Dorset Growth Hub
The team at Dorset Growth Hub have offered sound, clear advice. They understood where we were coming from straight away – they got it – and helped us ask all the right questions at the right stage. Working with them has been really straightforward. Their input has made such a positive difference to us as a local business trying to grow our output.
Aldershot Enterprise Centre
The Aldershot Enterprise Centre was in the right location (Hampshire), and it is a relatively good commute from home. You are less expensive than your competitors, which was very important to me as a start-up. There are no hidden costs in the contract, and during my initial visit, I was told “this is it, warts and all” – I want that transparency in my supplier relationships. I also feel there is a sense of calm as I walk around the building, which I find nice.
Inspiring Enterprise taught me everything I need to know about how to run a business, which gave me more confidence and understanding in going into freelance, something I never would have had the courage to do before. In fact, if it weren’t for my one to one sessions, I would never have become a resident artist at The Sorting Office Studios in Eastleigh! I am now making and selling artwork and products with my work on, have exhibited in a few art shows in the USA, and have been featured in PKG Art & Graphics Magazine!
Anyone with relevant outside experience and who is on top of their game like Steve (Mentor-net business mentor) is worth engaging with. He is very active in his field, stays up to date with the latest techniques and offers forward-leaning, punchy advice. We want to keep him as an ongoing mentor and wise counsel. With his input we have updated what we do and are now much more specific about how we negotiate, close the deal and achieve our strategic objectives.
Dorset Growth Hub
I was on such a tight budget but the advice from Dorset Growth Hub and the mentoring from Dormen really helped move me forward and get me on my feet. It’s so useful to have your business plan looked at and queried by eagle-eyed experts like Nick. The advice has been invaluable, bringing me down to earth and enabling me to put practical steps in place. It has helped me turn my dreams into reality and I feel very privileged. I look forward to expanding our offerings and meeting new customers. This is an amazing journey. My hope is that in the next two to three years I could be looking at a franchise model as part of our expansion.