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Welcome to 5 Things I Know Now: A DGH Podcast - the innovative and practical new series from the Dorset Growth Hub. Following on from the first two series of The Dorset Growth Hub podcast, we’re bringing an exciting spin to the format, where top business leaders share the five lessons that helped them find success. We'll be releasing a new episode every couple of weeks, and running live events alongside the episodes so be sure to keep up to date by registering your email at https://www.dorse ...
 
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The past month has proven to be most uncertain, but if you owned a business at the start of the pandemic and it’s still running, then you have the tools to tackle the bumpy road ahead. From staying on top of accounts to keeping your staff front of mind and showing them that you care, the latest episode of The Dorset Growth Hub Podcast shines a ligh…
 
Welcome back to Coffee & Catchup! September marks the grand return of the hugely popular live online events hosted by Dorset Growth Hub’s Nick Gregory, answering questions and offering advice to hundreds of local businesses. With an economic downturn on the horizon and energy prices at the centre of conversation, it’s high time to offer support to …
 
Business ownership is no easy task, so saving your energy to tackle what really matters is absolutely vital for The Happy Blossoms Co-Founder, Lauren Hooper. We’ve another wonderful episode of the 5 Things I Know Now recorded at We Are F_ND in February, where Lauren shares why finances - boring as they might be - are essential to get right, how to …
 
Regardless of your industry, small businesses are all forced to become social media experts to some extent, so how do you beat the algorithm and gain a following? James Wythe’s blog, Healthy Living James, is a great example of how to put your story and personality front and centre, even if it means leaping well beyond your comfort zone! Find out Ja…
 
Productivity in a digital age is a hot topic, with hybrid workplaces creating opportunities to take advantage of technology - but it’s not without its caveats to look out for… Carolyn Freeman’s background in marketing followed by a career shift into the intriguing world of CyberPsychology provide her with a myriad of experiences, from the corporate…
 
Whether it’s putting faith in yourself or believing in your team, the power of confidence can truly bring the best out of your business. It takes a great deal of confidence to set up a business in the midst of uncertainty, but Susannah Brade-Waring did just that in the wake of 2008’s financial crisis, and Aspirin Business Solutions has been co-crea…
 
Building a business from scratch presents common pitfalls that many have learned to avoid, but there’s a unique set of challenges and pressures that come with taking the wheel of a brand with a lengthy history. Rosie Lees has been at the helm of The Embroidery Barn for the past 3 years, building on 20 years of legacy and evolving its mission for pr…
 
Although we’re firmly within the world of business, it’s important not to forget the human element behind it all, and the personal values that stand to help us all to make better connections. Andy Brown, a part-time FD/CFO and Founder of 3D FD with experience at Passenger, Armadillo, Salad and many more companies, is well-versed in collaborating wi…
 
The digital landscape is ever-changing, so to stay at its precipice it’s vital to step out of your comfort zone. Whether by choice or by necessity, accomplished Digital Content Creator Brogan Tate has taken that leap to diversify the videos she makes for her 80k YouTube subscribers, while creating exciting collaborations with the likes of Disney, E…
 
The marketing landscape is worlds away from where it was at the turn of the millennium, so for Matt Lawrence (who graduated with a degree in business & marketing in 2000) to stay on top of his game as Head of Marketing with Passenger, consistent learning is foundational to his successful journey. Matt features alongside Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s…
 
The beauty behind Blink Lettering’s captivating calligraphy is the passionate Milly Withers, an aspirational young business owner applying her design skills in a variety of aesthetic applications. As it happens, variety is one of the 5 key things that have helped guide Milly’s exciting career so far. On this week’s ‘5 Things I Know Now’, Milly join…
 
Welcome back to 5 Things I Know Now: the latest podcast series from Dorset Growth Hub! Condensing the spirit behind Nathan Roach’s successful route into business ownership down to just 5 tips is a difficult task, especially for someone whose innate mindset had him catching ragworms and selling them to tackle shops at just 12 years old... Now the Fo…
 
Welcome to 5 Things I Know Now: A DGH Podcast - the innovative and practical new series from the Dorset Growth Hub. Following on from the first two series of The Dorset Growth Hub podcast, we’re bringing an exciting spin to the format, where top business leaders share the five lessons that helped them find success. Kicking off this series are the D…
 
