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April-August 2103. The Basingstoke Central is an independent, free, high quality quarterly newsletter – distributed to many homes and businesses in Basingstoke. It promises to give the community a ‘Readable Free Newsletter’.

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  • The Basingstoke Central April 2013 1


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    INSIDE THIS ISSUE Basingstokes hottest band Concept Blind Sensations A return for a historic pub in oakridge and much more.

    YoUr FrEE local NEwSlETTEr Delivering to the communities of Eastrop, Brookvale, Oakridge, South View, the Town Centre and beyond.


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    A huge welcome to the first edition of The Basingstoke Central.

    You, the reader, are very important to us and our first editorial is a plea to hear from the public as to what you want to see within our newsletter. The Basingstoke Central would like to hear from local businesses who want to spread the word about what they do best, charities who need to raise awareness, individuals with an engaging story they wish to share or anyone hosting a local event, whatever its nature.

    We would love to hear from the local communities around Basingstoke.

    Currently our newsletter goes out to 6,000 homes quarterly in the RG21 region of Basingstoke as well as being found in many shops. We are also compiling an email list of readers who prefer our green approach and receive an electronic copy in their inbox (see details below).

    Its our goal to tailor the content to what our readers want and hopefully expand and grow the newsletter to a wider audience in Basingstoke.

    Please do tell your family and friends about us! You can also find us online here:

    We look forward to hearing from you and hope you enjoy the first publication as well as many to come.

    Duncan & Matteditors


    our thanks go to Gemma eagle and Laura Fisher for their contributions.


    4-5 BUSINESS UpDaTESpotlight focusing on the work and support that enterprise M3 provides to local businesses.

    6-9 local NEwSWe hear about the oakridge pub The Soldiers Return and summarise the past 3 months of local news.

    10-11 INTErvIEwS We speak to Basingstokes hottest band Concept and an inspiring young man who lost his sight to a rare eye disease but has gone on to start his own business.

    12 wEDDINgS Is the number 13 stopping couples from getting married?

    13 SporT A round up of the latest sports news.

    14 cHarITIES Local charity news and events information.

    15 roUNDUpWere out and about in Basingstoke to bring you local events, festivals and performances.

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    DISCLAIMERS: The information, content and views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Basingstoke Central. The Basingstoke Central is independent of any political parties and does not endorse or recommend any of the organisations, services or information listed in this newsletter.

    Whilst The Basingstoke Central aims to provide accurate and up to date information we cannot guarantee at any time that all information is up to date and accurate.

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    BaSINgSTokES lEaDINg rolEBasingstoke sits very much in the middle of enterprise M3, the Local enterprise Partnerships (LePs) reflecting the leading role that it played in establishing a LeP for this area, long before it was decided that LePs would cover all of england.

    In the two years that it has been established enterprise M3 has been responding to increasing responsibilities placed on it by government.

    It led a response to identify the highway pinch points across its area - one result of which is that improvements to the Black dam roundabout will be started later this year.


    wHaT IS a lEps?Local enterprise Partnerships (LePs) were established by this government as part of their localism agenda and there are now 39 of them covering all of england. They are partnerships between the private and public (and not for profit) sectors whose remit is to promote enterprise and economic growth across their area.

    covEragEThe enterprise M3 area stretches 75 miles through Hampshire and Surrey, from rural communities in the new Forest to the perimeter of Heathrow Airport.

    enterprise M3 was given 22m by government to advance projects that will stimulate economic growth and housing. So far this fund has been used to support projects in Woking, Guildford, Farnham, Aldershot and rural superfast broadband across the area - more projects will be announced in the next few months.

    enterprise M3 is clear that it must remain as responsive as possible to the needs of business in its area. To achieve this it likes to hear from businesses of all sizes to understand their particular needs. To learn more about enterprise M3, and to make your views known, please go to


    Hawk-EYE To BE USED IN THE prEmIEr lEagUEIt has been confirmed that Hawk-Eye, a company based at Sony on the Viables estate, had beaten off competition to provide goal-line technology to footballs Barclays Premier League.

    At the start of the next football season, the technology systems will be used across the 20 clubs and all 380 Barclays Premier League matches. Hawk-eye uses cameras to track the exact location of the ball, with seven cameras are used per goal-line. The cameras inform referees when the ball has crossed the goal-line using a vibration and a signal to the officials watches within one second.

    First developed in 1999, Hawk-eye Innovations was acquired by Sony in 2011 and employs around 50 people in Basingstoke.

    Hawk-eye is one of the leading vision processing companies in sports and has revolutionised a variety of sports such as tennis, golf and snooker, including major events like Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup.

    SUmmEr opENINg oN coUrSE For SkYDIvErSThe new indoor skydiving centre located in the Basingstoke Leisure Park is progressing well.

    Steel work at the front of the building is almost complete, where two ski slopes, a dry surfing simulator and racing car simulators and a coffee shop will be housed. electrical and mechanical work is expected to commence within the complex soon.

    Airkix, the company building the 6 million facility, said the project was on target to open to the public in summer 2013. The complex will be one of only three indoor Airkix skydiving centres in the UK the others are based in Milton Keynes and Manchester.

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    INSpIrE 2013 awarDS laUNcHESIt is the 9th year of the Inspire Business Awards programme and the call for nominations for 2013 will be take place at deVere Venues Warbrook House in eversley on Monday 3rd June.

    After the success of last year organisers hope local businesses will come along to this free event and find out more about entering, enjoy lunch and talk to previous winners and sponsors about their experiences.

    The awards celebrate and highlight the successes of businesses from across north Hampshire.

    rEcorD NUmBEr oF STarT-UpS IN BaSINgSTokE2012 saw a record number of company formations in Basingstoke suggesting the area is becoming a hub for business start-ups. numbers have been steadily rising in Basingstoke area since the recession hit back in 2008.

    new research from shows there were 834 new companies formed last year - more than any other year on record for the area.

    Factors such as proximity to London, town centre regeneration and relatively cheap business accommodation have attracted both huge and new companies to Basingstoke.