‘General’ Archive

University evaluates Dormen mentoring

Over the last 18 months, a lecturer at Winchester Business School (part of Winchester University), Phill Jennison, has been undertaking a research project to evaluate the impact of Dormen's mentoring on small businesses in Dorset. Whilst Dormen had previously received very positive feedback from Mentees about the support it provides through mentoring, the research agenda was […]

Lucy is Gungho about Dormen mentors

Lucy Erskine, MD of Dorchester based Gungho Marketing, was recently interviewed by Gill Donnell MBE for her Successful Women website. She talks about how she built her business and how, in particular, she's been helped and supported by two Dormen mentors. Listen to the interview below or read the transcript here.  

Plankbridge on Escape to the Country

Richard Lee of Plankbridge www.plankbridge.com featured recently in an item on Dorset Shepherds' Huts in the BBC programme 'Escape to the Country' (4:40).    

Dormen celebrates its 10th Birthday

Dormen recently celebrated its 10th anniversary at a special event held in Blandford Forum. 100 mentors, clients, friends and supporters (including Dorset MPs and Councillors) all gathered to recognise Dormen's success in supporting over 1100 small businesses over the last 10 years, through the mentoring undertaken by a growing team of volunteer mentors, which now […]

Dormen features on BBC South Today

Dormen featured recently on BBC's local news programme South Today, in a report by business correspondent Alastair Fee. Alastair interviewed Sam Acton of Domestic Angels with her mentor Martin Spooner, as well as Richard Lee of Plankbridge, and Vivian Dunn, one of Dormen's two Programme Managers.  

Sandra scoops Top UK Mentor Award

Dormen mentor Sandra Bigland has just won one of the UK's top mentoring awards. The ‘Excellence in Enterprise Mentoring Awards’ ceremony took place at the BT Tower in London on 18th of November. This year, the event focussed on the role that mentoring plays in supporting female owned, or led, businesses. The Award categories were […]

Business Funding available in Dorset

As well as the usual sources of business funding and finance, there are a number of other sources available in Dorset at the moment (Oct 2014). These include:   North Dorset Economic Growth Fund Grants of up to £5,000, although larger grants will be considered in exceptional circumstances. Further details at www.dorsetforyou.com/398154.   Bournemouth Community […]

New Videos make the case for Mentors

15 new Dormen Video Case Studies have just been completed and added to the Dormen website. They were filmed late last year and show 15 of our business clients – from right across Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole – talking about their experiences of working with their Dormen mentors. They range from a furniture maker to a […]

Dormen mentor climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro

Dormen mentor Gary Knight from Poole has just returned from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise money in aid of Diverse Abilities Plus, a Dorset-based charity that provides invaluable support for children and adults with physical disabilities and learning difficulties www.diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk. Gary, who trained hard over many months for the challenge, said: "Of the 19 […]

Dorset Society features Shepherds’ Huts

Jane Dennison and Richard Lee are featured in a major article – entitled “Get far from the madding crowd in a shepherds’ hut all of your own” – about Plankbridge’s Shepherds’ Huts in the Dorset Society magazine this month. It all started when Jane and Richard fell for the charms of a ramshackle shepherd’s hut […]