We’re all tired of hearing how tired we are of Zoom events by now - 2021 is the year that events change forever. Whether you’re together in an auditorium or halfway round the globe, Mark Masters’ vision is to craft an experience that’s equally engaging for both parties with the advent of hybrid events. Having staged the first of the ‘You Are The Me…
 
The lava lamp is a legendary product that, while recognisable when compared with its original 1963 design, has continued to be iterated upon throughout its illustrious history. Who better to divulge how such a long-standing business like Mathmos continues to innovate well into the future than Cressida Granger, who’s owned the Poole-based company fo…
 
If there’s one thing businesses can do to extend a product life cycle, it’s innovate. Whether it be small and iterative, or a massive shift to expand your service offering, it pays to be ahead of the game on fresh developments in your sector. Keeping innovation at the heart of Actisense’s offering of boat electronic systems, their Head of Commercia…
 
In today’s world where hybrid models of working seem inevitable for a majority of businesses, implementing the best practices for both your business and your team is vital to your continued success! ViewHR’s Heidi Roper has seen the impact of 2020 on a great number of businesses, and is well aware of the risks around new hires, remote working and t…
 
With VFX credits on massive TV and Film projects like Black Mirror, Watchmen and Jason Bourne, to name just a few, you’d be forgiven for missing the fact that Outpost VFX are based in the very heart of Bournemouth. As a business with teams as far afield as Montreal and LA, they’ve been ahead of the curve when it comes to utilising the tools that br…
 
The world has been made smaller than ever before. With a global uptake in digital technologies that keep countries connected, the way to provide insight that nobody else has is with a team in the target territory. Nurturing a strong team with dozens of staff in 7 countries and counting, Crowd’s Founder & Global CEO, Jamie Sergeant, harnesses the po…
 
Growth is a journey that requires you to understand two things: where you want to be and, perhaps more importantly, where you are now. Choosing the right type of coach to help you achieve your goals is vital, and forms the foundation of Lee Groombridge’s 7PM2 Coaching. With a fascinating dive into understanding the mindset and motivations of your t…
 
On the growth journey that many SMEs take, it’s easy to overlook corporate governance as an area that keeps you on the right track. To some it feels like an unnecessary barrier, but consider Dr Donald Nordberg’s alternate approach; it helps you in the same way brakes on a car help you drive faster... Donald, Associate Professor of Strategy and Corp…
 
If the past year has done anything to business strategies, it’s ripping up the playbook that we might have taken so much care in writing up. The key to staying on top of the times, according to Aetha Design’s Director Sophie Parsons, is staying agile, flexible, and keep moving forward. Having secured a number of valuable clients well outside of the…
 
It takes an admirable degree of confidence to launch a business at the best of times, let alone launch a sports brand while team sports aren’t being played. But becoming netball’s #1 brand is a goal which, with the advocacy of England’s finest players, is well within reach for Bournemouth-based Flyhawk. Having been her own target market, Stephanie …
 
This episode of The Dorset Growth Hub podcast was recorded shortly before the passing of Mr Lee’s Noodles’ Founder, Damien Lee, whose enthusiasm, energy and inspiration runs tangibly through the business, through to the highly dedicated members of the team. Speaking of the growing international presence of Mr Lee’s Noodles and the innovation taking…
 
Creating a brand is often considered as the customer-facing image of the business, but the visuals are just the tip of the iceberg. Associating the right values with your imagery, and backing that up through business operations and decisions is equally vital to create a brand that people know, remember and, most importantly, trust. In episode 2 of …
 
Welcome to the start of Series 2 of the Dorset Growth Hub podcast! Joining us to kick off the series is Stephanie Carswell, Founder and Creative Director of Hawthorn Handmade, whose offering of embroidery kits has found domestic and international success, particularly within the last year as their sales flew! Stephanie shares the high points and va…
 
In this special bonus episode, we are delighted to run a live Q&A with all of the guests from episode 14-16 to answer your key questions surrounding "Future Thinking". This episode was recorded as part of BEYOND 2020 audio conference in October 2020. Find Samantha: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantha-kingston-a4811686/ Find Jennifer: https://www.l…
 
Cas Paton is the Founder of OnBuy.com, the fastest growing marketplace in the world and Amazon alternative, who have seen a record 24,000% growth in the past four years since the company’s launch. They boast an 8 million strong customer base and have recently secured an exclusive £1m deal with ITV to reach 44 million consumers across the nation. Th…
 
