Supporting the local community

2017 has started in a blur for us at Faradair, how is it nearly the end of March already? Following the awards and success we had in 2016 we have decided to give something back by supporting the local community that supported us so well last year.

Whilst we are currently engrossed in finance meetings and discussions to decide the future location of our prototyping and manufacturing base, we have decided to become a sponsor in two local community events.

In 2016 we won two local business awards; ‘Business Innovation’ within the Gloucestershire Business Awards and ‘New Business of the Year ’ within the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Both of these awards provided us with a huge morale boost and a realisation that people understood and recognised the effort and hard work that we have put into our start-up business. Following these wins we took the decision that we would enter award schemes on a rotation basis, allowing us to give back to the community the following year.

So this year we decided to sponsor a category within the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and we are delighted to sponsor the ‘Team of the Year’ award for 2017.

Having built a fantastic core team around our new aircraft programme, we fully understand the importance of a good team and the results that such a team can deliver. We are looking forward to judging this year’s entries and hopefully we will see some of you at the Awards Dinner in a couple of months’ time – Best of Luck!

In addition to the above sponsorship, we have decided to become a sponsor of the Cotswold Hare Trail for 2017 –

The previous ‘Hare Trail’ of large painted Hares all around Cirencester proved extremely popular a couple of years ago. The region is well known for the Hare, with the animals even depicted in mosaics that were uncovered at nearby Chedworth Roman Villa.

2017 sees a new expanded trail of eighty five Hare’s covering the entire Cotswold region. Companies were given the opportunity to sponsor a 5ft Hare, teaming up with an artist to create a unique design. These fantastically painted sculptures form a ‘free’ trail throughout the Cotswold’s, allowing people to use the trail to explore the surrounding countryside.

Artist Joanna May with Neil Cloughley of Faradair (PIC PAUL NICHOLLS)

A fantastic preview event recently took place at the Burford Garden Company with many of the Hare’s on display for the first time. TV Presenter – Paul Martin held an impromptu auction of two Hare’s that were added late to the Trail and needed a loving sponsors new home!

The opportunity was too good to miss and we are delighted to announce we secured the sponsorship of ‘The Hare in the Moon’ by artist Joanna May. It is a fantastic Hare and is without doubt one of our favourites and it is standing guard in our office reception just off the Tetbury Road.

Managing Director – Neil Cloughley said this of the sponsorship; “The Cotswold Hare Trail is a great chance for us to support a great regional community that provides a fun way to explore our villages and towns in the surrounding areas. The National Star Charity is a wonderful cause for the Trail, realising the aspirations of people with disabilities and we are delighted to bring another Hare to Cirencester, making thirty one Hares in total in and around the capital of the Cotswolds. ‘The Hare in the Moon’ is a stunning depiction of astrology, Hare’s and other artwork created by Joanna and it will proudly reside with us for six months, thereafter in September it will go on display with all the other Hares before they are auctioned on behalf of National Star in October”

Our company secretary and Neil’s wife; Jazmine Cloughley is also on the board of trustees for the Cotswold Hare Trail, so that gave us even more reason to try to win a Hare at the auction!

Now sat just inside the front door of our office reception, ‘Hare in the Moon’ is greeting everyone that enters the building.

This brings the total number of Hare’s in Cirencester to 31 with 54 more Hare’s to find around the Cotswolds.

If you are in the area why not drop by and have a look at our Hare, even out of office hours the illuminated ‘moon’ above our Hare will display Joanna’s artwork.

We hope you enjoy the trail!

More about National Star:

The National Star College is an independent specialist further education college for people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and associated learning difficulties.
We are working with people with disabilities and their supporters to challenge stereotypes, raise aspirations and change attitudes.
Our vision
A world in which people with disabilities are able to realise their potential as equal and active citizens in control of their lives.
Our mission
To enable people with disabilities to realise their potential through personalised learning, transition and destination services.
Our values
As we work we are led by our values:

  • Equality
  • Diversity
  • Self-determination
  • IndividualityThis means we work with:
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Continuous improvement