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Editor's diary: Gloucester Rugby; Randstad F1

16th Oct 2015
Editorial team AccountingWEB.co.uk
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Tuesday, 13th October

On Tuesday AccountingWEB donned its scrum cap and headed into the rugby heartland of Gloucester. Fresh from hosting four World Cup matches Kingsholm was looking splendid in the October sunshine, and hosts Gloucester rugby were joined by event partner (and multiple PEP award winner) Tayabali Tomlin for a networking business breakfast.

During the pre-match networking AWeb found itself caught up in a heated debate between an estate agent and an insolvency practitioner about which job is hated more by the general public, but things settled down a bit once the main attraction started.

Speaking at the breakfast was Gloucester’s director of rugby and former Irish international David Humphries. The genial Belfastian discussed the upcoming season, the business of rugby and Ireland’s chances in the World Cup quarter finals. You can read more about his speech here if you’re interested…

AWeb was also lucky enough to catch up with Gloucester CEO Stephen Vaughan, who had some fascinating insights into the running of the club, preparing the ground to host World Cup games and the business of sport.

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Wednesday, 14th October

AccountingWEB couldn’t help but think they had stumbled onto the set of Top Gear when they were invited along to Shoreditch Studios to interview Valterri Bottas in an event organised the recruitment company Randstad.

Bottas answered questions pitched from the audience, telling them to overcome self-doubt by not listening to your critics, and how business can learn the importance of teamwork from F1.He was then whisked away to change into his F1 overalls to change participate in some unique challenges.

Under the blue tinged lights in the Shoreditch venue, Bottas showed off his driving talents in an F1 car simulator. Bottas handled the faux-vehicle with unruffled composure; his eyes laser-beam focused on the screen. The finance professionals invited along to the Randstad function gathered around the vehicle to pick up driving tips from the F1 star.

Bottas could have been behind the wheel of his F1 car considering the concentration and conviction with which he was driving the simulator. Then again, Bottas may have been under more pressure to set an unbeatable time rather than be lapped by finance professional.

AccountingWEB felt somewhat nauseous watching Bottas manoeuvre the stationary machine, which says a lot about our aptitude for speed. Bottas finished his lap in 1m42.

Conspicuously parked behind Bottas during his question and answer session was a Williams F1 car; this was Bottas’ next challenge. Primed with a pit stop style wheel nut gun, Bottas showed his quickness outside of the car in removing the wheels.

Bottas, as he was during our interview, took on all of these challenges with calm aplomb. He was a jolly nice chap with a very firm handshake. 

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