CEO of Digital Voices, YouTube influencer marketing agency Jennifer Quigley Jones is passionate about telling stories. She builds powerful YouTube creator campaigns for brands such as Rolls-Royce, the Royal Air Force, Universal Music Group, the Post Office and the Trainline, balancing data and creativity to make memorable content that develops cust…
 
Samantha Kingston is the Co-Founder & CEO at Virtual Umbrella, a marketing consultancy helping businesses tap into the commercial and creative potential of immersive technology. They provide support with immersive marketing, consultancy and events for brands such as DHL, SKY, UBER, Gucci and San Miguel to name a few. Samantha is part of the BIMA100…
 
In this special bonus episode, we are delighted to run a live Q&A with all of the guests from episode 10-12 to answer your key questions surrounding "Winning New Business" This episode was recorded as part of BEYOND 2020 audio conference in October 2020. Find Liz: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liz-willingham-09273a3/ Find Adam: https://www.linkedin.c…
 
Adam Perry heads up National Business Development at Wessanen, multinational food company with a focus on organic with brands including Clipper Teas, Kallo Foods, Whole Earth and Mrs Crimble’s. Adam is responsible for circa 70 wholesalers across the UK and managing the Foodbuy and the Compass Group, Elior, National Trust, Gate Retail for EasyJet an…
 
Managing Director and Founder at Liz Lean PR, President & Chair of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Non-Executive Director at the British Chambers of Commerce, Liz Willingham has a wealth of experience in helping Dorset Business’ thrive. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Liz reacted quickly due to her experience with the 2008 financial crisis, to help he…
 
Founder of new business agency, Street, Katie Street helps agencies get noticed and win work with the brands that need them. She specialises in helping drive more new business faster, by cutting through the noise, and providing frameworks for your team to set you up for future success. She's been named by The Drum, Brand Republic and BIMA as one of…
 
In this special bonus episode, we are delighted to run a live Q&A with all of the guests from episode 5-8 to answer your key questions surrounding culture, diversity and inclusion in business. This episode was recorded as part of BEYOND 2020 audio conference in October 2020. Find Aggie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aggie-mutuma-fcipd-6a120ba/ Find J…
 
Ro Hulston has a passion for driving the agenda for diversity and inclusion within the procurement & supply chain industry. In her role as Head of Procurement at ITV she believes we should all have a commitment to educating ourselves and others about diversity building it within the teams we create around us as business leaders. Ro discusses change…
 
As Head of Operations at the award-winning app development company and digital tech agency, 3 Sided Cube, Jen Swain has a passion for making the agency an inspiring place to work so that their people are always at their best. She uses her skills in people and process to deliver outstanding work with their team, solving some of the world’s biggest c…
 
As CEO & Founder of Mahogany Inclusion Partners, Aggie partners with organisations on their inclusion journey, giving them the tools to create inclusive cultures where everyone can thrive. While most organisations recognise the moral and commercial business case for inclusion, the journey towards a diverse and inclusive culture is one that many lea…
 
In this special bonus episode, we are delighted to run a live Q&A with all of the guests from episode 1-4 to answer your key questions surrounding sustainability in business. This episode was recorded as part of BEYOND 2020 audio conference in October 2020. Find Anna: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-frizzell-41a6bb24/ Find John: https://www.linked…
 
Sukanya is passionate about the importance of the entrepreneurial journey, practice and its place in our wider society and is a strong believer in the power of enterprise in bringing about positive change. Sukanya is one of the Founders of BU Social Entrepreneurs Forum (Launched in June 2019), in association with Poole Bay Rotary Club and the Assoc…
 
Nikki Webb is the founder of ETHICLY - a Dorset-based digital agency on a mission to make a difference. They work with like-minded brands who are changing the status quo, businesses who care about how they create things and who source materials sustainably and neutralising carbon as they go. Nikki will discusses consumer’s appetites to live more su…
 
John Featherby is the owner of Shoremount, a Founding UK B Corp, a certification for meeting the highest standards of social and environmental impact and honoree in B Corp “Best For The World” list. They help companies explore and improve their impact across workers, community, environment and customers, improving performance and lowering risk. He …
 
Anna Frizzell is part of the Sustainability Team at the Dorset-based RNLI - the largest UK charity that saves lives at sea through lifeboat search and rescue, lifeguards, water safety education and flood rescue. Anna spends her times analysing at all areas that the charity can improve their impact on the earth including the materials that the lifeb…
 
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