Swindon & Wiltshire Business News


HR expert launches unique business meeting

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Pippa RichardsonPippa RichardsonHR expert Pippa Richardson is celebrating the completion of her unique business venue which she has spent months renovating just yards from her own farmhouse in the village of Whitley, near Melksham.

Until a year ago The Head Shed was a dilapidated farm shed. Pippa has transformed has transformed the farm shed, which probably housed cows, into a venue which is far removed from a corporate meeting room or bland hotel conference room.

Pippa said: “Having facilitated hundreds of meetings as an HR Director operating within FTSE 250 companies, I know what makes the perfect venue. I saw a lack of choice in Wiltshire and this motivated me to create a venue of high calibre in my own ‘back yard’ so to speak.

“The importance of finding the right venue for business meetings, workshops or courses, is an often forgotten and underestimated factor in ensuring successful meetings.”

She said: “I’ve designed The Head Shed to provide the perfect space for meeting participants, for teams and individuals to find clarity of thought, to focus, get energised, get creative, make great plans and importantly, make better business decisions, faster.”

Five years ago, Pippa gave up her fast-paced and high-pressured corporate HR career to run her own independent consultancy.

“I wanted to choose the projects I wanted to work on and help the people I knew I would enjoy working with,” said Pippa.

This change coincided with Pippa and her husband Peter purchasing Lagard Farm in Whitley. Pippa immediately saw the potential of the disused outbuilding as a business meeting venue and would help her create her own work/life balance.

The Head Shed is equipped with all the necessary business tools, offers WiFi and business broadband, with parking for up to ten cars with additional parking nearby.

Additionally, The Bothy, located just beside The Head Shed, can provide furnished self-catering accommodation for two people.

“The Head Shed is part of my home. I want meeting participants to feel they are my guests and to benefit from great meetings held in a very special venue,” said Pippa.