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New Business Success Programme – Blandford – Dorset Growth Hub

April 21 @ 9:15 am - April 28 @ 4:00 pm BST


Do you want to give your business the best chance of success and meet other new business owners in Dorset to extend your network?

Then register for a FREE place on this New Business Success Programme, covering business planning, developing your brand, growing and managing your business.

We appreciate that you are busy developing your new business so we have split the programme over two non-consecutive days so you aren’t taking too much time out of your business in one week. Before booking, please make sure you can attend both days of the course.

Day 1 – Tuesday 21st April at 09:15 – 16:00

  • Plan my business
  • Develop my brand

Day 2  – Tuesday 28th April at 09:15 – 16:00

  • Grow my business
  • Manage my business

Can I attend?
The workshop is aimed at new businesses trading for less than 12 months however any business that feels they would benefit can attend.
To register for the workshop you must be:

  • A registered business (Limited Company or sole trader) in Dorset

  • Have a company number and registration date OR the letter from HMRC confirming your sole trader status (and start date if this is within the last 12 months).

There is one place available for each proposed business.

Why should I attend?

  • Start-ups that want to grow successfully, to attract funding or target new markets will only succeed when a robust business plan is in place. New businesses that launch with a clear strategy and direction for the business succeed and grow more effectively compared to those that don’t.

  • This programme is a perfect opportunity to take time out of your new business to explore and understand your brand values and business purpose and work out how to identify and understand your target market sector so you can communicate your unique story clearly to your ideal customer base. 

  • There are so many choices for you to consider when marketing your new business, and it can feel like a minefield in the early days. Often new businesses can spread their marketing budget, time and energy too thinly across too many activities without considering what they’ll gain from them. 

  • You will have realised that running a business requires you to keep all the plates spinning, establishing effective management practices are crucial.

What will I learn?

Through this programme, you will look at how to format a business plan by answering five key questions.

  • You will understand more about how to incorporate your brand values into your marketing material and ensure brand consistency across all your marketing activities. You’ll gain more clarity around how to differentiate your product or service.

  • We will help you understand your particular ‘customer journey’ and how you can create loyal returning customers and brand ambassadors who will recommend you. You will gain clarity on how to select specific key initiatives to grow your business and how to plan your marketing activities throughout the year. You will also consider how to provide outstanding customer service and delight your customers, so you can maximize customer referrals and reviews.

  • We will help you learn the rhythm of your business and how to best start moving with it. You will do some self-evaluation exercises, mapping what you really enjoy about your business through to the parts that feel less inclined to engage with. This programme will help you with prioritisation, effective short, medium and long term planning and how to avoid becoming a fire-fighter in your business.

Please make sure that you are able to attend the event before you apply to attend. If your place is confirmed and you are not able to attend we reserve the right to exclude you from further bookings where places are in short supply.

For any further information or special requirements for course attendance, please contact Dorset Growth Hub:

Tel – 03454 586 480 E-mail –

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This workshop is completely free and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It’s delivered by Dorset Growth Hub and WSX Enterprise. It is only open to Dorset, UK registered SMEs.

Only one place allowed per business. Please contact the Growth Hub if you wish to reserve a space for another organisation or person.

Please also note that some sectors are not eligible for support on this programme due to Central Government Legislation. These sectors include fishery & aquaculture, primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products, coal, steel and shipbuilding sectors, synthetic fibres, generalised school-age education, banking and insurance companies. (please see here for full eligibility guidelines). If you require more information or are unsure if you are eligible for the support we offer, you can call us on 01202 607533 and a member of the Dorset Growth Hub Team will be happy to help.


April 21 @ 9:15 am
April 28 @ 4:00 pm


The Crown Hotel
West Street
Blandford, Dorset DT11 7AJ United Kingdom