A NEW business network group for Gloucestershire and Wiltshire is getting ready to tee off.

Cirencester business partners Lee Simpson and James Gabriele will launch Business Driver on Friday (May 23) which aims to mix golfing days at some of the region's best courses, with business networking.

As part of the day, which is being launched at Castle Combe gold course, a team of wounded soldiers will be taking on all challengers for the Vaughan Cup sponsored by Cirencester tailor Barrington Ayre.

The Battle Back Golfers are part of the Battle Back programme to help rehabilitate wounded service personnel. The golf scheme was set up in 2009 and currently has nearly 60 members, supporting over 100 injured servicemen and women.

Tom Wharton of Barrington Ayre is responsible for Battle Back’s tailoring and made jackets for a team of golfers which took on an American team.

He said he was proud to be helping the charity.

“These guys are incredible golfers," he said. "It is great to have them involved in the event and the day.”

Other teams will be made up of members and guests of Business Driver.


This will be the first of many golf networking events set up by business partners Lee Simpson and James Gabriele.

“Our founding principle is to support proactive business leaders to generate a valuable business network," James explained. "Everyone talks on the golf course and we thought that this is an excellent way of developing new contacts whilst enjoying a game of golf."

Tickets for the event are available for £160 for a four ball team. Visit wiltsglosstandard.co.uk for links to tickets, email Lee@businessdrivernetwork.co.uk or call 07940 717027.