Thursday, 25 June 2015

You need a passport for the Isle of Wight!

One of our customers decided to play a trick on his teenage son…it went a little something like this;
' I booked my launch at The Drystack for last Saturday morning and decided to play the ‘you need a passport for the Isle of Wight’ trick on my teenage son.  
“No you don't”, he said.  “Yes you do in a private boat, you could be coming from anywhere”, I replied.
I left a phone message on The Drystack’s answer machine before they’d opened asking for some assistance with the ruse.  Matt and his colleagues made up signs and posted them around The Drystack customer area... On arrival, I handed over my passport to ‘Matt the Official', and said that Ollie hadn't brought his. What followed was just one of the funniest things I've ever seen as my teenage son truly started to believe we'd have to anchor off Cowes and just look!  
Matt explained that the officials had tightened up a lot on the island and they were no longer allowing people to dodge the passport checks.  He also told my son that he’d need to stand on the boat and keep an eye out for the ‘lunchtime man’. 
“Look out for him on the quay wall”,  Matt said.  “You have to make the gesture of food to your mouth for chips and make a wavy signal with your arm if you want fish with it, salt and vinegar is a bit of a challenge and on most occasions sadly you don’t get it.  And make sure that someone is on standby to keep an eye for this fella otherwise it’s a long day with no food.  Ice-creams are another matter and a lot trickier.”
Absolute comedy gold.  Please pass on my sincerest of thanks.  I nearly wet myself!!!
Regards to all at the fab Drystack. '

~ Adrian (School's Out)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Gatcombe House



    • Affordable serviced offices in beautiful surroundings
    • Offices available on flexible terms to suit you
    • Plenty of free on-site parking
    • Superfast Broadband

      Our Location

      Gatcombe House is located 4 minutes from Junction 12 of the M27 and is within 10 minutes’ drive of Portsmouth town centre.  We’re only 1 hour from London.

      Public transport:
      There are bus stops located within 2 minutes’ walk, and Hilsea train station is only a 10 minute walk away.


      Gatcombe House has 44 offices in total spread over 3 floors. You can rent anything from a 1 person office at 90 sq.ft., to a 10 person office at 700 sq.ft., or even a whole floor. The choice is yours.

      Superfast Broadband

      Gatcombe House is serviced with a leased line internet connection providing you with the latest broadband.

      Services Provided

      • Reception service: The reception is always covered giving your visitors the best impression when they come to visit you. You will receive the support you need so that you can focus on what is really important: your business. The receptionist will help you by signing for your letters and parcels so you never miss anything important, plus scanning, colour photocopying and any document printing that you need doing. It will be just like having your very own receptionist, and it’s all included in your rent.
      • On-site parking: The car park is secure and free and right outside main reception so you and your visitors don’t have to walk far to get to your office.
      • Conference and meeting room facilities: Book the impressive boardroom and meeting/breakout rooms when you need extra space for important meetings. The boardroom boasts a luxurious boardroom table to seat up to 20 people in comfort, and is equipped with audio-visual equipment. Book it for an hour or a whole day, depending on your needs.
      • Flexible space: Move in and out when you want, we’re flexible. You can rent extra space and offices as your business expands so there’s no stopping you.
      • Telephone and broadband: There’ll be no messing around for weeks trying to get yourself connected, move in today and get connected today. Immediate connection to our superfast broadband and telephone lines is all part of our service. No lengthy frustrating delays, get to work straight away.
      • Don’t waste your precious time on trying to complying with regulations: We’ll take care of all of this for you. Fire risk assessments, building electrical tests, gas certificates etc. These are all taken care of so you can concentrate on running your business, and it’s all included in your rent.
      • Kitchen facilities and refreshment areas: there are plenty of places to quench your thirst within easy reach of your office, you might even meet a likeminded business owner.
      • Showers and loos: For those who like to start their day with a cycle or run to work, we have shower and changing facilities on the ground floor that offer easy access to the secure bike storage area.
      • Lunch and chill out areas: Take some time out of your busy day to relax and eat your lunch in the beautiful Gatcombe House grounds and park.

      Our Difference

      You will become part of a fun and relaxed environment, but rest assured, this will not detract from the professional and smart approach that your business deserves.

      You’ll benefit from our flexible tenancy agreements to suit your needs and the option to expand as your business grows. If you would prefer a long term tenancy then we can arrange that as well.

      Your rent includes heating, electricity, water, service charge and buildings insurance, so you have the assurance of knowing what your monthly outgoings will be without any hidden costs or nasty surprises, leaving you time to concentrate on your business.

      Our aim is to build a thriving business community covering a wide range of business sectors which can support one another. We’ll keep you updated with new businesses that take accommodation with us and hold networking events for tenants to showcase their services.

      Gatcombe House is a beautiful Grade II listed building that was built in 1780 and is steeped in history. The House was the Garrison Commanders residence before it was turned into an Officer’s Mess. The Army left the site in 1973 and The House was left vacant falling into an almost derelict state until it was bought in the mid 1980’s by a local building company who carefully and lovingly restored it and used it as their headquarters.The House remained as their headquarters until recently, and is now available for you to rent as your headquarters too.

      Call us today on 07771 985137
      to arrange a viewing and meet the team

      Tuesday, 9 June 2015

      RYA SRC (VHF) Marine Radio Course at JBT Marine

      RYA One day VHF Course

      Monday 15th June

      £100 per person

      Discounts available for multiple bookings!!

      Free parking, Tea and Biscuits 
      (Not just any biscuits, JBT Marine Biscuits!) 

      Email for more information or call 02392 397000.