networking because you get right to the point and there is no time for small talk.
  • Make sure you have a supply of business cards ready. Sometimes event planners will suggest a number; bring at least 30. If you are unemployed at the time, get business cards with your contact information and occupation printed on them.
  • Assemble brochures, resumes or other type of handout, if applicable.
  • Bring a pen, notepad, and your appointment calendar with you.
  • Usually attire is either business or business casual. Check with the organizers if it is not stated.
  • Remember that you have a few seconds to make a positive first impression.

Don’t forget to have fun!!

Stories and adverts needed for Viewpoint

Viewpoint is a local magazine promoting activities events and  great stories across the west of Cheltenham. The next 32 page full colour issue will be published in late June 2017.  

We’re looking for topical stories, photos, adverts and articles to for publication by Friday 9th June.

Distribution of 6,000 issues continues via the schools, shops and community facilities and door to door in Hesters Way, Springbank, Fiddlers Green, St Marks, Rowanfield, Arle and St Peters.

Adverts If you want to take out an advert – See the advert sizes and prices

Articles – If you are a local group please send us a good story or project for us to publish; stories should be up to 350 words plus 2 jpeg photos. If you just want to tell us about it we can write the story for you!!

If you would like to have copies displayed in your outlet please let us know.

Back issues are available here We look forward to hearing from you!


Business in the Community Breakfast

The next Business Breakfast will take place on Wednesday 26th April 8am – 9am at JTs Cafe at the Hesters Way Community Resource Centre.

The newly installed Business in the Community representative Steve Mitchell will be coming along to showcase the plans for 2017-18.

Here is some background information regarding Business in the Community and the Business Connector Role;

Business in the Community is the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. Our members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to creating a fairer society and a more sustainable future

A Business Connector identifies local needs and helps to create cross-sector partnerships

Collectively Business Connectors are changing the culture of how business, the public sector and communities collaborate for the benefit of these sectors and the wider society

The Business Connector programme increases the positive impact of business in local communities by harnessing the expertise and energy of business people to tackle local challenges




Easter Viewpoint Magazine

We at Hesters Way Partnership (HWP) are keeping the West Cheltenham residents up to date with all that’s best in the area via the Easter VIEWPOINT Magazine .

We will happily visit your event, promote your new project or give you a little extra publicity if you are strengthening our community.

The Viewpoint magazine is distributed in the local area via schools, shops, community centres and other outlets happy to stock them. We also have a door to door service provided by volunteers. We offer as broad a coverage of the local area as our resources allow. If you would like to help us with distribution, even if its only to your street, please let us know and we will supply copies. Thanks!

www.hwpartnership.org.uk/ or contact the Hesters Way Partnership office: 01242 575638 / 228262 jennyperkin@hwpartnership.org.uk

Free copies of our Hesters Way Directory 2016 can be picked up at Hesters Way and Springbank Community Centres and an online version of the magazine and the new map can be downloaded from the link above.





New “S” Bus starts today

We are delighted to announce the start of a new bus route serving the West Cheltenham area. The  S BUS ROUTE will commence on March 15th and link Hesters Way, St Marks and Springbank every Wednesday afternoon. This news comes as some consolation to the local community since the loss of the “C” route along Springbank Way. The new “S” bus (in black on the map) is being provided by Community Connexions thanks to a subsidy from the Gloucestershire County Council. If you hold a Concessionary Bus Pass you will be able to travel on the bus for FREE as usual.

The bus will start at Shelley Road travel west to Tennyson Road and then Brooklyn Road, past the library to Coronation Square. It will then leave the Square on Marsland Road and head off to the Springbank Community Centre via Wentworth, Dunster and Springbank Roads. On its return from Springbank it will retrace its journey to Coronation Square then following Princess Elizabeth Way to Shelley Road.

So if you want to visit the shops in Tennyson Road or on the Square or the community centres then the “S” bus could be just the ticket!

The route will link up well with the other local bus services notably at;

Coronation Square  (A / F bus)

Tennyson Road   (F bus)

Springbank Road (C bus)

Please take a look at the ‘S’ Bus timetable below.

Cheltenham Plan Consultation

West Cheltenham Forum Meeting; Wednesday 8th March from 5-7pm (30 minutes earlier than usual)

Agenda 8th March Neighbourhood Forum Meeting

Strategic moves are being made across town which are of significance to West Cheltenham i.e. the next key consultation phase of the Cheltenham Plan (Part 1) This is our chance to prove the value of our Forum and come up with ideas to shape the Cheltenham Plan for the benefit of local people.

As such we will be dedicating the next Forum meeting to submitting our views via the online consultation portal.

To do that it would help if you register with CBC before attending the event. Here’s how to do it;

  1. Click here and fill in your details ;
  2. Receive an email from the site to activate your account
  3. To complete the consultation click and sign in here 

Alternatively here is a step by step guide to commenting at home provided by CBC

As you will see there are a very large number of detailed documents; we’ll be helping you find your way through these on the night.

We hope you can make it

Glow Sports 2017

HWP in partnership with The Cheltenham Trust have been awarded funds from Cheltenham Borough Council’s Positive Activities Fund to run Glow Sports session in West Cheltenham. The activities involve Glow Sports or glow in the dark UV sports, provides a social party sport experience where the focus is on having a good time, enjoying being with your friends and sharing the sensory experience.

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What’s on at Easter Eggstravaganza

Hi folks, our Easter Eggstravaganza is on its way and we’ve  booked up a whole host of local talent, activities and fun for your enjoyment on Saturday 1st April at the St Marks and Hesters Way Community Association on Brooklyn Road in St Marks.

The list of activities includes;

Indian street food, café & cakes, BBQ, ice cream van, art and craft, face painting, egg hunt, police car, fire engine, RNLI, neighbourhood watch, tombola, monkey bridge, karate, KGV art project, YMCA football cage, shabby chic clothes sale, bric-a-brac, Crafty Crafters, Monkscroft Care Home, Create on the Square, HWNP, children’s books, meditation, Scouts, Aston Project, St Johns Ambulance.

Don’t forget entry is FREE and there are some fantastic prizes in the FREE raffle presented by the Mayor too!

Regency Hampers have offered a £100 Easter hamper, Everyman Theatre four tickets to see The Gruffalo, Sudely Castle a family pass (two adults and three children), Talking Heads a beauty voucher worth £10, CW Pearce butchers a £10 voucher, Greggs a £10 voucher, a set of Usborne Books, a set of 20 Horrible Histories Books and chocolate Easter Eggs!


Mental Health Stigma Quiz

The next business breakfast on Wednesday 22nd February will feature the Heads Up project’s year raising the profile of mental health issues across the borough. To make things interesting we’ll be finding out about attitudes to mental health through a quiz on stigma. Its a very revealing exercise and I’m sure will be rewarding.

If you’d like to do the quiz here are the questions;


If you want the answers you’ll have to drop in to the breakfast!

The breakfast starts at 8am and is held at JTs Cafe in the Hesters Way Community Resource Centre. Jim offers a full English Brekky for a fiver and plenty of other healthy options. Come and check out his new menu.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Heads Up Business Breakfast

The next business breakfast on Wednesday 22nd February will feature the Heads Up project’s year raising the profile of mental health issues across the borough. To make things interesting we’ll be finding out about attitudes to mental health through a quiz on stigma. It’s a very revealing exercise and I’m sure will be rewarding.

The breakfast starts at 8am and is held at JTs Café in the Hesters Way Community Resource Centre. Jim offers a full English brekky for a fiver and plenty of other healthy options at very competitive prices.

We look forward to seeing you then